Woods expected to shoot for record at St Andrews

GLASGOW - British Open chiefs are confident Tiger Woods will take part in this year's tournament at St Andrews as he bids to become the first player to win three titles there.

GLASGOW - British Open chiefs are confident Tiger Woods will take part in this year's tournament at St Andrews as he bids to become the first player to win three titles there.

World No 1 Woods returned to action at the US Masters three weeks ago after five months out of action after the sex scandals that shattered his previously clean-cut image.

After receiving a warm welcome from most of the fans at Augusta during the Masters, Woods will play in North Carolina this week and has already committed himself to next week's Players Championship in Florida and June's US Open at Pebble Beach.

The American star is yet to confirm his participation in the British Open, but he has fond memories of St Andrews after winning by eight shots at the Scottish course in 2000 and by five shots in 2005. Royal and Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said: "Entries close on May 27 and in a normal year he would not have entered yet."

Security arrangements for Woods are to be discussed with the police, as is always the case, and Dawson admitted he was glad Augusta National and not the Royal and Ancient had staged the player's high-profile comeback. - Sapa-AFP

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