Woods comes out swinging at news conference


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – For a guy who eschewed the press last week for a social media experiment, Tiger Woods didn’t pull many punches on Tuesday when he spoke with the media at TPC Sawgrass.

Among the highlights of his 25-minute news conference, were revelations that he agrees with Phil Mickelson, doesn’t agree with Pete Dye and is on the same page as most fans regarding potential playoffs at The Players Championship.

Woods joined many – most notably Mickelson, who was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame on Monday at 41 years old – in suggesting that the criteria for induction should be altered in a way that recognizes inductees after their careers.

Video: Woods' Tuesday news conference at The Players

“I’m of the same breath as Phil in this regard. I don’t want to be on that ballot at that age,” Woods, 36, said. “I still want to play and compete, but the problem in our sport is when is the appropriate age? Most golfers don’t actually retire, and then if you go on the senior tour, some guys still come back and play a few events here and there (on the PGA Tour).”

Woods was also asked his feelings on the par-3 17th hole, the site of some of the most dramatic moments in his career.

“Seventeen is a great hole but not the 17th,” he said. “It’s a perfect eighth hole or something like that.”

And finally Woods was asked about the possibility of a three-hole, aggregate type playoff that would include Nos. 16, 17 and 18, like the one used at the PGA Championship. Currently, The Players champion is decided in a sudden-death playoff if there is a tie.

Twice in the last four years, the tournament ended with a playoff, with officials using the 17th hole in 2008, when Sergio Garcia won and the 18th last year for K.J. Choi’s victory.

“That would be a great system,” he said. “It would be exciting. Everybody would get a pretty big kick out of it. Pretty cool climax.”

Not bad for a guy who didn’t seem to have much to say last week.