Woods applies finishing touches

Tiger Woods had his final look at the Hoylake course ahead of Thursday's start

Tiger Woods had his final look at the Hoylake course ahead of Thursday's start

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Three-time champion Tiger Woods put the finishing touches to his game in a short final practice session in preparation for the 143rd Open Championship which afforded him time for his army of fans at Royal Liverpool.

The former world number one played just the first and second holes, having been at Hoylake since Saturday and completed full rounds on Sunday and Tuesday, before retiring to do some chipping and putting behind the second green.

Once that was complete the American happily signed autographs for some of the group which had gathered to watch as he walked the short distance back to the clubhouse.

On reaching the putting green in front of the clubhouse he made the turn towards the players' entrance but did not exchange greetings with Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson who was passing in the opposite direction towards the course.

Watson had said earlier in the week he planned to speak with Woods about the state of his game and September's biennial match with Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland - for which the 14-time major winner will most likely require a wildcard pick to qualify having missed more than two months of the season after back surgery.

Earlier Woods stopped for a picture with Bradley Neil, who booked his place in the tournament by winning the 2014 Amateur Championship.

"My week has definitely been made! Meeting TIGER WOODS!!!! Possibly getting a game at Augusta as well! #gobsmacked," the 18-year-old Scot wrote on Twitter alongside his photo with the winner of 14 majors.


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