Tiger Woods, Monday Practice Round at Whistling Straits
October 05, 2011
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Heading into this week's PGA Championship, Tiger Woods is struggling. He recorded his worst-ever 72-hole score at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and finished tied for 78th in the field of 80. He wasted no time preparing for the year's final major, however, playing a practice round Monday at Whistling Straits.
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Woods won the PGA Championship in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007.
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Whistling Straits hosted the PGA Championship for the first time in 2004. Woods finished T24, and Vijay Singh won in a three-way playoff.
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Woods has played well in majors so far this year, finishing T4 at the Masters and U.S. Open, and T23 at the British Open.
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Woods, who broke ties with his swing coach Hank Haney earlier this season, worked with his caddie, Steve Williams.
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The Straits Course at Whistling Straits, designed by Pete Dye, appeared at No. 3 on GOLF Magazine's 2010 list of the Top 100 Courses You Can Play.
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Widely acknowledged as one of the best putters in the history of the game, Woods has struggled on the greens this season.
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At the British Open, Woods switched from the Scotty Cameron putter he had used most of his career to a Nike Method 001 putter, but by tournament's end had switched back.
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Referring to his career-worst round at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, Woods said, "Shooting 18-over par is not fun. I don't see how it can be fun shooting 18 over."
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Woods was also asked about playing on the 2010 Ryder Cup team at his press conference Sunday at Firestone Country Club. Woods said: "I wouldn't help the team if I'm playing like this. No one would help the team if they're shooting 18-over par."
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It is unlikely that Woods will earn one of the eight automatic spots on this year's Ryder Cup team, which means U.S. Captain Corey Pavin will have a tough decision on whether to choose Woods for the team with a captain's pick.
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Woods's on-course behavior was markedly improved at the Bridgestone Invitational, something Woods has said he is working on since his scandal erupted late last year.
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