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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 June, 2004, 22:27 GMT 23:27 UK
Woods slams unfair course
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has not won a major since the 2002 US Open
A birdie-three at the last saved Tiger Woods from matching his worst US Open round, but could not repair his mood.

On a day when every player struggled with the tough set-up, a 76 took Woods to 10 over for the tournament.

He then said: "It's terrible in our national championship that they lost control of the course. This is not the way it's supposed to be.

"It got away from them. The first two days were tough, but fair. Don't make it like it's unfair."

He added: "They try to make it playable, they moved the flags, trying to address the problem, but if you know you've got a cold front coming through and there is going to be dry air behind it, you've got to soak the greens a little bit."

Woods' comments about the course came only a day after he had reacted angrily to his former coach Butch Harmon's claim that he was "in denial" about the state of his game.

And there was further controversy on Sunday when his caddie was warned by tournament officials not to take player security into his own hands.

It doesn't help Steve, it doesn't help Tiger, and it doesn't help the championship
USGA's David Fay on Steve Williams' camera antics
New Zealander Steve Williams snatched a camera from a photographer shortly before Woods teed off at the second. Williams was spoken to by a rules official soon afterwards.

"It's a tense situation out there, but I've instructed the rules official with the group to speak with Steve," David Fay, executive director of the United States Golf Association (USGA), said.

"If there's an issue that Steve has, (he should) bring it to (the official's) attention. Let security deal with these incidents.

"It doesn't help Steve, it doesn't help Tiger, and it doesn't help the championship or the caddie.

"Professional security should be dealing with incidents because something could get ugly out there. You want to have the professional involved," added Fay.

Williams, who has caddied for Woods for the last five years, kicked a camera out of the hands of a photographer during Friday's second round. No action was taken then by the USGA.

Without a major win in eight attempts, Woods can console himself that his world number one status is safe.

Ernie Els could have replaced him at one, but his title challenge collapsed on Shinnecock Hills' outward nine.





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