March 4 2012
Interview: Tiger Woods
Following his final-round 62 at the 2012 Honda Classic, Tiger Woods addressed the media to discuss his play and how much ''fun'' he had.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- For all of Tiger Woods’ accomplishments, he’d never had as good a final round as he did Sunday when he carded a 62 at The Honda Classic.
The epic charge moved him up the leaderboard and into contention at PGA National, where he got within one of the lead following an eagle on the par-5 18th. It was Woods’ lowest score since a 62 in the third round of the 2009 BMW Championship.
Only unlike that day at Cog Hill Woods didn’t go on to win. He fell two strokes shy of eventual champion Rory McIlroy.
Still, the four-birdie, two-eagle day gives Woods plenty of confidence as he continues to work toward his first PGA TOUR victory since the BMW.
“It feels good,” Woods said. “I felt like I was close. I've been close to shooting this score, or scores like this. It was just a matter of time before things all fell into place.”
It certainly did on Sunday.
After a two-hour weather delay, Woods who had played just one hole before the horn sounded, returned to the course and began to make his move.
An eagle at the par-5 second. Birdies on Nos. 5 and 7.
Woods made the turn in 31 and matched it on the back with two more birdies and an eagle on the 18th that briefly put him within one of McIlroy.
A huge roar went up in the crowd and echoed throughout the golf course all the way back to the 13th hole.
McIlroy responded by making birdie to give himself some breathing room. He never looked back and Woods had to settle for second.
Still, Woods is pleased with his progress, which was certainly evident this week.
After taking 34 putts in the opening round, Woods never had more than 28 the rest of the week and on Sunday took just 26. He was also third in the field in greens hit and eighth in fairways.
The tie for second is his best finish since a runner-up at the 2009 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
“Overall, my finishes have been pretty good since Australia on,” Woods said. “It was just a matter of keep building, keep sticking with it. I'm hitting more solid shots, I'm making more putts, my speed is getting back.
“Everything is coming, and I just need to keep progressing. I just need to keep sticking with it, and it's going to turn.”