Q. This is probably the first time since the Masters, in whatever year that was, that we had a tournament that you redraw after each round. Do you think they ought to flip it? It seems like your tee time on Thursday was in the morning --
DAVID TOMS: Definitely, I would say the second round of the tournament we were at a disadvantage to play as late as we did. You know, do you give your two tee times where it evens out the first couple of days? I don't know, I kind of like this format. I like the twosomes every day. It seems like you can get into some rhythm that way, you don't have to wait as much, it's spaced out nice, so I like that, to be able to get up there, hit your shot and hit the next one and keep going. When you bunch up two tees with threesomes it just doesn't move around. I like it this way. If you happen to go late the second day that means you played good the first day.
Most of our tournaments you have to play well late in the day on the weekend to win. There are some exceptions to that with weather or TV, or something has to do with the tee times. But for the most part, to win big tournaments, you have to play late on the weekends and have to get it done late in the afternoon when the course bakes out.
Q. Do you think The Masters should go back to that?
DAVID TOMS: To me, The Masters the last couple of years with the threesomes, obviously it's been wet and stinking, but it's just been so slow. I mean, it is just terribly slow when you're out there for five and a half hours or 5.45 playing a major golf tournament. To me it doesn't seem right. I like this format here where they repair every day and go on.
Q. What do you think will happen first, twosomes at Augusta or a female member?
DAVID TOMS: Obviously they're wanting to make it difficult for us, and I think they've figured out that the threesomes where it's playing slow and everybody is out there grinding, I think they probably think that's more difficult, cruising around with the twosomes and making it easy on everybody. I think that's one more added thing they do to make their golf tournament difficult. I don't see it changing anytime soon.
Q. When you were here yesterday you joked the only reason you were here is because you put up a number early, and then today you're back again. Obviously the number yesterday and the number today are working out just fine. Everybody's mental approach is different. When do you permit yourself to think that, I'm in this thing?
DAVID TOMS: To be honest with you, I think I'm in it before Thursday ever starts because if I didn't think that I was here to try to win, to me, I'd be better served to be at home taking my son to school. I think I'm in it before it ever starts.
But as far as this week and being in good position, I'm just excited about driving the ball better. That's been my weakness the last couple of months and it makes me excited to go out and play tomorrow and feel good about my chances on the weekend if I can continue to do that.
Q. You holed out on No. 6?
DAVID TOMS: Yes.
Q. What club did you hit there?
DAVID TOMS: Pitching wedge.
DAVID TOMS: 127. Do you want my birdie on the second hole? I two-putted, hit a 6-iron on my second shot, hit just over the back fringe and chipped it close.
No. 10, I hit a nice shot out of the left rough there, hit it to about 30 feet behind the hole, made a great putt there.
Q. Then you hit over the green on 14?
DAVID TOMS: Pitching wedge, I had 130 yards straight downwind, I pulled it over left of the green, didn't get it on the green and missed the putt from 15 feet.
Q. Davis said when I was talking to him, he said that he's never seen Firestone brown before. I'm not sure if it's that way out there now or if he thinks it could become that way. What did it look like today and how difficult was it?
DAVID TOMS: Well, the first time that I ever played this golf course, I think it was after I won Quad Cities in '97 after it was still the World Series, I remember stepping up on the first tee and everything was so lush. I got on the first fairway and didn't want to take a divot because there was not a bad spot out there. Today when I stepped up on the tee box I was like, how am I going to hit this fairway because half of it was brown. You only have a certain area of the fairway to hit the ball there. That will tell you how normally lush and green it is and how this year it's baked out so far. Also we compare it to the last few years we've been here. It's just been soft, soft, soft. The ball is plugging in the fairway and on the greens. It is playing different this year.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much.
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