June 25, 1999
HARRISON, NEW YORK
JEFF MAGGERT: Don't ask me about birdies and bogeys. I made a lot of bogeys an a lot of birdies.
LEE PATTERSON A couple comments about today and heading into the weekend.
JEFF MAGGERT: Obviously the way I played the last nine holes put a good taste in my mouth starting the weekend. I just struggled a little bit yesterday and earlier in my round today. I think I have made seven or eight bogeys the last two days to still be 6-under. I am very pleased. I have been able to make some birdies. But I have been hitting the ball well. This is a type of golf course when I strike the ball well on I feel like I can do some damage. I have had some good tournaments here in the past. I'd like to win here before I am done with my Tour days. I feel like this is a good course for me. Who knows, maybe this is the year.
Q. Earlier in the morning Chris Perry said the greens were already starting to firm up. He called a couple of them brick-like. How were they for you?
JEFF MAGGERT: They are very firm, but it is playable. I'd like to see this golf course play this way every year we come here. It is a good test of golf. I think the pin placements are fair and if you hit good shots you know you can get the ball close to the hole. There are some pins you can't shoot at because the greens are firm. But that is the way it should be. You shouldn't be able to hit at every pin and suck the ball back five feet and have a birdie putt all the time. I enjoy playing golf like this. I think it is good. I hope the conditions remain the same for the weekend.
Q. What made the incoming nine work for you?
JEFF MAGGERT: I made a few putts, struggled with the putter the last couple of days. I think I had two 3-putts yesterday and one earlier in my round today. Just missing the putts that I felt I should have been making and I just kind of turned the putter around a little bit, hit some good shots close to the hole. I can't really explain why I started making a few. I just tried to stay patient. I felt like I was hitting good putts yesterday and earlier today but they just weren't going in the hole.
Q. Can you just talk about how your win earlier this year has affected your confidence, when you are in contention or going into the weekend of a tournament and playing well?
JEFF MAGGERT: Any time you win it builds your confidence to a new level. I have struggled, though a little bit the last few months. I don't feel like that I have put myself in contention enough times. My confidence is probably not where it was three or four months ago. Certainly the way I played last week at the Open was a good confidence boost. It was a tough weekend. I wasn't pleased with the way I played on the weekend, shooting 7-over par, but after I had a few days to think about it and look at all the scores that were shot over the weekend, I didn't feel so bad. I actually moved up on the leaderboard shooting 7-over on a weekend and that doesn't happen very often. It was a frustrating weekend. I felt I was even par last week after two days and I felt like I really had a shot to have a chance to win the tournament and I just couldn't get some of the putts to fall that I needed to last week. It was kind of more of the same, you know, yesterday and early today, but I think the putter is starting to turn around. I am just trying to stay patient. My attitude, I have to admit, hasn't been the greatest the last weekend and yesterday; getting very frustrated with myself on the golf course and losing some patience. I just try to come out today. I knew the golf course was going to play tough. I didn't expect to shoot 5-under this afternoon. I just felt like if I came out and played a good solid round and shoot 1-, 2-, 3-under I would be right there in a good position for the weekend. But things went well for me this afternoon; made some birdies and 5-under is a lot better than I expected to play this afternoon.
Q. What is it about this course that makes a good fit for you and your game?
JEFF MAGGERT: I drive the ball well. It is a good driver's course. I think I can take advantage of the course by hitting my driver a lot where a lot of guys are hitting 3-woods off some of the tees. I really feel like I have an opportunity to hit some shorter clubs into some of the par 4s here. Especially when the greens get firm, I think it helps me out quite a bit. My ball-striking with the irons has been a little bit inconsistent, but not too bad. Hopefully I can maybe make some improvements on that over the weekend and just be patient and try to make some birdies over the next couple of days.
Q. You didn't make any like mid-round alterations?
JEFF MAGGERT: No, I wish I knew what the difference was. It was kind of a funny start. I had a lot of confidence starting the day. I really played a pretty decent round yesterday even though it was kind of up-and-down. I just was confident start of the day made a couple early bogeys. 3-putted the first hole, made another bogey there. Was really kind of upset with myself. Then 15, I drove it right kind of in the trees. I had to play a little punch shot out of trees; I was just trying to run it front edge of the green, ran up on the green about four feet away, I made a birdie there. Then hit it on the green just over the back of the green on 18, 2-putted for birdie. Then chipped in out of the bunker on 1. So I made three birdies in a row. Then birdied the next hole. Again I hit driver there and was able to hit a little L-wedge into the green - I think hitting the L-wedge there enabled me to hit it close because the green was firm. Hit it about three feet, made it for a birdie there. Then made about a 15-footer on the next hole for birdie. Four birdies in a row there and all of a sudden I am right at the top of the leaderboard so, then I just played pretty steady from there, made a good save on 4. Then birdied the par 5 and birdied 7, I hit a driver there, tried to drive it on the green because of the wind direction; drove it just short of the green, chipped it up about four feet, made birdie there. Bogeyed 8. 8 was playing pretty tough. Hit it in the bunker there, didn't get it up-and-down. The 9th hole I just hit a good drive there and hit 3-wood on the green about 20 feet, 2-putted for birdie.
Q. How long was the bunker shot?
JEFF MAGGERT: It was pretty close. It was kind of -- it was a poor rake job whoever the caddie was that was in there previously. I was sitting in a rake. It is hard to explain, but it was sitting down in the hole basically and I couldn't really spin the ball. It was actually in the best place -- could have been in the bunker just on the up-slope there but it was a kind of a semi buried line and it ran past the hole about ten feet and I didn't make the putt there.
Q. I thought the first hole you said you --
JEFF MAGGERT: This was on 8. On the first hole I just missed the green to the right there in the bunker. Had a good lie in there and just you know, pretty close to the hole probably 20 feet away from the hole.
LEE PATTERSON Anything else?
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