Q. What kind of a feeling is it to get off to this good of a start?
GREG NORMAN: Well, I know like any event, you can take yourself out of the tournament the first round, but you can't win it the first rounds. From my perspective, I was wanting to shoot around even par today. I knew even par would be a good score for me. I didn't know where it would be in relation to the rest of the field. There's a lot of golf to be played yet. The back nine is not giving up as many birdies as it used to give up. So from my perspective, I'm extremely happy with it.
I actually, my goal in my mind when I drove to the course, was shooting a 70, and that's probably why I was a little bit more upset with myself for 3-putting 18 because I wanted to shoot 70.
Q. Given all your history here, does this course owe you one?
GREG NORMAN: I've said that before. I don't know whether there is any such fact as something owes you anything. I think if you come out here and you play hard and produce the goods and I get into position and get a good break at the end of the tournament, and it turns out winning, yeah, everybody would say, well, you see, it all evens itself out in the long run. But there's a lot way to go yet. There's a lot of water to go over this dam between now and Sunday night. As long as I'm there at the end of the day, great, and if it doesn't work out, I've had a great time here.
Q. You said 70, is that little benchmark, is that because of you or the course?
GREG NORMAN: I wanted to shoot a good score after playing yesterday. We played with a little bit of moisture on the golf course. We played with some very fairly getable pins yesterday, and it wasn't that easy yesterday. So I knew 70 or a 69 would be a very, very good score. So that's why I had that type of figure in my mind.
Q. When you shot 63 back in '96, you got the idea that if you had it that day you could just really hit the throttle. I don't know if I can speak to that today, but is that available this year, or do you still have to play it more cautiously, do you think?
GREG NORMAN: I tell you what, you'd have to ask one of the guys who bomb it. I don't think you could hit the throttle as hard as you could back in the mid 90s and the mid 80s, because you just can't. You just can't whip it over the bunker on 18 anymore. You just can't whip it over the trees on 13 like I used to play in the 80s. Instead of hooking it around there, I used to take it over the top. So when the throttle is wide open, those are the shots you see all the time.
I don't think that can take place anymore because of the strategic location of the bunkers.
And I think the pin positions are a little closer to the edges now. The one we had on 13 today, I had not seen that. It looked like it was about 18 inches closer to the edge than what it's been before. So they are making the golf course, make you play, to earn your score.
Q. You've talked often about your strong feelings for this tournament. What is the overriding element about it that draws out that kind of emotion in you?
GREG NORMAN: It's just pure golf. There's no corporate tents. It's not a commercial event and I am not here decrying any of the other events we play in, but you just come in here and you play golf. They treat you exceptionally well. The golf course is a great golf course to play, and there's really no hoopla. You have got a great driving range, great short game, you walk onto the first tee and you just play golf. A lot of the other major championships you go to, there's a lot of corporate hospitality talent. There's a lot of other stuff happening around the golf course as you play. Here, it's just clean golf. That's how I feel about it.
LARRY PUGH: Greg, thank you very much and good luck all the way.
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