Tiger Woods sets sights on US Open victory

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Tiger Woods is hoping to follow up his recent victory at The Players Championship by winning the US Open next month, to end his five-year drought without a major.

The world number one will go into the tournament at Merion, Pennsylvania, as one of the red-hot favourites, having claimed his fourth competition win of the 2013 season at Sawgrass on Sunday.

Woods has not added to his haul of 14 major titles since winning the US Open back in 2008, but after an impressive return to form, the 37-year-old has set his sights on a successful tournament this year.

"I've never played Merion, but it sounds good in theory," he told Sky Sports. "This week it was so hot and the ball is flying. 

"I'm hitting 3-wood over 300 yards. This 5-wood I was hitting most of the week was going 280 and I was carrying it 260. Those are big numbers."

Renowned for his ability with a driver, Woods played with a much more cautious approach during the four-day stint at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and might be forced to adopt similar tactics at Merion, which is one of the shortest major championship courses.

"There's really no room to hit driver except for a few par-5s," the American added. "We happened to get a dry, hot week where the ball was travelling. Certain years it's soft and it's wet, and I hit a lot of drivers. This is one of the weeks where I didn't.

"In 2006, Hoylake was so burnt out that the ball was travelling forever so you didn't really control the ball as it landed.

"It was just too fiery, and if you hit the ball into the rough, even wedges, guys weren't holding the ball on the greens. I thought the prudent play was even if I hit 8-iron I could spin the ball better than they could with wedges."

Leaving the driver in his bag was a tactic that paid off for Woods at Hoylake in 2006, and it will be interesting viewing to see if the 14-time major champion can put himself in contention for one of golf's most prestigious prizes again this year.



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