August 24, 2000
SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY
USGA: We've advanced from the college students to a more veteran player.
Q. Just out of college.
JERRY COURVILLE: Few years.
Q. Our one-up victor today. Were you ever behind?
JERRY COURVILLE: Yeah, I was 1-down after 9, then I made birdie on 10 to get back to
even. Then I won 12 with a par and we just halved everything coming in.
Q. Did you play well?
JERRY COURVILLE: I played so-so. I think I shot 1-under the back. I said to my caddie,
at the turn, I said, "I'll probably have to shoot a couple under to have a
chance." I did shoot 1-under, which isn't bad out there after playing 36 holes.
Q. I would assume from where you live and where this course is that you've played here
JERRY COURVILLE: Not as much as everybody thinks. You know, I've played the Mid-Amateur
here a couple years ago, and I've played a little Stoddard Cup Team here six weeks ago.
But really that's about it.
Q. Did you come into this week with any set goals other than qualifying for Match Play?
JERRY COURVILLE: Well, I just go out there and try to play as good as I can. And if
it's good enough, it's good enough. If it's not, it's not. At my age, I can't worry about
Q. That was a rare emotional display on 18 from you.
JERRY COURVILLE: Well, it was a long day, and, you know, by making that putt, too, I
don't have to go through the 36-hole qualifier next year to get back to the tournament. So
it's one less day I have to take off from work.
Q. Jerry, how familiar are you with James Driscoll? That's who you play tomorrow I
JERRY COURVILLE: Actually, I played with him up at the Northeast, I know he's a real
good player. I know I'm gonna have to play real good to have any chance tomorrow. So I'm
just gonna go out and see what happens.
Q. Were you supposed to go to work tomorrow had you not gone this far?
JERRY COURVILLE: If I had lost, I'd be at work tomorrow.
Q. What is a coordinator?
JERRY COURVILLE: Well, basically, I work in the place that we make all the prototype
machines, and I work in the office just doing a little bit of everything.
Q. What do you think of Robert's decision not to use a caddie today?
JERRY COURVILLE: You know, some people are just, you know, more comfortable carrying it
themselves and don't want outside distractions. You know, if that's what works for them,
you know, that's what works. So I didn't think it, you know, played a major part in
anything to be honest with you.
Q. Do you think that wears on a player, you know, toward the end of the match, though?
Maybe even the slightest bit?
JERRY COURVILLE: He played pretty well, so I don't think it really affected him. If
it's something you're used to doing, it's really not a big deal.
Q. When's the last time you were this deep into this tournament? How many years ago, do
JERRY COURVILLE: A long time ago. I honestly don't remember.
Q. Are you deep enough to start thinking about winning this thing?
JERRY COURVILLE: Not yet, no. I was gonna come out and try to play as good as I can and
just see what happens.
Q. Other than feeling tired, how do you feel emotionally that you're playing tomorrow
JERRY COURVILLE: Quite pleased that I'm playing tomorrow. Number one, I don't have to
go to work. And like I said, it's just great that I don't have to go to qualifying next
year, too. I'm still alive and I still have a chance.
Q. Do you have to call in sick?
JERRY COURVILLE: No. (Laughter.) I still have vacation time left.
Q. What do they think at work about what is almost a double life for you? I mean some
of these young kids go to college, they pretty much play golf all the time. You actually
hold down a job.
JERRY COURVILLE: Well, you know, they're very accommodating with me. I do get -- you
know, since I've been there for 18 years or so, I do get a lot of vacation time. And, you
know, unfortunately my family takes the brunt of that because I use it all to play golf. I
try to bring them to as many things as I can to, you know, sort of give them a little
vacation and things, too. But, you know, the work has been very understanding of it, and
you know, they've been good.
Q. Is it expensive also? Do you spend a lot of money pursuing your amateur career?
JERRY COURVILLE: Yeah, I do. Luckily I have a very understanding wife.
Q. The chip on 18 out of the rough, could you just --?
JERRY COURVILLE: Honestly, I thought it would come out a little bit hotter than it did.
When I looked at it, I didn't think it was a real hard shot, to be honest with you. And it
just didn't come out -- it came out a lot softer than I thought it would. You know, in my
mind I wanted to leave it a little below the hole. I just didn't want to leave it quite
that far below the hole.
Q. That last putt, did you know it was on its way into the hole as soon as you stroked
it? You started a fist pump before it dropped.
JERRY COURVILLE: I finally got one on line and it looked like it had pretty good speed.
Yeah, it looked good about two feet from the hole.
Q. How far was that last putt?
JERRY COURVILLE: I'm guessing eight feet. Bob, is that about right?
JERRY COURVILLE: (Laughing.)
Q. Did you feel that you carried any momentum in from the Mid Open last week?
JERRY COURVILLE: Well, the Mid Open helped. I played well there. You know, whenever you
play well, it gives you a positive feeling anyway. And that was my goal at the Mid Open,
was to just go out there and play as well as I could to try to get a good feeling coming
into this tournament here.
Q. Were you ever good enough to think about trying to turn pro?
JERRY COURVILLE: I don't think so.
Q. No? What was the holdup?
JERRY COURVILLE: Well, actually in my second year at school they discovered I had a
megacolon and I spent five or six months in the hospital. When I went in, I weighed about
200. When I came out, I weighed about 130. So it took me two or three years to regain all
my strength. By then, you know, the desire just wasn't there.
Q. Might you have tried if you hadn't gotten sick?
JERRY COURVILLE: You know, back then, you know, I probably would have because, you
know, I grew up in a golfing family. And, you know, it's everyone's dream when you're
young to go out and play the Tour, try to make some money doing it. If I hadn't gotten
sick, I might have given it a try.
Q. How far did your dad get in this tournament?
JERRY COURVILLE: Made it to the quarters one year and Curtis Strange beat him.
Q. Is your health fine now? Do you still have to get checked out?
JERRY COURVILLE: Yeah, it's okay now.
Q. Did you watch that match?
JERRY COURVILLE: No, I didn't.
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