PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As tough, stubborn, and knowledgeable as Philadelphia sports fans can be, there is still one very direct and easy way into our hearts; a compliment.

Tiger Woods, when asked about the sports fans of Philadelphia on Tuesday at Merion, he took that very direct route. It would be hard for Woods to be a bigger fan favorite than he is, but this definitely won’t hurt.

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“This is one of the great sporting towns in the country. They’re passionate about all sports,” Woods said. “ We had an event at Aronimink, and it was unbelievable. The fans were incredible. It was electric. And I think this week will be the same.”

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Cliche, perhaps, but it’s better than any other tact he might take.

Woods is the favorite to win the US Open, which begins Thursday (weather permitting), even though he hasn’t won a major tournament since 2008.

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