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Woods: Winning another major is my main focus

Tiger Woods continued his climb up the world rankings after a joint third-place finish at the British Open - but says winning his first major since 2008 is his priority.

LANCASHIRE, UK // Tiger Woods continued his climb up the world rankings after finishing joint third in British Open - but insists his focus is on adding to his tally of 14 majors.

The American briefly threatened to make a challenge on the final day before unravelling with a triple-bogey seven at the sixth.

Woods has not won a major since 2008 but insists it is not a worry.

"It's part of golf. We all go through these phases - some people it lasts entire careers, others are a little bit shorter," he said.

"Even the greatest players to ever play have all gone through little stretches like this.

"When your playing careers last 40 and 50 years you're going to have stretches like this.

"I was right there, the game plan was to shoot under par going out so I was in position to do what I wanted to do and then turn home and shoot maybe one or two under on the back nine.

"I would have posted an eight or nine under par and I thought that was going to be the number to win the golf tournament.

"Unfortunately I just didn't do it."

Woods had some sympathy for Scott after his late collapse as his bid for a first major ended in failure.

"It's happened to all of us at one point or another," he added.

"We've all been in positions to win golf tournaments and sometimes people go ahead and win them and take them away from you, other times we make mistakes.

"That's just the way it goes."

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