Q. With the win, how does this set you up now for next week? How excited are you. You gained momentum from this. Talk a little bit about next week?
RORY SABBATINI: I see this as definitely a confidence builder going into next week. The situation being, I'm going to get up there. I still have a lot of work to do to get prepared. I've basically got a lot of work to do to get myself physically prepared. With being as tired as I am, and playing as much golf as I have recently, it will be a challenge to be mentally and physically prepared.
Q. Following up with that, what do you think the difference will be for you playing next week in the Open as opposed to this week?
RORY SABBATINI: Obviously I think the greens are going to be tougher and the USGA will have a little fun with us, hiding the pins as they do. The situation being, it's a major. It's hard to compare a tournament to a major, because there really isn't any way. The preparation, the course setup, and generally the course designs are to a level which -- there is such a premium on hitting shots that are perfect. If you don't hit them perfect, they're pretty close to it, because wayward shots are going to eat you out there, and you're going to be struggling all week. It plays a pretty good game with your mental stamina out there, too.
Q. What was your reaction when Amy told you on Thursday this was your week? Is that the kind of thing she says every week? Did it really resonate with you?
RORY SABBATINI: It's not something that really I hear from her very often. I think that may be the first time I have heard that from her. The situation being, I've heard it enough times before. As much as you may hear it, in the back of your mind, you're going, Sure. Whatever.
RORY SABBATINI: You're definitely right, there's no doubt about that. (Laughter) What do you predict this week?
TODD BUDNICK: Would you like to follow-up with that, Amy?
Q. There's so much up and down with a lot of golfers this week. Did you feel like you played about as consistently as you have?
RORY SABBATINI: I would say that each day that I went out there I hit a lot of good golf shots and I hit some bad golf shots. Overall, I kept the ball in play pretty well. I did make mistakes. I limited the damages. I'm very happy with the way I played. I didn't go out there and hit the ball like Kenny Perry did at Colonial. The situation being is, I went out there -- my misses were still in play, my good shots were fine. That's all you can do, is try and keep the ball in a position that you can still get around the golf course with as much ease as possible. I did that and I'm very happy with that.
Q. Did you use your own performance at Colonial as a stepping stone for this? You played pretty well there.
RORY SABBATINI: Obviously I played very nicely at Colonial. Each of the last four or five weeks, I've played progressively better. The situation being is, I've definitely been a lot happier recently of my play than I have been over the last, say, two years, simply because when I'm putting myself in position to make birdies, I am making birdies, because I'm finally getting the putter working. As much as people deny it out there, you have to get the putter working or you'll be fighting an uphill battle.
Q. (Inaudible) because you're aggressive you go for everything. Is that your personality?
RORY SABBATINI: I don't know if I would say that's my personality or anything -- being self-taught, not taking lessons or anything like that. I can't contribute it to one particular thing. I think that's the way I play golf. I like playing golf.
RORY SABBATINI: When everything is working out, you know, like it was for a couple of holes on the back side there, there's nothing better because you know you've been thinking, you stand up and you just swing the club, and you hit it three feet and you're going okay. Or you hit a shot and you walk up to the green, like we did on 16, and the ball is 3 and a half feet, and you didn't realize it was that good. It's almost like there's no thought process involved. Everything is flowing perfectly.
TODD BUDNICK: Let's go through your round starting with the birdie on No. 1.
RORY SABBATINI: Hit driver off the tee into the fairway. 7-iron to about 15 feet and made the putt.
TODD BUDNICK: 5.
RORY SABBATINI: Hit 5-wood off the tee, hit sand wedge to about 18 inches.
TODD BUDNICK: Bogey on 6.
RORY SABBATINI: Hit driver off the tee left side of the fairway, 3-iron into the creek. Hit an L wedge to about 12 feet, missed it. I had 214 to the front.
TODD BUDNICK: Eagle on 13.
RORY SABBATINI: Hit 3-wood off the tee, hit 5-wood into the first cut of rough next to the green, chipped it in. About 45 feet, L-wedge.
TODD BUDNICK: 15, birdie.
RORY SABBATINI: Hit 3-wood off the tee, hit 5-iron to about 3 and a half feet.
TODD BUDNICK: 18.
RORY SABBATINI: I had a birdie on 16. I hit 3-wood off the tee on 16, hit 7-iron to about 3 and a half feet.
TODD BUDNICK: And then the bogey on 18.
RORY SABBATINI: 3-wood into the right fairway bunker, hit 5-iron short of the green, hit sand wedge to about eight feet and missed it.
RORY SABBATINI: 18, actually I made a pretty aggressive play at it. I had 196 yards to the flag into the wind. We pretty much figured it was a club-and-a-half wind. 190 is a 6-iron for me, so I took a 5-iron and I knew I had to hit all of it. I took a really aggressive swing and I just caught it just a fraction heavy.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Rory. Congratulations.
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