Q. For both here and Doral, with so many New Yorkers that live down here in the wintertime, does that make coming down here more fun for you? Do you find that you have almost like a hometown gallery?
JOEY SINDELAR: Sure. And my old relationship with the Polo club in Boca. I always here the shouts from those folks and all kind of people from up home. That's what makes it fun.
Really, I'm a big baby. I like to be home and that's another reason why the West Coast is not my thing. From here, I feel like -- my family happen the to be here this week and next week, but I feel like I could be home in two hours in a plane and it just feels more like I'm in the loop here and seeing people I know. Everything fits better.
Q. Did you represent at the Polo Club?
JOEY SINDELAR: I did, for five or six years. Chris Evert was there at the time and Kathy Smith, the aerobics lady. It was fun.
Q. When would that have been?
JOEY SINDELAR: I'm thinking that would have been like '87 through '92.
Q. Would you say your West Coast is one of your better West Coasts this year?
JOEY SINDELAR: In terms of money-making, no. I made 25,000 and got way behind everybody else. But in terms of satisfaction, it was very good. Everything I wanted to accomplish, I accomplished. You know, I didn't do any silly -- didn't make all my putts one day and make a ton of money, but apart from actually finishing great, all of the physical things happened that I wanted to have happen. It was a very successful West Coast, except for dollars, yes.
Q. And preparation-wise?
JOEY SINDELAR: It was good, yes. Of course, I end it and -- also, I do like to play Tucson out there, but Tucson was last this year and I'm coming up on playing everything through the Masters starting here. So it just didn't fit in my schedule. I enjoy playing Tucson National very much.
So I had two weeks off. So you get back and you lose your feel a little bit, but Doral, of course was a very tough test last week with that wind blowing like that, but I hit a lot of good shots, so now I feel very comfortable.
And back to the answer about being on the leaderboard. For me, it's comfort zones. A lot of these guys you're seeing guys in the hunt for weeks and weeks at a time, I think that's all about comfort zones. When I start the year, that leaderboard looks like it's over in Alabama somewhere, and I couldn't find it. Then all of a sudden, you get on it and then you're on it for a few days and maybe for a couple weeks. "Hey, my name isn't on that board what's going on here."
So the attitude, and to me that's all about being comfortable in front of cameras and people and that's what the beginning of the year is all about. Probably like the first baseball games that the guys play.
Q. You talked earlier about being plenty long enough. That's quite a statement considering how long some of the kids are on TOUR?
JOEY SINDELAR: Oh, my gosh, yeah.
Q. How do you attribute still length not being a problem for you, nothing personal, but even at your age?
JOEY SINDELAR: I don't know. I've always been a long hitter all the way through. And last year I think I just dropped out of the Top-10 right at the end of the year. And this year, I nailed a couple of trees early on the West Coast; so I'm not anywhere in sight distance-wise. Had a couple of 210s in there I think.
You know, the difference in there, there was probably a pretty good separation after the first 10 or 15. There's Daly and Woods and a couple, and then you get into the Davis Love, Freddie, that kind of group. And I could hang in that group at the back end of that group. And then there used to be another separation and now the young guys, with great swings, I mean this -- who is the first-year guy out of college? Charles, he kills it. But Paul Casey, with a beautiful -- these guys are -- no offense to John Daly because he's one of my favorites, but these guys aren't even wrapping it around their neck. These guys are doing this little beautiful 7/8th swing like Tom Purtzer, except longer, and they are everywhere. And I'm really glad I'm not starting over out here because it would be real hard.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much.
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