After struggling over the weekend and winning, Tiger Woods was asked:
Q. Do you feel like you just won a pretty prestigious tournament with your B game?And we didn't get a "right in front of you," just an "in front of you."
TIGER WOODS: Well, I was not hitting it all that well the last two days. I was kind of struggling. I was just trying to piece it together somehow, somehow just piece it together. I was putting well today, but I just couldn't give myself any looks at it. Then when I did, I was missing putts.
But I was just trying to get it around somehow and keep myself in the ballgame. If I got to double digits, I thought I could win it at either 11 or 12, and 10 or 11 would have been a playoff. If I could just get to those numbers somehow, forget what everyone else was doing, just get to those numbers, I'd be all right. I got to 11 and just didn't stay there. 10 ended up being the playoff number.
Q. What is it with Akron and this course that's really been so special?
TIGER WOODS: Well, I love this golf course. As I said earlier, we don't get a chance to play this type of course very often. The new, modern golf courses never look like this. You never have a piece of property where there are no homes on it. It's just a golf course.
So from that standpoint, it's a treat to be able to play a tree lined golf course that's straight forward in front of you, and we saw what happened yesterday when it got hard and fast, that any round that was in the high to mid 60s, you would vault up the board. Most Tour events that's not the case. You shoot low scores just to try and keep pace.
This golf course, if it got hard, dry and fast, nobody would ever be in double digits.
Check out Tiger's stats from Firestone:
Driving Distance Avg 343.4 357.5 334.3 296.9 - 333.0
Fairways Hit 71.4% 57.1% 50.0% 50.0% - 57.1%
Fairway Opportunities 14 14 14 14 - 56
Longest Drive 385 394 393 316 - 394
GIR 77.8% 83.3% 38.9% 72.2% - 68.1%