Tiger Woods is again in motion this week on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play. Tiger has received this occasion thrice, and his technique for this week is straightforward: simply “beat the man standing in entrance of [him].”
Regardless of a great deal of success in match play all through his profession, Tiger doesn’t have a lot current expertise with the format. Although he’s performed in Presidents Cups and Ryder Cups of late, he hasn’t made an look on the WGC-Match Play in six years. (He tied for 33rd in his final begin in 2013.)
However on the eve of this 12 months’s occasion, Woods laid out a straight-forward Match Play technique to win a fourth title.
“You may’t put blinders on and play your individual recreation, but additionally I can’t have a look at my opponent the complete time,” Woods stated in a press convention Tuesday at Austin Nation Membership. “It’s the ebb and circulate of each shot, and each gap is its personal match. And that’s one thing that for the higher a part of essentially the most of my profession is I’ve been good at is really feel what I have to do in that individual second.”
For instance, if his “opponent is in hassle” he plans to play conservatively, each together with his tee pictures and on the placing inexperienced to permit his competitor to beat himself. However at different instances, Tiger stated the important thing for him is to “put the hammer down” and “be aggressive.”
Whether or not or not he his totally targeted on his opponent or on his personal recreation, there’s one factor he acknowledged that he by no means has to fret about at this occasion: the remainder of the sphere.
“I’m wanting ahead to the truth that I simply get to deal with one man. Each shot is completely different, and also you don’t actually care what the remainder of the sphere is doing. I simply must beat the man standing in entrance of me.”
This week additionally represents the primary time Woods has to cope with the brand new spherical robin format on the Match Play. Within the outdated days, each match was single elimination, however now the occasion begins with group play over the primary three days, adopted by single elimination on the weekend.
Tiger admitted that the format adjustments made this 12 months’s Match Play “a little bit bit completely different” for him, however he’s not getting caught up within the particulars.
“I don’t actually know the intricacies of all of it. I simply know that I have to win all three, and I transfer on. It’s not actual sophisticated. Play properly and maintain the man in entrance of me.”
So he’s clearly acquired his technique down for this week. As for his lingering damage difficulty that pressured him to skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tiger isn’t anxious about it.
“My neck has been feeling higher, which is good,” he stated on Tuesday.
Woods faces off towards Aaron Clever in his opening spherical robin match. The pair tee off Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET.