Q. I was wondering if while you're playing, word reaches you of things around the course, like Tiger losing the ball and taking 7 on the first. And also did you get a slow-play warning?
GREG NORMAN: We got warned coming off the -- I think the 17th tee, they said we were out of position. By the time we got to the -- before we got to the 17th green they said we were back in position. So it took us 400 yards and all of a sudden we were okay. I'll never forget at the British Open in '93, here. I was walking down the 9th fairway one day, I think it was Saturday, and John Paramour came up to me and told me I was about 14 seconds out of position. I said, John, you've got to be kidding. And I walked to the 10th tee and they were still on the tee. I said now what do we do? Are we on the clock or not on the clock? Look, I think we were out of position when we were playing 15. No question. But you're supposed to have the group on the green as you're walking on the tee. They weren't on the green. So by the time we got to the 16th, that's when they came up and told us, hey, you're a little bit out of position. So I think we were, no question. They did the right thing in giving us the warning, get moving.
Q. About Tiger, did you get any word of that today?
GREG NORMAN: No, I did not, actually. I think somebody came up to Tony and said something, Tiger is walking back to the first tee. And Tony said, "I don't want to know anything about that. We've got our own problems." But the guy in front, I think it was Jerry Kelly, he was hacking around up there. I felt sorry for him, because I believe -- I don't know what he made.
GREG NORMAN: 11 on the first hole. That can happen to anybody. And it's unfortunate. The first hole is like the way Muirfield was. The rough is tremendously thick and probably too thick and too gnarly. I don't mind rough where it penalizes you, you can get it back on the fairway, but I don't like the rough where you miss it by 30 feet and you lose the ball. Muirfield was like that. But the rest of the holes aren't as bad as that, you can move the ball forward. And I think they just like making the first hole to intimidate you and saying don't miss the fairway.
Q. You had low expectations coming in. What will your expectations be now?
GREG NORMAN: Exactly the same way as when I teed it up this morning. I knew, and I think I said in the press conference here on whatever day it was, that if I get myself in position after the first two rounds, hopefully momentum will start to build up. I think 69 is a good start to that momentum. Tomorrow is another day, and I don't know what the elements are going to throw at us tomorrow afternoon. So I've just got to take it, play one shot at a time, and see where it will end up. I'm very happy with my position. I hope I can keep pushing it forward.
Q. One of your earlier teachers, Charlie Earp. He retired this week, tell me what extent Charlie's influence still exists in your game?
GREG NORMAN: I think Charlie's influence will always exist in my game, because at the end of the day Charlie was the one that put me on the road map to success. Not only as a player, but he was a great instiller of values about life and people, more or less, and ethics. And I think more than my game, what he taught me about my game, those are the things that I remember most about Charlie, that are in my makeup right now, today. He always told me to -- somebody asks you the question, tell them the truth, whether you like it or not, no matter what the repercussions are. Things like that.
The game of golf is bigger than anything else. He taught me that. Try to be as humble as you possibly can about success. I didn't know I was going to be successful when I was assistant pro to Charlie. But those are things he taught me. He's going to be sorely missed, but he did put in a pretty good inning. He deserves a break, and I'm happy for him and I'm sure he's going to enjoy his fishing and time off now. Maybe now he can get over to the States and spend some time with me without worrying about working.
Q. Greg, an earlier question asked you to compare this round with '93. Can I take you a little bit further back, and ask you, did the way that you played in Turnberry, in the awful conditions when you won, did your mind go back to some of that to help you with how you played today?
GREG NORMAN: Well, I always thought my second round at Turnberry, 63, I thought that was one of the best rounds I've ever played. I don't know, if I shot 67 today it probably would have been pretty close to being one of those better rounds.
Q. I didn't mean being on par, but did you use any of the memories of it?
GREG NORMAN: No, Turnberry never came up in my mind. Actually '93 never even came up today. Even though the fourth hole I did play the same shot in '93, but at that time I didn't actually think about the shot I hit in '93. But at the end of the day I know I had the similar type of shot. I don't live in the past like that. I don't try and remember shots that I hit or remember -- because every time you hit it, it's a different shot. Every time you putt it's a different putt, different speed, different wind. So it's nice to know where the holes are and where the hidden shots are. And the other thing that I thought was -- I don't know if any of the other players mentioned it, probably the pin positions today were unusually difficult. I only saw two pins that I recognized in the whole 16 holes. So they put some different ones out there than I had seen in '93. So it's not like there was a great memory bank of how the putts went, either, because there were some putts out there I wouldn't have even thought to practice on.
Q. Which two pins?
GREG NORMAN: The fourth hole was very similar and the third hole was very similar.
Q. You received great support again today. How much did that help you? And just a word on the British crowds in general.
GREG NORMAN: I've always had, fortunately for me, had great support from the British fans, Scottish fans, Irish fans. I honed my skills here in Europe before I went to the United States. And with a Claret Jug under your winning, it helps, as well. So I've always had a good affinity with the spectators here, and I think the same way back their way towards me. I like to play golf in front of them. I love playing golf in front of especially British, German crowds. They seem very respectful of the circumstances. You can hit a shot that might be 60 feet from the hole, but they know that was a hell of a shot to get it 60 feet from the hole. And they respect you for that. They understand the game of golf and the conditions you're playing under, because a lot of them play this type of golf course. That's why I enjoy playing in front of them.
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