Woods cannot wait for his season to start in Abu Dhabi

Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:12am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - A refreshed and rejuvenated Tiger Woods cannot wait to launch his season at this week's $2.7-million Abu Dhabi Championship, the former world number one said on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old American did not touch his clubs for a few weeks after the end of his 2012 campaign and, having gone through a series of injury-interrupted years in recent times, he is relishing the start of the new season.

"I am really excited going into this year," Woods told reporters at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Tuesday. "The off-season was brief, it was only six weeks, but I just shut it down.

"I put the clubs away and never looked at them for a couple of weeks but then it was nice to train and get stronger to get the endurance up.

"I went out and played nine holes today. It felt good to be out there again," said Woods.

The American won three times in 2012 and said it was an important season for him.

"Last year I had one little blip at Doral with my Achilles," said the 14-times major winner referring to his final-round withdrawal from the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida in March.

"But other than that it was a good year physically. I had not played a full schedule in a very long time - I think 2006, 2007, somewhere around then.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. speaks during a news conference ahead of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah