Woods Ready For Westwood

Tiger Woods offered a relaxed demeanour to the press ahead of his tee off at the WGC –Bridgestone Invitational this morning in Akron, Ohio. The world number one – whose position at the top of the rankings is threatened this week by both Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson – was in a positive frame of mind as he faced a competitive field at the course where he has won no less than seven times.

“Am I conscious of the pack closing in? Yes, because every tournament you guys remind me. You play – how I got here was playing golf tournaments and winning golf tournaments” explained Woods as he looked forward to his opening round, adding:

“I’ve been through stretches when I haven’t won and it’s a matter of putting the pieces together and being patient, it’s not something that happens overnight. I’m not one of those players who plays really badly and then really well. You start seeing trends and I’ve started to put things together and I am very excited.”

Drawn to play alongside Westwood, Woods also expressed admiration for his great rival and said he was looking forward to once again being paired with him:

“I’ve always enjoyed playing with Westy, he’s a great guy. We’ve been going at it for a long time. What he’s done over the last couple of years – I always knew he had that talent and level of play, now he is showing it. Almost every big event we always seem to get paired together. We’re going to have a good time.”

Woods also confirmed that he is to play at the upcoming Shanghai HSBC event, and stated that he hopes his performance here in Akron, where he has experienced such success in the past, will help secure him an automatic place on the Ryder Cup team.