By USA_14. Last Updated: 05/06/13 2:26pm
Many will jump to the conclusion that a short, tight US Open track won't suit Tiger Woods one bit. That may have been the case when, as a big-hitting young buck, he finished 18th here in 1998 but is it really the case now? A recurring theme of the recent Hank Haney book, "The Big Miss", was Tiger's loss of confidence with the driver, especially under pressure. It led Haney to deduce that Tiger's best chance of adding to his tally of 14 majors could come on a "short, tight, fast running track". He didn't say as much but Haney could easily have been describing Olympic Club, a course Tiger played a lot in his early years. Woods' US Open form is way better than you'd imagine and his last six starts have produced form figures of 3-6-1-2-MC-2. For US Opens in California make it 3-1-1. The million dollar question is can we still trust Tiger in majors when he knows the clock is ticking in his bid to overhaul Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. His swing fell apart at Augusta but, on a course where he'll need to concentrate on manipulating the ball both ways and using his creativity rather than trying to hit perfect swings with drivers he might just excel. After two big wins on the US Tour this year - Bay Hill and Memorial - it's no surprise that he's been installed as the clear favourite.