Tiger Woods is back in Malaysia, preparing for next stage of career
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tiger Woods has already rated 2012 as a good year.
He won't consider it a great year, because it's missing one essential ingredient - a major victory - but he's becoming more confident that 2013 can be.
"I've always said winning one major championship turns a good year into a great year," he said on Wednesday ahead of the CIMB Classic, his first event in Malaysia in 13 years. "We place so much emphasis on them. It's very similar to what tennis has with the Grand Slam events. Guys can have seven, eight, nine-win seasons, but if they don't win a Slam, it's not a great year.
"I remember playing back in `99; I had a really good run there, won a bunch of tournaments, but didn't win a major championship until the last one, the PGA. That all of a sudden changed the whole year."
Asked about the doping scandal involving Lance Armstrong, Woods said golf couldn't be compared with cycling, not only because it was more individual, but also because of its ingrained code of honor.
"This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes," he said. "A ball moves in the trees, the guys call penalties on themselves. I think that's one of the neat things about our game, and I think with the (anti-doping) testing, it's only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport."
Woods is back at the Mines Resort and Golf Club in Malaysia for the first time since he won the individual and team titles at the 1999 World Cup.
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