Q. What was your mind set at Dubai and how does that impact you now at this stage of your career?
THOMAS BJORN: It's nice to have something like that but when, you know, it gets tough and when you're up against them you have a chance. But that's a different story, that's the regular tournament. There's a lot more things that comes with this and if that would be the case, well, that would be a new situation, but it's nice to have it with you that you've done it. I think with all the majors he's got in the bag he will have a big advantage on Sunday if that would be the case.
Q. What were you feeling or thinking that day at Dubai?
THOMAS BJORN: I just felt very comfortable with my game. I knew I had a good game and I knew I could play some solid, good golf and just kept putting pressure on him and that's often what happens. What we see is he puts pressure on a lot of other people. I just kept hitting good shots when it mattered and that's the only way you can get to him. I think it is just put the game to him and most of the time he's going to take it on and beat you, but sometimes he's going to let it slip. I felt good there. I felt that I could do it and that's just one of those feelings you don't get it very often, but I felt I could do it and it was a nice experience and I can draw on that now, but this is a Major Championship.
Q. If I'm not mistaken, I think you were paired in the third round at Pebble Beach. What was that experience like compared to Dubai?
THOMAS BJORN: That was a tough day for me. I didn't play particularly well, and I have to say that's the best golf I've ever seen anybody play, the way he played at Pebble and that's what he's capable of. I don't kick myself and think anybody is closing the gap. I think this guy is special. He's ahead of everybody and when he plays his best, he's going to win golf tournaments. You've got to stand up. When he doesn't play his best, you have to stand up and try to beat him. When he plays his best, I think he's ahead of everybody else.
Q. What came out of the bag when you put the 1-iron in?
THOMAS BJORN: A 4-wood. That's not a club here.
Q. Did you hit a driver at all?
THOMAS BJORN: I hit four drivers today.
Q. Many putts, Thomas?
THOMAS BJORN: Not many. I don't know, but I don't know. Not many.
Q. I know you know Justin Rose. For him to come back after he turned pro, after having problems, how much respect is there for him in the club house?
THOMAS BJORN: You're talking about one of the biggest talents that the game has ever seen. He's a massive talent. He has a great mind, and he went through a very very rough time, but that's why he's so good as he is today.
He's got a great future ahead of him, and what he did today, he was so much up for it. He couldn't wait to get out there. Not a lot of guys would be like that if they are going out in the British Open being English and playing with Tiger Woods. They would be scared. He went out there and took it on and played lovely golf.
All the credit to him. Justin has had a great year. Justin has a lot of confidence. But he is a big, big talent. He's going to do good things and if it's not this year, it will be in the future. He went through a rough spell, but when you are, it's difficult to get yourself out of it, but he's matured and he's gone out there and shown the golf world and he is that good. And I think the players have -- especially in Europe have a lot of respect for Justin and what he's gone through and he will go on to big things.
Q. When you came along as a pioneer there, who were the people you looked at for inspiration?
THOMAS BJORN: I grew up with having looking at people that were idols to me, not somebody I knew. I mean, I was always a great admirer of Faldo the way he approached the game. To me, he was the player at the time when I started playing good golf, he was the player of that time. I have great admiration for him as a golfer and the way he played the game, and I looked at star players and today I know them, but at that time I didn't have any clue who they were and how they were, but I just always looked to other players and I had a great admiration for him, I had a great admiration for Seve. I always loved the way Seve played the game, and I think just watching him and seeing where he played the game was just -- I tried to build the imagination that he always played the game with and I think as a kid, I really worked hard on using my head instead of just hitting golf shots and that's something that I can use today.
STEWART McDOUGAL: Thomas, thank you.
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