Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tiger Woods admits personal life is impacting on his game

By Mark Garrod
Nine holes of practice had seen five balls disappear into water, but when Tiger Woods spoke to reporters in Florida it was clear the state of his game is not his major worry right now.
Four days after crashing to a 79 and missing the cut at Quail Hollow by an incredible eight shots, Woods looked and sounded thoroughly down as he tries to prepare for the £6.2 million Players Championship, golf's richest event.Amid continuing reports his Swedish wife is seeking a divorce over the sex scandal that rocked sport five months ago, the world No 1 admitted that his emotional turmoil is impacting on his golf.
"Absolutely," said Woods, who has Ian Poulter as one of his two partners in the opening two rounds at Sawgrass and who could lose top spot in the rankings to Phil Mickelson if he is outside the first five on Sunday and his compatriot wins.
"I've had two different low moments (in my life). Obviously what I'm going through now and (before that) my father's death."
This is the third event of his comeback. In the first he managed what many considered, given the circumstances, a brilliant fourth place in The Masters, but last week was arguably the worst of his career.
Invited to compare this return to golf to last year after an eight-month injury lay-off he replied: "This is more taxing, certainly away from the golf course with paparazzi following me and all those kind of things. I didn't have the distractions getting ready for events. You know, helicopters don't normally fly over you on the range and kind of hover and film you.
"That wasn't the case then, but that's the case now."


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