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Rory is a good guy, so I don't mind saying good shot to him, disregarding the situation you're in, that's just a filthy bunker shot, so you just have to go,' hey, that was a sick shot.' It's just part of the game.
I'm not averse to having a chat on the way around, it's fine. It probably keeps both of us a little loose, but you can tell there's moments when to talk, and moments not to. And that was the case today as well.
It's appreciating the moment as well and appreciating the fact that it's unbelievably cool to have a chance to win The Open at St Andrews, it's what dreams are made of and I'm going to try to make a dream come true tomorrow.
Those traditions and the history of the game are very important to him, and I think Greg Norman doesn't want to see that all go away. I think that's a big part of the reason why Greg Norman position is what it is.
Playing 72 holes in the US Open is like playing under pressure the entire time even though the tournament doesn't really start until the weekend, i think mentally I am in a good spot which I showed today with some of the par saves and trying to keep Rory McIlroy going.
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I guess I took a lot of players ’ statements at face value. I guess that’s what I got wrong.
This is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time. Twenty-one PGA Tour wins, one more than somebody else.
I feel like it’s getting tougher and tougher to win on the PGA Tour. Just look at the two guys that I played with today. I went out with a lead and had to shoot 8-under par to get the job done. So the depth of talent on this tour is really, really impressive. And going up against guys like J.T. and Tony and coming out on top, that’s something to feel really good about.
Any decision that you make in your life that's purely for money usually doesn't end up going the right way, obviously, money is a deciding factor in a lot of things in this world, but if it's purely for money, it's not, it never seems to go the way you want it to.
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I really do n’t understand the decision at this point.
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I think everyone would love to incorporate some of Tiger Woods ' game into their own. I think that goes without saying. Yeah, he was my inspiration, and I certainly tried to model part of Tiger Woods ' game off him.
I've said this so many times, but from basically March of 2017 fast-forward two years, and he wins the( 2019) Masters and where he was with his body and what he had to do to get back to being somewhat healthy.
I've always felt that a few of the bans or suspensions, I think that should be announced, i think that should be more transparent. I've always said that.
I think you turn up at any golf course where you've had success, and automatically you're going to have some confidence coming in.
Hopefully, he comes back at some stage, and he will, and people will welcome him back and be glad that he is back.
Naive, selfish, egotistical, ignorant. A lot of words to describe that interaction with Shipnuck, it was just very surprising and disappointing.
I’m sure he’s sitting at home sort of rethinking his position and where he goes from here.
You look at the people that have already said no, you've got the top players in the world are saying no, so that has to tell you something.
That's not what they're going to want, is it ? They don't want some sort of league that’s like a pre-Champions Tour. I guess I understand the financial part of it for guys that are later on in their career.
I’ll certainly pick and choose my spots where I can take advantage of the driver and hit it, but the best player of the last 30 years, Tiger, he picked and chose where he hit driver, and he played a very, very controlled game, it didn’t work out too badly for him.
Not saying that my game compares to his in any way.
It’s just about resetting your goals, just trying to keep improving as a player, try to not let complacency creep in at any point, i think at times when you get successful and you maybe enjoy a little bit of that success, that complacency can creep in.
I said, ‘Oh, are you going to start in Maui like you usually do?’ He said, ‘I’m not in,' i was like, ‘Oh, sorry.’ There you go. DJ is the second-ranked player in the world and he didn't win. It just shows you how tough it is.
It was a pretty intense end of the year, everyone trying to get ready, masters was only a few weeks away and you were building toward something. And here, I guess you're starting off your season ... not looking too far ahead to this massive thing.
Tommy Fleetwood and Hovland can come back from 6-2.
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There's a lot of continuity in our team, and I think that’s been part of the reason for our success.
I certainly feel some sympathy for him because I don’t think that you should be ostracized or criticized for being different, and I think we have all known from the start that Bryson is different and he is not going to conform to the way people want him to be, there are certainly things that he has done in the past that have brought some of this stuff on himself. I’m not saying that he’s completely blameless in this.
I've known Tony for over 20 years. He comes from a great family. He's a wonderful person, obviously, he hadn't won in a while, but he never complained. He just sticks his head down, goes about his business. It was a really popular win in the locker room.
I made some comments before that were probably uneducated and impulsive, but coming here and experiencing it, seeing, feeling everything that goes on — not just Olympic golf but just The Olympics in general — that sort of Olympic spirit has definitely bitten me.
I need to do a better job of just giving things a chance, experiencing things, not writing them off at first glance.
It's like top 3 or nothing, right? so yeah, you’re taking peeks and glances at it and seeing how far off the pace you are. There’s still 18 holes is a lot of golf still and a lot can happen. I need to go play a good round of golf tomorrow and see how it all unfolds.
That’s sort of been the way for the last couple months, it’s felt close, but it just hasn’t quite been close enough.
The conditions got pretty rough there in the middle of the round. The wind got up and I made a few bogeys in a row, sort of said to Rory McIlroy at the turn if I could get back to even par for the day I would be happy.
To birdie the last hole and get back to even par, yeah, it’s nice to finish like that.
But he obviously knew his game was there, and he just had to go out and play the way he knows he can.
He’s won two tournaments in a row. I do n’t care what anyone says. He had that title.
I don’t think it’s going to be perfect, but again, I think it was a prudent move on the tour’s part to try to appease some people that were getting their heads turned by other things.
I think showing a little bit of your personality, you don't have to be putting out 10 social media posts every day, but you can show your personality through your golf game if you want.
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.
I'm going to run out of golf balls.
You’re trying to deal with the info that you have at that time, and the info that Patrick had at that time was the ball had n’t bounced and the info that I had at that time was the same, and I went down and on my life, that ball of mine was plugged, it was in its own pitch mark, so I took relief.
I did well. I got off to a great start, 4-under through nine, a little disappointed I did n’t pick up a couple more on the way in, especially with the two par 5s, not picking up any shots there. Yeah, I think anytime you shoot 68 on the South Course here you’ve got to be pretty happy.
He’s never one to miss an opportunity.
Obviously, disappointing not to shoot a good one on Sunday, but it was fine, i learnt quite a bit from it, and hopefully those lessons I can put into practice this week.
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Obviously we're going to have to take as many precautions as possible to be able to put tour events on again, but The Tour has got a robust plan in place, and if they can execute The Tour the right way, I see no reason why we can't start on June 11.
Right now, I'm planning to play the first three events, i miss the competition. I miss the buzz of getting into contention and playing in those last few groups on a Sunday and really feeling that.
I get the financial implications for everyone involved, there's a lot that goes into putting on the Ryder Cup that people don't appreciate, but having a Ryder Cup without fans is not a Ryder Cup.
Two of the majors will have already been played, hopefully the Ryder Cup's already been played. People will be in their routine and in the flow a little bit more.
Today's overreaction could look like tomorrow's underreaction.
I'd say last week was a bad top five, i got out early on Thursday morning and shot 66 and then sort of hung on for the rest of the week.
It is an opportunity for sure, i don't think you ever need an extra motivation when you come to this golf tournament but to be the first one to defend here would be very cool.
Once I got out there( last week), that inch difference with the putter moves your eye line and you stop seeing your lines the way you usually do, i saw the tournament through with it. It didn't work quite the way I wanted so... happy to have old faithful back in the bag and it worked well today.
I gave Rory McIlroy a lot of chances. I didn't make that many( because) I was on the wrong side of the hole all day, putting defensively, for the most part I've just been managing my game well. When I've been missing greens I've been getting up and down.
That driver went in my bag at about 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon, i didn't drive the ball particularly well in the pro-am, so I worked with the TaylorMade guys yesterday on the range and we figured a couple things out.
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 am mindful of it, i'm still a little behind( Koepka) I think but I'm getting there.
Going out this afternoon eight shots off the lead, there are scores out there but you don't want to push too hard, getting Rory McIlroy much closer to the lead going into the weekend was nice. I'm excited to give Rory McIlroy another chance to win. I really wanted to come here and play well.
I must say I didn't enjoy that walk last year like everyone else did, i never took the fight to Tiger.
Going up against the number one player in the world today, he got one over me in Memphis and I wanted to get some revenge, to play like that alongside Brooks, get the win, win the FedEx Cup, it's awesome.
To win three times is awesome, i feel like I could have won more but to win the FedEx cup again, to persist the whole way throughout the year, to keep giving Rory McIlroy chances, even when I was getting knocked back and not be denied, I'm very proud of Rory McIlroy.
My goal was to shoot the lowest score of the week.
Absolutely especially with what theyre paying this year, thats like winning five majors.
I had a lot of good (approach yardage) numbers where I could go ahead and make a full committed swing, i just dialled my distances in today with the wedges. It worked today. One of my goals was to hit it pin high and I hit it pin high most of the day.
These greens are so pure if you get it on line and get it rolling properly, i've holed a lot of putts this week.
I lost my swing in the middle of the round, stared missing shots left, i hit a really good tee shot on 14 and that turned things around for me and I made some good swings coming home.
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.
It's just so hard for me to wrap my head around the new layout, i keep calling them the old hole numbers.
Carnoustie last year I didn't envisage hitting that many drivers and then I got there the week of the tournament.
Luckily this is not my first rodeo. It's going to be my 11th British Open championship, it doesn't matter whether it's at Portrush or St. Andrews or Carnoustie or Birkdale or wherever, it's the British Open championship.
I'm going to have so many people I knew who are going to want to stop me and chat.
Those were huge to get me back into the tournament.
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.
To do all that hard work over the first 12 holes, and then to lose it in two holes, 13 and 14 was disappointing.
I probably missed four or five yards right of where I needed to, and it came back down the hill, and then you're in an awkward spot.
I definitely didn't give it away, i know I've done some stupid things in the past, but that would have been right up there.
I said to Harry, 'Could you go and find Laurence? He's got my putter. And put it back in the bag and make sure the bag gets on the plane and goes to California,' that was really it ... the guy I gave it to was running the golf tournament. He knows it's not for him.
When I had that run in' 14, I didn't really celebrate it too much, it was almost as if I was playing an eight-round tournament, and that's how I feel here. I've played really well these four days and it sets me up for next week.
To start the day tied for the lead, and to play like that, it gives me a lot of confidence, i wanted to be aggressive from the start, I was, four-under through five holes and that really established I was in control of this tournament.
I didn't quite do it, a couple of loose shots down the stretch but I was chasing it, trying to make birdies, and sometimes you're going to make mistakes when you do that.
Guys, can you turn your phones down.
It's awesome. I'm really grateful, i really felt the love out there. Celebrate another decade of my life and I get to do it on one of my favorite golf courses in the world, it's pretty cool.
I've never done that for a PGA before and I've done pretty well at them, so just treating it like any other event, i would assume Bethpage is going to feel like a normal PGA Tour set-up. You're not really going to have to do anything different.
I just need to put up a better fight than I did, i didn't have much of a game that day.
Sawgrass and I didn't have the greatest relationship starting off, it's a massive win on a course( where) I've had mixed results. I had to show a lot of character out there. Any time I looked at the leaderboard I was pleasantly surprised I hadn't fallen two or three shots behind.
I'm just really proud of myself the way I played the last few holes.
I just need to keep seeing red numbers, i don't need a win. I'm not putting Rory McIlroy under pressure. Winning is a byproduct of doing all the things that I'm doing well.
It was just a perfect yardage to go ahead and be aggressive with.
My Sundays haven't been what I would have liked but I'm putting myself in that position, good golf is good golf.
Some weeks a guy just plays better than Dustin Johnson and that's exactly what happened this week, he was very impressive all-round this week and deserved to win.
I can only control me, and I've played well. I've done what I wanted to do and needed to do.
It's fun, i'm glad you don't have to do it every week but while we're here might as well make the most of it.
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'm committed to the journey of getting to a point where that's not a conversation anymore, so have just got to keep putting Rory McIlroy in those positions, i'm obviously playing good enough golf to get Rory McIlroy there( in contention).
Yes, you're going to miss some events you might want to play, it's all about pacing yourself.
I'm obviously playing good enough golf to get Rory McIlroy there( in contention).
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 sort of learned to play the course a little bit better and reined myself in on some tee shots, and that's what's brought me a little bit of success here, once I started to be a little more conservative, I started to sort of top-10 it and give myself half a chance.
I'm just not that comfortable with anything right now, i'm trying really hard to hit Golf Channel in the fairway and then trying really hard to get my irons on line. Golf Channel's all just a little bit of a struggle.
There's going to be a point in the next couple of years where we( Rory McIlroy and fiancée Erica Stoll) are going to have to think about starting a family, right now I'm ready to go but I don't want anything to affect that.
As it gets closer, I am relishing the thought of going down there and competing for gold, but I have been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out saying that it might be worse than they are saying.
Maybe( I am) a little bit too far back, but at least I can go out there tomorrow and try to give it my all and try to post a good one.
I'm working quite a lot on a couple of technical things.
He (Spieth) is sitting on top of the leaderboard, where he has been for basically the last three years here, so he's going out there and it's his to lose, there's a few guys that have a chance and I feel like if I can get off to a good start, you never know.
I'm very positive and optimistic going back to Augusta because the last few years I've improved my performance there, last year, I played the golf course pretty much the way I wanted to. Had a good weekend. Played the par-fives very well ... it worked out pretty well.
This is a course that sets up perfectly for British Open champion Zach Johnson, if British Open champion Zach Johnson can get it in play British Open champion Zach Johnson’s going to be tough to beat, but I feel like I ’m playing well.
I just played a really solid round of golf, i didn't make any mistakes, no bogeys, which is what I've been looking to do.
It feels really good, i feel really comfortable over it and you can see by the way I have been putting, I have been holing a lot of the putts that I should hole to keep the round going.
It's so nice to hole a putt like that on the last just to give Rory McIlroy that little bit of a cushion going into tomorrow.
I've tried to get a little bit of balance, i tried to get my practice in the morning so I can spend the afternoons having a little bit of free time. It's nice to go out and explore a bit of Dubai.
I have been coming here so long and I have great memories, i've been able to win a couple of times and I'd love to make it three.
I've liked this routine at the start of the year and I've done it the last few seasons where I take the week off between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
My lowest score here is 64 and I'd love to better that.
It's motivating to see what these guys are doing, you want to go out and work harder, you want to hit more balls and try to keep getting better. It has definitely given me that sense of hunger again.
It's been a great season and if this is the sign for things to come, then obviously golf is in a really good spot.
Luckily, that amount of money doesn't sort of mean much to me anymore, it will go in the bank and if I want to buy something nice, I will. I mean like it's nice to think that you could win $10 million this week, but that's not what excites me.
It'll be like that until one of us separates ourselves a little bit, at the end of the day, it's just about playing and playing well. I don't know any other way we could determine the best player in the world.
I felt like I hit the ball very well, these greens are probably the fastest I have putted on in a while.
Expectation levels are the same, i have played quite a number of rounds of golf.
Seventy-two holes, playing with no pain, no swelling, nothing like that, then we knew that, 'OK, you're ready to go.' And if I hadn't have passed that test, I wouldn't have been here.
That's why I was able to get back in five weeks instead of six ... but I don't think that's any surprise given this day and age with everything at our disposal in terms of treatment, machines.
Anyone that can get elevation on their iron shots and get a little spin on the ball, that's the way you're going to get it close to these pins, i think that's the way I'm going to do well this week.
No one is going to go out there and play 10 practice rounds, i'm going to go up a little early, play a couple practice rounds the weekend before and then I'll probably play another 18 holes.
What's Mike Davis' handicap ?
I felt myself getting a bit angry out there which I haven't been doing the last few weeks, i just need to stay in control of my emotions because I feel like... if I'm a little tired or a little fatigued mentally I'll start to be hard on myself.
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.
It's about staying patient, there's a lot of pars on my card, but I was able to pick off a couple of birdies and a nice eagle on 16, so pleased with the start.
Not really, because it's been... like last year it was Rickie( Fowler), this year it's Jordan, it might be someone else, could have been Tiger, there's been four or five rivalries over the past year so it doesn't really do anything for me.
I don't think any tiredness is there. It's nice to get a couple of nights in my own bed and get up here and I feel pretty fresh.
It's been a great week, match play is a format that I've always enjoyed. I feel it's a format that I do well in and I excel in.
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I think we were both struggling to read our putts there, we wanted to try and get finished, but we'll come back tomorrow morning and do it all over again.
Definitely the best I've played scoring?wise, i feel like tee to green it's been pretty similar. I was able to take advantage of some of the good shots I was hitting today. I putted a lot better. I think I made six or seven birdies there in 13 holes.
Obviously you make the putt or you are going home, hit the best putt that I hit all day, thankfully.
Where did I get my ticket ? I don't know. I do know, but I'm not sure I want to say, definitely don't want to tell you how much I paid for it.
I did what I needed to do against Brandt Snedeker on Thursday today. I felt like I played very solid tee to green and made a few birdies so that's nice, the match tomorrow, it's win or go home so it's back to the usual format and I'm looking forward to it.
I feel like I've drawn quite a tough group, a lot of good players, i need to play well to progress, but I feel like my game is in good shape and hopefully ready to go.
Nothing that a few quick birdies won't change if I try and win 7 and 6, if the fight starts at maybe 10 o'clock like they usually do, then it should be OK.
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.
It's awfully impressive, it's nice to get your major tally up and running at an early stage in your career. It's great to see, great for the game, and I'm sure there will be many more.
Look, I'm going to need something basically around 61, 62 (Sunday) to have a real chance, i'm not sure that's going to happen, but we'll see.
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 definitely feel like I play this golf course better and better every year that I come here, i don't know, I just need to keep putting numbers up like I did today. I know I'm capable of it ... just a few stretches of holes have held me back and that's really been the case this year again.
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.
I'll hope to be right there at the end of the week.
It could have been a round that got away from me, i just stayed patient, realizing that it's a 72-hole tournament. It was good to get into red numbers.
Everything I've done, all the work I've done gearing up for this week has been good, i'm just ready for the gun to go off on Thursday.
A lot of that win has to do with what happened at Augusta.
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 did have posters of him on my wall and I did idolize him, really, i think if you ask a lot of golfers that are my generation, he was the benchmark. He was the inspiration for us to go out and try to be the best that we could be.
I just really felt like spending a couple of weeks away from this, I guess.
Seeing signs of my game that I like, another three days of hopefully solid golf and try and get into contention, and that will put me in a good place going into Augusta.
I thought I'd just mix it up a little bit this year, play here and then I'll have a couple weeks off to get ready for Augusta. Back in' 11, I took three weeks off before The Masters. It worked pretty well for 63 holes, not quite 72. So just trying to adopt a similar approach.
Northern Ireland was sort of an unplanned visit, the last five days have been really good work with him, just one-on-one, no one else around. It's been really good. So feeling much better about my game now than I was walking off Doral 10 days ago.
I didn't hit any extra balls. I played one ball the whole time, really wanted to go and enjoy it with my dad. That was what the whole thing was about. There's four father-and-sons, and we had a great time.
It's their offseason, i guess for me it was to see all those guys in the gym before their season starts and they're so dedicated and committed to what they do, especially those two guys, Peyton and Tom Brady. They're both in their mid-30s and they want to prolong their careers as much as they can.
It's their offseason, i guess for me it was to see all those guys in the gym before their season starts and they're so dedicated and committed to what they do, especially those two guys, Peyton and Tom. They're both in their mid-30s and they want to prolong their careers as much as they can.
That was my time to leave.
To see them putting so much into it even after 15 successful years... it was great for me to see. It was inspirational in some ways.
It was nice to be in that little world for a couple of days and experience it.
The game's just not quite there. I've got a week off now to try and work on it a little bit, i am pretty disappointed with how I played overall. I felt it was a little better again today for the most part but a bit of a disappointing finish. But it's just not quite 100 percent.
(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 was heat of the moment, if it had been any other club, I probably wouldn't have. But I didn't need a 3-iron for the rest of the round, so I thought,' Why not ?'.
Felt good at the time.
As you saw out there, it's quite frustrating at times.
You're trying to shoot the best score possible and sometimes you do things that you wish you hadn't, frustration got the better of me.
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.
There's always hype, there's always buildup. My name is getting thrown around a little bit more than it used to, but I'm OK with that.
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 don't like missing cuts, you want to be playing on the weekend, and I'm not there. I'm not going to be playing this weekend, which is not nice.
I don't feel like I controlled my ball flight well at all, which you need in the wind, that wasn't something that I did particularly well. I guess the last three weeks, I haven't really practiced in many crosswinds. I felt like I struggled in crosswinds out there the last couple of days.
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.
I'm pissed off. I don't like missing cuts. You want to be playing on the weekend, and I'm not going to be playing which is not nice.
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 shot better today than I did the previous time I played here, so it's a little bit of an accomplishment.
The conditions were obviously very tricky from the start. You know, from the first hole, it was always going to be a day like that, i feel like I salvaged something out of the round the last couple holes, but it was just a day to keep trying, not to give up.
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.
It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain.
It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain, it will be great to see Davis and (European captain) Darren (Clarke) go head-to-head at Hazeltine and they will be formidable opponents.
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.
He (Fowler) was kicking me on today, i didn't want to let him get too far ahead. It looked like he was going to shoot quite a low one, I was in neutral and needed to get something going.
I just needed to hang on his coattails, he was kicking me on today, for sure. I was trying to keep up with him and didn't want to let him get too far ahead.
One of the goals this week is just to have no penalty shots when I don't need them, and see where I end up at the end of the week.
I'll take that boarding pass out at the end of the year and see how well I've done, i feel 2014 has really set me up for another great year. I'm coming in with a nice little bit of momentum, and (my) game is feeling good.
It's a golf course I've always felt comfortable on, one that has suited me, and I have played well here, this is my eighth year in a row starting the season off here, so I'm pretty familiar with the place, and looking forward to another strong start to the season.
I didn't achieve everything that I wanted to last year.
I'm in my off-season so I can enjoy myself, enjoy my Christmas dinner and have a few drinks.
I can't explain it, it's been a week of very mixed emotions but I'm sitting here looking at this trophy going, 'How the hell did it happen?'.
I won a major in 2011 and 2012 but not in 2013 so I'll try to make up for that with two this year.
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.
To win it for the first time in 2012 felt like a great achievement but to win again in 2014 is testimony to what has been a truly fabulous year for me.
I need a fast start tomorrow to have a chance, it depends too on what the guys ahead of me do. I need some help. But the greens have been firmer every day. So a low score is higher than it was.
I used to be uncomfortable. There's added scrutiny and there's added criticism, but I learned to deal with it. It's just part of the title. I want to keep it for as long as I possibly can.
In terms of ball striking, I've driven it better, which is a huge part of my game, when I drive it well I can give myself shorter irons into greens and more opportunities for birdies. My mid-range putting has been very good this year.
I learned a lot from it. I feel I came through this year stronger and wiser and can go into 2015 in a much better place.
It's not something I thought possible, I will work hard and make sure I'm ready for that.
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