Three-time U.S. Open golf champion Tiger Woods has docked his yacht at the Gurney’s Yacht Club marina in Montauk, ahead of this year’s tournament, which starts next week at Shinnecock Hills.
An Instagram photo Wednesday by Grant Monahan, a Montauk photographer and co-proprietor with his sister Abby of the Ditch Plains food truck the Ditch Witch, showed the yacht, Privacy, the name emblazoned on one side, docked at the marina. Monahan’s own outboard-motorboat Whippersnapper is close by in the foreground, and Monahan’s post quips, “@tigerwoods pulled up and asked to trade boats. I respectfully declined.”
A spokeswoman for Gurney’s co-owner George Filopoulos confirmed to Newsday, “I know that it was seen there,” without giving specifics.
While the post carried the geotag “U.S. Coast Guard Station Montauk, New York,” the spokeswoman clarified, “The docks are part of Gurney’s Yacht Club, the marina there.”
Made by Christensen Shipyards and delivered in summer 2004, the 155-foot “Privacy” is a Trideck Motor Yacht known as Hull 026, according to Power & Motoryacht magazine, and has black styling around the oval windows in a touch the magazine says was Woods’ idea. The golf star did not visit the shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, before purchasing the $20 million vessel, though his then-fiancee, Elin Nordegren, visited several times. People magazine said that Woods and Nordegren spent their 2004 honeymoon aboard the yacht as it cruised the Caribbean Sea, with onboard guests that included Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan.
Gurney’s resort manager, William Beckert, did not respond to a Newsday request for comment. Woods has not commented on social media.
The 2018 U.S. Open starts with practice rounds on Monday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton. The tournament begins Thursday. Woods won in 2000, 2002 (at Bethpage Black) and 2008.