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AT&T NATIONAL


June 30, 2012


Tiger Woods


BETHESDA, MARYLAND

Q.  Fair to say that was a little different than anything you've experienced out here?
TIGER WOODS:  Yeah, you know, I was telling Steve O there when I play a practice round it's the same kind of atmosphere, but it's a competitive round and it don't change anything.  I still have to hit the same shots and I've got to execute.  I was five back to start the day, and I got to where I was two back, and I think I'm one back now.

Q.  When was the last time you played a competitive round with so few people in the gallery?
TIGER WOODS:¬† Well, it's usually after you don't finish on Sunday.¬† We have to go back out at‑‑ let's say the course is closed and the spectators had a dangerous atmosphere and were sent home, and we have to come out and finish up a few holes.¬† That's the only time.¬† Other than that, it's usually a lot more crowded than this.

Q.  Can you think of a regular day like this, or can you even remember it's been so long?
TIGER WOODS:  It's been a while.

Q.  Do you find you draw energy off a crowd, and on a day like today there's something missing?
TIGER WOODS:  The quick answer would be yes, but I found that I didn't feel that way, just because I was five back starting the day, trying to fight my way back into the tournament, and that's what I was focused on.  Making a birdie at 1 and 3, whether there was applause or not, now I'm only three back, and let's just keep chipping away at it.  That was my focus.
It might have been a little bit louder on 6 when I holed that shot rather than 20 people clapping.

Q.  Walk us through that chip on 6.
TIGER WOODS:  Middle of the fairway, just a perfect little shot.  I had 100 yards to clear the bunker, and I was going to hit a low 60 in there and just get over the bunker, and it skipped up to the top, and just hit an awful shot, clipped it and hit it left.  I drew a decent lie, not a great lie, and I was just trying to leave myself a putt, just throw it up there and somehow keep it on the top shelf.  If I can leave it on the top shelf, I can make it, and it went in.

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