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March 12, 2013

Tiger Woods: 'My playing career is still out there for a really long time.'

Posted at 5:32 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Tiger Woods

Tiger-Doral,jpgIn 2000, Tiger Woods was the most dominant golfer in the game and won three majors on his way to completing the "Tiger Slam."

He thinks he do be better.

During a Monday afternoon interview with SVP & Russillo, co-host Ryen Russillo discussed an anecdote where Van Pelt mentioned on SportsCenter that Tiger was chasing an uncatchable 2000 version of himself. Russillo was paraphrasing the exchange, but said Tiger sent a text back to Van Pelt along the lines of: "Are you sure about that?"

Woods hasn't changed his mind about his future potential.

"It’s other people’s opinion, and they’re entitled to that," Woods said. "But deep down, I feel I can become better. I try to become better than what I was."

A strong statement for someone who has won a Masters by 12, a U.S. Open by 15, and a British Open by eight in his career.

In Tiger's latest victory at Doral, he needed only 100 putts over the course of the week – the lowest putt total in his career. Part of his putting renaissance was due to a tip given to him by Steve Stricker before the tournament began.

Van Pelt asked if the roles were reversed, would Tiger be as forthcoming with advice as Stricker? Tiger said the back-and-forth of advice on the green wasn't a new occurrence.

"We’ve played together a lot in the playoffs last year and have spent hours and hours on the putting green talking about putting," Woods said. "He wasn’t putting well in the last year, and we worked on it – it seemed like just about every day. That’s nothing new between Strick and I. We’ve been doing that for years."

Photo: Tiger Woods at the WGC-Cadillac (Fred Vuich)

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