Struggling Woods dwells on positives ahead of U.S. Open

Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:59pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Reuters) - It has been seven years since Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major titles and he heads into his week's U.S. Open with his game under a glaring question mark after struggling for most of this season.

As ever, though, the former world number one preferred to dwell on the positives when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday at Chambers Bay, saying that he was happy with his tournament preparations.

"I hit the ball pretty good today," Woods said after playing a practice round in the morning with Masters champion Jordan Spieth on the links-style layout.

"It's getting better every day. I'm starting to get the feel for this golf course and what I need to do off the tees and where to miss it around the greens (with approach shots) to certain pins."

Woods will tee off in Thursday's opening round under a cloud of uncertainty after posting the worst score of his professional career, a 13-over 85, at the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago.

He has recorded just one top-25 in five starts on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, a tie for 17th at the Masters, while continuing to work on the latest swing change of his career, this time with consultant Chris Como.

"Short-term suffering for long-term gain," said Woods, 39. "I've done this before when I've made changes in the past, I've struggled through it. I've come out on the good side.

"Things are starting to come together piece by piece. The big change is already in and now it's just refining it, playing more tournament golf."   Continued...

Jun 16, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Tiger Woods tees off on the sixth hole during practice rounds on Tuesday at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports