Tiger Woods wants to play in another 40 major tournaments, he told press ahead of the US Open Pebble Beach on Thursday.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on June 12, 2019

The 15-time major champion Tiger Woods told a packed news conference before the US Open at Pebble Beach on Thursday that he hopes he has another “10 years” to win majors.

The 43-year-old ended an 11-year wait to claim a 15th major at the Masters in Augusta in April.

“Hypothetically if I give myself another 10 years that’s 40 majors,” said Tiger Woods, according to BBC Sport.

“The trick is can I keep myself healthy and strong enough considering what my body has been through?

“That’s where I need help with all my trainers and physios and workout regimes, and hopefully I can make that happen.”

Tiger Woods returns to Pebble Beach where he won the 2000 US Open by 15 shots.

The American, who had spinal fusion surgery in 2017 and has had four back surgeries in his career, had to delay the press conference and he told reporters that he had been physically sick and had a stiff back. He also decided not to play a practice round on Tuesday.

“If I feel good then I feel like I can play any venue. It’s just that when I’m stiff and not moving as well it becomes a little bit more difficult,” he said.

“This week I feel like I’m trending in the right direction. I need one more day of prep. I want to see the golf course when it’s a little bit closer to game time,” said Woods.

Tigers Woods pixabey

“Now this week we’re all going to be playing from virtually the same spots, especially if it dries out, the longer guys will be hitting (a) shorter club, shorter guys will be able to hit driver down there, it’s overall playing from the same spots, now how do you put the ball in the correct position is the key,” Woods continued.

“And these greens, we don’t face greens like this, this small and this deep and so it puts a premium on iron play because I feel like most of the field can put the ball in the fairways. They’re plenty wide, the golf course is not overly long, but how do you put the ball in the right spot so you can have putts at it?”

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Brooks Koepka is seeking a third consecutive US Open title, following his victories at Erin Hills in 2017 and Shinnecock Hills 12 months ago.

Koepka will attempt to become only the second player after Scotland’s Willie Anderson to win the tournament three years in succession.

“It would be the coolest thing ever to win three in a row with the third one at Pebble,” the world number one said.

“As a kid, you always wanted to win a US Open at Pebble. You look at the guys that have won here and they are some of the greatest players to have played the game.”

American Jordan Spieth, who will aim for a fourth major title and the first since he claimed the 2017 British Open, will play his opening two rounds with Woods and Englishman Justin Rose.

The threesome will begin their round on Thursday at 2.09pm (local time). For tee-off times on Thursday, visit usopen.com.

Ladbrokes has Tiger Woods at 11-1 for an outright victory at the US Open. Rory Mcllroy, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are joint-favourites at 8-1.