Woods primed for 2014 major challenge

Tiger Woods AFP PHOTO

Tiger Woods AFP PHOTO

THOUSAND OAKS: Tiger Woods will once again seek to use his World Challenge tournament as a springboard into a new year that he hopes will see his major championship drought end.

After a 2013 season that included five victories—but no additions to his 14 major titles—the world number one says his goals for the coming season haven’t changed.

“Whatever tournament I play in, the goals are still the same— keep improving.

“I feel like I’ve improved this year over the previous year. Won five times this year, I think that’s a pretty good number. No one [else]did that this year.”

“I certainly wish I could have played a little better in major championships,” added Woods, who shared fourth at Augusta National and sixth at the British Open but wasn’t a factor at the US Open or PGA Championship.

“I was there at the Masters and there at the British certainly with a chance, but just didn’t get it done. The other two I just didn’t play well,” he said.

Woods, chasing the record of 18 major victories by Jack Nicklaus, hasn’t won one of golf’s Grand Slam events since the 2008 US Open.

But he has won on three of 2014’s major courses: Augusta National, British Open venue Hoylake and PGA Championship course Valhalla.

He also has a third place and runner-up finish at US Open host course Pinehurst in the last two editions of the US Open held there, noting his results there were “trending in the right way.”

Woods spoke on the eve of the $3.5-million World Challenge, which he hosts for the benefit of his charitable foundation.



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