Sports Pulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the upcoming tournament and why it will present many obstacles for the golfers.
After a top-five finish earlier this month at the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods is back on the course this week looking for his first major championship victory since the 2008 U.S. Open.
The 14-time major champion is competing in golf’s third major, The Open Championship, this week at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland. Tiger opened play on Thursday with an even par 71, and followed suit with another 71 on Friday. Then he shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday and was tied for the lead at one point. He begins Sunday play four shots off the lead.
Tiger tees off at 9:25 a.m. ET alongside Francesco Molinari. Follow along for shot-by-shot analysis of his final round.
Hole 2 – Par 4
Driver here for Tiger and he’s on the left edge of the fairway. He’s not straying away from his conservative gameplan, the wind is almost 20 mph blowing into his face. Tiger’s 7-iron approach is pin high but on the fringe. He’ll be able to putt, but it’s not an easy birdie chance.
Hole 1 – Par 4
And we’re off. Donning his famed Sunday red, Tiger goes iron off the tee here and it’s in the fairway. His approach found the green just over 10 feet short of the hole, setting up a birdie chance on No. 1. The putt had a slight break and misses by about an inch. Par. Even thru 1 (5-under for the tournament).