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Woods Struggles to Get Back in the Swing

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - He could lose his world No. 1 ranking. He missed the cut last week at Quail Hollow, finishing at 9-over-par 153, the highest 36-hole total of his pro career. And he's playing a course this week that he historically hasn't eaten up.

Is Tiger Woods' confidence wavering? "No," Woods said Tuesday at The Players Championship. "I've had moments where I didn't hit the ball very good coming in, and you've got to turn it around. That's the whole idea of practicing.

"I know what the fix is, and I've proven it to myself and it's just a matter of going out there and executing it consistently over 72 holes."

Last week he missed the cut for the sixth time in 241 starts as a pro. Though he's never missed consecutive cuts, the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass has caused him fits. Woods, who won the Players in 2001, finished eighth last year for his fourth top-10 in 12 starts, the fewest of any event in which he has made at least 12 starts. It was his first top-10 in the Players in seven starts, the longest drought between top-10s at a single event of his career.

He's more concerned with his swing at the moment.

"Well, it's getting better, no doubt. It couldn't get any worse," Woods said. "I teed up the ball well to start off. I didn't have any balls fall off tees. It just kind of got worse from there."

Woods, who said he was still working with swing coach Hank Haney, is working on a few things heading into Thursday's first round - his posture to make sure he gets enough width in his swing, and he's trying to find a perfect shaft weight for his driver.

"It's just one of those things where just a little bit of work, where I tighten things up a little bit, and get refocused for this event," Woods said.

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