COUNTY ANTRIM – Less than two hours after setting foot in Northern Ireland for the first time, Tiger Woods had checked into his rental home, changed, and was on the first tee on a glorious Sunday morning for his first look at mighty Royal Portrush.
If you’re charitable, you’d say that what followed over the next five hours was a man moving and talking like a 43-year-old who’d just stepped off the plane from America.
His speech sounded a touch slurred, akin to the end of the Ryder Cup when he was plainly exhausted. His movements were sluggish, too.
After all the speculation about his health amid a schedule that has seen him complete just 10 rounds since winning the Masters, his lack of mobility during his practice round alongside Patrick Reed offered little reassurance.
Woods, however, proffered an explanation as to why he hasn’t been seen since the US Open at Pebble Beach a month ago.