Q. Can you tell us how much help you got from your English caddy? What's his name?
BEN CURTIS: Andy Sutton. He was a lot of help. I came over here, and especially in the first couple of days we were just out there practicing and playing around the greens and he's like, here, try this, try that, because I was just sticking with the 9-iron. Because back home if you're missing the green you're either flopping it on, you may have a chance to bump-and-run it, but nothing like here. He handed me the 8-iron and I hit a few chips with this. And I said, "I'm chipping with this thing all week, unless otherwise noted." He was a lot of help. He was always there, supportive, kept me patient. It was a big help.
Q. Did he caddy for Andrew Coltart? And second of all, you said you're a normal guy, you just do normal things. Describe normal. Tell us a little bit about yourself off the golf course.
BEN CURTIS: Well, like going and doing things with my fiancee. Like Monday, we went into London, went to see the historical sites. And that was a lot of fun. It was very hot and muggy and a lot of people, but it was great. To be able to do those things, I like to do that. And to be able to hang out with the family and go to dinner, and do stuff around the house, I like to do that stuff more, and go to movies, not so much party, just to do those kind of things.
Q. Where did you stay over here and also when did you find out that Thomas had double bogeyed on 16?
BEN CURTIS: Well, I stayed in a little cottage in Wingham, a bed and breakfast. I found out when I walked off the 18th that he doubled 16.
Q. Ben, your fiancee had said that had you not qualified for over here you guys would be doing wedding planning stuff. Can you tell us what you probably would be doing right now if you didn't qualify, specifically?
BEN CURTIS: I'd probably be sitting around watching the golf, that's what I'd probably be doing, but in front of the big screen. I'm glad I came, definitely.
Q. Can you tell us, please, have you done anything in your life so far to compare with this in terms of the emotion and the feeling it's given you? And also could you tell us which was your favorite historical site in London, please?
BEN CURTIS: Okay. Well, I played at the U.S. amateur in '99, runner up to David Gossett. And that was not as big as this, but at the time for me it was probably as big as this.
Q. Anything outside of golf in life, generally?
BEN CURTIS: Just I think getting married, I think, starting a family, and I think that will be the greatest thing.
Favorite thing in London? Big Ben, probably. I look up to Big Ben.
Q. How did you hook up with your caddy, Andy?
BEN CURTIS: Through my agency, IMG. I just called them up and said, "I need a caddy," and they made some calls.
Q. How much experience with links golf have you had before this week?
BEN CURTIS: Practically none. I played in one tournament in Germany. We played on a course similar to this. That was it. I played two rounds on it, and that was all.
Q. In the immediate future, how are your plans going to change? Obviously this is going to affect them, isn't it?
BEN CURTIS: Obviously, hopefully. I want to keep as normal as possible. I'm just a normal guy with a lot of talent, and that's the way I look at it. My life is going to change from today, but I'm looking forward to it and a lot of great challenges ahead of me.
Q. Did you have any idea what was going on with Thomas in the bunker on 16? It looked like you were turning that way. And also do you feel you gave away the tournament and were given it right back?
BEN CURTIS: Yes and no. I felt like I made a couple of bad swings, a couple of bad putts on the back, but I hung in there. I knew that the back nine was playing tough, the wind, the tough pin positions. I just knew that I had to worry about what I did, don't worry about the past. Even though I didn't putt very well on the back nine, I stepped up on 18 and said, "Make it." I said, "If you want to win this thing, make it." I did, and fortunately everything came out right. I didn't know what he was doing, I had no idea on 16.
BEN CURTIS: Not at all, because once you're inside the grandstands, everything outside you can't really hear. So everything was stuck in there.
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