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‘Keen to win 15th Major’

Tiger Woods

California: Tiger Woods will launch his 2014 campaign at one of his favourite venues, having committed on Monday to play in this month’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

“Well, I’ve done well at Torrey Pines,” he replied, after losing a play-off to Zach Johnson for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge which he hosts. “I’ve done pretty good. That’s my first tournament back.”

“Pretty damn good year,” Woods said of his 2013 season. “Five wins, and you know, on some pretty good venues, so very pleased with the year. I’m really excited about the major championships (in 2014).”

Pressed on whether he ever experienced doubts heading into a fresh campaign, Woods replied: “Of course. I mean I’ve come off of long breaks. I’ve come off of surgeries, you know, whatever it may be. I’ve had my share of off-seasons, and I can tell you one thing, I’m looking forward to this one.”

Woods comes off a highly successful 2013 campaign, having won a season-high five times on the PGA Tour and earning the circuit Player of the Year accolade.

The only blemish on an otherwise impressive resume was his failure to add another major title to his career tally of 14, which has stalled since his remarkable play-off victory for the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

“I’ve won at three of the four venues — Augusta National, Valhalla Golf Club (PGA Championship) and Royal Liverpool (British Open) — and on Pinehurst No. 2 (US Open), I’m trending the right way, having finished third and second. There is no denying that I am keen to win the 15th Major this year.

“But I still need to practise, work, grind and prepare, and have my game come together those four times a year. And I hope that will happen.”

Woods won the event at Torrey Pines for a record seventh time last year, ending a week of mainly dominant golf by clinching his 75th PGA Tour title by four shots. It was the third different PGA Tour event where he has achieved the feat, having previously piled up seven wins apiece at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.        (Reuters)