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Thursday 22 February 2018

Woods on . . .

Q. You said in February that when you returned, you wanted to show more respect for the game. In what way are we going to see sort of differences out there?

Yeah, great question. I'm actually going to try and not get as hot when I play. But then again, when I'm not as hot, I'm not going to be as exuberant either. I can't play one without the other. I'm just trying to be more respectful of the game and acknowledge the fans like I did today. I haven't done that in the past few years, and that was wrong of me.

Q. Did your behaviour and personal life before Thanksgiving negatively impact on your play on the course? Could you have been played better had you had more discipline in your personal life?

I would like to say yes. I certainly would have been more centred, more balanced, and that's what I'm working towards each and every day. I meditate religiously again like I used to, going back to my Buddhist roots with my mom. Unfortunately I just lost that and also lost my life in the process.

Q. Golf-wise, what are your expectations this week?

Nothing's changed. I'm going to go out there and try to win this thing. (Smiling).

Q. Putting has cost you a couple of green jackets in recent years. After playing all these recent practice rounds, are you more concerned with putting this week or other parts of your game?

Well, the fact that I haven't really played at all, that's a little bit concerning. I'm hoping I get my feel back quickly. You know, my feel for the game, feel for shots, feel more how my body's reacting and what my distances are going to be. I hope I get that back relatively quickly. Maybe by the first hole but if not, please hope it's the second.

Q. After what you've been through in the last five months, what do you think some of your thoughts are going to be on the Thursday on the tee?

I haven't looked forward as much to an opening tee shot in a long time, not like this. It feels fun again. You know, that's something that's been missing. Have I been winning, have I been competing, have I been doing well? Yeah but I wasn't having anywhere near the amount of fun. Why? Because look at what I was engaged in. When you live a life where you're lying all the time, life is not fun. And that's where I was. Now that's been stripped all away, here I am and it feels fun again.

Q. You've been known as a great proponent of drug testing on the PGA TOUR, as you probably know Dr Anthony Galea was arrested with performance-enhancing drugs in his possession. Dr Galea said he's been to your to your home four times. Why did you feel it was necessary to have this particular doctor come to your home and what did he specifically do for you?

Okay. Well, he did come to my house. He never gave me HGH or any performance enhancing drugs. I've never taken that my entire life. I've never taken any illegal drug, ever, for that matter.

Irish Independent

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