When Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour after three-month break, he will play along his old friend.
The former No.1 golfer will pair with British Open winner Darren Clarke in the two opening rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The two golf players have a good record at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio – Woods won this tournament seven times and Clarke captured the victory in 2004.
However, playing against a long-time friend does not bother Clarke, especially when it is not a major tournament. Moreover, the Northern Irishman is looking forward to this competition as he wants to compete with the legendary golfer in his first come-back event.
The American and the Irishman first met in the British Open in 1996, when Woods was about to become a pro. They got along very well and have stayed friends even though Darren knocked Tiger out of the Match Play Championship final in 2000. Both golfers were trained by the same golf instructor, Buth Harmon, back then.
Tiger even sent congratulatory text messages to Darren after his last month’s triumph in the British Open although neither golfer wanted to disclose their content, since they probably included two or three unprintable words.
And although it seems that there is nothing in common between these two players, they built their friendship on a shared sense of humor.