THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods says he never learned more in a year in which he never won less.
Woods said Monday he is more at peace with his personal life than when he returned to golf in April, and he remains hopeful that his season will not end without a victory.
“I learned a lot about myself, and I learned how things went wrong, why they went wrong, and had to take a pretty deep and introspective look at myself. And there wasn’t a lot of things I like about it,” Woods said in a video conference call for his Chevron World Challenge. “But I had to do it, and I did it, and grateful that I did.
“I think that I come from a much better place, much more grounded place now than I ever have before.”
The Chevron World Challenge, to be played Dec. 3-6 at Sherwood Country Club, will be his final tournament of the year. Woods next plays Nov. 4 in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions, his last chance to win an official PGA Tour event. Then he’s off to Melbourne to defend his title in the Australian Masters before closing out the year at Sherwood.
Woods is a four-time winner of his tournament, although he hasn’t played the last two years. He was recovering from knee surgery in 2008, and he missed last year because it was one week after the car accident that exposed his extramarital affairs and shattered his image as sports’ most impeccable star.
Woods took four months off from golf to go through rehab, returning at the Masters. He tied for fourth at Augusta National, and he tied for fourth at the U.S. Open. Those were his two best results of the year, however, as he failed to win a tournament and did not even reach the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship.
“My game is coming around,” Woods said. “so the way I played at the Ryder Cup … I know I have two more events prior to the Chevron event. Hopefully, I can get two more Ws before I get to Chevron, and see what happens.”