Tiger Woods, appearing Tuesday on Fox Sports 1, detailed how he made “so many mistakes” during his recent British Open play.
Speaking with Colleen Dominguez on Fox Sports Live, Woods said the troubles were a continuation of disappointing play in his own Quicken Loans National, where he missed the cut.
“Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well; that’s just plain and simple – I made so many mistakes,” Woods said. “When I first came back at Congressional I made a ton of mistakes there as well. My thought process was off. I missed the ball, like wrong sides. I was too passive at certain points and too aggressive at others. Just my feel was off for how to play at that level, at the tour level, even though I hadn’t played. You know, it’s only been three months, but I don’t know, there’s a build-up process that I kind of skipped and it’s one of the things that I normally play my way into shape at home and play a ton of golf. I didn’t really play a lot of golf because I was just given the OK to go ahead and go.”
The defending champion at this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, one of five PGA Tour wins he earned last year, said his biggest motivation now is twofold: chasing Sam Snead’s all-time win record and Jack Nicklaus’ all-time majors record.
“I’m only three back of Sam [Snead in all-time wins] and obviously the major record, you know, being four back of Jack,” Woods said. “So, those two are pretty synonymous with the greats of the game of golf, to be number two and on both lists is not too bad.
“And that means I’ve had a pretty good career.”
Among other topics Woods discussed:
• Rory McIlroy as a potential rival to Woods’ accomplishments: “I think that our comparison’s natural … I think that we’re going to be doing this for a long time together.”
• Whether he deserves a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team this year: “I need to play well the next couple of weeks; I’m going to two venues that I know and that I’ve played well on.”
• How he deals with his critics: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone has one. Especially in this day and age, now, there’s more immediate platforms for people to express their opinions.”