At 12-under, leading by two, Tiger was asked mostly about his epic shot on 14. And this:
Q. Obviously The R&A has a completely different philosophy in setting up the course than the USGA. If you're going to shoot 20 under, go ahead and shoot 20 under. Do you like that compared to the U.S. Open?And in my view, he pays the ultimate compliment to Hoylake, and why this not-so-attractive looking layout has been admired for decades:
TIGER WOODS: Well, it's just different. Here, if you set up like U.S. Open site, which Carnoustie was, and if it blows, that's what's going to happen. You're going to see everyone shoot really high scores. But I think that when you come over here you play you know the golf course is always going to be fair, and it's just a matter of the weather. If we get brutal days like it was at Muirfield on Saturday, that's what's going to happen. Or you get great days, like it's been here all week, you can shoot some good numbers.
But it's all dependent on weather here. I think that's what The R&A allows for. Each day they adjust the pins based upon weather, and it's kind of nice to see.
Q. You've touched on this already, but if somebody, when this tournament is over and you go home, asked you what distinguishes Hoylake from the other courses of The Open Championship, what would you say?
TIGER WOODS: I think it's probably the fact that it's you have so many ways of playing the golf course. It's not just one way. You have the option of playing the way I am. You have the option of playing how John Daly is playing. You have plenty of options. Or somewhere in between and try to roll the ball between the bunkers. You have so many options here, and it's just a fun way to play golf, because you don't get a chance to play golf like this, where you have so many options. Usually it's target golf and you play to some target and hit another target island somewhere.
This week it's so different. You've got to be creative and you've got to really understand how to control your ball.