Family man Woods still in the business of winning

Tue Apr 7, 2015 4:50pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Now ranked 111th, Tiger Woods appeared far more concerned about becoming the world's number one dad on Tuesday than golf's top player.

Surrounded by his two children and ski champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, an at ease Woods seemed oblivious to the thousands of spectators gathered around the Augusta National practice green and looked more prepared to head out on a family picnic than make a headline-grabbing comeback at this week's Masters.

In many ways, the year's first major will be a family outing for the Woods clan with the 14-time major winner scheduled to make a rare appearance in Wednesday's par-3 contest where young daughter Sam and son Charlie take on caddie duties.

Vonn will also be on hand to offer her support in the same way that Woods did for his dowhilling darling in Cortina, Italy and Vail, Colorado earlier this year when she made her run at the alpine skiing record books.

Despite all the family friendly activities, this is very much a business trip for Woods and the former world number one made it clear his business is still winning golf tournaments.

"I want to win," declared Woods. "The whole idea is to prepare and do that, and I feel like my game is finally ready to go and do that again.

"I worked my ass off. I worked hard. It was something people would never understand how much work I put into it to come back and do this again.

"Competing is still the same. I'm trying to beat everybody out there. That hasn't changed."   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. smiles during a press conference at Augusta National held during practice rounds ahead of the 2015 Masters at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young