Woods plays practice round at Merion for first time


Tiger Woods recently revealed that he’s never played Merion Golf Club, site of this year’s U.S. Open.

That changed on Tuesday.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed that his player made a brief stop in Ardmore, Pa., en route to defending his Memorial Tournament title. Woods teed it up in a practice round at the venerable track, which will host the year’s second major from June 13-16.

Dressed in an all-black outfit and wearing shorts, the three-time U.S. Open champion got his first look at a track that will play just 6,996 yards for next month’s tournament.

Prior to winning The Players Championship three weeks ago, Woods was asked if he would employ a similar strategy at TPC-Sawgrass that he will at Merion.

“You know, it's a great question,” he said at the time. “I've never played Merion. It sounds good in theory.”