Could Tiger Woods be set for historic Irish Open appearance?

Could Tiger Woods be set for historic Irish Open appearance?

Woods, 42, returned to competitive action earlier this year after a two-year spell in which he played only occasionally due to long-standing back problems.

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

Woods first became Champion Golfer of the Year in 2000 at St Andrews and did so again, at the Home of Golf, in 2005.

The three-time Open victor has missed the previous two championships - at Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale - but will return for his 20th appearance this year.

The Irish Open has already received one major boost after sponsors Dubai Duty Free committed to a four-year extension of its sponsorship deal with an agreement running through to 2022.

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Tiger Woods has been paired with long-time rival Phil Mickelson at the Players Championship.

"I won two of my Open Championships in Scotland, and the other one in England so let's try and add another one in there". His tied-second place (T2) at the Valspar Championships earlier in the year was his best finish since 2013.

Woods' 240-yard approached rolled through the back of the green and stopped on the fringe, but he buried an 18-foot eagle putt to get back to even par for the tournament.

Woods has three career victories in the event, with the last coming in 2006 at Royal Liverpool, and in his two appearances at Carnoustie, he has finished seventh (1999) and 12th (2007).

Harrington also said he thought Woods would be "right on form and ready to go" in the Open Championship at Carnoustie this summer.

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