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Tiger Woods could miss out on a key turning point, believes David Duval

With Tiger Woods apparently veering towards skipping this week’s Wyndham Championship in North Carolina and thus calling an end to his 2014-15 season, David Duval, a former world No 1 who knows all about slumps, made the case for Woods to honour his commitment.

Woods entered the Greensboro event on Friday, but after causing frenzied excitement at the unfashionable event, it emerged that the 14-time major-winner may opt against it. Woods, who would need to finish in the top two to qualify for the end-of-campaign FedEx Cup play-offs, is expected to announce his decision on Monday.

Duval believes his ex Ryder Cup partner has much to gain from teeing it up at Sedgefield Country Club, regardless of whether he gains the required placing or not. Duval, who now works primarily as an analyst for the Golf Channel, believes that the Donald Ross course, which at 7,070 yards is short by modern standards, could be just what he needs as he continues to hone the swing he has developed under Chris Como.

“I’ve actually played there before and taken the driver out of the bag,” Duval said. “Some of the work he’s been doing on his golf swing and the way he aligns and aims the ball with the irons and three-wood, when you can kind of trap it and move it around that golf course, it might suit him well. It might prove to a very key turning point in what he’s trying to do right now.

“I think one of the key things for Tiger right now is manipulating and forcing golf shots. Force a cut here, force a draw there. Don’t just free wheel. The golf course in Greensboro sets up perfectly for that.” Woods is only due to play three more officials events this year, although may look to play on the European Tour.

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