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Muirfield wouldn't be one of my favourite Open rota courses, so no matter the decision yesterday, if it had been kept off rota, I wouldn't have been that unhappy. I was outspoken about this before when the vote went [against the women]. I mean, in this day and age, where you've got women who are leaders of certain industries and women who are heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course?
It's obscene, it's ridiculous. So, they sort of saw sense. I still think the fact that it got to this stage is horrendous. And yeah, we'll go back and we'll play the Open, because they will let women members in [as members], but every time I go to Muirfield now I won't have a great taste in my mouth.
It's horrendous, I don't get it. Look we'll go back there for the Open at some point but I won't be having tea with the members afterwards.
These two rounds were the sort of rounds I would have expected the first two days, not the last two.
Phil rode his luck out there. But geez, if I was hitting it off the tee like he did today, there's no way I would shoot 68. That's the great thing about Phil. ... I would be a mess if I was hitting it the way he was today. I guess that's the difference between us. I like to see it going down the fairway and playing nice that way, where he goes like this and shoots two better than me. So there you go.
I think for a lot of guys, it's an ego thing. It's not as if I earn more money because I'm the world No. 1 or 39, but it's just nice to be able to say that you're the best in the world at what you do.
I would have taken a 65 starting today and I definitely would have taken a two-shot lead going into the weekend, so I'm in a great position. I'm kicking myself because I missed a couple of short ones coming in, but overall I'm in a good spot and looking forward to being in contention over the weekend.
Look, I'm in a great position. But I felt like I could have been a few more ahead.
I just felt like I had a bit more energy. I had a bit more pep in my step. I wasn't just trying to get through the round today, I was trying to build on the score that I had and it was nice to feel like that again.
I was really going out there just trying to play my way back into competitive and tournament mode.
No, I didn't really sleep. I was up all night worshiping the porcelain bowl. But I've waited long enough to play and wanted to get out here and be competitive and try to shoot a good score. What did I eat? The local stuff actually, which is what you're supposed to do, I think. I don't know what it was. I ate with Erica [Stoll, his fiancée] and my parents and they seemed fine this morning. But I haven't eaten so I'm a little weak The positive news is that I didn't feel the rib at all. It's great how it's responded over the last few weeks.
I've waited long enough to play. I wanted to get out here and be competitive and try to shoot a good score. I don't feel anywhere near as bad as I did in China last year when I had the same thing. So hopefully, it's just a day thing and it will pass.
Honestly, I haven't thought much about Augusta. My biggest concern has just been getting healthy and being able to get back here. I don't really want to tell you what I'm feeling right now.
I've waited long enough to play. I wanted to get out here and be competitive, and play and try to shoot a good score.
I was sort of lagging on the way in.
It was quite a week for me. I got to play with the president of the United States and the best golfer in the world.
That was a bonus. I actually thought the tee shot was further left than it was. I got away with it and was able to get something up there onto the green.
I think golf's emphasis on the rules can sometimes turn people away from it.
All signs pointed towards Mexico being the one I could come back to and be 100 percent comfortable at. Hopefully it will work out that way and that's when I'm back.
I'd like to ease my way back in gently. Mexico is the perfect time to return because it's four rounds, there's no cut. I can see how everything feels. I have a week off after that.
I'm trying to get back for Mexico. That's my timetable for return. I could probably get back before that. For example, if I were to play Honda (the Honda Classic in late February) and then go straight to Mexico, I would be playing two weeks in a row.
I think it's obvious. The fact I've won the FedEx Cup this year and won the Race to Dubai before made the decision a little easier. I guess it's out of my hands.
Whenever we are going up against one of the greatest teams ever assembled, that's motivation enough.
I've been very fortunate, everyone in Europe has been very fortunate, to play under some great captains. McGinley at Gleneagles (Scotland, in 2014) was the best captain that I had ever played under. I had a very special relationship with Paul.