Curse of the kids hampers Tiger's Turkish countdown

Tue Nov 5, 2013 1:52pm EST
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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.

"My (six-year-old) daughter Sam was sick and it's just the way it goes," said a bunged-up Woods as he coughed and sniffed his way through an interview with Reuters.

"Kids get sick, you get sick and you've just got to deal with it. I've done it for years now so it's no big deal.

"I feel good though. Energy-wise I feel great, I just don't sound the same."

Woods certainly looked in tip-top shape on Tuesday as he became the first golfer to hit balls from east to west off the Bosphorus Bridge.

The 37-year-old struck several shots from the iconic structure that connects Asia to Europe in a special Istanbul photoshoot.   Continued...

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods poses during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament, on the Bosphorus Bridge that links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Osman Orsal