Woods's opulent US Open base has practical side

MEXICO CITY MEXICO- MARCH 04 Phil Mickelson gives a thumb up to fans on the 17th tee during the final round of World Golf Championships Mexico Championship at Club De Golf Chapultepec

MEXICO CITY MEXICO- MARCH 04 Phil Mickelson gives a thumb up to fans on the 17th tee during the final round of World Golf Championships Mexico Championship at Club De Golf Chapultepec

"There's a good chance that someone might miss their time", said Tiger Woods, who is staying on his 155-foot yacht, named Privacy, in nearby Montauk.

Tiger Woods has revealed the motivation to stay aboard his US$20million ($28.5 million) yacht during his anticipated US Open return is to avoid Long Island's infamous traffic.

On the 10-year anniversary since the last of his 14 major championship wins, Woods hoped the poa annua greens at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club would be the catalyst to finally have all aspects of his game clicking together.

"It's been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go there, to my dinghy there, and just really enjoy it". "A lot of this is pure bonus because of where I was".

With the world's ridicule once more heaped upon his shoulders, he watched the US Open from his sofa, texting his friends on tour as to the benign nature of Erin Hills.

The 42-year-old was in a genial mood as he discussed his game, although he was curt when asked about progress in his life since his arrest in May of last year for driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

"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.

"Hopefully this is one of those weeks where I put it all together and even it out and we'll see what happens".

Woods put on his best ball-striking display of the season at the Memorial two weeks ago. Woods laughed and said, "I'm not opposed to that". "I couldn't see my lines". And those greens were quick. I just didn't feel comfortable and didn't hit many good putts.

After Monday's practice round, congestion around Shinnecock Hills was so bad one prominent NY sports reporter described it as "biblical". "I was evening looking at a weather forecast for Monday thinking, what's it look like if you happen to work your way into a playoff?"

"Just had to hit a lot of putts, just put in the legwork, and I was able to do that", he said.

In search of his first title since 2013, he says assessing the success of his comeback so far is a question of deciding whether to consider the glass half-empty or half-full. I haven't really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but I certainly will this week.

"Then again, not happy with the fact that I didn't win because I loved how it felt being there. So far this year I've only given myself a few chances". So, yeah, I've had my opportunities.

"Also, I'm very thankful to have had those opportunities. I didn't know if I was going to have them again".

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