Tiger Woods sees US Open atmosphere in crucial PGA playoff test

Tiger Woods, collaborating in back-to-back weeks for the primary time this yr, will get a mode of US Open circumstances when the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship tees off on Thursday in suburban Chicago.

Reigning Masters champion Woods is a five-time winner of the occasion nonetheless hasn’t carried out at new host course Olympia Fields because of the 2003 US Open.

It is the second occasion all through the PGA playoffs, with solely 30 gamers from a subject of 70 advancing to subsequent week’s season-ending Tour Championship, which Woods acquired in 2018.

“The golf course is ready up further like a US Open than an frequently tour occasion,” Woods acknowledged. “However these are the playoffs. It is imagined to be arduous.”

It furthermore would possibly most likely be the final phrase tuneup occasion for Woods before subsequent month’s US Open at Winged Foot.

Woods ranks 57th in FedEx Cup season components, which implies he wishes a minimum of a top-six end to advance.

As there is no lower this week, all folks will get components, so he potential wishes a top-four effort to comprehend the showdown at East Lake in Atlanta.

“I’ve to play appropriately. I’ve to earn my methodology to East Lake,” Woods acknowledged.

“I’ve not accomplished so nonetheless and wish a big week this week in an effort to advance. If I do not, I am going residence. It is a big week for me. I am wanting ahead to getting accessible available on the market.”

World quantity 17 Woods, a 15-time predominant winner, struggled to a share of 58th final week on the Northern Notion, his worst end in three begins since returning final month from the tour’s Covid-19 shutdown regardless of the help of rain-softened greens.

“That will not be the case this week. Par shall be at a premium,” Woods acknowledged. “It ought to be about inserting the ball in play and going from there.

“I’ve to get the ball in play correct proper right here and put the ball in all the suitable spots. This sturdy is barely going to get harder and the greens are going to get quick and arduous.”

Woods, 44, seeks his 83rd occupation PGA victory to interrupt the all-time file he now shares with Sam Snead.

That is the third occasion in 4 weeks for Woods, who would play three weeks in a row for the primary time since 2018 should he make the Tour Championship.

“Getting used to competing as quickly as further,” Woods acknowledged. “I have been considerably bit bit rusty in that regard.”

Woods seems ahead to defending his Masters inexperienced jacket in November at Augusta Nationwide, the Masters having been postponed from April ensuing from Covid-19.

However he’ll miss the roar of spectators, Augusta Nationwide having acknowledged no patrons shall be succesful to attend this yr in a virus security swap.

“That is solely a continuation of what we’ve. We have got been lucky to not have any exact massive outbreaks on the tour,” Woods acknowledged.

“Will probably be fully fully totally different with out 40 000 folks there. With out the roars which may very well be going to go up, that has modified. Augusta shall be very fully fully totally different. This shall be a satisfying Masters and I am wanting ahead to defending.”

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