Tiger Woods looking to continue comeback in 2012
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Tiger Woods is poised for a comeback in 2012. He finished strong last year, taking finished third at the Australian Open, delivering the clinching point for the U.S. at the Presidents Cup and winning the Chevron World Challenge, his first victory in more than two years.
Plus, Woods said Tuesday, he’s starting the season healthy for the first time in at least eight years.
“It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been physically fit,” Woods said during a news conference at the Abu Dhabi Championship. “So I’m looking forward to getting out there and giving it a full season, which I haven’t done in a while.”
Woods started 2011 at No. 2 in the world rankings but dropped out of the top 50 after missing much of the season with injuries and often not playing well when he was able to participate. But he recovered toward the end of the year to finish with both a No. 25 ranking and increased confidence.
Now he’s looking to continue riding that momentum, starting this week against a field that includes top-ranked Luke Donald, second-ranked Lee Westwood, defending champion Martin Kaymer and U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
“I’m looking forward to this year,” Woods said. “That’s something that I have to say, because I was able to prepare and get fit enough to prepare last year and towards the end of the year. I demonstrated to myself what I can do with implementing what [coach Sean Foley] wants me to do on the golf swing.” The only time things got a little testy on Tuesday was when Woods was asked about an upcoming book about his former swing coach Hank Haney. Woods indicated he was tired of having to answer questions about comments from people he used to work with, such as Haney and former caddie Steve Williams.
“Certainly it’s something that I have to deal with. I get asked at press conferences what these guys have done, and that’s just part of it,” he said. “Am I disappointed? Yes. Frustrated? Certainly, because I have to answer the questions. … So I’ve answered them and I guess I’ll have to continue doing it. Hopefully, this will come to an end.”
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.