Woods silences the doubters
American always believed he would return to his best
Last Updated: 02/07/12 10:00am
Tiger Woods: Delighted to silence the doubters in winning at Maryland
Tiger Woods was delighted to silence the doubters in winning the AT&T National in Maryland by two shots on Sunday.
Some felt Woods' best days were behind him after going two-and-a-half years without a PGA Tour success.
The 36-year-old ended that run this year with triumphs in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament.
"A lot of media people didn't think I could win again, and I had to deal with those questions for quite a bit."
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Woods has now added the AT&T National to his trophy cabinet and credits his success to consistency.
The former world number one always backed himself and believed he needed time to get back into the swing of things.
"I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. That was, I think, what, six months ago," commented Woods.
"A lot of media people didn't think I could win again, and I had to deal with those questions for quite a bit.
"It was just a matter of time. I could see the pieces coming together.
"Sean (swing coach Sean Foley) and I were working, and we see what's coming, and we can see the consistency, and it's just a matter of time.
"Just stay the course, and if you look at my ball-striking so far this year, it's gotten more and more consistent."
Winning another major would go a long way to confirming Woods' return to his best and he sees no reason why he cannot impress at Royal Lytham later this month.
Asked whether he thinks he can triumph, Woods said: "It's going to be totally different shot making and prep.
"I'm going to have to start practising some different shots and getting used to hitting the ball a little bit lower, a little bit more flighted.
"It's a totally different game playing links golf. But I still have to have the ability to get the ball up in the air. That's something that we're going to work on."