True to his word, Woods bypasses media Wednesday


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – All things considered it was a relatively short work day for Tiger Woods on Wednesday at Quail Hollow.

The former Wells Fargo champion teed off in the pro-am at 7:30 a.m. ET, posted a respectable 6-under-par team total, signed autographs for 15 minutes and bolted the property just past noon without being asked, or having to answer, a single, on-the-record question from the media.

Woods, who eschewed the traditional pre-tournament news conference this week and instead posted a video on his website on Monday answering an assortment of questions from fans via social media, appeared relaxed during the 4 1/2-hour round.

Round 1 tee times at the Wells Fargo Championship

He also seemed pleased with his swing, reacting positively to particularly well-played tee shots throughout the round. So much so, swing coach Sean Foley, who walked with Woods much of the round, smiled midway through the front nine and said, “He’s hitting it so pure right now.”