Early bird special


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Tiger Woods, as is his custom, was the first player to tee off early Monday morning in the first official practice round for the U.S. Open. Woods, who won his second U.S. Open title the last time the championship was held here in 2002, went off the first tee at 6:41 a.m. accompanied by caddie Stevie Williams and swing coach Hank Haney. Woods was quickly back in the clubhouse as a heavy rainstorm hit the area, but returned in about 30 minutes to play the front nine.
Woods hit all but one of nine fairways, according to newsday.com, and reached the par-5, 517-yard 4th hole in two shots. Just two weeks ago, Woods hit all 14 of his fairways in the final round of the Memorial and 49 of 56 overall.