Struggling former world No 1 Tiger Woods enjoys matchplay golf and is looking forward to a change from the usual strokeplay format of tournament golf.

"We don't get a chance to play too many match play events," he said. "We play stroke play all the time.

"The only time you get a match play event is if you make the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup. All junior golf and all big amateur events were match play, it goes back to how we grew up.

"We love it as players. It is fun to go head-to-head."

Woods has won this event three times before and has a decent record in the Ryder and Presidents Cups so is no stranger to the matchplay format but he hasn't won a tournament since the end of 2009.

Tiger continues to be optimistic about the progress he is making with his new swing, "It's just that I didn't quite have the understanding of how to hit all the shots in the wind.

"You know, that takes time. We finally put it together. Now I just need to keep working on it and keep heading down this path," he said.

Woods has a chance to reclaim his world No 1 status with a win this weekend but is in as much danger of dropping all the way down to eighth if he is knocked out by Thomas Bjorn in the first round.

Unlike Woods, Bjorn is coming into this event with some form after winning in Dubai two weeks ago.

  • Mad Bob

    Ja well, he has some time off now. No format could hide his game at the moment. Especially in the wind.

  • Mad Bob

    Ja well, he has some time off now. No format could hide his game at the moment. Especially in the wind.