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"He's played half of them, as many as I have," Goydos said.
Goydos blamed reporters, and he was half-serious.
"The media is trying to decide what's a good field and what's a bad field, and I don't think they are very good at deciding that," he said Wednesday. "I think we have these arbitrary rankings, and those are very good at identifying the best couple of players, and maybe the next 10. But are they good at identifying the next 90? In my opinion, no.
"Tour (qualifying) school has got a great field. It's just we had never heard of Anthony Kim. The reality is there are not any bad fields. It's just a field that hasn't been known as strong yet."
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said it was too early for anyone to worry about the AT&T National drawing the best players, even when the top player is on the DL.
"All of the pieces are here for it to be an especially good tournament," Finchem said. "We have a lot of great players here this week, and one of things we are looking forward to between now and when Tiger comes back is watching to see who steps up. From that standpoint, I'm not too concerned.
"When you add some of the players that are hurt, Tiger being back next year, I really feel good about it."
Choi also has good vibes about this place.
He felt good just seeing the Blue Course again, recalling the situations he was in on every hole and the shots he pulled off, none more important than holing out from a bunker on the 17th that wrapped up his three-shot victory.
"It definitely helps my confidence, and I think it's going to help me a lot this week," Choi said. "I think this course is in very good condition. This course fits my game very well because I hit a lot of high fades. I hope to repeat the same achievement I did last year."
If he does, there will be one big difference.
Woods, who is in a straight knee brace and on crutches, probably won't be around to hand him the trophy.
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