Tiger Woods speaks ahead of PGA Championship, comments on lawsuit


Tiger Woods resumes his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships this week at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Long Island.

Woods has not played competitively since he won major No. 15 at Augusta National one month ago today. He will tee off Thursday at 8:24 a.m. from the 10th tee with Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka. Woods beat Koepka, who is the defending champion in this event, by one shot in the Masters. Woods was also paired with Molinari during the final round at the Masters.

Woods spoke to the media in a scheduled availability Tuesday morning.

Monday, it was learned Woods, his girlfriend and the general manager at his Jupiter, Fla., restaurant are facing a wrongful-death lawsuit, stemming from the fatal car crash of a former employee at the Woods, Nick Immesberger.

“We’re all very sad that Nick passed away,” Woods said when asked about the case. “It was a terrible night, a terrible ending. And we feel bad for him and his entire family. It’s very sad.” Immesberger died in a fatal car crash on Dec. 10, 2018.

Otherwise, Woods dealt with several questions about his game, his conditioning, his hopes for Bethpage and his future plans.

Woods said he’d would like to play in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo if he can qualify for the U.S team. Woods has committed to the new PGA Tour event in Japan this upcoming October. “It would be a first for me and something I would welcome. getting there and making the team will be the tough part,” Woods said. “Will I add a couple more (events) to get in, that is a question that will be answering moving forward.”

Woods added he wanted to play at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow two weeks ago but wasn’t “mentally prepared to log in the hours” necessary to get ready for that PGA Tour event in Charlotte, N.C. He admitted his body can no longer the grind as he once did.

“I like playing,” Woods answered when asked if he would follow Peyton Manning and LeBron James in having his own TV show.

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