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Tiger Woods plays down missed US Open practice; bookies still believe in 15-time Major winner

Leigh Copson 13 Jun 2019
Tiger Woods (credit:USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Tiger Woods insists there was nothing sinister behind the decision for him to sit out a US Open practice session this week, and judging by the latest outright odds the bookmakers believe him.



The 43-year-old rolled back the clock when he sensationally ended an 11-year Major drought by winning the US Masters earlier this year, and he will now go in search of a 16th Major title, and fourth US Open crown, when he steps out onto the Pebble Beach course on Thursday.

Given his injury problems over the past decade a few eyebrows were raised when he skipped a practice session just days before the start of the tournament, but Woods has played down that decision, insisting he was merely resting up, and the bookies are buying what he is selling.

Woods is considered a serious contender for the US Open title at 12/1 with William Hill, behind only Rory McIlroy (8/1), Dustin Johnson (9/1) and back-to-back defending champion Brooks Koepka (9/1), and the bookie is also offering a boosted 3/1 on the former world number one finishing in the top five, with all winnings to be paid in cash.


“It's just a rest day,” he told reporters. “I did the same thing at Augusta, just trying to save my energy. It's more important for me to feel energised than it is to go out there and get wear and tear.

“Before Augusta I was right where I needed to be. I was hitting it high, I could shape it either way, and I could really hit a high hook. I felt very comfortable hitting a high hook with a sand wedge, high hook with a draw, any one of those shots.

“And on those greens, to be able to take some of the slope out with curve, even around the greens, spin the ball either left-to-right or right-to-left and flatten those out, it was fun. But Bethpage was a different story. I was good going into the week, unfortunately just didn't feel well.

“This week I feel like I'm trending in the right direction. I need one more day of prep, and I want to see the golf course when it's a little bit closer to game time. I know they're holding it back, so I just want to see how much are they going to let it go and show us how it's going to be come Thursday?”


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Tiger Woods plays down missed US Open practice; bookies still believe in 15-time Major winner

Tiger Woods insists there was nothing sinister behind the decision for him to sit out a US Open practice session this week, and judging by the latest outright odds the bookmakers believe him.

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