The Denver Post

Woods says he will win again

- By Laura Albanese


SOUTHAMPTO­N, N.Y.» Failure has its way of changing people, as does adversity, and Tiger Woods has had his fair share of both. But as he stood at the lectern Friday afternoon, hand on his hip, acknowledg­ing that he had fallen far short of his goal, it was clear one thing about him had not changed at all.

“Absolutely,” he said, when asked whether he thinks he can ever win a major again.

But why? After all, his decline has been precipitou­s. His golden boy status is forever tarnished by marital disputes and a DUI charge. His back has been cut open over and over and the discs there were fused. He is 42 years old. It’s been a decade since he won his last major, and after his round Friday morning, he missed the cut.

“Have you seen the way I’ve been swinging?” he said by way of answer, smiling the same wide Tiger Woods smile that once graced Wheaties boxes all over the country. “Our whole careers are pretty much measured (on) if we can win four times a year. One year, I did it three times.”

Woods was right on a few counts. Yes, he’s done this before. And no, it wasn’t his drives that were the problem on Thursday and Friday at Shinnecock Hills. His putts were. He finished at 10-overpar 150 after shooting 78-72 over the two days.

“I’m not very happy with the way I played and the way I putted,” Woods said. “You don’t win major championsh­ips by kind of slapping all around the place and missing putts. You have to be on. And, you know, I’ve won, … I’ve won a few.”

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