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Tiger Woods has registered for the U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods has registered for the June 16-19 U.S. Open at Oakmont, per Alex Miceli of GolfweekMiceli wrote:

“To participate in the 116th edition June 16-19 at Oakmont Country Club, [Woods] needed to register by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Woods registered at 4:33 p.m. April 4,” the U.S. Golf Association said.

Speculation as to Woods’ return date has been carried on in earnest following his appearance at a junior clinic last week in which he was seen comfortably hitting drivers in excess of 300 yards, as well as hitting a variety of shot shapes with the rest of the clubs in his bag with ease.

One would have to imagine that if Woods is going to compete in the season’s second major, he’d like to have at least one start under his belt before that time. With that in mind, it seems likely that Woods will at least play the June 2-5 Memorial Tournament, however, Team Tiger remains mum on any timeline for the star’s return.

Woods hasn’t appeared in a PGA Tour event since last year’s Wyndham Championship, where he finished tied for 10th. The last time Woods pegged it in a U.S. Open at Oakmont, 2007, Woods finished tied for second behind Angel Cabrera.

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  1. CT

    Apr 27, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    He’s not going to play, although I wish he would

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      He needs to shut it down until 2017 or maybe 2018 to make sure his back heals. What is he rank now? 1200th in the world? I liked the guy but his new swing is not good. He needs to go back to Hank. Oakmont is not a good place for a journeyman to make his re-debut.

      Johnny Miller still owns Oakmont.

  2. West D

    Apr 26, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I would like to see Tiger become successful in tournament golf again. He has three surgeries of recency, and it be a good end of career legacy to retire on. Ben Hogan won almost all of his majors after the car wreck, people still buy his book, Callaway has not done justice to the Hogan or Apex brand. Callaway, find the old forging stamps for the Apex II, rejigger the lofts to match todays specs and find a segment of golfers who have had to go to Mizuno, Miura, Honma.

    • NLB

      Apr 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Callaway: #1 Irons in Golf.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Ben Hogan could barely walk and he did not complain. He manned up. What he did after that nightmarish accident, no golfer has ever done that.

      Hogan was amazing and a gentleman too. If any of his clubs were bad, he destroyed them instead of shipping them.

  3. ooffa

    Apr 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Ok odds.
    3 to 1 he lets go of a club in his forswing.
    1 to 2 he grimaces after every shot that is not perfect.
    7 to 4 he quits
    8 to 5 makes the cut
    1 to 10000000 he will dominate the TV and the news.

    • eva

      Apr 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      “1 to 10000000 he will dominate the TV and the news.”

      I’ll take it, easiest dollar I’ll ever make.

  4. Insider

    Apr 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Probably will play jack’s tournament as a warm up, maybe the players?

  5. Chuck D

    Apr 25, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wake me when Eldrick’s in contention for a major, let alone a tournament.

    • Jordan

      Apr 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      How many majors have you won?

      must be a few to warrant a wake up call

  6. BOBBY D

    Apr 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    WHO CARES….

    • eva

      Apr 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      you do, your reply speaks for itself, you may not like him, but you care

  7. MRC

    Apr 25, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Welcome back Tiger!
    Smizzle…You’re a kook.

  8. Steven Bremer

    Apr 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I am by no means a fan but I hope he can at least make it back and play competitively. I have also heard he may play at the Wells Fargo the first full weekend of May.

    • MarkB A

      Apr 28, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      His swing still has issues. maybe Butch or Hank can help. Ledbetter could help, he has done wonders for Wie.
      Tiger’s body is not healthy enough to play the modern game anymore. The young guys like Spieth, DeChambeau and others are too good.

  9. :-u

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    What an idiot

  10. alexdub

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Good on ya Tiger. I’m not rooting for him to break Jack’s record or to dominate the game of golf again—I’m rooting for him to defy the odds and have one last bite at the apple. I’m rooting for him to fall in love with the game of golf again.

  11. Ben Alberstadt

    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    ICYWW: Although Woods registered more than 20 days ago, that information only just became available to the media, hence Miceli’s report.

    • Pheel

      Apr 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Actually, on the USGA website you can lookup “entrant”. Someone did a couple of weeks ago and posted a pic on Twitter.

  12. slider

    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:57 am

    lets go tiger

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U.S. Open Tour Truck Report: #7woodSZN, mini drivers, fresh grooves, and tinkering

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A nearly 7,700-yard, par-71 track featuring penal rough off the fairway and green, Torrey Pines’ South Course presents a difficult, demanding examination for players at this week’s U.S. Open. From every television, computer, and mobile device screen this truth is being conveyed to the point that, as is often the case in the leadup to U.S. Opens, a certain fatigue sets in.

However, it’s worth pointing to the obvious in order to highlight the fact that some players are making changes to their setups to accommodate the long approaches into par-4s and the need to maximize descent angle into — what are expected to be — thoroughly baked out greens.

Additionally, we’re hearing a ton of players are putting 7-woods in play primarily for the purpose of advancing the ball from the rough — not exactly “a get out of jail free” card, but hopefully a key to slip out of one’s cell.

Let’s get into the specifics.

Titleist

Jordan Spieth is testing a 21-degree TSi2 fairway wood, which is a game-time decision to add to the lineup in place of his 818 H2 hybrid.

Both Lanto Griffin and Matt Jones are adding TSi2 (21-degree) fairway woods in place of their utility irons.

Adam Scott is going with four woods this week. He’s adding a 13.5-degree TSi2 fairway wood. The Australian is also putting a Vokey 60A wedge in play (switching from a 60-06K). With four degrees of bounce, the wedge works well on tight lies.

Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck: “The rough is really, really difficult this week. And the greens are starting to firm up. So we have a lot of players evaluating TSi fairway wood options. The TSi 21-degree 7-wood has been very popular. Players are really liking what it does out of the rough and then into the greens – really high launch angle and landing very softly has been really effective.”

Max Homa put a new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5, which is a similar profile to the 11.5 model he played earlier in the year. Homa likes the feel, forgiveness, and ease of alignment in the smaller profile.

Vokey

Not surprisingly, the majority of players asking for fresh grooves this week.

Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill on wedges this week: “This golf course is a beast. As you would imagine, rough is long and thick, but it’s a really cool different style of golf course where you’ve got a couple different types of grasses and just the way they put it together, it makes it extremely challenging. Because of this rough, because of the fairways, because of the greens, you would think that you’d want a little bit more bounce because of just how juicy and thick and healthy this rough is. But the reality is the more bounce you get, the slower it moves through that tall grass.”

“And so we see a lot of guys gravitate to something with less bounce: T grinds, A Grinds, L Grinds, Low-bounce K’s. Adam Scott switched to a 60A this week. He dabbled a little bit with it at Augusta National this year, but this is that week where it really fits the conditions. He wants that speed. He wants that comfort. He wants to be aggressive, so it’s great fit for him. Guys like Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth are bringing in fresh 60’s this week. So these guys are prepared. They’re ready to go. But again, very difficult golf course. You’ve got to have fresh grooves and you’ve got to have a little bit less bounced to maneuver through this tall grass.”

(Photo via Titleist)

Callaway

Phil Mickelson was spotted with a TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver (Fujikura Ventus Black shaft) in practice rounds. He’s also reportedly testing a 5-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9 X shaft.

Akshay Bhatia is testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft in an Epic Max LS driver.

Patrick Rodgers is testing a Callaway Epic Speed 7-wood (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 TX).

Henrik Stenson has new Jaws MD5 Slate wedges in the bag (52-10S, 58-08C).

(Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder)

TaylorMade

Dustin Johnson looks to be returning to a TaylorMade TP Bandon putter (now outfitted with an LA Golf shaft) after rolling it with his Spider IB Limited at the Palmetto Championship. He’s sticking with the prototype LA Golf shaft in his driver, which makes sense, considering he now owns part of the company.

Ping

Reportedly “half of the tour staff” are putting 7-woods in play, according to our source at Ping. Bubba Watson and Mackenzie Hughes included.

Watson’s 7-wood specs: Ping G425 Max (23.5 degrees). 40.5-inch Fujikura Black 9 X shaft in custom pink (tipped 2 inches, D2+).

Cole Hammer is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD HD 7 TX shaft in his driver.

Others, free agents

Hideki Matsuyama is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 X shaft in a SIM2 Max 3-wood.

Rikuya Hoshino is testing Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 X in a Srixon ZX5 driver.

Shane Lowry has a new Cleveland RTX Full-Face 58-degree wedge in play.

Zack Sucher is putting a 16-degree Srixon ZX hybrid in play.

The king of stout shafts, Jhonny Vegas is testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 100 X shaft in his 5-wood.

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Photos from the 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree

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GolfWRX is live from Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open is the third PGA Tour event contested in South Carolina this season.

Palmetto State native Dustin Johnson headlines the field (and has been doing plenty of putter testing). Brooks Koepka and Jason Dufner will be teeing it up as well. John Pak and Davis Thompson will both be making their professional debuts.

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John Pak, college golf’s top player, signs with TaylorMade

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

With a buddy on the bag and fresh off receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, celebrated amateur and Florida State standout John Pak is making his professional debut at this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — and he’ll do so as a TaylorMade staffer, the company announced today.

College golf’s top player, Pak has played TaylorMade gear and a Titleist ball since his amateur days. And as we found out from Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade’s player development manager, who has worked with Pak since he was in his early teens, it’s not surprising Pak will continue with the same bag setup and ball combination as he joins the professional ranks.

The Scotch Plains, New Jersey, native is an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy when it comes to his equipment, which is a trait Ressa sees among many of the game’s best. (Another TaylorMade staffer Tiger Woods, for one, comes to mind).

Ressa and TaylorMade have had a relationship with Pak for nearly a decade, and it’s Ressa’s job to not only make sure Pak is in the right equipment for his game but is also navigating the matrix of amateur competitions, college, and the decision to turn pro successfully.

According to Ressa, Pak, and other junior standouts, need new equipment, or at least a fitting, roughly every six months as their bodies and swings change.

Even so, while he’s transitioned into new fairway wood models as they’ve become available, the DNA of Pak’s bag has stayed largely the same.

“Jon is a very simple guy when it comes to equipment, and he doesn’t do a lot of tinkering outside of driver shafts,” Ressa said. “Deep down, he’s a great competitor. He just loves to compete and is focused on getting the ball in the hole. He’s stayed really, really consistent with the look of his irons, the loft of his wedges, and his bag setup. He’s been easy to work with and only needs one or two visits per year to get squared away.”

Read the full piece here.

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