Germany Is No Vacation for Woods

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ALVESLOHE, Germany (AP) -- Nothing went right for Tiger Woods this week in Germany, which might have been symbolized by the Lamborghini.
 
Woods liked to drive the Maserati's the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open organizers provided in past years, gunning them out on the autobahns where there is no speed limit.
 
But the Lamborghini never left the golf course parking lot. Every day, four of five employees from the car company hopped to their feet as he passed, hoping the American superstar would take their bright orange 200,000 euro sports car out for a spin.
 
But Woods just passed them and stepped into a Volkswagen sedan.
 
``It's just too flashy for me,'' he said.
 
That was part of a week in which Woods finished tied for 29th, his worse showing since the 1999 Bay Hill Invitational, where he shared 56th.
 
Woods flew in from the United States Wednesday, and was set to play a pro-am that was to serve as his practice round. Five holes later, a storm ended it.
 
The next day, he got the brunt of heavy winds recorded at 16 mph during his first round. By the time the afternoon flights teed off, sunshine peeked out.
 
Woods also had noticeable problems through the whole event sinking a putt on patchy greens that had been attacked by a fungus called Fusarium.
 
``If you look at the greens they are not the smoothest in the world -- that has a lot to do with it,'' he said.
 
In the past, however, the Deutsche Bank has been very good to Woods, even beyond the three titles and the third place he has picked up in previous years.
 
In 1999, Woods came into the event with people mumbling he might be overhyped. He had won just two of his last 27 tournaments and hadn't done well in a major since winning the 1997 Masters.
 
He ended the doubts by winning the Deutsche Bank by three strokes, kicking off a streak of eight titles in 11 events including the PGA Championship, and has never looked back.
 
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