Q. A lot of criticism for what he said last Sunday, this Sunday?
NICK PRICE: You know Vijay is a straight up person. You always know where you stand with him. I don't think he meant to say that he wants Annika to miss the cut. But I think he is just frustrated with all of the questions that have been going on. He sure got crucified this week. It just shows you how strong the guy is, he can come back and play the way he did and win. I certainly have a lot of admiration for him.
Q. Did you loft it the all on 17, you said you were in between clubs?
NICK PRICE: No, Jimmy, my caddy and I, it was a joint decision. As I said, it got back there and would probably do the same thing again because it was the correct play. It was the right play at that time. I just don't know why, you know, that green was so hard.
Q. It just released?
NICK PRICE: The ball marker didn't even leave a dent in the green. That happens when you have, you know, you hit dry spots on the greens. That happens. It's just a bad break.
Q. Yesterday you were talking about how you learned to practice better as you got older maybe not as much, do you think Vijay needs to do that?
NICK PRICE: I don't think he practices as much as he used to. I really don't. About three of four years ago he was addicted to hitting balls if you can ever have anything like that. It was a condition that he suffered from. I mean I never seen anyone. I distinctly remember one year at The Western Open standing on the practice tee after lunch and I said to Jimmy Marchetti, I said I'm going to out last Vijay today. It's like 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I left at 5:30 and he was still hitting drivers. That's what he does, he just pound balls.
I think the big thing with Vijay what I notice the last year and a half his strategy has improved on the golf course so much more. I can remember a couple of years ago, two or three years ago playing with him at Colonial next week, and he never missed a shot in two days. But he was trying to hit the perfect shot every time he was out there. And afterwards he had shot I think 3-under and I was at 4-under and I said to him you're an idiot, you would shot 7, 8-under if you just played smart today. You don't always have to shoot at pins. I think that is one thing he learned now. His strategy is a lot better. You don't win major championships by not having good strategy.
Q. Play more conservatively?
NICK PRICE: Play more conservatively but you use that oxymoron conservative aggression where you just don't lob it into the middle of the green, you play solid and aggressive to the middle of the green. That's a hard thing to do. Tiger does it really well. All of the great players over the years learned to do that, play away from the pin but aggressively away from the pin.
Q. Do you wish now you hadn't said anything to him?
NICK PRICE: No, it doesn't matter. He forgot about that the next day.
Q. Nick, one last question about this coming week, I'm from Ft. Worth, you think we have been remiss in not giving proper attention to the guy who is coming in as defending champion?
NICK PRICE: You said it. I mean I have answered more questions about Annika than how I am playing going into next week for the last -- how long has she been invited, three months. She had what 41 other tournaments she could have chosen.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: 48. Not really.
NICK PRICE: I wish her the best of luck, I really do. She has a big heart. I will give her that. I don't think I would be able to do what she is going to be able to do next week. I really don't.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you, Nick.
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