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Golf champ Tiger Woods confirms entry for 147th Open

Hot on the comeback trail, Tiger Woods has announced he'll compete in the 147th Open

Golf legend Tiger Woods has confirmed his entry into the 147th Open at Carnoustie, Scotland.

Woods is set to play in The Open for the 20th time, as he goes head-to-head with some of the world’s best golfers in pursuit of the coveted prize, the Claret Jug.

Currently ranking 92nd in the PGA Tour world ranking, Tiger’s no stranger to winning, having been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year on three separate occasions, lifting the iconic Claret Jug twice in St Andrews in 2000 and 2005, and once at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

2018’s Open this summer will mark Woods’ first appearance in The Championship since 2015 – and as he returns to top form, the golfer will surely be hoping to land a few holes.

Currently, the legendary athlete is competing at The Players Championship at Florida’s famous Saw Grass course, pitted against Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in the opening group rounds.

This follows on from April’s Masters 2018 Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, where Tiger finished on T32. The 82nd Edition saw Patrick Reed win his first major title, beating out runner-up Rickie Fowler by just one-stroke.

The return of Tiger to Scotland’s Carnoustie Golf Links is sure to be huge news amongst fans, as the superstar athlete was forced to take a break back in 2015, withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open and missing the 2016 and 2017 Masters Championship due to back surgery.

However, he returned 15 months later to compete in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The American star rose to prominence following a hugely successful college career at Stanford, going professional in 1996, aged 20. Tiger Woods went on to win 3 PGA Tour Events by April ’97, as well as a record breaking win at the 1997 Masters – which he managed in 12 strokes.

The iconic player then became the 6th golfer in history to complete a wire-to-wire win. Going on to win 14 professional major golf tournaments throughout his career, second only to retired golf legend, Jack Nicklaus.

Woods’ has racked up an impressive 79 PGA Tour events, as well as being the second golfer ever to have achieved a career Grand Slam – or three.

Tiger Woods has won both a Gold and Silver Medal in The Open Championship, one of only two golfers to do so. (The other being Rory Mcllroy.)

The Open is golf’s oldest Championship, having been played across many iconic golf courses since 1860. The 147th Open will be played at Carnoustie in Angus, Scotland from 15 – 22 July 2018.

Tickets for The 147th Open will be available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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