KIRK TRIPLETT: Same thing. I got five birdies and three bogeys too.
KIRK TRIPLETT: Really.
You hit two good shots, make a par.
You hit two bad shots, make a par.
It's kind of one of those kind of holes that greens have. They have so much slope that it's really hard
to convince yourself that putts are going to break as much as they're
breaking. And add to that the fact that
they're slow and they break early.
I mean, I've never seen more 15‑foot
putts left low. And not like bottom‑edge,
I mean, six or eight inches. By three
good tour players. So it's ‑‑
Q. So it's not going to go in?
KIRK TRIPLETT: Right, and it's not even close. Three feet off, you're looking at it, and
you're going, that's not going in. But
it's just we play so much golf that's similar, right, and we're used to the
same conditions, and this is different.
You have to adjust.
How do you make that adjustment?
KIRK TRIPLETT: You got to have courage, right? You have to say, okay, look, I have to hit
this higher, and I've got to hit it harder.
Then the first one you blow by, four feet, you're going what am I
thinking? That was ‑‑ so it's ‑‑
it's less by instinct, and you have to kind of override it a little bit and go
okay, hey, look, this is ‑‑ you know this putt's slow, but it's not just
slow, it's really slow when it's uphill.
And it's not because the greens are
slow, it's because the slopes are severe.
That has more to do with it than anything because you stand on the
putting green and putt at a nice speed.
You mentioned to Mark, the bunched field. Kite got up there around 9 and fell
back. Lance Ten Broeck got in at 6. There is just a range, very narrow range,
where there's a lot of guys.
KIRK TRIPLETT: I think some of that is because the course is
short. And you can hit a lot of
short ‑‑ you can hit irons off the tees.
You can hit 3 woods. And if you
don't mind hitting a 6 or a 7 iron most of these, at least for me, and some
longer hitters could hit a lot of 3 iron, 8 iron kind of holes.
So if you're willing to do that,
it's a lot easier to keep the ball in play, but you're not attacking the golf
course. So you're making lots and lots
of pars, which we've all played enough Majors, enough U.S. Opens to know that
lots and lots of pars are good.
So now you see Tom Kite yesterday, I
think ‑‑ you know, playing in the morning yesterday, I got no idea what a
good score on this golf course is, right?
After two practice rounds, greens were a little firm, looked like they
could be a little spicy, right, looked like they could be a little quick and
could be real tricky and real dangerous.
Then Tom Kite's behind me shooting
28. I make the turn 1 under going, okay,
I'm under par in a major. I'm playing
great. Then I think you saw guys
yesterday afternoon saying course not that hard. So they played more aggressively. I think that's the way you have to play the
If the wind gets up and the fairways
bounce a little bit, the fairways are hard to hit. You have to hit the 3 irons and hybrids and 3
woods. At least when I played on
Tuesday, you didn't. You hit driver.
What kind of advantage, if any, did you feel you had coming off of the
win. A win at Pebble Beach is pretty
special. It's not an easy golf course
KIRK TRIPLETT: No. I
mean, to win out here, you're obviously playing well. So you've kind of got that in your back
pocket. If you can stay patient and
you're playing well, you're probably going to do reasonably well in a hard golf
course, give yourself a chance.
I made a few mistakes in the middle
of the round yesterday, and if I hadn't played well last week, I might have got
a little impatient. But instead I was
like okay, now you're over par. You've
got some chances coming in. I birdied
15, 16, and shot under par.
Today, had a lot of birdie chances,
didn't make very many of them. Ended up
shooting 1 over par. Look up, you're in
12th place, three, four, five back going into the weekend at a major. There you go.
So I think having a win and having
success and things like that makes it easier to be patient.
Very good. Thanks.
KIRK TRIPLETT: All right.