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I do i have to play well, i have to earn my way to uh eastlake uh. I haven’t haven’t done so uh yet, and i need to need a big week this week to in order to advance um. If i don’t, then i go home so uh it’s a big week for me, i’m, looking forward to getting out there and and playing competing. This golf course is set up uh more like a a u.s open than a is a regular tour event, but this is the playoffs it’s supposed to be hard last week. I think it might have been a little outlaw because of the weather greens were soft and receptive and the majority of the field went low and then dj went absurdly low, so it uh that won’t be the case. This week, uh pars be at a premium. Putting the ball in the fairway and trying to keep the ball in the correct spots. The greens are are quick, hard and uh and firm for for now and weather’s supposed to be really hot, the next few days and maybe breaking friday night. So, but until then it’s going to be a very, very difficult golf course great, thank you, but that will open up to questions as a reminder. Please type your name in the chat. If you do have a question and remain on you, when you’re not asking first question we’ll go to doug ferguson doug, if you’ll turn your video all right, just dave uh tiger how much this was nine holes.
Yesterday, um 17 years since you’ve been here how much of the course did you remember and kind of as an addendum to that um? What kind? Of course do you look forward to playing? Well, i probably remember: maybe a couple shots from that open uh. I you know i went on one on youtube and took a look at the golf course in the tournament set up, but it looks completely different. There were a lot more trees, the tees weren’t pushed back. You know 50 yards 60 yards on some of the holes. It was a very different type of type of layout, guys were hitting a lot of irons off the tees and putting the ball in play, it’s going to be a little bit that way a little bit that way this week, but we’re further back. There are a few holes. I noticed that and some of the conversations i’ve had with some of the guys that if you can carry the ball about 3 15 320, and this golf course gets really really opened up. But that depends for me. I can’t quite carry it that far so it’ll be about putting the ball in play and playing from there. The second part of that is what what just what type, of course do you do you really look forward to playing in that time? Necessarily this week, just in general, do you in general, i i’ve always loved tree lined fairways that are very simple, straightforward, uh, classic golf courses that uh you know there it’s, not.
You know, bulldozed and created, i think, it’s, just more of just windows that are that we’re playing through uh i’ve always liked, like those and i love links golf. So those are kind of my two favorite type of setups. Thanks next question, we’ll go to steve demeglio, steve tiger, knowing that you likely have to finish top four to advance. Does that change in any way your strategy going to the first day on thursday? I i have to get the ball in play here and and put the ball in the right spots. The the, as i said, the doug that this golf course is set up more towards an open than it is anything else and with the weather it’s supposed to be as hot as it is uh. You know today and tomorrow and probably friday uh this. This rough is only gon na get more difficult. The greens are gon na, be quick and hard, and so we’re all gon na be playing around this around around the same time, but it’s not a golf course in which i i feel like you can overpower it with a driver everywhere, like we could last week. This is a totally different setup and, as i said, there are a few holes in which you can carry about 320. it’s a it’s, a big advantage, and the other thing is jason day talked to the aussie press yesterday about talking to you about how not only To deal with back issues, but how to deal with back issues involving your swing, can you talk about that relationship that you’ve been having with jason lately? Well, jason i’ve had uh i’ve had a great relationship for a very long time.
Uh since he’s been on tour and yeah, i we we’ve talked about a number of things and obviously one of the one of the topics we do tend to talk about, because we both have bad backs now and mine’s. A little more progressed than his is trying to deal with it trying to manage it and evolution of the swing. You know that we can’t do what we used to do and how do you evolve that and still be effective um, but also recovery from day to day? Recovery techniques have changed over the years and lifting protocols have changed so that’s that’s that’s a big to do with it, but yeah this the swing does evolve. It does change. You can only swing the club in which the body allows you to do it and um. You know i’ve. I know that firsthand from all the my my nine previous procedures that i’ve had down to my body so uh, you know it’s just one of those things that uh as we age we wear things out. Thank you. Next question. We’Ll go to beneviral, pga, tour.com ben. Thank you tiger um. He just stole some of my thunder on the the jason day stuff and asking you about it. But i’ll just say: can you envisage your title? Do you remember a time where you wouldn’t have essentially given as much advice in that scenario, you’ve, obviously gotten older yourself and gotten along and now much more helpful and he’s very appreciative of what you’ve done for him so far, you know ben that’s, a great question Because when i first came on tour i was so young um.
I was the only one that i you know that turned pro at 20.. There was really no one out here for a number of years. I think that most of my i think pretty much until i was maybe 31 or 30 that i was the youngest one on on a ryder cup team, our prisons cup team uh for a number of other years until i think charles howell got on the team. So all those years i was always the youngest, and so i was always asking questions and all the guys that uh now on the champions tour the guys that i had played with and and that i grew up with out here on tour. So i was always the one asking the questions and you know as time goes on, there was a little interim, but then i got hurt. I was out for the other game for a number of years and now i’m on the back side, where you know i’ve i’m on the receiving end of a lot of questions, because i’ve been out here long enough, so that’s just kind of the evolution of when You’Re out here for for me, i think, a little over 20 20 plus years now uh. This is a neat sport in which we can cross. So many different generations – and i was able to when i first came on tour – be able to pick sevi’s, brain and ollie’s, brain and raymond’s brain um on shots and and things of that nature, jack.
Arnold gary and i i was the one asking the questions and now i’ve been out here and seen different generations go. You know move on and, as i said now, i’m on the receiving end, do we expect too much now out of youngsters given how much success the young guys are having? What do you mean? Well, i guess the wider public now sort of expects if you haven’t won on tour by 25, which was unheard of until you came along um, then they’re not there. Yet you know they might not have done enough, but of course people can come along between 25 and 30 even 30 before they make them up yeah. I absolutely agree uh that i think that, because of technology that, because of either youtube or all the different uh technical devices that we can use to enhance our practices and our game, that kids are better players at an earlier age. Granted they don’t know the golf courses as well, but now with technology on the greens, with all of our charts and yardage books and uh greens books uh. Basically, you can come out here blind and not have to. You know, learn, learn the ropes and and come out here win earlier, and so i think that just the average age of a winner is going to get younger and younger than it has when i, when i first came out and certainly has evolved into that thanks Mike yep all right next question, michael bamberger, golf.
com, michael thank you, man, amanda tiger you’ve, been uh coaching yourself for about three years now, and in that same period it looks like charlie’s gotten really into golf and wonders you play with with charlie. Are the things that you can apply teaching golf to charlie that you can apply to your own game, yeah there’s, a lot of different things that we do and we just have fun. You know the whole idea of of us going out there and playing for him to just enjoy. You know, enjoy the game of golf and um. You know that’s that’s, one of the things that i i was lucky enough to have had with my dad is that we went out there and we played and we practiced – and we just had just an incredible time together and i just wanted to charlie just enjoy – Is he is he interlocking like you do? Yes, he does. Thank you all right. Next question: we’ll: go to you and murray, the guardian ewing, thanks amanda uh, hello tiger you’re talking a lot recently about the new normal and adjusting to the new normal in the golf course um. I wanted to ask you specifically about the masters: do you think they can make the right decision continuing with the tournament? Obviously, in these strange times and specifically there, how? How would the lack of galleries affect you, because i mean you and the crowds there have been? You know pretty strongly linked for the last 20 plus years yeah as far as them, making the decision to play and how the event with no fans that that’s, what we’re doing right now, with the tour with our restart and so that’s.
Just a continuation of what we had and we’ve been very fortunate enough have have had. No, you know real big incidences and outbreaks out here on tour and we’ve, had guys have gone into isolation and have quarantined themselves and got back out here effectively. So there’s no reason why we can’t have the masters now it’s not going to be very different. Without you know: 40 000 people there that’s one of the things that we’ve noticed out here on tour already. Is that the the experience of having to deal with the movement of the crowds and the noise that’s going to be and the roars that are going to go up uh from week in week out that’s changed and uh it’s a guys? I think there are. You know we talked about you guys, the guys that are making more birdies because of it they don’t have to deal with the amount of distractions and augusta will be very, very different. When i first went there and got a chance to play the 95 and see it with no no fans, it was eye eye opening to how much room there is. When you put 40 000 people on such a small piece of property, it gets uh. I know there’s no rough, but it gets confined um, but this will be very different and this will be uh. It should be a fun masters and and i’m looking forward to defending what will it affect your defense at all the the lack of the galleries, the lack of that vibe and atmosphere that you’re so used to, or should it not make any difference to what you Do inside the road you know no it’s going to make a big difference for all of us.
It has here out here a week in a week out, you just don’t, have the same type of energy and, as i said, the distractions too, as well and there at augusta, national. You just have all those roars that would go up of you know somebody did something somewhere and then, if you have the understanding of the pairings, you know who that would probably who that would probably be you’re not going to have any of that now. Yeah yeah. So scoreboard, watching and trying to figure out what’s going on there aren’t a whole lot of big big leaderboards out there, and so that will be very different. Thank you as a reminder to media on the line. Please turn your video off. If you’re not asking a question next question will go to bob herron bob, all right, hey tiger good morning. Thank you. Um, just curious, your own game, this any of the struggles that you’ve had so far in these three tournaments you’ve played. Have you found you’ve just had difficulty, bringing it to the course or have some of these issues been apparent in your practice. Uh a little bit of both. You know. I think that uh trying to get used to you know playing competing again. That’S been one of the things that uh, you know, has i’ve been a little bit rusty in that regard, um, but also trying to one of the reasons why i delayed it and not coming back and playing earlier is that we just didn’t know that how the Protocol is going to be and, and is our sport going to be safe enough to come out here, we’re all going to get sick, and so that and in my mind, is i’m.
Just now, i’ve played enough tournaments and trying to get my understanding and feel for what’s going on. Hopefully i can get uh get it going this week and get in my get myself into the tour championship next week. A lot of great memories there and have to play well this week, just one quick thing: um: what do you make of what phil’s doing this week on on the champions tour playing unbelievable golf that he’s, he said he’s been close to playing. Well, i mean obviously he played well at memphis um. You know, i think, that you know he was already one of the longer hitters out here and now he goes to where you know, he’s going to pick up a huge advantage off the tee, but you have to take advantage of that opportunity. You know off the tee and then his wedge game’s. You know off the charts, as we all know, and and give him a wedge in there he’s going to put him put it inside of uh. You know 10 15 feet, you know each and every time you hold those you get a momentum and he kept it keeps you going there’s, no reason why he can’t win. You know every many plays out there. He’S got such a big advantage over the rest of the field, just for sure length appreciate it thanks. All right, we’ve got time for just two more questions. So next we’re going to go to daniel rapp report golf digest dan yeah tiger.
It seems, like everyone else, kind of judges, your career in terms of victories, but for you personally, how? How important is it to make the tour championship every year? Well, to be, you know, part of the tour championship was being a part of the top 30 guys and that they’ve been the most consistent players throughout the entire year uh that has certainly evolved with the fedex cup and uh. You get hot late and get yourself to the the tour championship. Uh they’ve tried to adjust the system of the all the you know number of years and i think they’ve they’ve got it right, but it’s. If you look at uh the players from one to thirty they’re they’re the most consistent players throughout the entire year now granted some players have had. You know more success towards late late part of the year. But the whole idea is in order to get to east lake. You know be consistent and in order to win the tour championship and win the fedex cup uh it’s about getting hot at the right time and right at the very end, just like every other sport – and i know it’s six years away. But do you see a future in which you would play the uh champion store like phil? Well, there’s uh? There was a time one which i didn’t think i would play out here again so i’m, just enjoying what i have here and that’s six years away and that’s a long long time.
So i’ve only been back for a few years, so look forward to just playing out here and being part of the guys out here. All right for our final question. We’Re gon na go to teddy greenstein chicago tribune teddy good morning. Tiger hope you can see me and hear me um in 03 uh the open certainly got some criticism. I don’t know so much from players, but certainly from the media that the course didn’t do all that great. Is there any sense that olympia is a much stronger place than it was uh way back when no, it did great it held up great. Now there were a couple hot rods. I think jim and um bj both shot 63, but you know they. You get calm conditions, the right, the right sit up and you get the right guys, of course, it’s going to go low, but there are only a handful of guys ending up on the par anyway. So um it was a us open, uh it’s supposed to be hard it’s supposed to be tough. It just had you know one one day where a couple players went nuts, okay. So what but over the course, the entire week the course panned out it played hard to play difficult and the scores evened out. I think this year it’s, the rough is up again there’s since six seven inches in spots and uh it’s gnarly, and if we happen to get the weather it’s supposed to get friday night and then, if it gets wet, um uh, you could better hit the ball In the fairway, but the greens right now are getting baked out and it’s supposed to be, as you know, mid 90s.
The next couple days so they’re trying their hand, watering greens trying to keep them alive and keeping around on that right on that edge right where it should be thanks, you got it all right tiger. Thank you for your time today.