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Woods unruffled by form

Tiger Woods insists he has no concerns over the state of his game despite last week's horror show at the Farmers Insurance Open in California.

The world No 1 is one of the main draws at this week's Dubai Desert Classic, but heads into the European Tour event on the back of a missed cut on his seasonal debut.

Woods started as a red-hot favourite at old stomping ground Torrey Pines but, after opening with rounds of 72 and 71, he slumped to a woeful 79 in the third round which saw him miss the secondary cut.

However, the 38-year-old has played down the significance of his display and claims he is expecting to go well in Dubai - a tournament he has won twice previously in 2006 and 2008.

Asked what he had done in the wake of his performance at Torrey Pines, Woods told reporters: "I just went home and had a nice day off, worked on my putting a little bit in the backyard and that was that.

"I know I'm not that far off. Just had one of those days and that happens. The longer you play this sport, the more things like that happen.

"I was just a fraction off, and a fraction off on a golf course set up that hard, it bit a lot of us, and unfortunately it bit me pretty hard. I think the average score was just over 73 on Saturday, and I shot 79.

"I needed to make a few changes, just a few slight adjustments, and I did that, and I had unfortunately Sunday off, so I had a chance to go home and hit a few shots.

"I came out here and just wanted to improve every day. Tuesday was better than Monday, and Wednesday was better than Tuesday. Hopefully tomorrow will be even better than today."