Q. Phil, it's pretty obvious the crowd love you. Can you explain why have the galleries taken you to heart so much, you think?
PHIL MICKELSON: I don't know. I mean, I don't know. I think that I tried my best to treat them with respect, and I understand that it's the people in the gallery who come out and support the game of golf that allow myself and other players to play golf for a living. If we didn't have that type of support, well, as entertainers, we wouldn't be able to play golf for a living, so I try to take the time and show that I respect them, whether it be to sign autographs or just acknowledge that they're there, I think it's a sign of respect. I understand and acknowledge that they allow me to play golf for a living, which is a wonderful way to make a living, and consequently, I try to do the same and just show how much I expect them. They've given me a lot of respect as well as all players.
Q. Phil with the up on 7, the down on 8, the up to 10, down to eleven, trying to keep the even keel, how difficult was that?
PHIL MICKELSON: It was a very roller coaster round because I had a lot of ground to make up, and I would make a bunch of birdies and make a move and as soon as I got in the lead, I'd 3-putt and go to go 2 back. I get 1 ahead in the lead, and I give it back. I followed the bogey on 8 with a birdie on 10, and I followed the bogey on 17 with a birdie on 18. So that allowed me to win. Not thinking too much about the bad breaks and not let it affect the way I was playing allowed me to make those birdies. I never would have had a shot on 18, I would have let the round solid away, instead of came back with some birdies.
Q. There were several times it could have gotten away from you.
PHIL MICKELSON: Oh, sure, sure. Starting at the 1st hole being 5 back. Had I not come back and made a couple birdies and closed the ground, it would have slipped right away.
TODD BUDNICK: Speaking of your birdies, Phil, let's go ahead and get in your others.
PHIL MICKELSON: Birdied 2, driver, L-wedge from 76 yards to 15 feet and made that.
Birdied 4, hit 3-wood, wedge to 12 feet, and made that.
And eagled 7, we talked about that, driver, sand wedge from 108. Bogeyed No. 8, hit 6-iron to 3 feet and 3-putted. Bogey, 10, hit driver pitching wedge from 155 to 15 feet and made that.
Birdied 13, the par 5, hit 3-iron to the right of the green, chipped up to a foot-and-a-half and tapped in.
We talked about 14, the par save. That was every bit as important as a birdie.
Birdied 15 hitting 3-wood over the green, chipped up to about 4 feet and made that for a birdie.
Bogeyed 17, hit 3-iron into left bunker, hit 9-iron over the green, chipped up to 8 feet and missed it.
And birdied 18 which we talked about, which was a driver sand wedge as well that came back to 3 feet.
Q. Phil, it looked like on 13 you might have considered going for it. You and your caddie discussed that for a long time?
PHIL MICKELSON: That was a unique situation. I was definitely going to go for it. I didn't have the club in my bag for it. I had 231 to carry the water, and had there been no wind, I could have gotten a 3-iron there but into the wind, I couldn't get the 3-iron there. What we were going to do is go at the right front of the green, but that's hitting a very small target when I wanted to hit a left-to-right shot. It's working away from the way the green is angling, so I couldn't feel comfortable in my preshot routine. So what we decided was hit it just right of the green, use that contour to give me a larger margin of error on the shot to bring the ball back down to the bottom of the hill so I was aiming at the right of that bunker and let it feed back where it did, and it gave me a larger area to hit. I had a chip from behind the green, chipping downhill. It's tough to get it stopped and from where I was, I was hitting a cross it and played about 15, 20 feet of break and ended up going there to a tap in.
Q. Wouldn't you have usually hit your 2-iron there?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, I have to take one out, I have 4 wedges, so I have to take out a wedge or an iron. I took out the 2-iron. That was the only time all week I would have needed it, and a 3-iron has been working fine. It I not hit the drive as well, I would have hit a 3-wood and would have been fine.
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, surprisingly it wasn't as difficult as it looked because the back of the green pitched away. Typically, greens pitch from back to front and so it's tough to get the ball stopped, but I was hitting back up the hill so I hit a basic chip that pulled up about 4 feet short.
Q. I've always wanted to ask you how come you wear a watch playing golf, is it an endorsement thing?
PHIL MICKELSON: No. A long time ago when I was a junior, what I found was there are a lot of swings that throw my rhythm off, so that's how it started when I was 15, and I've always done it. I don't wear this thick watch, I wear a thin leather banded one.
Q. You basically got annoyed watching the other guys or you didn't want to watch it?
PHIL MICKELSON: I wanted a distraction. I wouldn't say is the way you just quoted it. I wanted a distraction to keep my mind on my own golf swing, my own rhythm and give me something to take my attention away from watching other players play.
TODD BUDNICK: On that note, Phil, congratulations again.
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