Q. When you came out here, did you have an idea of how long there would be an adjustment for you, if at all you thought there might be one?
CRAIG STADLER: No, I didn't think there would be any adjustment at all. You're basically starting Thursday or Friday morning, doing the same thing you've been doing for 30 years. Just different players in the field, but, you know, same guys I played with for 20 and over 30 years. I wouldn't say any adjustment.
The only you might want to call it adjustment is the fact that I've never seen any golf courses, and obviously the first year you don't. But, we do that every week, and one or two practice rounds, you pretty much know what you've got.
Q. What do you look for in those practice rounds? You played the front only once, you said, before, what sort of things are you looking at on a new golf course?
CRAIG STADLER: You don't really discover many of them until you've played a few times. Especially yesterday being the first practice round, all of the pins are right on the front of the greens. You've got your guys out there, you don't take the time to walk to the back and look at all of the bumps. You hit some shots and miss some greens in places and you discover where you can't miss it. I had no clue watching Nicklaus hit on 18, no clue it went down like that over the green, so that's dead, I know that. But just a lot of spots you find that until you really walk over there and pay attention or you hit it there, you don't know kind of what exists.
Q. Everybody, every year, the same thing, everybody talks about how hard the golf course is and always talk about how surprised they are at how many red numbers everybody puts up, but with your limited time having seen this course, do you have any theories on why that is and why everybody goes low?
CRAIG STADLER: You have four par 5s and two are reachable. Depending on the wind, all four of them could be reachable.
Then you've got probably five or six wedge holes. The greens are soft, the ball is not going anywhere. They have got enough sand in them where you're not backing the ball up, it's just hitting and stopping, so it's kind of throwing darts at every green with every club. And if you drive it in the fairway, it's very, very playable. But you've got -- I would say you've got at least probably 12 very, very much birdie holes out here out of the 18.
Q. You said you played really well on Monday in Toronto?
CRAIG STADLER: I just did an outing up there. I did, I hit the ball very good.
Q. What was that outing?
CRAIG STADLER: Just a charity outing up there.
Q. Was that a surprise to you, or did you really improve something?
CRAIG STADLER: Well, I had the week off and I haven't played much. I practiced a little bit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and flew on Sunday. But I wasn't really expecting to out and shoot 61 or 62 or whatever I did, but it was fun doing it.
It doesn't really matter where you are, really after a week off, you come out, hit the ball good, a couple good irons, you get some confidence going.
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