DORAL, Fla. —
His expectations for the week?
“Just work on my swing,” he said as he walked out the door after his press conference. “Try to get my swing back.”
Woods is coming off a mediocre performance in the Honda Classic, failing to break par in any of the four rounds on his way to a tie for 37th. He is a three-time winner at Doral and had never finished out of the top 10 until he withdrew after 11 holes last year with tightness in his left Achilles tendon.
Woods can appreciate the scrutiny McIlroy faces. He also had some sound advice.
“We play week after week,” Woods said after nine holes of practice on the Blue Monster. “Once one week ends, you have to move on the next one. And we’re on a different venue and different golf course. For me over the years, I’ve just put it aside and moved on, whether it was good or bad, whether I won the tournament or missed the cut, whatever it may be. You move on and get ready for the next event.”
With each week, the Masters gets closer.
Only a dozen players in the 65-man field at Doral are not yet in the Masters, so it’s an important week for the likes of Geoff Ogilvy, Fredrik Jacobson, Richard Sterne and Charles Howell III, all of whom are trying to establish themselves in the top 50 when the final cutoff arrives at the end of the month.
And for McIlroy, it’s a matter of sorting out his game.