Tiger Woods was out practicing at Royal Liverpool, the venue for next week's 143rd British Open and the course where he won the 2006 title.

Woods set out mid-morning in the company of fellow American Patrick Reed who captured this year's WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.

It is the first time Woods has set foot on the course since he captured his third Claret Jug in 2006 and when golf's oldest Major was last staged at the north-western English venue.

And in contrast to eight years ago the Royal Liverpool course is a lot greener and not as hard as it was eight years ago when Woods hardly used his driver over the four days in winning by two shots and just weeks after the passing of his father and mentor, Earl.

Woods appearance in this week's British Open will be his first in a Major this season after undergoing back surgery in March.

Since then the 14-time Major winner has contested just one event and that was missing the halfway cut in last month's PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Club in Maryland. – AFP