Wednesday, June 4
Tiger’s Left Knee Speaks on U.S. Open Prep
Tiger's Left Knee at the 2007 Masters.
ARMCHAIR GOLF recently caught up with Tiger’s Left Knee during a break between practice sessions.
Q: In Monday’s conference call, Tiger said, “I feel like I'm getting there. Hopefully, it'll be close to 100%. If not, no big deal.”
LEFT KNEE: Yeah, I know. I was there.
Q: Is there anything you would like to add?
LEFT KNEE: Nope.
Q: Do you agree with the “no big deal” part?
LEFT KNEE: Next question, please.
Q: What do you think of Torrey Pines?
LEFT KNEE: Love Torrey. Love it. Tiger and I have played there since he was a tyke. Absolutely gorgeous place. Of course, it looks different to me.
Q: How so?
LEFT KNEE: I’m a lot closer to the ground. It’s a whole different vantage point.
Q: Got it.
LEFT KNEE: Still, a great place for me. The terrain is not real up and down, so that’s good, especially coming off surgery.
Q: What’s your biggest concern going into next week?
LEFT KNEE: I want Tiger to play well, of course. We’re so due to win a U.S. Open, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m holding him back from his goals.
Q: Anything else?
LEFT KNEE: I hope we can stay out of that insane U.S. Open rough. That’s probably my biggest personal fear. I mean, when Tiger goes after it in the rough, hide the women and children.
Q: Does it hurt?
LEFT KNEE: Does Titleist make golf balls?
LEFT KNEE: Anyway, maybe Stevie will encourage Tiger to keep the driver in the bag a little more than usual so we can keep our dimpled friend on the short grass most of the time.
Q: How are we on time?
LEFT KNEE: I gotta go. We’re working on the short game this afternoon, which I enjoy much more than those 124 M.P.H. swings on the practice tee. Lot less stress on me, if you know what I mean.
Q: Thanks, and best of luck next week.
LEFT KNEE: Yep. We’ll see what happens.
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