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Woods unsure if he will return to 'fun event' in Turkey

By Tony Jimenez BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods said he thoroughly enjoyed playing in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open this week but refused to commit to the European Tour event next season. "This was a fun tournament," he told reporters after a closing 67 meant he finished in a tie for third place. "It was different in the fact that you had to make so many birdies," added Woods in reference to surprise French winner Victor Dubuisson's 24-under-par tally.

Woods backs Mickelson move to cut heavy schedule

By Tony Jimenez BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - Tiger Woods has backed fellow American Phil Mickelson's decision to cut his schedule in 2014, saying the sheer number of tournaments these days means the top players have to pick and choose where they go. British Open champion Mickelson announced last week that he would be scaling down his appearances next year.

Curse of the kids hampers Tiger's Turkish countdown

By Tony Jimenez ISTANBUL (Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods will have to overcome the 'Curse of the Kids' if he is to challenge for the first prize of 848,930 euros ($1.14 million) at this week's Turkish Airlines Open. The 14-times major champion is back in action at the European Tour event in Antalya on the Mediterranean coast after taking a much-needed four-week break from competitive golf. Unfortunately, though, he picked up a bug from one of his children while he was away from the spotlight.

Improving McIlroy will win by end of year: Woods

By Stefanie McIntyre MACAU (Reuters) - Tiger Woods believes Rory McIlroy is slowly getting his golf game back on track and predicted on Tuesday that the former world number one would claim a breakthrough first victory of the year by the end of December. McIlroy was on top of the world at the end of 2012, having won the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic, but he has had a turbulent season this year on and off the course.

Woods set to pass Nicklaus before swing change, Player says

(Reuters) - Golf legend Gary Player believes Tiger Woods, before he changed his swing, was on target to smash Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championship victories. "There's never been a man with the talent Tiger Woods has," Player said during a recent ESPN interview. "When he won the (2000) U.S. Open by 15 shots, he was on his way to destroying all records. He would have won close to 30 majors the way he was going - and then he changes his swing."

Woods says 'very satisfied' with five-win season

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tiger Woods ended his 2013 PGA Tour campaign with an unimpressive tie for 22nd at the Tour Championship on Sunday but, in all likelihood, will earn Player of the Year honors which are to be announced late next week. Though he has not been at his best in the last three FedExCup playoff events, the world number one has piled up five victories on the U.S. circuit this season, three more than anyone else.

Tiger targets sixth win to lock up Player of Year

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ATLANTA (Reuters) - Tiger Woods heads into this week's Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club with his sights set on a sixth victory of the season which, in all likelihood, would secure him PGA Tour Player of the Year honors. Though he has not claimed a major title since the 2008 U.S. Open, the American world number one feels his 2013 campaign has been one of the most consistent of his career, having included two wins in the prestigious World Golf Championship events.

Happier Woods back in contention after rules violation

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) - Tiger Woods surged back into contention for the BMW Championship on Saturday, a day after he was left fuming after being docked two strokes for a rules violation in the second round. Though he still disagreed with the penalty imposed on him for a moving ball, he was in much more upbeat mood after putting himself in position to clinch his sixth PGA Tour victory of the season after ending the third round four shots off the pace.

Fuming Woods docked two shots at BMW Championship

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LAKE FOREST, Illinois (Reuters) - A livid Tiger Woods refused to speak to reporters following his second round at the BMW Championship on Friday after he was penalized two shots for a rules violation on his opening hole. The infraction occurred on the par-four first at Conway Farms Golf Club where Woods struck his second shot over the back of the green under trees, then tried to remove a twig from his ball before playing his third.

Golf: Woods penalized for moving ball

Tiger Woods was having a pretty decent day Friday until rules officials informed him after his second round was over that they were slapping him with a two-stroke penalty. World number one Woods managed a one-over 72 in the second round of the BMW Championship to end in a share of 13th at four-under 138. But that included being hit with a two-shot penalty on the first hole, when he tried to move a tiny stick that also slightly shifted his golf ball. That changed his double bogey to a quadruple bogey.
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