TODD HAMILTON: I can remember two examples, and this is nothing against the people that were doing it. I was playing in Korea, two separate years. There was one hole where you had to hit it, par-5, you had to hit it out and to the right, but once you got it out with the driver you lost sight of it. If you hit it too far to the right there was a big hill that banked up and if you hit it too far you would be out-of-bounds or it would be in the fairway. I remember pushing a drive out to the right. So I hit a provisional, down to the middle of the fairway. It started going up the hill toward the OB. And they had forecaddies out there. The lady had it in her hand. It might have been in bounds, it might have been out-of-bounds, I don't know.
There was another example that actually did prevail over this. 1992, I was playing in the Makyung Korean Open. The last year I pulled my tee shot left. I think I had a shot lead. I believe it was in the fairway bunker. A Taiwanese guy in the group hit it down the middle, he was a shot back, a Korean guy pushed his shot to the right, and he had no shot from over there. By the time he got to his ball, his ball -- he was able to hit it to the green. If a person hadn't said something to one of the Korean golf officials. I think it was -- I didn't know this at the time until a week or so after this. I believe TC Chen told the guy, went to one of the officials he knew , Korean official, and he said, "You need to make sure that ball gets put back as close to possible where it was or else I'll make sure none of your players ever play outside of Korea again."
Like I mentioned earlier, that's nothing against the people of Korea, but I've heard stories like that, maybe some caddies in other countries where they had bets on their player. Obviously they wanted to win the bet and they wanted their player to do well. So they might fudge the ball out from behind the tree or out from the fairway. So there were a lot of things. You heard a lot of stories of guys playing over there in different countries and they'd make their wife or girlfriend act as a forecaddy, get down there about where their drives would land and make sure nothing would happen.
I think the language barrier was really difficult at times, especially in Japan. My first couple of years I struggled. Fortunately I had some people that provided me with directions, very accurate directions, which I'd need to get where I needed to go.
But like I said, I'm glad that I had to experience that. I'm glad that I didn't come right out of college, get my Tour card and think that it was all gravy. I'm glad I went through some ups and downs. I think that might have helped me at the Honda, having played poorly for quite a few years, come back, won the Asian Order of Merit, got to play in Japan, played well in Japan early, struggled for a while in Japan, played well in Japan, toured the last couple of years over there and then lost a big lead at the Honda and then birdied the last two holes.
It seems like when I play well, I play well in streaks. It might be a couple of months, it might be a couple of weeks, and then I might go for two weeks or two months where I don't play well. That's kind of what my whole golfing life has been, I guess.
TODD HAMILTON: After the third round I had a four-shot lead. The first hole on the fourth day I parred -- I think it was Fredrik Jacobson, he bogeyed, so I went up to five shots. And with two holes to go I was actually one shot behind.
STEWART McDOUGALL: Thank you very much.
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