Q. I know you have played with Esteban before. What do you think of his game and playing with him in the final group tomorrow?
TIGER WOODS: Well we all know he is a competitor, he's a fighter (laughs) and he's really a great guy to play with. He's as nice as they come. So tomorrow is going to be -- it's going to be a competitive environment, but one that I think myself, and Esteban are going to thoroughly enjoy.
Q. Did you notice that he was three strokes ahead of you at one point?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I saw the board on 10 green over the left. He got to 16, I dropped back down to 13.
Q. Any reaction?
TIGER WOODS: Well, I had a lot of those birdie holes to play, and I figured just keep plugging along and just try and get yourself under par for the day. I was able to do that, and dropped one but still under par for the day.
Q. (Inaudible) where do you see golf heading?
TIGER WOODS: Obviously here everybody is going to be longer. I think we're going to start seeing probably next ten years or so, true athletes playing our sport. We're not going to get, you know, guys who are out of shape playing. We're going to get -- all these young kids are working out at a younger age. They are bigger, stronger, more athletic and that's just, you know, every sport is becoming that way, and golf is -- golf is going to see a bigger jump because obviously of where it has been. The guys are-- you look at every young kid now in college, they are all hitting the weight room five times a week. They are all working out. All doing their cardio. All trying to hit the ball longer, better, stronger. 20 years from now, I will be looking for a ride in the cart. (Laughter).
Q. You were answering a question earlier about your practice. Do you have a set time like a number of hours or one hour before your round that you like to arrive or do you have a pattern for -- that you follow from one day to the next when you are in competition?
TIGER WOODS: I generally start my routine about an hour before I play. A lot of that's dependent on how far you have to -- how far is the range, how far is the putting green. If there is a chipping green you have got to allow more time. You adjust it, but it's generally an hour just about every time I tee it up.
Q. You start with the range hitting balls first and then putting and then is that --
TIGER WOODS: I like to putt first, but all of that's dependent on where the putting green is. Sometimes it's not convenient to go putt and go to the range so I just go to the range and hit balls then go to the putting green and tee off. A lot of it depends on the course setup and where everything is at.
Q. Are you glad you are going toe-to-toe with Esteban on the golf course and not in the ring, do you think?
TIGER WOODS: I can take him in the ring if you gave me a 2-iron. (Laughter).
JOAN v. T. ALEXANDER: Thank you, Tiger, for joining us.
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