Q. Having a couple bogeys like you were talking about before, are you frustrated when you're playing well? Is it easier to handle that or are you frustrated because you're playing well and making a bogey?
FRED COUPLES: You know, I handled it good today. Other times, you know, may not; may hit a driver at a hole you shouldn't or go for a par 5 trying to turn it around. But I think when you're up there, you can accept them. If I was 1-under or 2-under and made a couple bogeys, it's a different thing. But when you're near the lead and you know no one is going to go and birdie three or four holes in a row, it's kind of impossible out there. You just accept them.
FRED COUPLES: Yeah, because there's a few holes that standing there didn't quite feel like a driver would be the right play; so you hit a 3-wood. But there's not a whole lot of PGA TOUR events where you're going to do that, unless the hole dictates, unless a lot of guys are hitting a 3-wood off the tee. There's enough rough, and some of the pins are tucked and you just want to get it in the fairway, or try to.
Q. Why do you think you are so popular with the fans?
FRED COUPLES: Because I'm such a nice guy. (Laughter.) Because they feel sorry for me.
You know, I think they really like a lot of players. I'm 23 years on TOUR, I've been around for a long, long time. I'm sure there are a lot of people that were happy and shocked that I won and thrilled to death. I'd love to win again. But I think people have always liked the way I've played and have been around a long time. I don't really know. I've never been able to figure out why they like someone a lot more or less. If you do the right thing, I think you'll get people on your side, but for me, I've always had big galleries and people screaming and yelling. I hope it never stops.
FRED COUPLES: Well, not really, because Thursday and Friday I still play with the guys who have won and Saturday and Sunday I'm out there fighting for 40th position, so there's not that many people but there's still enough. I get them prepped. They come out early and then they stay out there and then they go watch the big boys play in the afternoon.
Q. Chances are, tomorrow you'll be in one of the final groups, does that change your mindset or does that give you a mental boost as you go into a round like that?
FRED COUPLES: Well, you want to be near the lead. We could wake up and it could be 30-mile-an-hour winds by two o'clock and that's no fun. So your mindset is: "Oh, my God, how the heck are we going to play this course?" But once you get out there and play it, you do your best as they say.
This is a course, a really good round is a 69 or 70, and a bad round isn't a 73 or 74. That's not what you want to shoot but your mindset is to really play and get as low as you can and that doesn't necessarily mean 66 or 67. I think by the end of the week, if it stays close to this, 10- or 12-under could easily win this thing.
FRED COUPLES: Well, I think -- I don't think there was -- I don't know if there was anything to really get roasted about, and maybe either way, but for Greg, but for myself, I had no, nothing, it was a thought. I wasn't out there saying -- I don't even remember about Greg; he had guys that were going to run a thing. I wasn't going to run it. I thought it would be great to have some event. And I didn't go to Tim Finchem, no, but I thought it would be great to do this.
So when it was going, you know, there weren't that many guys that were on any kind of bandwagon. It wasn't anything like I had my group, you and me and Jimmy, Joe were trying to get this thing together, get sponsors and we were going to make a lot of money and have other guys play. Maybe I'm saying that and I don't know what Greg really did, I can't remember, it was so long ago.
But for me, a couple people have mentioned that. A couple people, said, "Hey, you'd better be careful." But I was talking about guys 40 to 50 years old having somewhere to play. I wasn't trying to steal the best players at that time and say, "Hey, come with me." If Greg read that -- that's just my words on that, I was just saying, "Hey, Greg, let's go see if we can play against each other, and if you, Nick Price and I are coming up the last fairway at Quail Hollow, I don't know how much better can get than that?" We might not be shooting 68 and 67 and all that, but we get a little confident. We'll all start playing better.
So that was my thought and it didn't work and wasn't like, you know, people were going to chastise me because it was just a thought and it was just me -- when people asked, I was for it. If they asked Paul Azinger or Nick Price or those guys, they were on the edge. Well, if it really went well we might do it. And of course the PGA TOUR came in and said you can't do both. If you go there, you're going to be off the Tour. And that pretty much will put a stop to anything.
Q. Maybe a Monday or Tuesday event --
FRED COUPLES: I think so. I'm so far removed from it that --
Q. The Golf Channel would pick it up --
FRED COUPLES: Some day it might and maybe Tim Finchem will think it's a great idea. I think it's an okay idea. But I hope he thinks about it and maybe some day he'll do it, because there's got to be places for Curtis Strange to play. I mean, he's playing here, you know, and people still want to -- I still want to see him play, and that's not to say, geez, all of a sudden I'm playing so well that I can talk about Curtis Strange, but I've been able to make a lot of cuts. It's not that poorly of golf; whereas Curtis has a lot more going on and I think he comes out here, if he made a cut, it would be semi-surprising because he's working on TV and I'm sure he's not playing much. But he's not going to be 50 for a while; I still would like to see him play. But some day it might happen.
The card, the 10th hole I drove it in the bunker, laid up and hit a wedge to 20 feet and I made it.
The par 5, pin was on the front left, I was four or five yards off the green on the right and putted up the hill about three feet and made it.
16, I hit a great drive and 6-iron to about ten feet.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you.
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