Woods parts with putter

Tiger Woods announced today that he has separated – from the putter with which he has won 13 of his 14 majors.

While refusing to comment on whether a divorce settlement has now been agreed with his Swedish wife Elin, the world number one was happy to discuss dropping the club which has helped make him arguably the greatest player in golf history.

Woods this week tries to become the first ever to win three Open Championships at St Andrews, but the speed of the Old Course greens – or rather the lack of speed – has prompted his decision.

Without a tournament victory since returning in April from the sex scandal which shocked the sporting world, the American can think of no better place for that to end.

“I’ve always struggled on slower greens and the one I’ve gone to this week comes off faster and I’ve had to make very little adjustment,” he said.

Woods played his third practice round early today, having arrived in Scotland on Sunday after spending Monday and Tuesday of last week in Ireland and then flying home to see his two children.

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