Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Woods focus turns to major record

Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood
Woods jokes with new world number one Lee Westwood ahead of the HSBC Champions event in China

Tiger Woods is focused on overhauling Jack Nicklaus' major record after losing his world number one spot to England's Lee Westwood.

Woods currently has 14 major wins, four behind Nicklaus, and admitted the target was his ultimate ambition.

He told BBC Radio 5 live's Iain Carter: "It's the highest benchmark there is.

"It took Jack over 20 years...I'm only 34. I have a lot of great years ahead of me. It's a matter of just being confident and getting better."

Woods was full of praise for Westwood, who ended the American's 481-week reign at the top of the world rankings on Sunday.

He said: "Lee's been by far the most consistent of all the players in the majors over the last two years. He hasn't won one, but he's come so close. It's just a matter of time."

The pair go head to head in this week's HSBC Championship in China, with a win for Woods meaning he would leapfrog Westwood at the top of the rankings, although the former world number one is adopting a cautious approach.

"You have to win golf tournaments - that's how I got to number one and that's how I sustained it. I haven't won a tournament in a year," he reasoned.

"I'm rebuilding my game, making a number of different swing changes. I've done this before. I had lean years with Butch Harmon. I won the Masters in '97, changed my swing - then went from the middle of '97 to the middle of '99 with only win.

"It's a matter of staying the course, believing in what I'm doing and eventually when it kicks in hopefully I'll win some tournaments."

More to follow

"Every year's getting more difficult because the fields are getting deeper and the cuts are getting lower.

"I'm excited about the changes I've made to my swing and what's going on with that and moving forward."

More to follow.

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