Q. What would a guy playing on the European Tour need a house at Lake Nona before? What was the reasoning behind that; I guess December or so you bought a house there, what's the connection?
TREVOR IMMELMAN: I've been staying with friend at Lake Nona since 1995 when I came over here and played amateur golf and junior golf. I felt in love with the place right from the first time I went there.
I have a green card. I am a U.S. resident. I was looking for property to buy in the States and I couldn't think of anywhere better. Obviously, you've got Ernie out there and Retief, two South Africans and Sergio and Jim Courier, a bunch of guys that I've known for a long time. There was no other thought, really.
Q. Do you aspire to eventually play over here?
TREVOR IMMELMAN: Oh, I've love to. I've really had a great time, am having a great time playing in Europe. I thoroughly enjoy it over there. I think we have got a fantastic tour over there.
But, you know, may dream would be able to play a schedule the way Ernie and Retief does, to be able to kind of mix-and-match and play all over the world. I think that would be fantastic.
Q. Are you switching from working with Butch to Claude -- inaudible?
TREVOR IMMELMAN: No, I'm not switching at all. Claude came over and spent the week before and the week of The Match Play with me and we did some good work, but I just couldn't quite get things going. He's been at home in Scotland and I've just been kind of trying to do my own thing. He's actually scheduled to come over the week before Augusta. It was more just in me asking a favor of Butch than anything else.
Q. Did Ernie's tangle with a punching bag cost you guys a practice round?
TREVOR IMMELMAN: I don't know what he's told you guys about that -- (Laughter.). Maybe I should just keep quiet.
Yeah, it did, actually. We were actually going to come and play here Sunday afternoon and he got in on Sunday morning and said that he had kind of hurt his wrist. Then he didn't do anything Monday and played the Pro-Am Tuesday so he's kind of been taking it easy in his preparation for this. I think he's got his mind a couple weeks ahead to Augusta right now so he's just going to get ready.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Let's go through your birdies and bogeys starting on 2.
TREVOR IMMELMAN: The second hole, I thought that was the toughest hole on the course today. The pin was right behind the bunker there was almost no way to keep the ball on the green. I pulled it slightly, pitched on the green, went into the back bunker and missed about an 8-footer to save there.
The third hole was probably the turning point in my round. After making bogey on 2, I hooked my tee shot into the lake and dropped it and hit a wedge to ten feet and made the putt to save my par. That kind of kept me going. I think if I was 2-over after three, I may have been a little more irritable.
Then the birdie on 4, I just hit my second shot in the left bunker got it up-and-down.
9, I hit a good drive down the middle and a 5-iron to about ten feet and holed the putt.
10, I hit a 2-iron and a wedge to about five feet.
Then the next par 5, I hit my tee shot in the right rough and laid up and then got up-and-down from about 70 yards.
Then I kind of just -- 15, I was trying to hit a fade off the tee with my tee shot and hit the dreaded straight ball through the fairway. I actually was lucky to have a shot and just got a flyer that went through the back. Hit a great bunker shot to about five feet and missed that.
Then 16, I hit my best tee Shot of the Day and a 3-iron just kind of on the fringe of the green and got it up-and-down for birdie there.
Q. What did you hit on 17? There were not many guys staying on that green.
TREVOR IMMELMAN: Yeah, that was a pretty good shot there. I tried to hit a high cut 6-iron and it must have just caught a soft spot on the green. I could see that nobody was really going to keep it on there.
I had great shots on 16 and on 17 didn't convert. And then on 18 I hit two great shots to ten feet and left it right in the mouth there. So hopefully I can hit it the way I hit it the last three holes tomorrow and putt the way I've putted for the first 15 tomorrow, as well. Hopefully I'll be in good shape.
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