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Woods to straighten things out

Tiger Woods (AFP)
Tiger Woods (AFP)

Dubai - Thats five rounds into the new season now for Tiger Woods and he still hasn't got it going, but at least in Dubai he has some novel words of explanation.

Talking after a disappointing 73 had left him eight shots off the second-round pace set by playing partner Rory McIlroy at the Dubai Desert Classic, Woods was asked to explain how his driving was not going where it was supposed to be going - down the middle of the fairway.

"I've been hitting hot pulls and every one of those things has some serious heat on it which is nice, but I just need to get it online," he ventured.

"I would rather hit the hot pull than the big flame-out, crop-duster to the right.

"This hot pull is fine because it's easy to fix. It's getting down there and just have to aim it a little bit more."

So that seems not so bad then after all.

Woods, the world number one and at 38 still four majors short of the all-time record haul of 18 set in 1986 by Jack Nicklaus, insisted there was no need for him to get in a panic over his slow start to the season.

"It's just part of the process," he insisted.

"I took a long break there and didn't really do anything much. Just trying to get my body organised and that part has materialsed and that's nice.

"Now just need to get the game to come around and -- hopefully tomorrow -- I need a lot of wind on the weekend and play two great rounds."

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