DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – For the first time in Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour career he failed to advance to Sunday at his season opener last week at Torrey Pines, yet even after another poor driving day at the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday he didn’t appear to be too worried about his slow start.
Following an assortment of injuries in 2013, most notably an ailing back in the FedEx Cup playoffs, it seems the world No. 1 spent more time rehabbing than he did on the range fine tuning his swing during the offseason.
“I took a long break there and didn’t really do anything much,” Woods said. “I was just trying to get my body organized and that part has materialized and that’s nice. Now I just need to get the game to come around.”
Woods missed his first 54-hole cut last week at Torrey Pines following a Saturday 79, and he’s currently tied for 44th in Dubai and is eight strokes out of the lead. He tees off on Saturday at 11:50 p.m. ET paired with Mikko Ilonen.