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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla---
Tiger Woods swung a driver
on the seventh hole and it went
right down the middle. His
driver, not the golf ball.
This wasn t a fit of disgust
yesterday at The Players Cham-
pionship, rather one of those
times where Woods feels
trapped between the old swing
he is trying to forget and the
new one he is trying to build.
He let the club go after impact,
and it traveled some 15 feet. The
golf ball went 275 yards, offline
and near the face of a bunker.
Standing next to the water
cooler, Woods said loud enough
for those around him to hear,
"Old swing, new release pat-
His earlier birdie was erased
by a bogey on that hole, just as
three straight birdies to start the
back nine were erased by a triple
bogey --- the third time this week
card. It added to an even-par
72 and his worst position in 17
trips to The Players Champi-
onship. "It was a mixed bag
pretty much all week," Woods
said. "A lot of really, really good
stuff out there, some mediocre
and some bad. What did I have?
Three 7s on the week. That s
not very good."
He wound up at 3-over 291
and likely assured of being out
of the top 60, which means no
ranking points and another slide
in the world ranking.
His 72-hole score was not his
highest at the TPC Sawgrass.
He had a 5-over 293 in 2005,
the year he won the Masters and
the British Open at St Andrews
and returned to No 1 in the
world. That s more a product of
how the Stadium Course can
drag anyone down if the game
is not firing.
Even so, Woods is still sput-
tering, though at least moving
He took off two months
before the Masters because his
game and scores---such as an 82
in Phoenix---were not up to
standard. He tied for 17th at
Augusta National. He had to
make a 10-foot birdie putt on
his final hole Friday just to make
But there was no sense of
panic. Woods said he felt much
more comfortable with his swing
than he did at the Masters.
"We have added a couple little
pieces to it," he said. "I reverted
back a couple times out there
over the course of the week, but
also I did some really good stuff
out there. It s going to pay div-
idends in the end."
Is the end in sight?
"Absolutely," Woods said
when asked if he could see him-
self winning or contending this
year. He is taking the next three
weeks off. Woods has a charity
event for his foundation this
week in Las Vegas, followed by
two weeks off. Starting with the
Memorial he will play every
other week through the PGA
"We re progressing," Woods
said. "It s a matter of putting
the pieces together first. I mean,
look where it was at on the West
Coast and to where I m at now.
So let s just keep progressing,
keep putting the pieces together,
keep chipping away at it. And
I m very pleased at the way
we re just chipping away at it.
We had some glaring weakness-
es at the beginning of the year.
Those are now gone. And now
we can start cleaning up some
other stuff, too." (AP)
Woods has worst 72-hole
performance at Players GRANOLLERS, SPAIN---Fernando Alonso entered
the Spanish Grand Prix hopeful of a top-10 finish
to give McLaren its first points this season, only
to complete less than half the race as a brake failure
sent him back to the garage.
The two-time Formula One champion s best per-
formance this season remains 11th at last month s
Bahrain GP. Things are looking bleak for McLaren,
with Jenson Button finishing 16th on Sunday.
Alonso last won a race two years ago on the same
Catalunya track, driving for Ferrari, but a podium
finish now seems very unlikely given McLaren s
It could have been even worse for McLaren, with
Alonso overshooting on his entry into the pit lane
---due to his faulty brakes---and sending a jack flying
which narrowly missed a mechanic nearby.
"Luckily we didn t hurt anyone and they were
very fast on the reactions," Alonso said. "It was scary.
No breaks the whole in-lap, and for the pit stop even
less," Alonso said. "One lap before, I missed the first
corner and I was careful, but they were deteriorating
even more and at the pit stop I didn t have any
Alonso got up to as high as seventh during the
race, giving him some measure of comfort.
"A two-top strategy seemed to work better for us
this weekend," he said. "We were on pace for P9
(ninth) or P10 (10th)."
With two world champions on board, McLaren
has often said it has the best driver lineup in F1. But
the switch to Honda engines for the new season has
not gone smoothly and Button, the 2009 F1 champ,
is having even more problems than Alonso.
The 35-year-old British driver had issues with his
front brakes in qualifying and during the race he
encountered problems with the rear of the car. (AP)
Tiger Woods wipes his face
before hitting from the 16 tee
during the final round of The
Players Championship golf
tournament, yesterday in Ponte
Vedra Beach, Florida. AP PHOTO
McLaren's woes continue as
brake failure ends Alonso's race
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