MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen,
Tom Pernice Jr., 71, 2 under par for the Championship.
Tom, conditions compared to yesterday.
A little tougher with maybe the setup and the wind?
TOM PERNICE: I think just the wind dried out the greens
quite a bit. I watched a little bit of
the telecast last night, and the greens weren't near as firm as they were
Obviously, the afternoon, the
southwest wind dried them out. Got a
little bit tough to get it close to the hole.
2 under for the Championship, still within striking distance. What's your mindset for the weekend now?
TOM PERNICE: Oh, much of the same. I think you need to set it up in the fairway
if you're going to have some opportunities to be able to hit some good shots,
and try to control your ball and try to keep it below the pins when you
can. It was a little tough today on a
couple of them.
Hit some good tee shots that ran
through the fairway today three or four times.
That made it a little difficult.
I made two bogeys really today. I
three‑putted the par 5 after having the 3 iron into the green. Hit it into the bunker, hit it out, and three‑putted
for about 12 feet. Right front of the
green on No. 2 and tipped it up with a three or four footer. So kind of hung in there. Those were the two kind of unforced errors
that otherwise I could have shot a couple under.
With the golf course being as precise as it is and the golf course
firming up, the recon you're trying to do when playing a golf course and learn
more must be difficult?
TOM PERNICE: It was different today because the wind was
different than we've seen. It was
southwest and we've been playing out of the northeast. It was completely different. The firmness of the greens obviously made it
more challenging. Obviously, there are
some guys out there. I think Steve
Lowery is 4 under for the day.
If you're playing well and
executing, you can get it done. But
still in there and need to play well on the weekend.
TOM PERNICE: Thank you.