Tiger Woods says his top-10 finish at the Memorial Tournament has provided a timely boost ahead of the US Open.
Woods ended an 11-year wait for his 15th major by claiming The Masters title at Augusta earlier this year but struggled at the PGA Championship and missed the cut.
The American was way off the pace after the first three rounds but a seven-birdie, two-bogey final round of 67 saw him finish in ninth spot.
Woods will now take a week off to practice ahead of the US Open, and he says he is satisfied with his form ahead of the tournament at Pebble Beach.
“I played really well today,” said Woods, as reported by Golf 365. “I hit the ball so crisp and so solid and made some nice putts there on the front nine and had things rolling for a little bit.
“I wanted to have something positive going into the [US] Open and kind of sneak up there with a nice little top 10 possibly. I was never going to win the tournament with where I was at.
“I wanted to get to double digits today and I did. I just didn’t stay there.” Woods won the US Open in 2000, 2002 and 2008 and is 12.00 to take the top prize this year.
Defending champion Brooks Koepka is the 7.50 favourite and Jordan Spieth is 15.00 to win the US Open 2019.