Tiger Woods could he heading to Ballyliffin for The Irish Open

Tiger Woods could he heading to Ballyliffin for The Irish Open

Tiger Woods faces an anxious wait to see if he has made the halfway cut at The Players Championship after firing a one-under 71.

- The pre-tournament banter turned out to be the best part of the Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler grouping at the Players Championship on Thursday.

Wales worldwide Bale, a self-professed golf fanatic, particularly praised Woods' return to the sport. Previous week: Jason Day won the Wells Fargo Championship.

"The US Open is coming up next so players" schedules are not yet decided. "I think it's such a good golf course, such a good test of golf".

"Phil and I have always had great banter and we always give each other needle but our relationship certainly has gotten a lot closer with me being a vice-captain on the last couple of (Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup) teams", Woods said.

On at least nine holes, Woods had some form of a wedge - pitching, gap or sand - and was rarely able to hit it close, as his two birdies attest. "I'm just never inside that range which I should be with the irons I'm having".

Fowler missed an 18-foot birdie try, Woods missed his 8-footer for par and the moment was gone by the time the group began the lengthy walk across property, past the clubhouse toward the first tee to underwhelming fanfare.

"I think nobody does kind of slightly overweight middle-aged guy better than me, and this says exactly who I am", he said.

"I sometimes can't believe I won here", Mickelson said.

ReutersFormer world No. 1 Tiger Woods has confirmed his entry for the 147th British Open at Carnoustie, the tournament organizers announced on Wednesday.

"It was the most remarkable golf in the history of the game, and I think unrepeatable".

What started as a massive early afternoon gallery thinned out to only a few hundred spectators by the 15th hole, though considerably more waited at the island-green par-three 17th for some end-of-day fireworks.

He ended up with the first of back-to-back double-bogeys, his one-under round of 71 giving the 2015 victor of the tournament a one-over total that saw him miss the cut by two shots.

I felt like today the way I was hitting the golf ball, especially toward the back nine, that I felt like I should have shot something in the 60s, but didn't do it, said Woods afterwards.

Champion in 2000, 2005 and 2006, Woods missed the cut in 2015 and his best finish since his last victory was tied for third in 2012. It was nice to turn it completely around there at nine, but I had two par-fives on the back nine and could have played those under par. I had a lot of fun, enjoyed being with the guys. After hooking an iron off the tee into the water, Woods took a penalty drop and flew the green from 270 yards out. His tee shot landed just right of the small pot bunker in front of the green and started spinning back. I kind of thought that was going to lead into something on the back.

On Johnson, Bale added: "I really love watching Dustin Johnson play".

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