Four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods has admitted that competing at Augusta National “really wasn’t that hard” prior to the changes in 2002, the Metro report.
Woods, who has won 14 major titles during his career, claimed the green jacket back in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.
The 43-year-old, who made his Masters debut back in 1995, is expected to compete at Augusta National again in April.
The iconic golf course has undergone some major changes since 2002, such as fairways being narrowed, more trees and holes being lengthened.
And talking to the media, Woods claimed that playing at Augusta National wasn’t hard prior to the changes.
When I first went there, there were no bunkers. I drove it into the crosswalk on one.
I hit a nine-iron into two. Drove it on the green on three. Had a sandwedge into five. Sandwedge into seven. Eight I had a four-iron.
Nine was a sandwedge. Eleven was a wedge. Thirteen was a three-wood and eight-iron. Fourteen was a three-wood and a sandwedge.
Fifteen was a driver and eight-iron, driver-pitching wedge sometimes. Seventeen was a driver sandwedge and 18 was a driver-sandwedge.
It really wasn’t that hard.
There is set to be even more changes for competitors this year, with the fifth hole being increased by 50 yards.
The American, who finished in a tie for 20th at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, is expected to compete at the Genesis Open next week, meeting fellow countryman Phil Mickelson for the first time since their one-on-one showdown back in November.