Q. Given the conditions and given the fact that most of the field is still looking up at you and the rest of the leaders, how do you feel about the first two rounds, 71 -71?
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, I hit some bad -- some really bad drives. And it's such a mental battle out there to just get up and hit it. You know you've got to hit such a good drive on some of these holes to get in the fairway. I hit some good ones, and I hit some horrendous drives. It doesn't matter. Either you hit it good or it doesn't matter, because you're going to chip out. I think I hit one ball in two days out of the rough, and that was with a pitching wedge. But I'm not happy with it.
I'm glad that I'm in decent position, but I'm not happy with it. I missed several little putts today and didn't really make a whole lot of putts the two rounds. That's the difference. I was watching this morning, and Tiger made one after another after another. And that's his strength, obviously. Everybody talks about how far he hits it, how strong he hits it; he makes an unbelievable amount of putts. The greens were great this afternoon. There's no excuse except that I just didn't make them, and that's the only thing I'm disappointed in.
I let a few get away from me, just not driving it good enough and not putting good enough. But I hung in there good. I give myself credit. From where I was playing, I hung in there and at least got a chance.
Q. We talked a lot about how difficult this course is. Is there any one thing that you could say that the recreational golfer or public person reading about this or watching it could understand how difficult this is in the game of golf?
DAVIS LOVE III: One thing? Well, the best players in the world are -- most of them are going to be embarrassed with their scores after two days. Shooting mid and high 70's and almost no hope for shooting under par unless you play perfectly, and that's a pretty unbelievable statement.
The average scratch handicap couldn't break 80 out there, let's put it that way. A really good scratch player wouldn't even have a chance to break 80, I don't think. My brother is a scratch player, he couldn't -- I bet he couldn't break 80 if you let him play four days in a row out there. Today, these kind of conditions, it's that hard.
Q. Sounds like you watched Tiger's round this morning, and obviously you knew where he stood before you went out?
DAVIS LOVE III: I watched the telecast, so I watched most of his round. (Laughter.) And highlights from yesterday, too. So I saw all the putts he made.
Q. When you say there's not a lot of hope of going under par, when you're getting ready to tee off in these conditions, how frustrating is it to try to make up any ground at all or just to tread water, so to speak?
DAVIS LOVE III: Well, you've just got to go play. You know it's possible when Maruyama or K.J. or Tiger do it, you know it's possible. So you've just got to go play. Or Padraig; there's guys shooting under par, so it's possible.
But like I said, I'm not worried about the figures. If you can just hang in there and keep giving yourself chances. I would have loved to have taken my score after two days at a lot of U.S. opens and let them play the weekend.
So you know what, I might not have to shoot a whole lot under par on the weekend. You just never know. I'm just going to keep playing my same routine, same strategy, and maybe I'll play it better than I have the last two days.
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