‘Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (48, USA, photo), who will be participating in the official US professional golf (PGA) tour tournament 7 months after the Open in July last year, held an official press conference for the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational held on the 15th (Korean time). showed a determined will. “If he thought he couldn’t win, he wouldn’t have played,” Woods said. It’s not in my DNA to act as a PR ambassador. I competed to win,” he said.
The Genesis Invitational is a tournament hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation, and Woods is the ‘host’ of the tournament. He has as much affection for this tournament as he does for the majors. The Riviera Country Club, where the tournament is held, also has a deep relationship with Woods. As an amateur at the age of 16, Woods entered his first PGA Tour event as an invited player at the Nissan LA Open held here. But he also has a bad relationship. Woods has competed in 14 PGA Tour events at Riviera Country Club, but has never won. In the 2021 Genesis Invitational, in the aftermath of back surgery, he focused on operation instead of participating, but he was seriously injured in an overturned accident while driving a car the day after the closing of the tournament. Woods devoted himself to training to break his bad streak in this tournament. 바카라사이트
Woods confessed that he was also motivated by the performance of LeBron James (38) of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. James scored 33,888 points on the 8th, breaking the NBA’s personal scoring record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 34 years. Woods said, “I am a generation that grew up watching Abdul-Jabbar’s performance. I thought of many things while watching Lebron James break the NBA scoring record,” he said. It is interpreted that Woods, who holds the record for the most wins (82 wins) on the PGA Tour along with Sam Snead (USA), expressed his will to break the record like James.
Meanwhile, in this tournament, Woods will play together with Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Justin Thomas (USA) in the first and second rounds. Woods also played with McIlroy and Thomas in the first and second rounds of this tournament in 2018 and 2019.