Q. How difficult was the long wait on 17 on you and what was going through your mind on that wait?
CRAIG STADLER: It really wasn't. You know, I hit 3 wood off the tee so there was absolutely no thought going for it. I had 258 to the front or something. That's actually the reason I hit 3 wood. I didn't want to have to get up there and decide whether to hit a 2 iron or 3 iron right of it or hit a 2 iron to the back bunker. You go to the back right and you end up with something like this down towards the water. Tried to eliminate all of the little bad things that could have possibly happened. It really wasn't, just about typical, I hit about six 3 irons, about six 4 irons and got out there and hit 2 iron. Stuck a 2 iron and hit it over in the right trench which was fine I wanted to have a straight shot down, not having to take water into play. I got a lousy lie in the fringe. I thought I hit a pretty good shot. Certainly didn't expect it to stop. It hit, checked and just stopped up there but made a good 2 putt up there.
Q. How concerned were you when the wedge on 18 clipped those trees? That could have led to something bad.
CRAIG STADLER: I hooked the first one and that was actually the big one. It was going straight through and looked like, you know, watching the Enterprise (ph) taking off, it was a big hole and went right in the middle of it. Didn't touch a thing. I said, somebody Red Wing was looking over at Avalanche for the moment. That will never happen again.
Q. At start of the round you and Tom were pretty much straight shots, making three birdies in a row, what was the importance of that little stretch?
CRAIG STADLER: Yeah, it had the makings of a two guy race for a while. I birdied 1, he birdied 2. As I said earlier I made a horrible bogey on 3, and I think he will tell you the same thing. He should have made 4 and he makes 6. He should have picked up two shots, and all of the sudden I walk to the next tee feeling good that I didn't lose anything to him.
Then he made a good par on 4. We both birdied 5. And he didn't have much of a bunker shot on 7, and that par there, the 3 putt on 8 kind of got him going the wrong way a little bit. But he had to make some putts to catch up and I just kind of kept hanging in there and took advantage of a couple good iron shots that I hit.
PHIL STAMBAUGH: Can you go over the putts and lengths of putts?
CRAIG STADLER: On 5, I hit pitching wedge about three feet.
6, I hit 60 degree wedge about 30 feet and made that coming back.
7, I hit 3 wood in the left bunker came out about a foot and a half or so.
10, I hit pitching wedge about four feet.
12, I chipped in with a little 9 iron.
14, I hit 6 iron about 15, 16 feet behind the hole.
Q. Since you brought up the Red Wings/Avalanche, any more sweeter the victory that you're an Avalanche fan winning in Red Wings' territory? What do you think of them signing Darian Hatcher and Dominik Hasek coming back?
CRAIG STADLER: Good for them. They need them.
Hey, you know what, we made it three more games than did you this year. We had about five more days in our schedule. Darian Hatcher, he'll be okay for them. They still need to find a forward somewhere. They have a tough time with their power play, I think. Never has been worth a damn but it's going to be good now though. I think I can score on that line.
Q. Tom said earlier this week how much he wants to win for Bruce, did you get a sense playing with him in that final 18 holes that some of the other guys he tends to press at times that, maybe emotions get a part of him?
CRAIG STADLER: I don't think so. It didn't appear that way today. He's been in kind of the same boat as I've been for a while now. He made a couple good putts early, and a couple short ones that killed him. It's just great to see Bruce out here trooping around, and he's been a good friend for very, very long time, as has Tom. It's just a shame that things that life gives you at times, but hopefully we'll find something and he'll come out of it and have a good life, and we all will.
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