Q. The Top 3 names on the leaderboard are all international players. You and Retief, of course, have been around for a long time. K.J. Choi coming onto the scene. The Top 3 names on the leaderboard going into the final round, what does that say about the international state of the game?
ERNIE ELS: Well, it's pretty healthy. Again, we've got to say thanks to the PGA TOUR. We've been playing over here for a long time. I've been over here almost 10 years now. I could see my game really improving, playing with the best players in the world. I think that's why Retief is a major player, too, now. He's been playing full-time over here since last year. He's learned a lot. The same with K.J. I think he got his card three or four years ago and has steadily improved.
I think the competition over here is so strong that you have to improve every year to get better. I think playing on golf courses manicured the way you have it over here helps a lot.
I think there's a lot of factors that made us better players.
Q. You talked the last couple days about the course not owing you anything or the tournament because of what happened in the past. Is that incentive or something you don't want to think about at all?
ERNIE ELS: I haven't really given it too much thought. I've just been kind of trying to get into my process every day. You know, if you think back, I had some good tournaments. I said yesterday, guys outplayed me down the stretch the last couple times.
You can just go out there and try again. That's what I'm going to do tomorrow. Maybe it comes my way tomorrow. I'm feeling pretty good about tomorrow.
Q. How good a shape is this course in? Is it the best you've seen it?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I think the fairways have been running a little bit more this year. The greens are running beautiful. You know, they've got grain. That's what you have to read into your breaks. But they're very smooth. You know, they're not bouncing around all over the place.
Yeah, I think the course is always in good shape. It's very good shape again this year.
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