Woods trying to stay upbeat as US Open nears

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DUBLIN, Ohio – After blowing off the media and the fans on Saturday, Tiger Woods was more accommodating after his final round at the Memorial on Sunday.

Woods, who shot 72 to finish 6 under, spoke to CBS television and then did a seven-minute scrum interview with the general media. After that, he invoked a spectator frenzy by signing, by this count, eight autographs, before taking off for the sanctuary of the locker room.

He sounded relatively upbeat, although it's sometimes difficult to work out what is spin and what's not.

Woods sounded most pleased about what he said was his ability to work the ball both ways with his irons, something he knows will be needed at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

However, he acknowledged his driving is still not particularly good.

'I need to be able to shape the ball both ways comfortably, and that's something that's been lacking,' he said.

'I overshaped a lot of shots this week, which is good. I can always tone that down. At Augusta, I was unable to draw the ball at all.'