Video has surfaced of Tiger Woods playing golf on a U.S. Open course. Yay! Right? That should be a good thing. Well, it depends on how you look at it. Do you like when Tiger fails or succeeds?
If it's the former rather than the latter, you're in luck. Woods appeared at the Quicken Loans National media event at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, where he took three swings off a 102-yard makeshift tee at the par-3 10th hole (the 2011 U.S. Open hole was 218 yards). Woods knocked all three shots into the water.
"Boy was that stiff," Woods says after the first miss. "Holy cow."
"See, need warmup," he said after the third.
Woods, who turned 40 last December, has not played competitively since August. He has had three operations in 19 months on the same spot in his back. Although he says he is "progressing nicely," this viral clip is not going to tame his demons.
But maybe Tiger just misjudged the fake tee box, too close for his own comfort? Think again.
The hole was "designed for an easy swing with a wedge so Tiger could hit a couple of shots close to the hole for the cameras to help promote the upcoming tournament that benefits his foundation (Tiger Woods Foundation)," USA Today Sports' Christine Brennan writes.
Woods is sure to exorcise that memory to the driving range. He has a month to prepare for a June stretch that could include the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club from June 16-19 and the Quicken Loans National the following week. Woods has won at Congressional twice, in 2009 and 2012, when the tournament he hosts was called the AT&T National.
Rory McIlroy won the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional by eight strokes. Woods withdrew due to a knee injury.
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