Ames on Woods – It will take time

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Stephen Ames doesn’t see a quick return to the top for ailing superstar Tiger Woods.

Stephen Ames doesn’t see a quick return to the top for ailing superstar Tiger Woods.

The Canadian PGA Tour regular offered his opinion on the former world number one, who he reckons still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

“I think Tiger needs to find a balanced life,” he said. “He’s going through all those different scenarios from the last year and half and I don’t think he’s settled upstairs right now. I think it’d be tough on anybody to go through what he’s gone through and still be able to play golf.

“It’s quite incredible to be honest if you ask me because I wouldn’t be back out there after what he went through with the media, losing his wife. It’s tough. It’s just going to take him awhile to get back.”

Ames was more complimentary of Woods’ retooled swing – perhaps not a surprise, considering that they share the same swing coach, Sean Foley.

“Swing wise it looks 10 times better than it was before,” he said. “Sean’s done a wonderful job and, as Sean has mentioned before, he’s not clear upstairs right now. I think it’s going to be awhile before he gets there.”

Woods has also been dropped by several high profile sponsors. What does Ames think of the Tour’s need for Woods to start doing well again?

“It’s hard to say,” he said. “I guess we’ll know more when we finalize our TV rights, which are coming up at the end of this year, the end of next year if figures are going to drop. We’ll see how much attention they’re paying to him or if golf is in a good situation.

“Economy has a lot to do with it, too. The U.S. is struggling and it’s tough for some companies to pull those figures out right now.”

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