ACE Group Classic interview: Bernhard LangerFebruary 16, 2013
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PHIL STAMBAUGH: Okay, Bernhard, you shoot 70 today, only two birdies today but no bogeys for the second straight day. Much different conditions and you still maintain your three-shot lead after two rounds. A few thoughts about the day.
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, I got off to a good start birdieing the 1st hole, actually played some good golf today, had several chances, a little bit unlucky with some of my putts. There's a bunch of them that just went over the edges and none of them dropped. Very happy that I didn't make a bogey in these tough conditions. A little disappointed that I didn't birdie any of the par 5s, to tell you the truth. I had some chances there and just didn't make any of the putts.
PHIL STAMBAUGH: Give us details on the two birdies.
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, 1st hole was driver, 9-iron and about a 15-foot putt.
And then 14 was driver, sand wedge to about five feet.
PHIL STAMBAUGH: Okay. Just go to questions. Greg?
Q. When did the wind really start hitting you and how difficult was it as the day went on?
BERNHARD LANGER: It started blowing from the very first hole. The wind got up around 11:30 or so and we teed off at 12:00, so it was blowing the whole day. It was anywhere from 15 to 30, it seemed like, just somewhere in that range, most of the time 20, 25, but it was all over the place in terms of gusts.
Literally on, what's the par 3, the 12th, I had 3-wood in my hand already ready to go and then all of a sudden the wind died down, so it would have flown over the green, so I switched to a hybrid and hit a good shot. It's just that type of wind, just coming and going.
Q. How many times today do you think you had to make adjustments with your clubs, and do you feel like for the most part you made the right choice dealing with the gusts?
BERNHARD LANGER: Well, just about on most of the shots you had to, I don't know, you had to make adjustments, allowances for either into the wind or crosswind or downwind, either way. But one other hole, 11, I was watching Tom Pernice, he was next to me and he had to hit first and I already had made up my mind I'm going to hit 7-iron. Then I watched him and he hit 6-iron and flushed it, hit a beautiful shot right at the flag and he came up five yards short in the bunker, and I'm going, no way. If it had been me, I would have hit 7 and it would have been 15 yards short. Now I switched to 6-iron as well and hit it pin high. But it's just difficult to know what the wind does, you know, exactly what direction and how strong it is and how it's going to affect the ball. And even with little wedge shots into these par 5s, I didn't reach any today so there were a lot of wedge shots. Downwind, the ball is releasing and into the wind it's hard to judge how much wind there is. Then you hit the green and it spins 10, 15 yards back towards you into the wind. So it's just difficult to get the ball near the hole.
Q. Was it hard putting in the wind also?
BERNHARD LANGER: Oh, yeah. The wind affects every shot, but obviously putting, too, because your body is a little bit unstable and might even affect the ball, how it rolls. You know, into the wind it rolls slower, downwind it's faster, crosswind it gets pushed to the side. Got to make adjustments for all that and hopefully you figure it out and hit the right shot at the right time.
Q. Was one of the adjustments taking a wider stance on a couple of your putts?
BERNHARD LANGER: No, not really. I tried it once, didn't make a good stroke, so I went back to my normal stance.
Q. But you're still up 3?
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, I played good. I told you I played good. I hit a lot of great shots, gave myself lots of opportunities, really thought I had a chance to be maybe 5 or 6 in front, but just as I said, I didn't make a lot of putts. But hey, there's another day tomorrow.
Q. Are you a little surprised that you're up 3 given that the putts didn't fall?
BERNHARD LANGER: No, no, it was hard today. Anything under par today was a really good score, I think. I shot 2-under, that's a good score, so I couldn't really see a 6-, 7-, 8-under today. I don't know what the lowest score was.
PHIL STAMBAUGH: 67.
BERNHARD LANGER: Yeah, that was maybe a little earlier, was it? So the wind really picked up around, as I said, 11:30, 11:45, so some of the guys got an hour and a half in without the strong wind.
PHIL STAMBAUGH: Are we all done? Good luck tomorrow, Bernhard. Thank you for your time.
BERNHARD LANGER: You're welcome.