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Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 9

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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.
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