Tiger will play at The Open in July

Heather Diaz
May 11, 2018

More than 70 players were under par by the time Woods got back to even, so he'll need to make birdies on the back nine to keep pace. He is just one of six players with at least two victories at THE PLAYERS.

A second-place finish at the Valspar Championship in March was Woods' best finish at a tournament since 2013. Tiger is obviously not the Tiger of old, but he still brings the heat off the tee at 306.6 yards per clout, good for 24th on TOUR, while checking in 44th in Putts Per Round (28.58). The former world number one compared his rivalry with Mickelson to that of veterans Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer suggesting they always kept an eye out for their rivals' progress when they were playing the same event.

Speaking to Independent.ie, championship director Simon Alliss admitted the addition of Woods to the line-up would take to "another level" while also boosting ticket sales. I'd love it to happen'.

'But we have put no responsibility on him to do it.

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"The US Open is coming up next so players' schedules are not yet decided. It would be unbelievable if Tiger did commit", he said. "Trust me, I'm fully aware of how special this is for me".

"Either way, there is enormous expectation about the event and we expect healthy numbers - many thousands of fans - to come to Ballyliffin in July".

Woods, 42, returned to competitive action earlier this year after a two-year spell in which he played only occasionally due to long-standing back problems.

"I think it's going to be fun playing with him again", said Woods, as quoted on his official site.

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