Brady Ackerman: How tough is the course?
Chris DiMarco: Extremely difficult. It is the toughest test I have seen on a golf course. Guys are going to be tested in every which way this week.
BA: What is most important to be successful this week?
CD: Well, to be in contention you must minimize mistakes and keep the ball in the fairway. The rough is almost unreal and will be very difficult to advance the ball.
BA: Do you like the fact that a major is played on a public course?
CD: Yes, I would pay $39 to play this track. It is a real challenge and extremely long, the back nine is almost 3,800 yds.
(AP Photo above - John Spivey)
BA: Is your game ready for this week?
CD: I think so… I took last week off to get ready by playing and practicing at my home course and I think I can play well. I am in a good frame of mind and this is a true mental test.
BA: Do you try to get off to a fast start on Thursday?
CD: I don't know if I can. I am starting on the back nine and I am playing with Tiger Woods so it will be a lot of fun dealing with the length and also the whole Woods crowd.
BA: Will the weather be a factor?
CD: It is already very tough any wind would make it un-playable.
BA: Do the Gator contingent on Tour talk or root for each other?
CD: Sure, Dudley (Hart) and I are good friends and we played nine holes yesterday (Monday) together. So yes, I think so. I am definitely the biggest Gator fan on Tour. Go Gators!
BA: What would it mean to win the US Open?
CD: I don't like to get ahead of myself and just take it one round at a time. Certainly it would be a tremendous accomplishment and hopefully I will be in it on the back nine on Sunday.
(AP Photo above - Elise Amendola)
BA: A lot of people are trying the "Claw" putting grip here in Gainesville, are you proud?
CD: That's great. If you can find something that has success then try it and more power to you. It is cool to see other people trying it and using it because of I am doing well on the tour.