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November 15, 2003

Trevor Immelman

Rory Sabbatini


GORDON SIMPSON: We have the leaders in the championship, the South African team, Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini. You made a good effort of burning off the opposition especially on the front nine.

TREVOR IMMELMAN: We got off to a great start and Rory made an unbelievable birdie down the first and got us settled down. We played from there. We played the front nine as good as you can play it and just kind of got a little stretch around the turn and we were making sure somebody was staying in the hole, which was the main thing. It was just a real solid day's golf. It was fantastic for us to go out there and play well.

GORDON SIMPSON: Rory, how did you see it.

RORY SABBATINI: We got off to probably a better than expected start, especially on the first three holes. They're definitely challenging starting holes. It definitely settled us down. I kind of got off to a good start there. I kind of lost a little bit midway through the first nine and Trevor picked it up. It just seemed like we were on a roll right there, just making everything that we needed to. That's just the way it worked. We really did a good job of picking it up when the other player was struggling out there. That's probably the most important thing you can do in this format.

GORDON SIMPSON: Presumably with alternate shot coming up you would take nothing for granted at this stage.

TREVOR IMMELMAN: Absolutely. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day. We knew that alternate shot was going to be the tough days coming into the tournament so we prepared for that. I think we've just got to get out there and play the same way we played the last three days and see how we end up.

Q. Does this give you a lot of confidence, the way you played, the lead that you built, going into tomorrow's alternate shot?

TREVOR IMMELMAN: It definitely doesn't hurt the confidence. We've both played well for three days now. I'm not sure, I think it's a 7-shot lead. We really have to go out and play our own game and make sure we don't get into defending a score or doing anything like that. We have to go out there and play our game and hit all the fairways and greens and make a few birdies. That's probably what we are going to go out and try and do.

Q. Did you get into that situation at any point today, where you were trying to defend the score after making the turn at 6-under?

RORY SABBATINI: I don't think we ever got in the motion we were trying to defend the score. We were trying to keep it going. The whole time we were going, okay, let's get back on a roll here, get coming back in a positive direction. At no point we got in a position of thinking we have to lead, we have to protect that. We went out and there and got aggressive and tried to shoot as low a number as we could, and we did that through 18. Tomorrow definitely we're not going to go out there and be complacent with the fact that we have a 7-shot lead. We have to go out there and play well and let the guys try to catch us.

Q. Do you draw more confidence from today's round or the fact that yesterday, playing the format you're playing tomorrow, you also played extremely well?

RORY SABBATINI: The fact we kind of got the putter working for both of us today is a huge benefit. We really got more comfortable with the greens out there today and I think after now seeing the course in three competitive rounds we've got a pretty good idea where we can go, where we can't go out there. Having played well in the first round of foursomes, we know we're very capable of doing it. I think the nervousness will be there but not because we're worried about whether or not we can go out and play a good foursomes round. We're going to go out there and do what we did in the second round and really work with each other and just really try and play to the other player's strengths.

Q. Go over the birdies that you made and maybe comment about putting on this type of green.

RORY SABBATINI: I don't know if that's possible. We had so many long putts go in today.

TREVOR IMMELMAN: I think the first few holes, you know, Rory holed a nice putt there, but I was like 5 feet, and then the second hole, you chipped in stone dead.

RORY SABBATINI: I chipped to about a foot. The third hole Trevor was about four feet.

TREVOR IMMELMAN: The first three holes we got on a nice roll. We looked like we were going for birdie all those three holes because we were close to the hole. So that was a real nice feeling, kind of jump started our day.

RORY SABBATINI: Trevor made a couple of good putts during the middle of the front nine. I think he made about a 20-footer and probably about a 15-footer and then about another 20-footer. He made some good birdie putts there. And then I think the bonus for us came on the back nine. I think it was 12 or 13 -- yeah 12, I hit a poor second shot in there and made a putt from the right edge of the green, which was pretty comparable to the one I made on 17 yesterday.

It wasn't like we were making -- just dropping bombs from everywhere. We were both -- generally one of us was close and the other person would make a putt, whatever, which always makes it a lot easier on the other player. When your partner is taking up the slack for you and kind of taking the pressure off you, you never get stressed out there and you never get tight, so you can go out and relax and have some fun.

Q. How much would a win tomorrow mean having missed out on the Presidents Cup?

TREVOR IMMELMAN: Well, I mean the Presidents Cup is behind me now. Well, it's being played next week, but missing the team is behind me. So I'm not trying to prove anything to anybody. I'm just here trying to play good golf. It's a great honor to be here and represent the country. So I'm trying to play well this week and play well for my partner and hopefully we can go out and do a good job tomorrow.

RORY SABBATINI: You forgot the most important one, your future wife. You're playing for your wedding present.

Q. Do you want to explain that?

TREVOR IMMELMAN: I'm getting married soon.

Q. How soon?


Q. What's the date? Tomorrow afternoon?

TREVOR IMMELMAN: No. The 6th of December.

Q. And you've promised her your share of this? All of it?

TREVOR IMMELMAN: I mean, yeah.

RORY SABBATINI: Think of it this way, you better take her on a nicer honeymoon.

Q. You guys said you need to make birdies tomorrow and kind of play -- not play to a score and just kind of keep playing, realistically, though, a 7-shot lead, do you have to make any birdies tomorrow?

RORY SABBATINI: I'd take 18 pars right now and run. The course is a tough golf course. There's nothing easy to it. Even when there's not a breath of wind, you would still find difficulty out there. The situation being, we are out there and everyone is trying to catch us and it's up to them to try to push. And unfortunately, the situation being the more you push on this golf course, the more it gets you back. I think if we can go out there and just be consistent and be patient out there, just try and stay relaxed, I think we'll be fine.

Q. Is there any difference, do you think, playing with a 7-shot lead in alternate shot than there would be in straight up stroke-play?

RORY SABBATINI: Yes, because you're only responsible for half the damage.

TREVOR IMMELMAN: Exactly. Obviously alternate shot, sometimes you can struggle to get into a rhythm, but as we said earlier, we had some success yesterday and we've played great so far this week. We have to try and make sure we do the same things tomorrow.

Q. Would you like to jump right over to the first tee and start over?

TREVOR IMMELMAN: No, I'm real hungry right now, so definitely not.

RORY SABBATINI: He knows I would be hitting the ball terribly right now.

Q. After the first two days, did you guys envision being able to put up a number like this on this golf course?

RORY SABBATINI: I would have said no. The situation being, firstly, I couldn't imagine nine holes out there that you can birdie, but we really made the most of the opportunities we had today. There were a couple of holes that we kind of blew ourselves out of it and really took birdie out of play on a couple of the possible birdie holes, but at the same time we also birdied some very unlikely holes out there.

It's a course that's not really going to give you much. Any time you think you have got an opportunity, somehow it manages to snatch that opportunity away from you, not necessarily by hitting a bad shot, it's a tough golf course, it's continuously challenging, and it's definitely a course that you have to respect.

Q. Were there any holes you had difficulty making pars on today, that you had to save par?


RORY SABBATINI: I would say probably the biggest hole that we both kind of struggled on was 17. We both hit poor tee shots there. After that, it was pretty easy. We got ourselves into position and made par with very little difficulty.

Q. How treacherous was that tee shot on 17?

RORY SABBATINI: I have yet to hit the ball on the club face and I've made two pars. No, it's tough. The situation being, it's a very intimidating hole and the fact you have to stand there and you have a lot of water out there in front of you. It's a typical Pete Dye design golf course. You have your railroad ties and you have a green that slopes away from the water, so the challenge is always going to be to keep the ball on the putting surface. And then to add to it, you have two pretty severe bunkers to the left over there and not exactly bunkers you want to mess around with too much. So it's a hole that if you can really focus on what you're trying to do, more so than what you don't want to do, you're going to be more successful.

Q. Leonard and Furyk were in here. We asked why they were shooting such great scores. They insinuated you guys shot great scores but everyone shot what they should have shot. Do you feel that way about it? Is it sort of like nobody took advantage of what you took advantage of, or did you take more advantage than everyone else?

RORY SABBATINI: In my opinion, our score was very impressive. I think we pretty much squeezed about as much as we could have out of this golf course today. There was maybe one or two shots out there that we could have picked up on. The situation being is there was a lot of times that when we could have gone the other way we didn't because we pulled ourselves together and we did that well today. Any time you can go out as a team, let alone individually on this course and go under par, you've done a great job. I would never turn my nose up at a score of 2-under on this golf course. I think if you had two players who get around this course and work it out and you finish under par, it's admirable.

Q. What would you guys have shot, you think, if you had been counting your own ball today?

RORY SABBATINI: Both 9-under.

Q. How impressive is it now, you guys go out and shoot a 63, which is what Alex Cejka shot in '97 with his own ball? How impressive does that look knowing what you did today?

RORY SABBATINI: I would say Alex played very well that day. He tied us. But the two of us could have taken him, especially off the course.

TREVOR IMMELMAN: We would have fed him to the alligator down on 12.

GORDON SIMPSON: We look forward to seeing what happens tomorrow.

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