Q. A lot of players have talked about enjoying the fact that the Ryder Cup takes them out of the routine and they're playing for patriotism and pride. You don't seem to get as enthusiastic on those subjects as the other players, or are we interpreting you wrong?
TIGER WOODS: I enjoy playing. I don't enjoy the lead-up to the Ryder Cup, because we're taken out of our normal routine. We're not able to practice, we're not able to work out as much as. I'm used to working out a lot and I'm not able to do that. Certainly not able to practice, we have to go to functions, getting home late at night. If I'm at a big event, I'm not spending all night hanging out. I'm trying to get my rest for the following day and for the days I'm going to be competing. That Ryder Cup, it's tough, it's tough on all the players. We're a little tired by the time the tournament starts and if you're playing all five matches it takes a lot out of you, it really does.
I'll never forget Mark O'Meara telling me in '97, "you better sleep this week because you're not going to get any sleep next week." From his past experiences he was trying to help me out saying you're not going to get any rest. So that's the only downside, I think, to the tournament. You're not able to prepare like you normally would. I'm used to a certain routine. It's kind of tough when I'm not able to do that. That's a particular routine.
Q. Having been through a team victory and a team defeat, do you think you've felt the highs and lows of that as intentionally as your colleagues?
TIGER WOODS: I think so, because obviously you're -- in '97, I felt as if I didn't contribute, you know, because I lost some points. I didn't play particularly well, and that was disappointing. In '99 I played a little better. I didn't play great, but it was a total team effort to get the job done. That's the unique part about the Ryder Cup. For instance, I played early in the singles, and I played well against Andrew, was able to win my match, and from there I was able to go out there and support my teammates. That's not something we do out here in an individual event. That part is cool. You're able to support your teammates and it's a completely different approach, which is neat, because you're trying to pull for guys that you're usually competing against. You're usually bashing each other's heads in week after week and you're out there supporting, getting the pom-poms out and rooting for the guys to play well.
Q. Do you think your teammates next week would also rather win here than at the The Belfry and would it surprise you if most of the Europeans said they would rather win at the Belfry than here?
TIGER WOODS: I think it would be surprising if they said that, yeah. I think it's an important week this week. This is a big week, and certainly one I would want to win.
Q. You obviously enjoyed the golf course. The course superintendent suggested that he could cut down trees and extend this golf course to eight thousand yards, if he had to. Quite seriously, he said that would be a tragedy. How do you view this? Is it possible we may have to go down that road, the way technology is going in golf?
TIGER WOODS: All you have to do is narrow the fairways and grow the rough up. You can have the golf courses play as long as they are now, but if you want to play it difficult, just narrow the fairways up, and grow the rough up, four or five inches on both sides. These fairways are very generous, and if you miss the ball in the rough, you've got a chance of getting a good lie here. It is kind of spotty, but you don't have to make a golf course obscenely long for it to be difficult.
Q. Tiger, can we have your birdies, please?
TIGER WOODS: Four, 2-iron off the tee. I hit an 8-iron to six feet and made it.
6, I hit a 5-iron to about 3 feet.
7, I hit a 2-iron off the tee. I hit an 8-iron up there to about 20 feet, made that.
13, 2-iron off the tee, 6-iron up there to about 15 feet.
No. 14, I hit a 7-iron to about 3 feet, and 17, I hit a driver and a 3-iron short of the green, had about 55 yards to the hole, pitched up there to about six feet, made that.
And on 18, I hit a 2-iron, a 6-iron, past the hole about 25 feet and made it.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Tiger.
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