Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
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Tiger Woods says Bethpage Black can be 'mentally and physically

Tiger Woods says Bethpage Black can be 'mentally and physically

"I can't walk more than six holes before the whole knee swells up", Daly told the Associated Press.

Woods, whose career had been jeopardized by years of nagging back pain before 2017 spinal fusion surgery, won the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black and shared sixth in the 2009 US Open, but those were in warmer mid-June conditions. "I was lifting - my numbers were good, I was feeling good in the gym, but I wasn't mentally prepared to log in the hours".

"I think I have done the leg work over the last 12 to 18 months. I just can't walk down one". I know that I feel better when I'm fresh. "The body doesn't bounce back as well as it used to and I am aware of that".

The emotional aftermath of the Masters proved to be much to overcome for Woods, who didn't play any serious golf until April 27, almost two weeks following the victory. He will be the first player to ride in a cart at a major championship since Casey Martin in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012. "We try and use common sense, what's reasonable, what's fair for the protection both of the player and those issues as well as the playing of a major championship".

He was referring to the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which Woods played on shredded ligaments in his left knee and a double stress fracture in the leg.

The course measures more than 7,400 yards and will play to par-70. "The Black Course is an extremely hard course which we recommend only for highly skilled golfers". "This could be a hell of a championship". "If you want a pick, you're going to have to turn up and play a big tournament with the other players who are interested in that pick so I can make a definitive decision as late as a week before the tournament".

"The short game came around, I found something in my grip there, and it just started coming - pieces started coming together".

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