Phil Mickelson, answering whether he was “proud” of his 74:
“I wouldn’t say proud. I had a good game plan, but this [Oakmont] is the USGA’s wet dream here.”
And in response to whether he questioned whether or not he should be competing:
“No. No. No. No. I believe I’ll get better as the week goes on.”
On how much practice he’ll get in before his morning tee time:
“Probably nothing tomorrow other than playing.”
“The U.S. Open is my favorite tournament to play, which is unusual because I’m British. So you think it would be the British Open, but Pinehurst is the most special week I’ve ever had on a golf course and this here is fabulous.”
I love the fun. You Americans are noisier than us. I like that, I love the atmosphere.
Ben Curtis on being a lifelong Browns fan, but wearing Pittsburgh Steelers colors.
“It’s the right thing to do. Besides, otherwise I’ll get killed.”