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Tiger Woods Hopes Staying On Yacht Helps Him for US Open

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Tiger Woods is hoping that by staying on his yacht, that he calls “dinghy”, will help his chances as he competes in this week’s U.S. Open.

“Yeah, staying on the dinghy helps,” Woods joked (h/t ESPN). “There are a few guys this week who have said it’s taken them from the hotel 2½ to 3 hours and there’s a good chance that someone might be their (tee time). You get a little traffic, maybe a little fender bender, and it’s not inconceivable someone could miss their time.”

Woods has struggled at times since he came back from his fourth back surgery, but showed flashes of his form during play at the Memorial.

Golf is always frustrating,” Woods said. “There’s always something that isn’t quite right, and that’s where we, as players, have to make adjustments. You’ve seen the tournaments I’ve played this year. There’s always something. Hopefully this is one of those weeks where I put it all together and even it out. We’ll see what happens.”

Woods said he put in significant work on his short game after he had 118 putts over four rounds at Muirfield Village.

“What I’ve done over basically my entire career is putt with those putters at home a lot,” Woods said. “And then I like to feel that in my fingers when I grab my other putter, the one you’ve seen me putt with for most of those years, and have that same swing.

“What I did at Memorial, I just didn’t feel comfortable over it. I couldn’t see my lines. And those greens were quick, and I just didn’t feel comfortable and didn’t hit many good putts. I hit a lot of bad ones.

“This is a different week, different setup, different grass. This is what I basically grew up on out there on the West Coast. Poa (annua) gets bumpy, and it requires a lot of patience. A lot of times you can hit great putts on poa, and it doesn’t go in. The key is to hit putts solid and see what happens.”

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Tiger Woods Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery on Knee

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Tiger Woods officially announced that he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee last week and he expected to return to the field of play during a PGA Tour event taking place in Japan in late October.

Woods, 43, made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday.

Woods is currently scheduled to play an exhibition match against Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama on October 21st and appears to be on track to do so.

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European Tour Suspends Thorbjorn Olesen

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The European Tour has officially suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his recent arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft a and assaulting a female passenger while she slept.

Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29th upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, and he is set to appear in court on August 21st to face charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.

The European Tour issued a statement saying that Olesen has been suspended pending the outcome of his case, adding that they would not make any further comments on the matter while the legal process moves forward.

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USGA Announced Amateur Champs Can Turn Pro, Play in US Open

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The USGA announced on Monday their decision that, starting with this year’s tournaments, the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions will be able to utilize their exemptions in the following year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open even if they decide to turn pro, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

Prior to the new rule, the amateur champions received exemptions in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open only if they maintained their amateur status.

“We believe this change gives our champions an important option as they choose whether and when to embark on their professional careers,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA managing director, Champions. “Given the significant purses awarded at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, we realize how important it is for players to make the most appropriate decision for his or her career, and the positive impact it could have at the outset of their professional careers.”

“Given the opportunities afforded the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions, we want to make sure they are able to take advantage of as many as possible,” Bodenhamer said. “We feel strongly that our reigning champions have earned their places in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, regardless of their amateur status.”

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