Tiger Woods 'trending in the right direction' ahead of U.S. Open

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Steve DiMeglio discusses how Tiger Woods has been preparing differently for the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
USA TODAY

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tiger Woods chose not to play a practice round Tuesday at Pebble Beach, saying he wanted to be energized and ready to go come Thursday for Round 1 of the U.S. Open.

He called it a “rest day,” but the large pool of sweat showing through his dark blue Nike polo in the early afternoon suggested otherwise.

Woods clearly hit the range hard and spent a lot of time on the practice green working with putting consultant Matt Killen, with whom Woods also spent time ahead of the Players Championship in March.

He entered the interview room around 4:15 p.m. ET and spent plenty of time reflecting on his record-setting 15-shot win here in 2000. But the more pressing topic is what happens this week, nearly two decades later and two months removed from another timeless major victory.

“I feel like I’m trending in the right direction,” Woods said. “I need one more day of prep.”

Woods will play a practice round Wednesday at Pebble Beach for a final tune-up ahead of his opening-round 5:09 p.m. tee time with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. He wants…

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