Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Pre US Open

Adrian Rubin 2015 US OpenThere was a strange sight at the golf course on Wednesday at the US Open. Tiger Woods was grinding. Showing up extremely early to his 5:28pm EST tee time, Woods did not sign up for a nine-hole practice round, rather he spend two hours simply practicing. We have typically seen Tiger Woods as a player that is on the golf course an entire day before a major event and the first to leave after the event. We are seeing a new Tiger Woods these days, as he struggled vehemently at the Memorial two weeks ago and is currently ranked 195th in the world.

Rory McIlroy’s tee time was at 5:30 so that he could experience the course at its fieriest, firmest, and most difficult. He want’s to play at a later time so that the course is at its most difficult. In this way, the world’s #1 golfer is able to play in the most difficult terrain. This is like adding ankle weights to your shoes, when you take them off, it’s easier to walk.

Tiger Woods has also noticed this trend. He stated that there is a big difference with how the course plays from morning to afternoon. In the late afternoon, the course is much faster and drier. The golf course dries out, and the ball does not stick to the fairway as well as it did in the morning.

The golf course in question? Chambers Bay, a public golf course on the Puget Sound in University Place, Washington. This course has been chosen to host the 2015 US Open.