Tiger Woods rarely gets ahead of himself.
You don’t win 14 professional major golf titles by not focusing on the task at hand.
Now that he had a successful return to the Masters Tournament in April, and now a so-so return to The Players Championship this week, Woods said he will now put great focus and effort into the next big tournament — the 115th United States Open at Chambers Bay in University Place.
“It’s now getting ready for the U.S. Open,” Woods said after his final round at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
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On paper, Chambers Bay offers a blend of style (links), length (7,600 yards) and creativity that should suit Woods.
Two of his three U.S. Open wins have come on the West Coast, too — 2000 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California, and 2008 at Torrey Pines South Course in La Jolla, California.
Woods indicated Sunday that he will make an unannounced visit to Chambers Bay in the near future.
“I’m definitely going to head out there before the U.S. Open week to take a look at it,” Woods said. “When? I don’t know.
“From what I hear, it’s a golf course we need to take a look at a few times before the week.”
Woods says he has not paid attention to any of the recent remarks about Chambers Bay by the likes of Ian Poulter, Ryan Palmer or Brooks Koepka. He will start doing research on it now.
In fact, the only time he has paid attention to Chambers Bay was when fellow Stanford alum David Chung played eventual winner Peter Uihlein in the championships finals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
“I just remember a lot of guys three-putting and four-putting. Eventually NBC (Sports) didn’t show a lot of putts — they just showed a lot of the tap-ins,” Woods said. “Guys were putting balls off the greens.”