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Woods can’t rely on that. But neither, it seems, should he rely on trying to play the majors the way he always has — cautiously plotting his way around the game’s toughest venues while many of the same golfers he inspired to hit the gym and hit it longer fly by him taking risks. What he’s doing at the moment isn’t working, at least not in the majors, no matter how hard Woods tries to spin the results.

“Is it concerning? As I said, I’ve been there in half of them this year,” he said referring to his finishes at the Masters (tied for fourth) and last month’s British Open (tied for sixth). So that’s about right.

“If you are going to be in there for three-quarters, or half of them, with a chance to win on the back nine,” he added, “you have just got to get it done.”

Good luck with that.

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