Tiger Woods makes first visit to Chambers Bay, site of U.S. Open

Three-time U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods made his first visit Monday to Chambers Bay, site of the 115th U.S. Open, which begins June 18.

Several media outlets in the University Place, Washington, area reported Woods was there, including the Tacoma News-Tribune, which showed video of the golfer working on his short game on the eighth hole and later hitting a tee shot from the ninth.

Woods also reportedly was back at Chambers Bay on Tuesday.

Woods, 39, missed last year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 while recovering from back surgery.

He has played just twice since taking a nine-week break earlier this year to work on his game, finishing tied for 17th at the Masters and then, after making the cut on the number, tied for 69th at the Players Championship.

"I'm definitely going to head out there before the U.S. Open week to take a look at it," Woods said on May 10, following the final round of the Players, of visiting Chambers Bay. "I hear it's a golf course we need to take a look at a few times before the week."

United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis, who also sets up the course, predicted in April that a player would not win the U.S. Open without seeing the venue several times in advance.

Since winning the 2008 U.S. Open -- the last of his 14 major titles -- Woods has finished tied for sixth and tied for fourth but also missed the tournament twice due to injuries.

Phil Mickelson, who has finished runner-up a record six times at the U.S. Open, visited Chambers Bay last week.

Both players are scheduled to play Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament this week in Dublin, Ohio.