Q. How much do you think guys that haven't gone to Augusta ahead of time have maybe made a -- do you think they made a mistake of not going to see that?
PHIL MICKELSON: No, it's the same course. It doesn't look any different off the tees. It may play a little bit longer but it's not really going to matter. One practice round you can pretty much pick it up. Some holes where you may have hit 3-wood in the past it's just a driver, that's all the changes. The greens are the same on and around the greens are the same and that's really where you try to carry over shots from the past - 'oh, yeah, this putt broke a little more than I thought' or 'break a little less than I thought to this pin' so forth, but off the tee it really doesn't make much difference. The par 3s really haven't changed yet.
Q. Maybe with a guy of your distance there is not much of a transition?
PHIL MICKELSON: It plays the same for me as it did in 1991 when I first played there before all the technological advancements, and I thought that it really isn't going to play that different for me because a lot of the holes that were lengthened were holes that were just as difficult to get to with an eight or nine iron as it will be with a 5- or a 6-iron. 11 you can give me a wedge and I have had wedged into that hole and I still haven't been able to go at the pin. So it doesn't really make a difference to me if I am hitting a short iron into 11 or not, I am going to be playing to the right trying to make and a 4 and birdie the other holes. So although it is a little tougher par, it's not going to change my mindset that much. There really isn't a birdie hole that's become a par-hole now. 18 is going to play more difficult certainly, but instead of hitting 3-wood maybe it's just a bust a drive and I can get to level with the bunkers and hit an 8-iron in.
Q. Do you have a favorite hole out here at all? One hole that --
PHIL MICKELSON: I love 18. I think 18 reminds me of 15 at Augusta. It requires a lot of thinking as far as where you want to leave it, what type of shot you want to have next, do you want to go after the pin. I think it is a wonderful finishing hole because eagle is a reality or a possibility. Birdie is very likely, and bogey and double are very possible, so it's a wonderful finishing hole great - risk/reward, I love it.
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