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Press conference gets personal for Tiger Woods [Updated]

July 6, 2010 |  8:49 am

Tiger_400 Tiger Woods shot a 3-under-par round of 69 Tuesday at the J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am in Adare, Ireland, despite gusting winds and sporadic heavy rain.

But then he had to weather a press conference. At his first overseas event this year, Woods responded to questions about his marriage and personal turmoil first with terse, tense answers and eventually silence.

When asked why he was flying home to Florida rather than heading to Scotland to prepare for next week's British Open, Woods said: "I need to get home." When asked why, he said: "See my kids."

A question asking if he could concentrate solely on golf drew silence from Woods.

[Updated at 9:10 a.m.: Throughout the 15-minute press conference media members attempted various angles to coax a comment from Woods on how his off-course troubles were affecting his game.

"There are times in one's life when things get put in perspective, one being when my father passed, and obviously what I've been going through lately," Woods said in his most expansive reply.

But when asked again, Woods had clearly had enough. "Everything's working itself out," was all he would say.

When asked again from yet another angle, Woods descended into silence, offering only an expression somewhere between a grimace and a frown.]

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Tiger Woods speaks at a press conference at the end of his second round of the J.P. McManus Invitational Pro-Am event on July 6, 2010. Credit: Patrick Bolger / Getty Images.