Tiger Woods at Bay Hill: 'I want to become better'

Tiger Woods addressed the media on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods addressed the media on Wednesday. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods spoke to the media on Wednesday on the eve of his title defense of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He spoke openly (surprisingly) about a number of topics including his new relationship, what has been holding his game back and that elusive No. 1 ranking.

Here's Woods on the evolution of his game:

It's been a long process. I was hurt for a long time, and at the same time, I had to make swing changes that were drastically different than what I was doing before. It's taken some time. I fell to 50-plus there for a while. To gradually work my way back, that's something I'm proud of.

He did indeed fall to 50-plus.

He also talked about his relationship with Lindsey Vonn and sharing that infamous Facebook album:

It's very simple. We're very happy where we're at, but also we wanted to limit the stalkarazzi and all those sleazy websites that are out there following us. I've had situations where it's been very dangerous for my kids and the extent they'll go to. We basically devalued the first photos.

I hope Woods doesn't consider Eye on Golf one of those "sleazy websites!"

I do like the idea of devaluing the photos, though. Wish more people would do that.

Then on being No. 1:

Well, to get back to No. 1. I've got to win this week. Not too complicated.

It's really not.

Woods continued:

As far as getting back to No. 1 and all that entails, it's not easy to get there in the first place. I don't think people really realize how hard it is to become No. 1 in the world. But then to then sustain it for a number of years is not easy as well. So it's about winning golf tournaments, and when you don't win, being in the top five and continue racking up points.

Finally, and this was my favorite part, Woods talked about the future:

I don't want to become as good as I once was. I want to become better.

The golfing world wants it as well because Augusta is just around the corner.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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