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Confusing Woods comments equally perplexing to game's Hall of Fame greats, too

By Steve Elling | Senior Golf Columnist

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was definitely one of those comments that required multiple readings, and was open to a couple of interpretations.

After missing the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday, former world No. 1 Tiger Woods said he plays better when he is uncomfortable over the ball, and lousy when he feels comfortable. It was definitely a “huh?” moment for listeners.

“If I get over the golf ball and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great,” he said. “It's just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful.

“All the shots I got uncomfortable on, I just said, I'm going to get really uncomfortable and make it feel as bad as it possibly could, I striped it.”

Got it?

Some of game's greatest players were just as confused, if not intrigued.

Appearing Saturday in Texas at an event called Houston Greats of Golf Challenge, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino were likewise perplexed and their discussion during a press conference was pretty close to Hall-of-Fame vaudeville.

Trevino: “He says, ‘When I feel uncomfortable, I hit a good one.' Well, then why don't you feel uncomfortable all the time?”

Nicklaus: “I heard that, too.”

Trevino: “Did you hear that?”

Nicklaus: “Uh-huh.”

Trevino: “I didn't understand …”

Nicklaus: “I don't know. I've said it many times, I think he has a lot of desire, and I think desire his whole life has been built around breaking my record, and I still think that his chances are very good of it and he probably will. But if I said anything else you guys would write headlines.”

Looks like we wrote them anyway.

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