Q. With all of your putting woes, did you ever change putters?
JOEY SINDELAR: I'm stubborn, incredibly stubborn. I've seen, I would gather that some of my stubbornness has probably cost me through the years. But I've seen so many shipwrecks of guys just trying, trying, trying. Through the 20 years, guys that should be here, I think you get good awesome equipment -- I'm a TaylorMade guy and I love their stuff. I have a Scotty Cameron putter. I'm not a club changer; I never have been because I think you can lose touch where home base is.
One of the things I always talk about at clinics is never try a golf club, especially, you asked, I'm playing poorly, did I try. That's the worst time in my opinion to try a club. You should try a club when you're playing well, because that's where you want to be when you use it. So many times you try clubs when you're playing poorly and it seems to fit and then you go -- you get your swing better and oh, this doesn't seem right.
So, no, I'm very, very slow to change. And I actually -- I laughed because I brought a new driver and a new putter here this week. I don't change two clubs in five years. The driver didn't make the cut and the putter has a good chance but, look, we teed it up and I had my same 14 clubs. So I talk a big game but I never got there.
Q. Could you compare the rough this week to last week? Does this course seem more like the Open than the Open did last week?
JOEY SINDELAR: If you will be kind enough to say that I don't mean anything derogatory about Chicago, I happen to be in love with this golf course. When I point to my four or five during the year, this was always one of them. And if this was hard and fast this would have been more like what we would expect. This has always been a fabulous tune-up, never in my mind would Westchester be a tune-up for anything.
But as a preview to a major, when Westchester before the Open, there could not be anything better when it's hard and fast. It's the same requirements. It's probably a little shorter, we've got those three or four holes, but this -- yes, the rough is definitely tougher. Yes.
Q. This is the kind of rough you were expecting to see last week?
JOEY SINDELAR: It is. We were all surprised last week. And I shot 15-over, so I didn't exactly muscle that course last week. But you could play out the rough.
Last week's setup I thought more resembled the PGA. The PGA guys don't generally go quite so far to the edge of the world as the USGA guys do. I think it more resembled a PGA setup than a U.S. Open last week and I think this more resembled -- probably more closely resembles an Open.
Q. Are you giving them signals for Oak Hill?
JOEY SINDELAR: Well, you know, Oak Hill, that's a wild place. They almost have to widen Oak Hills fairway for the PGA because they keep them narrow. I was up there a few weeks ago, and of course the 100-yard dash got longer. There was a new tee on 17 and that was already one of the hardest and I think 18 has a new tee. It's going to be a tough test.
Q. You're 136 outside of the Money List, if you finish outside of the 125, what is your status -- exempt?
JOEY SINDELAR: Because of past champion, yes. I'm not high enough on career Money List to be -- to have that free -- if you're in the Top-50 or Top-125 -- not that I've thought about it. (Laughter.) Never entered my mind.
The things we do to ourselves out here. It's a different interview all together.
Q. As a throwback to the '80s, are your goals different? What are your goals? What do you want to achieve in a year? Have you changed that because of the family over the years?
JOEY SINDELAR: You know, I've never -- I've never lived and breathed it. I love it. I'm passionate about it when I'm doing it but I can set it down. I can't be like Vijay or Tiger and I probably -- you know, who knows. I'm betting that I would not have been as good as I'm -- but I would not have lasted 20 years. I've tried that Hogan mentality and I'll say, okay, today I'm not focusing on anything else except every single shot. I'm more the 3-minute round of golf guy; it's a minute before, 30 seconds after and whatever you do in between you relax. For me I like to be less important.
For goals I think I'm still good enough to win again, I still honestly believe that. But, you know, the competition is not the same as it was, it's just not. The guys are -- especially, you know there's always been great players but the middle -- the balance of the first third is so much better than it used to be. Let's say 10th to 30th guys, they are so good. But the 30 to 100 guys are awesome. And then that next group, they just -- it doesn't let up like it used to. There used to be a leader, there used to be guys you'd see them on the leaderboard, not going to be there, not going to be there, and it was true. And now, these guys keep winning and I don't even know who they are. (Laughter.) I used to think it was bad enough when I didn't recognize them, but some of them I don't even know their names when they win. And they are that good. They are. And I watch them play and they are not scuffing it around; they are going.
Really, it's incredible. It's been amazing to see.
Q. Do you think there's some 24-year-old on the field seeing Sindelar going, "Not going to be there"?
JOEY SINDELAR: I'm sure. "Isn't he kind of old?" It's amazing. Their swings are so much better, the equipment, they are stronger, everything about it; it's amazing. Senior Tour is going to feel good in a few years.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much. Good luck the rest of the week.
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