Q. Well, I mean, it still takes a degree of patience, doesn't it, instead of just reacting in a bad way?
SCOTT HOCH: Well, you're in contention. You're not going to throw it away. You're not going to go ballistic because you hit a bad shot or got a bad break. If you're in the middle of the pack, yeah, you might. Each time I said, "well, you screwed up, let's see if we can get it back. Let's hit a couple good shots and then build from there." There's no secret to it. It's just trying to do it and this time I was able to do it. Lots of times you can't bring yourself to do it or you can't get yourself to do it.
Q. Could you sort of assess your year? You've had at least 4 solid top 10 finishes and this looks like it would
SCOTT HOCH: There's nothing sure about it. You're playing golf.
Q. Looks good for a good finish. How would you describe the year?
SCOTT HOCH: Up and down. I was off the better part of 2 months because of injuries.
SCOTT HOCH: You know, I don't usually start out -- I don't do much on the West Coast. I don't do that so I'm eliminating my play on the West Coast because I don't ever seem to do much there. And then I played Bay Hill and TPC, which is usually a good string that I have, and right after that is when I had a problem, and that's usually a good stretch of tournaments for me. The 7 tournaments I missed or whatever are really like 5 of my better tournaments record-wise as far as that I play well consistently.
So I hated missing that, but when I've played and I've been healthy, I've played well. That's how I'd characterize the year. Or if I haven't played well, I've scored well, which is more important that be the other, I guess. I'm still hanging in there. Hopefully, I've got a good round left in me tomorrow. If not, then we go -- we take a week off and hopefully play well and defend my title at the Western.
JOHN BUSH: Time for a couple more questions.
Q. Do you have an idea of what score you're have to shoot to be in contention?
SCOTT HOCH: It's going to have to be a good score. I don't ever put a score on it. I just try to go out and get a good start because if you're too far behind going into the back 9, it makes it a little difficult. So if you can start off well, maybe put on a little heat, then your chances are better. So I'm just going to go out there and try to get started like I did today and just not make any errors because obviously he shot -- what did Jonathan shoot, 5 under? He's playing well, playing consistent every round. If he does the same, it's going to be difficult, but hopefully I'll make enough birdies to have a good round. Just can't make any mistakes.
JOHN BUSH: Thanks, Scott, thanks a lot. Good luck tomorrow.
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