Q. You are known as being a good sport for coming up short like this. How tough is it to see Jim Thorpe roll in a 70-footer for eagle and your 67-and-a-half foot putt for birdie?
TOM WATSON: I've done it a lot to other people in my career. He was due. This game is about things evening out. It just evened out for him. He played a lot better than I did today. I was unfortunate because I inched up on him. I made a few putts, he missed everything. He made a birdie putt at eight, a short birdie putt, he 3-putted seven, I think. He was just miserable on the greens. It just turned around. Things evened out for him. That putt, when I came off the green, I said, well, that evens things out a bit for all those putts you missed on the front nine.
Q. Charles Schwab was in here earlier. He talked about not minding this being a permanent spot for this event. Being a northern California guy, how do you feel about that?
TOM WATSON: We had great crowds. We had perfect weather. We're not going to see this weather again, I don't think. This is beautiful weather. The growers are loving this for their late harvest.
PHIL STAMBAUGH: Let's go through your birdies.
TOM WATSON: Five birdies. I birdied the first hole, driver and a wedge about 10 feet, made the putt.
I skulled my sand wedge on the second hole over the green and I got it up and down, good chip shot down about three feet.
8th hole, I hit a good drive, 3-wood in the left bunker. I hit a good shot out about three feet for a birdie there.
10, I got it up and down. I hit the wrong club for my second shot, an 8-iron instead of a 9, and hit it through the green to the right, and made a very good chip down to about two feet from the hole.
12, I hit it about six inches with a pitching wedge.
13, I got a good break off the tee. I pulled it. It ended up a good lie in the left rough. I was standing on the cart path, a 4-wood on the green, 2-putted about 70 feet for a birdie.
Then at 16, I hit a good drive down there, 3-wood fat and rolled down the hill and I hit that chip shot I was telling you about that ran by about 12 feet and there was a putt that Bruce read correctly. I thought the putt was going to break right to left and he said no, it's straight. I played it straight and it went right in the hole. We missed on a few reads this week, but that was a good read by Bruce right there.
That was the round. Nothing real exciting, except the up-and-down at 10 was a good up-and-down. I needed that to stay in the hunt. And Thorpe missed another short birdie there. He kept leaving the door open. The door was -- left open all around until the loud slam at 16.
Q. On the PGA Tour, when you often follow final groups, leaders rarely talk to each other, at least from my observation. Jim Thorpe talked a lot today, seeming like you were playing a practice round?
TOM WATSON: Jim likes to talk. It keeps him loose. One thing I did say to him. It really wasn't a needle or anything like that. On 18, I played with him yesterday, he hit a driver off the tee, and I said that's the wrong play. If he hit it too far -- you'd hit it down there behind the tree if you hit a perfect drive. He rattled it through the tree, through the bunker, and made bogey. I see him with an iron in his hand teeing off today. I said, Thorpe, putt that away and hit your driver again. His caddie didn't like me saying that. I was sticking the needle in him a little bit. He said, No, man, and hit his iron. We talked a little bit today. He's a fun guy to play golf with. I enjoy Jim. He's got a lot of talent.
Q. (Can Bruce still play golf?)
TOM WATSON: He can't play golf anymore. When Bruce could play, he was a great putter. He played a game called the snake game. Anyone here play the snake game? You know what the snake game is? The last guy to 3-putt has to pay everybody else the number of 3-putts that everybody has in the group that day, whatever their playing for for 3-putts. If you're playing dollar 3-putts and there are nine or ten 3-putts, the last hole, if you 3-putt the last hole, you've got the snake and you pay everybody ten bucks. He was always good in that game.
I won't be at the father/son. My son has exams this year, a week early. I'll see you in Hawaii.
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