Tiger Woods will play in the Washington area for the first time in five years this week at the Presidents Cup, and time hasn't erased the memory of Vijay Singh's caddie sporting a hat with "Tiger Who?" emblazoned on the back.
"At the time, I certainly didn't appreciate it," Woods said. "I thought it wasn't real respectful. I know he tried to do it in fun, but I didn't take it that way. I went out and beat him 2 and 1, so that's my response to it."
Asked if the offending hat made the match more interesting, Woods said it "doesn't need to be" that way. "We're out there competing and he's trying to beat my brains in and I'm trying to beat his in, that's the nature of the competition, and that's what makes it fun. You don't really need that, and that's not our sport."
Singh was not available to comment.
Sort of a Secret
When asked about a partner for tomorrow's foursomes, Woods said, "I know, but you can't know."
The likely pairing will be with veteran Fred Couples, who is one of Jack Nicklaus's two captain's choices and is playing in his fourth Presidents Cup. Couples is 8-3-1 in the event and has never lost in three singles matches. Woods is 8-7 in his three previous appearances, 3-0 in singles but 0-6 playing in the four-ball (best-ball). Jim Furyk may also be paired with Woods at some point this week.
"I did play with Tiger in Australia and it was truly, truly a treat," Couples said. "I think I'm looking forward to that."
In seven appearances in Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, Woods has had 14 partners.
A Little Joke
Davis Love III took a little ribbing from Woods at the end of an interview session with six American players. In explaining why he was happy there will be no sudden-death playoff in these matches, Woods made reference to Love's botched chip on the final hole of his match against Stuart Appleby, which allowed the International team to force the playoff.
"You think?" he said, smiling. "The reason why I didn't want to go in that playoff is because I had already beaten Ernie earlier. . . . If I go out and lose one hole, no one is ever going to remember I beat Ernie Els and got a point. I just lost the Presidents Cup. So that was a little nerve-wracking out there. Thanks, Davis."
"Finally, somebody said it," Love cracked back.
Tournament officials announced that daily tickets will be sold at the gate -- priced at $35 for today's practice round, $60 for tomorrow and Friday, $70 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday. . . . Woods was sporting a goatee and a new hair look -- splotches of white at the top. He declined several photographer requests to take his cap off.