LOS ANGELES: Tiger Woods said Saturday (Sunday in Manila) that he was ready for the British Open and an elbow injury won’t be a problem when the year’s third major championship starts Thursday at Muirfield.
“I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I’m full go for the British Open,” said Woods on his website.
“I’m very confident that my left elbow strain won’t be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need. That’s why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again.”
However, Woods said he was still taking anti-inflammatory medication and getting treatment for the injury. “The big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough,” he added.
World number one Woods fought through the elbow pain during the US Open last month, but he finished the tournament 13 over par and 12 shots adrift of winner Justin Rose. In 16 appearances in the event it marked the 14-time major winner’s worst finish.
Meanwhile, Daniel Summerhays, who is seeking his first PGA Tour win, fired a nine-under-par 62 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to grab a two-shot lead after the third round of the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
Canada’s David Hearn shot 64 and moved into second place at 17-under, while defending champion Zach Johnson, of the US, dropped into third at minus-16 as the field heads into Sunday’s final round.
The 29-year-old Summerhays shot a career low round Saturday and is 19-under 194 through 54 holes at TPC Deere Run. American Summerhays missed three consecutive cuts before tying for ninth at last week’s Greenbrier Classic.
Summerhays rolled in 10 birdies while matching the lowest third-round score in event history.
“I think when I’m playing well the mentality is make as many birdies as you can,” Summerhays said. “I’m really looking forward to (Sunday). I’m playing really well.”
J.J. Henry (65) and Jerry Kelly (66) are tied for fourth at 15-under, one shot in front of Nicholas Thompson (64), Chris Kirk (66) and Matt Jones (68).
Summerhays has been on a hot streak all week at the Deere Run course.
“I know there’s going to be obstacles and challenges, as there always are. There are always things that stand in your way. But I’m just excited to see what those are and deal with them,” Summerhays said.
Hearn closed with three birdies in four holes to get within two strokes of Summerhays.
Johnson drained a 60-foot putt for an eagle on No. 2 but made bogey on the par-four No. 6 and the par-four 11th hole.
Johnson says he is confident heading into the fourth round.