Last Updated: 11/03/13 11:13am
Tiger Woods: Putting lesson from Steve Stricker
Tiger Woods believes he is close to regaining his imperious best form after wrapping up a comfortable victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.
The world No 2 could afford the luxury of two bogeys over the final three holes as a one-under 71 was enough to clinch a two-shot win over Steve Stricker - the man who has helped improve putting.
Woods has already won twice on four starts on the PGA Tour this season, and he was delighted with his consistent form throughout at the Blue Monster.
"I'm just trying to get better," said Woods after lifting his first WGC title since 2009. "It's very simple. I feel like my game's becoming more efficient. It's more consistent day in and day out, and I'm very pleased with the progress I've made.
"The greens got really quick out there. And if you left the ball in the correct spot though, you could be pretty aggressive and you could shoot a good number."
Woods also thanked his close friend Stricker, who conducted a 45-minute putting tutorial with the 14-time major winner on the eve of the tournament.
"I feel like my game's becoming more efficient. It's more consistent day in and day out, and I'm very pleased with the progress I've made."
"Thank you to Steve for the putting lesson," Woods added. "It was one of those weeks where I felt pretty good about how I was playing, made a few putts and got it rolling."
"At times you kick yourself," joked Stricker. "He's a good friend. We talk a lot about putting. It's good to see him playing well."
Graeme McDowell, playing in the final group with Woods, started the day four strokes adrift but stumbled to a disappointing 72 after an ugly double-bogey at the last.
"The way Tiger was playing, I was always in chase mode," McDowell said. "He was always going to be a tough guy to catch. Fair play to him. He played fantastic golf the last couple of days."
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