Tiger expects a 'W' for 'Mr. Woods' this week


Tiger Woods expects to win this week at his Chevron World Challenge.

'If I could, I'd like to predict a ‘W’ for Mr. Woods,' Woods said Wednesday in an interview conducted by Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.

Woods hosts a field of 17 other players at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he has won four times. Another victory would lift him up from No. 52 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but Woods knows the trek back to No. 1 is long.

'I know that now I'm healthy and playing well again, this time, it'll take time, but I feel I can get myself back up there in the world rankings,' he said. 'All my points that came off from '09 ... they all came off this year. But next year I can build on that.'

The 14-time major winner was asked if he had walked off the course embarrassed in the last two years.

'I certainly hadn't been happy with the way I played, there's no doubt about that. There's times when I hit shots I had never hit before. That was a frustrating period to go through,' he said.

Woods empahsized the past tense when discussing his struggles, including a candid assessment of his most recent campaign.

'If you look at 2011, I basically had two chances to win a golf tournament – at the Masters, where I was tied for the lead on the 15th hole (in the final round), and the Australian Open. Two times in a year isn't very good,' he said.

Having made a run at three majors in the last two years, Woods said he doubted the possibility of winning No. 15 after an injury at the Masters sidelined him until Firestone in August.

'If you would've asked me (if I would win another major) when I was on the couch this summer, in a boot and in crutches, I would have given you a different answer. It was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel,' he said. 'But now that I'm healthy, playing as many holes as I want, playing how I want, putting the numbers up that I want in the gym, it's exciting.'

If the work translates into a win for the first time in 27 starts on Sunday, Woods is uncertain how he will feel.

'Let's get to that point first,” he said. “Let's get there, then ask me again.”

Follow the Chevron World Challenge on Golf Channel and NBC. Airtimes: Golf Channel, 3-6 PM and 8:30-11:30 PM ET Friday, 1-3 PM ET Saturday and Sunday. NBC, 3-6 PM and 8:30-11:30 PM ET Saturday and Sunday.