Q. Were you at all enthused I guess after you birdied 7 and you had a six-shot lead, halfway through your round, second round? Were you all enthused at that point and were you at all frustrated after walking off 13, or were you able to keep kind of even? All the way through you seemed pretty calm.
MIKE WEIR: I didn't have much of a frustration level at all today. It was nice to get off to the start I was able to get off to today and birdie some holes and birdie 7. And I felt very good about my game I just wasn't able to sustain it. I'm not sure why. Like I said, it wasn't that far off from being a pretty good round today. It could have been easily a 70 or 69. A few things happened my way and that's it.
Q. I know you imagine yourself in a lot of situations. Did you ever imagine yourself with a six-shot lead at that stage of the Masters?
MIKE WEIR: I guess I never panned it -- no. I guess no, because I never imagined that. But I've imagined winning the tournament before.
Q. Is it still fun out there, Mike, or are you too focused?
MIKE WEIR: No, I was having fun. I was having fun. I enjoy playing with Darren and we had a good time out there. We both didn't play how we wanted, but he's a great guy to play with. And I was enjoying myself. It was a little bit of a struggle on the back but that's -- I said to Brennan, what can you do? This is Augusta National I was walking off 17 and it was just like, you know, you hit a shot a little bit off line here and it gets you.
Q. I actually heard a few folks in the gallery refer to you as the Wayne Gretzky of Canadian golf, meaning that much in the way that Gretzky put hockey on the map here in the states you're putting hockey on the map back in Canada. Can you talk a little bit about that and what that means to you or how your success here would impact golf in Canada?
MIKE WEIR: Well, I don't know. Wayne's done a lot more for hockey than I've done for golf, I believe. And that's nice of people to say that. I'm just trying to do what I can do and hopefully some of the younger kids in Canada will take a passion for the game. And I take pride in that. I think the programs and the development of golf in Canada is getting better. Hopefully I have a little influence on that. So it's nice that people say that for sure.
Q. When did the hesitancy with the iron play, what's the first shot you remember and is that the sort of thing that one gets in and stays in?
MIKE WEIR: I don't want to delve too far into that, to tell you the truth. So I'll just leave it at where I set it and we'll talk about it after tomorrow.
Q. Did you get put on the clock today?
MIKE WEIR: No.
Q. The TV commentator said I think that --
MIKE WEIR: Well on 5 we had trouble there because I was trying to get a drop and there wasn't an official anywhere. So after a long while I just took my own drop and hit the shot up there. So we did get behind but the official said, he gave us a couple holes to catch up and we caught right back up on 9.
Q. What happened with Darren at that point? Did you go over to talk to Darren?
MIKE WEIR: I just told Darren since there wasn't an official anywhere that, Darren, I'm in casual water here I'm taking a drop. He's like, go ahead. So I was just letting him know what I was doing over there.
Q. He didn't tell you could turn it over if you want?
MIKE WEIR: Turn it over? Oh, yeah.
Q. Kick it forward?
MIKE WEIR: Kick it forward? Yeah.
Q. 12 was interesting. You had a big splotch of mud on your ball. Do you just hit it as solid as you can and hope it doesn't come off like a mushroom or something?
MIKE WEIR: Yeah, that was such a difficult shot I hit in there. I thought the wind was into me I hit a nice 7-iron and Darren in the air said, great shot, and we get up there and it was 10 yards over the green. And it landed, hopped out and when it toppled over the mud was right on where I had to make impact with the ball. And I just tried to hit it just a little bit extra hard. And actually it came out of there pretty nicely. I thought if I chipped it, I might scoot it, but I thought if not, I didn't know what it would do with a chip shot. So I thought putting out of there was the safest play.
Q. Number 10, what club there?
MIKE WEIR: 7-iron.
Q. I'm sorry, at the 11th hole, the one that embedded?
MIKE WEIR: Oh, 5-iron.
MIKE WEIR: 215 maybe.
Q. Would it really ruin your day if we told you the outcome of the Red Wings game?
MIKE WEIR: Did they lose again?
MIKE WEIR: Wow.
Q. We thought maybe somebody yelled it at you. We thought that's what happened to you.
JIM BLANCHARD: Mike, thanks for coming in and good luck tomorrow.
MIKE WEIR: Thank you.
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