Q. Can you talk specifically about No. 18 as a closing hole and what makes it good?
NICK PRICE: The fairway, it's an elevated tee shot. You hit down and go all the way up the left. Anything left you're going to lose a shot. In fact, if you hit it left there it's a double-bogey. You're going to have to make a great pitch and putt to make a bogey on there because the ball is going to run in the water, and then you have to drop it in the rough and you probably won't be able to advance it up close to the green. So, you know left is double-bogey.
Then you've got a bunker which is just the perfect distance off the tee. I mean, I'm going to run the thing into the bunkers about 275 off the tee and it pinches the fairway. You've got to hit a really good tee shot there. And you have the option, you can hit a cut down the left side or you can draw it or hit it straight, whichever way you want to, but it does give you a few options.
And your second shot is all uphill. I had, I think, 203. I had a really good drive and I had 203 to a frontish pin position today and we played that hole into the wind. I hit a 3-iron and I hit it probably about 30 feet behind the hole and took my 4. It's one of those holes that if you play it at even par for the whole week, you'll feel like you played it at 2-under because it's more like a par 4 and 3/8ths. It's a tough hole. If you're not on your game, you can make a big number there.
Q. What do you remember hear about Olympia Fields about how it might compare with the setup last year at Bethpage where some of the fairways were hard to reach?
NICK PRICE: Hopefully the USGA learned something from last year because they certainly made big mistakes on three of those par 4 holes on the back nine. You know, I don't know, I I've heard the course is like 7,200 which is not excessively long. But I think you will see a trend as time goes by that they will come back a little bit on what they did at Bethpage.
But, who knows, the USGA are always prone to doing unusual things. (Laughing). But I've heard it's a good course. The caddie Cook (phonetic) for Jesper, he's played it 50, 60 times, he loves it. He says it's a great test of golf. I'm sure it's a classic golf course.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Can we go through your birdies and bogeys, starting on 10.
NICK PRICE: Started on 10. My third shot was from about 80 yards and I hit about 12 feet left of the hole, made that.
Second hole I pulled my tee shot in the rough over the green, chipped up about 12 feet again, maybe 14 feet past the hole and made that for par.
The next birdie was 13. I hit a 6-iron from about 189, I think it was, downhill with the wind to about four feet.
Then the next one, birdie on 1. I hit a drive and an 8-iron from 139 to about six feet.
Next hole, I got a little aggressive with my tee shot there. Actually I got suckered in, beautiful pin on the left-hand side and I tried to turn a 9-iron in and I hit it in the bunker. Missed the green. Got it up about probably eight, ten feet from the hole, ten feet and missed it.
Then came back and birdied the next hole. Hit a 7-iron in there to about 20 feet,22 feet and made that.
Parred the next, the par 5. Laid up to about 90 yards and got a new sand wedge, two new sand wedges this week which have got fresh grooves, and I'm spinning the ball more than I've ever done for a long time. Anyway, I hit my sand wedge up there about five feet from the hole and sucked it back about 35 feet and holed it for birdie.
Then the par -5 7, I hit a driver, 2-iron a poor 2-iron second shot left and chipped it up about four feet and made that for birdie.
Next hole, sand wedge just over the back of the green, because I'm worried about spinning the ball off the front of the green and I played it a little too aggressively. Popped it over the back edge of the green and I holed it from about 25, 28 feet.
Q. What have they done right in this first-year tournament? They have obviously tried to cover all their bases; have they done that and what has impressed you about it?
NICK PRICE: We were talking in the locker room, there were a group of us, I won't mention any names, but a good cross-section of guys and we were all -- we couldn't sing enough praises about what has been done this week. For a first-time event, it certainly ranks up with all of the good ones that we play on TOUR.
I'm not going to blow smoke up anyone here, but I can honestly tell you, whoever put this all together has done their homework because they have not left out anything. Ty Tryon might tell you different with his car story, but I can tell you, it's great. They even have a family dining area and one guy was saying there's a certain section for kids where they can have peanut better, jelly and hot dogs. Just everything, the proximity of the holes to the golf course, driving range, facilities here. There's enough space on this golf course that you can have 30,000 people and it's not a problem.
This is a great venue. I hope it stays here for a long time. I'm sure it will.
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