Tiger Woods says he would “love to play at St Andrews” on his “favourite course in the world” when the 150th Open is staged in the Scottish town next July.
The 45-year-old, who won two of his three Opens on the Old Course, faces a race to be fit after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash last February.
“I would love to be able to play that Open Championship, there’s no doubt. Physically, hopefully I can,” he said.
“The tournament’s not going to go anywhere, but I need to get there.”
However, the 15-time major champion, who nearly lost his right leg in the single vehicle crash near Los Angeles, still does not know if he will be able to return to competitive golf.
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And he says that while a return to playing a full tour schedule is highly unlikely, he wants to target certain one-off tournaments. It is clear among them is next year’s Open.
“I would love to play at St Andrews,” said Woods who was victorious at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005.
“It’s my favourite golf course in the world. To be a two-time Open champion there, just being a part of the champions dinner is really neat.
“From my first one in 2005, Peter Thomson was still alive, and I sat right next to him and to hear him tell stories of when he came over and the shots he played and how he did it, that was awesome.”
However, Woods, who suffered open fractures to both the upper and lower portions of his right leg as well as ankle damage, admits he remains a long way from being able to physically compete at the highest level.