Tiger Woods met with reporters at the TPC course in Scottsdale Tuesday morning after completing a practice round. He’s preparing for his first appearance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 14 years. Despite fondly remembering his 1997 hole in one on the course’s 16th hole, 

and getting help from the gallery to move a rock away from his ball two years later, it was two other incidents that apparently contributed to his long absence here. “The orange and the guy on 6” Woods answered when asked what kept him away. He was referring to a fan rolling an orange onto the green as Woods prepared to putt in 2001, two years after a man was wrestled to the ground after heckling Woods as he played the 6th hole in Scottsdale. The man was later found to be carrying a handgun. “That’s one of the reasons why I haven’t played (here) in awhile. I think the people here have done a fantastic job over the years making sure that things are a lot more safe”. Woods also addressed the controversy surrounding the loss of a tooth. He maintains that it happened as he watched the award ceremony after his girlfriend, skier Lindsey Vonn, won her record 63rd World Cup race last week in Italy. He says while wearing a disguise, a video photographer changed positions, and accidentally hit Woods in the mouth. Race organizers dispute the golfer’s version of what happened. Tiger also says he’s planning to attend Sunday’s Super Bowl in Glendale after the golf tournament concludes. “That’s the plan. I just wish my Raiders were there…but they’re not”.
–Jeff Scott