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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Articles tagged: 2018 British Open

Twitter reacts to Tiger Woods’ amazing bunker shot at British Open

Tiger Woods looked like his old self in the final two rounds of The Open Championship over the weekend, and he really turned back the clock with an insanely difficult bunker shot on Sunday.

After putting his tee shot into a deep pot bunker at the par-4 11th hole, it seemed like Woods would have to lay up because of the infamous creek that runs across the front of the green. Clearly feeling as confident as ever, Tiger had other plans:

That was a pitching wedge from Tiger, and the ferocity with which he swung should give you an idea of how difficult the shot was. He was unable to sink his birdie putt, but he saved par to hang onto the lead at the time on what could have very easily been a bogey.

As you might expect, Twitter loved the aggressiveness:

Woods has been dealing with a minor injury throughout The Open, but he was clearly telling the truth when asked about it on Thursday.

Tiger Woods says neck injury requiring tape is ‘no big deal’

Fans of Tiger Woods were sent into a frenzy on Thursday morning when the 14-time major champion showed up to The Open Championship with two pieces of therapeutic tape on the back of his neck, but Woods insists the ailment is a minor one.

After he shot an even-par 71 in the opening round, Tiger was asked about his neck injury and if it affected his game.

“It was a hell of a lot better than my back hurting,” he said with a smile. “Yeah, I’ve been taped up, bandaged up — it’s just that you were able to see this one. It’s no big deal. Just gotta play.”

Earlier in the day, Tiger’s camp revealed that the injury was something that popped up overnight.

Woods obviously has a lengthy injury history and has been forced to withdraw from a number of tournaments, but it doesn’t sound like there is any risk of that at The Open Championship. As he mentioned, he’s dealt with far worse injuries throughout his career.

Watch: Ian Poulter hits luckiest shot of British Open

Ian Poulter struggled a bit in the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday, but the end result could have been a lot worse if not for one of the luckiest shots you will ever see on a golf course.

Poulter’s tee shot on the 18th hole found some thick rough, and he tried to muscle his ball out and fly it to the green on his second shot. He ended up not catching nearly enough of it, and it looked as though the ball was going to roll into a creek. Poulter was fortunate to watch it take a big bounce over the creek, but then the ball rolled into a bunker. It didn’t stay in the bunker, however, as it somehow rolled over the lip and trickled up near the green.

Just have a look at this:

Poulter managed to save par and finish with a score of 2-over for the round, which wasn’t all that great on a day where the leaders finished 4- and 5-under. Still, even he couldn’t resist smiling after catching that break. I guess when you make some of the most clutch putts of the season you’re bound to get lucky at least once.