All three of Woods' U.S. Open titles have come at public venues, including the '02 championship at Bethpage. And Woods grew up playing on public tracks throughout Southern California. Asked on Monday to compare Bethpage Black to most of the public golf courses the general public sees, Woods joked, 'I don't think it plays every day like we saw it (in 2002). If it did, I don't think anyone would play golf anymore.'
Woods used two words to describe the 7,426-yard track (it played at 7,214 yards in '02), 'long' and 'difficult.' 'It's a big ballpark,' said Woods, who was the only player to finish under par (-3) in '02. 'It's long, but it's fair. It was right out in front of you. You had to come and get it.'