Tiger Woods wears tape on his neck after waking up with soreness

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Tiger Woods Suffers Neck Injury Scare At The Open

Tiger Woods arrived on the first tee at the 147th Open Championship with tape on his neck, after waking up with soreness.

It did not stop the 14-time Major winner, who’s making his first Open appearance since 2015, from finding the fairway with a solid iron shot.

Woods, 42, has been slowly finding his form again this season as he looks to overcome a miserable few years battling injury, including serious surgery on his back.

Whilst the tape looks to be a precautionary measure, all eyes will be on Woods over the opening holes to see how serious the injury is and whether the three-time Open champion can overcome any pain.

Reports suggests that Woods, who was all smiles as he approached the first tee, did not enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, but his opening approach set up a decent birdie opportunity – and he stroked it home to make a bright start.

Meanwhile, Nick Faldo confirmed that it was KT tape on Woods during the Golf Channel’s coverage.

Watch: Tiger Woods, wearing neck tape after waking with soreness, finds the par-4 1st with an iron

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Onto the par-4 2nd, and, after finding the fairway, Woods fired one to the centre of the green with another smooth swing to alleviate fears the tape is any more than a precautionary measure.

And he safely made his par, hinting that he’s found his pace early on what are slower greens than the majority of the field, including Woods, are used to.

Tiger Woods Suffers Neck Injury Scare At The Open

Tiger Woods looked to be swinging smoothly during the early stages of his opening round, despite wearing tape on his neck [Getty Images]

The Golf Monthly crew are at Carnoustie all week, and you can follow the rest of Woods’ progress on the Golf Monthly website and via social media.