Tiger Woods chats with Rachel Nichols on CNN's 'Unguarded'

Tiger Woods at the Turkish Airlines Open
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Tiger Woods told Rachel Nichols that he was worried about breaking a windshield on an approaching car if he flared a drive off to the right as he blasted golf balls down the Bosphorus Bridge.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, November 09, 2013 | 8:47 p.m.

CNN made a big splash recently when it signed Rachel Nichols away from ESPN. Nichols is now the host of a new interview program called ''Unguarded'' that airs Friday nights at 10:30 pm ET.

Each week, according to CNN, the show features an in-depth interview with one of the biggest names in sports, and discussion about topical stories with a variety of sports, entertainment and news personalities. On Friday, that in-depth interview was with Tiger Woods.

Nichols traveled all the way to Turkey, where Woods has spent the last week promoting and playing in the European Tour's high-dollar Turkish Airlines Open. Woods began his week, we remember, by becoming the first golfer to hit a balls from one continent to another as he knocked some drives down the famous Bosphorus Bridge.

In her sit-down interview with Woods, Nichols asked him about his well-publicized major drought and the challenges he faced in getting his golf game back into shape after a frustrating series of injuries.

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''Going through and battling through the injuries that I had and finally to come out on the other side'' was a great achievement, he said. ''I feel more consistent'' – he's won five times already in 2013 – ''and am very proud of that.''

He also focused on the big picture when Nichols inquired about how he's handling the mounting pressure of his stalled quest to break Jack Nicklaus' record for most majors.

''The thing is, a lot of golfers peak in their 30s, which is very different'' from other sports, he said. ''The mental maturity it takes to play this game at a high level – you start eliminating mistakes as you get older. … Your strategic awareness improves. You understand how to attack a golf course. That's why you see a lot of great players, for instance Hogan, win most of his majors at my age and older.''

Also in the interview, Woods offered his thoughts on being under the microscope all the time and discussed the way his relationship with his kids is changing as they grow up. He explained how his work life is different from girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's, and explained where – and why – he got the nickname ''Urkel.''

There's all this and plenty more, and you can see a good chunk of the interview in this video below: