Q. When Phil was here earlier he indicated that because of the length of the course and because of the undulations of the greens, there will be holes that he'll be more aggressive than he normally would be, to try to hit the shorter iron. Do you agree with that assessment, and if so, where would that be, what holes?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I can agree with that. Also depending on where you're at in the golf tournament. I think you've got to take that into the equation. And there's a couple of holes, these dogleg holes, and you can lay up with maybe a 2- or 3-iron and go in with a 6- or 7-iron to these greens. Some of these greens are very small but very undulating. You've got to try to get it into the right side of the green and try to put yourself under the hole. Obviously that's easier with a shorter iron into the greens.
But then again, you've got to hit the fairway. So if you miss the fairways with your driver and you're very aggressive, you might get lucky and get good lies in the rough. But if you have a nice lie in the rough, it's still hard to control the ball out of there. So it's going to be -- you can be, in a certain time in the event, I think you can be quite aggressive and try to shoot a low score. But if you're going to try to do that for four days, I don't know if that's going to be the right strategy.
But certainly some holes, like No. 10, it's a dogleg left, I just hit 2-iron off the tee and I went in with an 8-iron. Vijay played with a driver, and he only had a sand wedge in there. 11th hole, similar, there's one up the hill there at 13. 14, there's another one. Even 16, you can take it over the left bunker there. And 2, that's one where you can take it over the left side or you can go to the right side and take an 8-iron in. So it all depends on how you feel on the day.
Q. You had a great run starting actually late last year and into early this year and I was wondering what the keys were to that. Was it something mentally or something you worked on in the game itself? And then secondly, how does it feel when you have that? Is there much difference between having that kind of run and then not winning? Is it that fine of a line?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I think when you have a run like that, everything is in place. Your physical side is in place. You feel good about your swing. There's not too many swing thoughts going off in your head. So you can get up, see your target and basically just go at it. And you feel less pressure within yourself because of your golf game being there. Then you can enjoy it a little bit more. You can experiment a little bit out there, also, take longer clubs on certain holes and really play the game that you want to play.
Obviously when you get on your short game, it's there. You hit it on the green, you see the line very clearly, you feel the speed already and you just basically go ahead and play golf and not think about it. That happens -- I would like it to happen more often, obviously. But at least when it did happen I took advantage of that. I went after it and I won the golf tournaments that I wanted to win. And since then, as I said to you earlier, the putting has been a little bit off and the short game here and there. And then you start thinking about it a little bit.
So what I did basically last week was simplify it again and hopefully I'll start this week and have another run.
Q. Here in Chicago, I'm not sure if you're familiar, the past couple of years there's been a couple of incidents at baseball games where some fans obviously maybe had a little too much to drink and have run on to the field and created quite a problem. As players, professional athletes, are you concerned at all the possibility at a golf event, with the amount of tents around here and the amount of enjoyment that people have that that could encroach upon the golf course?
ERNIE ELS: I think fans, booze, that kind of goes with sports these days. You sit in the stands and have a couple of beers. And if you like a guy, you let him know that you like him. If you don't like a guy, you can also do the same, you know. I guess that's the way it is out there nowadays. Golf tournaments -- I remember last year at Bethpage, we had quite a vocal crowd there. It's basically just having a couple of beers, and what they did with Sergio, I didn't like that too much.
But this is modern day sports now. And we've probably got a little bit of a different crowd nowadays. In a way it's good, at least we've got their attention.
RAND JERRIS: Thanks very much for your time and we wish you luck this week.
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