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Tiger Woods has indicated he won't be calling on master coach Butch Harmon as much as in the past because he feels he has become good enough and understands the current faults in his game.

"As you get a little bit better and you understand your own mechanics and your game you don't rely on a teacher quite as often," Woods said.

"That's what has transpired with me. I still need Butch, but not as much as I used to because I've a better understanding of the faults that I have and how to fix them.

"Ball flight never lies. I know what the cure is for a lot of my faults that I have while I'm playing and that's the whole idea.

Woods, who has won eight majors under the guidance of Harmon, finished second behind Rich Beem at the US PGA Championship at the weekend, his first taste of second place in a major.

"It's frustrating and disappointing any time you finish second in any tournament (he has done that 15 times). But it's kind of a double-edged sword because while I'm frustrated I made the mistakes on 13 (three putts from 12 feet) and 14 (a tee shot into the rough).

"I'm also pumped up at the way I finished."

Woods birdied the last four holes at the PGA but failed to catch Beem who held his nerve over the closing holes to finish a one-stroke victor.

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