Tiger Woods plays Merion for the first time

Tiger Woods has started his prep work for the U.S. Open. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods has started his prep work for the U.S. Open. (USATSI)

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Is it strange to anyone else that Tiger Woods hadn't played Merion Golf Club until, well, until Tuesday?

Woods strikes me as the type of guy who would be shot-charting major courses (Merion hosts the 2013 U.S. Open) two or three years in advance since those tournaments are the only ones that he cares about. But, according to Golf Channel, Woods teed it up for the first time at Merion on Tuesday.

"Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed that his player made a brief stop in Ardmore, Pa., en route to defending his Memorial Tournament title. Woods teed it up in a practice round at the venerable track, which will host the year’s second major from June 13-16."

Golf.com noted that it rained for most of Woods' trip and that, apparently, Woods is one of the few golfers who have qualified for the U.S. Open to take a reconnaissance trip to Merion.

"How many professional golfers are going to slog through 18 holes when the course is sopping wet and the greens are nothing like what they will be come tournament time? Not many. One, actually, might be about it."

That might be true, but I guess I expected a perfectionist like Woods to have already done some legwork further out than two weeks before one of the biggest majors of his career.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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