Tiger Free to Focus on Golf
With his divorce finally behind him, Tiger Woods will compete in his first tournament in six years as a single man at this week's Barclays Classic in Paramus, N.J., amid much speculation over his form.
The scandal-hit American world No. 1 has been a shadow of his former dominant self since his double life was exposed at the end of last year following multiple revelations of his marital infidelities.
Woods has yet to win in nine starts this season, produced the worst four-round performance of his PGA Tour career at the WGCBridgestone Invitational and has struggled with his mental focus -an area of his game where he is usually peerless.
It could be, however, that the finality of his divorce from his Swedish wife, Elin Nordegren, will help him practise and play competitive golf more freely with his mind now less prone to wander, quite literally, off course.
The dissolution of their marriage took place at the Bay County Circuit Court in Florida on Monday and Woods is set to tee off in the opening round of the PGA Tour's Barclays Classic at Ridgewood Country Club tomorrow (3 p.m., 8:30 p.m., GOLF).
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