Tiger, Jordan play Olympia Fields
by Associated Press
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods was a late arrival to the Memorial on Wednesday for good reason. He played golf the day before with Michael Jordan at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago, where the U.S. Open will be held in two weeks.
``It's going to be a heck of a test,'' Woods said. ``You'll see somebody go low early because the opening holes are so short, but the closing holes are something else.''
Woods played Olympia Fields on Tuesday, the day after members were allowed to play for the last time until after the U.S. Open.
The greens were not up to U.S. Open speed, and Woods figures the rough will grow at least another inch. He said he expects to hit 3-wood or 2-iron off most of the tees.
``You still have to get the ball in play, and that's where the USGA puts a premium. The shorter the hole, the tighter the fairway will be,'' he said.
Woods won the U.S. Open last year by three shots over Phil Mickelson at Bethpage Black, a meaty course that favored the power hitters. Woods said Olympia Fields might give more players a chance.
He said with elevated tees, most players should be able to reach slopes in the fairway that will allow the ball to run another 20 yards.
``Anybody can win that Open,'' he said. ``I think that's what is going to be a neat challenge -- a good mixture of guys on top of the board.''