With 79 PGA Tour wins, including 14 major titles, you’d think Tiger Woods could play any course on the planet any time he wanted. You’d think, too, that he’d knock off all of the great courses in the world, checking them off the list. You’d be wrong.
Woods said in Dubai on Wednesday that he’s never played Pine Valley in New Jersey, which is consistently ranked in the top two golf courses in the United States, typically trading places with the likes of Augusta National and Cypress Point.
The reason? He would have to make a special trip to Pine Valley to play, and the greater Philadelphia area isn’t an allure for him and his vacation plans.
“The thing is, I hate playing golf on my vacation days,” said Woods. “I’d much rather be home with my kids doing that than going out on golf vacations. Then when I do have time, it’s usually prepping for tournaments. So for me to go out to play some of these great venues around the world, it would be great and all, but just not right now.”
Woods said he might play there when his kids get older.
That’s a little different than what Woods said in 2009 when he was previously asked if he had played Pine Valley.
“I’d never, ever have a golfing vacation,” Woods said at the ’09 AT&T National, “because it’s not interesting for me to go out there and do that.”
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