CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods prides
himself on being able to control every aspect of his game, apart
from an occasional loose tongue.
The 14-time major champion is the most visible player of
his generation on television and fans have often seen him
cursing or slamming clubs after hitting a poor shot.
"It is what it is," Woods told reporters
while preparing for Thursday's opening round of the PGA
Championship at Hazeltine National.
"Unfortunately I do make mistakes and I hit bad shots and I
say bad things at times. I don't mean to, it just comes out.
It's not something I try and do. It just happens.
"Have I been trying to get better at that? Yeah, my entire
life," said the American, who won his 70th PGA Tour title at the
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.
"But it happens from time to time and I'm not the only
person that does it."
Although Woods has yet to clinch a major title this year, he
was in an upbeat mood for his Hazeltine bid after winning the last
two PGA Tour events.
"I feel as if I have made some pretty good strides since the
British Open," he said, referring to his missed cut at
Turnberry, Scotland last month.
"I think it was evident the way I was hitting the golf ball
last week. I really hit it good and hopefully I can improve on
that and carry that over into this week."
Winning at least one major title a year has always been the
yardstick for success in the eyes of Woods but this season he is
prepared to relax his goal.
He was sidelined for eight months following knee surgery
after claiming the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines and has
surprised himself by landing five PGA Tour victories since his
return to the circuit in late February.
"I don't think any of us would have thought I could have won
this many events this year," said Woods, who has clinched the
PGA Championship four times. "It's been a great year either way.
"To win, and not only win but be as consistent as I've been
the entire year coming back, that's one of the things I'm
probably the most proud of."