Tiger Woods finishes tied for 39th at JP McManus Pro-Am, where Xander Schauffele wins

Tiger Woods finishes tied for 39th at JP McManus Pro-Am, where Xander Schauffele wins

Tiger Woods closed with a 2 of 74 to finish tied for 39th on Tuesday at the JP McManus Pro-Am, a star-studded event in Limerick, Ireland, which served as the tune-up for next week’s Open Championship.

The good news for Woods is that Tuesday’s round marked a slight improvement from his opening 77 on Monday. The highlights were back-to-back birdies on the par-4 15th and par-3 16th, before an error on the 18th, where he recorded the last of his four bogeys of the day.

The crowd, however, didn’t seem to mind. It was greeted with loud applause on the 18th and some fans chanted “Tiger, Tiger!” as he left the last green of Adare Manor.

Next up for Woods will be the 150th Open Championship at famed St. Andrews starting July 14. It will be his third official event since suffering serious leg injuries in a car crash outside Los Angeles in February 2021. He finished 47th at the Masters in April. , then retired after the third round of the PGA Championship in May. He skipped the US Open last month due to issues with his surgically repaired leg.

One name to watch in St. Andrews will be Xander Schauffele. Hot on the heels of his PGA Tour triumph at the Travelers last week, Schauffele went 64-70 for a 10-under aggregate and a one-shot victory over fellow American Sam Burns at JP McManus. His first round 64 tied the pro-am low round (Padraig Harrington was carded the same Tuesday), and he followed it up with a round 2 at three birdies and a bogey.

Schauele, like many high-profile players, is on the court for this week’s Scottish Open.

Other notable results in the 49-man field (Jordan Spieth was disqualified on Monday) at JP McManus include: Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy (5 under, tied for sixth); Dustin Johnson (3 under, tied for 13th); Bryson DeChambeau (1 under, tied for 21st); and Scottie Scheffler (even, tied for 23rd).

Irish LPGA Tour member Leona Maguire, the only woman in the field, went 72-76 to finish tied for 33rd.

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