Tiger Woods finally answers question golf fans have been asking for ages

Living golf legend Tiger Woods has delivered his verdict after his opening round of the 2024 US Open at Pinehurst No.2 on Thursday.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods says he doesn't want to play PGA Tour events in-between major championships over fears of getting injured.

The question has been on golf fans' minds for quite some time now when it comes to the topic of the illustrious golfer. 

Woods, 48, has been reduced to limited starts since sustaining traumatic injuries to his right leg in his February 2021 car crash. 

When he has played, there have been glimpses of the Woods of old. 

But if we are being truthful thus far into his latest remarkable comeback his body has not held up well enough for the golfer to complete four rounds comfortably, let alone contend. 

Woods carded an opening round of four-over 74 at the 2024 US Open at Pinehurst No.2. 

It begged the question, would he benefit if he was able to throw in a PGA Tour event now-and-then during the major season?

Of course, it has crossed Woods' mind. 

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

"I'm physically getting better as the year has gone on," Woods told reporters. 

"I just haven't been able to play as much because I just don't want to hurt myself pre, then I won't be able to play in the major championships.

"It's pick your poison, right? Play a lot with the potential of not playing, or not playing and fight being not as sharp."

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Woods played his opening round of the third men's major of the year alongside Matthew Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris

He started well, birdieing the par-5 10th before making five consecutive pars. 

Then things started to unravel somewhat with six bogeys in five holes before he stopped the rot at the par-5 fifth. 

Woods played his final four holes in one-over to post 74 and sit at T-79 with the afternoon wave yet to tee off. 

"I didn't hit my irons particularly well," Woods added. 

"Didn't putt that great. Drove it on the string all day. Unfortunately I just didn't capitalize on it."

Woods went straight to the practice area after his news conference to practice his putting. 

He said his speed was not quite right and was frustrated with the number of three-putts he had. 

The topic of the greens, once again, has been talked about at length. 

The USGA had them running at 14 on the stimp on day one. 

And they aren't going to get slower.

"The greens are right where they want 'em," Woods said.  

"A lot of the pins were right up on the crest of the green. A lot of the pins were -- if you dumped the ball in the middle of the green, it was into the grain then downgrain, into the grain and then downgrain. 

"That's how the golf course is going to be set up. We know that going in here. 

"[It is] just a matter of putting the ball in correct spots and just making a bunch of pars and occasionally a birdie here and there, it can be done.

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