Q. Tell us about the eagle on 9.
JUSTIN ROSE: I hit a 2-iron from the tee. There is a horrible bunker that's about 265, 270, so I hit a 2-iron, actually I was basically right on the edge of it. I was a little bit lucky and the best shot of the day, which was a 4-iron, 244 yards to the hole. It was a little short of the green and then rolled it in left to right, which is the way the green slopes. The noise of the crowd made it definitely sound like -- it sounded like it was close to going in for two. That was the best shot of the day. The putt was obviously missable. It was a 5-footer uphill right to left, and it was really nice to make the putt.
Q. So you were focusing on your game. Was there any conversation between you and Tiger or was it --
JUSTIN ROSE: There really wasn't any conversation. Very complimentary about -- he's good about shots you play and doesn't fail to not acknowledge a good shot, which that's all you can ask for really from a playing partner.
Q. But no small talk?
JUSTIN ROSE: Not really. There's plenty to think about out there.
Q. Do you feel the crowd played a big part; do you feel they were urging you on?
JUSTIN ROSE: I think so. As soon as I got my name on -- made a couple birdies they got into it more, and maybe it swung a little bit of support my way out there.
Q. What do you think of your playing partner? He seems like a character.
JUSTIN ROSE: I didn't really know him at all, but from watching American golf, he is very happy-go-lucky. He's an incredibly good player, too, good ball-striker, sound swing, and nice guy too.
Q. Tiger says you've got the game here to win. Is he right?
JUSTIN ROSE: Well, that's very nice. I know I have got the game to win if all goes well. It's just a matter of -- I think a lot of guys -- well, a lot of guys have the game to win. It's a matter of producing it. To say I've obviously produced it today to a certain extent, that's very complimentary.
Q. Can you tell what happened to Tiger on the first tee with the photographer?
JUSTIN ROSE: I think somebody clicked while he was at address, about to set the club back and he backed off and that was it really. That's all I noticed.
Q. Did you see any signs of him getting frustrated; he couldn't get a putt to drop?
JUSTIN ROSE: Not really. I think he stayed pretty patient today. He kept hitting on the fat side of the hole. It looked like he definitely had a game plan out there and he stuck to it. (Inaudible) It's the same for everybody. It balances out over a year or over a week. You just have to keep playing.
Q. When you were going through your low point right after turning pro, could you even think about a day like today?
JUSTIN ROSE: I guess when I was going through my low point, it would have been a long road back to this point, definitely. It would have seemed like a mountain to climb. I did put in a lot of hard work and it was fantastic to be in this situation now, now having gone through a couple of tough periods.
Q. Do you feel like a professional out there, the youngest player in the tournament?
JUSTIN ROSE: I am one of the youngest. I feel a bit battle hardened, to be honest.
STEWART McDOUGAL: Justin, thank you very much.
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