Tiger roaring to get back in shape for Masters

Former world number one golfer shot his worst round as a professional last week but remains optimistic about future.

    Woods is currently ranked 56th in the world [AP]
    Woods is currently ranked 56th in the world [AP]

    Tiger Woods, coming off his worst score as a professional, was not overly concerned with his less-than-stellar pro-am showing, saying instead he is focused on peaking in time for the Masters.

    Rather than talking up his chances of winning his 80th PGA Tour event at this week's Farmers Insurance Open, Woods was focused on the April 9-12 Masters, the year's first major.

    "The whole idea is to make sure that I'm ready for Augusta, so I got a lot of rounds to play between now and then," Woods said at Torrey Pines, site of the Farmers Insurance Open.

    "I'm always making progress, it's just that I just still need to stick with it and keep doing it. This is going to be a tough week."

    Woods has won eight tournaments at Torrey Pines, including a US Open, but the 14-time major winner appears more likely to miss the cut this week after a troubling pro-am.

    The 39-year-old says all of his problems stem from being stuck between his old swing pattern and his new one.

    "When I have to hit shots, or shape shots, I'm caught right dead in between (patterns). They are so polar opposites, the movement patterns, that when I do half of one or half of the other, it's pretty bad."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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