Tiger Woods 'stronger,' 'more explosive' as he hunts British Open title

Tiger Woods has played just 36 holes of golf in the past four months. (AFP)

Tiger Woods has played just 36 holes of golf in the past four months. (AFP)

Dave Hilson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:34 AM ET

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND - For anyone doubting Tiger Woods’ ability to take home the Claret Jug at this year’s British Open, the 14-time major champion asks that you look back to 2008 for evidence to the contrary.

Woods is coming into this week’s Open having played just 36 holes of competitive golf in the past four months because of a pinched nerve in his back that required surgery at the end of March.

He recovered from the surgery and rehab much quicker than many had anticipated to play in the Quicken Loans National at the end of June — the tournament he hosts at Congressional — and failed to make the cut after shooting rounds of 74 and 75.

In many ways, it’s not that different from the situation in which Woods found himself back in 2008, when he returned from injury to win the U.S. Open. And it’s why he says he’ll be satisfied with nothing less than a victory here at Hoylake.

“I think I’ve been in circumstances like this before,” Woods said.


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