Tiger Woods covered a wide range of topics in a 14-minute video released on his website on Monday, but as expected the media will likely fixate on what was not asked or answered.
Among the 20 handpicked questions that Woods drew from his social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook, he was asked the difference in his game at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by five strokes, and the Masters, where he posted his worse finish as a professional (T-40).
“At the Masters I was kind of struggling with my ballstriking a little bit and Sean (Foley) and I fixed it. It had to do with my posture. My setup wasn’t quite right so we worked on that. It’s getting dialed in,” said Woods, who is making his first start since the Masters at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.
Woods was also asked numerous questions relating to next week’s Players Championship – his favorite moment, memories from playing the island-green 17th, etc. – but he was either not asked or chose not to answer any questions relating to his behavior at the Masters or recent comments made by Foley on Sirius/XM Radio.
In reaction to criticism that Woods received for kicking his golf club following his tee shot on the par-3 16th hole on Friday at Augusta National, Foley caused a stir when he said, “the tearing down” of Woods is “out of hand” in the media.
Neither issue was addressed during Woods’ Q&A, which is taking the place of his normal pre-tournament press conference this week at Quail Hollow.
Woods did address the notion that his ongoing swing changes – Foley is his third coach as a professional – are at least partially motivated by a desire to protect his oft-injured left knee.
“I’ve trashed (his knee) pretty good over the years and we’re working on things to alleviate the amount of stress on my knee so I can play for as long as I want to play,” he said. “I’ve had four knees surgeries, so I’d like to end that at four.”
Woods plans to make a pre-championship scouting trip out to The Olympic Club before next month’s U.S. Open and said he was a little surprised by the last-minute addition of a new fairway bunker at the par-5 17th hole, which has played as a par 4 in previous championships.
“That’s a little close to tournament time,” he said.