WGC-HSBC Champions: Friday- What they said

Fri 01 Nov 2013

WGC-HSBC Champions: Friday- What they said

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Dustin Johnson (Usa) Nine-under-par 63, 132 total
I'm definitely happy where I'm at. I’ve played really well the last two days. I've really driven the ball well and for me, that’s a big key. I don't intend to play defensively. I just play my game which is pretty aggressive. That's my game, so tomorrow I'm going to go out and try to do the same thing which I did today. I drove it well today and I hit a lot of good iron shots, and I think it's tough to get it really close to these holes, but I made a lot of nice ten-15 footers today.
Bubba Watson (USA) Three-under-par 69, 137 total
I left a lot of putts out there, but 7-under after two rounds is going to be Top-10, Top-5, somewhere in there by the end of the day, so it's nice. :  I made a double on No. 10, a quick double after being in the middle of the fairway, but then I made some good putts, some good quality shots, and finished up strong. We've still got two more days.  Two more days, a lot could happen.  I could be dead last by the end of the week.  Right now I'm just taking it with stride and hopefully come out and make some putts and hit the ball just as could.
Rory McIlroy (Nir) Even-par 72, 137 total
It was disappointing and frustrating today. Obviously I played nicely the front nine and then started to hit a lot of sloppy shots on the back.  I missed the last six greens in a row and missed seven greens on the back nine, so there is a bit of work needed on the range this afternoon. I'm in a decent position going into the weekend, and still have a great chance at winning this tournament.
Phil Mickelson (Usa) Four-under-par 68, 139 total
I'm playing well but I'm making a lot of mistakes.  Yesterday that 9 on my 17th hole really hurt.  But I fought back today to get back in it, and the good news for me is that I'm playing well, making a lot of birdies, and if I can eliminate some mistakes, I should have a chance on the weekend. I made some adjustments on my swing and I'm hitting the ball as well as I have in a long time.  It's amazing how one week can make a difference.  But I implemented some changes and have been striking the ball very solidly.  I'm also putting well and consequently I'm making a lot of birdies.  But I've had too many mistakes.  I'm going to continue to play aggressively out here, because I have to make birdies to catch the lead.  And hopefully I'll eliminate a few mistakes here or there.