Tiger Woods could be at the 150th Open Championship, but it all depends on his body and whether he will be ready. Sandy Lyle talked about it in an interview for the mirror: “I think we were all gobsmacked he was going to play in the Masters, and that personally wouldn’t have been my first choice for him knowing what he’s had to put up with in terms of walking.
“Walking was the biggest thing for him. You look at his body, he’s fit and his attitude is good, like it’s always good. But is his body going to let him down when he gets down the stretch? Swelling is a big thing he has to worry about right now.
“It’s not like he’s not fit enough to get round, he’s been in hospital, hasn’t walked – he’s been training hard for many months and he doesn’t do it at a third rate. “It’s really about how his body is going to react, and I think it reacted OK.
I think he was struggling a bit at night time because of swelling. It’s a bit like tennis players, after a four or five hour tennis match and they go into ice baths to try and get themselves back to some sort of normal, get the swelling down.
Sandy Lyle on Woods’ injuries
It will be a great opportunity for Tiger Woods to come back in style and show his quality. However, injuries are what bother him for a long time, but he does not give up on his greatest love.
“That’s where Tiger is going to struggle a little bit, but maybe not so much at St Andrews, because it’s a flatter golf course. It’s just the standing, walking and standing, his ankles could swell a bit and swelling is what he doesn’t want in his legs and his knees.
“But only he knows what he can do and can’t do, I can only observe what I see from the outside. What he did swing-wise at the Masters and what he’s doing body-wise, it all looks pretty A-1. “There’s no reason he shouldn’t contend for The Open in a few weeks’ time, and I think he’s got a great chance”.