Woods says Memorial travesty was 'base-line shift'


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Perhaps even an 85 has a silver lining.

Ten days after carding the worst score of his career at the Memorial, Tiger Woods addressed the media at the U.S. Open. What many viewed as a bottoming out at Muirfield Village, Woods insisted was a stepping stone that helped prepare him for this week’s event at Chambers Bay – all while introducing a new catchphrase to the Tiger Woods lexicon.

“At Memorial, I made another baseline shift just like I did pre-Masters,” Woods said. “I was very proud how I grinded out those first two days to make the cut at Memorial, and I decided to make another shift at it and obviously shot a high number. But it was a shift in a good way, because now I’m able to hit the ball like I am this week.”

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Woods has been near the bottom of the weekend leaderboards in each of his last two starts, finishing T-69 at The Players Championship before a 71st-place showing at the Memorial. After poor play and injury forced him to step away from competition earlier this year, Woods downplayed the significance of his most recent setback.

“It’s not really anything major,” he said. “Trying to make a shift under game-time situations is tough, and trying not to revert back into old patterns. But like I said, the shift isn’t very much. We’ve implemented a lot of the big stuff already, so now it’s just fine-tuning.”