August 25, 2000
SPRINGFIELD, NEW JERSEY
LUKE DONALD: Do I have to use this again? Let's see, today was an extremely tough match
for me, both me and Bryce, really struggled with our games to start off with. And it
wasn't really very crowd-pleasing golf. The front 9 I think we were both -- I was 2-over
and he was 3-over and I was 1-up. But it got exciting at the end. Bryce made an extremely
good putt at 14 to go 1-up. I just had to really dig deep. Made a huge putt on 15 and a
really good 4, birdied 4 on 17, too.
Q. It seemed like you guys were just bumping along, par, par, bogey, par. I guess
around -- well, neither of you had a birdie, I don't think, through 11 maybe.
LUKE DONALD: That's right.
Q. And then he makes one on 12, then you make one on 14, I guess.
LUKE DONALD: He made birdies on 12 and 14.
Q. And you got one on 14, all of a sudden it was birdie, birdie, birdie. What was it
that got you guys going?
LUKE DONALD: It's hard to say. 12, Bryce hit an excellent shot and that pin is
reasonably rewarding for a short iron. And he made a good birdie there. 14, he just made a
good putt. Then once you find yourself 1-down, then, you know, you know par is not going
to be good enough. So you just have to dig deep and really find my form again.
Q. Have you been going at 17 all week?
LUKE DONALD: Excuse me?
Q. Have you been going at 17 all week?
LUKE DONALD: My first match I got to 17, the last two matches I finished on 15. So on
that occasion against Sean Knapp, I went for it and was just on the front edge, was just
short. I didn't expect to hit it long there, I had 277 to the middle. I hit maybe 20 yards
Q. Was there any hesitation there to go 3-wood?
LUKE DONALD: No hesitation really. Bryce was in the rough, so he wasn't in a great
position. I think if I had got anywhere up there near the green, whether it was in the
rough or in the bunker, I think I would have been in a better position than Bryce. So I
just felt confident. That was the shot I wanted to hit straight from the start and I hit
Q. You didn't exactly seem to have a long conversation with your caddie about it.
LUKE DONALD: Not really. Larry is a great caddie, but I'm always going to make the
LUKE DONALD: I pictured the shot and that's how I wanted to hit it. He pretty much told
me to hit it, too.
Q. Was there a feeling at a certain point -- I mean early on, I don't want to be
putting words in your mouth, but it almost seemed like you were both laying back a little
bit, maybe feeling each other out, trying to see, "Okay, is this guy going to fall
apart," neither of you were exactly extending yourselves. You seemed to be trying to
play more risk-free golf than let's go out and make a bunch of birdies. That kind of
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, I think both of us
almost -- I'm not sure if nervous is the right word, but we seemed a little tense. And
it's hard to make birdies when you're tense and Bryce made a couple of early bogeys, which
surprised me. Then I followed him later on. But, yeah, as you say, I'm not sure. Maybe we
were being a bit too protective, trying to really keep it below the hole and maybe just
Q. Is it just had a lot to do with -- you won the NCAAs, he's been Player of the Year.
You're both accomplished players. Does that feed into that?
LUKE DONALD: Yeah, I think so. But it's a big occasion. The crowds were a lot, lot
bigger today than the rest of the week, and maybe that had something to do with it, just
getting used to it.
Q. Are the crowds a factor, you think? Were they boisterous, were they enthusiastic?
How would you describe them?
LUKE DONALD: They were a very good crowd. They applauded good shots, and they weren't
any way bad towards me. I mean Bryce being the American and me being the guy from
overseas, I didn't feel that they were at all pro towards Bryce.
Q. How would you describe your game coming in to the day versus your game today? In
other words, your game say over the first three matches.
LUKE DONALD: First three matches, if I played the way I did first three matches and
Bryce played the same way he did today, maybe we could have finished it out in 14 or
something. But that didn't -- that wasn't the case, and both of us struggled. Hopefully I
can -- I'm going to go to the range and try and smooth out some of those bad shots that I
had. But tomorrow's a new day and I'm just glad to get this one over with.
Q. Do you know much about James Driscoll?
LUKE DONALD: I played with him a couple times in college. He seems like a very
methodical player, very consistent. Doesn't do a lot wrong. It's going to be another tough
Q. It sounds like somebody describing Luke Donald. Methodical, consistent, doesn't do a
LUKE DONALD: Right. I think our games are pretty similar. It's going to be another
close one, I expect.
Q. Luke, after Gary lost, he said that he thought you would win the whole title. Do you
think you can win?
LUKE DONALD: Obviously I think I can win. I'm still here, aren't I? (Laughter.) Two
more matches. Two more wins. Gary would say that, though, once he's beaten.
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