Kenny Perry (2-under-par (68) to finish at 5-over-par - 285)
(on the course conditions) "That was the most difficult test I've ever been put to in all the majors I've ever played in, and I've played in a lot of majors. I shot a 68 today, and right now I may have the low round of the day, so that's pretty special. We got a north wind today, and it's cooler and it's breezy, and the greens are firm and fast. It's just a difficult test."
Jim Furyk (2-over-par (72) to finish at 7-over-par - 287)
(on his week at Oak Hill) "I liked the golf course. I didn't strike the ball quite as well as I wanted to all week. You have to hit the ball well to play well at this golf course. Eventually if you keep hitting balls in the rough or missing greens, you can get away with it for a day or two but eventually it is going to catch up with you. I played well over the weekend, only 1-over through the weekend. Just early in the week I played pretty poorly on Thursday and Friday and kind of dug myself in a hole."
Hal Sutton (3-under-par (67) to move to 3-over-par -- 213)
(on his game) "I have been working hard on my golf swing and it has been getting better. I was a little worried when I got here and saw how long the golf course was at the beginning of the week and then I was paired with Vijay (Singh) and Davis (Love III) to begin with. I thought, you know, I'm trying to not get off my right side as I have been and now all of a sudden I have a long golf course and two guys that beat it. I felt like that was going to make it hard for me to stay in there on my right side as long as I wanted to. That's what I've been working on. Your legs get fast when you want to hit it hard and then you get bad shots but I've been pleased so far."
Jim Furyk (1-under-par 69 to move to 5-over-par -- 215)
(on his play) "I played much better today than I did the last couple of days. I struck the ball a little more solid. I hit more fairways and more greens, and I gave myself more opportunities."
Adam Scott (1-under-par (69) to move to 1-over-par 141)
(on his round) "I was pretty happy with 69 today, that's for sure. I just made a couple of putts and that was really the difference from yesterday."
Rod Pampling (4-over-par (74) to finish even-par - 140)
(on his hole out on 18) "It was not a bad tee shot, the wind just got a hold of it a little bit and pushed it right into the trap and it hit the front lip and rolled back in and it finished on a down slope so tossing up as to whether just to hit a wedge out but aggression got the better of me and I tried to hit it out and it hit the lip and buried then I just hacked that out and it had to be the perfect number and it ended up being a perfect shot so it was a good way to finish."
Vijay Singh (post-Round 1 interview)
(on what is the key to getting the ball in the fairway) You know, you get it in the fairway, but you've got to take some risks. I think it's bad to hit a lot of drivers out there, to hit it way out there, where if you don't hit the fairway, you can't get it on the green.
Jay Haas (post Round-1 interview)
(on his game today) Sloppy. Was not terrific tee-to-green but my bad shots were far enough along the line where the people walked, a couple times I got a break there. I played well. Made some nice putts. Disappointed with a 5 at last hole. It's a tough course. I just feel pretty good with a 70, really.
(on his status as a Player of the Year candidate "It's quite an honor to even be considered in that group. But if I don't win here, I've probably got to win two or three more times. It's hard to compete against the guys who win the majors. Davis has played well, Tiger's won four times, Jim (Furyk) won the (U.S.) Open. This is the week, though, that will make someone stand out above the others. If I do somehow pull it off this week, I'll be the leading candidate, but it's a tough tournament and you have to have a lot of things go this way to win this golf tournament."
(on the rough) "The PGA has had tough rough in the past, but this is definitely the worst we have seen in a long time for sure. They are trying to cut it down a little bit, but it doesn't matter whether it is six inches or nine inches, you still have to chop it out."
(on the course because of rain) "It's really not that soft. I mean, it's soft, but it's not soaking wet and if the weather report does what it says it's supposed to, to dry up after today I think, then it might firm up. But if it doesn't it's just a long course. I love it though, I think the guys all like it."
(on whether it will come down to a putting contest) "I think right now a guy who hits it long and straight off the tee is going to be in great shape. Most of the time you have to putt great to win a major but I don't think it will be so much a putting contest. If a guy hits it long and straight and has a great week hitting the ball, and a good week chipping and putting also on top of that, then he has a great chance. It's set up so that you have to hit the ball very well, a guy who just putts well isn't going to win here."
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