Another chance at redemption for Tiger Woods

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TIGER WOODS gets another chance to get his career back on track this week with a rare appearance at the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC in West Virginia.

Woods claims he actually wasn’t that far off in what many regarded as a woeful performance when he missed the cut at the US Open a fortnight ago. In any case, his response was to take a short, but complete break from golf and go snorkelling and fishing with his kids in the Bahamas.

Back on the US PGA Tour this week at the enticingly named White Sulphur Springs, memories of his 80-76 at Chambers Bay had obligingly faded.

“I know it’s hard to believe that I wasn’t that far (off) at the Open, but I really wasn’t,” he told golf media. “… Playing a golf course that’s as interesting as that place was, if you missed a shot, you could look like an absolute idiot there, and then hit an awful shot and look like a hero.

“It’s just one of those weird golf courses. You had to play it well and play it smart. You had to be aggressive and pick your spots. I wasn’t in a position where I was hitting good enough to be able to do that.”

Hopefully the snorkelling and languid Bahamas days have cleared his head …. and calmed a swing that just looks too aggressive and forced.

In obviously better form and backing up this week are Sunday’s Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson and his playoff opponent Paul Casey, who has to be due for win real soon.

Also in form is Steven Bowditch, who was runner up here two years ago. He’ll be joined by fellow Aussies Marc Leishman, Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, and Cameron Percy.

British Open qualifying spots

Bowditch and Leishman are already headed for St Andrews in a fortnight but this event is the middle of three US PGA Tour events in succession each offering four British Open spots to the top four finishers (here in the top 12) not otherwise qualified.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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