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Woods leads in California

Tiger is finding some form

Posted Dec 03, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is hoping that he can end his winning drought and pick up the Chevron World Challenge in California this weekend – putting his ‘very painful’ 2010 behind him.
The former world number one endured his first ever PGA campaign without a win since he joined the professional ranks as well as settling a high-profile divorce from ex-wife Elin Nordegren.
A four-time winner of this tournament that he himself hosts at Sherwood Country Club, Woods is hoping that winless streak will come to an end.
However, despite the difficulties he has faced this year, the world number two believes he has learned so much more over the past 12 months as both a golfer and, more importantly, a person.
He claims this year has been a ‘very successful year even though it was a very painful year’ and this insight into his own life is proving beneficial.
Woods currently leads the 18-strong elite field, which contains Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, by one shot after a fine seven-under 65.
And once again this was with the putter misfiring and he felt he only made one putt. This has been a problem area for the star this season and it’s going to be a while before we see the best of Woods on the ‘dancefloor’ again.
“It’s not too often I can say I shot 65 and only made one putt, but that’s kind of what I did today,” he said after totalling 32 putts on the lush, smooth, true running greens.
Woods, who has spent time breaking down his swing, was starting to see the benefits of his new swing – the fourth swing change of his career. He has stripped it back and built it up and now, admittedly for only a run of a few holes, he is starting to build some consistency with it.
The next few days will prove whether he is starting to put this torrid year behind him and whether he is re-emerging as the world’s top player or not – although I’m sure McIlroy and McDowell et al will have something to say about it.

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