News & ToursJune 3, 2015

Tiger Woods is jealous of his six-year-old son's golf swing

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods is envious of the golf swing of a younger player he has been spending a bit of time with.

"He's got some parts in his swing that I'm trying to do," Woods said Wednesday at Muirfield Village GC, where he has won a record five times, most recently in 2012. "It's a little frustrating at times."

The young man's name? Charlie Woods, his six-year-old son.

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Making just his fifth start of the year and only his second since returning to competitive golf at the Masters following a self-imposed sabbatical, Woods is still in search of a game and a swing that will make him a more competitive player. Winner of 14 major titles, Woods, 39, has not had a victory in 22 months and is trying to end a major drought stretching back to the 2008 U.S. Open.

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The 40th Memorial Tournament, which begins Thursday, marks the beginning of Woods's preparation for the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., in two weeks Actually, his preparations began with a two-day visit to Chambers Bay Monday and Tuesday, but the Memorial is a good litmus test for Woods, who is refining his swing with instructor Chris Como.

"(I'm) a lot more comfortable coming into this week than certainly the Players," said Woods, who can't be comforted by the fact that he has dropped to 172nd in the world rankings. "We had to do some pretty good work going into the Players. But this one's a little bit easier."

Woods is making his 15th start at Muirfield Village, and chances are if his game is right -- or close to it -- he might make some inroads towards getting back into the top 100. He finished T-17 at the Masters but struggled to make the cut at the Players and ended up T-69. Woods has broken par at Muirfield Village 45 times, so he has some good memories to work from.

"It's always great getting back. I've always loved this golf course. I got a chance to come here, I think I received the Haskins Award or something like that as a college student and had a chance to run around here and it was pretty incredible. . . . It's always a heck of a test. This year it's pretty soft out there, the ball is not really rolling out. The greens are perfect, they're really fast. But they're very receptive. I think you're going to see some pretty good scores."

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Can Woods, who tees off at 8:15 a.m. EDT Thursday with Jason Day and Patrick Reed, produce some of those good scores? He missed the event last year due to back surgery, but in 2013 he was T-65, including a third-round 79.

Later that year he rebounded to win the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio, for the last of his 79 PGA Tour titles. He has not been legitimately close to victory since. That's his goal this week and, of course, in the upcoming three majors this summer. But first, he has to get into the mix. You can't win with early weekend tee times.

"It's about peaking at the right time, getting everything organized," Woods said. "The main thing is I want to be able to start playing well again, be in contention with a chance to win. I was there at Augusta with a chance, I'd like to get there more often and give myself more opportunities to win."

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