Q. Can you talk about the woman who approached you on 11 and how you just -- how you didn't let it become a distraction the rest of the way?
JIM FURYK: My back was turned when she -- I don't know how she got out there, ducked the ropes or whatever. My back was turned. I heard a fan yell out, "You've got to be kidding me." And I thought that was strange that -- what's going on? So I immediately looked to my playing partner, to see if something had gone wrong or if he had done something. And Stephen just was looking behind me. He had a blank stare on his face. When I turned around she was right there in front of me, six feet away, trying to hand me a flower.
I didn't really -- more than anything it's an embarrassing situation, you're on national television with a streaker trying to hand you a flower. You don't know how to react to that. I didn't want the flower. I'm trying to play golf, focus. It was more of an embarrassing situation.
I think unfortunately at that point for me, the fortunate part was I had a tap-in for par, and I had five minutes to prepare for my next shot. It wasn't a distraction. There was no way it was going to bother the way I played. Stephen had an important putt, had to calm things down while he was reading his putt. It may have taken a little time before he got ready. It may have been a distraction to him and cost him maybe that putt, I don't know. That's the only unfortunate part about it.
Q. Fluff said you were more relaxed this week than he had ever seen you. Why was that and how big a factor was that for you this week? Did you have a sense that something big was going to happen this week?
JIM FURYK: Not after the first nine of my Thursday round. But coming in this week -- yeah, I was pretty relaxed. I wasn't hitting the ball as well as I would have liked to on the weekend before coming here, Monday, Tuesday, not great. But every day I just kept improving, kept getting better.
My whole goal was -- I talked to my wife a couple of times last week, Thursday, Friday, and I talked about winning the golf tournament. And I really -- I've had such a good year. I've had some confidence in my game. I really wanted to come in here, not focusing on playing well, I wanted to come in focusing on winning the golf tournament and what I needed to do to do that.
In the past at the U.S. Open I played a bad round at Pebble Beach, I played a bad round at Southern Hills and at Bethpage, for the last three Open championships, and I let the conditions, I let the course setup, I let things bother me and I didn't play well because of it. I came in here this week knowing that I would have to improve on that if I wanted to play well this week. I felt the physical part of my game was in pretty good shape. I felt like my mental attitude has been good all year. But if I was going to improve on my play in the last three U.S. Opens, I had to have a better attitude. I was going to have to improve on my attitude and it showed this week. And I think my dad told me I was a little more relaxed during the week. In fact I asked him if he thought I was, and he agreed. It's interesting that Mike says that, but he picks up on things like that.
Q. On a lighter note, is my memory correct, the first event you ever played as a professional you had a hole-in-one, didn't get the car, and does this erase that disappointment?
JIM FURYK: I forgot about that disappointment a long time ago. That was the St. Louis open was my first professional event. They were awarding a car, probably about $10,000 to the first hole-in-one, and although I made a hole-in-one, there was one about an hour and a half before me. That money was worth more than the first prize check. I definitely wanted the cash. Yeah, it definitely -- I forgot about that a long time ago. Someone asked me about that. I've made quite a few hole-in-ones, I never got a darned car for it. I've also been lucky, I haven't had to buy too many beers, so I guess it all evens out in the end.
Q. One of the places that claimed you, speaking of some people, Media Heights Golf Club in Lancaster. You were a junior member there at 16, is that correct?
JIM FURYK: Yes. I didn't get the first part of the question, actually. You talked about Media Heights. I was a member at 16, but I didn't get the rest of it.
Q. Can you talk a little about your time in Media Heights? There's some stories about marathon practice sessions and descriptions of the course being kind of tight and narrow?
JIM FURYK: I'm a hard worker and that showed, I think. My father is a very hard worker and a perfectionist, and I inherited a lot of that. Sometimes for both of us, probably to a fault. But, yeah, they tell stories about guys playing the front nine coming by and I was still in the same bunker when they teed off and holed out in 9. And they played the back nine and I was in the same bunker, but I was in the same bunker when they finished. I'm sure some of those stories got embellished. I know the course superintendent wanted to wring my neck a few times. I'd hit putts and practice from the same spot and wear holes. It was a great club to join for dirt cheap, it gave me a great practice facility. It was a relatively short golf course but was manicured very well. And you did have to manage your game well to play it. So I definitely learned to -- for the last couple of years of high school, I learned to play around that club quite a bit.
RAND JERRIS: Jim, congratulations.
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