Q. Congratulations on a great score this afternoon in terrible conditions. Tomorrow you're going out to play with Tiger Woods in front of 20,000 people or so. Do you think that's going to be an advantage or disadvantage for you? Is it going to be intimidating for you?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: Well, I think over the years, looking at guys who have been paired up with Tiger on Saturdays and Sundays of major tournaments, it tends to have a negative effect on the players that he's been paired with. I've seen many of my friends in the game who have shot 77, 78 when they're paired with Tiger. So it's obviously very difficult.
I was paired with him in the U.S. Open last year at Southern Hills. I'm not sure if it was Saturday or Sunday. Obviously neither of us were in contention. But at least it gives me some idea of what the goings-on around him are. I think the first thing I noticed was there was like 30 photographers on the second fairway trying to get pictures of him. Obviously, they were trying to get pictures of Tiger, and we were being controlled by the marshals, but obviously they weren't interested in me.
So obviously there's sort of -- there can be a distraction factor to that. But I've seen it before. It's going to be there tomorrow. I should expect it. There shouldn't be too much I won't expect tomorrow, but, obviously, that doesn't mean -- it should mean it's easier to handle, but it doesn't mean it's easy to handle. It's not going to be easy playing with Tiger, and obviously, if I play well with him, I'll play with him for two days. I've got to think of 36 holes, if I play well, which it's tough enough going out there, it's tiring enough. But 36 holes under that pressure is going to be hard, as well.
Q. You touched upon majors. You're second in a major at the moment. In years gone by you, get golfers say, "I wasn't ready to win a major." Other golfers say, "Yes, I think I'm ready now to win a major." Do you look at it in that sort of way? Are you trying to approach your position like this, in a tournament like this, that it's just another tournament, is that the best way to do it?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: No. It's not just another tournament. I'm not going to fool myself to say I'm going out to play another tournament tomorrow. What I will try to do is go out and play my game as if it's another tournament. I'm not going to go out and try to change anything. But it's going to be difficult to do. Obviously, there's more pressure there because it is a major, and that's something I'm going to experience tomorrow.
I'm not too sure -- I've never experienced it before, as I say. And I should have some ability or make some establish at trying to -- I've not got the experience of it before, but I've got -- I have the knowledge of how to deal with it. Whether I do or not, that's going to be the difficult thing.
Q. Have you spoken to those friends you mentioned who shot 77, 78 playing with Tiger about what they felt they didn't do right?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON: No, no. But I've certainly watched on TV. Yeah, I've never spoken directly about it. But it's not something you run up and talk to somebody about, is it? (Laughter.) As I'm sure you guys have found out, that they wouldn't be too forthcoming with what's to be said.
It's not the guys that I know, but I'm saying a lot of guys have been paired with him and he's obviously a very intimidating force to be paired up with in a major. He's a phenomenal player, and it can certainly distract anybody who's playing with him. I realized this, and the difficulty would be managing my own game so I'm not distracted.
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