Tiger Woods: Don't care what my swing looks like, don't want pain

Woods goes in search of landing hat-trick of Dubai Desert Classic wins. 

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Wed, 1 Feb 2017

Tiger Woods admits he couldn't care less what his new golf swing looks like if it means he can go on and play pain-free golf. 

Woods, 41, missed the cut on his return to the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open last week following more than 16 months on the sidelines with a back injury. 

The 14-time major champion was consistently behind his playing partners Jason Day and Dustin Johnson off the tee at Torrey Pines on Thursday and Friday, but his lack of driving distance since returning from full fitness bothers him little. 


"The simplest thing is I just play away from pain," said Woods.

"Whether my swing looks classical, rhythmical or it may look unorthodox, I don't care. As long as I don't feel that nerve pain.


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"Anyone who has ever had nerve pain in their back or anywhere in their spine, it's like hitting your funny bone a thousand times a day; it's just not fun.

"I'm not going to be hitting balls like some of these guys 340 yards out there. I watched Dustin (Johnson) carry a ball 335 yards last week when it was cold, wet and damp. Jason (Day) and I just looked at each other going, 'We don't have that'.

"So you do it differently. If you look at the list of guys who shot below 60, you realise Jim Furyk's on there twice. He averages 270 off the tee, but he's shot two rounds under 60. So it can be done different ways."

Woods, the current world number 666, gets an instant chance to bounce back from last week's disappointing 4-over 36-hole total at this week's Dubai Desert Classic.

The former world number one is not just looking to make the cut, he is attempting to land a career hat-trick in the tournament following wins in 2006 and 2008. 

"If I'm teeing it up, that's the goal - to win it," said Woods, who will play the opening two rounds with Masters champion Danny Willett and young English talent Matt Fitzpatrick.

"Over the course of my career, I have been less successful at winning golf tournaments than winning tournaments.

"But the goal is to win, and that doesn't change. Whether I'm injured, coming off an injury or I'm playing well, or I'm playing poorly, if I'm in the event, it's to win the event."

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