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Woods set to hit ground running

TIGER Woods hopes a full off-season to work on his short game will see him start his 2011 season with a flourish at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego this week.

The former world No 1 endured a difficult 2010, with a dip in form following turbulent events in his private life, including divorce from wife Elin, leading to him failing to win a tournament and falling from the top of the rankings to No 3.

The 35-year-old put his struggles down to a lack of consistency in and around the greens as he repeatedly tweaked his swing, and he believes the work he has done with coach Sean Foley over the winter will reap dividends as he returns to the scene of his famous triumph at the 2008 US Open.

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