Q. I think it was Tim Finchem that got you back here in '96. How hard a sales job did he have to putt on you?
SCOTT HOCH: He had to give me a guarantee. Promised me a guarantee. A around tee, money. He did. He guaranteed me a thousand dollars if I missed the cut just like everybody else. Or something like that. (Laughter.)
He just said he thought it was to my liking. I remember he said that -- I said, "Look there's no sense in coming here. 100% of zero is still zero."
So he said -- well, talking about all this money we are playing for, look if you don't make the cut, what difference does it make? They can play for whatever. If you don't play well, no sense in wasting your time.
Whether it be Augusta or some of the British Open courses, if they don't fit your game, you know, why go? And Augusta might be a lot like that if they use the whole courses for me. I'm curious to see how they are going to set it up this
But this course is just, you know, when I did come back, finish second, I played really well under tough conditions and it's been tough ever since. The setup has been tough.
Obviously, today with the rain -- well, the fairways were already soft. I don't know why the fairways were soft coming into today. But the greens, I can see where they are soft, because with the hot weather, they had to keep them alive. But I thought it was playing too soft before. Because it plays harder when it plays faster and tougher to keep the ball in the fairway; the ball goes in the rough.
But without a whole lot of wind, any course is going to be defenseless when you have a big rain like this and it's soft and the greens are soft.
Q. How would you feel if you had either the rain delay or an overnight deal and you had to come back tomorrow and the first shot you had to hit was 17?
SCOTT HOCH: You know, I probably wouldn't worry about it. So far, somebody's got some time to waste, check back on my record what I've done on 17. All of the years I've been here, I don't recall hitting a ball in the water, and I might hit three in the water the rest of the week.
But that's just one that's not, you know, bothering me as much as some of the others because I've really been pretty successful there. I've birdied there a number of times on Sunday to improve my position. It still is a pucker-up hole, though. (Laughter.) But I've been fortunate to hit good shots there. It's one of the toughest ones, especially the other year when it was really hard and just about anywhere, if you hit it all of one spot, it's going to bounce in the water one place or another; or today, when the wind is really blowing. You only have an 8-iron and if the wind is blowing maybe a 7-iron, just knocking it down. But still, it's tough.
Q. Do you consider it a good golf hole?
SCOTT HOCH: You've got to hit a good shot. There's not a bail-out.
Yeah, I don't have a problem with it as a hole. What I have a problem is like at Bay Hill, the second hole when you can't play it, when you can't hit the green. Something like that, the way the conditions were, that's when it's a bad hole. But this one, if you hit a good shot, you get a good result. And you don't have to go for the pin. It's a pretty big green, if you're just trying to hit the middle of the green but these guys are so good out here, and you know ego gets the best of a lot of us, and sometimes we don't try to hit the middle of the green. We try to hit the right side when the pins over there or the back part of the green when the pin is there, or the front of the green like it was today. I don't think guys would have had all that problem if they went to the middle of the green. But, as the commercials say, these guys are good so they don't feel they should be playing in the middle of the green.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you, Scott for joining us. Appreciate your time.
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