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Tiger Woods: 'I just didn't put it together this year'

By Cindy Boren

Tiger Woods did everything but call this an annus horribilis.

It was a year of tabloid tumult and a golf game so uneven that he failed to win a major and tumbled from the No. 1 ranking.

"It's a process, in order to get to number one in the world, you have to win golf tournaments and I just didn't do that this year," Woods said after losing in a one-day charity skins match Monday in Chonburi, Thailand.

"I just didn't put it together this year, I didn't play well, I had numerous opportunities to play well and I just didn't do it. I had my chances, it was one of those years where I didn't put it together."

Woods finished last a four-man skins game over 18 holes, winning just one. Camilo Villegas of Colombia was first with $109,800 won; Paul Casey of England was second with $92,400 and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand was third with $90,000. Woods won $6,600.

Woods, 34, said he continues to work with Sean Foley on his swing.

"I'm still learning this new move ... and numerous changes have evolved since then. I'm still trying to see what my misses are, what my fixes need to be and I'm doing thousands of reps until it becomes more natural," he said.

"I'm excited about the changes I've made in the last few months working on my game and started to see some pretty good signs. I'm looking forward to finishing these two [remaining] tournaments and getting going next year."

By Cindy Boren  | November 8, 2010; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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Not everyone reading this have had the benefit of Latin in high school and/or college, the Jesuits can only do so much. Since we don't have the Daily News here in Beltwayland, you need to write to the lowest common denominator, so be wary when you show your erudition.

Posted by: jimmy_mac | November 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

". . . so be wary when you show your erudition."

What she was showing was familiarity with popular culture. "Annus horribilis" was the phrase famously used by Queen Elizabeth in describing the end of a very bad year when two of her children divorced, publication of Diana's tell-all book, and Windsor Castle was seriously damaged in a fire.

Posted by: feelanau1 | November 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Writing about Woods is a complete waste - let's move on to some of the young, capable golfers coming along to take his place.

At 34, even though he is "excited" about the changes taking place in his swing, it ain't showin'. It will be a difficult come back next season.

Sorta like the mid-term elections: They're over, so move on.

Posted by: adjjones | November 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


If you can use the word "erudition", then you should be able to get the cultural reference of "annus horribilis" Or at least be able to type it into a search box and pull up the definition on Wikipedia.

If you want your sports news dumbed down, then head on over to or just read USA Today.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Monitors -- get this cheap, seedy ad off this comment strings ... let this shill buy an ad.....

Posted by: JPMcC | November 8, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@jimmy_mac we learned to use dictionaries in grammar school and now they're on-line. Furthermore, it doesn't require a Latin reference book to recognize a cognate.

Posted by: MasterG | November 9, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Latin Shmatin, I say.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 9, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

the pic looks like woods is trying to pinch a loaf...therefore, the word annus is suitable.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 9, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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