Tiger Woods yesterday set the record straight and put to rest some of the conspiracy theories that might have been revolving around his now-famous missed putt on Saturday. Some observers had questioned whether Woods had deliberately missed the routine three-footer on the final hole of his challenge match against three of Asia's top professionals at Mission Hills Golf Club. The rare error resulted in the world number one finishing level with China's Zhang Lianwei and Taiwan's Yeh Wei-tze at one-under-par 71 - and led people to wonder if diplomacy had played a hand. No, insisted Woods when he gave a press conference yesterday at the conclusion of the BKK Tiger Woods Mission Hills Challenge. He didn't miss on purpose to maintain 'friendship' with China or for any other reason. He simply missed. Speaking to about 200 members of the media, the 25-year-old superstar said: 'I did not miss that putt on purpose. That's all. I just had a bad putt at the wrong time. I tried to get myself into that position to have that opportunity. I eagled 16, birdied 17 and I just messed up on 18.' Woods also said his back, which caused problems when he competed in last week's Tour Championship in Houston, was feeling much better. 'More than anything it was a freak accident. It happened and it was sore, yes. But I'm feeling fine. If I can play at next week's World Cup [in Japan with David Duval], like I did today for the first 12 holes, I'll be all right,' said Woods, who will be defending the Americans' World Cup title. 'David would like that if I played well. As far as my back is concerned, I have full range of motion. Injuries are all part of the game and it's a bit sore now. But if the joints are uninhibited and if I have full range of motion, I'll be OK. It feels fine, especially after an 18-hour flight to come to China from the US, which is great news. 'I don't see any long term effect from the injury. It was just a bruise and it was a little sore. I feel a lot better and hopefully I can get it together and play well. 'I really feel that I am playing well going into next week. I hit the ball a lot better today than yesterday,' he said following yesterday's pro-am tournament. Reviewing his stellar career to date, Woods said he had grown psychologically and had learned from his mistakes. 'I look back and I have changed from last year and the year before that. But I think I have played pretty good during the past few years and I haven't had too many frustrating points.' Woods revealed he had been anxious to play in China for the first time, saying the opportunity was 'too good to miss' in his first overseas trip after the September 11 attacks on the US. 'I was always looking forward to coming to China, but unfortunately it took a long time for me to get here. I couldn't have had a better spot to come to than Mission Hills. They have been wonderful to me and to my family. It has been a fun trip and we came up with all the goods for the game to grow here. 'That week during the September 11 attacks, the American Express tournament was cancelled and I was scheduled to go to Paris the following week and the Ryder Cup was cancelled after that. We didn't know what was going to happen as far as retaliation was concerned. Now we know what is going on and we have to continue our lives and that's what I am doing. I am travelling around the world and competing. 'I always wanted to play in China. I didn't want to miss the opportunity. The people here assured me that the environment was safe. The people here did a wonderful job and provided a safe environment not only for myself but for everybody else here. It's been a great time here and I look forward to coming back.' Woods said he was aware China opened its first golf course in 1984 and he predicted it would take 'some time' before China could match American golfers. 'Courses were built in the US in the 1800s so it's a bit older in the US than China. It will take a while. You need a big base. The game of golf is definitely growing at a rapid pace here. It's going to take time for China to produce some players and hopefully I'll be around at the time.' Asked whether he grew tired of the big crowds that followed him at Mission Hills, the six-time Major winner admitted it had been 'a little tough' but pointed out they had learned about golf etiquette by the end of the day. 'There's a tremendous influx of interest in the game here. They are all learning,' he said. Woods revealed he had some Chinese blood from his mother's side, but he knew nothing else about his Chinese descent. 'Sorry, I don't know,' he said when asked where in China his ancestors had come from. The world number one said he was pleased to be mentioned in the same breath as his great friend, NBA legend Michael Jordan, who is making another comeback playing for the Washington Wizards. 'Any time you have a conversation where your name is linked with Michael [Jordan] and his success . . . to be compared to him, you're on the right track. He did some amazing things in his career and I have become great friends with him. He's a tremendous talent and a tremendous person.' Woods revealed the most important aspect of his life outside of golf was his family. His parents, father Earl and mother Kultida, had travelled to Shenzhen to watch their son play. 'We all forget how important it is to have people like that in your life. I'm always constantly reminding myself how special it is to have these people in my life and how special it is to have a family. 'I really do think it has made my life much better,' he said.