Tiger: "Good to Go" at US Open

Okay, I haven’t written much about it lately, but yes, the US Open starts today. And all the world is watching Tiger and his troublesome knee. In fact, having been up early, I’ve watched more than an hour of Golf Channel coverage on little other than Woods’ knee. Is it still hurt? Will it shorten his career? Can he win this week?

The Golf Channel showed Woods being cagey about the hurt hinge, answering a lot of media questions with “yes,” or simply, “no.”

However he did say he’s ready:

Im good to go, Woods said, fresh off his early Tuesday morning workout and looking ready to rumble. Im here, I plan on being competitive. Come game time on Thursday, Ill be ready.

But lacking a tournament prior to his US Open appearance, it is clear there are questions. And even Woods’ take is the knee isn’t 100%.

His peers seem to think Woods faces a tough road this week:

It’s difficult to take the amount of time he took off and come to a U.S. Open and dominate the way he has, Jim Furyk said. That being said, nothing he does surprises me.

Sergio Garcia, among those expected to contend this week, said that didn’t make him any less of a favourite.

It’s like Big Brown, with a crack (in the hoof), Garcia said. He was still the favourite.

I don’t like Woods’ chances this week. Wouldn’t shock me if someone like Geoff Ogilvy was in the chase though….

Lorne Rubenstein talks about the Canadians in the field, while the Star’s Dave Perkins confirms with Ian Leggatt that the struggling Canadian has been approached about doing some announcing.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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