Chris DiMarco Q&A

[MEDIA:32872]<BR>Former Golfing Gator All-American <B>Chris DiMarco</B> speaks with UFI about the upcoming U.S. Open, being paired with Tiger Woods, the Claw and much more.

Chris DiMarco has risen to number five on the PGA Tour money list in 2002. He has one victory and a top twelve finish at Augusta. This week, the longest and maybe the toughest US Open in History at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y, .Dimarco has to be one of the favorites for the second Major of the golf season. He has made 15 of 16 cuts on the season and has wins in each of the last three years on the PGA Tour. He was an All-American and SEC Player of the Year at Florida in 1990.

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.

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