SI: How many times did you think John Daly had this tournament won today?
TW: It was looking pretty good [for him]. I felt like I had to birdie 18. [ Woods was at 10 under par.] John's score hadn't been posted yet. I hit this great drive down 18, and Stooey [ Stuart Appleby] was over his shot when they posted Daly [who had bogeyed the 17th] at 10 under. I knew I had a chance to win outright if I made birdie.
SI: When Daly missed the putt in the playoff [to lose], you bowed your head. Can you talk about that?
TW: I just felt so bad. That's not how you're supposed to win. We're battling. JD played beautifully all week. It shouldn't end like that. It was very painful.
SI: What did you say to him after?
TW: I just said, "I'm sorry." It was the only thing I could say.
SI: How do you think your season has gone, considering the way you started?
TW: Well, I was building. This is part of the long process I went through during the last couple of years, changing my game and working to get to a point like this. You know, all the naysayers said I was doing the wrong things with my swing. Now they understand why I made all the changes I did.
SI: You've always summoned your best swings when you needed them. How do you do that?
TW: I don't know. I don't feel like I focus more. I try to take the same mental approach going into each and every shot. For some reason, when it really matters, I seem to hit higher shots. I don't know why. I've had some really bad shots when I needed good ones, but I've hit some of my best shots when I've been struggling and needed to turn it around. I was struggling with my driver all week. I had a two-way miss going [both left and right]. At 18 I thought, Just focus on your [aiming] point, and all of a sudden everything came together. It was like, Wow, where has that been all week?