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It’s a unique opportunity because I’ve never won a U.S. Open. It’s in my backyard. I have a chance to prepare properly, and I wanted to put in the right work, so I’ve kind of shut off all the noise. I’ve shut off my phone. I’ve shut off a lot of the other stuff to where I can kind of focus in on this week.
My desire to play is the same, i’ve never been driven by exterior things. I’ve always been intrinsically motivated because I love to compete, I love playing the game. I love having opportunities to play against the best at the highest level. That’s what drives me, and the belief that I could still do it inspired me to work harder.
It really does feel good to finally get the scores out of it, to know that I am playing well, i know that, as I look back on those other victories here, how special they were... I've got a little bit of work to get my ball striking back to that level that I need it to be for tomorrow's round. But it's fun to be back in the thick of it.
I came out of my 3-wood a little bit so it was very short, and I didn't catch my next 3-wood that great, so I was left with 60 yards back into the wind. It was a perfect shot I could spin. It might not be a bad way to play the hole given those wind conditions. But I was disappointed I missed that putt. I had about a 6-footer. That would have been a heck of a par on that hole.
I think the short game, when you haven't played, it's the first thing to feel uncomfortable and the quickest thing to get back, i don't think he's going to have any problems, I really don't. I think we all Phil Mickelson included have had stretches where we feel a little uncomfortable. We don't hit it solid, and usually it's just a small tweak, because it's such a short swing that it's not a hard thing to fix.
I flew it by him 25 yards, i have gotten a lot more speed in the offseason. That really bothered him. So the 14th hole is a dogleg right to left. I guess he really hammered one. I had not played the hole before. I just hit a little stock cut. ... He was 11 yards by me. If that's what it takes to stroke his ego, then that's what it takes. Had I known that he was going to make a big deal about it, I would have swung a fraction harder and put it past him.
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