Q. We've seen a toughening of the golf courses the last few weeks, tucked pins. Would you expect to see more of that the rest of the season?
TIGER WOODS: I think it's great.
Q. Would you expect to see more of it?
TIGER WOODS: I hope so. I certainly hope so. I know that a lot of the players are for it and some players are against it. But I certainly enjoy it. I enjoy going out there -- like last week, if you shot double digits under par, you win the tournament. How many times in the past four or five years, besides the Majors, have you seen single digits win out here on Tour?
Nowadays it's usually between 12 and 18 under par, every week, just counted on it. And sometimes even lower than that.
Q. Are you concerned that it's going to separate -- obviously Majors separate players. But is it going to separate too many of the just medium-length hitters?
TIGER WOODS: No, it separates guys who know how to work the golf ball, know how to shape it. You put the rough up higher, you make the pins more in the corners, now you've got to shape shots. And a lot of the old players know how to do these things. They know how to shape the shots. That's how they grew up, playing the old golf ball, and the old clubs, the old equipment. You had to do that. You had to shape shots.
Now with the new technology, everything goes so straight that a lot of the players -- all the younger players haven't learned those things. And I think you're going to start seeing the same guys do better in tournaments, and they're probably going to be the older Veterans.
Q. That brings a Pavin in instead of a bomber, doesn't it?
TIGER WOODS: Correct. Because if you've got three from the side and it's tucked over around a bunker, Corey can hit those duck hooks and duck slices, and run up through the gap and around. You have to be able to maneuver the golf ball to get at the pins now, instead of what they were, seven, eight from the sides, from there -- with a 5-iron in your hand you know if it's -- you can go right at it. If you pull it or push it, you're still fine. Now there's a penalty for missing on the short side.
Q. You mentioned that you gave holes, I think it was, 9 and 10 away in the afternoon or 8, 9?
TIGER WOODS: 8, 9.
Q. Usually when we watch you play, when you have a four-stroke, four-hole lead, you bury players. Were you upset because you didn't bury David Toms, or did you have to convince yourself to stay calm?
TIGER WOODS: I was hot at myself because I hit two poor putts, back-to-back, and I hit some poor shots. And that's -- you just can't do those things, against a quality player like David and expect to come out okay. I had to clean it up a little bit and hit some better shots and make some putts on the back nine. And I made 1-putt on the back nine, but it was a timely putt.
Q. Could these three weeks, two wins, top five, could they -- and your knee is a little sore -- could it have gone any better than you wanted?
TIGER WOODS: I could have been three shots better last week.
Q. Because you said you expected to win, but was this a good three weeks, do you think?
TIGER WOODS: As a whole you have to say yes (laughter.) But if you want to be a little bit greedy -- I played one really bad round last week, and it probably cost me the tournament Saturday. And if I go out there and shoot the way I've been playing, like I did this week, like I did the first week, like I did the first two days, who knows.
Q. You talked about how badly you wanted to end it on 17 there, to get up-and-down.
TIGER WOODS: I did. I was so hot at myself for hitting that 7-iron in that bunker. I had 180 to the hole, and I carried it 195. I don't carry a 7-iron that far. On top of that, it hit hard and skipped into the bunker. All week they've been hitting and spinning back. So I was pretty hot then. I didn't put the pressure on him right there. He's over in the woods to the right with no shot and if I put the ball on the green, more than likely I win the match. And then he pulled it left, now I was really hot, because I'm looking at the fact that with a two-putt par, I win the match, probably. And now I've got to get this thing up-and-down.
But I had a great lie, just put it down there below the hole there somehow, just get it below the hole so, I have an uphill putt. And I was able to do that and I made the putt.
Q. How important do you think it was that he never actually caught you?
TIGER WOODS: I think that was huge from the momentum standpoint, that he never really got all the momentum. He got a lot of it, but he didn't get all of it.
Q. Do you recall playing in a golf tournament, where, to use David Toms's words, where you had to chip your way around the golf course, take two more clubs to take the spin off, was it more of that this week than ever before?
TIGER WOODS: I guess the only other golf course we play like that is the AT&T every year. And this year I didn't go, when it was rock hard. Usually that's what you have to do there, you're hitting the same shots we did this week.
End of FastScripts....