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Tiger Woods has words of encouragement for Westwood

Tiger Woods has some advice for Lee Westwood - pace yourself.

Lee Westwood has said he was struggling for motivation, was miserable on the course and did not know how to fix his current swing problems.

Woods said "I think that if you pace yourself you will find that it's not that hard to do.

"If you keep your priorities intact I don't think you have a problem.

"A lot of great players through history have not played a lot of golf - at most 22 tournaments a year world-wide.

"You need to spend time with your family and friends and have hobbies or business interests which take your mind away from the game."

Westwood played 30 tournaments last year, in Europe, America, South Africa and the Far East.

"Golf is no exception to any other sport - you need to be an athlete," commented the 24-year-old.

"There are exceptions, but if you want to play at a high level for a long time you have to be fit.

"I work out pretty hard, I do a lot of cardiovascular work and try to stay as fit as possible."

Woods said he was "sloppy" on his first two rounds back last week, but then coach Butch Harmon arrived.

"He was not pleased with the way I was swinging it," said the reigning US PGA champion.

"He wanted to make sure that I got things sorted out before I went to Germany.

"If I had gone not knowing exactly what to do he thought it could take three to four weeks to sort it out.

"He said, 'let's get it resolved now so that by the US Open we'll just be fine-tuning."'

"I'm going to hit a lot of balls when I get to Germany and work on what Butch and I were doing the last two days.

"Trying to get the fundamentals right - balance, posture, the club on the right plane. Things we've been working on for six years.

"Sometimes you get a little sloppy and I'm no exception. I was not as sharp as I needed to be the first two rounds, but by Sunday I felt comfortable."

 

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