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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 150 - US Open Preview
HOPEFUL SIGNS CHIP ON THE SHOULDER HISTORICALLY a superb scrambler, Woods has really dropped off in that category, especially from the 10-20 yard range. His success rate of scrambling a par from that range has nearly halved since 2008, down to just a tick over 38 per cent. HISTORY REPEATS SINCE 1997, save for 2006 when he missed the cut, Woods’ worst showing at a US Open was a tie for 32nd in 2013, and he has finished inside the top 20 on every other occasion during that period. (He missed last year’s US Open due to injury.) Stars simply find a way to win. THREES A CROWD TIGER'S struggling to score well on par-3s this season, averaging 3.18 and only carding a birdie or better on them12.5 per cent of the time. That's a concern heading to Chambers Bay, which boasts a host of demanding one-shotters (four in all) of changeable length. MOVING (BACKWARDS) DAY THIS season when the field collectively puts its foot down in Round 3 in an attempt to make a move up the leaderboard, Woods takes his off the accelerator. That stat is contrary to the Woods of old, who averaged 68.40 swipes in 2008 compared to the 76 he averages on Saturdays this season. In fact, third rounds are currently his worst scoring rounds, averaging three more shots than in any other round. RIDING THE ROUGH WOODS will find himself in the unforgiving rough at Chambers Bay at some point. Every player in the field will. But Woods' scrambling from the deep stuff is one of his biggest concerns. As it stands, he is outside the Tour's top 110 in that stat. In fact, with a 'Scrambling from the Rough' percentage of just 55.00 cent (Henrik Stenson leads the Tour with 82.86), he'll need to buck the trend if he's to have any hope of contending a 15th major and fourth US Open this week. FLAT-STICKING IT DESPITE his inflating scoring average, Woods is putting better than many on Tour. He's in the top 20 for '3-Putt Avoidance' and would be leading the Overall Putting Average (1.58) ahead of Jordan Spieth (1.68) if he'd played a few more rounds in order to qualify for that stat. Chambers Bay will require some eagle-eye green reading, a trait Woods has clearly not lost. DRIVING IT HOME TIGER'S driving it further than the Tour average and longer off the tee than he has in a long time, averaging 299.1 yards with with big stick. That'll come in handy at Chambers Bay, especially if the wind is coming in off Puget Sound. And while his driving accuracy is poor at the moment (just 48.98%), the wider fairways at this year's US Open should make that stat less relevant than the former. LINKS TO WINNING MANY are predicting this week's major to play more like The Open Championship than a traditional US Open, with the links-like setup at Chambers Bay set to test them big time. That plays favourably for Woods, a three-time Open Championship winner who has finished inside the top 15 at seven of his past 12 Open Championship appearances. WORRYING SIGNS From the name that’s always delivered distance through speed, comes the first fairway woods we’ve ever made with driver-like launch conditons. The name says it all. TaylorMadeGolf.com.au © 2015 Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc. #1 Fairway in Golf claim based on combined 2014 wins and usage on the PGA, European,Japan Golf, Web.com, Champions and LPGA Tours, as reported by the Darrell Survey Co. and Sports Marketing Surveys, Inc.
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