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Tiger Woods admits he is ready for another big year as he looks to win a 15th major and maintain his spot as world number one in 2014.
The American is looking for his 80th PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines this weekend, a course where he has enjoyed unprecedented success in the past.
It will be Woods’ first official round of the new season, and he will be hoping for a solid start to the his campaign as he looks to end his wait for a major trophy.
He hasn’t won any of golf’s biggest prizes for five years, and after an improved showing in 2013 he could be in contention this time around.
The 38-year-old won five times last year, and he is now three wins behind Sam Snead’s record. He could win his 80th title by defending his Torrey Pines crown, a venue he has won at on eight occasions. He will open his account playing with Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker for the first two rounds.
Woods insists he still prepares the same for tournaments as he ever has done and he admits he could be up against it with the course conditions similar to a US Open.
He said: “The rough is thick, it’s a little more lush than we’ve seen it with these green conditions. We’ve seen it like this when it’s wet but not when it’s like this. This is very similar to an Open.
“I view it as every year’s a big year. Every year that I get a chance to compete and play in tournaments and major championships for as long as I decide to do it, every year’s a big year, every year counts.”