August 27, 2000
SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY
USGA: First of all, thank you for coming in at this hour. We know it's a tough
assignment. How about just giving us your general reactions and feelings right now about
how play ended today.
JEFF QUINNEY: I played well this morning, shot one-under par, had one bogey. In the
afternoon, my game left me. Just didn't feel comfortable. I was hitting tentative shots,
and I don't think I had a birdie the whole time, the whole afternoon round. And was making
bogeys and giving him holes where he kind of did the same thing to me, though, on the
first couple holes. I gave them right back. Three up, three to go, he's hitting 16, I have
a terrible hole, get bad lies in the rough. 17, he's got an 80 -- 75, 80 yards in the
bunker, probably the toughest shot in golf, that shot, I think. He hits it eight feet or
ten feet. I praise him. He had a -- he hit some clutch shots. And I just didn't finish the
job. You know, I bogeyed 17, 16 and 18 and missed the fairways. I'm trying to keep my head
high. I'm still in there. This is not over with. Just hopefully I go out there tomorrow
and have a new day.
Q. You said that your game left you. Yet you were able to hold it together admirably.
How -- when you know that everything's kind of falling apart, how do you keep it together?
JEFF QUINNEY: I just try and remain calm. I just go back to basics. I was getting quick
on my swing and just getting tentative and not finishing and just hitting terrible shots
that I haven't hit all week. I don't know if it was due to the fatigue, it probably was,
and I kind of wasn't aware of it. I was more tired than I think.
Q. Jeff, if you're disappointed in one shot, is it the tee shot at the 36th after you
know he's already probably hit it into some --
JEFF QUINNEY: Yeah, I don't know -- I consider that almost an unlucky break. I hit a
terrible tee shot. When I first hit it, I thought it was up the left rough, and I thought
I would hit the green and go out there. It was 300 plus yards out, I what surprised. He's
in the first cut a downhill lie to a right pin, he hits it 6 feet. What can you do? I was
unhappy with my wedge shot on 18, too. I didn't hit a good shot there when he was in
close. The drive on 16 and drive on 18, especially 16, that's a tough birdie hole. And I
put that in the fairway there and forced him to make birdie to beat me. I think that was
where I was most frustrated.
Q. Can you go through your emotions on the bunker shot at 37?
JEFF QUINNEY: He was up tight, pretty much a gimme putt. I knew how to get up-and-down.
Relatively good lie. It was a tough shot though, it wasn't one -- you probably get
up-and-down five out of ten times but it came out nicely. I thought it was going in the
hole. I don't know if I was going at a faster speed than what I thought, but it looked
great from where I was.
Q. Given you weren't too certain where your swing is, are you kind of glad you can go
back at it tomorrow morning?
JEFF QUINNEY: Probably. I can, you know, hit some balls tomorrow, tonight maybe. Get
some swing glitches out that I, you know, somehow picked up today. And just -- it's a
fresh day. Hopefully I'll go well tomorrow.
Q. Ever had an overtime opportunity before in golf?
JEFF QUINNEY: Never to the next day like this. This is the first time that they've
suspended play and played the next day.
Q. Did the rain delay, the 40-minute one, did that affect you at all?
JEFF QUINNEY: I think that helped me. I was flustered then, and I came out fresh and I
hit a great chip on 13 and one on 14. I was three up with four to play and I was in the
driver's seat. And then I was just pretty much trying to make pars in. Maybe that's why I
made a mistake. I just got too tentative.
Q. He has such a vocal following, he has so many more people here close than you do
from Oregon. Is that disconcerting at all?
JEFF QUINNEY: I mean a little bit. They're trying to get to me. That's what their plan
is, yelling and trying to get in my head. I blocked them out. It's all fun. So, great
Q. What did you two say to each other on the second hole of sudden death when you gave
each other those putts and I could see you looking at each other?
JEFF QUINNEY: I had it going through my mind. He was the first one to mention it. He
said let's go the next, so I said sure. I mean they're putts you're going to make 95
percent of the time, and I guess to have that long of a day and when you're tired and
somebody misses a 2-footer or something for this huge championship, I don't think that
would have been worth it.
Q. Going back a little further to the 8th hole the second time around, the 26th hole,
that's the one where he got stuck in the tree, actually had a whiff. You seem fairly
frustrated not being able to go --
JEFF QUINNEY: That was a big hole there, too. I could have gone up 4 there. I had three
without any whiffs and I ended up hitting 6-iron. And then I guess my third shot came out
real low. The fairways were getting firmer and it's harder to get the ball up from that
close. I knew it was gonna be a fast putt. I hit a terrible putt in the first place, but I
didn't think it was going to be that fast.
Q. Did you know he had whiffed there, was there any question?
JEFF QUINNEY: Yeah, I knew he whiffed, that's why I took out the 6-iron and hit it down
Q. What will you do tonight?
JEFF QUINNEY: Just do what I've done every night I guess, just go set some rest, go get
some food and just wake up tomorrow with a positive attitude and my head high. I still got
a chance for this thing; it's not over yet.
Q. Have you ever had somebody pull this on you, come back from way down?
JEFF QUINNEY: Yep. I remember at the Oregon Am some guy did that two years ago, but I
ended up winning on the 19th.
Q. You won on the 19th?
JEFF QUINNEY: Uh-huh.
Q. Your putting today obviously, you had had some bombs the last couple days. That
didn't come today.
JEFF QUINNEY: Yep.
Q. Did you -- were you just waiting for one to fall in?
JEFF QUINNEY: 17, 18, I had putts that I can make. Left them short. Totally misread 18
I guess. But... I didn't have any birdies in the afternoon and nothing really fell. But
every putt you have out here breaks four feet downhill, I wasn't hitting my irons close
enough to make little birdie putts.
Q. This may seem like a weird question, are you proud of yourself?
JEFF QUINNEY: I was proud how I played this morning, and I was feeling comfortable,
feeling great and just kind of -- I guess maybe up to the 8th was where it kind of went
downhill. I'm proud. This has been a great event, and I still got a shot at it.
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