Q. Thomas, does it's disturb you that so many Americans seem to be angry towards France over its Iraq policy?
THOMAS LEVET: I think it's normal because your president is trying to get to war with Iraq to stop them from nuclear weapons and all of that and the French President has a different opinion, so I'm not in between saying hey, guys, I'm only a sportsman, I try to do my job and they are trying to do theirs and it's never easy being a president anyway. So I never like to see war, but if it's dangerous, why not. It's politics. It's not sport.
Q. Have you had many American people talk to you about it?
THOMAS LEVET: Yes, we try to talk, but I try to stay peaceful. My opinion is that they are doing sports. It's not because you're French or German or American, or Iraqi that you have to decide for your country. It's like, you know, if somebody is doing something bad maybe somebody should say, look, you did something bad, you have to stop it or we do something. This may be the only way with the Iraqis or maybe there is other ways that some people will think. I think there are so many things that we don't know about and that these guys know and don't want to say because it's like security reasons that, you know, it's always big problems you know.
Q. Has anybody said anything on the course to you about it?
THOMAS LEVET: No, spectators are fine. That's what I like in America. I went two weeks ago to Los Angeles Lakers game and people in America, when they are going to the game they are going to see the game. They're not going there to annoy people like it could happen in Europe. It could happen in some countries. In my country, in France, when people are going to watch football, for example, sometimes they are just going there to show signs of, let's say, a strike or whatever, airline, you know, or don't go there, or don't do that, you know, and they are going there to fight for politicking reasons. That's what I like in America. People are going to the game because they want to see sport and they want to see a good show and that was really a good crowd so far.
Q. You had mentioned Augusta earlier from a foreign viewpoint, what is your take of what is going on up there?
THOMAS LEVET: Good question, you know. Ask Tiger about it. What can I say? It's like a club, a private club, basically you can do what you want in it, right? If they want to do it that way that's their problem. Some people would say why not me and why not, you know -- let's say why I can join the LPGA Tour then, you know. It's because he is not allowed you have to be a woman to join the LPGA TOUR. So it's sort of the same rules. It's the other way, that's all. Of course some people are not happy, but I think if you have a private club, it's called private, so you can do what you want. If it was a public club Augusta, then they would have to accept all of the people. But are there no clubs only for women here in America.
Q. There is a couple.
THOMAS LEVET: Yes so, you know, I think it's because it's so famous that it causes controversial problems, that's all.
Q. Do you think non-Americans think it's sort of silly?
THOMAS LEVET: Excuse me?
Q. Do you think non-Americans see all of the --
THOMAS LEVET: What is silly? What is it?
THOMAS LEVET: You know, a good looking woman, they don't hurt in the club, so why not accept them, you know (Laughter), so I don't know. It sounds a bit strange from non-British people. Because in France, for example, it's not allowed to have a private club. If a member is whatever, woman, any religion, any color is accepted in a private club.
JOHN BUSH: Anymore questions? Thomas, thanks for coming by. Have a good week.
THOMAS LEVET: I hope to see you Sunday, really late.
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