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July 25, 2013

Tom Watson


Q.テつ Assess the round.
TOM WATSON:テつ I had no birdies today.テつ When you make no birdies at Birkdale, you're going to shoot over par.テつ The course softened up a little bit from the rain and it was there for the taking, if you played some quality shots.
I didn't get the ball real close to the hole, but I hit the ball pretty well, made a few mistakes and those mistakes cost me bogeys and I didn't make the putts that I had the opportunities to make for birdies, and it was a 73.

Q.テつ What with as it like, your first time at Birkdale, the Senior Open in a competitive manner?テつ How was that?
TOM WATSON:テつ I remember a lot from years past playing here.テつ I thought that helped me on a few holes out there today, but I wish I remembered how I putted back in those days.テつ I didn't putt very well today.

Q.テつ Where do you think this puts you going into tomorrow?テつ What can you work on?テつ What can you learn from the first round?
TOM WATSON:テつ The most important thing is‑‑ I played pretty well from tee‑to‑green.テつ I give myself a grade of about a B minus, so I played pretty well, better than average.
I was about a D, D minus in the putting department, so I need to get that grade a lot higher tomorrow.

Q.テつ Obviously you've experienced this as 'The Open'; how does it differ for the Senior Open?
TOM WATSON:テつ Well, to me, there's no difference at all.テつ You play the same golf course.テつ You're playing under competition.テつ You're trying to win a golf tournament.テつ There's no difference at all.

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