Practice rounds and preparations for U.S. Open at Bethpage Black

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Wednesday at Bethpage Black Phil Mickelson arrived on Tuesday, and he played his first practice round of the week on Wednesday morning.
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"Generally this is the hardest major we face year in, year out. Narrowest fairways, highest rough," Woods said in a press conference after his practice round.
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"I just enjoy having to think your way around a golf course. It's not -- a lot of the TOUR events we play you just have to make birdies. If you don't shoot 68 you're losing ground," Woods said. "Here if you shoot 68 you're moving up on the leaderboard. To me that's fun. Par is rewarded and a birdie is really rewarded."
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Monday at Bethpage Black Tiger Woods visited Bethpage Monday morning with caddie Steve Williams and swing coach Hank Haney.
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The U.S. Open will begin on Thursday, June 18.
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Fans filled the merchandise area looking for everything from golf balls to shirts with the Bethpage logo on them.
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Jimmy Roberts was on hand to sign copies of his book, "Breaking the Slump."
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Hats and visors can be found in any color of the rainbow.
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Players hit the practice area to get a feel for the greens.
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During the first day of previews, players stopped to sign this fan's souvenir flag.
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Woods also visited the course last week for a practice round.
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The last U.S. Open held at the Black Course was won by Woods in 2002.
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Tiger played with Andrew Svoboda, who got into the U.S. Open after Robert Karlsson withdrew.
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Woods got a taste of the thick rough on the Black course.
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Mickelson said he would likely skip the British Open next month. His wife, Amy, will have breast cancer surgery on July 1.
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Mickelson played a practice round with Jim Furyk, Justin Leonard and Darron Stiles.
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Tiger Woods did not play a practice round on Wednesday, but he did work on his game at the driving range and the putting green.
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World No. 3 Paul Casey has one career top 10 in six appearances at the U.S. Open.
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Sergio Garcia said he is not worried about New York fans giving him a hard time like they did in 2002: "I love New York," Garcia said. "I love the people around here. And I'm just looking forward to see where I can go this week."
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Players champion Henrik Stenson wore sunglasses to match his shirt.
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Adam Scott has missed seven cuts in his last eight events.
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Rory McIlroy, 20, is making his first start in a U.S. Open.
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Tuesday at Bethpage Black Tiger Woods visited Bethpage again on Tuesday, playing the back nine in the early morning.
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Swing coach Hank Haney strolled the course with Woods.
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The 7 a.m. start time wasn't early enough to stop crowds from following the world's No. 1 player.
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