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June 16, 2000
PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA
LES UNGER: First of all, Tiger, we really thank you for coming. We know you have a
short night and an early rising. So how about just a quick resume of what took place this
TIGER WOODS: Well, got off to a late start. I teed off at 4:40. And it was just one of
those things, that -- just had to go out there and hit a lot of good shots and put myself
in the fairways and hopefully make a couple of putts. I was able to do that early with the
big par-putt on 2, about 15 feet. It went in from about 30 feet on 3. I hit a couple of
bad shots on 5. I flared one to the right with the 8-iron in the bunker. I had a tough
shot, with the grass overhanging the bunker, I had to take it out of the way down. 6,
2-putted from about 15 feet. Birdied 7 from about 10 feet. I bogeyed 9; hit a 3-wood and a
wedge short, chipped up, had a bad chip. I played about 12 feet short and missed it. But
came back with birdies on 11 and 12. I made about a 3-footer on 11 and about a 30-footer
Q. Tiger, just the way that you've kind of separated yourself from the field, basically
Jimenez is the only guy, and he's six shots back. Is this starting to feel like Augusta in
TIGER WOODS: No, not at all. There's a long way to go. We're not even finished with the
second round. And we need to go out -- I need to go out there and play early tomorrow
morning and continue to play well. And this is a golf course that's a lot more demanding
than Augusta is, or Augusta was, back when there was no rough, and you can basically bomb
Q. Tiger, how important was it to finish the way you did in terms of having to come
back tomorrow morning?
TIGER WOODS: I wanted to get one more coming in somewhere -- after I bogeyed 9 -- just
one coming in. Hit a great putt on 10. It just didn't go in. And I was fortunate enough to
get a good bounce on 11, and buried that putt from about three feet. That's not an easy
putt, but it's one of those putts that kind of fed right in there. On 12, it was just one
of those putts where I was trying to get it close. I had good speed and just "Get out
of Dodge," and it just went in.
Q. Tiger, on the second hole, you talked about that putt. You had missed a birdie putt
on the first hole. Do you think that the second hole, that putt was sort of a turning
point? If you missed that, you've got a bogey, and then you're going to 3. Did you feel
that was a potential turning point in your round?
TIGER WOODS: I think it was -- more than anything, it was just a good, solid way to
start. I hit an average shot in there, and it just didn't hold. I hit a great bunker shot,
and I was upset -- if I missed on the left side, the left bunker, it's an easy putt.
Jesper proved that. I knew I needed to bury that putt, to get some positive momentum
going, and knock it right in there.
Q. If you'll allow me a two-part question, please. You looked so confident when you
went out today, even though it was late today, and I wonder, your thoughts. And of course,
leaving here with that big putt, it's got to leave a great taste in your mouth for getting
up are early in the morning.
TIGER WOODS: I did feel pretty good. I had all day to think about it; and, more
importantly, I had those -- like at the British Open, you wake up in the morning, watch
the coverage, see what the guys are doing, what the golf course is giving up, what shots
to play. When I went out, the wind, it changed; but you still have to watch out for the
tendencies on the golf course. That's what I tried to do today is be very careful, knock
the ball below the hole, and more importantly, just drive the ball in the fairway so I
could control my spin coming into the greens. That's what I was able to do most of the
Q. Tiger, this doesn't have to be the most serious answer, but tonight, yourself and
the PGA TOUR went head-to-head with the NBA on television. How do you think you did?
TIGER WOODS: To be honest with you, I think we did pretty good, since it was a
blow-out, which I'm not too happy about.
Q. Tiger, you had to wait on the 5th hole about 18, 20 minutes or so. How much do you
not like waiting? How much did that affect you?
TIGER WOODS: Waiting at the U.S. Open is not exactly the best thing to do. If you're
playing in, I guess, a golf course that's a little bit easier, and a golf course that's
more forgiving, it's no big deal. When you have a shot at it -- you've got to wait a long
time. And the wind is changing -- when Phil hit it, it was downwind. And then it came back
in our face, and then back downwind. When Jesper hit it, it was back in our face again.
It's not what you want to do, standing there cold. And I hit a bad shot, and it cost me a
stroke. The next tee, we got up, and: "How are you doing guys? Good to see you
again." We sat there and talked for a while. They teed off, and we waited. So there
was two big waits on two consecutive holes.
Q. Tiger, what did you do all day when you didn't have to tee off until 4:00?
TIGER WOODS: I basically slept in and went to the gym for a little bit and got ready,
and was ready to go by the time tee time came around.
Q. Tiger, you said you watched during the day. The winds picked up and changed by the
time you teed off. Can you talk about how the weather has played in your game?
TIGER WOODS: We got the benefit of the lack of wind today; and when we played, I was
watching the coverage on No. 7. It was in their face off the right. When we played, it was
down, off the left. It was a completely different wind. Most of the guys went with
9-irons. I hit a soft 60-degree wedge. Jesper hit a 60, and Furyk hit a sand wedge.
Playing completely different than it was in the morning. That's a break for us when you
play 8, 9 and 10 downwind. But unfortunately, our tee shot on 10 turned back in our face.
So it was one of those things where the wind wasn't blowing hard enough; but when it
cropped up; you had to pay attention to it.
Q. Tiger, as you teed off the first tee, one of the great U.S. Open careers was
finishing up on 18. Did Jack's walk-up and the crowd's reaction, was that able to get your
focus at all?
TIGER WOODS: We were on the putting green waiting, because we were scheduled to go off
at 4:00, then moved back to 4:20. And we were informed on the putting greens: "Now
it's 4:40." We were waiting there. We hear this huge roar coming up. And I thought --
we thought someone had holed it from the fairway. It sounded like one of those kind of
roars. Butch and I thought about it, and said, "Jack is due to finish any time now.
So it should be maybe the last hole, maybe 17 -- somewhere in there." So we asked one
of the cameramen. He called up on the radio, and said, "Who is it?" "It's
Jack." And a "standing O" all the way up there. If this was his last U.S.
Open, it would be nice to actually have seen it. But I had a little more important things
to take care of.
Q. Tiger, when you finish a round like that, you haven't finished your round, what's it
like, as far as a mindset? Tomorrow, you know, you're not playing 18 holes. First, you
have to finish this round, and then rest a little bit, and then you go back out. What does
that do to your mindset and preparations?
TIGER WOODS: I've been here before; I've done this before. It's nothing new. Only
difference is, it's now in a U.S. Open. So that's obviously a first time. But I've done
this in the past, and all you need to do is just get a good night's sleep, sleep fast,
come out, and you know that you have to have the same intensity as you normally would at a
normal time that you normally play. And you still have to get up, be focused. You know
you're not going to have to have that focus for a long period of time. You need to have it
for maybe two hours and then shut it off, come back home, rest up, do your whole routine
all over again. And when you come back out, know that you've got a long day ahead of you.
But at least to know the fact that if you did -- try to finish on a good note. If I can
finish on a positive note, carry that same momentum into the afternoon, with the same
positive vibes and the same concentration level, I think that's the most important thing,
is that on a long day it's very easy to get a little lackadaisical, let your mind drift a
little bit, instead of staying in the present, right now, and get the job done -- sort of
wandering, because you're tired and your legs are feeling a little sore. You just need to
keep plugging along, and know that you have a long day ahead of you. For me, it will be
tomorrow. But then also on Sunday, as well.
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