Q. Three eagles in the first two days. First part of the question, when was the last time you had three eagles in 36 holes? Is it key here to burn up the par 5s?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, yeah, it's a tough question. I don't know if I've done it. Maybe I've done it. But who cares anyways (laughter)?
The par 5s are key, yeah, especially the way it's been the last two days. I mean, with no wind, most of them downwind, I mean, you can hit short-irons into them. You have to really take advantage. That's what I've tried to do the last two days.
With the north wind coming tomorrow, it's going to make it a little bit more difficult, but you still got -- that's where you got to score. You know, you got to really try to make birdies or eagles there.
Q. With a three-shot lead, are you glad the weather is going to change and it's going to be more difficult? Do you think that benefits you?
ERNIE ELS: I think so, yeah. I never really -- I never really liked playing in the wind. I think from playing at the British Open, playing well there, I got to realize how to play in the wind. Around this place, this golf course is built for wind. You have to figure out the shot you want to play, not get too flustered with the breeze.
It will make it tougher for the guys to really shoot low. You've got to try and hang on. It's kind of a similar situation we had at Doral last year. The wind just kept blowing. It made it difficult for the guys. Tiger was the only guy to shoot low on that Sunday. It makes it tough for the guys to go low.
Q. What a surprise. You sure the wind is going to blow? He said yesterday we'd never see a day like that.
ERNIE ELS: Touch wood, maybe it won't.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Can we go through your card.
ERNIE ELS: No. 4, I hit a 9-iron to about 12 feet for birdie.
5, I hit a drive and 5-iron about 40 feet past the hole, 2-putted for birdie.
9, I hit a drive through the fairway, I hit a 7-iron up just short of the green, pitched it in for eagle.
10, I hit a 4-iron off the tee, and I hit a sand iron to about seven, eight feet, made that.
12, I hit a driver into the fairway bunker, 9-iron out to about six feet, made that.
15, I hit a drive and a 3-iron and 2-putted from about 40 feet.
18, right, hit it short, pitched it up.
Q. How far was that pitch?
ERNIE ELS: 60 yards.
Q. How long was the putt at 18?
ERNIE ELS: The putt was about seven, eight feet, seven feet, five. It was a big five (laughter).
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Thank you, Ernie, for joining us.
ERNIE ELS: Thank you.
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