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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP


August 10, 2013


Rory McIlroy


ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

Q.テつ Get a sense of how far those last two birdies are going to go?
RORY McILORY:テつ Those last two holes are playing really tough.
I had a great drive up 17 and still had 225 to the pin.テつ I hit a good one.テつ I mean, I'm not sure short.
On the last hole, it's playing so tough into the wind, as well, pretty tricky little pin position there.テつ I probably made up at least three, three and a half shots on those last two holes.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ Yeah, it was‑‑ I had 175 to the front.テつ I know if I really flight down a 4‑iron, it will pitch around there.テつ So I just tried to keep a 4‑iron down as much as I could and hit it as hard as I could.テつ It pitched right on the front edge and obviously just ran a little bit through.テつ But couldn't have pitched a more perfect pitch.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ Yeah, it's getting there.テつ It was good to feel the sort of rush again.
I felt it a bit in San Antonio this year.テつ You know, I had a good chance to win there, and I holed some pretty good putts coming down the stretch which didn't matter the end.テつ It was great.テつ It was great to feel that.
Making a birdie on 17 is like an eagle and then to follow it up with another on the last is even better.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ Yeah, no other option.

Q.テつ Club on the 17?
RORY McILORY:テつ 5‑iron.テつ It was 180 at front and the pin was on like 25.テつ So I was just trying to pitch it somewhere in the front third of the green.テつ If it pitched a little further, if it was a little further left, it would have got the downslope and went a little bit further on and closer to the hole, but yeah.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ No, just mark the ball and pick them up and away you go.テつ It was right beside the trash cans.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ It started last week.テつ I mean, I had 24 putts for 71 on Friday.テつ Pretty soon I had 25 putts for 69 on Saturday.テつ So my short game has been really, really good.
It was just a matter of trying to get a long game in shape.テつ I wouldn't say that that was my best ball‑striking round out there by any means, but I got it up and down when I needed to and that was the most important thing.

Q.テつ What did you think of your chances last night and what do you think of them now?
RORY McILORY:テつ I knew they were going to toughen the golf course up today.テつ I sort of thought two 65s would still have a chance, so ten under par.
But the way the conditions are with the swirling wind, it's tricky out there.テつ I felt like I still had a chance.テつ Every time I'm in that position I just think back to Quail Hollow a few years ago and what I did the weekend there.テつ It gives me a bit confidence knowing that I've been in that position before and I've been able to win.テつ I know this is a major championship and it's a bit different, but I felt good enough about my game that I could go out there and post a good one today and at least give myself a chance going into tomorrow.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ Yes, very aware.テつ I'm going to enjoy watching this afternoon.

Q.テつ (Inaudible)?
RORY McILORY:テつ Yeah, to play like that on this golf course and do what I needed to do yesterday just to make the cut, and then to go out and play the way I did today, yeah, I mean, it's been a good stretch of holes.
I've got another 18 to play, and hopefully I can just keep playing the way I am.

Q.テつ Did you ever see the highlights of the '95 Ryder Cup?
RORY McILORY:テつ No.

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