Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rivals Beware as Tiger's at the Peak of His Powers Again

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rivals Beware as Tiger's at the Peak of His Powers Again

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Byline: James Corrigan in Abu Dhabi

TIGER WOODS opens his season here on Thursday with a warning for the elite Europeans. That is, he hasn't felt this good since he was at the height of his powers.

Woods tees off against Luke Donald and Co at the Abu Dhabi Championship on the back of his first victory since the sex scandal broke two years ago. Woods arrived in the UAE looking fresh and confirmed that the six-week break since he won the Chevron World Challenge in California has helped his sporting resurrection.

"I haven't started the season feeling physically fit for probably eight, 10, 12 years," said Woods, who has had multiple knee operations since 2002. "So I'm looking forward to giving it a full season, which I haven't been able to do in quite a while."

With his new swing seemingly bedded in and with his body finally pain free, the question now will fall on the mental side of his game.

Unless he is at his sharpest, then it is hard to see Woods, 36, beating Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer, the quartet at the head of the rankings. …

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