BY JEFF SLADE
Tiger Woods spoke to the media Tuesday in a press conference for the 2015 Quicken Loans National.
The Tournament, benefiting his own Tiger Woods Foundation, is set to take place this week at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club is Gainesville, VA.
Woods is coming off a disastrous British Open performance at St. Andrews; in what has been a disappointing 2015 season thus far.
The now 258th ranked golfer in the world acknowledges his own struggles, but still has hope he’ll turn it around.
“I’ve done it before,” Tiger said. “I’ve gone through this.
“Has it been fun going through this? No it hasn’t.
“Sometimes I have to get a little bit worse before I can make giant strides forward.”
Well – he looks to have completed the first part of the equation, and now it’ll soon be time to see if the “giant strides forward” he mentions come.
As Tiger explained, it may not be as big a difference as some realize.
“I just need a couple shots here or there and it turns the tide,” he said.
“I know how close it feels.
“People don’t really realize how close it is between a person whose winning and a person missing the cut. It’s not as big a gap as people might think.”
Tiger thinks the venue this week will be an exciting one, noting it will probably play “on the difficult side” and that “the ball flies forever here.”
One of the most accomplished players in the sport’s history, Tiger without a doubt does not enjoy the growing pains.
“It’s frustrating not being able to win golf tournaments,” he said.
“I haven’t done much in the last couple of years…That’s what Joey keeps reminding me of, ‘Would you just relax, you haven’t played that much.’
“You won five times two years ago, it’s not that far removed.
“Hopefully I start playing the way I know I can play,” he stated.
He’ll need to if wants to continue playing this season. The WGC Bridgestone Invitational is a week away, and Woods will need a victory at RTJ if he wants to be invited to a Tournament he has won eight times.
“Unfortunately, I can’t get an invite there unless I win,” he said.
However, as he continued, he “might as well earn it.”