THOMAS BJORN: I have good relationships with a lot of the players. If you start coming down to good friends -- I have a couple of players that I'm good friends with, but I feel I have a good relationship with pretty much every single player out there. There's no player that I don't get on with.
I'm a very strong believer that's why Bernhard asked me to go to America because I know some of these guys very, very well. I know what they're thinking and I know what they're saying. When you've got 12 players together, what is said and what people actually really are thinking, there's a big difference. I think I know some of them probably better than most, and I could give him a lot of information about players that they didn't say themselves and that he didn't know.
I mean, I have a lot of good friends out there. They span the PGA TOUR, South Africans, Australians, and over on this Tour. I pretty much try and stay out of harm's way. I got in harm's way a couple times with a couple of players.
And then there's also a question of sitting down and talking about it. When you look at the scenarios that I've gone through -- I said some things that were misunderstood by some people and then -- on Tiger. In fact, in 2000 -- it was after Valhalla, and that blew up in my face without me doing anything, and I sat down and talked to Tiger and I said, "This is what happened." I had the thing with me and Monty, but we got on fantastic at the Ryder Cup. We got on, on and off the golf course.
There's things said once in a while that you've got to be a little bit careful with what you say and how you put things, but the thing about me is if I have a confrontation with a player, I will always go in his face and say, "This is what I think and this is what I said," and then you sort it out. I'm not going to say these are my friends because I'll leave some out, and I'm not willing to do that.
RODDY WILLIAMS: Thomas, thank you very much.
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