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Tiger Woods chats on video

Prior to teeing it up at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament this week, Tiger Woods got in a practice round Tuesday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, host of this year's U.S. Open.

A scouting mission before a major is nothing new for the three-time U.S. Open champion. What was new is how he let the world know about it -- a social media video conversation held among the former world No. 1, four fans, NBC Sports' Roger Maltbie, and a moderator.

Woods answered 27 questions, including some posted via Facebook and Twitter, and delved into topics ranging from the importance of Memorial Day to overcoming his injuries.

He also spoke about the difficulties players should expect when the year's second major starts June 14.

"The first six holes are absolutely incredible," Woods said. "You have to work the ball both ways, and the greens are pretty severe. ...

"If the wind ever blows here, it's going to be one heck of a test.

Woods, who was sitting on a red couch with a U.S. Open sign over his shoulder, looked comfortable during the 33-minute video session. He had said before the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this month that he would forgo some pre-tournament news conferences and instead field questions from fans via social media.

That is the case this week, as he is not on the pre-tournament interview schedule.

Woods, who has won no majors since the 2008 U.S. Open, headed Tuesday night for the Memorial Tournament, founded by Jack Nicklaus, who won a record 18 majors. That remains Woods' ultimate goal.

"I figure it's going to take a career," Woods said. "It took Jack 24 years. This is my 17th year into it. I still feel like I've got plenty of time. It's about giving myself the most amount of opportunities to win them on the back nine on Sunday. The more chances I give myself, I figure I'm going to clip a few of them."

The 14-time major champion will be in search of his fifth victory at the Memorial starting Thursday in the 8:15 a.m. ET pairing with Bill Haas and newly named 2013 Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.