Tiger Woods was doing nothing more remarkable than talking on television when Jim Furyk was putting for his victory at the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., his first PGA Tour victory since July 2007.
“Shoot, no one was watching me, then,” Furyk said, drawing laughs in his post-round press conference.
OK, so Tiger talking, answering questions on his imposed timetable of five minutes on ESPN and the Golf Channel, was fairly interesting, if not particularly revelatory. Just another baby step on the Tiger Rehabilitation Tour.
Meanwhile, ex-Arizona Wildcat Furyk was sharpening his game just in time for The Masters, which begins April 8. Furyk usually does well at Augusta, finishing fourth twice and posting six top 10 finishes in 13 starts.
Furyk called the Woods interview a “natural progression” of his comeback from personal and marital problems.
“You know what, tomorrow the paper is going to read that I won the golf tournament, and I don’t really care if it’s a three-page spread or a little blurb in the corner of the paper because the article is about him,” Furyk said.
“I won the damn thing and it really doesn’t matter to me. I’ve never been someone that’s craved the notoriety or the limelight. I can live with it and I’m fine with it.”
Tiger is such a dominant storyline that Furyk said he was given a transcript of Woods’ interview before he walked into his press conference … just so he could be prepared to answer questions about him.
“I think it’s good for him to get his face out there and have people see him,” Furyk said. “They are going to make their judgments, but I think it allows him to kind of move on and get focused for the next thing.”
As for Furyk, he had gone 58 official tournaments without winning, although he was still ranked ninth in the world rankings before his victory.
“I never doubted that I would win again,” said Furyk, who turns 40 in May.
“I felt like I have a lot of golf left in me and I feel like I’m still at the top of the peak of my career. How many more years that will last for, who knows, but I felt like I have way more golf tournaments.”
You can read the full transcript of Furyk’s interview here. As for Tiger’s interview … you’ve probably already seen that.