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Woods aiming for US Open comeback

Tiger Woods pictured during the 2008 Masters
Woods is a six-time winner at the venue for the 2008 US Open

Tiger Woods says he expects to be fully fit in time for next month's US Open at Torrey Pines as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

Woods has not played since finishing second at the Masters in April, following which he underwent surgery on his left knee for the third time.

"Rehab is working. It's been boring, but the leg is starting to gain some strength," said the world number one.

"I'm not a patient kind of guy when it comes to that."

Woods, who has won six times as a professional at Torrey Pines, said his rehabilitation programme had been "cautious."

"I always want to go all out. Sometimes it is hard for me not to do that, but I have got to be smart about it. And I've done that," he said.

"It gets really old riding that bike but everything is on schedule."


Woods said his decision to skip this week's Memorial tournament was based on the fact that he had only recently resumed practice.

"Going to Memorial that rusty, it wouldn't have made any sense," he said.

"I wasn't sharp enough. I didn't hit all my shots I needed to hit yet at home and make sure everything is organised. I wasn't quite ready, so no sense in going there not ready.

"The whole idea is to be ready for the US Open."

The US Open, the year's second major, takes place in California from 12-15 June.

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