Woods erratic in Wednesday's Torrey Pines pro-am


SAN DIEGO – After shooting the worst score of his pro career, Tiger Woods said he spent the past few days chipping in his backyard and trying to commit to the new swing pattern.

“I’m always making progress,” he said Wednesday at Torrey Pines. “It’s just that I still need to stick with it and keep doing it.”

Woods played the North Course during the tournament pro-am, which was reduced from 18 to nine holes because of fog.

There were still areas of concern in his game – he hit only two fairways and missed several greens – and he spent extra time chipping and pitching around the greens, often hitting dozens of shots before moving on to the next hole.

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Some chips were good. Others  … not so much.

“I’m caught right dead in between (swing patterns),” he said. “They are so polar opposites, the movement patterns, that when I do half of one or half of the other, it’s pretty bad.”

It’s never been worse than last Friday, when Woods shot a second-round 82 – his highest score as a professional – and tied for last place at the Phoenix Open.

That performance sparked plenty of debate and opinion, but Woods said his phone has been turned off over the past few days.

“I’ve just been working on my game,” he said. “Chris (Como) and I.”

After leaving his home in Florida, Woods spent Tuesday at girlfriend Lindsey Vonn’s ski race in Colorado. He is an eight-time winner at Torrey Pines, including his last major championship at the 2008 U.S. Open.

“It’s certainly a process,” Woods said. “I’m going through it right now, and Chris and I are working our tails off to try to get this. I want to get this. I want to be ready come Augusta and the rest of the majors, but we still have some work to do.”