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Q. You finished at 13, and with Phil's double at the last hole, still a lot of golf to play. Talk about your day.
BILL HAAS: Yeah, I'm very pleased with my two days. Obviously Phil
playing very well. Obviously we would need him to do that on 18, and we
need him to do more stuff like that for us to catch him. I don't think
it's that big of a speed bump for him. He'll make a lot of birdies.
But we all know the way the course is playing, if there's no wind on the weekend, you've just got to keep making birdies.
Q. Any highlight to your round?
BILL HAAS: Just getting off to a nice start, birdied 10 and 11 right
out of the gate, so that kind of frees you up a little bit, kind of
making a bunch of pars there on the front nine and then making a birdie
on 7 is one of the harder holes on the course, and that makes you feel
pretty good there on the back nine.
Q. Were you aware of what Phil was doing out there?
BILL HAAS: A little bit. I think I was on 6 green, and I looked up and
saw that he had made eagle to go to like 17‑under. Does that sound
Q. Yeah, he eagled 15.
BILL HAAS: And I remember thinking, yeah, just do what you can do, and
hats off to a guy that's shooting that low for two days.
Yeah, I mean, you'll be aware of it tomorrow. I think we'll be playing together, so hopefully I can keep up with him.
Q. You'll be playing with Keegan, too, in threesomes tomorrow.
BILL HAAS: Yeah, I think we played here actually together‑‑ we played
together after that, as well, so that three some has been together
before. They're good guys and very good players, so it's always fun to
be up there near the top.
Q. Are you generally a scoreboard watcher?
BILL HAAS: I mean, I think you‑‑ I mean, I think a little bit. That
just happened to be one hole where the scoreboard was right there. I
just remember thinking that maybe he wasn't going as low today, and then
I looked up and saw that he was 6‑under for the day. Just made me
basically focus on me actually more than anything and just say, well,
you can't do anything about him. That's how you have to do it. One
shot at a time, I guess.
Q. Does it loosen you up a little bit?
BILL HAAS: A little bit, but I also know that second is better than
third, and I'm just trying to hit as many good shots as I can.
Q. Do you remember coming to this tournament with your dad when maybe 16 wasn't such a big deal?
BILL HAAS: I don't. First time I think‑‑ maybe I was here when I was
young but I don't remember it. But even my first year was eight years
ago, and it wasn't like it is now. I mean, it's become much more rowdy I
would say the last few years. It's fun.
Q. What do they get on you about?
BILL HAAS: You know, nothing really. I've hit two decent shots there,
so I'm yet to be booed. But if anything it just makes you focus and try
to hit a good shot. But you can't help but be a little extra nervous
on that hole.
Q. Have they yelled anything interesting at you?
BILL HAAS: Nothing that I've heard. Haven't been creative on me yet.
Q. Are you going to give anything out tomorrow?
BILL HAAS: No, I don't think I'm going to play up to all that. Certain
guys do that, but I'm here trying to play a golf tournament, and I'll
be focused on trying to hit a good shot there, and if I don't I'll be
focused on the next shot. So no.
Q. Have you played an event round with Phil before?
BILL HAAS: I have.
Q. In a final pairing?
BILL HAAS: I think so. It's only Saturday.
Q. But final pairing.
BILL HAAS: Final pairing, yeah. It's just another day. It's moving day. Hopefully I can move up the leaderboard and he doesn't go too crazy.