6.6 C
Dublin
Monday, September 21, 2020

Woods puts Winged Foot in top-3 toughest Major venues

Must read

ANA Inspiration, The Blue Wall, and a lesson for the PGA Tour

There’s nothing worse than burying your head in the sand and pretending everything is rosy, but it's a tactic that the PGA Tour has been deploying unapologetically for years

High science or a load of balls?

To find the ultimate ball for you, a ‘fitting’ under PGA Pro/Trackman supervision is wise. After all, if there's advantage to be had, why not take it?

One Major title or 18 – they’re all special to those on golf’s glory list 

The US PGA was a welcome return to the big time despite the lack of spectators. Let's hope the US Open can deliver the goods too

Get Shorty*

The 9-Hole Course is back in the limelight, and none more so in Ireland than Cruit Island, Mulranny, Castlegregory and Bushfoot

Tiger Woods has placed this week’s U.S. Open host venue at Winged Foot up there with Carnoustie and Oakmont as the three hardest major championship venues in golf.

The 15-time major-winning Woods is contesting his 22nd U.S. Open having captured the title on three occasions – 2000, 2002 and 2008.

Woods is among just 15 players who teed-up in the 2006 U.S. when last staged on this week’s host venue at Long Island with the reigning Masters winner asked where he would place Winged Foot in terms of the ‘toughest’ Major courses.

“Well, I think it’s right up there next to Oakmont and I think Carnoustie as far as just sheer difficulty without even doing anything to it,” he said.

“I think those three golf courses can host major championships without ever doing anything to them. This one or Oakmont here is either one or two.”

Woods is yet to win on any of the three venues having finished T7th in the 1999 Open and then T6th in the 2018 Open at Carnoustie.

He missed the cut in the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and a year later in the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont he finished joint second to Argentina’s Angel Cabrera while he did not contest the 2016 U.S. Open when it returned to Oakmont.

Woods is coming off missing out on the 2019/20 PGA Tour Championship and will be teeing-up in only his seventh event of 2020 proper this week.

He got a first look at Winged Foot after contesting the Northern Trust ahead of the BMW Championship, when he and Justin Thomas played the course.

“I was able to come up here right before I played in Boston, take a look at the golf course, and I was able to get my sight lines,” he said.

“This golf course is going to be one of the more difficult ones. The winning scores here have never traditionally been very low. I don’t see that changing this week.

“The golf course is going to be hard. It depends on how difficult they want to set up these pins, give us a chance at it. But with the forecast, it’s going to be difficult no matter what.”

Of course, there will be no fans out on Winged Foot and what a difference that will make given the reputation New Yorkers have for making noise at major sporting events.

Woods said: “It’s going to be — you know, it’s something that unfortunately this is our new reality. This is something we’re getting used to. It’s not something we like.

“We want the fans and we want the atmosphere out there, but safety is first.”

Woods has been drawn to tee-up alongside PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa and Thomas.

 

New Gear

Now on the Tee: Limited-Edition adidas ZX 8000 golf shoes

Adidas Golf is going back to the archives again announcing the availability of the first-ever ZX model built for golf – the limited-edition ZX 8000 golf shoe

Titleist introduces Scotty Cameron Inspired by Justin Thomas Putter

Scotty Cameron is celebrating the long-running success of Titleist Brand Ambassador Justin Thomas with the introduction of the new Inspired by Justin Thomas Phantom X5.5 putter

TaylorMade introduce #MyTaylorMade custom family into Ireland

The MyTaylorMade personalised product programme offers thousands of combinations to personalise some of the company’s latest putter and wedge offerings

FootJoy unveil new limited edition FJ Flex LE3 footwear

FJ continue to push forward in golf fashion and innovation in the form of FJ Flex LE3, a spikeless offering that looks just as good off the golf course as it does on it

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Lester lands first 72-hole title at Connacht Stroke Play

Hermitage’s Rowan Lester held his nerve to claim victory at The Murray Timber Group sponsored Connacht Stroke Play Championship at Portmuna Golf Club on Sunday

Lowry returning home proud of US Open campaign

A proud yet worn out Shane Lowry arrives back to Ireland on Monday going straight into the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open ‘bubble’ at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena

Maguire makes her move at Portland Classic

Leona Maguire hit all 14 fairways in an incredible driving performance that saw her return a blemish free three-under par round of 69 on moving day in Portland

Upbeat McIlroy six back as Wolff takes control at Winged Foot

"68 out there is a really good score. I don't know where that's going to leave me at the end of the day, but I'm feeling pretty good that I've got a good chance going into tomorrow"

Lester leads with two rounds to go in Portumna

Rounds of 68 and 70 leaves Dubliner Rowan Lester with a three stroke lead heading into the final day of the Connacht Stroke Play Championship at Portumna Golf Club