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As Arnold Palmer said, ‘Every person you meet, look them dead in the eye, give them the time of day.’ If Arnold were still around, he would be No. 1 in that impact program for the next 50 years because of just how he was with people, that's what's popular. It's being engaging. I don't really see anything else.
You hope to see some good stuff in practice and then hopefully those good things you see translate onto the golf course and into some decent scores, i guess it was nice today that it did translate. The stuff that I have been seeing at home and in practice, I was able to continue that out onto the golf course.
I think what they've started to do at Open championships, to accommodate spectators, they've taken a lot of the gorse bushes away so Carnoustie last year I hit driver everywhere, i'm not expecting to do that at Portrush (but) it might be a case of like Carnoustie last year where I (arrive) thinking I'm only going to hit three or four drivers during the round but in actual fact it could be more like seven or eight, or nine or 10.
Fairways, greens, it sounds boring, it sounds cliche but that's what you need to do out here, look, it's not going to be easy over the weekend, you're going to make bogeys, you're going to make mistakes, it's going to happen. And if I can keep responding to those mistakes like I did today I'll be right there.
Only shooting one-under yesterday on the south course, I knew I needed to go out and shoot something at least in the mid 60s to just make the cut, let alone get back in the golf tournament, so it was nice to eagle the first hole we played and it's always a bonus when you can hole a wedge shot as well. All in all a good round of golf and at least have a shot going into the weekend.
I think as you get older, it's natural instinct to become a little more careful, you take way more risks when you're a teenager... I just need to get back to playing the game like I was a teenager. Not be careful, not try to be too perfect. Not try to control things that you can't control. Just go out and play your game.
They have probably a couple of guys, but one in particular that they try to emulate who's back out here playing, and he's become a friend of theirs, a lot of these guys have gotten to know Tiger and being able to say, 'OK, this is what he does, we mightn't be able to achieve everything that he has, but we can at least try'.
I know I need to shoot something in the mid to low 60s to realistically have a chance, if you're hanging around the lead especially over the closing stretch here, anything can happen with 16, 17 and 18 so if I can get into that part of the golf course and only have a couple shots back, anything can happen.
I went to Manny Pacquiao in' 09, and then I think Mayweather fought later on that year, and then they were supposed to fight the next year and it never happened. So( I've) been waiting five years for this to happen, i always said if these two guys fought each other, I wouldn't miss the opportunity to go. Luckily, we're somewhere close where I can get in line.
I've played them more conservatively. When I put myself in a good position off the tee, I just try to hit it in the middle of the green and take my two putts, a couple of times, once yesterday on 13, I hit it close and made eagle ... I just played them a little more conservatively or smartly, and missed it in the right areas when I have and been able to get it down.
I just kept telling myself to be patient out there today, it was a tricky day. The wind was swirling a little bit. Pin positions were tough. Anything under par I felt was a pretty good score. It was nice to pick up a couple birdies on the back nine on the par 5s there. Pretty satisfied with today's work.
Does it give people something else to talk about ? Yes, but I'm not necessarily listening to anything that anyone is saying, so doesn't really make a difference to me.' That Rory McIlroy is coming into the Masters with blinders on is little surprise. He's got a chance to become only the sixth player to win a career Grand Slam with a win here, and he's prepared meticulously for his attempt to conquer a course that seems made for his game but has consistently given him fits. He did it mostly out of the tournament spotlight, working on his game the last few weeks near his Florida home.
It's the one that should set up the best for me just with my ball flight and being comfortable off the tee here, especially being able to turn the ball over from right to left and all that, if I can play the way I know I can around here and just have a good week on the greens, then there's no reason why I shouldn't have a good chance.
Just trying to keep my game where it is and do some quality work, not overdo it, just do the right amount so that when I got here yesterday for the first time, again, I was ready to play and just needed to go see the golf course. Wasn't working on anything in my game, my swing. Wasn't thinking about technique at all. Just all about hitting the shots I need to and thinking about how to manage my game and get it around here for the next four days.
(I'm) tentative, a little bit scared to play certain shots, because I feel like I can't at the minute. So, hitting away from flags, trying to make sure that I am missing it in the right areas. Just playing quite conservatively, which is very much unlike me, i have just got to get back at it tomorrow and try to figure out what I need to do.
It is very good on the range and it is very good in normal play when I'm not playing a tournament, then I've got a card in my hand the last couple weeks and it just hasn't quite been there. It's nice you can get round rounds this week and sort of try to play your way into some sort of rhythm. I don't feel like it's that far away. That's the frustrating thing.
I think I'd rather have the questions, because it's obviously a great position to be in going into Augusta and having it be the only major that I haven't won, it's not a bad position to be in. There's always excitement and anticipation and hype that surrounds Augusta every year, and I feel it regardless if I'm going in as the favorite or under the radar or whatever.
I just practiced and played a little bit, and at least I know going into this week where my game is, so even if things maybe don't go my way at some point during the round, I'll know how to manage it a little bit better. Excited to get back at it and obviously try to put in a better performance than last week.
It's nice to have my name up on the board, i would play Seminole quite a lot when I'm at home, probably once a week. So to walk into that locker room all the time and have your name up there on the board, the Pro-Member board, it's a pretty cool board to look at. You have all the greats of the game that are basically up there.
I guess after coming off a three-week break, and then felt a little ... I wouldn't say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game yesterday, and then today, I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn't. Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where you're game is at. Just got to regroup and put some work in and get ready for Miami next week.
I guess after coming off a three-week break, I felt, I wouldn't say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game yesterday, and then today I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn't. Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where your game's at. I've just got to regroup and get ready for Miami next week.
Walking from 14 green to 15 tee, I said to Brooks, 'Let's just make a couple birdies on the way in, try and get something out of it,' luckily, I was sort of able to do that. But it was tough. When nothing is going your way and you don't really have anything to feed off, you don't see many good shots and guys ... we're all struggling. It was a grind out there. We'll all go home and put our feet up and get ready for tomorrow.
I feel like I've got a nice schedule going into Augusta, i'm not playing too much, but I'm playing just enough that I should be as sharp as possible going in there. I haven't thought about it. What I really thought about over the past couple of weeks is getting ready for these events coming up, and trying to play as well as I possibly can in those. So that gives me a little confidence going into a little break to prepare as well as I can for Augusta.
Everything's so instant now and everyone doesn't have as much time as they used to so you maybe try some way of speeding the game up, the viewership in golf is up but the participation is down. People enjoy watching the game but gone are the days that you could spend five or six hours on a golf course.
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