Tiger Woods has authored many mind numbing press conferences over his 15-year career, but this most recent Ryder Cup press conference might have been the pinnacle of achievement with regard to being verbally vanilla.
He was vague, evasive, deflective. Tedious, boring, ambiguous.
At least, until a certain implied insult was broached.
Then, for once, Woods clenched his teeth, set his jaw and spoke sparse words that were just as notable for what wasn't specifically stated.
After finishing his practice round Tuesday at the Ryder Cup, Woods snapped to attention when he was asked about rising European team star Rory McIlroy, who noted in a BBC radio interview that he wanted to play Woods in this week's competition.
That feeling is surely mutual.
"Me, too," Woods said tersely.
Asked if he wanted to expound, Woods shot back, "No."
Phil Mickelson tried to diffuse the situation but he was just blowing smoke. Ask others who have challenged Tiger as he was making a swing change. Stephen Ames got smoked 9 and 7 and Rory Sabbatini got left behind in a final round in the Quail Hollow golf tournament when Tiger shot a 63 as they were paired in the final group together on Sunday as Sabbatini shot a 74.