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Friday 20 April 2018

Woods can still scent Turk glory

Sick Tiger is energised for Antalya tilt

US golfer Tiger Woods. Picture: REUTERS/Murad Sezer
US golfer Tiger Woods. Picture: REUTERS/Murad Sezer

WORLD number one Tiger Woods will have to overcome the 'Curse of the Kids' if he is to challenge for the first prize of €848,930 at this week's Turkish Airlines Open.

The 14-times major champion is back in action at the European Tour event in Antalya on the Mediterranean coast after taking a much-needed four-week break from competitive golf.

Unfortunately, though, he picked up a bug from one of his children while he was away from the spotlight.

"My (six-year-old) daughter Sam was sick and it's just the way it goes," said a bunged-up Woods as he coughed and sniffed his way through an interview.

"Kids get sick, you get sick and you've just got to deal with it. I've done it for years now, so it's no big deal. I feel good though. Energy-wise I feel great, I just don't sound the same."

Woods certainly looked in tip-top shape on Tuesday as he became the first golfer to hit balls from east to west off the Bosphorus Bridge.

The 37-year-old struck several shots from the iconic structure that connects Asia to Europe in a special Istanbul photoshoot.

"To be the first golfer to do this was very cool," said Woods.

"To see the Bosphorus for the first time was a memorable experience."

Traffic was stopped for 20 minutes on one half of the bridge and the American had to make sure he was especially straight with his ball striking in order to avoid the vehicles coming down the opposite side.

 

STORAGE

Woods has not played competitively since the biennial Presidents Cup match between the United States and the Internationals in Ohio at the start of October.

"I didn't touch a club for almost two weeks. I shut it down, got away from it, put the clubs in storage and just hung out with the kids.

"I trained in the gym, but I didn't want to have anything to do with golf for a while.

"We've played so much since the British Open in July with World Golf Championship events, the US PGA Championship, the FedExCup series and then the Presidents Cup."

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