Q. A left-handed golfer hasn't won a Major in 40 years. If you couldn't win this tournament, are you glad to see a left-hander finally break through?
LEN MATTIACE: Well, I'm a left-hander but I play righty. You notice I'm drinking left-handed here.
Q. Did you switch because you didn't want to be a left-handed golfer?
LEN MATTIACE: I always played right-handed. I eat lefty and write lefty and kick lefty, all the kicking that I do.
(Laughter.) But Mike's a great player and a great champion. He did his thing today and he's a great player.
Q. Was your dad here and were you able to talk to him afterwards and discuss it at all?
LEN MATTIACE: My dad wasn't here. He wasn't here this week, but he was in my heart. I haven't gotten to talk to him yet.
Q. You talked about the zone. You were just looking at the target and hitting it. At any point were you able to leave that zone and appreciate being on the back nine at Augusta National having those tremendous roars at 13 etcetera? At any point did you remove yourself and observe the scene and the emotions?
LEN MATTIACE: I did it as much as I could. And you don't want to take yourself out of the zone and acknowledge and forget where you are. So I did that a little bit. I knew where I was and I knew what I was doing. But I focused more on what I needed to do. And the people were great. I heard the people all day. Walking to the tee, walking off the tee, walking up to the green, it was fantastic. And I acknowledged them because they're a big part of the game. So I think that's the right thing to do.
Q. You talked about this being the most special feeling you've had. Can you take more away from an experience like this than you even can from the wins?
LEN MATTIACE: Well, yeah, I take a lot from this event, no question about it. I hope to draw on this experience for a long time coming. And I look to keep improving and continuing to move up the ladder and compete more. That was one of my goals a few years ago, to be a competitor in the Majors. And this day proved to me that I can do some great stuff.
Q. When you woke up this morning what were you thinking in terms of the tournament being so far back and was there ever a moment out there when you thought about the tournament Players Championship five years ago?
LEN MATTIACE: No, I never thought about the Players Championship. I knew that five shots back, I needed some help from the guys. Obviously, if the guys like Maggert and Weir, if they have a fantastic day, then they're off and going. So I felt like if they're not on their games, I would like to have a make-move day. I would like to make an impact. And my goal today actually I challenged myself to try and make six birdies out there. So that was fun, me continuing my expectation.
Q. A lot of players have web sites with their names on them. Do you have one, Len's Friends? Could you tell us what that is?
LEN MATTIACE: That's a foundation my wife Christine and I started in 2000. This is our third year. And basically Len's Friends Foundation that we started is a foundation to have charity events throughout the year. If I play in pro ams, that designates charity money, all the money that we raise goes into the Len's Friends Foundation and then we give all the money back out to Jacksonville charities, once or twice a year. The money is raised and stays in Jacksonville to be given out to those charities who need it the most. We have raised close to 200,000 in three years for charity.
Q. Can you tell me what technically went wrong with the shot, the tee shot on 18 and the second shot on 10?
LEN MATTIACE: Technically when I -- I was a little bit spin out. So my hips went faster than my hands and the blade stayed open a little bit. And the shot on 10 I basically didn't fade the ball enough off the hook lie.
Q. Were you thinking you had to make the putt on the playoff hole? They were speculating on TV what was going through your mind at that point?
LEN MATTIACE: No, I wasn't thinking I had to make it, I was thinking I would like to make it. But I was trying to get the ball within -- I know it didn't look like it, but I was trying to get the ball within three or four feet of the hole and maybe make it. I was putting so great but that's how bad of a putt it was, to hit it that far by. But nothing different, nothing crazy. I wasn't trying to do anything crazy on it. I just hit it that far by.
Q. You had talked outside about the family support and I was just wondering if you felt that somewhere your mom was smiling on you today?
LEN MATTIACE: You're going to make me cry now.
Q. I was afraid of that.
LEN MATTIACE: I think she was.
Q. It's been a long time since you were here, last time in 1988. Can you talk about your experiences then and what you remember?
LEN MATTIACE: 1988 I was a junior in college and I can tell you every shot I hit.
(Laughter.) I could tell you what bedroom I stayed at the Crow's Nest and what I ate every night. I never got any sleep I was so nervous as a college player.
I was on the Walker Cup team the year before. It was a big privilege to be a player -- to be an amateur golfer to play. So I could go into volumes on that. The first day, the first hole it wasn't as long as it is now but it was a driver and a 3-iron for me. It was straight into the wind. The cut was 151 or 152, I believe that year. It was a really tough playing course at that time. It was a lot of wind. So it was a great experience, but it was super hard for me.
Q. At that point would you have thought you would have had to wait 15 years to have a day like this?
LEN MATTIACE: No, I wouldn't have thought that, being the college stud, you know, that I thought I was. No, I didn't think that.
Q. What would you have thought your career would have been?
LEN MATTIACE: Going out of college, all American, zipping right into the pros and win my first and second year top-30 ever since, all those good things. That's what I was thinking, and/or at least be on the Tour right after college, which was about 1990 I finished school. And my first year was '93, but I didn't get back until '96. So it was slower than I thought.
Q. Along those lines, how did you maintain your belief in yourself when you did struggle?
LEN MATTIACE: Well, a lot of support. I grew up playing the game so the game was in me. And a lot of support. My wife Christine, we got married in '93. That was my first year on Tour. I lost my card. And we struggled for two years after that not getting on the Tour. And when I made Q school we both cried that night. And in '95 I made Q school, Christine was right with me every step of the way and we cried like a baby that night. And back on the Tour in '96 and we have been there ever since. So a lot of support.
Q. Can you summarize the steps that went into the improvement you've made over the last couple years to make a step up? Winning twice last year?
LEN MATTIACE: I continued working with my swing coach, Jim McLean. And we have worked together for now 10 years. Maybe just a step up maturitywise or insidewise to more belief. And just you know how you get -- you go to levels and just a little bit improvement on my game. I felt like two years ago the fall of' 01 that I really felt like my game had jumped a little bit. And I was excited to get to '02. And that's when I won at Riviera, so it was just kind of a step up.
BILLY MORRIS: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you. And Len, congratulations again on a great round of golf and a great Masters and good luck to you in the future.
LEN MATTIACE: Thank you.
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