Q. How important was it for you to get off to that good start and then was it difficult to keep the smiles on your face when you got into trouble later?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I think I have a very good personality. I am always smiling and people say that I am always smiling. I may look like just a smiling idiot or anything but that doesn't mean that. I feel like I did have a slump, I did have a bad time at the beginning of this year and I wanted to get out of that slump so badly and I became so mad every time I did a good job, I did a bad job I -- I was so mad at myself, and I got tired of being mad at myself. Sooner or later I wanted to come out of that angry mode of myself, so I started to laugh and cracking jokes on myself and then I decided I don't want to be that way. I am a better person. I am a much more funny person. So I am laughing and I am smiling always and that does give me strength. Anyway, smiling will give me a lot of fortune, so that's my attitude.
Q. You just won a tournament with eight of the nine best players in the world. What does that mean to you?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: It does make me very happy and very pleased, the achievement I have done today, but I am still looking at something higher to achieve. I want to achieve higher than that. Although I am smiling a lot, that doesn't mean that my heart is smiling. Japanese people tend to be very humble, so smiling and smiling away, and hiding the real goal and achievement in the heart.
Q. What do you want to achieve next?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: Of course next achievement that may sound funny, but my achievement and goal would be I want to keep on striving. I want to become much better player, so every tournament of course I would like to win, so that I can become a better better player.
By looking at my old video when I am playing I don't think I look like a good player. I am not satisfied with the way how I am playing. Especially in the video, everybody knows that the Tiger is a good player and the film because he's very strong player, I don't feel that way about myself, so I want to be the player, when I am looking at myself, oh, I am a good player, I want to be that way.
Q. What club did you use tee shot on 17 and what did you chip with on 17?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: My tee shot at 17 was -- I used a 6-iron and it may have been too big, so it landed on the left side of the green and maybe the wind had some effect on it. And the chip, sand wedge.
Q. What are you going to do with the prize money.
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I have good attitude with spending money, so I will go shopping like crazy.
Q. Who is bigger in Japan you or Tiger?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: In Japan of course, myself. Of course I make people laugh in Japan.
Q. What about Ichiro?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: Oh, there's no comparison, no comparison, Ichiro is a superstar. But I am pretty famous. In Japan too. Ichiro is very serious -- I am more like a laughing stock.
Q. Two days ago when you were in here after the second round you talked about you didn't have a lot of confidence, you didn't think you were going to win this event. And your answer seemed to show that you are not 100% confident even after beating this field. How confident are you now in your game and what you can do going forward?
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I am talking about the confidence, I am still not talking (inaudible) I still felt like second day like I described about myself. In a way I am enjoying daily play, I enjoy everyday, so that's my attitude, but I do feel once in a while I am very lucky about the game or a tournament, I have this luck about winning, and that's very necessary to be a winner, so fortunately I seem to have that luck on the winning, so talking about confidence, not too much yet.
Q. Thoughts about -- I believe you are exempt now for the U.S. Open. You talked about Aoki finishing up there. Talk about being exempt for the U.S. Open.
SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: U.S. Open, it is going to be my second time, so actually I have to look at the course very seriously and analyze the course. As you remember Pebble Beach time I was beaten so badly I couldn't even bite it right. So -- yeah.
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