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Grieving Woods will play U.S. Open

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Woods will be setting his sights on his third U.S. Open crown.

LONDON, England -- Tiger Woods quashed speculation that he might miss the U.S. Open while he mourns the recent death of his father, by announcing on his Web site that he will tee up for the second major of the season at Winged Foot.

The world number one has not played since relinquishing his U.S. Masters title to Phil Mickelson in early April. His father Earl lost his long battle against cancer on May 3.

The 106th U.S. Open starts on June 15 and the layoff will be the longest of Woods' storied career.

He was expected to return to the PGA Tour by playing in the prestigious Memorial tournament which starts on Thursday, but Woods opted to skip the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event.

But the world number one did play at practice round at the Winged Foot course on Saturday, accompanied by swing coach Hank Haney.

He is a two-time winner of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2000 and Beth Page State Park in Farmingdale, New York four years ago.

"My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply," Woods said on Tigerwoods.com.

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