Q. Looking back to 2000 where you had a great battle here with Tiger, back and forth final round, what was the game plan when you came out and birdied the last three or four holes, how does that rang for you as far as stepping up?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, Todd, certainly I enjoyed the finish, I enjoyed birdieing four or five or whatever, four of the last few holes. But I also felt as though I didn't take much solace in that because I felt it was a tournament I should have won by more shots. I had a seven shot lead on Tiger and he ended up catching me. I shouldn't have let that happen. And through better play I made two doubles, I believe, and let everybody back in the tournament. I'm certainly glad I closed it out there in the end, but I want to be able to do what you see Tiger do quite a bit. When you get a lead, increase it. And that's tough to do out here with the level of play.
PHIL MICKELSON: I like to think that my success here isn't just due to local knowledge. But reading the greens has been different. It's been challenging. And I had not putted that well because of it. I missed a lot of putts. And I feel like I really haven't, obviously, I haven't felt comfortable on the greens, I switched putters this morning because I just haven't been getting the ball roll and a lot of it is because I'm not seeing the brakes and reading them properly. But they roll very true and so when guys do read them right, whether they played here in the past or not, they seem to make them because the ball is tracking that well.
PHIL MICKELSON: It will be important, because two shots is enough of a deficit to try to overcome. And I certainly don't want to get down four or five. But I have to kind of play it by ear. The way I'm looking at it, the fairways are very tight, but I'm hitting drivers because if I, when I put it in the fairway like I did today, I'm able to get at a lot of those touch pins with the hazards because I'm hitting eight or 9-iron in. If I have to take something off the driver to keep it in play because I'm not hitting fairways early on, then it's going to be tougher for me to make up ground. But if I can find fairways, even if I get down a few more shots, it is okay, because I'll be able to make birdies.
MODERATOR: Phil, thanks for coming by and good luck tomorrow.
PHIL MICKELSON: Wait, one more.
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, that's a tough question, because you don't mind playing behind him, but if you're behind him that means you got a lead. So that's a good thing. But watching him make birdies in front of you is, can be difficult. My success has been or when I've had success not necessarily against Tiger, because not too many people have, but against other players, it's typically easier to go out in front, make a run, and force them to keep pace. And I realize that I'm in the last group tomorrow and it will be a challenge to overcome, but I wanted that challenge, I wanted to have the opportunity to play with Tiger and if you ever watch him or compete against him when he's in the final group and playing pretty good, he's very impressive. And I enjoy that challenge to try to keep up and catch him.
PHIL MICKELSON: I don't watch him, I don't really watch him swing, to be honest. I say watch him play and so forth, I think it's more what I watch is kind of his management, his ball striking, the way he rolls it very effectively and very well on the greens. That to me is what's impressive. I don't watch him swing it because it, his rhythm is different than mine and it seems to throw me off when I do that.
MODERATOR: Okay. Thank you Phil, good luck tomorrow.
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