Q. Talk about hole No. 16. Tiger earlier in the week said it was made unfair by the lengthening. Do you feel the same way?
BEN CURTIS: Well, today, no, but if the wind switches and if the ground wasn't as firm, I think it would be because it just kind of takes the excitement out of the hole. If you can hit it 325 you're getting in the zone where you're like, well, maybe I can get there. I think it's not really that hard of a hole if you hit a good tee ball. Now you just lay up and you've got a little wedge in being so firm. If they moved the tee box up to the front, you might see some guys going for it.
Q. At the British Open it seemed like you hit the fairways, hit the greens more or less was your game. What does that say about your scrambling ability?
BEN CURTIS: My short game has been pretty good the last few weeks ever since I went over there. I've been putting the ball pretty well and I just try not to worry about -- if I missed the green I was like, well, get it up-and-down. It's just the confidence that I have in myself, and I'm familiar with the greens where if you miss in certain areas you're not too bad.
Q. After this now do you go out and work on anything in your swing or do you have wedding stuff to take care of?
BEN CURTIS: Wedding stuff. I'm getting in the air-conditioning, too. It's pretty warm out there.
Q. And the rehearsal dinner is tomorrow?
BEN CURTIS: Tomorrow.
Q. Are you getting more comfortable playing in front of -- like at the Memorial you seemed a little edgy with all those people cheering for you. Today it seemed like you were having a great time?
BEN CURTIS: The more and more you do it, the more comfortable you get. It's just sometimes when it gets slammed at you all at once, it's like, Oh, man.
Now that I've had it for a few months, it's been nice. You know when to keep your head down and keep walking and you know when to have fun.
Q. Did the shot into 18 come off like you planned it?
BEN CURTIS: Well, I've been hitting a little cut shot anyway. With the side hill lie, I didn't even try to hook it or hold it up against the wind. I said hit it to the left side of the green and let the wind take it and let the lie feed it down towards the right.
Q. What's the lowest round you've ever had?
BEN CURTIS: 63, a couple years ago in Memphis on the Hooters Tour.
Q. Having played here so much, have you ever tried to go for 16 just screwing around?
BEN CURTIS: Well, we threw one down where Tiger hit that 2-iron from 300 yards or whatever, but I've never tried. The green is not very long anyway, and if you go over that green too far it's not very good, so I'd rather take my chances with a wedge.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: We can go over your score card. You started out with a birdie on No. 1.
BEN CURTIS: Yeah, I made like a 15-footer straight up the hill, pretty simple putt.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: What did you hit in there?
BEN CURTIS: I hit an 8-iron from 100 yards. I was in the rough and hit a punch shot. I hit a great shot, bounced it up the hill and it made it on the green and made like a 15-footer.
5, hit a 5-iron and it landed by the pin and went 25 feet by, made that.
8, hit driver and had 90 yards to the pin and a 60-degree to three feet.
10, I hit a little pitching wedge to like four feet, made that.
11, hit it in the left rough, hit sand wedge on the front of the green and made like a 30-footer.
18, I hit driver and 9-iron to a foot, the easiest one of the day.
Q. Any saves besides 6 that stand out?
BEN CURTIS: 9 was a good one, too. I made a 10 or 12-footer right down the hill, a pretty quick putt that broke a couple inches. It's one of those putts that could get away from you pretty easily but I just made it right in the heart.
Q. You'll go out with the same approach tomorrow, hit it easy, not worry about anything?
BEN CURTIS: I'm not going to worry about that. We'll worry about that on Saturday and Sunday. It's still early, a lot of golf to be played. There's a lot of good players that haven't even teed off yet, so I could be in third place by the end of the night. I mean, I'm just looking forward to it and we'll just have fun.
Q. What did you do on 2?
BEN CURTIS: I hit it in the bunker on the right off the tee, and then chucked my next shot and then hit 5-iron on the green, hit a good shot in there like 30 feet and two-putted.
Q. You had a lot of guys from the Hooters Tour out there. It seems like they've been kind of inspired. What's it mean to have those guys coming back, guys you used to play with now cheering you on?
BEN CURTIS: Well, it's neat. I haven't seen them in a while. They've been playing and doing their own thing and I've been doing my own thing. It's good to see them. I haven't really gotten to see them yet, but I'll see them tonight. It's going to be a lot of fun and they're very supportive and they've always been there for me. It's a lot of fun having them here.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Okay, Ben, thanks.
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