Q. Did I hear you say you've had three caddies this week?
CRAIG PERKS: I have, yes.
Q. Should we delve into that a little more?
CRAIG PERKS: Well, Rod is my caddie and he caddied for me 15 holes yesterday. When I showed up this morning he wasn't here, so I was fortunate enough to have a pastor or a chaplain of the caddies here at TPC, and he caddied for me the last four holes, and then I had Tony Lingard who's been out here a number of years. He was on Aaron Baddeley's bag. He was a first alternate, so we just had an unfortunate situation with Rod, and everything is fine and he'll be back on the bag tomorrow.
Q. How many years did you play the Hooters Tour?
CRAIG PERKS: Four.
Q. Four years. Did you ever win the Hooters Championship that they play at White Water?
CRAIG PERKS: No, I didn't. I won out there four times in the four years that I played, but never won the Hooters Championship.
Q. Craig, before this week had you felt that the swing changes had taken hold?
CRAIG PERKS: Well, I've seen significant improvement really since day one, but it was so uncomfortable. There's so much work on every single swing. It's hard to stand out there competitively and have a lot of swing thoughts and try and hit a shot in competition. It's fine to do it on the range because it doesn't really matter. Basically since day one I saw an instant improvement. I'm getting more and move comfortable. I think the most important thing, like I've said, is when I do hit a poor shot or a poor tee shot I know exactly why now, and I never used to know why. Like I said, the quality of my golf shots are so far superior than even last year, it really is a joke. I've just got to just become more comfortable with what I am doing and free-wheel it and let it go on the golf course. It's hard to do that when you've got a lot going on.
Basically what I knew about my golf swing before to what I know now is 180-degree difference. It's hard to make that big a change, but I knew I had to do it and it was the right thing to do.
Q. Craig, once Davis got on his roll how much fun was it out there? Do you have any opportunity to play with somebody like Davis who's played this tournament about 20 times and won it once? Did you pick up on anything?
CRAIG PERKS: Well, obviously Davis is a true champion. I've never played with Davis before, and the thing that amazed me about Davis is he's been out here, I don't know, for 18 years or 20 years, 15 wins, and he's a real gentleman. But I think what distinguishes the average player from the true champions is what Davis did on 18 the second round, and then he made five birdies in a row. He had a putt on No. 1 when he doubled 18, he had run a birdie putt five or six feet past. It could have all fallen apart right then, he made that putt and then he birdied five holes in a row. He was fun to play with. I'm just honored to play with these guys to be honest with you. I feel fortunate every day to wake up and to play the PGA TOUR and play with guys like Davis and Vijay.
Q. Obviously you say you have good feelings on this course and you're very happy what's going on with your swing. Two great days already so far. How surprised would you be if you'd be able to pull this off again the second year in a row?
CRAIG PERKS: Well, I know I can do it because I've already done it once. I would be surprised because of the changes that I have made. They still don't feel comfortable, but take all that away, all the changes, I've still got a lot of heart, I've still got a great short game and I'm never, ever going to quit. I think those three qualities will kind of hold me in good stead, and with the high quality of golf shots I'm hitting, why not? This is a fun week, it really is. I'm learning more and more about being a champion. You know, I've gained a lot of experience this year and playing with great champions, and I think it's holding me in good stead, it really is. I know inside a lot more what's at stake that I did last year, what it means. I was just trying to go out there and free-wheel it last year and I won and I didn't know what it meant, but I do know. That will make it a little bit more difficult, but I've got the experiences from last year to draw on.
Q. What happened with Rod this morning?
CRAIG PERKS: He was not here when I teed off this morning, and we'll leave it at that.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: You birdied 10 and eagled 11 if we could go over your card.
CRAIG PERKS: I've been aggressive off the tee so I hit driver there. I hit an 8-iron, the pin was all the way in the back and hit an 8-iron. I kind of backed off because I didn't want to hit it over the green and I probably hit it about 30 feet away made it and made it up the hill and then hit a beautiful tee shot on 11 and hit my little rescue club. It's a 19-degree kind of like a utility club and just hit a beautiful high-tearing cut in the air, a shot that I could never, ever hit before, a cut that started left and worked back towards the pin ten foot, and I knocked that one in. It was a great way to start the day after the three birdies in five holes from finishing off the first round.
7 I kind of reverted back to my old Craig Perks, I kind of held on for dear life, I didn't want to hook it, hit it in the right rough, hit a great shot out of the roof, hit it where I was aiming but a little too far. I hit a phenomenal chip from nowhere, probably about three and a half, four feet. I was unsure. The speed threw me off more than anything else, and I hit a good putt, just hit it too hard, lipped it out. I came back on 8 with a 4-iron about 205 yards, and like I said, the mistake off the tee on 7 I knew why, so I made sure I corrected that and hit a great shot in there probably about 6 feet behind the hole and hit a really nice putt right in the center. That's kind of me. I come right back.
Q. What was the yardage on the second shot on 11?
CRAIG PERKS: 232. I think 221 front and 232 flag.
Q. Now, before that rescue club what would you have hit there if you hadn't --
CRAIG PERKS: I've kind of had something along those lines. I've used the old rescue and then I've used a high lofted fairway wood and then I've had this rescue in the bag probably for maybe eight months, six, seven months. It's a club that -- I've never really been a fan of a 7-wood or a 6-wood and this is a club that's got some meat behind it. It's a club that I can carry 235 yards easily and hit it way up in the air.
Q. There's a lot of stuff to carry on that hole and then not much green to get it to stop on?
CRAIG PERKS: It was a Tiger Woods-esque 2-iron. I'm able to hit shots like that now, way up in the air with a nice cut that started in the left center of the green and cut towards the flag. I have confidence and the know-how how to hit that shot now, so I can do it.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much.
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