THURSDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2010
PHIL MICKELSON, ROUND ONE, 67 (-4) – TANJONG COURSE
Q. Did you leave the course with a bit of a feeling of ‘what if’ today?
A. Well yes, I’ve been challenged by these greens over the years and they continue to baffle me a bit but today I read them and putted them better than I ever have and I still missed chances over the first 13 or 14 holes. But I made a couple coming in and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been but it certainly wasn’t as low as it could have been. I look forward to tomorrow over the Serapong Course.
Q. I suppose just playing 18 holes was an achievement in itself given the delays?
A. Well we are certainly glad we got today’s round in and we are hopefully going to be able to make up the ground to get done on Sunday. We’ll see, but the golf course is in great shape. They’ve got the sub-air system that keeps the greens in immaculate shape, even with all the rain and the course couldn’t be any better to withstand the rain.
Q. You are comfortable on the Serapong Course, aren’t you?
A. I am. I like that course because it is more challenging. There were a lot of wedges and L wedges into the par fours out here today and consequently a lot of birdies. But I have played the last three years on the Serapong Course and I am used to it and I have a better idea of how to play it and I look forward to getting over on it.
Q. Do you walk away from today feeling a wee bit frustrated or is that just how the game is?
A. It is a little bit of both. The frustration is that this round could have been in the low 60s very easily if just a couple of putts had gone in but the positive is that today I actually read the putts better than I ever have and I actually putted them better than I ever have. They all caught lips today even if they didn’t go in and there have been a couple of times in the past where I have missed them by a foot or two and totally misread them but I had a much better feel for the greens but just didn’t get them to go today.