Tiger Woods once again proved that he dominates the PGA Tour and the world of golf like no other, as he cruised to a thorough eight-stroke victory at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
The dominant victory gave Woods seven victories in 2007, including four out of the last five tournaments he has played. It also earned him the first FedEx Cup championship, as Woods - who entered the new playoff format as the top seed - won twice and finished second in the three (of four) tournaments he played.
After his victory, Woods spoke with the media.
Q. Maybe some opening comments about a great week and a great year for you. You finished the year with seven wins.
TIGER WOODS: Well, I really played well today. I mean, I hit a bunch of good shots. I think the putt at 3 today was a big putt. I needed to make that putt, didn't want to lose two shots back-to-back and give the guys ahead of me all the momentum. You know, that was a big putt to make.
And then from there I really played some good golf, got on a birdie run there in the middle part of the round and basically put it away.
Q. Maybe some thoughts on your season. Right now your scoring average is going to be identical to 2000, so obviously those years are pretty comparable.
TIGER WOODS: Yes. You know, I made a lot of improvement. It's interesting how people questioned whether I should try and improve or not or try and change my game, and here we are.
Q. Can you talk about your putting this week?
TIGER WOODS: (Laughing) you know, I don't know how many amazing putts I made this week, I really don't. Like I told Stevie early in the week, I really tried to make it feel as if I was back in junior golf because the greens were basically this speed in junior golf, a little bit bumpy, and you have the same mentality, get up there and just whack it, make sure you get it to the hole.
Because they were so much slower than we're used to, we didn't have to play as much break and you didn't have to feed them into the holes. So it was a lot of low lines. It took me a little bit to get accustomed to seeing putts on the low lines because I've been accustomed to seeing putts on the high side and trying to feed the ball to the hole. That's what made this week so different than the prior weeks.
Q. Where would you say your confidence level is right now? And have you seen it grown over these last two years? Was there ever kind of a turning point for you?
TIGER WOODS: Well, I think the last couple years has been -- I've made a bunch of changes obviously on my swing. But last year as we all know, I think the Western in the second round I really played well. Finally I went back to just playing golf again. I got over all the things that happened earlier, my dad passing, and I finally got back to just playing golf again, didn't have to -- that mourning period was finally -- I felt I was done with it. Once I got back to playing golf, I felt I was back in my rhythm again. And from then on, if you look at my results since then, it's been pretty good.
Q. You've won 61 PGA Tour titles. Do you think you've reached your prime?
TIGER WOODS: I don't think so. Well, I don't know when it's going to be (laughter). What do you want me to tell you, it's like January 5th of such-and-such a year? I mean, you don't know. The whole idea is to try and keep improving. When all is said and done, when you rack the cue and go home and retire, you can honestly say these were my best years, when I was at my peak. But when you're in it, you're always trying to improve that a little bit to get to the next level.
Q. Does one mean more than the other?
TIGER WOODS: I think winning this week is pretty special. Winning the FedExCup is one thing, but I think as a player you always want to win the TOUR Championship. There's history involved, and the players who have won it, these are basically the 30 hottest players for this year, and you know you're going to have your hands full coming into this week.
Q. Kind of along those lines, aside from winning the TOUR Championship and the bonus, the FedEx Cup, how would you assess winning the first FedEx Cup?
TIGER WOODS: Well, I think that overall the FedEx Cup was a success. I think that there need to be tweaks, yes, there needs to be some tweaks, but I think overall it provided a lot of drama towards the end of the season, especially post-PGA when most of the guys shut it down. You know, post-PGA it's either Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup and that's basically all anyone ever talks about, now that the Bridgestone has moved to the week before the PGA especially.
Q. After The Presidents Cup, you've got an extended break and some quality time with your wife and daughter. Just wondered if there was anything in particular you were really looking forward to doing?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, putting the clubs away, not picking them up, not swinging a club, just getting away from it. Like Stricker said, I can't wait to go hunting. For me, I'm the same way, I can't wait to hop in the water and go driving.
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