Q. Keeping balance with playing golf and all of the outside stuff and the fan interest, how do you sort of get away from it when you need to?
TIGER WOODS: Be a little more specific, you mean get away, as in tournaments? Non-tournament weeks?
Q. Yeah, and how do you just try to get away from being the guy going to the grocery store without 50 people coming up to you?
TIGER WOODS: Well, back home it's not too bad because everyone knows me in the grocery store. So they say hello, blah, blah, blah, how you doing; I ask them how their kids are doing, stuff like that. Because you're at home, everyone knows you.
Hang out with my buddies; I don't get a chance to do that very often anymore, especially with their busy schedule. They are moving -- a couple of my buddies have moved, and every once in awhile they will come down and visit and I'll go up there and visit somewhere.
But usually just getting away and not doing a whole lot of golf stuff. I'll practice getting ready for a tournament but generally if I'm away from it, just get away from it and relax.
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, it happened in '97, I had never played the Tour before I had never played a 10 -, 12-month schedule before. Junior golf and amateur golf, it's always the summer and that's it and you're done. College it's only about four or five tournaments here and there and you're done. This is week after week after week and I was not used to playing that much golf.
Now on top of that, I've never had sponsorship obligations, either, and that was a new challenge for me to understand how to balance my time. I wore myself down by the middle of the summer there and just learned it, learned my lesson, and got better and better every year.
Q. What did you do to find the balance?
TIGER WOODS: You had to overextend yourself, really, to know, where is your limit, how far can you push yourself before it starts to become a distraction to your game. I reached that limit and then I was able to back off from there.
Q. You have such a strong following everywhere --
TIGER WOODS: I hear a lot of "Go Canada" out there, so they were not exactly cheering for me all the time. It was nice to come out here and follow and watch me play, but I think more than anything, they are out there, wanting to see him play well.
Q. Did you feel the support of the Canadian fans?
TIGER WOODS: Oh, yeah. You can hear the accent. (Laughs).
Q. Were you unhappy with your club selection on 9?
TIGER WOODS: No. I was frustrated that I mis-timed the wind. It was downwind when I was over the shot, and the shot turned back in my face, and then when mark hit it, it was straight downwind and I figured it would be downwind for my shot but it switched and made me look like a fool.
Q. What advice did Michael Jordan, if he did give it to you, honest how to deal with being the No. 1 athlete in the world?
TIGER WOODS: I've talked to Michael, I've talked to other people as well, but each and every one of them say the same thing in a different way. And that is, to find the balance that is best for you, where you are able to dedicate enough time to your job, as well as your obligations, but also enjoy life and do other hobbies. I think that's -- I think that's the biggest key is to have other hobbies, other interests.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: What did you hit on 2 and 8?
TIGER WOODS: 2, I hit a 3-wood off the tee, 9-iron to about four feet.
8, I hit a 5-iron to about 30 feet and made it.
Q. Once you get to a tournament, how much time do you spend on the practice range and some of the basic things that you work on there?
TIGER WOODS: I don't really spend a whole lot of time there on the range, or even on the putting green or anything like that. When I get to a tournament site, I feel like my game should be ready. That's one of the reasons why I don't play as many weeks as a lot of these guys do, because I spend a lot of time practicing at home. I do most of my preparation at home. Once I'm at a tournament site, I'm there just to find my rhythm, tune up a little bit and get myself ready to go play the next day.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you, Tiger for joining us.
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