Couples backs Woods to find best form

SYDNEY — Golfing great Fred Couples expects Tiger Woods to “start playing better” in 2011 and to revive interest in the US PGA Tour.

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Published: Tue 30 Nov 2010, 3:51 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:17 AM

The 1992 Masters champion, in Sydney for this week’s Australian Open, said “when Tiger gets going again our (PGA) Tour will get going at a better rate.”

Couples said the PGA Tour had been “blessed” by Woods arrival 12 years ago which had boosted interest and sponsorship. He said it was only a matter of time before Woods overcame technical and emotional issues and started improving.

Woods was “still the same golfer,” Couples said, “just not playing like he did last year for a lot of reasons. One would be his golf game but another would be a lot of emotions going on, a lot of tough times.”

Woods has gone more than a year without winning a tournament, following the November 2009 SUV crash that led to allegations of infidelity. His wife later divorced him.

Woods also sat out for nearly five months, including two months in a rehabilitation clinic, and changed swing coaches.

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