Bryson DeChambeau has spoken of his friendship with Tiger Woods and how he was never able to live a "normal life".
The 28-year-old was speaking before he heads to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on the PGA Tour for his second event of 2022.
He is looking to improve upon his performance at the Tournament of Champions where he finished 25th.
A new driver and a new sense of perspective appear to be part of his motivation for this year, where he hopes to again make waves.
Ultimately, the goal is to be the world's number one golfer, win majors and be the best he can possibly be.
DeChambeau recently joined the Rick Shiels Golf Show where he spoke for more than 90 minutes on a range of topics.
He told how he is not trying to disrespect the game with his pursuit of distance and some regrets over his behaviour last year.
DeChambeau was asked about 46-year-old Woods in the podcast.
Woods and DeChambeau were seen laughing, joking and throwing around a football in Albany, Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge last December.
It was where Woods tentatively confirmed plans for at least trying to play golf again at some point in the future.
Asked in a quickfire Q&A segment DeChambeau was asked, "Tiger or Jack?".
"Boy that's a tough one. For me though it's gotta be Tiger just knowing him pretty personally. It's great.
"He's a great guy. To be honest with you and everyone can talk about what's gone on, but he's done things in his life for certain reasons and everything he's done for the most part I understand from a protection perspective.
"Just because he was never able really to live a normal life. I do have a lot of respect for what he's done for the game of golf and how he's gone about doing it for the game of golf it's pretty inspiring and something I always look up to.
That's pretty cool being Woods' friend, Shiels says.