sport news Golf: Tiger Woods admits he is targeting a final fling at St Andrews at next ...

sport news Golf: Tiger Woods admits he is targeting a final fling at St Andrews at next ...
sport news Golf: Tiger Woods admits he is targeting a final fling at St Andrews at next ...

Tiger Woods has long described St Andrews as his favourite place in the world to play golf. Now, the lure of the Old Course and the 150th Open in July might prove pivotal in keeping him from giving up the game competitively.

After the sobering revelations in a Golf Digest interview on Monday came an equally realistic press conference in the Bahamas on Tuesday as host of the Hero World Challenge, a glitzy invitational event featuring 20 stars including Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy.

In his first such gathering since his horrific car accident last February, Woods admitted during the 40-minute sit-down that his back was hurting, his right leg was giving him gyp, and some big decisions have still to be made as to how far he wants to push himself in a bid to return to the game once more.

Tiger Woods will not return full-time to golf

Woods won the 2000 Open to complete the career Grand Slam

The lure of July's 150th Open may keep Tiger Woods from giving up competitive golf

Woods revealed earlier this week he will not play full time again following a horrific car crash

Woods revealed earlier this week he will not play full time again following a horrific car crash

'I can hit a few shots, I can chip and putt, but I am so far from going out there and competing against the world's best,' he revealed. 

'I have a long way to go to get to that point and I haven't decided whether or not I want to get to that point. I've a long way to go in the rehab process and it's not the fun part. It's reps and breaking up scar tissue and things that really hurt.'

The fact the Open is returning to the Old Course in what sounds a plausible timeframe might help him deal with the pain.

'Yeah, I would love to be at St Andrews, there's no doubt about that,' he enthused. 'To be a two-time champion there, just being part of the champions' dinner is really neat. Physically, hopefully I can play, but I've got to get there first. Tournament's not going to go anywhere, but I need to get there.'

But the Open returning to the Old Course in St Andrews might help him deal with rehab pain

But the Open returning to the Old Course in St Andrews might help him deal

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