US Open 2020: Tiger Woods says Winged Foot amongst world’s three hardest programs
Tiger Woods ranks Winged Foot as one of many three hardest programs on the planet as he prepares for this week’s US Open.
The championship is making a fifth go to to the New York course, solely as soon as has the profitable rating been beneath par.
“It is up there subsequent to Oakmont and Carnoustie so far as sheer issue with out doing something to it,” stated Woods, a three-time US Open champion.
Woods missed his first minimize in a significant as knowledgeable when Winged Foot final staged the US Open in 2006.
It got here a month after the loss of life of his father, Earl, and whereas he refused to make use of that as an excuse 14 years in the past, he conceded on Tuesday that he had not been absolutely ready.
“Once I did not win the Masters that yr, that was actually powerful to take as a result of that was the final occasion my dad was ever going to look at me play,” stated the 44-year-old.
“He handed not too lengthy after that and, fairly frankly, once I acquired prepared for this occasion, I did not actually put within the time. I did not actually put within the observe, and consequently missed the minimize fairly simply.”
Woods completed on 12 over after his two rounds in 2006. Australian Geoff Ogilvy finally received the match on 5 over.
“The profitable scores have by no means been low. I do not see that altering this week,” he stated.
“The golf course goes to be onerous. It relies on how troublesome they need to arrange these pins, give us an opportunity at it. However with the forecast, it will be troublesome it doesn’t matter what.”
Woods might be joined by fellow People Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa on the primary two days in New York.
Morikawa was solely 9 in 2006 however arrives on the Mamaroneck venue as a significant champion, having received the US PGA Championship final month.
“I believe strolling right here as a significant champion, you have got a way of figuring out the right way to get issues carried out,” stated the 23-year-old.
“Sure, I’ve solely carried out it as soon as, however I’ve carried out it. You simply need extra. You get that little style of what it is like, and you already know why guys mark of their calendars the most important championships for the yr.
“I am not waking up on daily basis realising, ‘yeah, I am a significant champion’. I am realising we’re on the US Open, let’s go win one other match.”
World quantity two Jon Rahm, who hopes to turn out to be the primary Spanish winner of the most important, has predicted one other profitable rating over par if agency circumstances prevail this week.
“I’d say previously possibly this sort of golf wasn’t my bread and butter, however based mostly on the 2 occasions I’ve received this yr, I am just about prepared,” stated Rahm, who received this yr’s Memorial Match and BMW Championship.
“I’ve all the time thought US Open is the kind of golf course I can win on. I do know my sport can win on any golf course, however while you’re taking part in good it turns into a psychological problem, so I welcome these.
“Plus, I am not going to lie, there’s all the time one thing further particular to be probably the primary Spanish participant to win a US Open. That might be superb. So it’s kind of of an additional motivation there to play good this week and do what I’ve to do.”