FRED FUNK: Here is the whole story. Why make the jump too early or don't make the jump too early? As long as you're competitive out here, which is exactly what Nicklaus told me at The Presidents Cup. He said, "What are you going to do?" I said, "I don't know what I'm going to do." He said, "You'll know." I said, "How will I know?" He said, "You'll know when you're not competitive, whatever goals you set to be out here are not easily attained or you're not making them, you'll make your move over. There's no reason to jump over." That's basically what Sharon is saying. She's saying, "As long as you're competitive, don't let your focus be over there."
I'm a little bit torn because I feel like I could really help the Champions Tour if I go out there with a good attitude that I can have on the golf course. They market their fan friendly atmosphere and stuff like that. I enjoy interacting with the fans. I think that would be a fun thing for me to make that transition. When I feel like I'm beating my head against the wall out here at times, I think more of going out there.
Well, I just came off my best year, so it's hard. That's basically where Sharon is trying to convince me all the time when I get down on my game. "You're playing good. When you're playing good, you're playing as good as these guys out here. Stay out here and do it until you can't do it any more." That's good advice. That's what I should do.
I am torn a little bit. I can't say I don't think about going out to the Champions Tour, going out to three rounds, no cuts, just teeing it up and having fun, be competitive with those guys.
What I do see and would expect with the Champions Tour, if I can play my normal, consistent game, I will be in the hunt every week. That would be fun, to be in the hunt every week. I mean, I can't imagine. Tiger does it out here every week. He's either fifth or first, somewhere in the middle. It's an upset when he finishes out of the top three. I can't imagine being that good all the time. That would be kind of fun to experience that if I'm fortunate enough to be playing well out there to do that. I know I can't do that out here because my record proves that I can't do that out here. Week in and week out, I can play well, but to finish top tens out here are hard to do.
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