Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tiger Woods' Interview on Tuesday Was Friendly
On Tuesday, Tiger Woods spoke to the media world for the first time since his disappointing finish to the Masters, and it was exactly as Tiger-y as you'd expect from Tiger.
Since all I'm going to say is mean stuff from this point forward, I'll just get into the quotes, with the questions added to show just how short he was about everything. Ready for the fun?!
Q. Is there one dominant player or is there some interchange happening this year to the average fan?
TIGER WOODS: I don't know, I'm not the average fan. I'm out here playing and competing, so that's hard for me to answer that one.
Q. Do you miss being No. 1?
TIGER WOODS: I miss winning. That's the most important thing. That's how you maintain it is you've got to win golf tournaments.
Q. Are you taking anything?
TIGER WOODS: Anti-inflammatories, ice, basic stuff, elevation, nothing major, soft tissue work.
Q. Have you played since then?
TIGER WOODS: Today.
Q. Nine holes?
TIGER WOODS: Nine holes today, yeah.
Q. When did you start hitting balls?
TIGER WOODS: Yesterday.
Q. What are your expectations for this week?
TIGER WOODS: Well, same as always, try and win the event. Nothing has changed.
Q. I know you and Bubba are friends. I was curious about your reaction to what he said last week about you going in the wrong direction.
TIGER WOODS: That was interesting.
Q. He said this morning that you guys haven't had a chance to talk.
TIGER WOODS: Not yet.
Q. Do you have an issue with it?
TIGER WOODS: We'll talk.
I mean, sigh. The guy just doesn't get it. He really, really doesn't. It wasn't like the reporters were asking extremely pointed questions or anything. They were asking about the injury and his thoughts on his game and what he might think of the comments made by Bubba Watson.
I'd love just once, just once, for everyone in the media to agree not to ask ANYTHING serious at all for an entire Tiger press conference. "So Tiger, have you seen Thor? Thoughts?" "Tiger, what do you think Phil Jackson is going to do?" "Tiger, where were you when you learned about the death of Osama Bin Laden?" "Mr. Woods, how much would you pay for a photo of Lindsay Lohan as a vampire?"
How great would this be? He could be as jovial as he wanted the entire time, the media could undercut him without him realizing it, and we could all walk away a winner. I'm suggesting this when I become president of Golfjournalistsquestions.com, just you wait.