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Tiger Woods has moved to calm any concerns over his fitness after he played the first round of The Open with two strips of physio tape stuck to his neck. 

Woods, who battled to an even-par round of 71 to sit five shots off the lead off the early pace set by fellow American Kevin Kisner, insisted that there was no cause for alarm and that the use of the tape was merely precautionary.

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“It’s just helping me support my neck a little bit,” said the former world No.1 and 14-time major winner. “It makes me feel a little bit more comfortable.

Tiger Woods 2018 Open Putting

“It’s been bugging me for a while. Everyone acts like this is the first time I’ve been bandaged up. I’ve been doing this for years. So braces and bandages, just that this time it’s actually visible.”

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Woods added that it had affected his swing “a little bit here and there” but insisted that he knew he would be okay before he stepped onto the first tee.

“As I got warmed up on the range, I felt pretty good,” he said.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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