SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Tiger Woods has heard these kinds of whispers before. He won't win another major. His swing instructor is teaching him the wrong things. The 14-time major winner is finished.
Woods has a short, simple response to the latest litany of major championship winners and top players who have questioned his ability to regain his once-dominant form.
'I've heard that before,' Woods said Wednesday. 'It's not the first time I've heard that.'
Perhaps the critiques are familiar, but not from the likes of Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Nick Price – all of whom have questioned Woods' capability of winning another major. Woods looks to echo his past response to critics who expressed similar sentiments.
'I've kept on winning [majors], too,” he said.
The road back to more major titles begins at CordeValle where the field is stocked with young players looking to to strengthen tenuous grips on 2012 playing privileges.
Woods playfully complained when questioned about the place of a 35-year-old, 14-time major winner in this field.
'Are you trying to tell me I'm old?' he asked. Then he quipped about the defending champion and a recent critic, saying most in the field are young, but for one: 'Except for Rocco [Mediate], right?'