Q. Could you speak briefly about the exemption this year, and I know it's not on the list of priorities, but the satisfaction of playing a good round and really showing that you certainly were worth it?
TOM WATSON: Obviously I'm very grateful for the exemption because it is probably my last -- it will be my last exemption for the U.S. Open, with the exception of winning the U.S. Senior Open and getting in the tournament, which I would do, I would play. I love playing this golf tournament because it's the most challenging tournament we play all year, the most difficult -- always been the most difficult test. I've always relished playing the most difficult tests.
Q. Tom, how long was the fairway shot you holed and how long was the putt you made at the end that dropped down?
TOM WATSON: The putt on the last hole? On 7? Let's go to that putt first. That was probably about 45 feet.
The shot at No. 12, it was 171. The ball landed -- the ball landed just about 169 and just trickled in the hole. I just saw it on the replay. It just went in like a putt.
Q. The putts you made on 8 and 9?
TOM WATSON: 8 and 9? I made a putt at 8, after a 9-iron shot.
Let me go over my round. The first hole, I told you I made bogey, 3-wood, 4-wood, sand wedge, two putts.
Next hole, just a normal eight-footer for par, after a lousy first putt.
I holed the next from 171 yards for a 2.
16th hole I holed from about 15 feet, after a pitching wedge. I made that for birdie.
The first hole after a sand wedge, about 12-footer, 10-footer from behind the hole.
No. 7, a 4-iron, cut 4-iron, I made it from 45 feet.
No. 8, after a 9-iron shot I made it from about 20 feet.
And the 9th hole after a lousy 7-iron shot, only had about 60 feet to hit the ball into the green, missed the whole green, a good bunker shot out at about 8 feet and made the putt for par.
Q. From a competitive standpoint, golf standpoint, how important was it to get up-and-down on 9, that last shot? And secondly, if I could, from a moment standpoint, with the way the crowd reacted, can you talk about that a little bit, too?
TOM WATSON: Sure, it's -- you finish on a high note. You finish on a positive note. You make that dinner taste a lot better than if you make bogey, after having a 7-iron into the middle of the green. That would have been a very distasteful dinner tonight if I made bogey the last hole with a 7-iron in my hand.
Q. Just in terms of the moment.
TOM WATSON: The moment was -- the moment with the crowd helped me. They willed me to make par on the last hole. I felt them pulling for me.
Q. Along those same lines, can you describe the feelings inside the ropes when fans bond with a team, you and Bruce working together, maybe rooting for somebody that isn't going to hit a single golf shot this week?
TOM WATSON: They were very kind to Bruce. If there wasn't one good luck Bruce, there were 50 today, from the crowd.
Q. You mentioned that you switched putters. Could you go into details about how -- what this one was doing all those years while it was inactive? And what happened to the original, how it got stolen?
TOM WATSON: The original putter was stolen out of my golf bag at a local club in Kansas City when I was -- it was just basically stolen out of my golf bag. It's been on the first team a lot. It's been there. I used it a lot last year. This year I started with -- I started with the Callaway 2-Ball putter, but I find it's a little heavier than the Ping and it's more face-balanced than the Ping. And I find I swing a non-faced balanced putter better than a face balanced putter when I make a stroke, to be technical about it.
Q. Were they both in your bag today?
TOM WATSON: No, I just had the Ping in the bag.
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