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The collected media tried Tuesday afternoon, lobbing oddball questions at Woods referencing pop-culture subjects from Jim Brown and Michael Jordan to Roger Federer and Michael Jackson. Woods answered them all with casual aplomb, maneuvering around each potential PR hazard the way he dissects par 5s before bringing the interview back to the event at hand.

“We’re looking forward to this week,” Woods said. “It’s certainly become a pretty special event in its short, short history.”

It’s pretty easy to envision one outcome that would make it even more special.