"I've won major championships, and I haven't done it since '08," Woods said. "We all go through periods where that doesn't happen. Some periods are entire careers. But I think I understand how to win major championships. The key is just giving yourself chances."
Nick Watney is the proper defending champion, winning last year at Aronimink, where the tournament went for two years because of the U.S. Open. The field also includes Hunter Mahan, a runner-up to Woods in 2009, Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott.
Getting most of the attention in the days leading up to the tournament was the golf course, which should present the kind of test the U.S. Open wanted last year.
"It's set up more like a major," said Marc Leishman, coming off a win last week at Hartford. "Obviously, the weather had a lot to do with it last year. It's definitely going to be tougher. I don't think 20 under is going to be winning, or 15 under, or whatever on the U.S. Open last year. I don't think that's going to happen again."
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