Q. You were a little less consistent than usual earlier this year. You missed a few cuts. Did you feel like you now kind of are getting in the groove that you want to be in?
DAVID TOMS: I think so. I'm playing like I feel like I should play definitely. I was frustrated early this year because I was missing cuts and I think I missed more in the beginning of this year than I had the two previous years combined. Even though I had runner up at the World Match Play and had a decent tournament in Phoenix, I wasn't contending, I was just kind of going through the motions. I worked on a couple things in my swing and I felt good the last couple months and I'm more confident now and playing better golf.
Q. You have the British Open coming up. Do you feel like there's anything you need to do to prepare for that or are you ready for that?
DAVID TOMS: I feel like I'm ready. I'm taking next week off just to rest and get ready for that long haul over there. I'm putting a 1-iron in my bag, which I hit that once a year at the British Open, and I'll work on my punch shot a little bit next week, keep the ball down. Other than that, it's just going to be another tournament.
JOAN v.T. ALEXANDER: Let's go through your card. You made a 50-footer on the first hole.
DAVID TOMS: I made a wedge out of the rough. I was in the left rough, hit a pitching wedge to 45 or 50 feet, made a nice putt.
No. 3, I hit a 5-iron into No. 3. I didn't hit a good drive, but I hit a 5-iron to about 12 feet, made birdie there.
Bogeyed the next hole, drove it in the left rough again and missed the green in the bunker and didn't get up-and-down, made bogey there.
I hit 3-iron into No. 5 about 15 feet, two-putted for birdie.
7, I hit an 8-iron to about 12 feet, made a nice putt there.
No. 10, I hit a pitching wedge about a foot from the hole on No. 10.
15, I hit a lob wedge to about 15 feet, made a nice putt.
16, I hit a 9-iron to about 20 feet, nice putt there.
And then 18, I hit a 4-iron in to about 20 feet, also.
Q. You said outside you had a couple of kind of scrambling pars. Were there any in particular that really sort of kept your round going?
DAVID TOMS: Yeah, I think I missed the green with a 4-iron on No. 6, the par-3, and I hit a bad chip out to about 20 feet and had a tough downhill, sidehill putt, and I made it for par, after being, what, 3-under through 5 or 2-under through 5 with a bogey, so I had already made three birdies at that point and it kind of kept me going. Everything was pretty solid after that.
Q. Does that fifth hole play like a par-4 for you guys?
DAVID TOMS: If you can get it in the fairway. It's not a very wide tee shot. When I played it, it was pretty much straight downwind if any wind was blowing at all. Actually I had 240, which is a pretty good distance to the hole, but the pin was all the way in the back and I hit a 3-iron to try to land it on the front and roll it up. It's a par-4-and-a-half if you can get the ball in the fairway. If you miss that fairway you can struggle to make par because you hit in the right bunker and you're in a bunker with a tree in your line, and the left bunker also has a big lip so you can't advance it very far up the fairway. That's the key to that hole. Get it in the fairway, and if you do it's an obvious birdie hole.
Q. Have you ever had an opportunity to play Royal
DAVID TOMS: I have not. I don't know much about any of the golf courses over there. I haven't played there on vacation. I've only played the British Open over there, so I've only played the courses where we've played the British. Not that I wouldn't like to play more of them, I just don't go on golf vacations.
JOAN v.T. ALEXANDER: Thank you, David.
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