Q. For those of us who thought you had a heck of round, other than that, can you talk about the rest of the round? The eagle.
DUFFY WALDORF: I started slowing today. I didn't get off to a good start. My swing was a little quick and then I started getting a rhythm late on the right side. I made a nice birdie on No. 7. I hit a shot in there about six feet and made the putt.
I missed a short on the next hole, No. 8, for birdie. And made a nice birdie on 9 from about 25 feet, made a nice putt.
Not too good a shot on 10, made a bogey. Came back with a nice shot on 12. Made a long putt for birdie, which is now a bogey.
13, I hit a beautiful shot in there with a 3-iron from about 235, and hit it in there about 15 feet, and made the putt after Rory made his chip shot. That got me going good. I knew I was hanging with him.
Then 15 hit a beautiful shot in there about eight feet, six, eight feet and made that for birdie.
Made a birdie on 17. You would have seen me a lot earlier if I had just parred 18. Then it wouldn't have mattered. I would have said give me the two shots, because then it wouldn't have mattered. It turns out that makes a difference for second place. So I was trying to finish second along.
Q. If whatever happened on 12 did not take place, if you don't get the penalty, it doesn't affect you on 16, you're in position, you could win this tournament. With what happened, what are your emotions? Disappointment? Anger? What is going on right now?
DUFFY WALDORF: I'm a little disappointed. I had such a good final round, and I haven't played a good final round like that in a long time. I felt like I earned second place. I felt like I gave Rory a good run for his money and had a chance to win. I felt like I distanced myself from the field enough to finish second, and then to finish tied for second, it's disappointing in the money aspect. I still finished second. It's going to cost me money. I have enough money, so I'm okay. I'm going to have to work another few months.
Q. You tried to compare the situation to a baseball player stepping out of the batters box. On a scale of one to ten, how would you compare your infraction to corking a baseball bat?
DUFFY WALDORF: Intentionally corking it? Well, unintentionally corking a baseball bat, it's in the same ballpark. If somebody handed him a bat that he didn't know had cork in it, it's pretty similar. If he had known about the cork -- it's just in a totally different league.
Q. You said you were playing very well on the front nine. What do you do to stay composed? When you missed that short putt on 8 to get your thoughts back. And then when you look like you're going to get the eagle with a good putt, when Rory chips in it's got to be disheartening in a way, what do you do to just say, I'm going to make this, but also talk about the emotions where it looks like you might gain a stroke but then ultimately you evened out there?
DUFFY WALDORF: You stay focused on what you need to do, your execution. To me, the important thing in playing well is executing and rely on execution to carry you through, because sometime you execute perfectly and you end up the shot doesn't come off. I've executed a lot of good shots and they lay up in the trap or I misjudged the wind or whatever and they don't come out right, but as long as you're executing well -- when you get in a situation like that, you know if you execute you're going to hit -- you may not make the putt, but you're going to put a good roll on it. That's what I was focused on, making a good roll. That one happened to go in. And I think all the putts that I hit coming in were all good putts. Some of them went in, some of them didn't.
Q. Can you remember guys fighting for the lead, dropping eagles on top of each other late in the last round?
DUFFY WALDORF: I remember one time I was in the third round at the Greensboro tournament, and Keith Fergus, he holed it out from the fairway from 150 on the 8th hole, and then I holed a wedge on top of him. Two eagles on one hole, that was pretty exciting, from the fairway. That doesn't happen too often. But that was the third round, though. This is pretty late in the 4th round.
Q. Is Rory a good guy to play with?
DUFFY WALDORF: Rory is a great guy to play with, very fiery. He kind of rides the roller coaster emotionally. He's up and down. He gets really mad out there when he does something wrong, and excited when he does something well. He's fun to play with, especially for someone like me. I'm kind of even keel and it helps me to get a little emotional.
Q. I wanted to clarify something. When you were told of the infraction, was it before your tee shot on 16?
DUFFY WALDORF: No, after my tee shot, before my second shot.
Q. How did that affect you as far as the second shot?
DUFFY WALDORF: I just was a little bit off my focus because I kind of -- before I was thinking about executing shots. And then at that time I'm thinking, you know, I don't remember doing anything wrong. I'm just thinking about what I had done on the 12th hole. And I'm also thinking about, am I two shots down or four shots down. It was hard to get from being told and then thinking those thoughts and then playing a 158 yard shot into the 16th hole. I didn't quite have it. I think I got it back by 17. I was fine. But I just kind of -- on 17, I realized there's nothing I can do about it, I just need to play well coming in. 16 was a little tough.
DUFFY WALDORF: It wasn't a very good shot. I was obviously shooting for the pin. The first cut, it was a good lie, and I didn't make a very good shot. It gave me time to collect myself. I came back and hit a pretty good putt. I didn't make it, but I hit a pretty good putt on 16. Talk about execution, I hit a good putt there. I didn't make it, but I felt good about the next hole. I executed on 17 and made it.
Q. 158 yards doesn't sound tough. Did the pin make it tough?
DUFFY WALDORF: It's a tough pin because you can't hit it left of the pin. I had a hook lie with the wind kind of from the right. To get the ball close, you have to take a little chance. You have to aim to the right and try to let everything speed to the left. I just overdid it.
DUFFY WALDORF: I was aiming to the middle of the green but trying to let the wind and the lie take it to the pin.
DUFFY WALDORF: No, I've actually got a flight home tonight.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Duffy.
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