August 9, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
JOHN DALY: I think it's just kind of been building up for the last five or six weeks. I played solid in Canada except for one hole. I played?? like my best ball?striking was at the British Open. I couldn't have been any better but didn't get any breaks, just the way the course played. But Qatar I finished in fourth, just gave me a little bit of confidence. Like I said, when I get on a run, six, seven, eight weeks in a row, I feel like I have a better chance at playing well. It's starting to pay off a little bit, but that's if you're making cuts. I always believe when you're making cuts, it gives you a chance to get some confidence in your game. So I'm getting a lot of confidence, but I'm just hitting the ball solid.
Q. What were your expectations for how you would play?
JOHN DALY: Well, I've been playing good, just trying to keep it at my own pace, just be myself and play golf, enjoy it. This is such a fabulous golf course, you can sit there all day long, especially starting on the front, and you can't help but think, all day long, if I can just par the par?3s this week, I have a chance to play really, really well. It's not just 14 and 17, the two on the front aren't exactly easy, either. But to me that's just the difference in this game. The long par?4s just give you a risk?reward.
It's just a court I feel like I've got to take it on.
Q. With all the ups and downs you've had, why do you think you're a magnet to the galleries and to fans?
JOHN DALY: I think it's just like my golf game, it is up and down. So is my life. Everybody's life is up and down. It's how we battle to get through it, and I think people relate to that.
Q. What's enabled you to get on this roll the last several tournaments?
JOHN DALY: I think just playing. You know, you're playing competitive, and it's always better to play four competitive rounds than it is two, stick around for the weekend and start all over again. For me, it's getting in a rhythm and finding out what I need to work on and what I don't because you play two days and then you've got to take Saturday off, travel maybe, go somewhere, whatever. But I just like to keep going and keep playing. It's kind of like last year I got this little rhythm, not quite this good, but at Canada, and then I didn't get to play much because I had to take two or three weeks off because I couldn't get in anything.
It's just a matter of just keep playing and hopefully keep building on the confidence.
Q. Was there a hole or a shot here that kind of got you going where you felt like you were on your game today?
JOHN DALY: The first tee ball because I'm sitting there, am I going to take this hole on 1 today, I just ripped a driver on 1.
I kind of caught a bad break off of 2 and a good break on the second shot, but that felt good, buried in that bunker by the green and just kind of skipped over. It was a good par putt. But it keeps the momentum going.
JOHN DALY: Yeah, but you know, I'm adapting to going back and forth a little bit. Don't get me wrong, I love the European Tour, but I need a break to play at home. But the guys on the European Tour are good guys. I'm not saying ours aren't, but they just seem to be more into helping you out a little bit more than our guys do. Maybe it's because they don't play for as much money as we do. But they make me feel good over in Europe. Either way, it really doesn't matter to me. I love playing both Tours. But like I said, my goal would be to be back on our Tour, no doubt, but there's that option, and it's not a bad one to be honest with you.
Q. Are you as big a fan favorite over in Europe as you were here?
JOHN DALY: I think because I haven't played in Europe as much, the last couple years I've played a lot, but I think just?? I think the fans seeing different Americans come over, I think they really appreciate it. I know Rich Beem and Shaun Micheel are well appreciated over there as major winners, and the fans are great, and the tournaments are good. The weather, it's a little tougher than what we have here.