Tiger Woods left Hoylake in an upbeat mood.
Tiger Woods left Hoylake in an upbeat mood despite ending with three-over-par 75 that left him suffering well down the field with six-over-par 294. That is 24 shots above what he needed while finishing his two shot triumph at the 2006 Open at Hoylake though he refused to be too down hearted about his game.
“But it’s encouraging. I’ve more game time under my belt. Obviously, there’s a lot of things I need to work on, but haven’t been able to work on a lot. I was down for three months and I’m just starting to come back.” Tiger Woods Open champion 2000, 2005 and 2006.
“I didn’t play well today, I made too many mistakes but at least I got another four rounds in,” said the former Worlds No 1. This being his second competitive appearance since going through a major back surgery in March. Woods began well with three-under-par 69 but attributed lack of practice for his 77, 73 and 75 over the following three days.
“I was sort of expecting it, “he explained. “I know how to grind it out on links courses but my game wasn’t there.” Wood’s absence automatically leaves him out of the Ryder Cup reckoning though he thinks Captain Tom Watson should choose him if he could use a wild card.
“I would say yes, but that’s my position, my take on it, “he said “But he’s the captain, it’s his decision, he’s going to field the best 12 players who he thinks will win the cup and I hope I’m on that team.”