Tiger Woods has had an illustrious career in golf, but his preparation for the 2018 Open Championship at St. Andrews was a major failure. However, ESPN commentators Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas did not hold back when criticizing Tiger’s preparation tactics which included getting up late to practice on Wednesday morning with only 5 hours of sleep before teeing off Thursday night.
Tiger Woods has been a dominant force in the game of golf, but this year he was not able to win the “open championship.”. Justin Thomas is one of the best players on tour and took advantage of Tiger’s lack of preparation for The open championship at St. Andrews.
Tiger Woods will be on the course when the 150th Open Championship begins at storied St. Andrews if his mobility holds up over the next days.
Woods, who boycotted the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline after competing in The Masters and PGA Championship, will surely face a challenging test on The Old Course. Prior to the final round at Southern Hills, Tiger withdrew after essentially stumbling his way to a 9-over 79, which was a record-breaking performance for him in the PGA.
Nevertheless, Tiger is prepared to compete in St. Andrews, where he has won two of his three Claret Jugs, although still clearly recovering from the February 2021 automobile accident that almost cost him his right leg. During his legendary “Tiger Slam” in 2000, he triumphed by an astounding eight strokes. In 2005, he won all 10 of his major tournaments, going wire-to-wire.
Even though there is a good probability that Woods won’t challenge for a fourth Claret Jug, it will be wonderful to see Tiger play the Old Course one more time, particularly on such a significant milestone. And maybe he’ll participate the next time The Open visits St. Andrews. However, because he won’t turn 50 until at least 2026 (the future locations are scheduled until 2025), let’s enjoy one where he still has a chance to win, however remote that possibility may be.
Justin Thomas is unconcerned about Tiger Woods’ knees holding up on the Old Course and is eager to watch his close buddy hit the course at St. Andrews. The current PGA champion did, however, recently mention Tiger in a lighthearted manner while talking about how his friend prepared for this momentous major title.
Tiger Woods is criticized by Justin Thomas for utilizing a trolley in advance of The Open Championship.
On April 4, 2022, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas stroll during a practice round before the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Tiger traveled over the pond to play in the 36-hole JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Ireland in advance of The Open Championship. Woods played poorly, carding rounds of 77 and 74 to place 39th out of 50 players at 7 over par, 17 strokes behind of champion Xander Schauffele.
Woods utilized a cart during the competition because he wanted to conserve his legs for St. Andrews, something he plainly can’t do at The Open. And the 82-time PGA Tour champion undoubtedly received some jabs in return.
One of these was made public by Thomas, who took part in this week’s last practice session before St. Andrews, when he failed to make the cut. JT often receives questions about Woods at his press conferences since the two are so close, so he first made light of his friend before becoming a little more somber (h/t Scottish Daily Express).
“We continued talking about how our legs hurt, and we questioned him about if it hurt for his butt to be on that trolley.
But I am aware that he has been loud about it and has circled this in his calendar for some time. He loves it and considers it to be his favorite golf course in the whole world. He has undoubtedly had tremendous success there.
And it’s likely to look like a short walk in comparison to Southern Hills and Augusta.
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Thomas continued by saying that although he is “not concerned about him” going about St. Andrews, he is aware that everyone is anticipating seeing Tiger hit the tee at The Open.
On Thursday, Woods will start his effort at major number 16.
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