Woods excited about game


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Thirty-three minutes, two questions of a personal nature. Not sure where Tiger Woods’ game is as he readies for this week’s U.S. Open but he’s making progress with the assembled scribes.

On Tuesday following an abbreviated practice round at Pebble Beach Golf Links Woods was asked the state of his personal life and he responded in familiar fashion, “None of your business.”

As for the state of Woods’ game he said he is “excited” with the progress he is making and said his ailing neck, which forced him to withdraw from The Players Championship, is still sore but he is able to practice on consecutive days and that is key.

“The more time I’ve been able to practice and prepare has really helped,” he said.

Woods was also asked about returning to the site of his historic, 15-stroke U.S. Open victory in 2000.

“I actually hit it better at St. Andrews (site of the 2000 British Open) than here. Putted better here,” Woods smiled. “It was a good week.”

But the world No. 1 has never hidden his affinity for the Old Course. In fact, Woods was asked on Tuesday which four major venues would he pick to play in a single season if he could? “I’d pick St. Andrews all four times,” he joked.