Masters focus, how Tiger Woods played on Open Championship courses

8th Apr, 2022 by The Caddie

With the Masters well and truly underway, the Caddie takes time to focus on the return of Tiger Woods and remembers how he played on some of the top Open Championship courses across the UK

The Caddie wanted to recognise that the former world number one and 15-time major tournament winner, including FIVE Masters titles, Tiger Woods is back after a 14-month absence following that near-fatal car crash, which could have ended his playing career.

In a recent press conference, Tiger confirmed his playing status for this year’s championship in just four words: “I’m going to play”, an encouraging sign that he plans to return to golf to compete in more tournaments.

Did you know, Tiger has played at many of our Open Championship venues? Not to mention he’s won The Open three times, two of which were at Old Course St Andrews and Royal Liverpool, where he collected his most recent Open Championship win in 2006.

The Caddie felt it was only right to give key insights into some of Tiger’s best moments at these Open Championship venues, but where to start? Let’s go back to where it all began, the home of golf, Old Course St Andrews…

Old Course, St Andrews

Having won The Open convincingly in 2000, Tiger was clearly the favourite. Securing his fourth Masters win three months earlier set him up to continue his quest of winning the grand slam. Tiger’s composure, consistency and control of his game proved to be too strong for his competitors, with closest challenger Colin Montgomerie sitting five shots off the lead in the end. However, our best Tiger moment was the putt at the tricky 12th. The pin sat in the middle of the green, just above the slope which takes so many casualties. Tiger’s ball held on which allowed him to face a tricky 10ft red to left swinger to extend his lead. In true Tiger style, he sank the putt allowing him to get to under par for the day to extend his lead to three, evidently changing the tournament and allowing him to go on to win his second Open Championship.

Old Course

Royal Liverpool

A moment in history as Woods became the fifth person to defend The Open Championship. Here we saw him put on a display where “hitting bombs” wasn’t required and a dedicated display of smart golf was. Tiger hit one driver across all four days thanks to the burnt-out fairways of Royal Liverpool and still took a two-shot victory over his nearest competitor. However, after thinking long and hard about this victory, our best moment was his eagle in the fourth round at the 5th hole which extended his lead and where he carded an impressive five under par, 67 to close out the championship.

Royal Liverpool course

Carnoustie

The famous Carnoustie links. It might just be us, but who else thinks of Jean Van De Velde when they hear or see the name “Carnoustie Championship Course”? Clips of his meltdown 23 years ago still make it on the television for all of our entertainment – poor gu!. Anyway, our favourite Tiger moment has got to be from the 4th round in 2018. At the 10th hole, fairway bunker with the ball sitting right against the lip. Up steps Tiger in his Sunday red and produces a moment of magic from 150 yards as he hoists this ball into the air and putts it to 10ft, a glimpse into what could be the return of Tiger Woods.

Carnoustie Championship

All these courses are available to play through our fantastic Bunkered Golf breaks deals. Why not treat yourself and visit one of these world-class golf courses. Picture the scene, you, plus three of your friends smiling on the first tee, ready to hit one down the fairway (hopefully!). It’s an opportunity you cannot miss!

To find out more information about ALL our Open Championship venues, call a member of our team on 0141 212 8889 or email to help you start planning a dream golf break today or look at our current offers.

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