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Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

Posted on: March 13, 2011 8:54 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 7:11 am

DORAL, Fla. -- This time, the grin on Tiger Woods mug wasn't contrived, forced or transparently fake.

He was happy, for darned good reason.

For the first time in weeks, he had actually pieced together a comprehensively solid round, with all 14 clubs in the bag, and finished with a 6-under 66 at the Cadillac Championship, matching the low round of the day at Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

He even unveiled some rare self-deprecation.

“Peaking at the right time," Woods said. "For the Tavistock Cup."

That's an inter-club competition staged Monday and Tuesday at his home track in Orlando, where Woods ought to feel quite at home.

After shooting 70-66 on the weekend, Woods seemed relieved that his oft-dissected swing changes are coming to fruition. Then again, he's played well in fits and spurts before, including last December and last month in Dubai, but hasn’t been able to remotely string together four clean rounds.

After the dust settled and some of the leaders fell back, Woods finished T10 at Doral, his best finish in a fully sanctioned PGA Tour event since the U.S. Open last June. It was good for the confidence, especially after a 2-over 74 on Friday that featured two of the worst tee shots he's ever hit.

 “No doubt,” Woods said. “Today, I hit a lot of good golf shots, and when I did mis-hit one, I knew what the fix was right away. Boom, and I got right back on my run of hitting good shots again. That feels good.”

Woods was up and down at the Ryder Cup, contended at the semi-official HSBC Champions event last fall in China and lost in a playoff at the unofficial Target World Challenge in December. He had a chance in Dubai, but struggled in the wind with a 75 on Sunday and finished T20.

Now No. 5 in the world, his lowest position since before winning the 1997 Masters, Woods at least held his ground this week in the rankings and won’t slip farther.

While his putting was unwatchable at times -- he was second-to-last in the field through three rounds and eventually finished T55 out of 66 players in overall putting average -- it was better on the weekend after he made a putter change. He made five putts of over 10 feet and two came on the back nine Sunday. Overall, he made five of 24 attempts from between 10 and 20 feet.

His irons, however, looked as good as they had in months.

“The shapes of my shots are getting tighter," he said, upbeat. "The driver is still not quite there. I’m not quite shaping the golf ball like I want to, but I’m hitting it flush again, which is good. Just a matter of time before that comes around.”

While he sounded optimistic, indeed, he hasn’t won in the States in 18 months, and being out of contention for such a long stretch isn’t exactly a happy topic.

“Of course, it bothers me,” Woods said. “I want to win golf tournaments. The whole idea of entering events is to win golf tournaments, and I didn’t do that this week. But I showed positive signs for the next time I play, which is a good thing.”

Beyond the Tavistock event, Woods likely will next tee it up in two weeks at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won six times. Somebody asked if he felt like he was ready to contend at the Masters, now four weeks away.

“Mmmm-hmmm,” he said.

Category: Golf

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:47 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

Why do I read this guys articles, such a joke.

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:40 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

Well I don't know if I would call it giddy.  He plays one good round out of 4 and he is back.  Now when he puts together 2-4 good rounds in the same tournament then he can say giddy-up.  Until then...........

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2011 5:32 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

WiscGc: We know "zilch" about Tiger's life???  LMAO at you, buddy!  We have been inundated for the last 18 months or so about details of his life that are more than I wanted to know!  IntoHi has it pretty much right...except for the money and being able to hit good golf shots, no way in hell most guys would trade places with Tiger these days!  You'd tire of all the attention and scrutiny quite quickly.  The old saying that money doesn't by happiness would have a picture of TW in the encyclopedia.  I like Tiger, but he really has messed his life up, big time.  He had everything and blew think that's something a guy hopes for when he starts his career as a young man?  BTW, if you want to see "pathetic", look in the mirror.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:49 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

ooops. That was supposed to be a +1 for SolidGold calling out nflrealass.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 4:47 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish


Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2011 3:36 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

    If you are a Woods fan, that's your choice, but golf is a sport that gives you a 'window of opportunity' from about 20 till about 42 to be really effective, maybe less...That also assumes your body stays healthy.
    Yes, I know Jack won at 46 and the British should have been won by a 50 some year old a few years go, but that was a 'flash in the pan'...
    What some Woods fans are also not realizing are his knees...This is the main reason he has had to make swing changes, not because he just wanted too...I'm also 35 and I can tell you, staying in shape, which I really like to do,  isn't nearly as easy as it was just 5 years ago....
   Some of you have been force fed the 'Tiger stuff' just like the public was with 'Jack'...You are convinced you "HAVE" to have him there to enjoy golf, but that is nonsense......Stars and herores come and go...Golf will be just fine with or without him...Perhaps short term, some of the fair-weathers will leave, but they will return, once a new star takes over.......Even Jack went through a couple years without doing anything 'Major', so it is with Woods...

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 2:29 pm

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

I for one hope Woods gets back to being highly competitive once again.  Golf is a better sport with a few rivals that you can depend on being near the top of the leaderboard week after week.  Even if it is Tiger versus the field, golf will be better.  There will be those who pull for him and those who pull against him.  I am not going to judge his personal life as I do not wish he judge mine.  I do know you cannot play golf without a clear head and his has undoubtedly been anything but clear over the last year or so.  Let's also not forget that he took the better part of one golf season off due to a significant knee injury.  This combined with his personal issues forced him to take the majority of two golf seasons off in his prime.  Everyone wanted him to comback strong last year and it would have been a nice cinderella story.  America loves combacks.  However, I think he will make significant progress this year and may even post a surprise or two in a major.  Next golf season is when Tiger will be back.  His critics will fade, golf ratings will go up.  Let's just hope one or two other young players continue their good play to create the Arnie, Jack, Trevino, and Watson type competition that golf has longed to replace for years. 

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:13 am

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

INtoHI, who made you God, determining what is really best for Tiger just because it works for you? You know absolutely zilch about Tiger's situation and how he feels, yet you feel very comfortable judging him anyway. Hell, Tiger may be happier now than you are. About time you leave him alone and deal with the demons in your life. Oh yeah, that's right, you're perfect and know all. Pathetic.

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: March 14, 2011 10:01 am

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

35 yrs old and according to butch harmon, the greatest golfer ever we will see what all the tiger haters ave to say when his head does clear.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2011 8:40 am

Woods positively giddy about Doral finish

-83 are you smoking crack

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