Last Updated on Sunday, 08 July 2012 14:04
Sunday, 08 July 2012 13:07
According to Deputy Editor of Golf.com, David Dusek, Tiger Woods informed the assembled media at the pre-tournament presser for the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia that their questioning of him could be somewhat 'Annoying'.
Woods was answering questions from the media at the Greenbrier Resort less than 48 hours after winning his third PGA Tour event this season at the AT&T National.
Making his first visit to the resort and the state, Woods said, "I have to deal with it in every single press conference.
I have to answer it in post-round interviews—whether it's with you guys or in a live shot [on TV]. You do that for a couple of years, sometimes you guys can be a little annoying."
Woods said that a combination of a well-regarded course, ideal timing and the proximity to last week's event helped him make the decision to add the Greenbrier to his schedule.
Unfortunately for him, Tiger went on to miss the cut for only th 9th time in his pro career.
As for questions, the biggest one facing Woods right now can't be answered until he plays at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in two weeks: Will Tiger be able to use the momentum he created at Congressional to capture his 15th major at the British Open?
"If you have a positive tournament, you try and ride that," Woods said. "If you have a negative tournament, you treat it like it didn't exist."
He said that his difficulties on the weekend at the U.S. Open last month were due to the challenging Olympic course. Woods was in a tie for the lead after 36 holes, but he finished T21 after shooting 75-73 over the weekend.
"If the ball wasn't shaped properly into the fairway, it wasn't staying in the fairway," he explained. "I hit a bunch of fairways, but the ball didn't stay in the fairway on Saturday. Hence I was playing from the rough.
“You can't control the ball out of the rough, and so I missed a couple of opportunities and wound up shooting a high score," Woods said. "I wasn't as far off as my score might indicate, but on that golf course it could make you look like that, especially the first six holes, and I was sort of subject to that on Sunday."
Woods's relationship with the media is known to be uneasy at times — he snapped at a reporter for asking a question about former coach Hank Haney's book back in March — but there was one moment during Woods's exchange with reporters at Greenbier that drew a few laughs.
When asked whether he is a student of the World Golf Rankings, where he's currently ranked at No. 4, Woods replied that he isn't, and that he doesn't think he's played the minimum divisor of 40 events over a two year period since 1998 or 1999. "It's hard to play that many events, for me," he said.
Following up on his question, the reporter said, "But you do understand, though, how much it would help you in that ranking if you do hit that divisor?"
"Yeah, I can do math," Woods said with a smirk.
When it comes to math, the big number for Woods these days—aside from Jack Nicklaus's 18 majors—is Sam Snead's 82 career PGA Tour wins. Tiger now has 74.
"Sam's record is phenomenal, I mean to do it for that long, to a win a PGA Tour event in his 50s and the consistency that it took," Woods said. "He didn't exactly have easy guys to play against. I mean, Hogan and Nelson, those guys aren't chops."
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