Q. Can you talk about your friendship with Justin Leonard and how you guys kind of feed off each other over the years.
HARRISON FRAZAR: Well Justin and I have always been good friends and we have always been extremely competitive with each other. And we push each other. I think not so much in encouragement and words that we say, but just -- I'm not trying to give myself any credit, but I saw that he was playing out there and I bet that that has something to do with him seeing my name on the board. It's the same way when I see his name on the board I want to try to get up there with him. It's, we're always pulling for each other, there's no question, but at the same time we want to beat each other's brains out. So we went through a period of time there where I think that there was an, I don't know what it was, it was something unspoken, but we weren't communicating as well as two friends should. But right now our relationship is great. We spend a lot of time practicing together, we travel together, our wives are friends and I think that everything is really good in his world right now. And as far as mine goes, I think it's pretty good right now too. So we're able to lean on each other just a little bit more. And talk about a few things that maybe we wouldn't have in the past.
JOHN BUSH: Couple more questions.
Q. Supposed to get some rain this weekend and the course might change a little bit. I'm wondering, Verplank said today that he would prefer it obviously to remain dry. But the guys that are playing good now are going to play good regardless of what the conditions change to. Two years ago when you were playing well I think it was softer and you were playing just shoot it at the flag and it was sticking.
HARRISON FRAZAR: I don't remember.
Q. Okay. You blocked it out.
HARRISON FRAZAR: Honestly, I blocked it out. I remember having a jacket on one day, so.
Q. Straight jacket?
HARRISON FRAZAR: No, it should have been, yes.
Q. Do you have a preference for this weekend?
HARRISON FRAZAR: If I hit it like I did today I would want it to blow and stay hard. That's something that somebody out there asked me outside that Tiger wants it to stay hard and fast. Well of course he does. The better players and the ones that are playing well want it to be hard and fast because then that eliminates half the field that are going to catch them. If you're not hitting it great you would rather it be soft and then you can ride on your putter some and still attack it. But if the wind starts blowing and the fairways get bouncy it becomes much more difficult to get the ball in the fairway and you got to be more precise. So I don't really have a preference either way. I feel like I'm putting well enough that I can contend and I can bail myself out of anything right now I feel like with my putter. And if I wake up tomorrow morning and it's windy, just hit a few extra tee balls on the range. Try to get it solid.
Q. Fewer guys to beat then if it stays this way?
HARRISON FRAZAR: I believe so, yes.
JOHN BUSH: Can you go through your card for us real quick starting with your birdie on number three.
HARRISON FRAZAR: Sure. Yeah. Number three I hit a 3-iron off the tee and then hit a pitching wedge to about 15 feet.
Number six, I hit a good drive. I struggled with the driver the last couple weeks. More than anything else. And that was a hole that I stood up and just finally made the good swing that I knew I could make. And I just absolutely just roasted it. And I can't really remember what club I hit in. But I think I hit just a smooth 9-iron. Into that hole. And hit it about eight feet below the hole. And I think that driver swing really kind of spurred the rest of the round on. Because it gave me confidence in other things I've been working on that are working. So that was a big moment and then for me to hit a good iron shot and hit a good putt.
Next hole I hit a good drive again. And I was thinking about going for it. I had 265 to the front. But I felt a little bit of wind turning into me and decided to lay it up and lay it up with a 5-iron and hit a lob wedge in there about 12 feet.
Number eight I hit an 8-iron about a foot from the hole.
10 I hit a drive down the right center. I hit a kind of a punch cut 7-iron. A little bit right of the hole to about 30 feet. Made that.
12, I hit an about a three quarter 7-iron about six feet.
14 I had a 3-iron down the right side of the fairway. Then hit a 9-iron about 12 feet directly behind the hole. Maybe a little bit left. And I had a putt kind of down the hill that was fast. I knew it was going to be fast from watching people play in the past and I hit putts there before, but so I don't know what it was, but I think that seeing guys on TV the putt doesn't look like it's going to break very much and I was looking at about a cup. But I thought I remember seeing this putt before break a bunch. So I played it about a cup and a half, two cups out and it rolled right in the center.
15, got up on 15 tee and there was about a -- we had about a 15 minute wait to hit the shot. So I didn't feel like standing up there and hitting driver off that tee. So I decided to hit a 3-wood down the left side. I didn't hit it very good but still got it to about 245 to the front. And hit a 3-wood in that front left bunker. And blasted it out from there to about eight inches.
Only bogey was on 18. Yeah. I, this is buying into that -- well I'll I hit a four wood in the fairway and I had 166 to the hole. Which is the exact same yardage I had on the hole before. And I told my caddy I said, I think I need to smooth a 7 and he said, you want to take out long. Obviously you don't want to miss anything long on that pin. But he said I think you kind of got your juices flowing, your adrenaline is going, you can get that eight. And I don't, I don't buy into that really. I don't know if I can hit the ball any harder just because I'm excited about where I am. So I didn't really believe what he was telling me and just tried to make the big hard golf swing with an 8-iron and just made the poorest swing of the day. And blocked it out to the right side of that green and I really couldn't putt it at the hole. I would have had to have putted up through the fringe and maybe even into some of the rough to have a chance to get it anywhere close. But I hit a pretty good putt and got it about eight feet and lipped out on the par putt.
JOHN BUSH: Okay. Harrison, appreciate you coming by. Thank you very much.
HARRISON FRAZAR: Thanks.
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