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Masters: Tiger Woods says his swing hasn't 'clicked' yet

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Tiger Woods talked to the press at Augusta Tuesday. Here's part one of our rundown and what follows is part two.

On when his new swing "clicked":

"I don't think it has, we're still always messing with things; golf's fluid. We're always trying to get a little bit better somehow and refine it. There's always room for refinement and that will never change."

On how to gain confidence in his game:

"I'm pleased at the progress I've made with Sean (Foley) and the things we've done. The confidence comes from being able to do it on the range first, then being able to do it at Medalist back home, then come out here and do it consistently. I've started to do it and the wins have piled up the last couple years."

On what it would mean to win this year's Masters:

"It would be nice. We have an opportunity to play 30 years solidly at a high level. We have very expansive careers and I feel like I'm right in the middle of mine. I have a lot of good years ahead of me and I'm excited about this week."

On this being his 19th Masters:

"When I first came here at 19-years-old it was a bit overwhelming, to be part of the Masters and stay in the Crows Nest. To watch Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson tee off on that first hole. Sam Snead, it was just incredible.

"I got lucky, I won in my first professional event here. It was nice to do that and know I could come back here for my entire lifetime."

On Augusta adding female members:

"I think it's fantastic. It was the right timing. For me, knowing Condoleezza (Rice) over all these years, they couldn't have had a better person. I think it's just fantastic."

On whether or not he could forsee a time where he could come be an honorary starter:

"What's the minimum age? Man, that's a long time. Let me just try to get to 40 first."

On 14-year-old Guan Tianlang:

"It's amazing to see the amount of talent [China] has at such a young age. They have a lot of players who can play, it's about giving them enough starts and enough opportunities. They're going to be out here on Tour or playing other tours, but they're coming. And he's one of them."
"[He asked] about a lot of golf stuff. I asked what classes he was taking. He speaks great English."

On what being No. 1 means to him:

"It was nice to get back to being ranked No. 1. There are a lot of players who have tried to get there and haven't been able to do it and I've been able to get there a few times throughout my career. To battle the injuries I've come through and get through all that and win enough golf tournaments and play consistently enough to get to that point is something I'm very proud of.

"I'm excited that at this point in my career that I've been able to get healthy and give myself another chance."

On whether he would trade the ranking for another major:

"Absolutely, are you kidding me?!"

On whether or not he could have imagined in 2005 that he'd go winless at the Masters for this long:

"I wouldn't have been happy with that. I've put myself in the mix every year but last year. That's the misleading part -- it's not like I've been out of there with no chance of winning this championship. I've been there. Unfortunately, I just haven't gotten it done."
"I'm not real happy with the fact that I haven't won more. As of right now I'm tied for second on the all-time win list here. So that's not too bad either."

On his goatee:

"I've never won a major with a goatee because it takes a long time for this thing to grow."

On winning majors:

"It took Jack (Nicklaus) a while to get to 18, there's plenty of opportunities for me."

On whether or not he considers Rory McIlroy a rival:

"Over the course of my career I've had a few. Certainly Rory's this generation. I've had Phil (Mickelson), Vijay (Singh), Ernie (Els), and David (Duval) for a number of years. And Rory's leading this new younger generation. So yes, definitely."

On how Augusta used to be:

"The fairways were much tighter, much faster. I rember playing practice rounds and having [older guys] school me on how to hit shots with 7-iron through 4-iron. We don't play those shots here anymore. The grass is too thick, too lush. It's a much different game."

On his strength compared to when he was younger:

"I am far stronger and far more explosive I was then. I just don't have the elasticity. That's a function of age. That's MJ jumping over everybody then next thing you know he's got a fadeaway."

Woods will tee off with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy on Thursday morning at 10:45 a.m. ET.

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