Q. (Inaudible.) Is this about the kind of score you expected?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yes, I played very well. You saw it, you were out there, I drove the ball very well. The wind was not up. The greens were pretty soft. And I played extremely well, to shoot even par. I think that if it stays like this, if the conditions stay without any wind, greens stay soft, I think four or five over has a good shot at winning it. If the wind picks up and the greens dry out I think we're looking at probably 9, 10 or 11 over.
Q. There are a lot of golfers that call this course "home."
PHIL MICKELSON: I love the golf course, but I'm okay with only four rounds under these conditions.
Q. That was the best part of your day today?
PHIL MICKELSON: Driving it. I drove the ball very well today. And if I could drive the ball like I did today, I should be able to keep my score within a couple of par.
PHIL MICKELSON: About half the time, I would say, seven or eight times.
Q. Can you talk about starting off on 10, there was a lot of discussion about that; what were your thoughts there?
PHIL MICKELSON: It turned out to be not too difficult, because I got off to a birdie, birdie start. Starting off on 10, you have to hit a good drive. I did, but still had a 3-iron in. So the holes 10, 11 and 12 are extremely long and extremely difficult to start out with par. You've got to drive it straight and hit a long iron on the green, and be able to 2-putt from a pretty good distance, typically. But I think that because there was no wind, and because the greens were holding somewhat, it was not as penalizing as we thought it might be. Certainly starting there in the afternoon should be a lot more difficult.
PHIL MICKELSON: I think so. And it's interesting because The Memorial, when we play the tournament, the fairways are pretty soft and because of that, we were able to hold the fairways; as the afternoon comes around, the wind picks up, the fairways firm up a little bit, it's harder to hit those -- I lost my train of thought.
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, exactly. Not if it stays like this, because the fairways are staying soft. That's what I was trying to get at. The fairways on 10, 11, 12 were staying soft. On 12, I was able to take a farther right line and get the ball stopped from going through, because there was a little bit of moisture. Had I taken that line in the practice round, it was bouncing into the rough. So, it gave me a little wider fairway. And I think that's going to help make 10, 11 and 12 more playable, still having to hit a long iron in.
PHIL MICKELSON: I had 217 on 10. And I had 172 on 11. I hit a 6-iron on 11 and a 3-iron on 10. We did the birdies and bogeys earlier. Not here, but we have them with the USGA.
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