Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 9

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 1996, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

WALT FROM ALABAMA SAY HI TO TIGER WOODS, WALT ARE YOU THERE?

PHONE CALLER WALT

YES HI TIGER.

TIGER WOODS

HI!

PHONE CALLER WALT

HI, MY WIFE ELEANOR AND I HAVE BEEN WATCHING YOU RELIGIOUSLY AND MY QUESTION TO YA FOR THE FULL YEAR YOUR FIRST YEAR FULL YEAR AS A PRO WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS FOR THIS COMING YEAR?

TIGER WOODS

WALT I'M SORRY YOU ASKED A TOUGH QUESTION THERE BUD BECAUSE MY PERSONAL GOALS ARE VERY PRIVATE I DON'T TELL ANYONE WHETHER IT'S MY MOM OR POP OR THE MEDIA OR MY FRIENDS, WHOM EVER I FEEL PERSONAL GOALS ARE VERY PRIVATE BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS I WILL TRY TO WIN EVERY TOURNAMENT I'M IN.

PETER KESSLER

WELL IN TERMS OF A GOAL ON THE GOLF COURSE YOU SHARED IT WITH US, I THINK MOST OF US KNEW THAT ALREADY. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO TOM IN INDIANA, WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND TOM?

PHONE CALLER WALT

HI TIGER CONGRATULATION ON A GREAT 1996 ON KNOW A LOT OF THE PLAYERS ON TOUR CONSIDER THE MASTERS TO BE THERE MOST IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR AND I'M WONDERING WHAT'S YOUR THOUGHT ON THAT IS IT YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT OR DO YOU HAVE ONE THAT REALLY STANDS OUT?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW I REALLY DON'T HAVE ONE AS OF YET BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND AT MY LEVEL OF PLAY WHICH I'M USE TO IT ALWAYS WAS JUST ONE TOURNAMENT IT WAS THE USGA THE USGA WAS SO FAR BEYOND ANY OTHER TOURNAMENT WHETHER I WAS A JUNIOR GOLFER OR AS AN AMATEUR NO OTHER TOURNAMENT EVEN CAME CLOSE TO THESE TITLES THAT COULD BE WON. ONCE YOU REACH THE PRO RANKS THERE ARE 4 MAJORS NOW AND THERE PRETTY MUCH EQUALLY SPREAD OUT AS FAR AS POPULARITY OR EVEN PUT IT THIS WAY IF I COULD WIN THE GRAND SLAM IT WOULD BE GREAT.

PETER KESSLER

HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT THE KIND OF GOLF YOUR FORCED TO PLAY IN GREAT BRITAIN THAT MUST BE RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY.

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW I LOVE PLAYING OVER THERE MORE THAN I DO HERE IN THE STATES THE REASON BEING I LIKE TO CREATE SHOTS. PLAYING OVER THERE YOU GET TO 150 OUT OH I'M GOING TO HIT A 2 IRON TODAY RUN IT UP THERE OR DOWNWIND YOU HIT SAND WEDGE FROM 180 YARDS CAUSE IT'S GOING TO BOUNCE ALL THE WAY THERE BUT IT'S FUN AND HERE IN THE STATES WERE SO ACCUSTOM TO PLAYING THIS HIGH BALL GAME AND I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS EUROPEANS DO SO WELL AT AUGUSTA, BECAUSE A LOT OF CHIP SHOTS AT AUGUSTA ARE BUMP AND RUNS AND THERE JUST SO ACCUSTOMED TO THAT.

PETER KESSLER

HOW IMPRESSED WERE YOU WITH TOM WATSON WHO OF COURSE HAS WON THE BRITISH OPEN 5 TIMES AND HARRY BARDIN HAS ONE IT ONE MORE IS 6. IN TERMS OF HOW GREAT HE PLAYED AT THE SKINS GAME TEE TO GREEN AND HIS PUTTING I THINK HE HAD 6, 7, OR 8 BIRDIES I MEAN IT WAS A LOT AND IN TERMS OF HIS ATTITUDE IN PLAYING WITH YOU, WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO ALL OF HIM? YOUR REACTION TO ALL OF HIM?

TIGER WOODS

WELL TOM WAS VERY NICE TO PLAY WITH HE WAS PLAYING THIS INNOCENT ROLE A HE'S JUST HAPPY TO BE THERE AND HE WAS JUST GOING TO BE A SPECTATOR, THAT'S WHAT HE SAID HE'S JUST GOING TO BE A SPECTATOR.

PETER KESSLER

YEAH SURE THAT'S LIKE WHEN YOU PLAY A GUY WHOSE SICK IT'S THE SAME TYPE OF THING.

TIGER WOODS

BEWARE OF THE SICK MAN OR IN HIS CASE THE SPECTATOR. BUT TEE TO GREEN HE PLAYED GREAT, HE WAS IN EVERY HOLE AND THAT'S THE KEY TO PLAYING SKINS YOU GOT TO BE IN EVERY HOLE AND HE WAS RIGHT THERE WHETHER MAKING BIRDIE TO WIND SKINS OR TO HALF AND KEEP IT GOING HE WAS ALWAYS RIGHT THERE AND I WAS, IT WAS A GOOD SIGHT TO SEE HIM PUTT WELL I THINK MEMORIAL CHANGED A LOT INSIDE OF TOM AND I LOOK FOR A GOOD YEAR IN 97 FOR HIM.

PETER KESSLER

HOW ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF MOTION IN HIS GOLF SWING, THE SIMPLICITY THE TEMPO, THE RHYTHM THE BALANCE IS INCREDIBLE STUFF TO WATCH FOR YOU ISN'T IT.

TIGER WOODS
IT HASN'T CHANGED IF YOU LOOK AT IT, IT'S MAYBE A FRACTION SHORTER BUT IT'S BASICALLY THE SAME SWING. QUICK TEMPO, HITS THAT LITTLE DRAW OF HIS AND IT'S ALWAYS DEAD SOLID AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE.

PETER KESSLER

THE ONLY THING I THINK HE HAS CHANGED WAS A COUPLE YEARS AGO WAS HE LEVELED HIS SHOULDERS AT ADDRESS A LITTLE BIT MORE WHICH GOT RID OF THE OCCASIONAL BLOCK SHOT TO THE RIGHT SO IN SOME WAYS HE MIGHT BE STRIKING IT BETTER THAN EVER.

TIGER WOODS

HE IS HITTING IT BETTER AND THAT'S SCARY HE IS DRIVING IT BETTER. I THINK THAT'S THE KEY TO TOM. TOM OVER THE YEARS HAS BECOME A BETTER DRIVER OF THE BALL AND HIS IRON GAME IS STILL JUST AS GOOD AND IF HE PUTTS JUST LIKE HE DID IN THE SKINS GAME WERE GOING TO HAVE A HANDS FULL .

PETER KESSLER

AND HE DID MORE THAN JUST PLAY WELL AT THE SKINS GAME, I MEAN HE HAD A SUPER SEASON.

TIGER WOODS

YES HE DID!

PETER KESSLER

AND WE MAY SEE HIM AGAIN NEXT YEAR. OH WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK DO NOT GO AWAY.
(SHORT BREAK)

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.