Tiger looking for PLAYERS peak
January 27, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods' interview after Round 4 of Farmers
SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods never really threatened to win an eighth Farmers Insurance Open this week at Torrey Pines but the 80-time PGA TOUR winner says his performance is all part of building towards THE PLAYERS Championship.
Woods provided his best round of the week on Sunday with a 5-under 67, pushing him inside the top 25 in his first start of 2019.
His T20 finish was his best at Torrey since his last win at the iconic coastal venue in 2013 and provided some confidence before his next start that will come at the Genesis Open in two weeks’ time.
“It was nice to shake off some rust and see what I need to work on,” Woods said.
“Each day I got a little bit better, which was nice. I got a little bit sharper each and every day.
“I need to hit the ball a little bit better with my irons, hit the ball more pin high, which I normally do a pretty good job of. This week wasn't as good as I would like to have it.”
Woods, as always, is a hard task master on his own game. He certainly struck the ball better on Sunday where he ranked third in the field in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green.
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Where he could have improved was putting. While certainly not terrible by any stretch of the imagination Woods couldn’t get his multiple chances to fall over the four days.
“If I can just continue improving, driving the ball just a little bit better … I know my putting will come around because Joey and I were both struggling reading these things,” he said.
“It was just one of those weeks where I just didn't quite see the lines quite right. My speed was good, but my lines were just not very good.”
The 43-year-old’s schedule after the Genesis Open, where he doubles as the tournament host, is still up in the air.
Woods must decide whether or not to play some or all of the World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship, The Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard in the lead up to TPC Sawgrass.
With THE PLAYERS moving back to March, Woods is trying to ensure he peaks at the right time for a genuine crack at a third win at TPC Sawgrass.
“(The key is) not to play too much but also play enough to keep building,” Woods said.
“(The schedule change) throws a little bit of a wrench into some of the guys' plans and how they like to build because now we have to build for THE PLAYERS and then the back side is the Masters.
“I have a much better plan (this year). We have a lifting schedule, we have my practice routines, so everything's geared up for the big events instead of getting enough reps and getting enough sharpness to be ready.”
Woods moves to 162nd in the FedExCup.
Tiger Woods' approach to 3 feet from 171 yards at Farmers