What they said: Steve Elkington

By: abadam

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Q. Steve, showing some game here with a 65. The last six starts on the PGA TOUR have been a missed cut or a withdraw, so where did this come from?

STEVE ELKINGTON: I just havenít been playing very well, but it sure is nice to get back to Congressional and play. Iíve played well here before, and my game has been up and down this year.

Nothing I can really ó Iíve been working on it, put it that way. But as I say, itís nice to get back here. This course in particular I just love the way it sets up. Itís kind of my style of golf.

I hit the ball great today, putted well, so more of that would be good tomorrow.

Q. Talk about the new grooves issue and about it being implemented January 1, 2010, by Commissioner Tim Finchem a few days ago. How do you think itíll affect play for the fans who are watching next year?

ELKINGTON: Iím not sure. I donít think these guys ó it wonít take them long. Iíve only ever played V-grooves, so I donít have any trouble stopping the ball, so I donít think itíll take these guys very long. Just the shots around the green with the 60-degrees that we set up a lot of shots to spin it, thatís going to have to be ó you have to change your thinking on that a little bit. Youíre going to have to lay up a bit further back or whatever.

It used to be in the old days, you used to play wide, never short-side yourself. But when the square grooves came in, short-siding it was out of the question because you could do something with it from the short side. Well, now I think you have to play a little bit more percentage golf.

Q. Talk about your round.

ELKINGTON: Itís nice to get back to this course at Congressional. Itís a great place. The course is fantastic, the best weíve ever seen it. It was a great day for me. I basically hit all the greens, kept it out of the rough, kept it away from all the trouble.

I just like coming up to this area and I like playing this golf course. It seems to get better and better every time I come back.

Q. I have a question about the British Open, Turnberry in í94. Most of the guys in the field have never played it. How would you describe Turnberry?

ELKINGTON: Itís difficult, obviously, but it depends on the weather. Turnberry is on the side of a hill. I remember watching Greg Norman win there in í86, and youíve got to be able to drive it like a genius down some of these alleyways. Itíll be a good test.

Q. Did you feel todayís round had been coming?

ELKINGTON: You know, Iíve been hitting the ball great in places. Iíve had good rounds this year, but Iíve followed them up by bad ones. Itís just been a really up and down year for me, which is odd, because Iíve never really experienced that kind of golf before. Usually I play pretty consistently. But this year has been different. But Iíve been able to fight through it pretty good, and today was a good step in the right direction.

Q. Is this as well as youíve played all year?

ELKINGTON: No, I played some good rounds early, but probably ball-striking it was the best round this year, yeah.

Transcript courtesy of ASAP Sports.

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