Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tiger Targets a Fightback after Sinking to New Low at Firestone; American on Recovery Mission as He Hits Worst Score in 41 Rounds at a Course Where He Has Won Seven Times. by David Smith

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tiger Targets a Fightback after Sinking to New Low at Firestone; American on Recovery Mission as He Hits Worst Score in 41 Rounds at a Course Where He Has Won Seven Times. by David Smith

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Byline: David Smith

TIGER WOODS could face further humiliation today after vowing to play himself back into contention for the Bridgestone Invitational. The American was set to come out for the second round at the Firestone Country Club in Akron 10 shots behind overnight leader Bubba Watson after carding a horrendous four-over-par 74 yesterday.

Woods, still struggling to get his personal life in order, gave a damning assessment of his worst score in 41 rounds played at a venue where he has triumphed seven times.

Woods, whose record 270-week reign as world No1 could end on Sunday if compatriot Phil Mickelson or Britain's Lee Westwood get their own games in gear, said: "I did not execute the shots that I wanted to execute, didn't shape the ball the way I wanted to shape it.

"I was struggling on the greens and didn't hit any good iron shots.

"I probably hit about two good iron shots all day. That's definitely not enough." Lying tied for 70th out of 81 starters, Woods now plans to go on the attack.

The winner of 14 Majors, who has never gone this deep into a season without winning at least one Tour title, said: "I've just got to hopefully get it to even par or under par for the tournament and then hopefully put together a good weekend and see where that puts me."

For someone who normally exudes confidence, that sentence ominously contained a lot of 'hopefullys'. And the strategy Woods now intends to adopt is clearly going to be a dangerous one.

His driving yesterday was so erratic that he found only five of 14 fairways, hit just 11 greens in regulation and took 32 putts.

Such is the paucity of his form that he missed eight out of 10 putts he attempted from inside 10 feet. But while Woods looks to have lost his touch with almost every club in his bag, he hasn't lost his sense of humour.

Wearing a goatee beard which he later conceded he was thinking of shaving off, Woods sunk only his second birdie on the 17th green and then delighted the gallery by making sweeping bows to his left and right. …

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