"Yeah, staying on the dinghy helps, " Woods said, jokingly.
The former world number one watched last year's US Open at Erin Hills from afar, still in the early stages of his recovery from spinal fusion surgery and unsure if he would resume his golf career. "Just had to hit a lot of putts, just put in the legwork, and I was able to do that... my stroke feels good", the 2000, 2002 and 2008 U.S. Open champion said.
Woods noted the lengthy traffic delays in getting to Shinnecock Hills, something he won't have to be concerned about when the U.S. Open begins on Thursday. "So far it has been nice to get away from the tournament scene and go there to my dinghy there and just really enjoy it".
Woods has shown flashes of brilliance in nine official PGA Tour events this year but has yet to bring together every aspect of his game in one week to achieve a victory.
"There's always something that isn't quite right and that's where we, as players, have to make adjustments". But he struggled on the greens and after he electrified the crowd at Muirfield Village by briefly putting his name atop the leaderboard on Saturday he finished tied for 23rd.
And although he has not yet won in his comeback this year, extending his drought since 2013, he has been competitive, including twice being in contention at back-to-back tournaments in Florida in March.
Whilst the traffic is causing nightmares, players like Woods with his yacht and Ian Poulter who came in on a helicopter aren't having problems with the traffic.
"Either way, I guess strategy changes a little from an entire round, but I honestly had no idea that it even changed", Spieth said.
Woods said he'd worked hard on his stroke during his week off. "I couldn't see my lines". "I had just been given the OK to start walking again and to start moving around".
After Monday's practice round, congestion around Shinnecock Hills was so bad one prominent NY sports reporter described it as "biblical". "The key is to hit putts solid and see what happens". "I didn't know if I was going to have them again". "I've only been there for a few days now". I haven't really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but I certainly will this week.