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Tiger Woods not sure what to expect at Winged Foot

Tiger Woods is not sure what to expect at next week's U.S. Open, where he will return to tournament golf for the first time in more than two months.

The world number one has not played since tying for third at the U.S. Masters in April, and has been grieving for his father Earl, who died on May 3 after a long battle with cancer.

However, Woods is certain to have extra motivation at Winged Foot Golf Club next week with the U.S. Open scheduled to culminate in its traditional Father's Day finish.

"Without a doubt, I'll be thinking about my dad a lot the next two weeks, especially with Father's Day coming up," twice U.S. Open champion Woods said in his monthly newsletter on Wednesday. "He's always with me.

"When I was in high school, he gave me an old gold filling from his teeth that he had flattened out; it kind of looked like a ball marker.

"It was like a going-away-to-college kind of thing. I never use it, but I always travel with it."

The 30-year-old American, who will be hunting his 11th career major at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, expects a tough challenge.

"The course will play a lot harder than it did for the (U.S.) PGA Championship in 1997," Woods said of a 7,264-yard layout that will become the longest in U.S. Open history.

 

 




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