- Title: UK: TIGER WOODS HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE AHEAD OF HYDE PARK GOLF CLINIC.
- Date: 13th November 2000
- Summary: LONDON, UK (November 13, 2000) 1. WIDE OF WOODS IN PRESSER 2. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) WOODS ASKED IF MONEY IS BECOMING TOO IMPORTANT. "In essense I just go out an play and enjoy competing and having the challenge of trying to win a golf tournament, coming down the stretch with everything on the line. The money is just a bi-product of that, if you play well you're obviously going to get paid, it's one of the great things about our game, we earn every bit of it, nothing is guaranteed, at least on the course." 3. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) WOODS ASKED IF HIS DOMINATION IS A PROBLM FOR THE GAME. "I'm going to have to say no, obviously. I enjoy going out there and competing and playing. I enjoy, the obvious answer is winning. It's alot of fun to go out there and compete against the world's best players week in and week out. Whether you win or lose it's just great to go out head to head with them. Whether it's good or bad for the game I don'y think it really matters from my standpoint out there on the course." 4. CUTAWAY OF REPORTER 5. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) WOODS ASKED WHAT HIS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR WERE: "Probably the two I managed to win to complete the Slam on two of the most historic golf course in the world at Pebble Beach and St Andrews. To have the two that I hadn't won and then to win them on two such historic golf courses was a lucky scenario. It was alot of fun to be able to do that, I love playing Pebble Beach I play there every year and I love playing at St Andrews as much as I can. I was fortunate to have both of those in the sam year." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 28th November 2000 12:00
- Location: LONDON, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
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- Story Text: Tiger Woods, the world's greatest golfer, said his
domination of the game was not damaging its appeal when he spoke
at a London press conference ahead of a golf clinic in Hyde Park
on Monday morning.
Straight from the sunshine of Valderamma where, for
once, he failed to come out on top, Woods was in London for a
golf clinic at London's Hyde Park.
He has taken the game to new heights this season, winning
the US Open by a record-margin, the Open at St Andrew's and the
USPGA Championships. He has also picked up six other titles on
the PGA Tour and is guaranteed being the number one in the world
even if he didn't hit a ball next year.
There seems little chance of that though, with Woods
clearly relishing the challenge of staying at the top.
"I enjoy doing what I do, trying to win golf tournaments and
obviously winning," said Woods. "I can't really afford to think
about whether it's good or bad [his domination] when I'm out
there competing against the best."
The 24-year-old also denied that money was becoming the
driving force in the game -- despite winning nearly $10 million
dollars in prize money alone this season.
"I enjoy coming down the stretch with everything on the
line," said Woods. "The money is just a bi-product of playing
well. That's one of the great things about our game, we earn
every bit of it, nothing is guaranteed."
Reflecting on what has been a phenomenal year, Woods said
that winning the US Open at Pebble Beach and the Open
Championship at St Andrew's were the two titles that had given
him most pleasure.
"To win those two tournaments to complete the Slam and to
be able to do it on such historic venues, that was an incredible
and very lucky scenario. I love playing Pebble Beach and I love
playing St Andrews, to have them both in the same year was very
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