British Open 2012: Woods Is Back! Update, TV Coverage, Dates

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ ups and downs on and off the golf course have been well documented. The highs include 74 tour wins and 14 major championships, both which lead all active PGA Tour players, and a net worth in the hundreds of millions.

The lows include a divorce from the beautiful Elin Nordegren  following various numerous reports of  infidelity on his part and slip in his play in which Woods fell from No. 1 to No. 58 in world rankings.

But one of the sport’s all-time greats appears to be getting his game back together, judging by his play over the last year or more.

Woods’ also enjoyed a terrific first-round at the British Open Thursday, carding an impressive 67 with four birdies on the first seven holes.   (The event can be seen live on ESPN beginning at 4:30a ET with coverage also online at ESPN3. ABC takes over with weekend coverage from 3p to 6p ET on Saturday and Sunday).

Tiger cooled off a bit on the back nine, but was still steady with several pars and just one bogey to stay near the top of the leaderboard.  And that’s a good thing for TV ratings, which are usually much higher when Woods is in contention.

While other players have stepped up their games in recent years, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to name a few. there’s only one Tiger Woods.  And if his play Thursday was any indication, Tiger will do his part to make the British Open a very exciting event.

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