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July 12, 2013

Steve Stricker


Q.¬† I know you're disappointed with the bogey on the last hole and it may leave a sour taste in your mouth, but that was a well‑played round of golf.
STEVE STRICKER:  Thanks, it is a sour taste.  I had a birdie putt and I had to walk away with a bogey.  Not what I was looking for.  I was looking to make that putt and get within one, and instead I lose one.  Not a very good ending but still within striking distance, only three back with a couple rounds to play.  Overall it was pretty good.

Q.  And that's a big thing, there are 36 holes remaining in this golf tournament.  You have time to make a big move?
STEVE STRICKER:  Yeah, and tomorrow I'm going to have to come out and get off to a good start and make some birdies.  It was better today.  I hit some better iron shots today than I did yesterday.  At least I think I'm moving in the right direction.

Q.  Obviously not the way you wanted to finish but talk about the round overall.
STEVE STRICKER:  Yeah, it was a good round.  I played pretty solid.  I had a couple little hiccups there but I managed to get out of them.  Yeah, just had a ball mark on the last that was right in my line, and I could not get it right, and it affected my stroke, I think.  I just put a poor stroke on it and it hit the ball mark and shot it left.  I was looking to make a birdie there and get within one, and instead I'm three back now.  But still a lot of golf to play, and need a couple good rounds to go.

Q.¬† At the end of yesterday it looked like you went out for a longer‑than‑normal practice session in the afternoon.¬† Were you looking for something and did you get something out of it today?
STEVE STRICKER:  Yeah, it got better today than it was yesterday with my irons.  I still hit a couple of poor wedges that I normally feel pretty comfortable over, and I hit a couple of poor ones that I should have a birdie putt and I have a long putt instead.
Yeah, you know, it's three weeks since I've last played, so it's always kind of a learning process that I'm going through, I think, but again, it was a better day today, and I'm getting a little more confidence each and every day, and hopefully tomorrow I can make some putts and put a good number up on the board.

Q.  You and Zach were kind of going back and forth with birdies.  What was it like playing with him?
STEVE STRICKER:  Yeah, it's fun.  He's playing great.  He obviously has a great feeling for this course much like I do.  It's fun to play with him and fun to feed off of his energy and his crowd.  Yeah, it's a lot of fun, and Davis is another friend, so we had a good group.

Q.  Did you feed off your crowd today?
STEVE STRICKER:¬† With the orange?¬† Yeah, I got a lot of I‑L‑L chants and a big cheer went up when I made the birdie at 17.¬† Yeah, I got a lot of Illinois support today, which is always fun.¬† Always fun to see the Illinois people come out here.

Q.  Did the Hawkeye guy (inaudible)?
STEVE STRICKER:  I don't think so.  He was all right.  He got a lot of Hawkeye love yesterday.

Q.  Can you talk about the numbers this weekend?  What do you need to shoot to try and win this thing again?
STEVE STRICKER:¬† Well, I'm going to have to come out with a good one tomorrow.¬† I mean, scoring is good.¬† It's probably going to take 20‑under to win, so I've got to get‑‑ or more.¬† So I've got to have a good weekend.¬† It's out there.¬† The conditions are perfect.¬† The course is in perfect shape.¬† The wind was down today for us, so it's out there.¬† You've just got to take care of your own business and make some putts.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
STEVE STRICKER:¬† Yeah, I did.¬† Good to see.¬† I always root for Jerry and saw that he shot 7‑under today, so a good round and got himself right in contention.¬† It's fun to see.¬† I'll give him something to shoot at.

Q.  You've had a lot of weekend magic here.  Do you think there's some more in your game for this weekend?
STEVE STRICKER:  Yeah, I sure hope so.  I'm excited to give it another go.  I'm only three back, but I'm kicking myself right now for that little putt right there.  I wish I could have got that in there.  But three back is not insurmountable.  It'll be fun.  I'll try anyways and see what I have for this weekend.

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