Woods bridging the gap


A man stuck in between a new swing that works on the driving range but only sporadically when it matters at a tournament echoed a familiar theme on Thursday following his first-round 71 at the Dubai Desert Classic.

“I'm still working on technique, and unfortunately sometimes I think about technique instead of feel,” Tiger Woods said.

Woods is quick to point out that he’s been through this before with previous swing changes which resulted in similar droughts, his current slump stretches back 16 worldwide events to the Australian Masters in November 2009. He went 15 events without a victory from the end of 1997 and into 1998, and 16 events from late 2004 through 2005 before both swing changes began to take.

On Friday in Dubai the world No. 3 seemed to bridge the gap between range and real rounds, posting a bogey-free 66, his best round of a young year, to jump 21 spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for sixth.