Tiger Woods Spotted On Scouting Mission To Pinehurst No.2 Ahead Of US Open

The three-time US Open winner has been spotted at the North Carolina venue just over a week before the 2024 edition of the Major

Tiger Woods takes a shot during the second round of the PGA Championship
Tiger Woods has been spotted on a scouting missing to Pinehurst No.2
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Tiger Woods’s preparations for an appearance at the third Major of the year, the US Open, appear to be taking shape after footage emerged of him in a golf cart on a scouting trip to the venue for the 2024 edition, Pinehurst No.2.

Woods' trip comes after he was granted a special exemption to the event, with the five-year guaranteed slot he had following his 2019 Masters win having now expired.

Woods has three US Open titles under his belt, but he has yet to win a tournament at Pinehurst No.2. However, on the two occasions he has played in the Major at the North Carolina course, he has fared well.

In 1999, he finished T3 behind Payne Stewart and Phil Mickelson, then six years later he got even closer, when Michael Campbell beat him by two as he had to settle for runner-up. Woods didn’t compete at the 2014 edition at the course as he was recovering from back surgery.

Tiger Woods and Michael Campbell after the 2005 US Open at Pinehurst No.2

Michael Campbell beat Tiger Woods in the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst No.2

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The 48-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play a tournament a month during the busiest time of the year, and he’s largely been able to stick to the plan so far.

His first competitive start of the year came in February’s Genesis Invitational, although that was cut short when he had to withdraw during the second round because of illness.

After surprisingly not appearing at either The Players Championship or the Valspar Championship in March, any concerns that his long-term injury issues may have resurfaced were resolved when he played April’s Masters, and he looked assured after setting the record for the longest consecutive number of cuts made at the tournament.

Tiger Woods during the second round of The Masters

Tiger Woods made the cut at The Masters

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Woods’ form dipped over the weekend, and he finished 60th, but crucially, he appeared to walk relatively limp-free throughout - far more encouraging than the sight of a fragile Woods struggling at the course a year earlier, days before undergoing a subtalar fusion procedure on his right ankle.

The 15-time Major winner then played in last month’s PGA Championship at Valhalla, and while his body held up well enough, his form didn’t, and he missed the cut.

Despite only sporadic appearances nowadays, Woods hasn’t given up hope of adding a 16th Major title. On his chances of winning another Masters title, he said before the Augusta National tournament: “I think I can get one more.”

The following month, he discussed his Sun Day Red logo of a tiger, saying: “There is some representation of what I have done in my career. If you look at the stripes, there’s 15 stripes, and as you alluded to earlier I’ve won 15 Major championships. My goal is to ruin this logo. I want to keep ruining the logo. If the trademark is this, my job is to ruin it.”

Whether that happens this year, in the future, or not at all, the sight of Woods preparing for his first US Open since 2020 is no doubt a sign that, even if there are more concerns than not over form and fitness nowadays, as far as he is concerned, the ambition remains very much alive.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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