Tiger Woods commits to The Open at Carnoustie

Lynette Rowe
May 13, 2018

Mickelson, the 2007 Players champion, rubbished the idea a freakish, long sleeve button up which resembled a business shirt had any affect on his play.

Starting on No. 10, Woods snapped a string of six consecutive pars with a birdie to move to 1 under, temporarily maneuvering his way into red numbers on the par-5 16th hole with a strong recovery from the pine straw for an unconventional 4.

"A lot of guys were under par, a bunch of guys in the 60s today", Woods said. "And I just kind of ran out at the end".

His round on Thursday, however, perhaps wasn't the best endorsement for the garment.

"I've struggled on the greens here. With these greens as soft as they are, I didn't take advantage of the opportunities I had to really shoot a good number".

Tiger Woods shares a smile on the third tee box during the first round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 3, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As it turned out, had they played a true match-play format, Woods would have closed out Mickelson with a 2-and-1 victory at the 17th - where Mickelson's tee shot found the water. "It doesn't bother me".

But, after turning in 38, the left-hander rallied and made four birdies in five holes on the front nine, although he then faltered down the stretch for the second day running as he closed out a disappointing event with three straight bogeys to slump to eight-over par.

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"I just never hit it close enough", Woods said.

The veteran duo will play together, alongside another marquee player Rickie Fowler, in the first two rounds of the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, this week, and 47-year-old Mickelson was in playful mood as he threw out the challenge to his old rival.

He might not have completed that, however Woods was nonetheless in a position to unleash a monster 349-yard drive on the par-five ninth as he bettered Mickelson like he did so many instances of their heyday.

Mickelson followed up a 79 with 73, while Fowler made back-to-bag double-bogeys on the back nine to finish at one-over for the two days.

He said the bigger issue was a lack of energy.

Unfortunately, Woods pulled his 18th tee shot of the day into the water left of the fairway and had to settle for his fourth bogey of the day, giving him even par at 72 for the day.

"Boy, it was nice to turn the round completely around there", he said. "They were into it early". Garcia should be able to bounce back this weekend after some shaky starts. "And I think Majors would be easier for him to win because they are harder for others to win".

The quality of the golf did little to keep fans awake. Mickelson, Woods and Fowler all cracked up laughing, and Phil had to back off his putt multiple times because he just could not stop giggling.

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