Fresh off his 76th career PGA Tour victory and 19th World Golf Championship title, Tiger Woods joined ESPN Radio with Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo to chat about how the 14-time major winner believes he still has his best years ahead of him, the importance of playing healthy, beating Steve Stricker after getting a buddy lesson from his pal, and understanding the microscope that world no. 1 Rory McIlroy is learning to handle.
You can take a listen here, but the good folks at Sports Radio Interviews have taken the time to transcribe the interview, so you have the option of reading it. (I know, options! Those are good.)
Here’s a sampling:
As the years go by, how much more aware are you of the dwindling number of chances you have to win major championships?:
“For me, it’s sort of misleading, because guys like Norman at 55 or Tom Watson at age 59, almost won British Opens. Obviously Jack winning at age 46, The Masters, it can be done. You just have to have the right golf course and the right kind of conditions. So, my career is out there for a very long time. … I’m very proud of what I’ve done so far, but also I have a lot to do in the future.”
Steve Stricker gave you a putting tip and you beat him by two strokes this weekend. If the roles were reversed, would you do the same?:
“Oh, we have. We’ve played together a lot in the playoffs last year and we spent hours and hours on the putting green, talking about putting. He wasn’t putting well at the end of last year and we worked on it, it seemed like just about every day. That’s nothing new between Strick and I. We’ve been doing this for years.”
Do you see any similarities between how you started your career and how Rory McIlroy has started his? Or perhaps you just feel like you’re one of the only people on the planet who knows what he is going through?
“Yeah, exactly, 100 percent. … I just say, ‘Hey, stay patient with it. Keep focused on your goals, and work hard to achieve what you want to achieve. I know this is now the 24-hour news cycle is a little bit different. It can be more vicious at times.’”
Read the full transcript here.
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