Q. Last week before you came down, the last six holes, that patience and everything that you had at the end of the round, is that something you would have had, do you think, if you hadn't been as experienced as you are now?
LOREN ROBERTS: Well, I don't know. I really did have a lot of patience last week. I think probably because I made some putts earlier in the week on Friday, putted well on Friday and I had a good thought about what I was doing, and I did have some patience. For young players to break through, that's the biggest thing that the young guys learn out here when it comes time to learning how to win is being able to have patience even if you've got five or six holes left and you're a stroke or two behind. You still have to be able to have patience and go out there and stay with your routine. That's what the young guys learn out here when they break through and win.
Q. You said it's a goal of yours to be the oldest one in THE TOUR Championship. You've been the oldest one in THE TOUR Championship a couple times now?
LOREN ROBERTS: I think I might have been in 2000. I think I was the oldest guy. Nick Price was there, and I think I have him by maybe four or five months in age.
Q. How much of a student of putting mechanics are you? Are you one of these people who get into like wrist angles and that kind of stuff, or do you just kind of do feel-good putting?
LOREN ROBERTS: I know a few things that are my traits and I stick to my traits and just work on those things. For me putting -- there's two parts to golf, striking a ball and then there's putting, and I think they're two distinct parts. What works for one doesn't work for the other. My philosophy with putting is always speed control, and that's all I focus on, try to roll the ball up around the hole. I never really focus on trying to make a putt, I just try to roll it up around the hole the right speed. It's like playing catch with somebody or shooting a free throw or something - you don't think about it, you just react to it and try to make the ball go the right distance.
Q. Maybe the ball go 30 feet slightly downhill or whatever?
LOREN ROBERTS: Yeah, you just think where it is going there.
Q. Do you use the same club -- have you used the same putter for many years?
LOREN ROBERTS: This is only the sixth putter I've had in I think it's my 22nd year on Tour, and it's the second putter I've had this year. I don't switch very often. I did switch putters the 1st of September and I've been putting a whole lot better since.
Q. What is it?
LOREN ROBERTS: It's a Taylor Made Rossa putter. I putted with a Rossa earlier in the year. I'm going back and forth with it and I grabbed it one out of the barrel and it's totally different than anything I've putted it.
Q. Was this a barrel at your home?
LOREN ROBERTS: No, it was a barrel out there on the practice putting green.
Q. Where was that?
LOREN ROBERTS: Out here -- no, I was at -- I put it in at the Pennsylvania tournament, the MCI.
Q. Is it more how it feels or how it looks and then it translates to how it feel?
LOREN ROBERTS: Just the way the ball comes off the face, it just comes off the face good.
Q. How did you putt that week?
LOREN ROBERTS: I putted reasonably good. In fact, I should have finished Top 10 and I made some bogeys on Sunday coming in, but I did putt better.
Q. You mentioned patience a little while ago. Is that the thing in your mind which most separates the maybe 150th guy from the 15th guy as far as that goes?
LOREN ROBERTS: There's a lot of good ball-strikers around 130 to 125, 110. There's a lot of good ball-strikers down there. I think what separates it is when you know that you're playing good, you learn how to stay out of your own way and be patient and go out and play. It's purely a maturity factor, I think. Some guys get it sooner than others.
Q. Do you ever think about how different your career would have been if you instead of Els had won at Oakmont, it was a long time ago?
LOREN ROBERTS: I put that out of my mind a long time ago. I could have sat in my den a lot of times and gotten mad at Trey for that ridiculous drop on Sunday.
Q. Didn't he get another one on Monday or something like that? I think he got two that he shouldn't have had?
LOREN ROBERTS: Because they put the stands up there at the 17th green you could drop it out from behind the tree. You know, hey, that's the way it goes. I totally put it out of my mind. It would have been nice to get the win. Hey, I had a six-foot putt to win it on Sunday on the last green anyway.
Q. Where is that putter?
LOREN ROBERTS: Oh, I putted with that one all the way up until the start of this year. I started this year with a Rossa but I putted with it last year.
TODD BUDNICK: Thanks, Loren.
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