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Former world number one Tiger Woods is determined to turn his form slump around as he prepares for
the Australian Open on Thursday.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: For more than a decade, Tiger Woods was the world's top golfer, but these
days he is now just one of the pack, ranked No. 58. His form slump came after a series of sex
scandals, and many experts doubt he will ever regain his magic touch. Tiger Woods is in Australia
at the moment for two golf tournaments, but the focus is on allegedly racist remarks made by his
former caddie Steve Williams. Peter Wilkins reports.

COMMENTATOR: There it is. As grand as it gets! What a way to cap it off!

COMMENTATOR II: And Tiger Woods is the 100th US Open champion in history.

COMMENTATOR III: Tiger Woods is the 135th Open champion.

COMMENTATOR IV: It's unbelievable!

GREG NORMAN, GOLFER: I couldn't wait to turn the TV on to watch him play.

PETER WILKINS, REPORTER: He punished golf courses, the record books and his opposition with
relentless obsession. Winning came easily. Then came the fall: when Tiger Woods' complex personal
life turned embarrassingly public.

Compounded by injuries, it's nearly two years since Tiger has won a tournament.

You're a winner who hasn't won. Is it eking at the psyche a little bit?

TIGER WOODS, GOLFER: Yes, but you also have to... I've been here before. I changed my game in '97.
I just won the Masters by 12 and decided to change my game, and it took me two years. I didn't get
it until '99, and I think I had a pretty good run after that. Hopefully this will be very similar.

PETER WILKINS: There are two schools of thought about Woods' prospects of regaining the superstar
mantle. Some say he will never be the same, including his predecessor in the superstar stakes, Greg

GREG NORMAN: Technically there is something wrong if you can go from there to here. He is never go
and go and win on the consistent level - 10 tournaments a year, three majors a year - consistently
year in, year out, like he has done in the past.

PETER WILKINS: The locker room of current players can't see a problem.

JARROD LYLE, GOLFER: Other people can see flaws with his swing. I can't. I think he still swings it
pretty darn good.

JASON DAY, WORLD NUMBER 7: I'm pretty sure it's still there, but he has to just get back on top of
it and start winning tournaments again.

PETER WILKINS: Woods' arrival in Australia coincides uncomfortably with a perceived racist gaffe
from his former caddie Steve Williams, who he sacked earlier this year.

TIGER WOODS: We talked this morning - met face to face and talked about it, talked it through.
Obviously it was the wrong thing to say - something that we both acknowledge now and we're moving

REPORTER: Did he apologise?

TIGER WOODS: He did apologise. It was hurtful, certainly, but life goes forward.

PETER WILKINS: While Woods is bereft of answers as to why his relationship with a man he shared
many a triumph has deteriorated so much...

TIGER WOODS: That's a great question, I don't know that one.

PETER WILKINS: ...he is full of responses to the much more vexing question: where has the real
Tiger Woods gone?

TIGER WOODS: Well, I think I need tournament time. That's the thing. I haven't played a whole lot
of tournaments this year. You know, if you are Usain Bolt you just don't go out and run a world
record time. It takes time, takes training.

PETER WILKINS: Some say he is in denial, pinpointing the wreckage of his personal life, including
the author of a book about him, Robert Lusetich.

ROBERT LUSETICH, AUTHOR/JOURNALIST: The real fallout from the scandal has been that mentally he is
not the same guy. And I think also comes directly from being a private man, and the embarrassment
of the world knowing all about your dirty laundry.

PETER WILKINS: There is no drought Woods can still pull a crowd, but the impressive Australian Open
field at Sydney's Lakes course might well provide another clue. Is Woods the wobbly high wire act
never really to regain his balance, or will he once again be the mesmerising main act?

ROBERT LUSETICH: If anyone can do it, it's Tiger Woods.

PETER WILKINS: A succession of your former peers and players have questioned your ability to
dominate again, and they've made comments about the aura has gone missing.

TIGER WOODS: Well, that's not a concern of mine. My concern is winning golf tournaments, and being
prepared to win - which is something I haven't been able to do for a while. I haven't been able to

PETER WILKINS: So you can dominate again, you fully believe that?

TIGER WOODS: Absolutely.