All eyes on Tiger for Open

2014-06-22 15:00

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Will Tiger Woods be fit to play in the Open Championship when it tees off at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England, next month?

The former world number one is recovering from back surgery and has reportedly begun taking practice swings to get in shape for the event – also known as the British Open – which is the third major on the annual golfing calendar.

Woods has captured 14 majors and is frantically looking to win four more to equal the legendary Jack Nicklaus’ enviable record of 18 majors.

But after having been inactive for more than four months, it seems his chances of edging closer to accomplishing the feat this year will not materialise.

Due to his surgery, Woods has so far missed out on two majors – the Masters at Augusta National in April and the US Open that took place at Pinehurst No?2 in North Carolina last weekend.

Yet, because a player of Woods’ stature cannot be ruled out, it is still possible he will be able to find some form to snatch one or both of the remaining majors on offer this year, which would put him within striking distance of Nicklaus’ tally. In golfing terms, Woods (38) is still relatively young, so he still has more than enough time to break the record.

The final major of the year, the PGA Championship, will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, in the US, in August.

Reports suggest Woods is trying to find form to also participate in the RBC Canadian Open at the Royal Montreal Golf Club a week after the Open. The organisers of the event are trying to lure him to a star-studded field that includes South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and Americans Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Matt Every and Charley Hoffman.

The world holds its breath for Tiger to be back on the prowl.

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