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Woods: I'll work on everything for US Open

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June 3, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Tiger Woods produced one of the worst performances of his career at the Memorial Tournament © Getty Images
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Tiger Woods has vowed to work on every aspect of his game ahead of the US Open after one of the worst 72-hole performances of his career at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

The world No. 1 carded three triple bogeys for the first time since 1997 on his way to an eight-over-par finish, 20 shots behind champion Matt Kuchar and enough for a share of 65th place - his worst four-round placing on the PGA Tour since he tied for 78th at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in 2010.

And while Woods' form with the putter was of particular concern - he hit 119 putts in total, 19 more than he needed for victory at Doral and 17 more than he took while winning at Bay Hill earlier this season - the 14-time major champion conceded that his entire game needs work before the year's second major begins on June 13.

"Yeah, it happens," said Woods, who also produced his worst nine-hole score of his professional career in Ohio. "It happens to all of us. I'll go home next week and practise."

Asked what he needed to work on before heading to Merion, Woods said, "Everything. You want everything clicking on all cylinders, especially at the US Open, because everything is tested in the US Open."

The final day of this year's US Open will mark the five-year anniversary of Woods' last major success, the 2008 tournament at Torrey Pines.

But after equalling his best run-in to the event in terms of tournaments won - he has already collected four titles in 2013 - Woods is keen to quickly move on from what he hopes is a blip in form.

"I didn't putt very well," he added. "I had bad speed all week. I thought the greens didn't look that fast, but they were putting fast. I could never get the speed of them.

"It's just one of those weeks - it happens. This week I obviously didn't putt well. I had some funky stances. At Honda, I had two lost balls. It just happens, happened to be one of those weeks."

In the world rankings, Kuchar has jumped five places to fourth after his triumph at Muirfield Village.

World Rankings: 1. Tiger Woods (USA), 2. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 3. Adam Scott (AUS), 4. Matt Kuchar (USA), 5. Justin Rose (ENG), 6. Brandt Snedeker (USA), 7. Luke Donald (ENG), 8. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 9. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), 10. Phil Mickelson (USA), 11. Lee Westwood (ENG), 12. Steve Stricker (USA), 13. Keegan Bradley (USA), 14. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 15. Charl Schwartzel (RSA), 16. Ian Poulter (ENG), 17. Bubba Watson (USA), 18. Webb Simpson (USA), 19. Dustin Johnson (USA), 20. Jason Dufner (USA).

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