Tiger Woods combats NY traffic by staying aboard $28.5m yacht

Tiger Woods combats NY traffic by staying aboard $28.5m yacht

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Staying on his yacht - or "dinghy", as he kiddingly called it - at a nearby harbor for this week's U.S. Open apparently has more advantages for Tiger Woods than the typical creature comforts that come with a 155-foot boat.

Tiger Woods has revealed the motivation to stay aboard his US$20million ($28.5 million) yacht during his anticipated US Open return is to avoid Long Island's infamous traffic.

Woods's self-deprecating description of the $20 million vessel, which includes a gym, movie theatre, full bar, eight-person hot tub and a scuba decompression chamber, as a "dinghy" might not seem so far off the mark in Sag Harbour, a magnet for wealthy vacationers where plenty of larger craft are to be seen.

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After Monday's practice round, congestion around Shinnecock Hills was so bad one prominent NY sports reporter described it as "biblical".

"Staying on the dingy helps", he joked.

Woods said he understood the reason for the change, noting that by choosing a two-hole aggregate for the US Open the USGA insured that each of the four majors maintains a different playoff format.

"There are a few guys so far this week have said it's taken them from the hotel 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and, you know, there's a good chance that someone might miss their time". I haven't really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but certainly will this week.

The 42-year-old ranked No.1 in the field at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event in OH for strokes gained from tee to green, but an uncharacteristically poor performance with the putter cruelled his chances of a comeback victory.

"I have worked on it pretty hard this past week", Woods said of his putting. A lot of this is pure bonus because of where I was. "I was able to do that and my stroke feels good".

On the 10-year anniversary since the last of his 14 major championship wins, Woods hoped the poa annua greens at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club would be the catalyst to finally have all aspects of his game clicking together.

"So, I am looking forward to this week and I said, I have really missed playing US Open's and this will be another fun test".

"And no, I don't like that feeling".

"It's still 18 holes, right?" he asked.

The USGA announced in February that it was switching to a two-hole aggregate playoff to decide the US Open - should 72 holes fail to produce a victor. "I couldn't see my lines".

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