Tiger Woods confident of 73rd PGA Tour title
Rivals at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship have been warned - Tiger Woods has cured his swing problems and is hunting for his second title of the season.
The 14-time Major champion returned to the winner’s circle after a 30-month drought on the PGA Tour when he triumphed at the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March.
However, the victory didn’t spur him onto to a Masters masterclass as many expected a few weeks later, Woods failing to break par in all four rounds to finish tied-40th - his worst performance at Augusta since turning professional.
Yet the 36-year-old claims he’s solved his ball-striking problems courtesy of some extra time spent with swing coach Sean Foley, and is confident of winning a 73rd PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow, which gets under way tomorrow night.
Asked if he fancied his chances this week, Woods replied: “I feel like I do, yes. I feel like if I can do the things that we’ve been working on, and get my posture and my takeaway dialled in, then yes, I have a good chance.
“I’m going to a golf course I like in Charlotte. I’ve won there before. The very next week is a tournament that I’ve also won at [the Players Championship].
“At the Masters, I was kind of struggling with my ball-striking a little bit,” he added during a question and answer video session with his fans.
“Sean and I fixed it. “It had to do with my posture. My set-up wasn’t quite right, as well as my takeaway so we worked on that. I just needed to do hundreds of [repetitions]. I’m getting dialled in.”
Woods, who triumphed at Quail Hollow in 2007, will not be attending a pre-tournament press conference today as he preferred instead to post a video on his website in which he answered questions sent in by fans via Facebook and Twitter.
The world No.7, not usually the most forthcoming of stars, fielded 19 questions in all, among them a query as to the best putt he has ever sunk on the PGA Tour.
He picked the par putt he sank from just inside four feet on the 72nd hole of the 1997 Masters, his first Major crown which he clinched by a staggering 12 strokes with a record low total of 270.
“To set the record, all the history it meant at the time, to have my dad there at the back of the green,” Woods confirmed. “By far it was the biggest.”
And of his favourite Major, he chose the Open, adding: “The history and what it represents. Every single great champion has played in the British Open.”