What they said: Tiger WoodsJuly 05, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Q. Talk about today. Kind of an up-and-down day. Would you describe it??
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I just didn't quite have my game or didn't have the speed on the greens, too. So it was quite a big adjustment from playing my last three events for the green speeds, so I struggled with it a little bit.
Q. Talk about the course. I thought it was set up for scoring today.
TIGER WOODS: Absolutely. You get the ball in the fairway here, you're going to have a lot of 9-iron on down and you can attack this golf course. I think most of the scores, most scores will probably at least 2-under par or better, and most of the guys can be pretty aggressive here.
Q. Later tee time tomorrow. What are you going to do between now and then? Are you going to enjoy some of the stuff here?
TIGER WOODS: No, I'm going to go practice. First I need to eat and then I need to practice.
Q. Tiger, looking at your scorecard and following you out there today, it was a very peak and valley day. How would you describe that round??
TIGER WOODS: Most of the day was slightly off and definitely struggled with my green speeds. The last three tournaments were awfully quick and (indiscernible) good speed out there.
Q. You played this golf course for the first time yesterday in the pro-am. Are you still adjusting to the golf course? Do you know this golf course well --
TIGER WOODS: Well, I know it a lot better now. But, you know, it takes a little bit of time, especially under tournament conditions. The ball goes a little bit further, adrenaline, and now I understand -- I get the feel of the golf course now.
Q. Is that something you're going to work on your strategy, your swing to this golf course heading to your second round??
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I'm going to go hit some balls later and putt for a while.
Q. Tiger, the scoring was out there, right??
TIGER WOODS: Oh, no doubt. The golf course is definitely a course you could tear apart today. The greens are firm but slow, and drive the ball in the fairway and you're going to have a bunch of holes where it's going to be 9-iron on down. The ball is flying, it's warm, we're slightly at altitude. So definitely a golf course where I think most of the guys are going to be shooting 2-, 3-under par or better.
Q. Frustrating, obviously.
TIGER WOODS: No doubt. I didn't -- I was a little bit off with my game, and on top of that I didn't have the speed of these greens at all. I've been playing -- my last three tournaments, the greens were awfully quick and they have a lot of swing at the end because of how fast they are. I missed every -- literally every single putt high today. I never hit one that missed on the low side, every one's missing high. I had too much break and it didn't work out.
Q. Tiger, (indiscernible) about your chip shots. It looked like you were leaving yourself some long pars?
TIGER WOODS: I hit two terrible chips and the grass is very sticky around here. One lie was into the grain and the other one was down-grain. The down-grain should have been pretty easy, but I didn't hit it very good --
Q. 17, what happened??
TIGER WOODS: Got a little bit stuck on the way down, hit it in the water, laid up with a 6-iron, hit a wedge just short, first putt left short going back up against the mountain. The next one, I just blocked it. It was a simple little tap-in putt and I blocked it.
Q. Nothing you can't fix though obviously through some work today, right??
TIGER WOODS: Definitely some work, I'm going to do a little bit of work. Definitely need to change my reads. We're going to go out there, hit a few putts and get that organized.
Q. Tiger, first time here obviously, not that your preparation necessarily was different, but how has this altered playing a tournament for the first time (indiscernible)?(indiscernible)?
TIGER WOODS: Well, normally you get a Tuesday 9-holer in there. That allows me to get the feel for how the golf course is playing and Wednesday is a little bit easier. Wednesday was -- I had to take Wednesday a little bit more seriously than I normally do because I hadn't played the golf course. And then it was foggy out, so I didn't see the first couple holes. So I wish I could have got Tuesday in, but it didn't happen. Wednesday was the day I just focused -- (indiscernible) overseas we only get, you know, Wednesday in anyways, so it's not something that I'm unfamiliar with, I just didn't make the adjustment today.
Q. Ball striking any different than Sunday or over the weekend??
TIGER WOODS: It was off, a little bit off today, just a fraction off, but more than anything I just didn't have the speed of these things. I was missing every putt high, and just for some reason I look at it and I feel it and my feel is for the last three tournaments and it's hard to get the ball in the lower lines.
Q. It's sort of normal right, for you? You prefer fast greens?
TIGER WOODS: Absolutely.
Q. You do have a hard time adjusting to these slower ones and yet you did putt well last week, so (indiscernible) into something like that because of what you said --
TIGER WOODS: Well, most of my reads were off because I'm used to throwing the ball out on the high lines. Last week it was one of the fastest golf courses we played on the greens, so I just need a little bit more work today and get that organized and get more comfortable hitting the ball on the lower line instead of always (indiscernible) it in there.