Tiger Woods is definitely sharpening his edge by practicing at the Winged Foot Golf Club ahead of the U.S Open championship. Woods began his Open week with a few hours of practice at the course in Mamaroneck, N.Y. On Sunday Tiger hit his 8-foot putt, and it rolled right into the centre of the cup.
He looked up at someone in the distance and grinned. He then picked up his ball in the cup and walked away. An Instagram post from golf personality Ryan Rustand showed Woods hitting an iron into the 214-yard, par-3 10th hole and that he played that hole with Bryson DeChambeau.
A tweet from GolfTV showed him hitting a shot on the range, two balls out of a trap on the range and the putt, which came on the practice green. A tweet from Golf Channel showed him hitting a drive on the 633-yard, par-5 12th hole.
Golf Channel reported that he played nine holes in all. Woods believes his experience at his last tournament will also serve as a fantastic warmup for Winged Foot. Two weeks ago, Woods shot rounds of 3-over 73, 5-over 75, 2-over 72 and 1-over 71 in Illinois to finish 11-over at the BMW Championship.
He tied for 51st and failed to advance to the final leg of the season-ending playoffs.
Olympia Fields Country Club’s length was long. Its rough was tall.
“Yeah, this golf course was basically a U.S. Open, with the rough being as high as it is and fairways a little bit narrow,” Woods said after his final round.
“Look at the scores, and I don’t think that we’ve seen scores like this in a non-major in a very long time. This was a great ramp-up for me for the U.S. Open. I wish I was playing next week, but I’ve got a couple weeks off”.
Sunday was not Woods’ first practice round at Winged Foot in preparation for the U.S Open. Woods and Justin Thomas played the course before the Northern Trust three weeks ago. In all, Woods has played four events since the PGA Tour resumed play in mid-June.
He’s made the cut in all four. He’s also finished no better than a tie for 37th. Woods knows he has work to do if he is to win a 16th major championship. “I would say trying to clean up my rounds and trying to miss the golf ball in the correct spots,” Woods said after the BMW.
“As I said, I haven’t done that. It was nice playing a practice round and knowing what I have to deal with”.