Woods recalled how he hobbled across Torrey Pines in the 2008 US Open for 91 holes to defeat Rocco Mediate and capture his 14th major title - his last until capturing last month's Masters to end an 11-year major win drought.
Top-ranked Dustin Johnson, defending champion Brooks Koepka, England's second-ranked Justin Rose, four-time major victor Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Woods all have a chance at the top spot. Not just from Woods, but from a few columns in the NY tabloids.
"I wanted to play at Quail Hollow (the Wells Fargo Championship), but to be honest with you, I wasn't ready yet to start the grind of practising and preparing and logging all those hours again", he said.
"Coming here is a different story". Probably not. But I feel like I'm swinging really well. "I hope I don't get a lot of grief from the fans", Daly told the Associated Press. "I've felt like I've been swinging well all year".
However, he said the mental break was more important than the physical one.
Okay, I'll bite. He's having the best comeback aside from that Tiger guy, with two top-10s in 2019 and three other tournaments in which he's finished in the top 15. I don't think he's doing this to gain an advantage. Only twice did he intentionally not play between majors.
With this year's edition of the U.S. Open back at Pebble Beach in California, McLaughlin believes the 43-year-old will have a distinct advantage at the year's second and third majors.
Woods returned for a nine-hole practice session on Monday and was scheduled to just practice Tuesday before playing nine more holes on Wednesday.
The 7,400-yard Bethpage Black is so tough that Woods was the only player under par when he won the 2002 US Open here. He also played the 2012 Barclays here, where he tied for 38th.
Woods can singlehandedly boost golf's popularity, and it shows when he's playing well. "This could be a hell of a championship".
"Is the game probably as sharp as it is after four weeks of big tournaments?"
"So, I'm saying Snead's record for sure, and quite possibly Jack's record if he can remain healthy and he seems to be doing well with his health". Be able to hit that high draw, and somehow I found it. I just try to do what they say. "Then the week unfolded, and what happened, happened".