Q. Talk a little bit about your dad. Obviously, your dad was a huge influence. Did he start you really early?
BRINY BAIRD: Yeah. Obviously, I had an access to the game of golf at an early age. Didn't cost anything to get golf balls, didn't cost anything to get clubs, we were a member at a country club. It was there if I showed an interest in it. I did show an interest in it. I didn't show any more interest in it than the other sports I played. Soccer was probably the sport I showed the most interest in. I probably made a wise decision in playing golf but, obviously, yeah, he had a big influence at an early age.
Q. Did he start you at 2, 3, 5?
BRINY BAIRD: They say I started at 3. I played in high school but didn't get serious -- and when I say serious, I mean year round. Even in college I knew -- I was going to Georgia Tech on a golf scholarship, and I took 6 months and didn't touch a club and played other sports, played football, played soccer. That was even after, you know, signing the letter of intent to attend college on a golf scholarship.
Q. Do you think that helps --
BRINY BAIRD: For sure, definitely. I think there's too many people out there right now -- too many fathers mainly, I don't think it's the mothers, I think it's the fathers, and they want so much for their kid to be great at golf because they see what Tiger Woods is doing, and golf is a really cool sport right now, and they push and they push.
You need some pushing. You know, my dad would shake his head when he saw me laying in bed about ten o'clock, and maybe hungover, and there was more times where he was like, you know, you don't need to go to the golf course. You've been the past 4 or 5 days. You need to stay at home. It's that stuff people have to realize, that it's a fine line between pushing your kid too much and not pushing enough.
Q. With the soccer games, have you been getting up early any of these days?
BRINY BAIRD: Tomorrow.
Q. Did you going to be --
BRINY BAIRD: 7:30.
Q. Have you been watching the --
BRINY BAIRD: Yeah. It's been hard with the times they've been on, but ESPN has done a good job. ESPN2 has been good at showing replays. I think ABC showed a replay last Saturday or the Saturday before. I got to watch us tie South Korea 1 -1. Actually, I take that back. I want to say that game was on a Sunday, and I had just got back from Westchester and I didn't go to bed.
Q. South Korea and Italy?
BRINY BAIRD: South Korea, United States. It was Monday because it was 4:30 it started in the morning -- or 2:30 in the morning, and I watched most of that game until about the 81st, 88th minute or something and then South Korea scored a goal to tie it.
BRINY BAIRD: No, it's fine. That's two-and-a-half hours later than I slept in this morning.
JOHN BUSH: Do you have a prediction?
BRINY BAIRD: Oh, the USA will win for sure. Positive thinking.
Q. Okay, Briny, thanks very much. Good luck the rest of the week.
BRINY BAIRD: Thank you very much.
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