Q. Prior to your round, you appeared to be working very hard on your putting today, you were out there working for a long time before you teed off. You obviously putted very well today. What kind of affect did that have on you, the practice beforehand?
PHIL MICKELSON: I think it had a positive effect. I didn't get off to the greatest start with the putter, missing a couple of putts that I felt I should have made. And I probably did not have the best speed on the greens, because I might have made a couple more had I had better speed. But the ball was starting on-line, and that was something that I was saying the first two rounds it wasn't happening. So I was able to see the line and get the ball started on-line. It made making putts a lot easier, because the only variable that I had was the speed. So I ended up making a lot of putts that were difficult putts that were longer putts than I've made in this championship. And I think a lot of that was due to a little extra time on the green before the round and I'll probably do the same thing tomorrow.
Q. Yesterday you talked briefly about a target score, and you corrected me in saying it wasn't a target score in terms of a total score, but for each hole. I was wondering how close you came to the target score on each hole, did you achieve the overall goal?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, I came very close, because I birdied most of the holes I felt I could birdie. I had 7 birdies today, and there's only 9 or 10 holes that I feel like are really birdie holes. So I made a good number of birdies today, and given that I had such a poor start it was very needed, it was much needed. So I think that a target score, the way I played, I felt I probably could have shot five or six under, but with that start that nullified any opportunity to get there. But to get back to under par was a very good score, and I think anything around 1- or 2-under was a wonderful round today. That's a total score, per hole again it's kind of 9 birdie holes, 9 par holes. And how many of those can you better.
Q. Chances are the tournament will be decided tomorrow on 15, 16, 17, 18. How do you rate them as a foursome and is that the toughest four holes as there are?
PHIL MICKELSON: Possibly, but those four holes also provide birdie chances. And it will be very interesting if that is the case. If we are able to make a move, close the gap and make it exciting the last four holes, I think that they'll provide an excellent finish to this championship, because when we say you never know what may happen, those four holes are the epitome of what we're talking about. If you spray a drive far off line, you can get in that deep heather and make double. But if you hit a good drive, you've got a short iron into 16 and 18, and you might be able to make birdies there. 17 you're going to have to make a putt, and 15 you'll have to make a decent putt. There's a chance where you can make up a lot of ground there with birdies and bogeys. The leaders may lose ground as you make up ground.
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