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August 13, 2015

Zach Johnson

Kohler, Wisconsin, USA

Q. You seemed to have difficulty off the tee?
ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, I had difficulty every tee. I actually putted pretty good. There were some putts I missed, but I did pretty good. That will be the only positives I can come up with today.

Q. Any explanations or theories?
ZACH JOHNSON: I can't think of anything off the top of my head. I can make excuses for lack of preparation, the wind or whatever. We didn't have this strong of wind on the practice rounds, but that should be irrelevant.

There was a lot of struggling with my ball-striking off the tee, in particular. There were some good irons, some substantial amount of mistakes that I can recall, about four or five mental mistakes I can easily recall. That's frustrating.

Q. The par-3 on the back nine, 12, you came up significantly short, did you miss club that?
ZACH JOHNSON: It wasn't short, it was right. That one really stands out, just terribly terrible.

Q. Talk about driving, but that's usually such a strength for you. No. 9, you birdied?
ZACH JOHNSON: Yes, and that's the sign of a good golf course.

Q. You had a lot of rounds that you didn't like, and you were able to bounce back.
ZACH JOHNSON: Yes. I've just got to play tomorrow. The cut is irrelevant. The more I focus on the cut, usually the worst -- the more I focus on the outcome, rather than shot making -- yeah, so my focus tomorrow will just be hitting good shots. It's not as if I can't do it; I've just got to do it.

Q. Is it hard getting from the high of highs that you had three or four weeks ago, returning to duty?
ZACH JOHNSON: No. You mean returning to work?

Q. Yes.
ZACH JOHNSON: No, if anything, it's probably a comfort zone. For the most part, inside the ropes is a very comfortable place.

Q. Was it comfortable today with all the team and all the people and all the noise?
ZACH JOHNSON: Yes, I had expectations and, if anything, they were right with them. The fans were terrific, a lot of positives.

Q. It didn't seem like there were any outbursts?
ZACH JOHNSON: No. That's also -- when you have that many people following a group, there's not -- there could be movement, but you don't see it. Nothing bothered me or affected me, I didn't notice anything that I could think of.

Q. You make the birdie on 9, you turn it back to even. 10, the short par-4 and you drive it in the bunker. And 11, you run through the green. Did you feel like if you could have gotten a birdie or two --
ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, I think so. Turning at even par after that first five or six holes, whatever it was, was pretty good. At that point I know I missed a putt on 8, but it was 15 feet.

10 is a birdie hole, and 11 is clearly a birdie hole. I was thinking 3-iron, and I just hit the 4, hit it short and let it run off. It basically flew. I had 219 to the front and there was no chance I'm hitting a 5-iron. But it was a 5-iron.

Q. When you birdied 6, it ran almost to the green?
ZACH JOHNSON: If you would have asked me where I should have landed that shot, I would put it in about a two-foot radius. I got a round of applause. My guess is based on where I hit that -- based on what the fans were seeing there, they were seeing wedges stay in the green. It landed two paces on, and it almost went down.

A couple of those greens it stops, a couple it just ricochets.

Q. When you play early tomorrow, will you go out and pound balls?
ZACH JOHNSON: No, I can't, not right now, it's not worth it. It's more a matter of execution than fundamentals.

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