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August 31 2011

9:00 PM

Tiger tidbits: Highlights from interview

Wednesday morning, Tiger Woods and Notah Begay III appeared on Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive’ to discuss this week’s NB3 Challenge and why Woods chose the Frys.com Open as his next PGA TOUR event. That, and more, below:

On choosing the Frys.com Open as his next TOUR event: “I wanted to play another event and I’d taken enough time off,” said Woods, who added that he’d told PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem in recent years that he’d play an event he normally doesn’t. The Frys.com Open is just that. It’s also being played near his alma mater Stanford.

On what Notah Begay’s foundation is doing: “What he’s trying to do with Native American youth and Type 2 diabetes, that’s something I can relate to,” Woods said. “Unfortunately my father developed Type 2 diabetes late in his life and I saw the devastating effects it has. What he’s trying to do is pretty phenomenal.”

Woods on his own health: “I’ve been hurt for a very long time,” he said, citing 2007 when he ruptured his ACL and kept playing on it and then tearing the Achilles in his right leg, among other injuries. “It’s a very tough road. It’s been years since I felt good. You wake up in the morning and it’s tough to get out of bed. But now it’s fine. I can spring out of be. It’s a very invigorating feeling.”

On whether or not Fred Couples has already called him to inform him he’ll be on the Preisdents Cup team: “Yes,” he said. “Want me to elaborate? Yes.”

On his search for a new caddie: “I’m going to need a caddie at the Frys. I don’t know who its going to be as of right now. [Notah Begay’s brother] Clint is looping for me today. There’s really no timetable for that. It’ll happen sometime in the future.”

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