Q. There was a report in a U.S. magazine last night you'll be switching to Titleist. Can you speak to that?
ERNIE ELS: Which magazine.
Q. Golf World?
ERNIE ELS: Really? I don't think I should comment on that. I'll leave that to the guys in the offices. I think if I say anything now I'm bringing either TaylorMade or Titleist into a spin so I'm not going to say anything.
Q. When you opened your morning Times and read that Tiger would rather play and win here than next week, did you think to yourself, "right thing to say," or did it surprise you?
ERNIE ELS: I think he handled that question very well. It's a very good question, though. Which one is more important; this one or next week. Mine is very easy. I want to win this week, obviously. That's a good question. Next week is a team event. This week is for yourself. You guys seem to really enjoy writing about the Ryder Cup and make that very important, as if the players feel the same way. I don't necessarily think they think the same way as the press about the Ryder Cup.
We're all competitive. If I just look at the last one, at the end of the day you're going to do whatever you can to win. That singles day was some of the best golf you'll ever see, the way the American team came back. They were going to do whatever they could to win. I'm not saying using the crowd; they just got so excited out on the golf course. That's what happened. I think that's what makes it so great. That's why it's such a great event. That's why I watch it for three days solid, so see what the guys go through, I kind of know what they go through. It seems like most of the guys want to make the team and then when the week comes around, it's one of the hardest weeks of your career for some players. I think the more the players can downplay it, the easier the week will become.
Q. By in large the European team might disagree with Tiger, but it's clear now that most of his American colleagues agree with him?
ERNIE ELS: I think I would agree with you.
Q. When you're watching, who do you want to win?
ERNIE ELS: Golf (laughter).
GORDON SIMPSON: Thanks.
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