Thursday 23 November 2017

Tiger upbeat despite faltering in Abu Dhabi

Tiger Woods will be back in action next week eager to show that his error-strewn finish in Abu Dhabi was just a minor setback on the comeback trail.

Woods slipped from joint first to joint third, two behind surprise winner Robert Rock, after finding only one fairway on the back nine and six greens in regulation all day.

Inevitably, the former world number one was disappointed not to make it back-to-back victories after ending more than two years without a win last month.

But having gone third, first and third on his last three starts he said: "I'm pleased at the progress I've made.

"I just need to keep building, keep getting more consistent.

"I felt I was just a touch off. A couple of the balls were going further than I thought they normally would, so I've got to kind of reassess that and try to figure that out."

Pebble Beach is the next stop for the AT&T National Pro-am -- Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo is his partner -- and after that the Accenture World Match Play Championship in Arizona.

Woods was outside the world's top 50 at the start of last month, but is now back inside the top 20.

Meanwhile, Brandt Snedeker claimed an implausible victory at the Farmers Insurance Open that had not seemed remotely possible until Kyle Stanley's triple bogey at the final hole at Torrey Pines.

Stanley held a seven-shot lead over Snedeker early in the final round and his first PGA Tour victory looked on.

He had consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th but still held a four-shot lead on the 18th tee.

Snedeker had finished with a 67 for what appeared to be second spot.

However, Stanley hit a 74 after a nightmare last hole, and Snedeker earned the win by holding his nerve in a play-off between the pair.

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