Q. Can you talk about do you remember when it started to go bad, your putting, and how tough it's been to hang in there given that your putting wasn't what it once was?
CRAIG STADLER: Most of the guys out here on the Champions Tour have all went through the same thing. We were all terrific putters when we were young. To be truthful the, the only one who is still that way is Crenshaw. He's wonderful always; has been never changed. You all go through your cycles and obviously Watson's been through times,
Tom Kite , Lietzke is pretty consistent, but I started probably in the early '90s, I kind of didn't get very comfortable with the putter. I was trying to cheat a little bit with it. I have been through everything and changed early this year and went back to regular grip. And I went for two and a half months grinding on that and couldn't get to where I was comfortable. And a couple years ago, I was playing on the putting green, and I kind of watched him and seeing what the heck he was doing and it looked like he stroked it so well, without any effort at all. Kind of walked over, and I looked over his shoulder and I got comfortable with it. That worked for pretty much a couple years. I've putted pretty good since then. Without playing much, it kind of went away early in the fall/winter last year, and then I couldn't get this regular grip that I was trying to work with.
I went back I guess Sunday in Grand Rapids and went back to the -- not the claw, but the exaggerated claw or something, I shot 64, and just putting is so fickle. All it does is take one day of something, and I putted pretty well since. But, it's all a matter of making a few and getting the confidence.
Q. Craig, how long was your first putt at 17?
CRAIG STADLER: Probably 45, 50 feet.
Q. Is it tougher to beat Tom Watson knowing he's trying to win it for Bruce?
CRAIG STADLER: No, not at all. They're both friends. We're all friends. With that said, everybody will go out and try to beat each other's brains out.
MODERATOR: Thanks a lot.
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