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Woods: Patience is the key to major success

ESPN staff
June 16, 2012

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Tiger Woods believes he can claim a record-equalling fourth US Open title after taking a share of the lead following his second-round 70.

Woods, along with Jim Furyk and David Toms, sits atop the leaderboard at one-under par. The former world No. 1 recovered from three consecutive bogeys on the front nine to surge into contention ahead of the weekend's play.

"I think I'm in a good spot," Woods said. "Right now I'm tied for the lead. So [I'm] looking forward to it and going off late tomorrow, so get some good rest.

"This tournament you just [keep] plodding along. This is a different tournament. You have to stay patient, got to stay present, and you're just playing for a lot of pars. This is not a tournament where we have to make a bunch of birdies. Just got to just hang in there with a bunch of pars."

Woods is aiming for his 15th major title at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week, and he says his previous experience during tense final rounds will provide him the perfect platform to seize another US Open crown.

"Being patient is certainly something that we have to do in major championships and I think I've done a pretty good job of that over the years. I won my fair share, and I understand how to do it.

"Now, it's one thing to game plan but you also have to execute the game plan. And I think that's one of the reasons why I was so excited about how I had the ball at Memorial [Tournament two weeks ago], because that's what I needed to play here.

"I hit the ball so well there and the different trajectories, that was big for me and to come here and then be able to shape it like this, because I have to. I have to shape it here. I've done a pretty good job of that for the first two days."

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