Report: Rookie says Tiger Woods let up

BY foxsports • February 1, 2011

Rookie golfer Brendan Steele said he did not think Tiger Woods was giving 100 percent during Sunday's final round of the Farmers Insurance Open, according to the new issue of Sports Illustrated.

"I don't think he gave it ­everything today," said Steele after completing the round alongside Woods at San Diego's Torrey Pines. "Once it started going in the wrong direction, I don't think it had his full attention."

Woods, who has not won a tournament since 2009, struggled to a 75 on Sunday to finish tied for 44th. Steele shot a 70 to finish tied for 17th.

Woods, who had won in his previous five events at Torrey Pines, said Sunday he is still struggling to get all the facets of his game working at once.

"I hit it as pure as I could possibly hit it starting out and got nothing out of it," Woods told reporters Sunday. "As the round went on, I progressively got worse with my golf swing. And ironically enough, felt better and better with the putter. So it's one of those things."

Throughout his legendary career, Woods has displayed a trademark focus, rarely giving away shots or appearing to play at anything less than maximum intensity.

But his struggles over the past year have been marred by some unusually poor rounds.

Last May, Woods shot a 79 in the second round of the Wells Fargo Open at Quail Hollow (N.C.), and missed the cut. Three months later, Woods shocked the golf world by finishing 18-over at the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

The 35-year-old, however, still played well at two of the four major tournaments last year, finishing tied for fourth at both The Masters and US Open.

Woods will look to get back on track next week in Dubai at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

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