Hoylake, EN, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Tiger Woods said he felt great upon his return Saturday to the Royal Liverpool in preparation for the Open Championship.
He played 12 holes at the scene of his last Open Championship title in 2006 to a much different-looking golf course.
Wood tees off later this week in his first major championship tournament this year after missing the Masters and U.S. Open due to back surgery March 31.
“I’m not favoring anything,” Woods said after the surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve in his back. “I can do whatever I want. I’m at that point now.”
He said that the pain prior was so severe it affected his overall quality of life.
Woods hit just one driver at Hoylake in 2006, laying up with mostly 2-irons and fairway woods off the tee to stay short of the numerous pot bunkers. Strong iron play led to a two-stroke win over Chris DiMarco at 270, 18 under, on a burned-out, fast-running course.
“It’s definitely different, there is no doubt,” Woods said. “It’s a lot more green, lush, but it’s still playing fast.”
In his return to competitive golf two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National, Woods missed the cut with rounds of 74-75 and showed plenty of rust.
He described the Quicken Loans tournament as a “working vacation,” having gone on a trip with his children.