Q. Is it hard to believe you are playing with Fuzzy? He didn't make some comments as the round started getting better and better?
TOM WATSON: I don't know. He just watched me play. I was watching him play. He hit some good shots out there today. He struggled a little early on but he brought it back. He played well.
Q. Tom, how important was some of the reads you were mentioning in the round that you got a chance to look at Fuzzy's putts?
TOM WATSON: You are observant. They were important. I had two or three putts that I had a good read from my playing partner. Either Jose or Fuzzy. And that definitely was an advantage. It goes to show you if you are hitting inside your playing partners, you get some benefit from it.
Q. Like on No. 9?
TOM WATSON: That's right.
Q. I know you have no control over this but at 5-under and with a few strokes margin to work with, would you like to see it stay as tough as it is, or would you like to see the course back off a little with weather?
TOM WATSON: Well, you know I'm going to take what the course gives me. I'm not hoping for anything right now except for continuing to hit the ball in the fairway like I did yesterday. If I can do that, then I can compete out here. That's the key element here to me.
Q. I know it's Thursday. It's tougher on other people to chase people when the course conditions are harder; is it not?
TOM WATSON: Well, I got the morning break. We had wind all morning. The wind -- it blew right from the start today. Maybe a little stronger now. But still the wind was a factor.
Q. Tom, what did you do between The Open and now, did you go home to Kansas City?
TOM WATSON: Yes, I was back in Kansas City. I worked with my old pro teacher, Stan, a little bit.
Q. Was there a part of the game you worked on in Kansas City?
TOM WATSON: Just swinging the golf ball and putting. Get that left elbow out a little bit when I am putting and the swing, I tried to keep the swing on playing; was getting out playing.
Q. Outside of the wind today, was there any surprise out there at all today on the course?
TOM WATSON: I think the early pin positions were somewhat of a surprise. They were treacherous. Maybe four or five pins out there that were really, really tough. It started at No. 10, 11, 14. Those three pins right there started off and I said, "wait a minute, these are hard." I'm on the wrong side of the hole where you get huge breaks in the hole. We don't normally see that on the Champion's Tour. All right. Thank you.
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