There was no major topic before the start of the week and one day after the US Masters 2022, superstar Tiger Woods continues to dominate the headlines. Not that he drew attention to himself with outstanding golf, but his mere presence at the Augusta National Golf Club magically transformed the tournament and delighted the numerous patrons around the course.
Tiger loves the big stage and the big stage loves Tiger.
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Immediately after the final rounds at the US Masters 2022, Tiger went directly to the next interview and here he was asked about his plans for the future.
And fans hoping to see their superstar on the pitch more often in the future weren’t disappointed, although Tiger had to cut back a little and let his participation in the PGA Championship remain open: “I’ll never play a full program again , but only the big events,” said Woods of the schedule for the coming months.
“I don’t know if I’ll be playing Southern Hills or not, but I’m looking forward to St Andrews.” The Old Course at St Andrews is one of the oldest golf courses in the world and the oldest to survive in Scotland.
The Old Course is a public course set on public land in St Andrews, County of Fife, Scotland and is managed in trust by the St Andrews Trust under an Act of Parliament. The clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) is established next to the first tee.
Although the R&A might be thought to own the course, they are actually just one of many clubs with playing privileges on the course which they share with everyone. Uncertainty remains as to the first use of the Old Course land for the practice of golf, however the first written record is a document issued in 1552 which allowed the community to raise rabbits on the links and to “play golf, playing football, hunting…
and any other hobby”. The first record of golf being played on the Old Course dates back to 1574, which would make the Old Course the fifth oldest links course in Scotland. However, records from the reign of King James IV show that he purchased golf clubs in St Andrews in 1506, just five years after his first purchase in Perth, which may indicate that the Old Course is much older than written records show.
The course evolved in fact without the help of a real architect for many years. Initially, it was played on the same fairways which were traveled once in one direction and then in the other towards the holes which marked the ends.
As the number of players increased, the gorse was cut to make way for two fairways. The surfaces of all the greens (greens) were also significantly increased and two holes were installed on each green.