Woods planning to work through slump

Tiger Woods during the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. On a Firestone Country Club course that he has dominated in the past, Woods posted his highest 72-hole score as a professional, including a closing 77 that left him in a tie for 78th place in the 79-man field.

AKRON, Ohio – Is there a 36-hole day in the works for Tiger Woods? Hard to say, but one thing seems for sure: He’s got a full workload on tap.

Battered and beaten, but fiercely proud, Woods said there was only one thing to do after closing with a 77 – 298 to finish a staggering T-78 at the Bridgestone Invitational. Get back to work. And not tomorrow, either.

“I’m out there today,” Woods said, a reference to Whistling Straits, where the PGA Championship is next on the schedule. Having started at 7:45 a.m. and finished well before noon, Woods indicated he was going to fly into Wisconsin and be at the golf course to continue his search for his once incomparable game.

“I could probably play 18 and still watch the guys finish (at the Bridgestone),” he kidded.

There was no joking about his state of mind right now, however.

“Shooting 18 over par is not fun,” he said. “It’s tough. Yeah, it’s tough. (But) I’ve got to be ready come Thursday; that’s all that matters.”

Shooting 74-72-75-77 at a place (Firestone CC) where he had gone 92 under par in 36 rounds since 1999, Woods clearly is in a freefall. The PGA Championship appears to be a massive challenge, even for him, and what’s more, there’s the prospect of the Ryder Cup on the horizon.

Does he want to play?

“Not playing like this, definitely not,” Woods said. But then he paused and let the words sink in before letting it be known that he shouldn’t be counted out.

“I think I can turn it around,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of time between now and (the Ryder Cup, Oct. 1-3), which is good.”

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