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Post Foursomes Quotes From: ZACH JOHNSON and STEWART CINK

September 22, 2006


Q. Zach, you guys battled hard. You could have let it get away from you and you didn't. Take me through your thoughts on the last few holes.

ZACH JOHNSON: Well, to be honest with you, I just said, you know what, we could possibly lose this. The way things were going, we were pretty much putting, it was kind of looking that way.

But, you know, you've got to stay in the moment and you've got to stay in the present, stay into the shot at hand, and so Chad and I just said, not today. If they win it, they are going to have to make some putts. And actually, they kind of did, but we were able to muster some good shots and halve the match.

Q. Nice birdie on 17. Was it about a 15 footer?

ZACH JOHNSON: Yeah, I don't know, 15, 20 feet, I don't know.

Q. And McGinley answered.

ZACH JOHNSON: He did. I figured I had to make that obviously. He hit a great putt there, as well, so it was a great match. I mean, we didn't play great. I don't necessarily think they played great and it probably ended up the way it should have ended.

Q. People say alternate shot is a difficult thing, catch your rhythm and it's your first time under the gun and the butterflies are gone for everybody now I'm sure.

ZACH JOHNSON: It's very difficult, that's the one thing I learned today, and it's also alternate shot depends on the kind of golf course you're playing, too. Aside from the two 3 woods I hit, I only hit 2 iron shots into greens on 18 holes, which is fine, that's the way it is set up. But you've got to stay, try to get into a rhythm and try to keep the same tempo. It's very, very difficult but it's also a lot of fun.


Q. Stewart, these matches are grinding right down to the wire. You tried not to let it get away from you and do the best you can and if you grind it out for a halve, that's the way this day has been. Just your observations.

STEWART CINK: It has been a very close day. I don't think any match has finished yet more than 3&2. So the teams are really evenly matched, as everyone probably expected. And all of the matches are going down to the wire so it puts extra importance on trying to win a hole or two and then holding onto it. It's tough to do because the firepower on both sides is really pretty impressive.

Q. Does this team tonight go back to the team room and say, look, we good this far, we're not feeling that bad?

STEWART CINK: I think today the reason that we didn't come out with two points more than their team is because our putts just weren't falling. Generally, not many people on our team made anything outside of, you know, six or seven feet it seemed like.

I think tomorrow we're going to have to come out here and hopefully things are going to turn. We're not going to force it. Two points is not a huge deficit at this point in the game. We'll come out with a different mindset.

Q. Any difference between you in the morning and in the afternoon? How is your feeling about your game?

STEWART CINK: I played almost exactly the same, both morning and afternoon. Felt pretty good all the way, and you know, I haven't won yet, but I haven't lost, either.

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