October 20, 2000
LAKE MANASSAS, VIRGINIA
JIM FURYK: I think we both played poorly. I particularly didn't play very well. And
putting is part of playing. If you -- you can't play well and not make putts. I think they
made some key putts early on. They got a quick lead birdie on 3 and 4 and then we had
chances to win 5, 6 and 7. We missed the birdie putts, they made some good par putts. And
the momentum changed a little bit. I lipped it out on 7 and 8. They birdied No. 8 and we
both hit poor shots on 9, and all of a sudden we're four or five down on the turn, and
from there on out we just didn't make the putts.
Q. When did you start to maybe change your focus and start to take more chances?
JIM FURYK: I think the best way to play -- there's a way I'm going to come out and play
the golf course and get in the least amount of strokes. Whether I'm 4-up or four down, I'm
going to attack the golf course some the same way.
Q. I can't believe this is the first time you've been paired together?
NICK PRICE: We played together in Greg's tournament and the Shark Shootout a couple of
times, and we played okay. But Elkington and Greg played so well together in the last few
years in the last few Presidents Cups it was kind of hard to break them up. They struggled
a little bit yesterday together and I guess Peter felt it was a good mix for us to play
together. We played well all day today and Greg played about as well as I've seen him play
in a long time.
Q. The greens, the putts, huge putts at critical times.
GREG NORMAN: Absolutely. On 6 and 7 were probably the most important ones the whole
day. It could have easily gone all square and we hung in and stayed 2-up. But that's the
nature of this game. Sometimes you're better off being just a little bit outside, knocking
it in and being in there, because the two or three footers become a little bit longer and
now you've got to make up the half. I felt very good on the putting green this morning.
And the speed of the green I got a better feel from yesterday. And obviously I drained the
right ones at the right time.
Q. Your might set going in today, 5-0, how was it coming out?
GREG NORMAN: We said before, I think what Ernie said on the bus to us is, he just gives
us a nice Ernie Els speech. But the thing about this team really is when everybody thinks
we should be down and out, we're in good spirits. And we know our capabilities, we enjoy
playing golf with each other so much, and spending time together in the bus. The spirit is
always there. We just had to put the effort together on the golf course, and we're showing
that today. I hope it will continue. We didn't get down about it, and it was really good.
Yesterday is dead and buried. We came out today and both Nick and I knew once we were
paired that we were right for each other. We play well together. We're best of friends,
and and that kind of helped us relax all day today. And when you're relaxed you putt well,
you make your putts. It goes hand in glove. And he gets up, hits a great iron shot the
next hole. And we've always had that going between us.
Q. Peter Thomson said he feels you guys prefer the fourball format, you actually can
feed off each other.
NICK PRICE: I think we played little practice rounds together. I know certainly I've
played a lot with Greg when we came up against Vijay or Ernie. But I think we probably
play a lot more of fourballs together, best ball type format. And I think it's key for us
to get the right mix with the alternate shot. I think everybody struggled yesterday a
little bit. I think we have a little change in the pairings this afternoon, and I think it
might be a little different this afternoon.
MIKE WEIR: It was a good day for both of us. We played really solid.
Q. You've been a part of two strong teams, lots of birdies, no bogeys?
MIKE WEIR: Yeah, that's the name of the game. We keep putting it in the fairway. I
think with both of us hitting good shots, it puts a lot of pressure on, when you're
hitting it close to the hole and in the fairway all the time. It was nice. I finally got a
few in (putter.)
Q. Steve, a number of guys have mentioned this speech of Ernie Els'.
STEVE ELKINGTON: As I said to the other fellows, Ernie doesn't say much, so for him to
get up and say a few things, it was good. We go home in the bus and relax a little bit and
have a few beers, and Ernie wanted to speak his mind and he did. We all traveled a long
distance to get where we are in this game, and he wanted us to play hard and play as a
team and take these boys head-on.
Q. How much of a boost was Michael Campbell and Retief Goosen getting out of the box
early and sticking it to the first pairing?
STEVE ELKINGTON: Well, I can't say enough about Michael Campbell's play this year. He's
a super player. And Retief Goosen I don't know as well, but he's got one of the best
swings I've ever seen. And it doesn't surprise me at all, to be honest with you.
Q. Can you talk about momentum and how that can build? Because yesterday obviously they
did this to you, and now you're doing that to them. And you see that one match and it
becomes two and now it's three. Do you think all matches start feeding off each other?
STEVE ELKINGTON: I think so. I think you're seeing that right now with Ernie and Vijay
back there, they're seeing all four matches are winning. It's a team game. And I think
particularly for us, because we're so friendly and pull so hard for each other. I'm not
saying the other guys don't, but we seem to ride better as a team. We did it in Melbourne
really well, kept the flow going. Mike and I played a really tough match today. These guys
are tough players, and we kept ahead of them all day, and that was the key for us.
Q. Mike, what about playing 36 holes in one day?
MIKE WEIR: I'm a young buck. I feel fine. I don't feel tired at all. No problem. We got
Q. Did you notice the score board out there, were you watching?
MIKE WEIR: Yeah, Michael and Retief got off to a great start and it just builds. Like
Steve said, we kind of watch the board, and we see pretty much all the teams were ahead,
our side was ahead. And it gives us a lot of momentum and you push a little bit more and
you work a little bit harder.
Q. Does this help you at all going into this afternoon?
MIKE WEIR: No question. We said yesterday after the start we got off to, it's a good
thing we only played 18 yesterday, because they had the momentum. We got off to a good
start and we hope to keep going. This has brought us closer together.
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