Tiger loses cool over private questions at press conference

London: Tiger Woods met any questions about his private life with moody silences and terse, short answers as he appeared in front of the media at the JP McManus Pro-Am event at Adare Manor on Tuesday.

The 14-time major winner cut a starkly different figure from the man who had publicly apologised for his extra-marital affairs at a press conference in February.

When asked why he would not be practising any links golf before next week`s Open at St Andrews, Woods replied: "Because I need to go home." When the reporter then asked if that was due to "personal stuff", Woods glared before abruptly answering: "To see my kids."

When questioned as to whether he had ever felt that golf had become trivial to him during his recent travails, Woods was slightly more forthcoming.

"Golf is something I have done for a very long time and there are times in one`s life when things get put into perspective," he said. "One was when my father passed, and also what I have been going through lately."

Although less than happy to discuss anything relating to his personal life, Woods was at least slightly more communicative when asked for his opinions on how his game is progressing following his return to action.

Woods, who finished tied for 46th in last weekend`s AT&T National in Pennsylvania, said: "I felt I made some good strides last week, I drove it great last week, I just putted terrible and finished way down the board. Something I need to work on is my light putting and there will be a lot of light, long putts at St Andrews."

Woods was also asked for his thoughts on whether two of Britain`s top hopes for Open glory, US Open champion Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy, could secure the title in Scotland.

Woods said: "Well I think when you win one (major) it gives you confidence because you know what it takes. It`s hard to have that confidence if you haven`t. He (McDowell) has proven to himself that he can do it. He did all the right things at the right times to win a championship like that.

"There are a lot of people (who can win) including Rory, who has won on our tour. So many young players have the talent and have had a lot of success around the world. It will be a fun test for everybody."

Bureau Report

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