Q. This is a classic USGA-setup. Given the fact that the PGA has been a little more accommodating in recent years, can you liken this to any PGA Championship in terms of the setup of the course that you have played in?
BILLY ANDRADE: Well, you know, I think '97 at Winged Foot comes to mind as being a very difficult test.
I think that all of the golf courses, all majors, it all depends on weather. I think that weather dictates everything. They haven't had rain here -- they had a lot of rain leading up to it and now the golf course is changing it. All of the practice rounds up to this point are probably not doing any good now because the golf course has changed that much.
I heard Oak Hill is always a tough golf course, back growing up. It depends on where the venue is. But '97 at Winged Foot I thought was a very difficult test, and I think every major is a difficult test if you're not playing well.
Q. If you've addressed this, I apologize. But with the premium on good driving, can you tell me the holes where you've used your driver?
BILLY ANDRADE: I started on 10. 16 is the first hole on the back nine I used a driver. I used it on 16, 17 and 18. I used it on 8. So four times I hit driver today.
BILLY ANDRADE: I hit 3-woods and 2-irons on all of the other holes. And I think that's probably the norm. I think a lot of guys are probably doing that. You're better off being 200 yards away hitting a 4- or 5-iron in the fairway than maybe trying to get it up there further to hit a 6- or 7-iron, but if you're in the rough, you're chipping out anyway.
Q. I know you said anything could happen, but is it far-fetched, at least in your mind, that you could be the leader after 36 holes?
BILLY ANDRADE: No. Maybe. That would be great. I would relish that. But I played the best I could play for two days. There's a lot going on from here to the rest of the day. There's really nothing I can do about what everybody else is doing.
I know one thing, when they see my name on the leaderboard at 1-under, I don't think they are scared, okay. (Laughter.) I don't think there's anybody scared that Andrade is up there. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I played the best that I could play for two days and I can't wait till tomorrow.
Q. Can you comment on the hole location at 17 and was it in your opinion the most difficult hole location?
BILLY ANDRADE: Well, there's a lot of them out there that are dicey and difficult. That is definitely one that I would say is. I don't think there's a hole location on 17 that's going to be easy. I think that whole green is just so difficult that wherever they put it on that hole it's going to be hard, especially coming in with a long iron. It's hard. It's right on that front edge.
I think now the golf course is firming up so that you can actually bump something up there. But when I played this morning, it was still maybe, if you left it short of the green, it wouldn't bump up to the green. I landed my ball this far (indicating a foot) from the hole pin-high and was four feet putting past. There was a lot of interesting pins today and that is definitely probably the top.
Q. Talking to Tom Watson who saw you go around here for 36 holes the last two days, he thought that your game was really good over the last two days. You came in here yesterday and today saying how your game had not been that good this whole year. Can you tell us when you felt like your game was as good as it's been over the last two days?
BILLY ANDRADE: Say the end of that question again.
Q. The last time your game was as good as it is now over the last two days.
BILLY ANDRADE: Well, as Joe would say, "as I struggle every year till the end of the year," last year I played really well at the end of the year and had a chance to win a couple of times and kind of gave one tournament away in Pennsylvania.
So all fall, I really had it going and I was playing well. You know, this year, I just haven't had it yet, so I would say the last time I felt as confident as I'm feeling right now is last fall.
I'll tell you what, I had an absolute blast playing with Tom. I really enjoyed -- when I saw I got paired with him, I was really excited. There are not going to be that many more opportunities that a player, being on the Senior Tour, I'm not going to be there for another 11 years. So to have a chance to play with a legend like Tom Watson was a lot of fun. I really just had a blast being with him for two days. And for him to say that means a lot to me.
JULIUS MASON: Questions?
Thank you very much, Billy.
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