Last Friday, Tiger Woods wrote somewhat lengthy reflections of his experience at The Masters, said he tried to interact with as many fans as he could. He also apologized for his bad language and congratulated Phil Mickelson for winning and gave the best to his family. Some highlights from the musings of this gentler, more considerate Tiger.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the fans, but they were absolutely incredible from Monday through Sunday. It was unreal. They definitely helped me mentally to be more comfortable out there. I was hoping for the best. To get that type of warmth is something I did not expect and will never forget.
Once Tiger started playing well, fans were quick to forget his mistakes and cheer for him, like, well, Tiger Woods, the golfer.
I received some criticism for bad language, which I apologized for immediately after Saturday’s round. It’s tough when you’re in a competitive environment and in the flow of a tournament. I’m not perfect. All I can say is I’m trying to do everything I can without losing my fire and competitive spirit.
Jim Nantz appreciates it, but he’s not sure whether he can move on yet. Next time don’t even say you’ll “try” to do something because that should mean you won’t do it.
Although it was my first tournament using all V-grooves, it was a seamless transition. I played V-grooves in all my irons except my sand wedges at The Presidents Cup and for the remainder of the year, so it was a pretty easy change. I didn’t have much trouble adjusting to the sand wedges because I have the softest ball on the PGA Tour.
We’ll see how those grooves feel at a tournament where there’s actually rough. Ask Phil about that.
Before I stop talking about the Masters, I want to congratulate Phil Mickelson on the win and for all it means to him, Amy and the entire Mickelson family. They have really gone through a lot this year, and I wish them good health from now on.
See, Tiger. The obligatory congratulatory mention isn’t so bad. Hefty thanks you.
Earlier this week, I committed to THE PLAYERS Championship and the AT&T National. Obviously, that’s earlier than usual. The PGA Tour asked me to commit earlier if I could to help the tournaments with their planning and security. I completely understand and know they’re trying to help out me and the other players. Whenever possible, I will continue to do this going forward.
You mean it’s not for the fans? It’s all about the security and planning to make sure they can control the sideshow.
I took a little time off after the Masters to go scuba diving and spend time with my family. But I did enjoy a fun round of golf with my friend John Cook at Isleworth Country Club. I double-eagled the par-5 17th hole — the third of my life — with a 5-wood and shot 63, so my game is improving.
DOUBLE-EAGLE?? 63?? Wow! That’s just incredible! This kind of reminds me from that time of a few weeks ago when Phil shot 58 in a practice round, but then shot a gagillion-over during the actual tournament.
I found it interesting he says he took time off to go scuba diving and spend time with his family, but he doesn’t specify which family members. Didn’t Elin take a separate vacation? Oh, I noticed that comments are no longer enabled on TigerWoods.com. What a tragedy.