Tiger Woods gets one last crack at Firestone

Tiger Woods gets one last crack at Firestone

After undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April past year, Woods was unsure that he would ever be able to play golf again, let alone to the sort of level which made him the most successful player of his generation.

This time, it will take place on a public course, where Woods won the 2002 U.S. Open, that flaunts its challenging nature with a noticeable sign that reads: "WARNING - The Black Course Is An Extremely Difficult Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers".

World number one Dustin Johnson, who bounced back from his missed cut at Carnoustie with a Canadian Open win last week, hasn t enjoyed that kind of sustained success in Akron, where his victory in 2016 is his only top-10 finish in eight starts. This year, his career has continued to trend nicely with a couple of impressive top-five finishes at the WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. "I use it as a week to try and work on my game and if I get myself into contention, then that's just a bonus", said McIlroy.

The birdie putt pulled up inches short and Woods finally paid for some wayward driving when he was unable to scramble par on his final hole after finding a fairway bunker off the tee.

"This has been something special for me to play here over the years. I still need to train really hard and limit how much I do practice, the wear and tear on the body, because I'm going to be putting it through its paces in tournament play, which as we all know, we hit the ball harder in tournaments than we do in practice". The last time Woods won this event, in 2013, he finished the tournament at 15-under. Rory McIlroy is with defending champion Hideki Matsuyama.

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Tiger loves this golf course and has been playing great as of late, but the only concern I have with picking Tiger is that he's going to have to hit his driver well. Just having the lead on Sunday at the Open Championship caused a frenzy around the world.

In a season that also included a victory on the European Tour s BMW Championship, Molinari has risen to a career-high sixth in the world - and reassessed his own abilities. The event will be a precursor to the 2024 Ryder Cup being held on the same course just east of New York City.

It's also the best opening round of Woods' 2018 season.

When asked in his role as vice captain how he would assess himself as a player being picked for the team, Woods said: "What would be the word?".

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