Q. When was the last time, do you remember, when you were in this position going into the weekend?
GREG NORMAN: I played very well in Australia this year, in answer to your question, in the Heineken Classic. I was right there going down the stretch, and I think I was either leading the tournament or tied for the lead or one shot behind Ernie Els. It's been a long time since I won, but there's been tournaments where I've actually been right there on the cusp of either winning or going on with it. And in Australia in February, I put a lot of heat on Ernie Els, but Ernie had about five holes to play behind me, and he birdied four of those five holes, and he said, "See you later." And that was when I was right there in that tournament, as well.
Q. Which tournament?
GREG NORMAN: That was the Heineken Classic, PGA European Tour event in Australia in February.
JOE CHEMYCZ: Take us through your round. 7 pars to start.
GREG NORMAN: Yes. I got it up-and-down, just short of the green and chipped it to about 6 inches.
Then I got it up-and-down on the second hole. I hit it over the back of the green and chipped it down to about two feet.
I got it up-and-down on 6. Is 6 the par-5? Hit it in the water there. And I got it up-and-down for a par there.
And then from there on in I pretty much hit every green and I birdied the 8th hole, driver, 8-iron to about 7 feet.
9th hole was a 7-iron, about 24 feet.
The 13th hole, hit 3-wood, 5-iron to about 7 feet.
Next hole, 3-wood, 3-iron, putted off the fringe for about 15 feet.
16, I hit a driver, 8-iron to about 9 feet.
17, I hit a 6-iron to about two feet.
Q. And No. 6, what did you hit into the water, same 3-wood?
GREG NORMAN: I was a little bit further down and tried to cut a 2-iron around the tree, and hit it a little fat and it came up short of the water.
Q. On 18, to follow up the first question we had, believe it or not, you had hit the drive probably pretty long. I think you thought the ball before yours was in fact your ball. And then you were thinking between clubs. Did you have a lot of adrenalin at that point?
GREG NORMAN: No. I know the drive I hit at 18 was probably the smoothest swing I made all day. And distance without effort is when you're playing well. 18 was a prime example of that. I knew I hit a good drive there, but when Olazabal hit his, he ended up swinging a hook. I hit a fade. And then Tony wanted me to hit a high pitching wedge. I wanted to cut a 9-iron back to the corner there. And he thought the pitching wedge was the right play, and he was right. So adrenalin, no, I didn't have any adrenalin flowing through my system, that I know of, anyway.
Q. Looked like you were fighting a little bit to the right, but today you didn't seem to lose as many to the right. Is that something you worked out?
GREG NORMAN: I worked on the range last night, hit it very solid on the range. Hit the ball beautifully on the range this morning. I guess my timing was a little bit better today. My strike of the ball was a lot more crisp at the ground. I had a lot more ball curve today than I did yesterday. So all around today was a better ball-striking day.
Q. You talk about playing well is like riding a bike. Is winning the same scenario in terms of putting yourself in contention? Do you look back on what you've done and say I've done this so many times before, it's going to feel the same, or because you haven't done it in a while, is it going to be different?
GREG NORMAN: Well, I think what happens is you know how you feel under certain circumstances. You know when you get a little bit anxious. You know when to back off. You know if you get a little bit lethargic, you know how to get yourself up. I think those are experiences you draw from. If you're getting yourself out of sync, you either slow yourself down or just take a few deep breaths. Those are the things that I feel that come back out, the more golf you play, because once an athlete, always an athlete. You always have an ability to draw on past experience.
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