Q. You've said after each of your majors that one of the great components is you've got to be lucky that week. It's not playing good and making putts, but you've got to be lucky. After 14 holes you were one of three or four guys who had not made a birdie at all in the field. Were you thinking to yourself, maybe that luck is finally running out a little bit?
TIGER WOODS: No, I felt like I was getting some pretty good breaks, because I hit some bad tee shots starting out. The first hole I hit it way left off the tee, and I had a good enough lie to hit it to the green. The second hole I had a good enough lie to get it on the green. A couple of shots on 18 I pulled it off the tee, it still ended up on the first cut. And those are breaks that you need to have happen, even though I wasn't making a whole lot of birdies today, I still got some good breaks for where I put myself.
Q. Sergio has been spending a lot of time over the ball, and I'm wondering if that's something you're going to have to deal with tomorrow, how you'll approach that?
TIGER WOODS: No, obviously he has a tendency to take a little bit over the ball, but I played a slow player today in Patty. Patty takes his time a little bit. And he's kind of known for that and I knew that going in there. And you've just got to take your time and go ahead and understand that that's how they play. That's their speed. And just don't get caught up in it.
Q. 13 you were on in two and you're putting for an eagle and suddenly it turns into a par. Did you just charge that a little too much and not read it well or what happened?
TIGER WOODS: It's such a fast putt. Yeah, I did hit it just a touch hard. But on the other side of the hole it falls away and when I was reading the putt I knew how fast it was, because I saw a ton of footprints where I putted mine from. I saw the heel marks, and I knew they made the same mistakes that hopefully I didn't make, but I did make it. And it's just one of those things where I made a mistake.
Q. Anybody who 3-putts always feels you gave one away. Is that really -- particularly since you had not made a birdie, did that hurt more in that situation?
TIGER WOODS: Actually I turned that into a positive, actually. Because if you look at the putt, my second putt, I ran it by. And I was over that next putt, my third putt and I was saying, if I miss this putt, it's back to the same spot. And even if I die it, I've got some heel prints, and I don't know if it's going to fall in. Let's go ahead and bang it in there. If I miss it I'm 4 or 5 putting, if I make it, I'm getting out of it with a good 3-putt. And that's what happened.
Q. Were you angry at all yesterday about what Sergio said that if you'd still been out there in the afternoon they would have called it or what were your feelings about what he said?
TIGER WOODS: No, I wasn't angry at all, because I knew that Sergio is a very emotional player and he was obviously frustrated at the way he played. And on top of that the conditions weren't exactly easy, either. You add that together and that's a lot. On top of that the fans made a mistake and he followed with another mistake. And that's -- I think that's -- if you put all that together, I think that's what happened.
Q. You're in a similar situation at Medinah at the PGA in terms of the fans that Sergio faces now. Just from a playing standpoint, can you take us back from how you handled the concentration and dealing with the potential distraction over those couple of days?
TIGER WOODS: Well, the fans at Medinah really didn't -- nothing really started until I think it was the 14th hole where he made birdie and I made double. And all of a sudden everything switched. Actually it was the 13th hole, wasn't it? From then on, yeah, the fans changed and everyone wanted to see Sergio win. That was his first year on Tour, and he was new to the scene. And everyone was excited about the prospect that a 19-year-old could win a major championship. And I just focused on what I could do. And he was still behind me, and he had to go ahead and make birdies to catch me. And I was able to make some pars coming in and hold him off.
Q. Can you just rate the last four holes as a group of difficult finishing holes with chances are the tournament will be decided one way or another tomorrow?
TIGER WOODS: Well, on the -- three of the last four holes you have to drive the ball in play in order to make par or better. And 17 is a tough hole, but it's playing easier now that the greens are soft. Early in the week 17, if it got -- it got downwind, I think it was on Tuesday, and I hit it a little -- kind of a high, soft 5-iron, landed in the middle of the green and bounced over. That's not the case now, the balls are spinning back. But those are some tough finishing holes, you've got to get the ball in play on those holes.
Q. Given the ease in which the course played today, are there any regrets that you didn't step on some necks or since you didn't play that well, in your estimation that you're just sort of satisfied that you got --?
TIGER WOODS: I'm very happy now, the fact that I got back to even par. It seemed like I was over par for the entire round. But I somehow hung in there. And even though the other players made a run and then played some great rounds of golf out there in a U.S. Open, I look at the leaderboard and actually I increased my lead.
Q. So often you've come in here and talked about how fun it is for you to play on a final round at a championship Sunday; I'm wondering what is fun about it to you?
TIGER WOODS: It's dreams. This is what we dreamt about when we were little kids practicing out there and playing late in the evening, imagining yourself winning the U.S. Open, putting yourself against the best players, playing two or three balls. And that's what it's all about, going out there and competing. This is why I've put in so many hours on the range and putting green and chipping area, whatever it may be. This is why I put in those hours, to put myself in this position. And I thoroughly enjoy it. I love to compete. And being in the final group in the final round of a major championship, that's where you want to be, that's the thrill of it.
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