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Tiger Woods is looking forward to the prospect of a full season in 2012 and reaping the rewards of all the work he’s done this year.

Tiger Woods is looking forward to the prospect of a full season in 2012 and reaping the rewards of all the work he’s done this year.

The former World No 1 has put in a couple of good performances in recent weeks, finishing third in the Australian Open and not doing too shabbily in the Presidents Cup either.

Now that his injury woes are behind him, Woods feels he is finally growing accustomed to the swing changes he made with Sean Foley.

“I’ve made tremendous strides,” he said according to ESPN. “As I said, in the wind, you get exposed, and if you saw what I did in Australia, I hit the ball pretty good.

“If you look at my schedule over the years, I’ve never really played a lot. I like to practise and then go out and play. What people don’t realise is that I wasn’t able to – this year I wasn’t able to play at home. People don’t realise at home how much golf I play when I’m getting ready for an event, how many holes I play. I play a lot, and I wasn’t able to do any of that, because I was under a strict ball count for the day. Once that was released and I was able to go is when I started making some serious strides, working with Sean, because then I could get the reps in.

“I’ve always felt in my career more comfortable when I was able to practise a lot, and I’m not one of those guys who can play a bunch of weeks in a row. I’d much rather just practise a lot, come out, play and be fully invested in that one event and then go back and kind of tinker around what did I do right, what did I do wrong.”

Woods, who will play in this week’s Chevron World Challenge in California, also feels he is ready to start challenging for major tournaments again.

“I am excited about the progress I have made,” he said. “I am looking forward to it [2012]. I am looking forward to getting out and playing a full schedule, which I haven’t done for quite some time and get my number of events in and prepare and practise and play at my normal pace to get ready for the major championship and try and peak four times a year – which I have not had the opportunity to do for the past few years.”

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