- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

ROLAND, Ark. - Tiger Woods said today he is preparing to play in the U.S. Open.

Woods, who was at the Alotian Club outside of Little Rock, made his first public appearance since his father, Earl, died May 3. He hasn’t played since he tied for third in the Masters at Augusta National on April 9. However, he played a round at Winged Foot on Saturday, an indication he will be back there for the June 15-18 U.S. Open.

When asked by a member of the crowd how he would prepare for the U.S. Open, Woods said he had plenty of practicing to do.

“Obviously, you have to drive the ball great at U.S. Opens. You can’t win a U.S. Open driving the ball poorly,” Woods said. “Work on my driving and really work on my irons, distance control.”

Woods put on a demonstration for the children and took questions only from audience members, not reporters.

He spoke of his father a few times while addressing the crowd, including at the end, when he was asked what advice he had for his young fans.

“I think the greatest advice is to care and share,” Woods said. “My dad was so adamant about that line. He said if you care about something, you’ll share it. And if you love life, you’ll share life. I love kids, and I’ll share with them whatever I have.”

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