Q. Is Barry Sanders coming back? Were you guys friend at OSU?
SCOTT VERPLANK: Doesn't sound like it, yeah.
Q. Do you talk ever?
SCOTT VERPLANK: I have not talked to him in I guess, about five years now. When he first was playing I talked with him a little bit, maybe once or twice a year but I haven't seen him.
Q. You know he's playing golf now?
SCOTT VERPLANK: Yeah, I know that. I am surprised he hasn't called me. Thomas is still a pretty good friend of mine and he's plays golf all the time. I talk to him a time or two -- a couple of times a year.
Q. You had a tough time missing like 15 cuts in a row once. You had a medical exemption; this was your elbow?
SCOTT VERPLANK: Yeah.
Q. That wasn't diabetes related?
SCOTT VERPLANK: It is all related, but basically it was elbow surgery.
Q. Talk about that, how you came back?
SCOTT VERPLANK: We don't have enough time for that. Yeah, I had a lot of physical problems where I had three elbow surgeries. I don't -- it's too much stuff to put in a nutshell but yeah, I had a lot of problems physically and then diabetes on top of all that makes it pretty hard.
Q. Considered giving it up and trying something else?
SCOTT VERPLANK: No, I never quit anything that I thought was -- that I liked or thought I was good at or important to me.
Q. I know you have won a couple times last couple of years but how special would it be to win here again?
SCOTT VERPLANK: Oh, it would be great. I always look forward coming here to play. I enjoy the golf course. I enjoy the people here, the crowds are really -- they are great. Disappointing me at 17 keeps getting cut back. When I won here, that was 14 years ago, that 17th hole was -- it was awesome. You could hear it all the way around the golf course. I am sure it will still be loud this weekend particularly since I am playing with Tiger. Everything will be loud. That's fine. It will be "Daunting" according to this guy.
Q. Do you understand why so many questions about -- you had your own great round but you still are getting questions...
SCOTT VERPLANK: I don't care about it. I hope Tiger doesn't get tired of beating anybody. I love the guy. He's great for the Tour. He's the best golfer I have ever seen. And other than that, I don't have anything -- I can't answer questions about him. I don't know anything about him. He doesn't affect me in any way shape or form.
Q. It seems like you have to get frustrated, you have had your own great round --
SCOTT VERPLANK: Yeah, there's no question. I don't really care -- I don't know what -- how can you speculate on what he's going to shoot tomorrow or you know, I was joking outside but I said, well, I hope he doesn't get too nervous being paired with me. Listen, if you worry about him, you are barking up the wrong tree because I -- all I can do is play as good as I can play. If that's not good enough, then it's not good enough. Nothing I can do unless you know, unless one of you guys gives me like a crow bar and you broke his legs, there's nothing I can do how to control how he plays. (Laughter) I don't think anybody is going to do that; are they?
SCOTT VERPLANK: One of you guys could do that, couldn't you? (Laughter).
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