Woods calls Chambers Bay 'very challenging'


Tiger Woods during a June 2 practice round at Chambers Bay. (Associated Press)

DUBLIN, Ohio – Tiger Woods has never been accused of slow play, particularly during practice rounds, but Monday and Tuesday were different.

“You know me, I don’t like to take too much time during practice rounds,” Woods said on Wednesday at the Memorial, where he is making his first start since The Players.

But earlier this week Woods took two days to tour Chambers Bay, site of this month’s U.S. Open, and the layout lived up to its reputation as a complicated test.

Woods said he played the front nine on Monday in 3 1/2 hours, stopped for lunch and a meeting with his team – which included caddie Joe LaCava – to discuss the links-like course before heading out for another 3 1/2-hour nine. He added a second 18 holes at the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design on Tuesday before travelling to Ohio.

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“We spent a lot of time there, did a lot of homework,” he said.

Woods said the biggest challenge was figuring out how USGA executive director Mike Davis plans to set up the layout, with tees that can be stretched to 7,940 yards but will likely play closer to 7,500.

“It’s very challenging because Mike has so many options,” Woods said. “We don’t see this even at [the Open Championship] because the greens aren’t banked like this.”

Woods also said he took notice of Davis’ comments that players needed to spend extra time playing and studying Chambers Bay if they hoped to compete at the U.S. Open.

“I thought that was interesting Mike would say something like that,” Woods said. “When Mike says something like that you have to pay attention because he’s smart guy.”