Tiger must learn how to win again

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

TIGER Woods ad­mits he needs to learn to win again as he re­turns to the scene of one of the low­est points of his ca­reer this week.

Woods has won the Memo­rial Tour­na­ment five times but also shot the high­est score of his ca­reer at Muir­field Vil­lage with an 85 in the third round on his last ap­pear­ance in 2015.

That left Woods in last place and, with 71 play­ers in the field, the for­mer world No 1 was first out on his own for Sun­day’s fi­nal round. “I didn’t want any­one to watch me play,” he joked at his pre-tour­na­ment press con­fer­ence. “I tried and, un­for­tu­nately, that’s all I had.

“I take great pride through­out the years of never bag­ging it. I’ve tried in ev­ery sin­gle round and tried to fight to the end and, un­for­tu­nately, I shot 85, the high­est round I’ve ever had and it didn’t feel very good.

“Un­for­tu­nately, on this golf course and hit­ting it as bad as I did, it just wasn’t good enough.”

Tour­na­ment host Jack Nick­laus had said ear­lier that Woods, who has won 79 times on the PGA Tour, was not im­mune from hav­ing to “learn how to win again”.

Nick­laus said he had to do the same on his way to an 18th ma­jor ti­tle in the 1986 Masters at the age of 46. With­out a win in two years and strug­gling in the fi­nal round, Nick­laus birdied the ninth and 10th be­fore storm­ing home to be­come the old­est win­ner at Au­gusta Na­tional.

“I think there’s an un­der­stand­ing of what it takes to fin­ish it off and get a win,” said Woods, who is play­ing his 10th tour­na­ment since un­der­go­ing spinal fu­sion surgery in April 2017. I’ve been on runs where it came pretty easy and other stretches where it was very dif­fi­cult.

“To me this is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent be­cause it’s com­ing back off not re­ally play­ing for a while. I re­mem­ber the feel­ings when I was at Valspar (Cham­pi­onship in March), I had a chance to win there and fin­ished sec­ond and it re­ally felt com­fort­able.

“The last few times I’ve had a chance and been up there on the board I felt com­fort­able and, hope­fully, I can shoot the low round when I need it.”

Woods is part of a world-class field at Muir­field Vil­lage which fea­tures eight of the world’s top 10, in­clud­ing new No 1 Justin Thomas, Rory McIl­roy and Justin Rose.

Jack Nick­laus.

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