Tiger Woods keeps 150th Open Championship practice venue a secret

Three-time Open champion Tiger Woods has refused to reveal where he will be training ahead of the historic 150th championship at St Andrews.

As we saw last week, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Scottie Scheffler, Rickie Fowler and Sam Burns traveled to Lahinch, Tralee and Ballybunion in Ireland to prepare to compete in the birthplace of golf.

Spieth was hilariously accompanied by a goat as he golfed in Lahinch and stunning footage was released of him and Thomas walking through the dunes with pints of Guinness.

We can’t expect Woods to walk around in pints of the black stuff. His body is a temple and his health is his top priority as he deals with the aftermath of major surgery on his right leg.

Frustratingly, we may have to dig to find out where Woods will be training in Ireland ahead of the Open. He didn’t tell the media at the JP McManus Pro-Am which courses he would visit in pursuit of his fourth Claret Jug, but he did reveal his favorite courses and holes on the open rotation.

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“No, I don’t want to tell you because I don’t want everyone to come down and watch us. So, yes. Yes and yes,” Woods said.

“On the Open rotation, well, I think, well, first of all, you can’t beat 1 and 18 at St Andrews. Let’s start there. There are a few holes in Muirfield that I Really appreciate Obviously the postage stamp I’m sure I’m missing a few more.

“There’s one in Birkdale that’s pretty good, it was like the fourth or fifth hole, the long, dogleg right. It’s still a good one. There’s some good holes there that we have the chance to play as part of the rotation but nothing quite as iconic as first and 18 at St Andrews.

“To be able to have, for me, as a youngster, know the short history of the Open Championship and watch Arnold play, play his last Open Championship, that was awesome.”

“And Jack also retiring, I had a chance to win the Open when Jack also retired.”

The Open couldn’t have fallen in a better place to coincide with Woods’ sensational return to golf. The course, despite its history and prestige, is unlikely to provide as grueling a test as Southern Hills at the US PGA Championship.

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