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Tiger Reflects on Up-and-Down 2015 and Looks Ahead to 2016

Last Updated on Monday, 04 January 2016 06:14 Monday, 04 January 2016 06:05

Tiger Woods(Tiger Woods/TigerWoods.com) — I have been asked a lot lately how it feels to have played on the PGA Tour for 20 years. I live in dog years since I turned pro in 1996, so that's 140 years. It feels like 140 but also feels like five. It's amazing how fast it has gone but also how slow. I know it's a contradiction, but that's how it feels.

Several things stand out. Number one, you have to go back to my first major win, which was the Masters in 1997. How I did it, winning by 12 strokes, was so special. And then winning four-in-a-row and owning the Grand Slam, something no professional golfer has ever done. Third would probably be my 142-consecutive cuts-made streak. Consistency for a long period of time ... there's a lot that goes into that. You have bad days, you have bad weeks, but to battle and endure and suck it up and get it done, I'm very proud of that one.

I think the biggest change on the PGA Tour from when I started playing is the level of focus on day-in and day-out fitness. Now, we have trainers and sports psychologists that travel with the guys.

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Woods Still A Big Presence At His Tournament

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2015 00:35 Sunday, 06 December 2015 23:55

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NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem met with Tiger Woods on Wednesday and was happy to see him alive.
 
“I kidded him because based on media reports I read before I came down here this morning, I thought he was actually dying. 'Tiger, you're supposed to be dead.' I just saw him, Finchem said. “He's alive.”
 
Woods, the tournament host of the Hero World Challenge, got the week off to a sobering start in a press conference Tuesday in which he said he had no idea when his back would be healthy enough for him to do anything more than walk, much less think about playing golf.

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Tiger 2.0

Last Updated on Friday, 04 December 2015 00:03 Thursday, 03 December 2015 23:35

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In one of the most candid and revealing interviews of his fascinating career, Tiger Woods opened up to Canadian golf journalist Lorne Rubenstein for TIME Magazine.

In the interview with Rubenstein, entitled 'Tiger's Private Struggles',  with a bag of ice on his back, Woods talked about his desire to keep playing, his relationship with his ex-wife, why he and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn broke up, the highs and lows of his career on the course and his feelings about watching golf on TV (“I can’t stand it”). 

Woods addresses the very real possiblility that his career may indeed be over, but stresses he desperately hopes that is not the case.

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Tiger Woods Has No Timetable On Healing Or Playing

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 21:36 Tuesday, 01 December 2015 21:15

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NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiger Woods is painting a bleak picture on his return to golf by saying he has no idea when his back will heal.
 
Woods has gone through three procedures in the same spot in his back in the last 19 months.
 
He said Tuesday he has not started rehabilitation and does not know when his back will allow him to do that.

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Scott Says Caddie’s Book Won’t Be a Distraction

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 November 2015 06:38 Sunday, 08 November 2015 06:32

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SHANGHAI, China (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Adam Scott hasn’t read caddie Steve Williams’ book about Tiger Woods and doesn’t expect it to be a distraction when Williams is working for him.

“I haven’t been lucky enough to get a copy. Must be in the mail still,” Scott said after his opening round at the HSBC Champions. “I don’t know exactly what’s in the book. As I said, I haven’t read it. I think everyone knows probably what to expect.”

Williams worked 13 years for Woods during the peak of his career. Their relationship became strained after Woods was embroiled in a sex scandal at the end of 2009, and it ended in the summer of 2011 shortly after Williams caddied for Adam Scott in the U.S. Open while Woods was recovering from leg injuries.

Williams had been talking about a book since then, though he was concerned about a non-disclosure agreement he had with the 14-time major champion. The book, “Out of the Rough,” was published in New Zealand.

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