June 14, 1997
Q. Boy, oh, boy, was that fun.
TIGER WOODS: Ha!
Q. You looked like you gained great momentum right out of
that coming out of the rain delay.
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, I hit a bad shot to start off with. I went
over the grand stand -- hit the grand stand, but I holed a 3-wood
from over the green. But, I never really hit a whole lot of good
shots. And, then when I did get on the green, I couldn't get
the pace of the green and it made me 3-putt a few times.
Q. Was it just pacing?
TIGER WOODS: I could never get the speed right. And, when you're
playing greens this fast, you have to have the speed. And, I
just didn't have my speed.
Q. Do you feel like you've ever really gotten in the rhythm?
TIGER WOODS: It comes in spurts. I'll play four or five or
six good holes, then I'll kind of lose it for a little bit. And,
hopefully, I'll get it back. But, it's never really stayed with
me an entire round. I've never had the flow of my golf swing
all 18 holes or my putting stroke. And, when you're playing on
a golf course that is this severe (inaudible).
Q. How much can you attack and try to get into a rhythm
and try to --
TIGER WOODS: I need to hit a lot of good shots, give myself
opportunities. Whether I make them or not, I hope I will make
them. But, the key in shooting any good round is to give yourself
some chances and, tomorrow, if my swinging is feeling any good,
I'll have some chances. But, if it's not, then I'll have to give
myself those 15- to 20-footers and hope I can make those.
Q. If the greens are wet, do you think you can fire it in
TIGER WOODS: You mean tomorrow?
TIGER WOODS: Maybe. I really don't know. If I'm swinging well,
yes, I possibly can, but, you know, it comes in spurts. It depends
on what time you catch me. If I'm swinging well, yeah -- I might
fire at the pin.
Q. 17 and 18 twice, do you change strategy each time depending
on the situation?
TIGER WOODS: On 18, it's a pin you don't fire at, period. I
hope I can put it on the green for the first time.
Q. When do you decide when you're swinging well?
TIGER WOODS: You just know. Any golfer knows.
Q. On the practice tee or --
TIGER WOODS: Not really. Sometimes on the practice tee, that
could be the worst jinx of all.
Q. Why did you elect to play the 16th and was there any
concern about darkness?
TIGER WOODS: Everyone wants to finish. You don't want to start
off cold on a tough driving hole. But, then you have 17, as well,
so in either case, those are two tough holes, but you want to
get them over with because you are in a flow, you are in a rhythm
of the round and you just want to finish.
Q. You've had a lot of comebacks in USGA events. You're
8th back now. Do you think that's insurmountable?
TIGER WOODS: I don't know, it depends on the conditions. It
depends on what the leaders are doing and obviously what I do.
If I play well, I can give myself a chance at winning. But,
it all follows to the leaders, whether they keep going forward
or they stay right there.
Q. Why was the back 9 so difficult?
TIGER WOODS: It really wasn't that difficult. I didn't putt
well and I hit some bad shots.
Q. Do you think that after those birdies, the way you played,
then you gave a couple back.....
TIGER WOODS: No, I hit a bad shot on 12, came out of it. I
was just trying to put the ball over on the left side, and hit
a bad shot. And, of course, I kept going with a bad shot.
Q. What did you hit on that hole?
TIGER WOODS: A 6-iron.
Q. Was there a change in the greens?
TIGER WOODS: A huge change. The greens became real slow, and
the pace I'm used to is a little different so it's hard for me
to get used to the pacing. The pace of the putting green is totally
different from the pace of the greens on the golf course.
Q. Was the darkness a factor? Tom said he couldn't see
TIGER WOODS: No, you couldn't see any shots landing.
Q. Did you have the same type of shot when you pulled the
TIGER WOODS: This one was a lot harder, but still it was the
same motion, same shot.
Q. Holing a 3-wood, do you think that's a trend?
TIGER WOODS: I might have to use it on the short putts, too.
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