Woods's opulent US Open base has practical side

Annette Crawford
June 14, 2018

Tiger Woods confirmed to the media on Tuesday that he is indeed staying on his huge yacht during the US Open, one of golf's biggest competitions.

Woods even called his $20 million, 155-foot yacht a "dinghy".

The 14-time major victor has docked Privacy on the eastern side of the Hamptons region in NY, close to host course Shinnecock Hills.

After Monday's practice round, congestion around Shinnecock Hills was so bad one prominent NY sports reporter described it as "biblical".

You can check out the yacht - as well as a photo of Woods in its actual dinghy - below.

With the world's ridicule once more heaped upon his shoulders, he watched the US Open from his sofa, texting his friends on tour as to the benign nature of Erin Hills. "There are a few guys this week who have said it's taken them from the hotel 2½ to 3 hours and there's a good chance that someone might miss their (tee time)".

"If you get a little traffic or a little fender-bender then it is not unconceivable someone will miss their tee time". For the week, Woods ranked 72nd in putting out of the 73 players who played four rounds. Woods laughed and said, "I'm not opposed to that".

The 42-year-old ranked No.1 in the field at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event in OH for strokes gained from tee to green, but an uncharacteristically poor performance with the putter cruelled his chances of a comeback victory.

Woods said he'd worked hard on his stroke during his week off.

"I just had to hit a lot of putts, put in the legwork". "I had just been given the OK to start walking again and to start moving around".

A stacked field will challenge Tiger Woods at Shinnecock Hills this week when he attempts to end a 10-year major drought in the last one he won back in 2008.

"I have been there on a number of occasions [with a chance] to win a major championship since the '08 US Open, and I haven't done it", Woods said.

"And no, I don't like that feeling".

Jordan Spieth's meticulous preparations for the 118th US Open included a just-in-case look at the forecast for next Monday, the American unaware that the US Golf Association has scrapped its traditional 18-hole playoff.

The USGA announced in February that it was switching to a two-hole aggregate playoff to decide the US Open - should 72 holes fail to produce a victor.

"I understand it because everyone wants to see a result on Sunday", Woods said.

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