Q. Did playing with Richard -- what type of input did he have into your day or how did you interact with one another?
DAVID TOMS: You know, we had a good time out there. I actually had a Swedish roommate when I was in college for two years that was on my golf team. I know what the Swedes are like. They're all dressed a little bit different and they put their dip in the top lip and they go out and play golf. I mean, he was great.
I thought that he played well today. I'm sure he didn't play as well as he would have liked to, but I think being a rookie and being in the position of leading the golf tournament the last couple of days, I thought he held up extremely well. He's got a lot of game and I think you'll hear more about Richard Johnson. I was impressed. His composure was there. He didn't get rattled all day even though I was making putts and making a lot of birdies. It can't seem to affect him that much. He didn't try to go for broke or hit shots he wasn't capable of hitting. He just played his game and I was impressed with that.
Q. Richard said after you made that eagle that he was impressed and learned something by the way that -- he said you attacked the next hole, that you didn't play it safe, that you attacked it. Talk about that for a minute.
DAVID TOMS: You know, that was my mindset all week just because you had to shoot low scores to win here. You know, I think what he's saying is a lot of people -- you hear the phrase, guys are scared to go low. I think it's just about staying within your game plan and doing what you needed to do to play every hole the best you can. That's the way I play golf. I pick my spots and when I have a spot I feel comfortable with, I don't mind going for it.
I just think what he was saying, there is -- you get up and you make a putt like that and the crowd gets into it, you get that momentum, that adrenaline going. But to be able to settle down and hit the shot on the next hole, you have to hit a very difficult tee shot, sometimes you have to be a special-type person and a player to be able to do that, and I think that's what separates guys that win from the guys that don't win, that just kind of play and play well, but they don't win, are times like that.
Q. In a similar vein, how much better are you at handling a lead than you were maybe five, six years ago?
DAVID TOMS: I don't know that I'm any better, I just think that I've learned a lot about myself over the years and how I react to the pressure situations. You know, I'm doing a better job of it. I don't know. I mean, like I said, it's tough to say what separates the guys that are able to do it and the guys that aren't. You know, I'm just glad I'm one of those that can do it because I know it's tough to do that. I mean, it was tough -- I three-putted the 17th hole today for no reason. I mean, I had a nice downhill putt the first one and had a little right-to-left breaking putt on the second one and I hit a bad putt both times. I didn't know if the pressure was getting to me. If I had known I had a four-shot lead, would that have made any difference? It's tough to win, it really is, until the last putt goes in.
Q. As a follow-up to that, do you think going into the day, at this point in your career, do you have any feeling now that you are the person to beat when you're -- did you have that sense going into today, that you might be the person to beat today?
DAVID TOMS: I felt good about my chances just because I felt like I was playing well. I was playing better and better every day. Was I the guy to beat? I don't think I'd go that far, I just know that if I played my game I was going to be there in the end. I just felt like -- I felt good enough about my game even after I bogeyed the first hole. I didn't say, "here we go again." I said, "let's go out and continue to play," and I birdied the next four holes in a row. That's what I'm doing better now than earlier in my career. I wouldn't say I was the guy to beat, but I definitely liked my chances.
Q. Were there any emotions for you coming up 18?
DAVID TOMS: To be honest with you, on the tee shot I was trying not to do what I did in Charlotte. I made an 8. If I made an 8 on the last hole today, I was going to lose. It was a big tee shot, took a deep breath, hit it down the right side. I had 184 yards, which is a normal 6-iron for me. I was pumped up and it was a little bit downwind. I said should I hit a 7, but if I mishit it and come up short, there's the water. To hit it solid and knowing that it was going to be on the green, that's when I had the sigh of relief, and to have all the people cheering for me going up the last hole, I pretty much knew it was over, and that was a great feeling.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: If we can go over your birdies and bogeys. You started out with a bogey on No. 1.
DAVID TOMS: Bogeyed No. 1, I hit a tree off the tee on the left-hand side and it kicked back in the left rough and I had to chip out and didn't get up-and-down from the fairway. I made bogey there.
No. 2, I hit a pitching wedge to about ten feet, made birdie there.
Next hole, I hit a 3-iron over the green on my second shot and two-putted from the fringe for birdie.
I hit a 5-iron on the par-3 about 12 feet, made a nice putt there.
I hit a 3-wood over the green on the next hole, the par-5, and hit kind of one of those little chip putt 3-woods up there, hit it to about two feet and made birdie there.
No. 8, I hit a 7-iron to about 15 feet, made a nice birdie there.
10, I hit another 7-iron to also about the same distance, about 12 feet or so.
12, I hit an 8-iron to about the same distance, seemed like I had that all day and I was making them, about 12 feet.
I bogeyed the next hole from the middle of the fairway, hit over the green with an 8-iron. I had a tough chip, chipped it by about eight feet and missed the putt for par.
14, hit a 3-iron to -- I don't know how long that putt was. It was a long way. It took a long time to get there, so I don't know if it was 90, 100 feet, I'm not sure. It was long.
16, I hit a 5-iron in to about 15 feet, nice putt.
Q. 11 feet, 7 inches.
DAVID TOMS: Was it really?
I three-putted 17 from 30 feet or so. I left the first one short. It kind of fooled me. It was a downhill putt that I know in the past, I almost putted off the green from that part of the green, but it came up well short about four feet and I missed the next one.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: One or two final questions.
Q. What's your schedule look like now as you build up toward the British Open?
DAVID TOMS: I'm playing the Western Open next week. I've actually got an outing, Stewart Cink as an outing in Muscle Shoals, Alabama tomorrow. I'm going there Chris DiMarco and Joe Durant and Stewart Cink, we're playing an event. Then I'll go to Chicago. I have a board meeting tomorrow and Tuesday, a policy board meeting. Then I have to prepare for the tournament, the Western, a week off, and then go to the British Open.
Q. What do you know about Royal St. George's?
DAVID TOMS: I don't know anything about it at all. I think there's some blind tee shots from what I've heard, it's tough to get the ball in the fairway, and they said the wind will pull it. It seems like a typical British Open. I like it. I enjoy playing golf over there. No matter how good you're playing, you never know what to expect just because the weather conditions can turn. You saw what happened to us last year on Saturday. I was leading the golf tournament after the first round, I think I finished last, so you just never know. I kind of like that, kind of the unexpected. You go over there and prepare and play the best you can and you never know what you're going to get.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much, David Toms.
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