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June 2, 2000

Steve Lowery


LEE PATTERSON: Very nice round today.

STEVE LOWERY: Thank you.

LEE PATTERSON: Excellent position heading into the weekend. Maybe just a couple thoughts about that and we'll open it up for questions.

STEVE LOWERY: I played well in the first nine holes I played. I was fading a little bit mentally on the last nine. I hung in there and made a few good up-and-downs, and I think I did make one birdie on the back. But it was pretty hard out there. I was having a hard time concentrating. I'm hoping for cooler temperatures.

Q. Both days you've come in and talked about how difficult it is for you to finish as strong as you had started. Is that something you'll worry about in the weekend?

STEVE LOWERY: Obviously, I'd like to finish strong. It makes you feel a little bit better. But I made pars yesterday and pars today, but I just could tell it was a struggle in that heat out there. Just maintain concentration more than anything. I was able to make pars, but it was pretty tough to concentrate.

Q. I guess twice now you've reiterated it was a struggle in the heat. Is this the kind of day where Casey having the cart can really help him?

STEVE LOWERY: What's he shooting?

Q. He's gotten to 8 or 9.

STEVE LOWERY: The problems he has, you can't say it's an advantage. He has such trouble with his leg. I've heard him say many times, "it's not an advantage," so I would think not.

Q. What's the difference between the course today and yesterday?

STEVE LOWERY: Let's see. There was a little more wind today. It kind of was switching a little bit. On the driving range it seemed like it was blowing northeast and then it kind of turned south, southwest there I think in the middle of the round or something. Just trying to figure out the wind. Greens were getting a little scratchy. 8th hole is looking really kind of bluish with the spikes -- you see the footprints on them. It's kind of drying out. That was the main difference.

Q. And is it the poa annua, getting crusty or combination?

STEVE LOWERY: I guess the heat, just stressing them. I don't know if they put water on them. I'm sure it will be all right tomorrow. That hole is kind of sitting up and there's no shade. 1st hole was key. I missed the green left with a pitching wedge. I was probably 20 feet off the green and was just trying it put it somewhere up near the hole and it went in. Started the day with that.

Q. How far was that?

STEVE LOWERY: I don't know, that was probably about 50 feet. 2, I hit wedge in there. A little shallow thing. It rolled just an inch off the green. But it was a nice uphill. Probably about a 12-foot putt. 4, I hit a 9-iron to the left about 25 feet and made a nice, long putt there. 5, I spun a sand wedge to the front of the green probably 25 feet there and made that putt. 7, I pulled a 6-iron in the left bunker, not a good spot to be. The ball came by and released about 15 feet and I missed that. 12, I drove it in the right rough. Hit a 3-wood off the tee, and just didn't really hit, you know, that good a drive. The second shot was pretty good. I was over to the left and I tried to run it, you know, put it just like I did on No. 1 and it didn't come out right. Really didn't get on the green there and 2-putted from the fringe for bogey. 14, I was starting to struggle a little bit right there. Hit in the hazard on 13 and made par. So I just played it safe, tried to regroup, hit 4-iron off the tee, sand wedge in there about 15 feet and made that putt for birdie.

Q. You talked about with the heat and everything, maybe running into a wall after the fast start, is that kind of what you meant by that or not?

STEVE LOWERY: It was hard to concentrate after about 8 holes out there because of the heat. I just noticed that I was getting really hot walking, you know, up and down the hills in the heat. Up until 8, I started having a little trouble with the whole thing. Because of the heat it was hard to concentrate and focus, to get the shots, you know, to where you wanted them.

Q. Has that been a problem for you in your career, dealing with the hot temperatures?

STEVE LOWERY: Not really. I've played well in the summer. I won in August out in Denver and it was hot out there. I think in general the difference between shooting 7-under and 3-under a lot is being able to focus or concentrate. The golf course was a little tougher. The wind blew a little bit more. But it was just much harder to concentrate start to finish.

Q. Do you have any idea what sort of number you think will do it for the weekend?

STEVE LOWERY: You know, I really don't know. Have to see how it is out there tomorrow, what conditions are like. If that front blows in, you know, I don't know if it's going to rain. It's going to make the golf course longer, soften the greens up a little bit. The scores might be low again tomorrow. Just hard to say until you see the conditions.

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