Woods will visit Bethpage Black
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Not long after his victory Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, Tiger Woods was on his way to Long Island for a Monday look at Bethpage Black, the site of the U.S. Open.
Woods' coach, Hank Haney, arrived at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Sunday to observe his famous client win his 67th PGA Tour event and then accompanied him to Bethpage Black, where Woods won the U.S. Open when it was last played there in 2002.
Haney was unsure if it would be an extensive practice round, but said he would accompany the world's No. 1 player to Orlando afterward for more work in preparation for the year's second major championship.
"I'm just along for the ride," Haney said.
When Woods won the U.S. Open in 2002, he became the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. It was also his seventh major out of 11.
Later that year, Woods parted ways with his long-time instructor Butch Harmon, but didn't win another major until the 2005 Masters. By that time, he had been working with Haney for about a year.
His victory Sunday was his second of the year and 67th of his PGA Tour career.
"It was nice to play this well going into the U.S. Open,'' Woods said. "This is how you have to hit it in order to win U.S. Opens. Especially Bethpage. That golf course is as big as they come. . . It's just one of those things where you have to hit the ball well all week. I did that in 2002. That was one of the reasons why I was up there."
Bob Harig is the golf writer for ESPN.com.
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