Q. Putting, guys have tried everything. Now it's like all of these different grips, the belly putter and all that. Have you pretty much stayed with basically the same thing all these years?
LOREN ROBERTS: I do the same things that I did when I was 20 years old. I just work on the same things. I putt with a TaylorMade Rossa putter this year. That's only the fifth putter I've had in my career playing golf, period. I just don't change a lot. I've been very lucky with a very -- I work on my stroke, but I don't know. I think optics have a little bit to do with it, and I'm very lucky that I have good eyesight. I don't need to wear glasses at my age and my depth perception is good. So I think optics play a part in it, too.
Q. Do you agree with like Ben Crenshaw, who stuck with the same putter; all of these other innovations have been like band aids, but if you have a good stroke and a good putter you should basically stick with it?
LOREN ROBERTS: That's always the way I've felt. The putter, everybody talks about the head, and the look of the putter has a little bit to do with it, but every time you change putter, you've got a different shaft, and no two shafts are really the same. I mean, you can get it close but they are not the same.
Once you get used to the shaft, I think that's the whole -- that's the engine of the putter to me. I'm somewhat like Crenshaw. I'm a speed/control putter. Ben was always really good at controlling his speed, and that's kind of the way that I've worked on my putting is just not worry about the line, but just try to roll the ball the right speed.
Q. People used to go to the driving range to watch Sam Snead's swing, or maybe in this generation, Ernie Els, but do people come up to you to watch you putt, trying to learn something about pace or putting strokes?
LOREN ROBERTS: Well, I don't know that there's guys that could do the same kind of stroke that I do because I'm so long and I'm so slow; that I don't know if a lot of guys can do that. I kind of swing the same way. I don't know if someone who had a quicker-paced golf swing could have a long, slow stroke. You basically putt the same way you swing it.
But I think there are some physical things that I could help guys with, but most guys really don't ask. There's a lot of pride out here. Guys aren't going to ask (laughs).
Q. Were the greens a touch slower today?
LOREN ROBERTS: They were a little bit slower. Obviously, they were a little wetter. I think they were maybe going to track up a little bit more, but it's pretty hard to hurt these greens, poa annua, they are going to butt out.
Q. If the conditions stay perfect tomorrow, the guys who don't finish tonight, some of them will play 15 or 16 holes. When they get their hands on the ball, how much of an advantage?
LOREN ROBERTS: That's a big advantage, to get your hands on the ball right now.
You can get a good lie, you can clean it off, you can catch some mud out there, so you can clean the ball off. It's a big advantage.
Just moving it a club length made all the difference as far as having a little downhill lie versus an uphill lie for a shot, it mattered a lot. I think if there's no wind tomorrow, guys should really go at it.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Loren.
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