Q. Can you talk a little about 17? For the fans, it's great theater, but what is it like for you guys on a Saturday or Sunday with the nerves running through, particularly if you are in contention?
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: Well, it's definitely a hole you're thinking about, and 18 for that matter. It's in the back of your head all day long, because you know you've got to play them sooner or later. It's like having a three o'clock appointment for a root canal; you're thinking about it all morning and you feel like shit all day. You kind of know sooner or later you've got to get to it.
You just walk around there and you look at it and you just tell yourself: Commit to a club, pick a shot, and hit it. You know, most of the time, you hit it the way you want it.
I've had decent success in the hole. Although, I made a bogey today. But a lot of different things cross your mind. Like today, I didn't want to hit a hard wedge because I was afraid it would spin in the back of the hazard. So I hit a really easy nine, but just flushed it, I guess, and hit it in a spot where I had to 2-putt.
But other times you are fairly sure you can just get it on the middle of the green. Sunday the pin is over there on the right, and if the weather is nice, there's not a whole lot of gusty wind. You just aim it for the ridge. It's a 9-iron, you know. If it was a 5-iron or something it would be a different story. You ought to be able to suck it up and concentrate hard enough, especially if you're in contention and you're playing good to begin with.
Q. Is there a more evil hole on TOUR than that?
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: Probably not. That's a good word for it, on account of you can make an excellent swing and make a double or worse.
So for that reason, I can't really think of a hole -- even 12 at Augusta isn't as penal as 17 here, because if the wind gets you, you can -- you know, you can get it up-and-down the back trap; or if you pull it left, you know, you can put it in the cross there. There's more ways to make pars there.
Maybe 16 at Cypress Point when we used to play there, used to see a lot of doubs- and quads- (bogeys), but you're lacing a driver or 3-wood into that green and you run into a cold wind. So considering it's only a 9-iron or 8-iron at the most, it's pretty good.
Q. Did you have a ball fall out of a tree on you?
MARK CALCAVECCHIA: It almost did. It fell down about five feet to the right of me. I was long and right on No. 6 and oddly enough, Tom Kite just stuck it in a palm tree on No. 5.
So I'm over there and I take three or four practice swings and I'm getting ready to hit it and all of a sudden it bounces and there's a thud. And for a second I thought somebody was -- why would they hit into us from like -- what's Davis doing, hitting into me? I looked up and I realized it fell out of the tree. That was pretty weird. All of a sudden it just fell out of the tree while I was standing there. It would have been funny if it would have hit me, though, knocked me right in the head.
Yeah, that was a little different. I had never had that happen before.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: All right. Thank you very much.
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