Updated 2:29 pm, Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Photo: Julie Jacobson, AP
SOUTHAMPTON, New York, USA (AP) – Tiger Woods returned to U.S. Open for the first time in three years and few noticed it.
However, we must consider that it arrived on Sunday afternoon. Shinnecock Hills was practically empty
"A bizarre experience," said Jordan Spieth, who played a nine-hole round with him.
Such a quiet moment was unusual for Woods in his expected return after four back surgeries. . A year that began with intrigue soon gave way to hysteria about the expectation of his first victory in about five years.
That time has not come as Woods heads to his second major tournament of the year.
golf is always frustrating, "Woods said Tuesday after playing nine holes with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, winners of the last two events of the PGA Tour. "There is always something that is not quite right, and that is where we as players have to make adjustments, you have seen the tournaments I have competed in this year, there has always been something, we hope that this is one of those weeks in the I made everything fit and compensated, we'll see what happens. "
It's been 10 years since Woods won his last US Open, his 14th and last major. The only thing you need to temper any frustration is to remember last year, when you did not even know if you would play another U.S. Open.
It was a low point of his career and his personal life. While recovering from a spinal fusion – his fourth back surgery in three years – he was arrested for driving under the influence of what was determined was the combination of two analgesics, the sleeping drug Ambien, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the active ingredient of marijuana. He entered a clinic for help and pleaded not guilty to a charge of reckless driving with which he avoided stepping into prison.
When asked about the video of his arrest and how his life has changed, Woods replied: "It has improved "
Woods played a US Open for the last time in 2015 in Chambers Bay. He came after the highest score of his career, a 85-shot card in the third round at the Memorial, and never got into the fight in the field built on a quarry. He recorded rounds of 80-76 and had left for the weekend, and shortly thereafter, he was away from golf with the first of his back surgeries.
Three years after his last U.S. Open, five years of his last victory, and how much things have changed.