From Tiger's press conference today at Royal Liverpool, where Ryan Herrington analyzes the Hoylake defending champ's remarks.
This was a fun story for the roll-back-the-ball files:
Q. Secondly, is it harder for you to win a Major now than it was eight years ago? If so, why, what makes it harder?
TIGER WOODS: I think it gets harder every year, just because the fields get deeper. More guys with a chance to win. What did we have, 16, 17 straight first-time winners and more Major championship winners throughout that stretch. It's just getting deeper. It's getting harder to win. The margin is so much smaller. It's only going to continue to be the case. Guys are going to get longer, they're going to get faster. Guys who are coming out here are bigger, stronger, faster, more athletic. When I first came out here in '97, I think, I averaged somewhere just under 300 yards, 296 or something like that. I walked around with Gary Woodland on Sunday and he said, "Yeah, I finally found a driver and a ball I can hit 320 again in the air." Yeah, in the air. So the game has changed a lot since then.
Here's about four minutes of Tiger talking to the scribes today.