Q. You were playing very well. You hit the first 12 greens you played today, and then it looked like it was starting to come apart on 13. What happened?
NICLAS FASTH: The first tee shot all day I missed really. That's one shot. My third shot, I have to guess it was the wind because I hit the ball so good it actually -- I actually -- anyway, I hit it really solid out of the rough and I hit it perfect, I thought, and I airmailed the green with a soft wedge. I was talking to my caddy about it, but I pitched 11 yards longer than I wanted to. And I hit it perfect, so it must have been the wind that changed direction or something. Anyhow, it came as a surprise. It's hard to make it up and down from there. I kept playing well from there on in. It was really only one bad shot, and that was the tee shot.
Q. Don't take this question the wrong way. You seem extremely confident for somebody who hasn't had a lot of successes on either tour in terms of wins. Where does that come from?
NICLAS FASTH: I mean, I'm not confident in the sense that I think I'm definitely going to win it tomorrow. I haven't won a big event yet, so it will take a lot for me to win, I'm sure. That's what I said at the start here. It usually takes a good performance in one way or another to actually win it in the end. To finish second or third, it takes a good tournament. But to win it takes more, I think anyway.
Why am I confident? I'm just happy how the game went. In my own evaluation, the main reason I haven't won is that the game has been good, but not good enough to win the big ones. Whether I'll win tomorrow, I don't have a clue, but the game is getting there. So I have the game to win. And I'm obviously playing well now and feel pretty good about things. So I will have a good chance tomorrow, I'm sure. It's not because I'm confident I'll win tomorrow. I don't know.
Q. What you said about being confident to win and nothing is going to be given to you, can you talk a little bit about playing with Rory tomorrow and what kind of player he is to be playing with him?
NICLAS FASTH: Well, I've only played with him a couple of times, so I couldn't really tell you what kind of player he is. He hits it pretty long, and he's quite aggressive, which can pay on these receptive greens. I'm sure he can make a lot of birdies. Playing with him, I played good when I played with him the last time, which was the Nissan Open earlier this year. I don't know him really well, but we talk when we meet.
Q. It seems bizarre that two guys that are from absolutely nowhere, even remotely close to here, coming all the way over here and finishing where you guys are going to probably finish in the tournament. It obviously goes on every week out here, but does it seem more different to you because -- does this place seem alien to you in any way? The people? The crowd?
NICLAS FASTH: I've played quite a few events over here. This is like most of them. I mean, I don't know exactly about Rory, but he's ranked probably in the top 50 in the world. I am. I have been for two years. It wouldn't be a huge shock if we won a tournament, would it, whether it's U.S. Tour, South African Tour or European Tour. We should have a chance a lot of weeks we play. I'm not saying it's happening that way, but it shouldn't be a huge shock.
Q. Take us through your birdies, if you would, starting at 2.
NICLAS FASTH: On the second hole, I hit it close, three feet, with a pitching wedge.
The third hole with a good 3-iron up to -- I don't know feet. It would have been eight yards, maybe. I knocked it in obviously.
I hit it really close again on 4 with a 7-iron up to -- I can't remember was it one or two feet -- probably one.
10, pitching wedge, too long really. It was probably 20 feet, maybe less. I knocked it in downhill, good putt.
JOE CHEMYCZ: Bogey on 13.
NICLAS FASTH: It came with me airmailing the green with a small pitching wedge.
JOE CHEMYCZ: And you birdied 14.
NICLAS FASTH: I misjudged the wedge, the lob wedge and knocked it in from way out. It must have been maybe 27 feet. It wasn't really a bad shot.
JOE CHEMYCZ: Niclas, thank you. Play well tomorrow.
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