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Tiger In Contention At U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods of the US watches as Phil Mickelson putts on the green on day one of the US Open at San Francisco's Olympic Club on June 14, 2012 in California. The 112th US Open teed off early with Rory McIlroy bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the year's second major since 1989 but all the anticipation was at the ninth tee for the day's marquee grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

Tiger Woods of the US watches as Phil Mickelson putts on the green on day one of the US Open at San Francisco’s Olympic Club on June 14, 2012 in California. The 112th US Open teed off early with Rory McIlroy bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the year’s second major since 1989 but all the anticipation was at the ninth tee for the day’s marquee grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages)

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By: Jeff Lesson

For Tiger Woods to contend at the U.S. Open, he must continue to play as we discussed on last week’s show-using irons and three woods off the tee. That is the only way he can hit the tricky fairways at any U.S. Open venue, especially at The Olympic Club.

In Thursday’s opening round, Tiger did precisely that and was masterful. It looked just like years ago when he won The British Open by hitting two irons off most tees.

You simply cannot make par hitting out of the deep U.S. Open rough.

The key for Tiger is to continue to be patient, as pars are golden at a U.S. Open venue.

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