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Tiger Woods schedule affected by family

Tiger Woods
Woods is ranked fifth in the world

Tiger Woods says his family situation is limiting the amount of PGA Tour events he competes in.

The American has been struggling for form and when asked why he was not entering more tournaments to improve, he answered: "Because I have a family."

"I'm divorced. If you've been divorced with kids you'd understand."

The 35-year-old, who has two young children from his marriage to Swede Elin Nordegren, is competing in this week's WGC Cadillac Championship.

Woods has been grouped with Phil Mickelson and US Open champion Graeme McDowell at the tournament, starting on Thursday, in Florida.

It will be the 14-time major winner's fourth competition of the year and Woods will then compete at Bay Hill later this month before the US Masters, which starts on 7 April.

Woods, who split from Nordegren in 2010 after admitting to having affairs, last won a title at the 2009 Australian Masters and has dropped from first to fifth in the world rankings.

I hit spurts of it where it is really good and then I lose it for a while

Tiger Woods

But he added: "I'm seeing some really good signs. Unfortunately I just haven't been able to carry it to the golf course yet at a consistent level.

"I hit spurts of it where it is really good and then I lose it for a while.

"Unfortunately when I lose it for a while, I also don't get up-and-down at times for easy shots, so [that] just kind of adds to it."

Woods is working on his swing and other technical aspects of his game with coach Sean Foley but said his problem area is not just related to his off the tee concerns.

"It could be pitch shots as well because I have to change everything - it's the whole release pattern," he said.

"It is a release, how I release the putter, how I release the short game, how I release irons, drivers, they are all related. You just can't have one swing and not have another - they are all interrelated. It's just something I have had to change and you know, it takes time."

Woods was also questioned about television commentator Johnny Miller comparing his fall to that of ex-heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

"That's Johnny being Johnny making statements like that," he added. "I think he's done that before in the past, hasn't he?

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion and he has his, which is a lot."

Miller had said: "It's a little bit like a Mike Tyson story. Sort of invincible, scared everybody, performed quickly under pressure. Until a Buster Douglas came along - his life crumbled.

"It's like Humpty Dumpty. He was on the high wall, way above all the other players, and had a great fall. There's pieces all over the place and he's trying to put them together."



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