Tiger Woods’ latest comeback to competitive golf has had a different feel thus far. We’ve seen Woods more talkative and loose on the course, and the 14-time Major champ even admitted to having more realistic goals ahead of his recent start at Torrey Pines – a stark departure from his usual win-or-bust mentality. But in the heat of serious contention, golf fans still can expect to see a vintage Tiger.
At his pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Genesis Open, Woods was asked whether he could “turn the cold shoulder” to some of the young stars he’s formed relationships with – two of which, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, he’ll tee it up with in the first two rounds at Riviera – in recent years, and how he thought they’d react. And Woods responded like the man who once simply – and fantastically – said “9&8” when asked for his reaction to beating Stephen Ames 9&8.
“I don’t care how they react,” Woods said. “Hey, I’m trying to win a tournament. I’m sure they feel the same way. But, hey … it’s winning time.”
There’s the old Tiger we know and love. You can watch a full clip of the exchange here:
Tiger’s setting these dudes up. pic.twitter.com/sgyGi5GrkL
— Skratch (@Skratch) February 13, 2018
In other words, don’t expect too much on-course chit-chat if these three friends are still paired for a late tee-time on Sunday.