Q: Comments on the round?
MONTY: I didnt play well, that was it. Thanks.
Q: Anything particularly not please you?
MONTY: No, not really. As I said, I just didnt play very well.
Q: Are you playing next week?
Q: In Dubai, rather than anywhere else?
MONTY: Im not interested in next week at the moment.
Leonard-Olazabal, Circa 2003
It was a rematch of the Ryder Cup of 1999, with Justin Leonard playing Jose Maria Olazabal and beating him again, 2-up.
We joked about playing it again last year, said Leonard. But I think if I did bring it up, it would almost look as if I was trying to needle him. Were good friends. Its water under the bridge. We have plenty to joke about other than last years (actually 1999) match.
Leonard won that one with the dramatic 50-foot putt on the 17th hole.
Love's Brush With Disaster
Davis Love III won his match with Englishman Paul Casey, but he lost the ninth hole in a bizarre fashion. The two were trying to decide who had the honor for the next shot, with Love standing in a greenside bunker, appearing as though he would go 5-up.
Unless I did something crazy like drop my club in the bunker, I was going to win the hole, said Love.
Well, guess who dropped his club in the bunker?
It was touching the sand when I caught it, basically, said Love. If Id either been coordinated or less coordinated, and just let it hit the sand or not drop in the first place, I would have been OK. If I had dropped it and just let it lay there, I would have been OK.
I can take my whole bag in there and lay it down, but I cant drop my club and touch the sand when I catch it.
He lost the hole because he was holding the club while it touched the sand, despite the fact he had just caught it. That constitutes testing the sand.
Despite the brush with the sand which cost him the hole, Love triumphed, 5 and 4.
Mediate Tries to be Hip
Rocco Mediate eased by Shingo Katayama, 1-up, but it wasnt easy. Mediate played like a man who is all of 40 years old in trying to get loose in the cool weather.
Its just my hip, said Mediate. Its normal things. My back is fine, but when I woke up, I was like ' its cold! I got through.
I know how to play that way. It wasnt pretty. There was no prettiness involved. I had a few good stretches where I was looking pretty good. And then it went away and then it came back. But thats match play.
Harmon Works With Clarke
Darren Clarke has had a very rocky past year, but a little coaching from Butch Harmon got him back on track with a 4-and-3 win over South African Tim Clark.
We worked on a few things and I feel good about my game, said Clarke. I also feel good about myself because Ive lost a bit of weight, dont know how much, maybe a stone (14 pounds) from this time last year. After Torrey Pines I went to the TaylorMade factory and tried out some equipment there. I have a driver now that I feel confident with and that hits it straight most of the time, which is good.