Major titles still top Woods’ wish list



AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Published — Thursday 29 November 2012

Last update 28 November 2012 10:56 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

THOUSAND OAKS, California: Tiger Woods, buoyed by a return to form in 2012, is hoping 2013 will yield the one thing that in his opinion makes a season great: a major golf title.
“Any time you get a chance to be part of history and put your name on the biggest trophies in our sport, it’s a great year,” said Woods, who owns 14 major titles but hasn’t triumphed in one of the game’s four premier events since 2008.
Woods spoke Tuesday at Sherwood Country Club, where he’s preparing to defend his title in the World Challenge invitational that he hosts for the benefit of his charitable foundation.
He birdied the final two holes to defeat compatriot Zach Johnson by one stroke here last year and end a global victory drought, and then went on to win three PGA Tour titles in 2012.
“I’m very excited because last year at this point in time I was still not quite where I wanted to be physically,” Woods said.
“This year has been fantastic in that regard. I’ve felt good. I’ve played a full schedule for the first time in a very long time, and I’m just very pleased with what I’ve done overall with my game.”
With various injuries behind him and the swing changes he has painstakingly implemented with coach Sean Foley apparently dialed in, Woods said all aspects of his game have come around.
“At the outset of the year I didn’t really putt well. Towards the end of the year I really started putting well. My short game has really come around ... I am becoming more consistent.”
He won his 72nd PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, then won the Memorial and the AT&T National.
The only real hiccup was his withdrawal from Doral during the final round with a sore Achilles tendon.
In 2013 it’s clear his focus will be on resuming his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles.
“I know how it feels when you win a major championship, and it feels incredible,” he said. “It lasts with you, and that’s something that I would like to have happen again.
“That’s something I haven’t done since ‘08, so it’s something I can do next year,” he said of nabbing another major.
“Winning a major championship just takes it to a whole new level.”
One thing isn’t in Woods’s plans — taking up membership on the European Tour.
Woods has never done so, even back when the European circuit required members to play just 11 events rather than the current 13.
That would include the four majors, World Golf Championships events, and now when it rolls around, the Ryder Cup.
European Tour chief George O’Grady, in an interview with Gulfnews.com, noted that it would be “quite doable for Tiger to join the European Tour.”
Playing as a member of both the European and US Tours would allow Woods to emulate the feat first achieved by Luke Donald, and matched by Rory McIlroy this year, of winning the money title on both tours.
But Woods said the schedule burden wasn’t worth it.
“I’ll make it real simple — I’m not going to play the European Tour next year,” Woods said.
“It’s a bit much for me still,” Woods added. “I enjoy playing around the world, and I still always will. But I am going to play this (US) tour.”

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The Kingdom and Namibia have signed a protocol to establish diplomatic relations between them.According to SPA, the protocol was signed on Tuesday by Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Abdullah Al-Mouallimi and his...
JEDDAH: Official reports reveal nationalization levels of medical and health workers in the Kingdom remain low, with Saudi nationals making up only 21.7 percent of physicians, 31.8 percent of nurses, and 67.4 percent of ancillary staff.According to t...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) will begin receiving clearance applications for medicines and medical supplies, including drugs containing narcotic or psychotropic substances, for Haj missions or other government bodies on Saturday....
JEDDAH: Saudi importers of cattle said the Haj season this year will not see an increase in the price of livestock due to the stability of the local market and the available supply.There are also guarantees from exporting countries that required quan...
JEDDAH: At the upcoming elections the national identity card will be the only approved document used for identifying voters of both genders and allowing voters to exercise their electoral right, provided all statutory requirements are met.In a press...
JEDDAH: Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil has spoken of a new education policy which emphasizes the importance of harmonizing admission policies in universities with the needs of the labor market.Al-Dakhil made these remarks during a meeting with un...
JEDDAH: Local bottled water consumption during the summer, Umrah and Haj seasons this year will increase by 10 percent.“This translates into an annual growth rate of between 4 percent and 5 percent,” Rashed Bin-Zouma, a water industry expert, was qu...
RIYADH: Four Saudi secondary students including a young woman from the Eastern Province have received prestigious medals at the 47th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO), which concluded in Azerbaijan last week.The winners of the four bronze medal...
JEDDAH: The UAE’s decision to lift fuel subsidies beginning in August has raised the possibility of other Gulf states following suit.Economists suggest a wide disparity of prices of gasoline in the Gulf countries will lead to more petrol smuggling op...
DAMMAM: The tourism industry in the Kingdom is witnessing great interest by authorities to develop the archaeological areas, promote their support services and create the best environment for tourism products, said businessman Abdul Mohsen Al-Hokair....
JEDDAH: The ongoing World Circus at north Obhur has brought smiles on the faces of orphans, with its show of acrobats featuring 20 performers and clowns.The orphans of Al-Rawdah district charitable organization said they found the circus entertaining...
RIYADH: The Nepalese ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Udayaraj Pandey, thanked the Kingdom on Thursday as he ends his four-year tour of duty in Saudi Arabia.Earlier in the day, he called on Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar to pay him a courtesy call a...
RIYADH: Movies produced by young and amateur Saudi filmmakers will be shown on Saudi Television starting in the middle of next week.“The films will be shown daily to encourage young Saudi filmmakers,” said Abdulaziz Fahad Al-Eid, senior broadcaster a...
RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday with the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) and Taqnia Energy to launch the first standalone 50MW solar power station at Al-Aflaj.KACST also...
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al- Muallami unveiled a beautifully framed old kiswa (covering) of the door of the Holy Kaaba at one of the newly refurbished halls of the world body. The...

Stay Connected

Facebook