Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tiger: Don't Write Me off; Golf

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tiger: Don't Write Me off; Golf

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

TIGER WOODS today roared a defiant response at those who are beginning to doubt his ability to become a regular winner again.

The world No 1 arrived at the [pound]1 million Dubai Desert Classic having gone eight tournaments without victory. That run included five events this year in which Woods failed even to secure a place in the top three.

The potential for repeating his phenomenal success of 2000, during which the dominant Woods won three consecutive major championships to complete a career Grand Slam, looks slim.

Yet the 25-year-old American insisted: "It has been a pretty good season so far. My stroke average is actually exactly the same as it was last year.

The only difference is I haven't won.

"Sometimes the breaks just don't go your way. Last year, I had a lot of good breaks. Balls hit trees, came back onto the fairway and I would make birdie. I even hit a kid on the head in Canada, and I made birdie on that hole! …

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