Tiger Woods is back on the course and ready to go for next week’s British Open.
The world’s top-ranked golfer released a lengthy blog post on his official website Saturday morning, in which he announced he had returned to the course and was expecting to be at full strength at Muirfield Golf Club.
Based on his statement, Woods has yet to begin driving the ball off the tee. He said that he’s been chipping and putting “a little” since last week, but he made no statements on whether he pulled the driver out of his bag or has played a full practice round yet.
The 2013 Open Championship gets underway Thursday, July 18, and will mark Woods’ first return to the course since the U.S. Open.
Woods finished 13-over par in a tie for 32nd place at this year’s Open, held at Merion Golf Club’s notoriously difficult East Course. Out of contention throughout much of the tournament, Woods was noticeably hampered by a lingering elbow injury. He grimaced multiple times over his four rounds, coyly giving little information on the extent of his condition.
In another press release posted after the U.S. Open, Woods announced that he had aggravated a pre-existing injury and would sit out for the month-plus gap between the two major tournaments. As a result, Woods missed his own tournament, the AT&T National.