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Memorial now a memory, Woods sets his sights on the Black

June 08, 2009

For the record, Tiger Woods will not have to sleep in his car for a chance to play Bethpage Black -- although sleeping in his G4 may be another story.

Fresh off his inspired win at the Memorial, Woods is headed to Bethpage on Monday to tour the Black, where he captured the last U.S. Open there in 2002. Woods' coach Hank Haney will be along for the ride, and the plan is for the two to head to Orlando afterward to begin their Open-specific preparation.

Here's an idea, Hank. Just flip on the tape of Sunday's performance, point to the screen, and say, "Do that."

Update, 8:46 a.m.: According to Bethpage course superintendent Craig Currier, Woods was supposed to go off right around 8:30 this morning, but don't expect him to pick up a couple of 15-handicappers as playing partners. "He's going to have a couple of state troopers with him," Currier said this morning. "It's going to be a whole dog-and-pony show."

Update, 10:30 a.m.: Woods was delayed and went off at 9:26, according to this story on, Zach Johnson is also on site at Bethpage this morning, and so is Justin Timberlake, who is playing the Golf Digest Open Challenge Friday.

Update, 2:14 p.m.: Woods played 17 holes, hit his tee shot on 18, and cut out from the middle of the fairway, where a golf cart was waiting for him. See you soon...

Here's the ESPN video of the day.

Update, 6:59 p.m.: Even better is this enterprising video from a spectator:

-- Sam Weinman