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Woods ready to shun rivals in LA

Playing his second US PGA Tour event following a 10-month injury layoff, Tiger Woods says he'll pull out all the stops at the US PGA Tour event in Los Angeles.

Woods ready to shun rivals in LA

Playing his second US PGA Tour event following a 10-month injury layoff, Tiger Woods says he'll pull out all the stops at the US PGA Tour event in Los Angeles.

	TIGER WOODS of the United States lines up a putt during the Hero World Challenge at Albany in Nassau, Bahamas.
TIGER WOODS of the United States lines up a putt during the Hero World Challenge at Albany in Nassau, Bahamas. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tiger Woods has promised to give playing partners Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas his famous silent treatment if he's contending during the opening rounds at the LA Open this week.

Woods was notorious for turning the cold shoulder on peers on the golf course during a golden era that yielded 14 major championship titles.


Paired with world No.4 Thomas and four-time major champion McIlroy for the first two days of the US PGA Tour event at the iconic Riviera Country Club, 42-year-old Woods says he'll have no hesitations blanking his two close friends if he's high on the leaderboard.

"I don't care how they react," said Woods on Tuesday.

"I'm trying to win a tournament. I'm sure they'll feel the same way, but it's winning time.

Woods was satisfied with his top-25 result at Torrey Pines in his official US Tour comeback, following a 10-month stint on the sidelines last year while he recovered from spinal fusion surgery.

"I think (the younger players) are starting to see me as a competitor because I'm starting to come back again," he said.

Despite making his US Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur at Riviera, Woods has never won on the course he played regularly while growing up in southern California.

"I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye but I play it awfully," he said.

But he's using the event as a litmus test to determine whether he'll play next week's Honda Classic which, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, is slated to be his pre-Masters schedule.

Woods has until Friday to commit to Honda and he says an RSVP yes indicates his body is fit enough to compete at a high level.

"Just not to feel sore," said Woods when asked what he needs to see this week.

"To feel like I can play all out again with three days off. Be able to go at it full bore again.

"That's something that I've been trying to do at home, trying to simulate rounds.

"It will be a great sign if I do play, and I think it'd be a smart sign if I didn't."


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