The Texan, 21, has claimed the first two Majors in 2015 and is now bidding for three in a row at The Open.
Rory McIlroy is not. Now he is the man to beat.
Richie Ramsay, a European Tour player and ex- U.S. Amateur champion, suffered the same ankle injury two years ago while running. He injured ankle ligaments while playing soccer with friends, announcing the injury on Monday and saying he was already undergoing daily treatment.
But it is still something that is on Spieth’s radar.
“I was runner-up in 2008 and tied for third in 2013, close but no cigar so it would be nice to swap the silver salver for the silver jug at some stage”, he said smiling. “I thought he’d get it done around there”.
“I’ve never been closer”.
The Open Championship has been played since 1860 and this year’s event marks the 40 anniversary of Tom Watson’s first of five Open Championship victories (at Carnoustie in 1975 in a playoff over Jack Newton of Australia). “I had full control over all the clubs”, said Woods, now ranked an eye-popping 220th in the world. It will be hard for him to sit at home and watch it on TV but sometimes these things happen and it makes you come back even stronger. The Open will be without No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy, and Woods was aware of the ankle injury before most.
Ultimately, the debate will rage on now and any time a star athlete get’s hurt off the field, but at least we know that Rory’s peers have his back.
The Dallas-born ace’s dad used to play baseball in college, while his mum played basketball.
“It’s definitely been a tough year with my game”, she said.
Not that reeling in a 12-foot shark was an easy achievement.
“I think that he’s going to do very well at St Andrews because a good shot there is often 20, 30 feet away, especially if they tuck the pins”.
Six birdies and an eagle confirmed his return to form after a lacklustre 71 on Thursday and he said: “Friday was a big step forward”.
“I’m getting on, getting ever older”, laughed the world number 28. Before he knew what hit him, he was on his way to what was then a career-worst 81.
“I don’t think you can stop living your life”.
“I feel like everything’s coming around”.
“I’ve only done it once and unfortunately just for two days”. Not only did he get halfway home to a Grand Slam in 2002, Woods swept all four majors over two seasons in 2000-01.
Ex- Simply.S. Open promote Justin Rose additional: “I will have been shocked if he was also there actually due to the original test result but it’s a giant infamy for my boy as well as having the tournament”. Forty years later, along came Woods at the peak of his powers. And he has left no stone unturned in his bid to add to his Major haul. There to greet him were Ben Kinsley, 19-year-old from Fife, Inci Mehmet, an 18-year-old from Surrey, Lauren Whyte, an 18-year-old from St Andrews itself, Matthew McCulloch, a 17-year-old from Dumfries and Galloway, and Conor Purcell, a 17-year-old from Bangor, Co Down.
“We are not playing tennis…it’s not like (Novak) Djokovic is now out of the draw and now everybody can breathe easier”, the 17th-ranked Kuchar said.
“I can’t speak for the other golf organizations, but I can for the USGA say that we have not wanted to get involved in politics, presidential politics, but at the same time we are about diversity, about inclusion, about growing the game”, USGA executive director Mike Davis said.