Q. How worried were you when you had the back problems?
DAVID TOMS: I was very -- I've never had lower back problems, and it was so bad that I could barely even stand up, so I was extremely worried. I didn't know what it was. Within three hours of when I walked off the golf course, I was back home and had an MRI done and I was glad there was no major damage in my back, so I just needed some time off to rehabilitate it, and I'm fine now.
Q. Did you have any trepidation going into the U.S. Open?
DAVID TOMS: I had no idea what to expect. I hadn't played any golf. I was feeling better, the back was better, but that's a golf tournament where you need to be prepared, and I do my best to prepare the best I can the best I can and I was totally unprepared for that tournament. I tried to mentally stay focused and almost teased myself into the fact that I am prepared because I'm mentally prepared, not physically prepared. That goes to show you that a golf tournament itself is probably more of a mental grind than a physical grind. I didn't have my best stuff but I was able to play a good tournament.
Q. Can you talk about what part of your game has gone extremely well these last four or five tournaments?
DAVID TOMS: You know, I've probably -- in the spots where I have to hit a good shot or I have to recover after a bad shot, I've just done a lot better job of that. When you have a situation where you can make a birdie to keep a round going or you can get up-and-down to keep a round going, and today was a perfect example of that. That's what I'm doing better and it all boils down to confidence is all it is because I've got the same swing and I'm using the same equipment and trying to do the same things for my golf game, and I've started playing better.
TODD BUDNICK: Let's go through the birdies the first four of five holes.
DAVID TOMS: No. 1, I hit a pitching wedge to 12 feet, nice putt there.
I hit a 5-wood to 45 feet on the third hole, two-putted.
Chipped in on 4 with a lob wedge from probably 20 feet off the green.
Next hole I hit a 4-iron to 30 feet and two-putted for birdie.
Then 16, I was over the green, chipped with a pitching wedge to about five feet, made birdie there.
Then 17, I hit a pitching wedge to about a foot and a half.
TODD BUDNICK: You get off to a great start like that and then go through the 10 pars in a row. Is that frustrating?
DAVID TOMS: It was frustrating but I've been out here long enough that the harder you try, it seems like the worse it gets, so I was just trying to stay relaxed and go through my routines on the greens. I was hitting it 20, 25 feet on every hole and burning the edges and not making everything. They were trying to pump me up because I got off to a good start and they were trying to get me going. I wasn't able to do it so I stayed patient and in the end finished up well.
Q. You like the crowd, don't you?
DAVID TOMS: I do. I think that can be one of the best assets out on the golf course when they get behind you. You can use that momentum and you can feed off of them. At the same time, if you're not playing well they're oohing and ahhing out there. When you're playing good I love to have a lot of people out there. It definitely helps me.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, David.
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