PACIFIC PALISADES, California – Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that it had been contacted by the Premier Golf League, a group trying to lure the world's top 48 players into a star tour that would seriously damage the PGA tour ,
"Have I been addressed personally? Yes, and my team was aware of it, and we looked into it and tried to figure it out, just like everyone else, "said Woods." We had been there before, when World Championships and other events started or other tours wanted to evolve and start. There’s a lot of information that we’re going to look at and whether it’s real information or not, but we’ll review it just like everyone else. ”
When asked if he thinks it can succeed, Woods said, "I think like all events, you try to get the top players to play more collectively. This is one of the reasons why we play golf -World Cup because we only met five times a year, the four majors and the players, and we wanted to present the top players on more than these occasions, we made up the Golf World Cup and we meet more often.
"So it is a natural development whether such things will happen or not, but ideas like this will continue to happen in the future, now or at some other time in the future."
Woods particularly fondly remembered 1992 when he took part in this tournament as a 16-year-old amateur, his first PGA tour event.
"I remember seeing Lanny Wadkins play and win well here, Corey Pavin and Davis [Love] and Freddie [Couples] Follow up, "said Woods." There is a lot of history for me to come and play here. Besides San Diego, this was the second professional event that I came up here to watch the boys play. It was the coolest.
"I don't know if I told this story, but at number 8 I was just having tea on the 11th and heard Tom Watson show up. So, [I] ran to 8, Tom hit his ball on the rear left pen, hit it to the left of the green. I'm basically one of the only ones there and Bruce [Edwards, Watson’s former caddie] was on my pocket and I'm looking at the golf ball. He comes over and says "Get out of the way, boy" and pushes me out of the way.
"Well, I'm on tour [later in his career as a pro] When he tells him this story, he says, "Well, you were in the way." So that I have such experiences here in Riv and this can now be my event [as the tournament host]and hopefully on Sunday that we will have this discussion [as a winner] a little bit more. & # 39; & # 39;
Woods responded to Ernie Els' recent announcement that he would no longer lead the international team in the Presidents Cup. Just as he did against Woods last December as a US captain, this indicated that he, too, is ready for the event as a captain
"I spoke to Ernie when we got on the plane from Melbourne [after the U.S. victory]"Woods said." He was obviously devastated and put everything he had in this two-year window, trying to change the fate of the international team, renaming the entire team, and doing some things never before were done in one of the two teams. "
"He set a standard that … they now have a plan for the future. It was hard to see him, you know, not wanting to be part of it that way. I am struggling with the same problems because we as Americans have two trophies in which we are involved [the Ryder Cup also], So the responsibility for an American is a bit bigger. "
When Woods was asked if he wanted to play at the WGC Mexico event next week, he said without commitment, "I don't know yet." However, insiders believe Woods will actually play next week, which he did a year ago, but he just didn't want to announce it yet.
Woods was thinking about his friend Kobe Bryant and the fatal helicopter crash when Woods contested his last lap at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines three weeks ago. Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried in a private ceremony on Tuesday.
"As with many people, it is difficult to put the events into words and the fact that they are real," said Woods. "Part of me thinks it's not real. I don't really know what I said after the round [at Torrey Pines], Like everyone else, I was in shock and tried to put it into words. The reality is that Kobe and Gigi are not here, but it's hard to accept. People who are close to him and all families find it difficult to accept this reality. "