February 19, 2022
Naples, Florida, USA
Tibur√É¬≥n Golf Club
Q. Bernhard, nice day today. Now you've got a two-shot lead heading into Sunday. Just your thoughts on the round.
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, it was a little more up and down. Yesterday I had a very clean card, no bogeys. Today I had seven birdies but also three bogeys.
I felt it was a little tougher today. Different wind direction, and stronger wind as well. Couple of really good hole locations, but didn't play quite as solid as yesterday and didn't make quite as many putts, and that all came out to be a 4-under.
But still happy where I am. You know, going to have to play another solid round tomorrow or even better to lift the trophy.
Q. Anything stand out from today? One shot?
BERNHARD LANGER: Well, you know, it was a beautiful 3-wood on 15 to about 12 feet. Had an eagle putt that lipped out.
And then hit a great 6-iron on the next hole from the fairway to about two inches.
Those were two brilliant shots and two nice birdies back-to-back.
Q. What will be the biggest key tomorrow?
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, keep the ball in play, keep it out of trouble, and hopefully make a few putts. That always helps.
Q. What happened the last few holes?
BERNHARD LANGER: Just hit a good tee shot on 17 straight into the sun. Had a bit of a downhill lie so I expected the ball to fade and it didn't. I pulled it, but I never saw it because it was into glaring sun. Ended up left of the green. My chip came up slightly short, so I had about 12 feet for par and I missed it.
18 I had straight into the wind so I couldn't reach. Hit a good drive. Laid up with a 2-hybrid. Had a full sand wedge. Hit a nice shot to about eight or ten feet and made a good putt.
Q. You had a fist pump there. It was nice to get a birdie coming in?
BERNHARD LANGER: Absolutely. It's nice to have a two-shot lead, not a one-shot lead. It's nice to make a putt and finish the day well and give the people something to cheer about, too.
Q. Talk about the crowds, too. Seems like one of the best attended out here in Naples. A lot of fans out there today?
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, we usually get very good crowds here. There is a lot of our-age people live this area. I get a lot of German following. A lot of Germans spend the winters here. Hear a lot of German talking out there, so that's fun.
Yeah, it's a very nice atmosphere and it's good to have all the people back.
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