2018 Players Championship: What Tiger Woods said at his Tuesday press conference

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 06: Tiger Woods walks the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

2018 Players Championship: What Tiger Woods said at his Tuesday press conference

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2018 Players Championship: What Tiger Woods said at his Tuesday press conference

Tiger Woods enters the 2018 Players Championship this week on a bit of a downer after his poor performance at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods struggled with his putter at Quail Hollow, and finished T-55 at 2-over. “Last week, I didn’t make anything,” he said Tuesday.

Here is some of what he said at his press conference at TPC Sawgrass. Woods covered a broad array of topics and spoke for 29 minutes:

On looking back at 2000 and 2001

“I certainly go back and take a look at those moments. That was a pretty good run back then. You know, I had all four major championships, I had The Players, I had two World Golf Championships, and all the biggest events I had won at the same time. To hold all those events concurrently was special. I mean, I played well, I thought well, I putted well. I did everything well for, I guess, a few years there. My level of play then was something that in hindsight looking back on it was pretty high, and not only pretty high, but I held it for a long period of time. It wasn’t just for one week.”

On drawing from past success at TPC Sawgrass

“No, no, it was 12 years between wins here, and so as y’all know, just looking at my record, I didn’t play this place well. I struggled with it. You have to play well here. There’s no way of faking it around this golf course. You have to hit the golf ball well. You hit the ball well here, you’re in correct spots, and you can make birdies, and I didn’t do that. This golf course negates a lot of different things. We’re all playing from basically the same spots off the tees with our approach shots, and that week in 2013, Joey kept hounding me in my ear about the fact that this golf course suits me and you’re going to win here. I mean, he’s been on Fred’s bag twice when he won here, and so he kept saying, kept holding it over my head that Fred has got two wins here and you don’t. I fixed it that week.”

On Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee being an asset to golf

“For people who don’t play the game? Yes.”

On his pairing with Phil Mickelson this week

“We don’t really get paired together. Normally for most of our careers we were 1 and 2 in the world, and we’re on opposite sides of the draw with exact tee times on the opposite side. We never saw each other, and that’s what the Tour wanted. They wanted to get fans in here on Thursday and then on Friday, so they had one of us in the afternoon either day….

“Towards the beginning part where my back got bad, we started getting on the same side of the draw but not in the same groupings. We were on opposite tees.But now we’re both later in our careers. It’s fun for — it’s fun for me to be able to have an opportunity to play with Phil the first two days. We don’t really do this very often, unfortunately. I mean, the only time I can remember I think is the PGA and the U.S. Open in ’08. Otherwise it just doesn’t really happen. And for me to be able to play with a person I’ve gone against for over two decades, it’s a lot of fun.”

On his banter with Mickelson

“We needle each other all the time….When I was trying to deal with the nerve in my back and trying to come back and trying to play and I wasn’t very good, he always texted me some very encouraging words, and then on top of that, when you guys all saw how I was chipping so poorly, my nerve and my back was not doing very good, and I was flinching a lot, and he offered numerous times to help me out with technique and just talk about it and philosophy, and I said, yeah, you know, you and I have the same philosophy in how we approach chipping and how we do it. I just can’t physically do it.”

On Mickelson saying ‘he doesn’t want a part of me’

“Well, first of all, big picture. (Laughter.) How many times have we both. … No, no, have we won on Tour?”

On his relationship with Justin Thomas

“J.T. has become one of my friends, and he gives me crap all the time that — he was on his dad’s shoulders when I won at Valhalla. I’m like, are you serious? But I know I’ve — I was out of the game, unfortunately, when he came into the game, came into the scene out here, so I kind of missed it a little bit. But I got a chance to know him by him coming over to the house, going out to dinners, just hanging out, and he’s just a great kid.”

On him wearing Nike pink on Thursday (asked by Patrick Reed)

“Whatever the Masters champion is wearing I will wear, I will copy.”

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