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THE PLAYERS Championship 2010

TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Purse: $9,500,000

Tiger Woods 9/1

tiger The odds are ever lengthening and Tiger Woods seems down but he’s never out. A missed cut last week will only embolden his resolve to win again early. The 2001 Champion top tenned last year but in truth struggled throughout. Much has been made of Tiger’s most recent comeback and poor form but I am still seeing the physically strongest player on tour and with flashbulbs finally fizzling out, TPC could be the stage for a victory. He doesn’t go “zero for three” often and he’s probably on the range in Sawgrass with driver in hand as we speak. I rarely tip up Tiger but these odds are ridiculous. Would you bet against him?

Phil Mickelson 10/1

phil mickelson Rather than talking about his own game, Masters champion Phil Mickelson paid a glowing tribute to Rory McIlroy both as a golfer and gentleman in his post round interview at Quail Hollow. Mickelson suffered from a stomach bug early in the week and admitted to still having “kinks” in his game but still contended finishing second. You get the sense that last week was only a tune up for Phil, assessing where his game was at, having not started since the Masters. He is spending today working with Butch Harmon in Jacksonville and I expect him to be on fire this week. Mickelson won at Sawgrass in 2007 and a showdown with Tiger at TPC is a real possibility.

Ian Poulter 30/1

poulter A more measured Ian Poulter has emerged this season and he returns this week harbouring ambitions of victory. It’s Poults first outing since his tenth at the Masters after which he suffered a knee injury. A serial tweeter Poulter reported “its an old injury, flares up every now and then, especially when you play basketball, wont be doing that again for a while, be fit for TPC”. The WGC Accenture Champion will be hoping to pick up right where he left off this week as he makes the short journey to Sawgrass. Last year Poulter put in an excellent week at TPC finishing second. Beware the injured golfer.

Ben Crane 90/1

ben crane Another American who is somewhat of a TPC specialist is Ben Crane. Crane skipped last weeks Quail Hollow event to prepare for the “fifth major” where he opened with a 65 in 2009 and eventually tied for fifth. He also top tenned in 2008, finishing tied sixth behind Sergio Garcia in incredibly tough scoring conditions. Crane is one of the most consistent players on tour and a three time winner including this year Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. One to watch each way as most bookies will pay out for fifth this week.

Kevin Na 130/1

kevin na Kevin (Sangwook) Na is another Korean on form coming into this weeks TPC and represents real long odds value. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Na’s family emigrated to the United States when he was eight years old and he is now an American citizen. Known as an excellent tough course player Na top played well last week in Quail Hollow carding a final round 69 to tie for 14th. Na tied for third at last years Players Championship with a hot blade on the greens. Form plus course history equals value.

Past winners

2009 Henrik Stenson

2008 Sergio García

2007 Phil Mickelson

2006 Stephen Ames

2005 Fred Funk

 

The Players Championship 2010 Betting Tips

sam-puttlab The difference in Rory McIlroy last Sunday? His head and his putting. Now sport psychology researchers from University College Dublin are seeking 70 single figure golfers to participate in a unique golf coaching study. Participants will have 80 putts forensically analysed by a state of the art computerized system and results in terms both performance and technique which will be provided for each golfer after data collection has been completed. Results of the project will also give a detailed analysis on how to apply these methods in order to fine tune your game. To get involved in the study e-mail Gary at gary.moran@ucdconnect.ie.

yang Full name Yang Yong-eun

Born 15 January 1972 (age 38)

Birthplace Jeju-do, South Korea

Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)

Weight 88 kg (190 lb; 13.9 st)

Residence Southlake, Texas, USA

Career

Turned professional 1996

Professional wins 10 (2 US Tour wins)

Biography

Yang Yong-eun or Y. E. Yang, the son of a South Korean vegetable farmer and one of seven children is a South Korean golfing superstar having beaten Tiger Woods on his way to winning the 2009 PGA Championship. Yang was born in the island province of Jeju-do, the fourth of eight children. He started to play golf at the age of 19, mimicking the swings of patrons of a local range where he worked picking golf balls part time. Trying to get a 'proper job', Yang fell down a flight of stairs and tore his ACL while he was learning to use an excavator for a construction company. During his recuperation Yang actually lived at the driving range and his interest in the game grew. However after recovering from his knee injury, he again had to delay his golfing career to begin mandatory service in the South Korean military at the age of 21. On conclusion of his service, he moved to New Zealand, where he turned pro in August 1996.

In 2006 Yang won the Korea Open on the Asian Tour gaining him entry into the HSBC Champions Tournament in November 2006, where in perhaps a glimpse of future glory, Yang beat Tiger Woods. He went on to win the 2009 Honda Classic in his 46th career start in the United States. Five months later at Hazeltine, Yang held aloft the Wannamaker trophy as the newest USPGA Champion at Hazeltine. Yang’s latest victory came at the Volvo China Open.

Now living in Southlake, Texas, Yang is married to Young-Joo Park and has three sons. The family live near fellow South Korean PGA player K. J. Choi.

What’s In The Bag 2010 Y.E. Yang

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With the money he earned from his Major victory, Yang didn’t even need to go on Dragon’s Den to set up an indoor golf range in the Koreatown section of Dallas. Apparently indoor ranges are ten a penny in Korea and with the sweltering heat of Summer in Dallas, Yang reckoned he was onto a winner.

No Speaka de Inglish

Y.E. does not speak English. “He’s laid back,” said his interpretor Michael Yim. “He has a good sense of humor. It’s a shame that people don’t really see that side of him because of the language barrier.” On the difference between Yang and countryman KJ Choi, Yim says “K.J. is all about walking the right path. It shows in his routine. He prays before his round, works out and goes to the practice tee. He’s quite regimented. Yang, on the other hand, likes to have fun and maybe a beer. He is easygoing, but confident, too. He doesn’t let anything bother him.”clip_image002

On Lifting the Bag….

 “Lifting my bag over my head after I won was totally spontaneous -- I'd never done that before. It was before I hugged my wife. I was walking to the scorer's tent and suddenly felt so thankful and just wanted to have that little moment with my clubs. They made me what I am today. And yes, I was a bodybuilder for two years.”

So you want to buy a set of irons. I remember a time, not so very long ago, when the only option open to the golfer was a trip to your local golf shop with old clubs (scrubbed with fairy liquid) under your oxter and cash in your pocket. Some even made a day trip to a mythical land called Howth because it was believed a place of untold golfing bargains lay there. In truth we knew so little about the price or worth of clubs back then; we basically took what we were given and said nothing about it.

clip_image002[1]More and more nowadays golfers are using the traditional golf shops to look at clubs, feel them, swish them a bit and jot down the price before going home to see if they can get a better bargain on the computer. And oftentimes they can. Portals like Ebay, Onlinegolf, Golfsmith and others have changed the golf equipment landscape forever. Others like Golfbidder that both buy and sell used clubs are positively thriving. The internet golfer of 2010 uses the retail shop solely for reconnaissance, searches out the best bargain online, pays with paypal and waits for the postman to bring the presents. A quick trip to the custom fitter to have his irons tweaked and he still saves enough for a trendy pair of shoes.

So it looks like tough times for the retail golf shops. That unique advantage that shops one had of having clearly priced merchandise on site to examine and swish has turned into Mr Internet Golf’s biggest ally. Those I have spoken to in the business tell me there is actually little profit to be made on clubs. Clothing, consumables and accessories are where they traditionally make money. The web has emerged as the golf retailer’s biggest rival and the shops are going to have to get imaginative to avoid becoming defunct altogether.

One of the marketing strategies I have come up with is for retailers to treat their clients more like the pro’s. On tour, for instance, the professional visits his sponsors tour truck every week to collect his two boxes of golf balls, gloves, caps etc. Every so often he also has his equipment replenished. In a variation on this model, wouldn’t it be great if my local golf shop gave me a contract? I commit to buy a box of (say) Pro-V1 balls every month from my shop and every year they replace my Titleist driver. If all the profit is in the consumables and not equipment, might I be on to something here? Hell, I’d even put their logo on my bag.

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ochoa 98802719 Lorena Ochoa started her retirement yesterday after playing in her final LPGA Tour event at the weekend. Having been granted her choice of playing partner for the first two rounds of the Tres Marias Championship, Ochoa chose eventual winner Ai Miyazato. After collecting the trophy Miyazato broke down in tears choking on her words as she spoek about Ochoa. "She is one of my best friends," Miyazato said, beginning to cry. "I'm going to miss her." Ochoa now plans to raise a family and focus on her charity foundation. Ironically Ochoa lost the World No. 1 ranking she has held since April 2007 to Jiyai Shin who won in Japan on Sunday.

ishikawa 98804886 Never mind Rory’s 62 at Quail Hollow, how about Ryo Ishikawa’s 12-under 58 to win The Crowns Event on the Japan Tour. It was the lowest score ever on a major tour. The 18-year-old had 12 birdies in his bogey-free round at Nagoya Golf Club course. "I always dreamed of getting a score like this but didn't think I would do it so fast," Ishikawa said. "It hasn't really sunk in yet, but I'm sure it will after a few days." The previous best of 59 strokes had been shared by , Al Geiberger, Chip Beck and David Duval. Annika Sorenstam also had a 59 on the LPGA Tour.

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The current record on the Tour Truck for wedges built and delivered to individual Tour players in a single day is 157. There has been a lot of confusion about the grooves on wedges and how the rule on the grooves will affect amateur golfers. Currently Tour Professionals must use conforming grooves ocleveland CG15 laser cut groovesn wedges in competitive play. Normal amateur competition will not be affected until 2024 but there is another catch. The golf companies are not allowed to produce or sell non-conforming wedges after December 31st this year. I predict there will be a global shortage of high spin wedges around the middle of next year. Take a look at www.yearofthewedge.com where my good friend Greg Hopkins the CEO of Cleveland Golf explains all. This really cool website is full of facts and interesting points but if you want my advice, load up on your favourite illegal wedge before the end of this year.

with Derek Murray from www.foregolf.ie

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Problem:

Early extension is best defined as the hips and spine of a golfer going into extension or straightening up to early in the downswing. Golfers also complain of being stuck or trapped with their arms on the downswing. This is because the lower body has moved into the space where the arms need to go and usually results in either a golfer blocking the shot to the right or hooking it to the left as they use their hands excessively to deliver the clubhead to the ball.

Cause:

Research has shown that the golfer’s inability to perform a full deep squat or a full hip bend can force a player to early extend during the downswing. Failure to perform these movements generally means that there is stiffness in the muscles and joints in the lower body. These limitations might alter good posture at address and force players to change their spinal posture in the swing. In the TPI screen the overhead Deep Squat best evaluates these limitations. 64% of golfers suffer from early extension.

Exercise:

Practice squatting to decrease your chances of early extension. Try to get your knees aligned over your feet while keeping your heels on the ground. If you are unable to keep your heels on the ground, it is almost impossible to maintain posture during the downswing. The actual TPI test involves doing this squat whilst holding a bar over your head.

Log on to www.wayneocallaghangolf.com PGA Pro and TPI fitness instructor for more info.

Bob Harig from ESPN reports that Rory McIlroy though too young to buy a beer, is a a kid mature beyond his years.

“This was a good day for golf. A very good day.

It doesn't get much better than a guy who can't rent a car nor buy a drink in the United States shooting a course-record 62 alongside a graybeard of 24 to win his first PGA Tour event.

Or a teenager halfway around the world shooting 58 for that matter.

Rory McIlory has long been destined for greatness, a kid mature beyond his years already well-schooled in the rigors of the professional game.

At 20, he has played in six major championships, and Sunday he became the youngest player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win on the PGA Tour with a stunning victory at the Quail Hollow Championship.

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Rory McIlroy's stirring course-record 62 on Sunday at the Quail Hollow Championship helped the Northern Irishman win his first PGA Tour event.

His 10-under-par effort came after learning that Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, 18, shot 12-under-par 58 to win a Japan Tour event by 5 strokes at the Crowns tournament, his seventh title on the Japanese circuit.

The stage was not quite the same, but Ishikawa is already a huge star in his homeland and competed in last year's Presidents Cup. He has played in four major championships.

Not bad, that kind of young firepower producing on the same day.

"I'm just trying to keep up with him," joked McIlory, who is from the Northern Ireland town of Holywood. "I played that tournament [in Japan] a couple years ago. The greens are so small, they can get the greens rock hard there. It's a very impressive round.

"Every time I've played with him, he's been great, and obviously with myself winning today, as well, it looks good for the future."

Yes it does, and that is a very important point. Golf has long sought a few young players to step up and be the next generation of superstars. McIlroy's caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald, a veteran bag-toter who has worked for the likes of Ernie Els, among others, cringed at the inevitable comparisons to Woods.

quiros open de espana News from the European Tour site

Alvaro Quiros has joined Seve Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia as the only home winners of the Open de España since 1972.

At 35th in the world, Quiros was the highest-ranked player in the field at the Real Club de Golf in Seville, and Europe's biggest hitter grabbed his fourth European Tour title with a par on the first hole of a play-off with English rookie James Morrison.

In his first start since winning in Madeira three weeks ago, 25 year old Morrison threatened to make it back-to-back victories in only the sixth and seventh European Tour events of his career.

But after firing a five under par 67 to force sudden death the former England youth cricketer - he shared a room with Alastair Cook - pulled his approach into the lake when the pair returned to the 432 yard 18th.

Morrison double-bogeyed to hand the title and winner's cheque of €333,330 to Quiros on a plate after they had tied on 11 under par.

The victory lifts the Malaga golfer from 17th to seventh in The Ryder Cup points standings.

Open de Espana Round 3 news from the European Tour

mark foster More than 200 European Tour events and seven years on from his only victory, England's Mark Foster takes a three stroke lead into the final day of the Open de España in Seville.

Worksop's second most famous golfer - World Number Four Lee Westwood is the first, of course - is on 12 under par after a third round 69.

Now he must just hope that he does not come a cropper like the leaders following the opening two days.

First Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez followed up a 65 with a 79 and only just survived the halfway cut, then Swede Johan Edfors returned after a second round 64 and slumped to a 76.

World Number 363 Foster's sole success on The European Tour came with a 40 foot eagle putt after a six-man play-off in South Africa, but he will be hoping this one does not have that drama.

Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Carlos Del Moral and Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin share second place, but the home pair both finished poorly.

Big-hitter Quiros, at 35th the highest-ranked player in the field, hooked into the water on the last and bogeyed for a 67, while Del Moral dropped a shot at the 17th and 18th and signed for a 70, one better than Jacquelin.

Story of the day came from Darren Clarke, although not about the 72 that kept him at level par and deep in the pack, but rather what happened to him after the second round.

The former Ryder Cup hero flew to London in mid-afternoon thinking he would miss the cut, but arrived back home to discover there was a good chance of him surviving.

Told there was a flight from Gatwick to Malaga at 7.25pm he set off for it, but M25 traffic prevented him making that.

"We then looked into getting a (private) jet to get me back here, but as it was the Bank Holiday weekend and they were all busy," said the Ulsterman.

"At 8.15pm though I got a call telling me to get to Oxford airport as soon as possible. It took off at 10.30pm, I got to Malaga at 1.55am and the hotel at 4.15am."

He reckoned he had less than an hour's sleep before getting up to prepare for his 8.45am tee-off time.

Even with a barrage of birdies on the final day Clarke is unlikely to cover the cost of his return private jet.

He refused to reveal exactly how much, but added: "With the Tour staging such a good event it would have been very unprofessional not to make the event.

"I was not quite at the races and I'm off for some more sleep now."

Sebi Garcia, second at halfway, dropped back to six under alongside Edfors with a 75.

Foster said: "I was off to a slowish start, but stayed patient and gave myself a little reminder to keep going.

"Last time I had the lead was the British Masters and a couple of guys (Westwood and Ian Poulter) played really well.

"Whatever happens happens, but I am in a good frame of mind. I was surprised how relaxed I was, but tomorrow is another day."

Thanks to an injury to Indian Jeev Milkha Singh he is back with his former caddie Janet Squire for the first time in about a year this week.

"I didn't have one coming here from Korea. Janet's been sat a home for six weeks and was happy to come out. She's a brilliant caddie - one I can trust."

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Johan Edfors carded an eight under par 64 to establish a two shot lead midway through the Open de España.

The Swede stormed out of the blocks with five birdies in his first seven holes and after a single bogey added four more on the way in to reach ten under at the halfway stage.johan edfors

That was enough to overhaul overnight leader Ricardo Gonzalez - who was amongst the day's later starters having shot a first round 67 - while England's Danny Willett returned to a happy hunting ground in Seville with a second successive 68.

The 22 year old vicar's son from Sheffield reached halfway on eight under par - two years after the then world number one amateur played at the Real Club de Golf course and in only his second European Tour start fired a third round 64.

"I think I got to about ten under that day, but the cameras then came and I got a bit scared," he said. "Now it's just a sign that you are doing well."

On his own admission the former Walker Cup player - he was a teammate of Rory McIlroy in 2007 - did not play well in Wednesday's pro-am.

But he now believes it was a blessing in disguise.

"I saw the brutality of the rough and realised you really can't go in it, so I'm not  hitting as many drivers as I usually do."

After only 11 putts in a back nine 35 he had four birdies and a bogey in his last six holes, hitting a nine iron to four feet on the eighth and two-putting the long ninth.

Edfors, whose three European Tour wins all came in 2006 as a Qualifying School graduate, was five adrift of Argentina's Gonzalez at only two under overnight.

Gonzalez, yet to resume, was down into a tie for fourth with Edfors' fellow countryman Mikael Lundberg and also Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Spaniard Carlos Del Moral.

Edfors doubled his lead to two when he struck a three iron to four feet on the short seventh and made his ninth birdie of the day.

Two closing pars for a best-of-the-week 64 made him ten under, with Willett joined in second place by Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin when he birdied the last two for a 67.

"I probably aimed a little bit too high after my three wins in 2006," admitted the 34 year old Edfors, who had knee surgery at the start of February.

Paul McGinley and Mark Roe were not enamoured by Tiger Woods interview technique after his first round at Quail Hollow.  And who could blame them?  Tiger’s monosyllabic answers would be more at home in Court than in front of the Mike.  Tiger’s fans are desperately looking for any redeeming quality but their man isn’t cooperating just yet.

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Report from the European Tour webiste

ricardo gonzalez Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez shot a seven under par 65 to take the clubhouse lead at the first round of the Open de España.

The 40 year old SAS Masters champion carded a hat-trick of birdies from the fourth - his 13th - and picked up another shot at the last to overhaul England’s Paul Waring.

The former English Amateur champion had moments earlier compiled a six under 66, but in contrast to Gonzalez the 25 year old bogeyed his final hole.

There was then a two shot gap back to Gonzalez’s compatriot Rafa Echenique on four under.

Waring had an eagle and six birdies on the Real Club de Golf course in Seville.

Gonzalez has happy memories of the venue - it was on the same lay-out that he won the 2004 Open de Sevilla.

Waring got off to a real flying start, grabbing birdies at the first three holes and then hitting a four iron to eight feet for an eagle on the fifth.

He was relieved to simply be playing in the tournament. Unable to get home from Dubai over a week ago because of the volcanic ash cloud, the Birkenhead golfer was originally given a new flight date of May 1.

"We managed to get out on Sunday night, though, and flew here yesterday," he said. "I'm really happy with that start."

He has yet to have a top-five finish since gaining a European Tour card at the 2007 Qualifying School.

Dane Søren Kjeldsen and Dubliner Peter Lawrie, winner of the last two events on the course, had to be content with 71 and 72 respectively.

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Sky Sports report today on Lee Westwood’s advice to Rory McIlroy to get him back on track:

Rory-McIlroy-Lee-Westwood_2357151 Lee Westwood has urged Rory McIlroy to follow his head and heart as he looks to rediscover his best form.

After a stellar season last time around when he won his first professional event and he finished as European number two behind Westwood, the Northern Irish youngster has found the going tougher in 2010.

A recent mini-slump saw him miss his second consecutive halfway cut at the Masters earlier in the month and prompted McIlroy to announce that he could take an extended break from the game.

But he is back in action at the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina starting on Thursday, an event which also features Tiger Woods and the two players who finished first and second at Augusta - Phil Mickelson and Westwood.

"Rory should do whatever he wants," stated the Englishman when asked if McIlroy had spoken to him before taking up membership of the PGA Tour this year.

"That's something I've learnt over the last few years. If Rory wants to play on this Tour and be a member of this Tour then he should do it.

Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel writes about Anthony Kim’s need for surgery and the fact that he doesnt seek refuge behind excuses.

“It’s going to happen, just a matter of when?” Anthony Kim reasoned with a dismissive shrug of his shoulders.
No, the young American wasn’t opining on when he’ll land that coveted f

Anthony Kim

irst major or his second title here at the Quail Hollow Club. Nor was AK talking about the Ryder Cup, although the biennial matches are never far from his mind, or the inevitable jetlag that is coming his way after an 18-hour journey on Monday from Korea to Charlotte.
The inevitable, at least in this case, is a surgical procedure to reattach a torn ligament in Kim’s left thumb, the byproduct doctors say of the wear and tear of the golf swing and a winching constant in his game for the better part of 16 months.

Anthony Kim won at Quail Hollow in 2008.

Not that Kim had any interest on a stormy afternoon of passing the buck for a driver that’s gone sideways. That’s not how things work in the Kim household.
“You don’t want to make excuses,” Kim said. “If there’s anything my parents taught me it’s don’t make excuses.”
Truth is there’s no need for AK to make excuses. Not when your spring card reads runner-up-T-22-first-third with an Augusta National high-wire high-card.
“I take a lot of Advil,” Kim said. “Feel like I should have their logo on my bag.”
His play should be giving his fraternity brothers angina, particularly considering that the strongest part of Kim’s game, his driving, has been turned into a liability in large part because of his injured left thumb.
Kim’s uber-cool swing coach Adam Schreiber toldGolfChannel.com that the problem comes with longer clubs. The extra lag causes the club to get stuck behind him and doesn’t allow Kim to fade the ball.
“When Anthony is playing well his strength is his driver,” Schreiber said. “He can drive it up the cart path. That’s what makes this so tough.”
For all those who have questioned Kim’s focus and dedication since he turned pro in 2006 consider this: for the past 16 months he’s been grinding away with a single-minded focus. Winning tournaments, majors? Sure, but what is driving Kim now from flinching swing to flinching swing is the chance to don his second U.S. Ryder Cup uniform later this year in Wales.

First Name

Last Name

Season

Last 5 events

Scoring Avge

Cut Streak

Overall

Prob of

winning

Francesco

Molinari

25.00

18.20

70.34

5

86.978

Alvaro

Quiros

22.62

32.40

69.76

0

85.416

Edoardo

Molinari

29.00

33.80

70.43

0

84.284

Miguel Angel

Jimenez

47.57

32.80

71.55

5

83.970

Soren

Kjeldsen

34.38

32.20

71.10

8

81.830

Alexander

Noren

44.25

47.00

71.32

3

73.837

Simon

Dyson

47.57

53.60

72.11

0

73.318

Gregory

Bourdy

34.14

42.40

70.50

3

71.920

Gonzalo

Fdez-Castano

53.00

50.60

71.10

0

68.253

Danny

Willett

44.78

26.80

70.62

5

68.212

tiger nike smaile ESPN reports on Tigers tee time

Tiger Woods will be paired with reigning British Open champ Stewart Cink and 2009 Masters champ Angel Cabrera for the first two rounds of this weekend's Quail Hollow Championship.

Woods, Cink and Cabrera will tee off Thursday at 11:40 pm GMT on the 10th tee. They have a 4.50 p.m. GMT  tee time off the first tee on Friday.

Woods is playing in his second tournament of the year at Quail Hollow after a 144-day layoff.

Associated Press also report that Tiger has not yet entered the British Open.

Tiger Woods has not yet entered the British Open, but organizers expect him to try to become the first player to win the title three times at St. Andrews on the tournament's 150th anniversary.

 

Woods is one of five players to have won the Open twice at the Old Course -- taking the last two majors played there in 2000 and 2005 -- and returned to competitive golf recently at the Masters after a long layoff following a sex scandal.

"Tiger Woods has not yet entered, but in a normal year he would not have done that anyway, so I am absolutely certain he will be with us," Royal and Ancient Club chief executive Peter Dawson said in a briefing Tuesday.

The deadline to enter is May 27. The British Open is July 15-18.

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Pablo Larrazabal of Spain gets a quick forty winks during the fog-delayed opening round of the Ballantine's Championship at Pinx Golf Club in Jeju island, South Korea.  Larrazabal shares the rare ability of being able to sleep at will whilst standing with the likes of Pope Benedict, Shane McGowan, Grandpa Simpson and horses.

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