Dad would've been proud: Tiger Woods

Published: 06 December, 2011 10:53 IST | PA Sport |

Late father's teachings helps Woods break two-year title drought

Late father's teachings helps Woods break two-year title drought

Tiger Woods thinks his late father would have been proud of him for finally ending more than two years without a win -- and especially the way he did it.

Roaring again: Tiger Woods at Thousand Oaks. Pic/AFP

Although the Chevron World Challenge was a limited-field non-Tour event, Woods celebrated as though as he had landed his 15th major after grabbing birdies at the last two holes to beat Zach Johnson by a shot.

Next up for the former World No 1, who climbed from 52nd to 21st in the rankings by capturing a tournament he very nearly did not qualify for, is the European Tour's Abu Dhabi Championship next month.

He will face far stronger competition there, including world top four Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and defending champion Martin Kaymer, but at least the "will he ever win again?" questions are behind him.

Asked how his father Earl - who died in 2006 long before his sex scandal hit the headlines and his career nose-dived -- would have reacted, Woods said: "He would be proud of the way I hung in and was grinding, the way I was staying focussed on what I was doing.

"I didn't let anything get in the way of my shot selection and commitment to each shot and the shot shape I was going to play. When he was alive that was something he was always kind of harping on at me. No matter whether you play the right shot or not, at least be committed to it."

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