Tiger Woods Saturday Masters Press Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomApril 7, 2001, 4:00 pm
Q. I heard you before saying that you were grinding, plodded your way around the course, didn't really do anything fantastic, but yet, here you are with a 68. Could not have been all bad?
TIGER WOODS: If you watched the round, the putts I had starting out the day seemed like every putt broke about ten feet. It's just one of those days where I didn't hit it that close, until I got to 7. I hit it to about a foot and a half there. But I didn't really do anything great. I did, as I said, just plodded my way along. I missed a few fairways. Got the ball on the green, just 2-putted and moved on. That's basically how I played -- or how I have played all week.
Q. Discuss the bogey at 12 and what that kick-started you into the next three holes, because you went birdie, birdie, birdie after that?
TIGER WOODS: I had 141 to the hole. The wind was in my face. We were trying to hit the ball about 45, about four yards past the hole a little bit over to the right. The wind laid down. I should have backed off the shot, but I went ahead and hit the 8-iron, just like I normally would, and it went too far. Then, I wish I -- I wanted to putt the next one, but I could not. There was a sprinklerhead in my line and I could not do that. Then I'm in a sandy lie, a lot of sand, I'm thinking, well, I could play this ball in the water so I kind of fatted it up on the green and yipped the putt to the right, tapped it in; good 4. Moved on to the next hole. I just wanted to hit a good drive somewhere up there, which I did. I ripped a 3-wood. I probably hit it more solid than I should have. I had 185 to the hole. Hit an 8-iron that carried about 200.
Q. You said that you didn't do anything great. Is it maybe more important to try not to do things that are great, but things that are just good and solid?
TIGER WOODS: I think with the conditions, especially starting out, with it being pretty windy, it was just trying -- it was really hard to try to get a feel of where the wind was. You know it's up there, but what it's doing at the green and what it is doing on the tee or in the fairway could be two different things. It was just a challenge. I just didn't really try to do anything, as I said, special. Just tried to put the ball in play there, put it on the green, make a putt if I could. If I didn't, just 2-putt and move on.
Q. Could not quite see what you were doing on that second shot on the third hole. I heard pine, cone, tree, what all was involved with that there?
TIGER WOODS: Everything you said.
Q. Leaning against the tree?
TIGER WOODS: Leaning against the tree. Left leg against the tree. Pine cone is on the inside part of the ball and I had 95 yards to the hole, 79 to the front, and I just -- I hit a pitching wedge, because I could not make a swing forward. I had to try and -- drive in to the left side; there was a tree in my way. I just tried to come over the top and scoop -- yip it up there somewhere and I was able to kind of half-fat it up there and landed it short of the green and rolled on. I then 2-putted about 40 feet.
Q. Could it have gone anywhere?
TIGER WOODS: If anything, it was going to go short left. I made sure of that. I did not want to hit it to the right, I tell you that. With that pin, right of the green was not good.
Q. What Phil is going for tomorrow, what you're going for tomorrow, being paired together, maybe it's about time you started sharing. Do you feel like sharing?
TIGER WOODS: I think more than anything, probably competing with him. (Laughs). That's the fun of it. We're going to go out there tomorrow and compete. We're going to enjoy doing it. I know that there are a lot of other good players at the top of the board who have a wonderful chance of winning tomorrow, if they just play a good, solid round. So I'm going to go out there with the intent of just trying to keep the ball in play and put it on the green so I have, hopefully, some uphill putts.
Q. Is this the way you would have scripted it, one-shot lead, playing against the No. 2 guy in the world?
TIGER WOODS: No. (Laughter.)
Q. How would you have scripted it?
TIGER WOODS: Ten. Why limit yourself to ten? If you're going to dream, might as well.
Q. 13, birdie; 14, birdie; 15, birdie on Saturday at the Masters we should all plod so well. Was there any amount of excitement, any feeling of taking control of this tournament?
TIGER WOODS: No. (Laughs).
Q. Care to elaborate at all?
TIGER WOODS: You know, 13, I hit two good shots. I hit a really good putt. Didn't go in. I left it just short. 14, again, two good shots. This time, converted. 15, I hit two good shots into the green. Went just over the pack, tough chip. Kind of hook-spun it up there to about two feet and made that. I really hit good shots, yes, but they were not -- they were not stoning. They were not kick-ins. I still had to make putts.
Q. At the same time, Cabrera and Mickelson, they are both making double-bogey. This doesn't get your juices flowing at all?
TIGER WOODS: You know, because, I understand what the danger is out there. I understand that you have to execute the golf shots. If you slip up just a little bit -- it can be a marginal shot, like on 13, you just pull it just a fraction, it's a good shot, catches a tree limb, kind of goes down left, anything can happen. Like I was playing with Iloken the first couple days, first day, he hits a really good tee shot, caught the top of the limb, kicked out in the fairway and had to lay up. Could have easily gone the other way.
Q. Can you plod and half-fat some shots up there tomorrow and win?
TIGER WOODS: Hopefully. I didn't really -- I hit the ball pretty solid today. Granted, I did hit a couple bad ones here and there, but they were not too bad.
Q. And tomorrow you can play the same -- if you play the same kind of round --
TIGER WOODS: It all depends on the conditions tomorrow. I know where the pins, because of the dots, but it all depends on if the winds is howling or not. If the wind is howling, then it is not as easy as people think it is. Obviously, if it is calm, with the greens being this receptive, you can use the slopes to your advantage and get a couple balls in there tight.
Q. The historical implications of tomorrow, are you thinking about that at all or are you just totally shutting that out?
TIGER WOODS: I haven't thought about it. I'm kind of thinking about my swing right now. Going to go to the range and work on it. Sorry. (Laughter.)
Q. Come on. Give us something better than that. This is something a lot of us may never see again in our lifetime if you win again tomorrow. Has that entered into your mind?
TIGER WOODS: I hope you live a little longer, then. (Laughter.)
Q. You and Phil have been paired together on Sunday before and you have done well and he's done well. What is it about him that's going to be difficult in terms of tomorrow?
TIGER WOODS: Well, I think -- Phil is obviously, as everyone knows, is a wonderful player. He's a great player. Hits a lot of wonderful shots. Got a great short game. He's obviously had a lot of success since he's been on TOUR. There's a reason for it. He's a great player. Tomorrow, Phil and I have a wonderful chance, but you can't go out there and just think it's Phil and myself. If you look at that board, there are some guys who have won some serious tournaments around the world, and it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm going to enjoy it, and I'm sure Phil is, too. Same with the other guys with a great chance of winning.
Q. Sometimes, like when you played Darren Clarke at La Costa, he was joking around with you a lot and you had your game face on, you didn't joke too much. Are you and Phil going to be interchanging comments or be quiet?
TIGER WOODS: I'm sure we'll talk a little bit here and there. But obviously, we have our own different styles of playing, and I -- I like to talk a little bit here and there, but, you know, not -- I'm not a chatterbox. I will talk every once in awhile. Phil is kind of the same way.
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Noren so impressed by Rory: 'I'm about to quit golf'

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 5:33 pm

Alex Noren won the BMW PGA Championship last year, one of his nine career European Tour victories.

He opened his title defense at Wentworth Club in 68-69 and is tied for fourth through two rounds. Unfortunately, he's five back of leader Rory McIlroy. And after playing the first two days alongside McIlroy, Noren, currently ranked 19th in the world, doesn't seem to like his chances of back-to-back wins.

McIlroy opened in 67 and then shot a bogey-free 65 in second round, which included pars on the pair of par-5 finishing holes. Noren walked away left in awe.

"That's the best round I've ever seen," Noren said. "I'm about to quit golf, I think."

Check out the full interview below:

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Bubba gets to drive dream car: K.I.T.T. from 'Knight Rider'

By Grill Room TeamMay 25, 2018, 4:42 pm

Bubba Watson is a known car aficionado.

He purchased the original General Lee from the 1980’s TV show “Dukes of Hazzard” – later saying he was going to paint over the Confederate flag on the vehicle’s roof.

He also auctioned off his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk custom roadster and raised $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

He showed off images of his off-road Jeep two years ago.

And he even bought a car dealership near his hometown of Milton, Fla.

While recently appearing on the TV show “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the former “Tonight Show” host surprised Watson with another one of his dream cars: K.I.T.T.

The 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was made famous in the ‘80s action show “Knight Rider.”

Though, Bubba didn’t get to keep this one, he did get to drive it.

Bubba Watson gets behind the wheel of his dream car—the KITT from Knight Rider from CNBC.

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Cut Line: USGA readies for Shinnecock 'mulligan'

By Rex HoggardMay 25, 2018, 3:26 pm

In this week’s Memorial weekend edition, the European team adheres to the Ryder Cup secret formula, the USGA readies for the ultimate mulligan at next month’s U.S. Open and a bizarre finish at the Florida Mid-Am mystifies the Rules of Golf.

Made Cut

Cart golf. When the U.S. side announced the creation of a Ryder Cup task force following the American loss at Gleneagles in 2014, some Europeans privately – and publicly – snickered.

The idea that the secret sauce could be found in a meeting room did stretch the bounds of reason, yet two years later the U.S. team emerged as winners at Hazeltine National and suddenly the idea of a task force, which is now called a committee, didn’t seem so silly.

To Europe’s credit, they’ve always accomplished this cohesion organically, pulling together their collective knowledge with surprising ease, like this week when European captain Thomas Bjorn rounded out his vice captain crew.

Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald (a group that has a combined 47-40-13 record in the matches) were all given golf cart keys and will join Robert Karlsson as vice captains this year in Paris.

Perhaps it took the Americans a little longer to figure out, but Bjorn knows it’s continuity that wins Ryder Cups.

Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

The USGA’s mulligan. The U.S. Open is less than a month away and with it one of the most anticipated returns in recent major championship history.

The last time the national championship was played at Shinnecock Hills was in 2004 and things didn’t go well, particularly on Sunday when play had to be stopped to water some greens that officials deemed had become unplayable. This week USGA executive director Mike Davis was asked about the association’s last trip to the Hamptons and, to his credit, he didn’t attempt to reinvent history.

“Looking back at 2004, and at parts of that magnificent day with Retief (Goosen) and Phil Mickelson coming down to the end, there are parts that we learned from,” Davis said. “I’m happy we got a mulligan this time. We probably made a bogey last time, maybe a double bogey.”

Put another way, players headed to next month’s championship should look forward to what promises to be a Bounce Back Open.

Tweet of the week:

Homa joined a chorus of comments following Aaron Wise’s victory on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, which included an awkward moment when his girlfriend, Reagan Trussell, backed away as Wise was going in for a kiss.

“No hard feelings at all,” Wise clarified this week. “We love each other a ton and we're great. It was a funny moment that I think we'll always be able to look back at, but that's all it really was.”

Missed Cut

Strength of field. The European Tour gathers this week in England for the circuit’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and like the PGA Tour’s marquee stop, The Players, the event appears headed for a new spot on the calendar next year.

As the PGA Tour inches closer to announcing the 2018-19 schedule, which will feature countless new twists and turns including the PGA Championship’s move to May and The Players shift back to March, it also seems likely the makeover will impact the European Tour schedule.

Although the BMW PGA currently draws a solid field, with this week’s event sporting a higher strength of field than the Fort Worth Invitational on the PGA Tour, it’s likely officials won’t want to play the event a week after the PGA Championship (which is scheduled for May 16-19 next year).

In fact, it’s been rumored that the European Tour could move all eight of its Rolex Series events, which are billed as “unmissable sporting occasions,” out of the FedExCup season window, which will end on Aug. 25 next year.

Although the focus has been on how the new PGA Tour schedule will impact the U.S. sports calendar, the impact of the dramatic makeover stretches will beyond the Lower 48.

Rules of engagement. For a game that at times seems to struggle with too much small print and antiquated rules, it’s hard to understand how things played out earlier this month at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship.

In a story first reported by GolfChannel.com, Jeff Golden claimed he was assaulted on May 13 by Brandon Hibbs – the caddie for his opponent, Marc Dull, in the championship’s final match. Golden told police that Hibbs struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

The incident occurred during a weather delay and Golden conceded the match to Dull after the altercation, although he wrote in a post on Twitter this week that he was disappointed with the Florida State Golf Association’s decision to accept his concession.

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

Because of the conflicting statements, it’s still not clear what exactly happened that day at Coral Creek Club, but the No. 1 rule in golf – protecting the competition and the competitors – seems to have fallen well short.

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Watch: Pieters snaps club ... around his neck

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 1:19 pm

After opening in 3-over 75, Thomas Pieters was in no mood for more poor play on Friday.

Unfortunately for Pieters, he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship and then didn't like his second shot at the par-5 fourth.

Someone - or some thing - had to pay, and an innocent iron bore the brunt of Pieters' anger.

Pieters made par on the hole, but at 5 over for the tournament, he was five shots off the cut line.

It's not the first time a club has faced Pieters' wrath.