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STEVE STRICKER

Q: Can anyone get a really low score on this course?

A: It’s tough to get the ball close on a few of these pin locations. A few shots, I was up on the green watching Zach (Johnson) come in with the pitch shots. There was big bounces to them. They were skidding a little bit with the rain. It was tough to get it close at times. You had to hit an exceptional shot to have a set up for a birdie shot. It’s going to be hard to hit a low number.

Q: Tiger Woods suggests that to make the schedule more manageable that players need to have a limited “Stricker schedule.” What do you think?

A: I think we’re going to see that happen. I think we’re going to see some of these guys taking some of these playoff events off, especially next year when there’s four in a row leading up. … So there’s a lot of golf there at the end of the year. And then like I say, four playoff events, a week off, Ryder Cup. I see next year some of those top players taking a break in there maybe to refresh themselves and get ready.

ZACH JOHNSON

Q: How is the course playing?

A: I think it’s easier to shoot a high score than it is a low score. Part of it is just the greens. … Even if you have the proper yardage, it’s hard to get close. … If I miss the green, it’s hard to get it up and down on Bermuda. The big thing that I’ve noticed for me, especially when I miss fairways, even if I hit fairways, is that in between clubs is a hard shot because you’ve got to play release. … So it’s just hard to get the ball close.

Q: How does it change your mindset or the whole field when you know there’s one guy like Henrik Stenson who seems to have everything clicking?

A: I know what I need to do here. This is a tough course for me to win on with this kind of field. It plays long. I’ve got to get the ball on the fairway if I’m going to climb the leaderboard. To shoot 1 under (Saturday) with hitting my driver pretty average, I’ll take it.

ADAM SCOTT

Q: When did you know you were sick?

A: I wasn’t feeling top drawer (Friday) night and had a rough night, one of those ones. … Fever throughout the night and not a lot of sleep. Uncomfortable. And didn’t feel too flush (Saturday) morning. So had to get some help (with an IV). I feel a lot better now, but it was pretty rough this morning. Well, I don’t feel 100 percent, but I feel OK, good enough to get around. It was very disappointing to wake up feeling like that.

Q: With the way you were playing, how disappointed?

A: I felt like I could have made a run today with some good golf. It went completely the other way. When your body’s feeling so lethargic and heavy, the club feels like it weighs 60 pounds, and it was just hard work to get anything moving. All your rhythm and everything is off when your body is feeling so poor. You know, it was a battle for me today, and I’m disappointed that I wasn’t at 100 percent.

FINISHERS

The most top-10 finishes in FedEx Cup playoff history:

Jim Furyk; 12

Steve Stricker; 12

Camilo Villegas; 10

Phil Mickelson; 10

Tiger Woods; 10

Luke Donald; 9

Adam Scott; 8

Brandt Snedeker; 8

Sergio Garcia; 8

Dustin Johnson; 8

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