Woods starting to get into swing of things

Tiger Woods has reached the third and most crucial stage of the PGA Tour playoffs, feeling much better about how quickly he is adjusting to his new swing changes.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 9 Sep 2010, 9:54 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:18 AM

Woods has been working part-time with Canadian swing coach Sean Foley who is in Chicago this week for the BMW Championship at the Cog Hill golf course.

Woods is a five-time winner at the course and the defending champion here, winning last year by eight strokes.

“It’s good to be back,” Woods said. “It’s even better to be in the event.”

Woods needed to make it into the top 70 in FedEx Cup standings last week to advance to the Chicago event. He did that at the Deutsche Bank Championship, shooting three rounds in the 60s and finishing in a tournament tie for 11th.

American Matt Kuchar has a win and a tie for 11th in the first two playoff tournaments to lead the the FedEx Cup standings. Kuchar won the 1997 US Amateur Championship at Cog Hill.

Foley linked up with Woods four weeks ago at the PGA Championship in Wisconsin. Woods says he is starting to see positive results.

“I understand what he’s trying to teach, so that’s the biggest thing,” Woods said. “And then when you’re out on the golf course playing, it’s understanding how to fix it. That’s the hardest part.”

Woods, who has been embroiled in a sex scandal since smashing his car outside his luxury Florida home late last year, made his divorce official on August 23.

Woods, who is winless in 2010, says he is now trying to get on with his life and get his golf game back to a comfortable level.

“I’m headed in the right direction,” Woods said when asked what a victory would mean. “It obviously would be a good step in the right direction, but we’ve got four days, and I’ve just got to keep plodding along.

“Let’s just say I’ve been through a lot lately.

“I was trying to get adjusted to my new life and what that entailed, and it was enough as it was. I didn’t have time to work on my game. I was dealing with a lot of other things.”

The top 30 after the BMW Championship advance to the Tour Championship and a chance at the 10 million dollar bonus, which Woods has won twice.

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