Caddie Expect a Tiger Revival in 2005


WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A swing change, not romance, caused Tiger Woods to drop to No. 3 in the world rankings. That's the opinion of Woods' caddie, Steve Williams, who predicts a revival next year.
'I don't think he's in a slump. That's one word I don't like,' Williams said Wednesday during a TV interview while on vacation in his native New Zealand. 'I get asked that all the time, you know, 'What's wrong with Tiger?' Golf's a very difficult game and he's certainly not in a slump.'
Woods, who recently married Elin Nordegren, is now ranked behind Vijay Singh and Ernie Els. Williams said Woods needs to master the new additions to his game.
'He's had a bit of a swing change this year and he's been working on making a couple of different things in his swing change,' he said. 'But hasn't been able to show the results yet.'
Williams suspects that marriage will help Woods on the golf course.
'Any sportsman will tell you it's very important to find a partner who can console him and someone he can talk to after a day's work,' Williams said. 'It's not easy being a partner of a high-profile athlete and I'm very proud that Tiger's found someone he's compatible with.'
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