Q. Tiger, I gather on Thursday night you met D.J. Carey, who is Kilkenny's hurling star, and I wondered how much he told you about hurling. I gather he gave you a hurl?
TIGER WOODS: Yes, he gave us a ball, too, so we were mucking around, hitting back at the room. We came close to taking out a window. It was pretty neat to have him explain how he actually does it. His wrist movement is unbelievable, how fast he's able to move it, even with a hurl in his hand. He's a great, great guy, real nice guy. J.P., one our buddies, J.P. McManus, knows him well and he introduced us. He actually gave us a tape of the championship game, which we have and we're going to watch it as soon as we get a VCR.
Q. Can I ask a goofy equipment question. You're talking about the balls, and obviously at the level you play at, it means so much equipment. If you're out playing with your buddies and you can't find your clubs and you have got to use your buddy's clubs out of the trunk of his car, how much difference will it make?
TIGER WOODS: Well, most of my buddy's shafts aren't going to be quite as stiff as mine. The weaker the shaft, the further right I hit it. It's lagging too far behind. When I'm out playing with my buddies -- I didn't bring my clubs to California, we were just going to hang out, and we wanted to go play, and I play with their set, I aim further left and hit shots, because I will lose it right.
Q. Does it make a difference?
TIGER WOODS: Big difference, especially ball flight, you'll hit it high right. If you hit a weaker shaft, it will go low left.
Q. When did you put your current putter in play once you started using it? Have you ever switched.
TIGER WOODS: I've never switched.
Q. What did you start with it?
TIGER WOODS: I played my first round competitively with it at the Byron Nelson '99.
Q. What exactly is it, what model?
TIGER WOODS: My model. I guess to best explain it, it's an Anser lookalike. It's what I grew up putting with since I was just a little boy.
TODD BUDNICK: How about your birdies?
TIGER WOODS: I birdied 5. I hit a driver and a 3-iron left of the green, chipped it up there to about a foot.
8, a driver 3-iron to about 18 feet, 2-putted.
No. 10, a driver and a 3-iron to the right bunker, blasted out to about six feet, made it.
17, I hit 3-wood and a 5-iron in the left bunker, blasted it out to about eight feet and made it.
18, I hit a 2-iron and a 5-iron to about four feet.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you.
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