Q. I'll run out right now. How does this win here against this field on this course, do you think, set you up for the next three months, all the Majors in the next three months. Particularly Bethpage?
JIM FURYK: It's definitely a big confidence booster coming up for the U.S. Open. I'm going to take this coming week off. And play Westchester, getting ready for the U.S. Open. After that, my schedule is really kind of up in the air. Hartford is an up in the air event and then I won't play. Tabitha is due July 3rd. So I won't play possibly for quite a few weeks. I'm not going to have the best preparation going for the British. But that's not really all that important. So if everything is on fine, is fine and on time or the baby is early I'll be at the British. If the baby is late then I would, I definitely would like to see two wins at Muirfields would be good, I would like to see Muirfield. But if the baby is late, not here, then I'm not going over.
Q. How with looking back over the last four days how was this because of the weather this year, how was it -- and you've contended when this course has played different too, how was this tournament different to play in this year maybe because of the conditions and was it any more enjoyable apart from the wind?
JIM FURYK: As many, I've played I think this is my 8th Memorial. And I've rarely had the opportunity to see the course play fast, which it's really interesting that way. I think it's a great golf course anyway you look at it. But early in the week got to see a little bit more roll, maybe a little bit more difficult where the ball was running out of some fairways. And I kind of like that, like the golf course playing fast. It got softened up a little bit for the rain Friday night and Saturday night softened it up for the weekend. So it played a little bit more like we're accustomed to, unfortunately, because of the bad weather. And in some years -- but for me I'm not an extremely long player. And I see this as a pretty big golf course. I know some of the long players like Duval or Tiger probably don't hit a lot of long irons into the course here, but I like to see the golf course fast where you still have to work the ball like against the second fairway and hit a little draw out there. 18, hitting a nice cut working against the hill in the fairway and worrying about the ball running out the sides of the fairways. I think that's an advantage for me because I'm a straighter hitter and not being that long I can get the ball still closer to the greens and work some shots out there in the fairway. But that's, you know, that's how if I had my way I would like to see it played. But I've also played the year it was a 54 hole event, Vijay won, I finished second that year. And it was playing long and very wet and you just adjust. And I play the golf course. It's a great set up and a great layout and I enjoy coming here.
Q. Jack has talked a couple times in the last few days about that bunker that you were in today. It will not be as shallow next year?
JACK NICKLAUS: Not that part of it.
Q. Not that part, okay.
JACK NICKLAUS: We redid the bunkers on 18, we lengthened them. They still, at this time, had hit it over Daly hit it over.
JIM FURYK: Did he. It's 295.
JACK NICKLAUS: No, we lengthened it, it's 330.
JIM FURYK: Is it really?
JACK NICKLAUS: Yeah, lengthened it 30 yards this year.
JIM FURYK: Okay.
JACK NICKLAUS: Or 35, whatever it is. So anyway, what we did, we lengthened the bunkers and unfortunately we got the bunkers too shallow. It's a bail out. Next year I'm going to come in, probably put a couple little fingers and so forth in.
JIM FURYK: So I can't leak one out there and hit a 4-iron on the green.
JACK NICKLAUS: Where you were nothing will change. It's up at the end. If he drives it in that end bunker, it's not a penalty. It's not a very hard shot. And it wasn't meant to be. I meant to have that bunker more difficult. It was done after I left here last fall and they just didn't get it tough enough. So that's what I'm going to do.
JIM FURYK: That's a game that I don't really understand there, 330.
JACK NICKLAUS: I don't understand it either. I'm back there where you are. If I could get it to where you are. 90 percent of these bunkers I don't reach any more.
Q. My question was, would that have made that, with you standing on 18 then, knowing that you don't have the luxury of?
JIM FURYK: Well.
Q. Bailing into that, does it make it an even harder shot?
JIM FURYK: Like he said, he wasn't going to change the area that I hit it into, but for me standing on the 18th tee the only way I really felt like, you know, the way I was going to lose the golf tournament -- at that point I thought the tournament was in my hands on the 17th tee -- was to hit it in the water left because your drop doesn't get to the fairway, you drop it in the rough. The rough is very penal. You're probably not going to get the ball to the green. Then you're going to try to get the ball up-and-down for five and you're looking at a lot of double bogeys from there. I'm going to have a two shot lead, so I didn't hit the best shot on the 18th tee, but I didn't hit the worst one I could have either. And I would have liked to stand up there and aimed it right down the left center and just drilled a cut up there. It was a thought in my mind it just didn't work that way.
Q. When you picked 65 I don't suppose you knew no champion had ever done that in the final round here?
JIM FURYK: No. I found that out after I did it. So probably wouldn't have even done it if I, had I known.
Q. Did you by any chance go visit the Jack's new museum this week? Did you have a chance to go?
JIM FURYK: No, I didn't. I did not see it.
Q. Can he hook you up with free ticket?
JIM FURYK: Free tickets. How about the guided tour?
Q. It's open on football Saturdays.
JIM FURYK: I haven't been through it myself?
JACK NICKLAUS: It's actually pretty neat. It was unbelievable. I was, really I was flabbergasted by it. I mean you know, I haven't done, I haven't been involved in putting it together Barbara has been involved a little bit, but it's worth the go.
JIM FURYK: I'll definitely check it out then. I'll check it out. If I don't get there I'll definitely do it before the tournament next year.
Q. Could you go through the card?
JIM FURYK: Okay. Hole by hole. I birdied one with an, I think -- that seems like 12 hours ago. I hit a 6-iron into the green. And I made about a 25 footer. I hit right at the stick and just came up just over the fringe. So I made about a 20 or 25 footer.
Like I said, I made a good save at four and five.
Four I had about a 40 footer for birdie. And I left it short about seven feet. Made a good breaking seven footer to keep the round going.
And five I went for the green in two and hit it in the left water and got the ball up-and-down from about 50 yards for par.
And birdied eight, hitting a 6-iron to about 20 feet.
And birdied nine hitting a 3-wood and a wedge to about eight feet.
Then the chip in at 12 from left of the green from about 25 feet after an 8-iron.
Birdied 14 with a 4-wood off the tee and a 9-iron to about six feet. Maybe seven, eight feet.
15 I hit a driver and a 3-wood in the right bunker and holed a 60 degree sand wedge. And I hit a 4-iron at 16, by far the best shot of the day, actually, at that time. I hit it about 15 feet. And knocked that in for birdie.
And the only bogey came at 17 today with an -- I had a 3-wood and just the wind was going left to right and I tried to hold one and turn it against the wind a little bit and just kind of pulled it slightly. Hit it down the left side. I thought it was going to be okay, but it just kind of kept hanging into the left and I had to stand in the bunker with the ball above my feet. Probably played a, not the smartest shot I could have. But I tried to hit a 6-iron out of there. Towards the front edge of the green. And because of the lie being so much above my feet I hooked it badly left of the bunker. And caught a good lie over there on the side of the hill and actually probably could have got it up-and-down, but at the time it was a smart play to knock it, not get too cute and knock it 15 feet past the hole, and try to make the putt from there. And I got a great read off of Vijay's putt because he was on the same line and I guess I just didn't get it on the right line. I thought I hit a good putt and it didn't go in.
Q. How far was the bunker shot on 15?
JIM FURYK: Well the pin was only four from the right and that was probably four yards in the bunker. It was probably about 30 feet or so. It was a fairly short bunker shot. With not much green to work with. And that bunker is plenty deep. I promise you that. I couldn't see the hole.
Q. What's the story of how you met your wife here? Is there a story?
JIM FURYK: Well she picked me up actually -- -- no, just kidding.
(Laughter.). That's a good eyes though.
JACK NICKLAUS: You're going to pay for that incidentally. You know that, don't you.
JIM FURYK: You might want to ask her.
(Laughter.) No, I was playing a practice round on Wednesday, Wednesday morning. I played the back nine. And I was heading out to Ohio to the Scarlet course to watch the NCAA's, to watch Arizona. And when I got off the golf course I was, there's a bunch of kids behind the green I was signing autographs and kind of joking around and playing with the kids. It was still pretty early in the day like around noon but I was going to call it quits make an early day of it. And I happened to see her standing there. I said hi to her thinking that she was very attractive. And she said hi back. And I, you know, I was just being shy, both of us were being shy, didn't want to say anything, didn't want to introduce. So I walked 10 yards by and I said I should probably go back and talk to her and just say hi. And a friend of hers was there and he kind of introduced us. He invited me to go to dinner with himself and his fiance' and with Tabitha. And so we went to dinner Wednesday night and the whole week through, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also. So, and that afternoon I was asking her if she knew where the golf course was at Ohio State and she went, she's a Buckeye, so she actually went down with me and we watched the college teams play and then we went back and got ready and met up for dinner later on.
Q. What year was that?
JIM FURYK: That was in '95. How did I do, pretty good?
Q. And you were married when then?
JIM FURYK: We got married here in Columbus on downtown in November of 2000.
Q. NCAA's are there this week at Scarlet.
JIM FURYK: Yeah, the team was out here. I actually, when I teed off one I shook my coach's hand and said hi to some of the guys. They came in last night. They only followed six holes. But it's good luck. They have come to see me play in Hawaii a couple times and I won a tournament, lost in a playoff and won a tournament when they showed up. So I got to fly the team in more often. We had -- oh, I'm 32, I don't know too many of the guys.
Q. They gave up on you after six holes?
JIM FURYK: They had to go practice. They got a tournament to play this week. Coach was cracking the whip, I'm sure. I'm sure they were having a good time hanging out and girl watching and watching the golf tournament. Okay. Thank you very much.
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