You've got to be psyched that the PGA Championship is returning to Whistling Straits.
I'm psyched that I'm healthy again and able to play and walk with no pain. I'm feeling quite strong.
You just turned 47. Take us through all the recent aches and pains.
I had surgery again in December on my right knee to fix some loose things that were going on in there. Some cartilage came loose. It was my second knee operation. I was trying to recover from that and my back kind of went as well, so I couldn't walk right. So now I'm able to walk correctly and my back is feeling great. I'm good. The swing is feeling strong. I'm putting nicely. I just need to play enough tournaments to get in the groove of things and then just go.
There was word that you bought a place in New York? Are you spending some time in the city?
My son Qass is going to school there at Fordham. The place is in Manhattan. It's his apartment. His mother's there at the moment.
He has a nice swing, as I recall.
Yeah, he has a lot of potential to play well. His heart is not in the game. Hopefully he'll come up with something. I know there's a good driving range there.
Chelsea Piers. The balls come right out of the ground on a tee. You never have to bend over.
That's what I need!
Sounds like you haven't spent much time in New York, though.
It was a cold winter in your hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., of all places.
Yes, but I was in Hawaii. I spent a lot of time there recovering, working out and getting strong. I have a place on the Big Island.
Do you have your trainer come out and work with you?
Yeah, Gabe [Lopez]. He's a rock.
What about the U.S. Open coming back to Pebble Beach?
It'll be a lot different [than the AT&T], with the conditioning and the rough. The last time the Open was there I played four rounds, that's about it.
What's the difference between when you won at Pebble in 2004 — a year in which you racked up nine victories and became No. 1 in the world — and now?
You're not thinking about where you're going to hit it, or what you're going to do, you just go and play. I'm starting to play like that again, so I'm really excited.
You can still win on the PGA Tour, but will you play the Champions Tour?
I don't know. Right now I'm driving the ball longer than I ever have. I'm hitting my irons as good as I ever have, and I'm beginning to putt as good as ever. So I'm not looking forward to the senior tour at the moment. I'm more focused on playing here.
Can you make the Presidents Cup team again in 2011?
If I'm in, I'm going to play. I'm sure I will be. I mean I had a bad year last year. This year is going to be different.