Q. Your schedule leading into the Masters?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: I'm playing Houston and Atlanta and also the Masters. So I'm here for a month and I'm looking forward to it and that's a good start today.
Q. Will you get to Augusta before the event?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: No, unfortunately, I won't. I'll just drive over on Monday.
Q. Four in a row, is that a different approach to going into the Masters for you?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: It's actually six in row, really. I've been two tournaments down in the Middle East, and try and get competitive, last week was my first full-round tournament of the year. It's a bit late to be saying that, and so I've got to get competitive. So I thought the best way to do is to try and play golf and I was fortunate to get invited to Houston and Atlanta before the Masters. So I feel fortunate that I'm able to play.
Q. Was there any advantage of playing early today?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: There usually is around here. Today, there wasn't, no. There's no advantage here to be playing early. Usually, yes, before the moon and the tide and all of the stuff that causes wind happens. But today, around the second or third hole, the wind sprung up; so there was no advantage to play early today.
Q. Are you in a more positive frame of mind to play today?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: I'm very positive playing this golf course, yes. Very positive playing here, which is great.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Yes, I worked quite a bit -- when you miss a cut and you've got to stay out there -- I practiced a lot at Dubai and I chipped in again today at 15 on the back edge and that has not happened for a long time. So that's a real bonus. To me, that's saving two shots. To most people it's saving one, but to me it's saving two, so that was good.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: If I stand on the 15th tee and say you'll take 2-under, I'll say thank you very much and walk in in a hurry.
Q. You said at the British Open when your weight got back up, you said this is your fighting weight?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Yes, it was for the first two days, wasn't it? (Laughter.)
Q. Now you're back down again?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Yeah, I go up and down. A little bit of yo-yo. But I'm happier a little bit -- a little bit slimmer, because it helps my back, really. That's the main thing. It takes pressure off it.
Q. Does it affect your swing?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Not really. No, not really. I've shot 80 thin and heavy. So it doesn't really affect me. (Laughter.)
End of FastScripts....