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Woods blames swing for struggles

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A frustrated
Tiger Woods scotched any notion that injury was clouding his
game after he finished a disappointing eighth at the Players
Championship on Sunday.

Tied for second overnight, Woods carded a 1-over 73 at TPC
Sawgrass in a final round marred by wayward shot-making and an
unrelenting battle to find the middle of the fairway.

The problem was with his swing, not his knee, said the
world No. 1, who has struggled for consistency following
his February return after an eight-month layoff for surgery.

"The knee feels great, no issues at all. That's a great
sign," said Woods.

"I just kept hitting those spinners up to the right, and it
was frustrating because if I aim down the right side, I'd spin
it to the right.

"If aimed down the left side, I'd spin it to the right. I
tried to put the release in early enough, but it still wasn't
right."

Woods hit the fairway just six times from 14 attempts on
Sunday, and 30 from 56 for the week, leaving him ranked 62nd in
the tournament.

His figures for shots approaching the green were little
better with 44 from 72 attempts -- 40th best in the event.

"I'll fix it. When you are playing a golf course like this
and you don't have it, and the greens are this fast and hard,
you can shoot some pretty high numbers. You can see some guys
went pretty high," he said.

The 14-time major winner shut down his campaign last year
after winning the U.S. Open in June and did not return to the
PGA Tour until the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in
February.

After being eliminated in the second round of his comeback
tournament, Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay
Hill Invitational and has recorded four top-10s in just a
handful of strokeplay appearances.

While the record would draw envy from most players on the
tour, the near misses have grated on Woods.

Woods said, however, he had plenty of time to get things
right before the U.S. Open on June 18 at Bethpage, New York,
although he has yet to make clear whether he will play again
before the major.

"We know what it is, it's just a matter of me doing it.
Sometimes, as we all know, playing the game is harder to do on
the golf course."