Tiger Woods shot a final-round 66 to win the 2007 Buick Invitational in San Diego. It was the 55th career victory for Woods, and the seventh consecutive PGA Tour event he's won. Following the victory, here's what Woods had to say.
Final round 6-under par 66. Tiger, the numbers are staggering as far as wins, your 55th, seventh in a row. For the first time we get to say something new about a win. You're on the board on the FedEx Cup points list with 4,500.
Tiger Woods: Well, overall, very lucky to be on top there. The way I was starting out, you know, 13 was up on the board quick and I made a bomb there on 9 to get myself up there with a chance. It seemed like in order to win the tournament you had to make birdies on the back nine. I knew these guys, even though they have not won golf tournaments before, they still were going to be playing aggressively. They had nothing to lose and I figured I had to go get it.
I played pretty aggressive on that back nine, for me, and just happened to come out on top.
You've had a lot of streaks with the USGA, cut streaks, four majors in a row, what's seven in a row do for you, and what about Nissan, people are going to kind of wonder where we are going to see you again and whether you would take a seven-game winning streak into that place.
Tiger Woods: I'm going to Dubai. But as far as how special seven is, you're in elite company. There's only one person that's ahead of you. You know, he's one of the greatest legends in the history of the game. To be in company like that with Mr. Nelson and Mr. Hogan up there as well, it's pretty special to be in that kind of company.
You obviously have a pretty good handle on this course, what do you think it's going to look like for the Open next year?
Tiger Woods: Let's just say the rough won't be like it was this week. I'm sure par will be adjusted.
You know, the hardest part about this golf course is the fairways, trying to hit these fairways because a lot of them are angled. If you get them hard and fast like summertime -- they will be faster in the summertime, it will be extremely difficult to keep the ball in the fairway. You're going to have to shape the ball into the hills to try to keep the ball into the fairway. A lot of them, some of them are domed. Like No. 2 is domed. You can go either way. Most of them are banked.
So with that being said, it's going to be one of the hardest Opens we'll ever face.
There's been kind of an anti-streak sentiment over in Europe because the Shaun Micheel factor and because of the Asian events, etc., etc. What would you say to them if they were to grill you on this quote unquote streak, and does it mean something to you no matter what your global record is?
Tiger Woods: You have to clarify it. It's not a worldwide streak. I play all around the world. It's a PGA Tour streak, which it is. And on top of that, it encompasses two different years, just like '99 and 2000.
I play all around the world. I lost to Shaun Micheel, I lost the Ryder Cup, I lost in China and I lost in Japan. There are some L's in there, and they are not all W's.
If you don't play Nissan for whatever reason, if you're not ready or what-have-you, there will probably be some speculation like at East Lake where you're now at a point where you're trying to protect your streak, especially at a place like Riviera where you've never come close to winning; what would your answer be to that?
Tiger Woods: People can say whatever they want. That's their opinion. They are entitled to it.
Q. Are you saying you're not looking at the courses to say, where is it best for me to be able to continue the streak?
Tiger Woods: My whole goal is to get ready for Augusta and prepare and make sure my game is peaking towards that.
Seven in a row or fifth green jacket, what's more important?
Tiger Woods: Fifth green jacket.
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