Woods says he’s gaining trust in his swing

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Woods says he’s gaining trust in his swing

DUBLIN, Ohio - After a comfortable practice round at the site of the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods mingled with hand-picked fans in an online chat that touched on everything from if he can regain his winning ways to whether he’s still having fun playing golf.

“We’re excited about what we’re working on. I hadn’t played well in a couple of weeks but we know what it is,’’ Woods said of problems in his swing that he has addressed with swing coach Sean Foley. “It’s a matter of getting [repetitions] in and getting the trust in it.’’

Woods took questions from several fans including a sergeant with the Ohio National Guard, Olympic triple-jump hopeful Erica McLain and others in the 34-minute chat - called a “hangout.’’

Woods practiced at Olympic earlier in the day. He said he hit a 9-iron into one green on the Lake Course that bounced flag high.

“It’s going to be one heck of a test,’’ Woods said.

Woods has won 14 majors, but none since the 2008 U.S. Open. He was headed Tuesday evening for the Memorial, founded by Jack Nicklaus, who won a record 18 majors. That remains Woods’ ultimate goal.

“I figure it’s going to take a career,’’ Woods said. “It took Jack 24 years. This is my 17th year into it. I still feel like I’ve got plenty of time. It’s about giving myself the most amount of opportunities to win them on the back nine on Sunday. The more chances I give myself, I figure I’m going to clip a few of them.’’

There were few if any revelations in the chat. This is the second time this year that Woods has not met with reporters at a tournament but instead reached out to friends and fans online.

After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in late March, Woods came into the Masters as a favorite. He finished tied for 40th there, missed the cut at the Wells Fargo and then tied for 40th again at The Players two weeks ago.

Woods said he still has fun playing golf, despite the meltdown he had during the Masters that included kicking a club and swearing.

“I love competing, mixing it up with the guys, trying to beat all of them,’’ Woods said. “That’s the rush, that’s the fun. Obviously it’s a lot more fun when you’re winning than when you’re 40th. That’s something I’m still working on.’’ AP
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