Williams backs Woods to bounce back in 2011

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Caddie believes the worst is behind former world No.1 after winless 2010




Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams believes his boss is going to bounce back in 2011 after what has been a tough year for the former world No.1.

Having caddied for Woods for more than a decade, Williams has seen the 34-year-old bounce back from injury and other issues.

However, nothing, says the caddie, has had as big an impact on Woods' game than the fall-out from the tabloid revelations that hit the 14-time major-winner at the end of 2009.

"When you compete at this level, a large percentage of your success is due to your mental preparation," said Williams.

"And, evidently, Tiger's mind wasn't as sharp due to his own personal problems. He's come back from an injury before.

"I've caddied for him for 12 years, and the two times he had long lay-offs, he came back like nothing had happened. I didn't think a lot would change."

The seasoned looper soon discovered that the revelations about his extra-marital affairs had affected Woods' more than he thought.

"It was evident after Augusta that it was going to be a bit of struggle. Then, of course, he was questioning his own swing and whether it might be time to change his swing.

"As soon as he made that decision, I knew right there and then it was going to be more of a rebuilding year. Which is fine."

However, with a winless 2010 firmly behind him, Woods, according to Williams, is set to come back in 2011 stronger and with the game to take him back to the top.

"I'm pretty confident when the new year starts that Tiger will be fully ingrained with his new swing."

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