Tiger ready for big day
Tiger Woods might be two over par in the rain affected first round at Doral, but at least his back is feeling great.
Woods withdrew from the final round of last week’s Honda Classic citing back spasms. But he has returned to action at the this week feeling much stronger.
The world number one played just ten holes before the storm hit the revamped Doral course, bogeying the par three fourth and the par five tenth.
While his golf hasn’t been that great, Woods felt good during the warm-up and has played pain free during the round. However, the American faces 26 holes today.
“Should be a long day for all of us,” said the 14-time major winner.
“Hopefully, tomorrow I can get back out there in the morning, play well and work back to even par by the end of the first round, then shoot a low one in the afternoon.”
Woods ended the day with a wedge falling some 20 yards short of where it needed to be on the tenth green. That left him with 55 feet to the pin, which he three putted for a bogey.
With his form slipping of late, it has opened the door for world number two Adam Scott to overtake Woods. Should the Australian tame the Blue Monster and win, he would take the world number one spot.
Golfers warned of further sanctions if they continue to play in LIV breakaway
The DP World Tour has issued fines of £100,000 and tournament bans to its members who played in the inaugural LIV Golf event earlier this month
DP World Tour hits members who played inaugural LIV series with £100,000 fines
They have also been banned from several forthcoming tournaments including the Scottish Open.
Rory McIlroy not impressed as Brooks Koepka becomes latest big name to join LIV
The world number two labelled the players who have joined the new series as “duplicitous” for the way they have handled their breakaway.
R&A confirms LIV Golf Series players will be allowed to compete at Open
The 150th Open Championship will get underway at St Andrews in three weeks’ time.
Matt Fitzpatrick turns to other major winners for advice on dealing with fame
Fitzpatrick won the US Open on Sunday.
Brooks Koepka set to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series
Koepka’s brother Chase played in the opening event at Centurion Club earlier this month.
Gary Player urges Matt Fitzpatrick to avoid ‘poison’ of modern-day coaching
Player tells US Open champion Fitzpatrick to learn from mistakes of recent major winners, saying: “The teaching today is the worst it has ever been.”
Matt Fitzpatrick’s caddie Billy Foster ready for ‘long party’ after US Open win
Foster won his first major after a 40-year career which includes spells working for the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.
Matt Fitzpatrick backed to become a dominant force after winning first major
The Englishman claimed his first major title at Brookline.
Matt Fitzpatrick: A Blade with plenty of support who can really cut it
The Sheffield golfer landed his first major – and first professional win in America – at Brookline on Sunday.