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THE BARCLAYS


August 24, 2012


Tiger Woods


FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK

Q.  First of all, is it knee, back?
TIGER WOODS:  It's lower back.

Q.  When did it happen?
TIGER WOODS:  This morning.  Must have slept funny on it.  Soft beds at the hotel, and woke up this morning with it stiff.  You know, as I warmed up, it got progressively worse, and then you saw what happened on the golf course.

Q.¬† Was it during your warmup or ‑‑
TIGER WOODS:  No, it hurt all day.  It hurt all day.

Q.  Did it flare as you were going into that bunker on 13?
TIGER WOODS:  Yeah, that didn't feel very good.  That didn't feel very good at all.

Q.  Was there any moment where you thought you might not be able tofinish the round?
TIGER WOODS:  No.

Q.  How do you explain that you played well, and it looked like the hardest part of your day was getting the ball out of the hole.
TIGER WOODS:  Well, it was like a section of movement, so it didn't hurt standing up, it didn't hurt at the bottom of a squat, but it was the somewhere in between there it was going to catch.  You know, it would grab just before impact, so you'd kind of expect it, so I could get through that.  I've been through that kind of stuff before, so I know what it feels like.

Q.  Do you feel like you're right there going into tomorrow?
TIGER WOODS:¬† Yeah, I'm only three back right now, so I'm right there.¬† This is a very bunched leaderboard.¬† There are so many guys there.¬† I think, what, 70‑plus guys within nine shots as of right now.

Q.  Do you remind yourself of '08 at Torrey, that you know how to play like this?
TIGER WOODS:  Well, there's a difference between being in pain and injured.  This is just a little bit of pain.  That was an injury.

Q.  What do you do for treatment, chiropractic?  Take a hot shower?
TIGER WOODS:  We have a fitness van.  I'm going to go there as soon as I'm done with you guys.

Q.  How about the bed?  Will you get a different bed?
TIGER WOODS:  I'm probably going to sleep on the floor.  I do that in Europe all the time, so this is nothing new.

Q.  Is that a joke?
TIGER WOODS:  True.  True, not a joke.  Did that confuse you?

Q.  Yeah.
TIGER WOODS:  Good.  (Smiles.)

Q.  Do you feel like this is your new normal, that you're never going to have a stretch where you can get through six months or a whole year feeling 100 percent?
TIGER WOODS:  Well, geez, that's been the case since my first surgery in '94.

Q.¬† This isn't part of the‑‑
TIGER WOODS:  I've been dealing with this stuff since I was 18.  I had my first cut at Stanford in '94.

Q.  Does it get harder as you get older?
TIGER WOODS:  Well, it's harder to recover, there's no doubt.  There's no doubt.  But I'm infinitely stronger than I used to be and just as flexible as I used to be, which is very good.

Q.  Do you have any concern that you won't be able to get this taken care of?
TIGER WOODS:  No, I'm going to go there right now.  They're good at what they do, and I'll be ready by tomorrow.

Q.  Did the swing feel as good as it looked?
TIGER WOODS:  That's about all I've got.  I can't hit it any harder than that.  No, it didn't feel very good, but I got it around, and just because the swing didn't feel very good doesn't mean I can't make every putt.  I went out there with that kind of mindset and just buried a bunch of putts.

Q.  Which was the exchange with Zach after your putt on 16?
TIGER WOODS:¬† Well, we were‑‑ it's an inside joke, but we were jabbing at one another in the fairway.¬† It just continued.¬† (Smiles.)

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