• Was at the US Open venue on Monday and Tuesday this week
• Former world No.1 chasing a sixth Memorial Tournament title
Tiger Woods refused to be drawn on whether he liked Chambers Bay after two days of studying the upcoming US Open venue.
The golf course, which is hosting the tournament for the very first time, has sparked fierce debate and received mixed reviews from tour professionals following USGA executive director Mike Davis’ comments six weeks ago that ‘a player who turns up and plays two practice rounds will not win’.
Subsequently, Woods revealed that he would be making his way across to Washington state, highlighting that Davis is ‘an extremely bright man’, and he was true to his word, with an extensive round on Monday and another on Tuesday.
"Do I like it? Depends how it’s set up" - Tiger Woods
“Do I like it? Depends how it’s set up,” said Tiger Woods, who is featuring at the Memorial Tournament. “He could make it where it’s just brutal or he can make it where it’s pretty easy and give us a combination of both, then switch it up on every other hole. The interesting part is just trying to figure that out.
“We spent three-and-a-half hours just on the front nine, had lunch, sat down and talked about it, then played another three-and-a-half hours on the back nine. So we spent a while.
“And the next day , was a little bit quicker because we knew what to do, what to expect and what lines to take. We just knew how to play the golf course.”
Tiger Woods is playing for the first time since the Players Championship, and the 14-time major champion is hoping to peak at the right time as he heads into a busy schedule of events which, following the US Open, includes the Greenbrier Classic, the Open Championship, the Quicken Loans National and the US PGA Championship in the middle of August.
“I feel very good, very good about the changes we’ve made,” said the 39-year-old. “We’ve implemented a couple of new things but it’s evolving, it’s getting better which is nice to see.
“It’s about peaking at the right time, getting everything organised. The main thing is I want to be able to start playing again, being in contention with a chance to win. I’d like to get there more often and give myself more opportunities to win.”
Woods will be starting his bid to get into contention more at the Memorial Tournament this week – an event he has won five times. He tees off for his first round with Jason Day and Patrick Reed at 8.15am local time (1.15pm UK time).
Tiger Woods :: Peaking at the right time
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