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Tiger Woods says he will retire when he can no longer win

posted 13 Apr 2011, 06:33 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Apr 2011, 06:36 ]

Tiger Woods tells Beijing students that he will retire when he feels he can no longer win golf tournaments.

Tiger Woods of the United States met former world 110-metre hurdles world record holder Liu Xiang in Beijing, China on Wednesday (April 13) as part of Woods' Asian marketing campaign tour.

The winner of 14 major golf championships met the 2004 Olympic gold medallist for a talk show attending by some 500 students at the Beijing Sports University.

Both sportsmen have experienced vastly fluctuating fortunes in the past few years. For Woods, he showed that his form was nearing its best when he finished in a tie for fourth place at the USA Masters in Augusta on Sunday (April 10), just four shots behind the winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa.

His performance at the Masters, where he briefly tied for the lead during the final round, was one of his best in recent times and he told the audience in Beijing that he had enjoyed being in contention again at a major championship.

"We dreamt as kids of being in that position, is to experience that and to have that type of pressure, I think it's great," he said. "It's amazing what you can accomplish. I mean we had the adrenaline flowing, we had our senses heightened, we were able to do things that we don't normally do because of the pressure, and I think that's fantastic, I think you have to embrace it," he said.

Liu has been trying hard to rebuild his career following an injury in 2008 which prevented him defending his Olympic title in Beijing.

Having come back and won his third straight Asian Games gold medal last November, Liu said he is feeling physically great and will be aiming for success this year with his main aim likely to be the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in Ausgust.

"The key is to compete with myself, keep competing until now. I think I ran well in last year's Asian Games, I hope this year I can have more improvements from last year, in all areas," he said.

Woods, aged 35, who has not won a tournament since the Australian Masters in December 2009, said that the time for him to retire from golf would be when he felt he would no longer be able to win.

"I'm not going to go out there and play when I know where I have been," he said. "I've been at a point in my career, and points in my career when I know I'm going out there and I know I'm playing my best and I know what I can do, I should win. When I get to an age when I just physically can't do it anymore, then I'm done," he said.

On Tuesday (April 12), Woods paid a visit to Shenzhen in southern China, where he held a golf clinic with young players, demonstrating his style of golf to hundreds of fans at the Mission Hills Golf Club.

Woods will move on to Seoul, South Korea on Thursday (April 14) but will now not travel to Tokyo following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan on March 11.