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April 9, 2011

Fred Couples


Q. Three rounds at the Masters, your back being the way it is, you just make it look so easy. It's got to be the shoes.
FRED COUPLES: Yeah, it's the shoes.

Q. Are you happy with your round today?
FRED COUPLES: Yeah, I made really one bad shot, one poor judgment on the 8th hole, and I was just telling him, I really haven't tried a tricky shot all week, and I drove it up there a mile and I saw where the pin was, the first look at No. 8, and I knew you had to hit it past the hole, and I tried to hit some low, hooking wood up there, and I can barely hit a straight wood shot, let alone try that. And I pulled it into the junk, and then it just was a comedy of errors after that. I hit it over the green, left it short of the green, then putted it down there, missed about a six-footer for bogey. After that I hung in there and made two more birdies to at least stay close to everybody.
With a great round tomorrow, who knows. But I'm not disappointed. I wish I would have not made that score there. I might have played a little bit more aggressive. From then on I was just trying to get back to hit good shots after that when you have 9, 10, 11 and 12. And I birdied 15 and 16 to get back to even for 5-under.

Q. Are you surprised that nobody has really --
FRED COUPLES: Well, to be honest there was some great rounds early in the day. There's only two guys that were way ahead, and they're probably thinking no one has made a huge run at them and they're hanging in there at the top and they're good young players. So it's going to be a logjam tomorrow. Whoever can shoot 6- or 7-under up there on that board has a great shot at winning if they can do that. I'm not surprised. It's hard to play this course when you're leading. It's hard to play these courses to shoot 5-under, and you're going to see two or three guys that have got -- Bo Van Pelt, Adam Scott and Cabrera. I think 2-under is a very good score.

Q. Take us through your birdies today.
FRED COUPLES: All right, I birdied No. 4, par-3, I made about a 30-footer.
And then I birdied 15, I laid up and wedged it to about 15 feet, made it.
And then I hit a 7-iron on 16 to about eight feet and made it.

Q. You had a few close misses there, especially early on.
FRED COUPLES: Well, I did hit some good putts, but I'm not getting close enough to the hole. But I did putt pretty well. I didn't leave many out there except for the double bogey, and other than that, it was a pretty good round of golf.

Q. Does the back feel the same or different?
FRED COUPLES: You know, I think it's wearing off now. It's supposed to last two weeks. Sunday will be the second week of doing this. I'm pretty sore. But I keep swinging at it and it's not a hindrance. But I think when this all melts away, I'll be in big trouble and be back to what I was. It is what it is. I'll be done after tomorrow, so hopefully I can finish and do well.

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