Q. You talked a couple days ago about being aggressive on Sunday you've used the term "gambling" a couple of times already in your round today. Does that mean you are going to do the same type of philosophy you did today going in to tomorrow?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, every shot here has a certain risk and a certain reward to it, other than maybe a few tee shots where the fairways are pretty generous. But every shot, you have to -- and that includes putts and chips, what line you are going to take and how aggressive you are going to be.
There was one putt that, on the fifth hole is a good example because it was a very quick putt, and I was just trying to get it close, lagging it up there and ultimately it went in. But that was a putt that if I tried to make was going to go six, eight feet by again. And each putt requires a certain type of gamble because when you have a downhill putt, to keep its line and enough momentum, you have to give it a certain amount of speed; and if you give it that certain amount of speed, you risk running it six, seven feet by the hole.
Now I feel like I'm putting well enough where I can make those come coming back. So I feel confident to take that risk. But what happened on 13 could very easily happen again. I've been putting very well, though, so I plan on being aggressive on 4-footers to give it enough speed to hold its line, and made a lot of them to stay in the round. For me to play well tomorrow, though, I have to capitalize on the par 5s. That's where I feel like I didn't do what I wanted to today. Started on 4, driving it in the water; I made a good par. Made a good birdie on 6. But on 10, that was a hole that I had a mid-iron into and needed to capitalize on and made bogey, and that -- that's where I feel like I got hurt. Not so much the gamble. It's not that I took a risk, but I probably just didn't make -- I didn't take enough club. I needed one club more and misjudged how much help I was getting. Those type of decisions will have certain risks, certain rewards that come along with it.
Holes like 11, the very next hole it was difficult because after bogeying that par 5, I knew that I couldn't go for birdie on 11. The best I could do is 50 feet, and that type of patience is what I'm going to need tomorrow. I felt like I did a good job of that today, showing that on 16, knowing that I could not get to the hole, and some other holes where you just have to be patient and make your pars.
Q. How do you put that behind you when you have -- like what happened at THE PLAYERS Championship, like what happened at 13, it doesn't sound like you looked at this the same was as you looked at that situation as you walked?
PHIL MICKELSON: I don't feel like that did nearly as much damage as the 5-putt at THE PLAYERS because I was putting for eagle, first of all. I made bogey and people are going to make bogeys out there. I was still right there on top of the lead. And I think to be -- what am I, 11-, 12-under, I think that was pretty good playing, especially today to be under par.
I know tomorrow will require a very good round, but I feel like I've played three good, solid rounds, and I'd like to -- I feel like if I can do one more get a fourth good, solid round, I should have a good opportunity to win.
TODD BUDNICK: Let's go through the three birdies.
PHIL MICKELSON: 1, hit driver, wedge on 1 to four feet and made that. That was a good putt. It was a four foot with about three or four inches of break and it was just quick. To make that got me to off to a good start.
Birdied 5, hitting driver and a little L-wedge from about 60 yards to about 20 feet and made a good putt. That was that putt I was telling you I was trying to edge down there close and it went in.
Then I made a birdie on 6, hitting driver, 3-wood in the front bunker, hitting a good bunker shot to about eight, ten feet underneath the hole. I would have liked to have been a little closer, but I made 2 and that was that.
Then we talked about 10 and 13 the would bogeys and then I had 13 pars. So I felt like I played pretty consistent.
Q. Difficult choosing the right club today?
PHIL MICKELSON: It was much more difficult than the first two rounds because the wind was swirling in. Off the tee on 1, the wind is into me and I'm trying it had the a good driver, and I get up to my ball and the ball is downwind, and I hit wedge; and Bones and I joked if I hit a wedge and it's helping, it's going to be good. If it doesn't help, it won't even reach the bunker. So a lot of it is guesswork and a lot of it is being fortunate that the wind doesn't change while you hit it or while the ball is in the air.
So there's a lot of luck involved. There's certainly a lot of patience that's needed to pull the right club, to try to judge the wind, but because it's going to swirl and do different things every minute, it's very difficult.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Phil.
PHIL MICKELSON: Thanks, guys.
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