Woods vows to work on putter after muted Dubai showing

Reuters| Updated: Feb 02, 2014, 20:59 PM IST

Dubai: Tiger Woods vowed to improve his putting after another lacklustre showing at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday extended the world number one`s troubled start to 2014.

The 14-times major winner birdied the last three holes for a one-under-par final round of 71 on the Majlis course, giving him an aggregate six-under 282.

But such a score left Woods an also-ran at a tournament where he vied for top billing with Northern Ireland`s Rory McIlroy.

"My iron game wasn`t as sharp as I`d like, I had seven lip-outs today," Woods told reporters.

"I`m definitely going to work on my putting. My light putting needs to be better than it has been... I`m hitting my lines, I just don`t have the speed right."

Woods began brightly in Dubai, racing to four-under after nine holes of Thursday`s first round, seemingly showing few ill effects from a dire showing at California`s Torrey Pines a few days earlier where he carded 79, the second-worst round of his professional career.

Yet wayward driving and then inconsistent putting saw the American make 10 birdies and eight bogeys over Dubai`s final 63 holes as he slipped out of contention.

"I made a quick easy fix to my grip the other day and from then on I drove great," said Woods, who will now fly to Delhi for an exhibition event, his first visit to India, before returning the United States.

"I throttled back a little bit to try to get my ball back in play and just didn`t hit it as far. I`m able now to start letting it go - a couple of carries out there were in the 310-315 (yards) range. That`s back to where I should be."

Woods also wants to improve with the wedge.

"I still need to do a bit of work chipping out of this rye grass, because I`ve been chipping out Bermuda and it`s a little different technique," he added.