Tiger Woods wants to win while using match play as tune up


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The ‘Tiger Effect’ is already in play this week at the Dell Technologies Match Play tournament. On Monday, Woods commanded almost all of the attention at Austin Country Club, and that won’t change as the week progresses.

Woods is playing for the first time since The Players Championship two weeks ago when he finished tied for 30th. Woods stated in previous interviews that he’s using this week in Austin to get in form before golf’s first major, The Masters, in April.

But this is still Tiger Woods. He’s making plans to stick around Austin for the weekend, and climbing even higher in the World Golf Rankings.

“Getting to number one was much easier than staying there. This time around is a little different, just to be ranked where I’m at is a pretty good accomplishment…considering where I came from the last year and a half,” Woods said.

Tiger Woods completed a nine-hole practice round Tuesday before the tournament starts Wednesday morning. Woods tees off against No. 61 Aaron Wise Wednesday at 1 p.m.

This is Woods’ first appearance at Austin’s version of the match play tournament, going on its fourth year at ACC.

Woods did say he’s visited Austin before, but it’s been at least a decade. He said he played Barton Creek Country Club “maybe 10-12 years ago”.

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