Woods gives strong approval
to Olympia Fields
Tiger Woods gave Olympia Fields Country Club a strong review.
Woods played the course Tuesday to get a sense of what to expect during the
U.S. Open next month. His caddie said the defending champion either shot 68 or
"It's going to be a heck of a test," Woods said following a practice
round at the Memorial Wednesday. "The opening holes are short. You'll see
somebody go low. But the closing holes are something else. I mean you have to
Woods liked the variety of Olympia Fields, noting a mixture of short par 4s,
two reachable par 5s, and several challenging long par 4s.
He said there would be a premium on staying straight off the tee and that length
won't necessarily rule the day. He noted that if a player hits the slope on the
fairway, he could run the ball another 20 to 30 yards.
"Anybody can win that Open," Woods said. "There will be a good
mixture of guys on top of the board. It's going to be a neat challenge."
The Memorial is Woods' final test before the Open and his first PGA Tour event
since the Masters. His only other appearance since then was an event in Germany
two weeks ago.
The Memorial's founder, Jack Nicklaus, played in the 1997 U.S. Senior Open
at Olympia Fields. The course has undergone a $2 million renovation since then.
It plays longer and the bunkers are tougher.
"Olympia Fields is a pretty nice golf course," Nicklaus said. "The
bunkers were a little outdated. If they rearranged them, and I think that's what
they did, they will have a good golf course."
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