Tiger Woods says he's feeling healthy, ready to start season



ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Tiger Woods says he’s starting a season healthy for the first time in at least eight years.

“It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been physically fit,” Woods said Tuesday in his first appearance at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

“So I’m looking forward to getting out there and giving it a full season, which I haven’t done in a while.”

Woods’ confidence got a boost when he ended 2011 by winning his Chevron World Challenge in December for his first title in more than two years.

He’s hoping to pick up where he left off against a tough field that includes Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy.

“I’m looking forward to this year,” Woods said. “That’s something that I have to say, because I was able to prepare and get fit enough to prepare last year and towards the end of the year. I demonstrated to myself what I can do with implementing what (coach Sean Foley) wants me to do on the golf swing.”

Woods appeared slightly agitated when the questions turned to a book written by Hank Haney, his swing coach for six years.

The book, due out in March, chronicles the time Haney began working with Woods at the Bay Hill Invitational in 2004 until they parted a month after the 2010 Masters Tournament, where Woods made his return to golf after being exposed for multiple extramarital affairs that shattered his image and led to divorce.

Woods said he was unhappy that those he had worked with, including Haney and former caddie Steve Williams, had spoken out.

“Certainly it’s something that I have to deal with. I get asked at press conferences what these guys have done, and that’s just part of it,” he said. “Am I disappointed? Yes. Frustrated? Certainly, because I have to answer the questions. … So I’ve answered them and I guess I’ll have to continue doing it. Hopefully, this will come to an end.”




SITE: San Diego

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSES: Torrey Pines, South Course (7,698 yards, par 72) and North Course (7,045 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $6 million

WINNER’S SHARE: $1,044,000

TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday, 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 3-6 p.m., 8:30-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12:30-3:30 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 3-6:30 p.m.)

LAST YEAR: Bubba Watson won the first of his two 2011 titles, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson.

LAST WEEK: Mark Wilson won the Humana Challenge in La Quinta for his fifth tour title.

NOTES: Mickelson, the 1993, 2000 and 2001 winner, is making his 22nd consecutive appearance in his hometown event. ... J.B. Holmes is making his first start since having brain surgery in September. He had structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.




SITE: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

SCHEDULE: Thursday-Sunday

COURSE: Abu Dhabi Golf Club (7,510 yards, par 72)

PURSE: $2.7 million

WINNER’S SHARE: $450,000

TELEVISION: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 4-8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 4 a.m.-noon, 3-7 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 a.m.-noon, 3-7 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m.).

LAST YEAR: Martin Kaymer won the event for the third time in four years.

LAST WEEK: South Africa’s Branden Grace won the Volvo Golf Champions at Fancourt in George, South Africa, for his second straight European Tour victory.

NOTES: Top-ranked Luke Donald is in the field along with No. 2 Lee Westwood, No. 3 McIlroy, No. 4 Kaymer, No. 8 Charl Schwartzel, No. 10 Jason Day, Darren Clarke, K.J. Choi, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell.



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