He began his news conference by asking a question about the royal and ancient golf club in St. Andrews and deciding to fire Greg Norman because of the potential for Norman’s presence. He will become the director of the LIV Tour.
“R&A clearly has its own views and their own decisions and resolutions,” Woods said. “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are good for our game, and we’re going back to the most historic and traditional place in our sport. I believe that’s the right thing to do.”
He later outlined a few answers: “I know what the PGA Tour means and what we have done and what the trip has given us, our ability to pursue a career and what we get and the trophies that we get. We’ve got it. Play for it and the history that was part of that game. I know Greg tried to do this (competitive tour) in the early 90s. It didn’t work then, and he tries. That makes it work now.
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“I still don’t see how it’s in the best interests of the game. What is the European tour and what is the PGA Tour and what have they done, as well as all the professionals – all the institutions of golf and all the great champions. How they do it.I think they see it differently than what Greg sees.
And he did not say in his relaxed answer to a question about the cluster of players he has already dissolved, and which includes big winners Phil Mickelson, Brooks Kopka, Bryson de Chambo, Patrick Reid and Louis Ostosin.
“I don’t agree with that,” Woods said. “I think they’ve done what they’ve put behind them that has allowed them to reach this position. Some players have never had the opportunity to experience this. They’ve got amateur ranks. Right after going to this organization and never really got a chance to play here and realize what it’s like to play a travel schedule or play at some big event.And who knows what the world will be like in the near future. What happens to the ranking points, the criteria for entry into the major championships, the governing body must determine.
“Some of these players may never get a chance to play in the big championships. We are not sure yet. It is up to all the major championships to decide. But it is a possibility that some players Will never get a chance to play in a major championship, will never get a chance to experience this right, (or) will go down the fairways at Augusta National.This, for me, I just don’t know it.
“I know what Jack (Nicholas) and Arnold (Palmer) did (when they started the PGA tour in the late 1960s) because playing professional golf on a travel level against Club Pro (level). The difference is, and I know the transfer and the move and the recognition that Club Pro versus Travel Pro.
“But what do these players do for guaranteed money? What’s the motivation to practice? What’s the motivation to go there and win in the trash? You just get a lot of money already and play a few events and play 54 holes. They play interesting music and it has an atmosphere that is different.
He always trolled gently.
“I know the 54 holes are almost like a mission when you get to the top. The boys are a little older and a little more shocked. But when you’re at this young age and some of these kids – they really are There are kids who have gone from amateur golf to this organization – part of the 72 hole test … it would be a pity to see some of these little kids get a chance to experience it and experience what We had the opportunity to experience and walk these sacred fields and play in these championships.
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Woods described himself as “very optimistic” about the future of the sport, noting that “golf is currently the biggest boom in golf because of the coyote” and how golf took place outside of home isolation. “Just look at the period,” he said, “the middle age gets younger and younger, and they just get better earlier and faster and they win at older ages.
He spoke passionately about St. Andrews, the holiest of these squares, as it celebrates the anniversary with the number “150” that is present around here in shirts and emblems. “It’s my favorite,” he said of the course, and he recalled playing the 1995 event as an amateur with Ernie Ellis and Peter Jacobson in the first two days. He talked about how untimely the weight of technology lifted, so with strong winds on Tuesday, “At 10, I hit 6 iron from 120 yards.”
And he spoke as an older player when he said, “And the milestones are fast and strong, it allows players who are older to play the ball there and have a chance.”
The course will not challenge his body as the Augusta National hardcore in the Masters in April or the South Hills Slips in Tulsa at the PGA Championships in May. In these cases, Tag chose golfing as a challenge for his lower right leg after he suffered a traumatic car accident in February 2021 in California and exploded with hardware.
“It’s still not easy,” he said. “Thankfully, enthusiasm isn’t hard at all. They’re not – the reduction isn’t much. But it’s the inequality that’s still difficult for me. I have a lot of hardware on my feet.” He said, “Playing Augusta, I don’t know. My leg wasn’t in any position to play 72 holes. It just ended up gas. But now it’s different. It’s gotten stronger, it’s gotten better.” “
Where once he came here and ordered wooden planks to his room to harden the mattress for the back, he said, now he orders “very cold.”
Finally, he called another question appropriate for a politician, whether he believes the new generation shares his appreciation for history. And while he said they can view history on their phones today, he learned more about golf history that he knows. “I saw Bob Charles there at 18 beats,” he said. “I think he won at 63 (exact) or something like that. Just be able to see him live in person, God, it was so special. I just hope the kids appreciate it. He Concluding, “You have not been given anything. You have to go there and win it, and I got it through the dust. I am very proud of that. ”