Tiger sounds off on 17 

May, 8, 2007
05/08/07
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Though I don't travel to Ponte Vedra Beach until first thing Wednesday morning, I've already seen where Tiger Woods had some less-than-complimentary comments about the famed 17th hole at TPC-Sawgrass' Stadium Course on Tuesday. How do I know? Well, for one thing, I read the transcript from his press conference. For another, I've already been inundated with phone calls from radio stations around the country (well, countries; Canada called, too), which usually tips me off to how much of a hot-button topic something really is.

You see, upon reading Woods comments today, I didn't think much about them. He was direct, truthful and hardly inflammatory. Here's what he had to say:

    Q. With all the work they did here, would you have minded if they threw some dirt in at 17 and kind of filled in that water?
    TIGER WOODS: You'd probably lose the allure of the hole. I've always thought that that hole is too gimmicky for the 17th hole of a championship. As far as the 8th hole, I think that would be a fantastic 8th hole, but not as the 71st hole of a tournament or 17th hole of your round.

Jason Sobel | email

Golf Editor, ESPN.com
Jason Sobel, who joined ESPN in 1997, earned four Sports Emmy awards as a member of ESPN's Studio Production department. He became ESPN.com's golf editor in July 2004.
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