Q. You and Bob will be 40-something. Is there a pride in that or is it a non-issue?
SCOTT HOCH: It's a non-issue to me. Well, the thing is you don't know when you are going to win your last tournament, that's the issue. Especially as you get older, then, yes, your chances might be running out as far as winning your last tournament out here. I would hope to think that this won't be the last opportunity to win that I have, but who knows. So yes, in a sense it could be. That's the age factor that how many more chances do you have to win. So yes, it would be great to win a tournament, any tournament. But it's always best to win the one you are playing in, not wait for the next one.
Q. Scott, when you are hitting down on the ball obviously it's not bothering you, it's not bothering you with the irons, right?
SCOTT HOCH: No, it's more or less right when I get to here and try to release it. You don't release an iron as hard as you do a wood, at least I don't. That's why it's bothering me, I don't know.
Q. Is it tendinitis, do you know sort of, kind of --
SCOTT HOCH: Yes, sort of kind of. That's what it is acting like anyway. I hope it's nothing serious.
Q. Are you getting it wrapped?
SCOTT HOCH: Yes, I'm doing that and going to get some work done on it.
SCOTT HOCH: Or ice and some stim or laser and something that they have over there, I don't know. It seems to be holding me in there, so I will keep trying it.
Q. Last week we talked about your injuries that you had last year, I think at the Buick at Westchester a couple of years ago against Garcia, it was an elbow that you were injured as well, can you remember your events that you've won if you played or won any of those events injured?
SCOTT HOCH: When I played the whole year without being injured those are some of my worse years I have had honestly. Maybe I'm not putting in the time I need to if I haven't been injured. I don't know. That was my hand. I have had problems with my hand. The same hand but a different problem the last few years. I think that's what it is. What I had during that time last year, or two years ago.
Q. You don't remember any specific event where you have won, like this week you almost withdrew before it started?
SCOTT HOCH: I don't remember any instance like that, I'm sure I had one with nagging injuries because I have had nagging stuff. We are athletes. We play through them. Nothing serious. If it really hurts you and you are playing this game you can't play this game really hurt. You can put up with pain or discomfort, but it makes you flinch any particular time in your swing if you are hurting bad. That's something that is very tough to play this game as much a touch as it takes if you're hurting.
Q. Scott, is this a good reminder that you can have a great leader board, an interesting tournament without the 3 guys that a lot of people spend a lot of time talking about not being here this week?
SCOTT HOCH: Who is that?
Q. The guys that are not here this week? Does golf need to be reminded of that? It looks like this leader board is?
SCOTT HOCH: It's proven to have a great tournament you don't have to have all of the great players. Sometimes that might not even be the best tournament when you have somebody that runs away from the field. If you have it bunched up, a lot of people with a chance to win, that makes a good tournament. I'm sure the crowds would like to see some of those other guys, but you know, we can't play every week, and so I guess the answer is you don't have to have those guys to have a good tournament. We all want the best guys in the field that's why I like playing TPC because it's a course that I tend to play well and all of the top players are there. And I think we all want to play the top players. But we want to play them on courses that we have a chance on.
JOHN BUSH: Thank you, good luck tomorrow.
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