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July 17, 2014
Q. ¬†Talk about your round.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah, I think that I've done a lot of work on my mental game and I know better than anyone that just because you make one birdie doesn't mean you're going to make 18.
It was great to get out and get five in a row.¬† I had a six, seven‑footer for six in a row.¬† I just kept trying to hit good shots and make good putts.
Q.¬† Playing well up to this point.¬† Have a good feeling coming to this stop?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† I've been playing better this year than I've played in the last four years, but still not where I would like to be.
But it's going in the right direction.
Q.¬† You don't win the tournament on day one, but you have to feel pretty darn good about the position you've put yourself in.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† I'm very happy to shoot 62.¬† I would be lying if I said I wasn't.¬† It's nice to get a good feeling after round one.
To see the ball going in the hole, I think that's always a boost.¬† To see it rolling and rolling in and then getting close on the ones that don't go in.
So I feel good, yes.
Q.¬† Did you sense anything like this?¬† It's silly, people talk about did you feel one coming, but...
LAURA DIAZ:¬† No.
Q.¬† What did you do in the off weeks?¬† Go back home?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Cheered my son on in his swim matches.
Q.¬† How did he do?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Great.¬† He's a swimming machine.¬† Yeah, he's on the swim team on the Brookberry Farm, which is our neighborhood.
My best friend from New York that I've known since I was six months old‑‑ well, she was six months; I was zero.¬† Came down with her kids the first week and spent time with my family.¬† Then the second week, tail end of the first week, after July 4th, started practicing and played a little at Forsyth Country Club.
Q.¬† Think that helped, a little time off?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† I don't have any idea.
Q.¬† Didn't hurt.¬† Not at all.¬† How old is your son?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Eight, and my daughter is four.¬† Lily is here with me.¬† Cooper had to stay home.¬† He's in golf camp this week.
Q.¬† Little athlete.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Oh, yeah.
Q.¬† Pretty good?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah, he's a good little golfer.¬† We don't really play holes.¬† We just do a lot of shot hitting.
But the swimming is really‑‑ he won four out of five races on Monday night, and his finals are Saturday.
Q.¬† All right.¬† Any the point at the start of the round did you have to calm yourself down or were you in the moment?¬† I know you said you been work on the mental game.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† No. Yeah, for a while I've done a lot of shaking when I start my round; today I didn't seem to be doing that.
Q.¬† Like physical?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah, physical shaking.¬† Nerves, I guess.¬† Today I was a little calmer.
When I missed the putt my sixth opportunity ‑‑ when the fifth one went in I laughed because it was a long putt and it went in.¬† So I kind of chuckled to myself‑‑ well, out loud.
And then when I missed the 7‑footer for birdie, I said to Pete, my caddie, I was like, That would've tied the most birdies in a round that I've ever had.¬† I didn't think about it when I was putting, but afterwards when I stepped back I said, Oh, that would've been six.
Q.¬† How long was the long one, do you think?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† 30.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† How long you been working with the new mental coach?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† His name is Josh Metcalf.¬† Train to Be Clutch.
Q.¬† I like that.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah.¬† And that's since the beginning of the year.¬† About a month before I went to the Bahamas I would say.
Q.¬† By recommendation?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† My husband, Kevin Diaz, met him at a coaching convention.¬† I wasn't really in a good place.¬† Kevin, he wasn't going to push me, but he said, I really think you would enjoy talking to him.
Q.¬† The first conversation you kind of...
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Just more about life, not about golf.¬† It's not a golf thing.¬† I think I was in a place where I didn't want to play.
(Hold on dad.¬† I'm doing an interview.¬† I'll call you right back.¬† All right.¬† Love you.¬† Bye.)
Q.¬† And your dad still calls you.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† My dad has been my coach my whole life.
Yeah, I think I was at a place where I didn't know if it was worth being away from my kids anymore.
I chose not to go back to Q‑School because that's the place I was in.¬† I got into Australia and had to decide, and that's when I called him actually.¬† I was torn physically about being that far away from the kids.
So I made the decision not to go.
His big thing is first things first.¬† So my kids and my family are first.¬† It makes this second thing‑‑ it still makes the second things rise, but if you can get your heart in the right place, you know.¬† So that has helped a lot.
Q.¬† Did you say six birdies would've been the most in one round?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† No.¬† I made six in a row at the British.
Q.¬† So in a row?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† In a row.
Q.¬† When did the shaking start?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† About four years ago, I think.¬† No, I mean, I can't‑‑ no, I can't remember exactly when it started.¬† I know that I've always been nervous.¬† I think that everybody says that nerves show that you care.
So I've always had the nerves my entire career.¬† But I don't know.¬† I think after having my second one, my second child, I tended to get a little more nervous out there and be a little more unsure of myself.
Usually takes about two holes and I settle in; goes away.¬† Could be the coffee I drink in the morning, the one cup.¬† I only drink one cup, so I don't think it's that.¬† And I always make sure it's two hours before I play.
Q.¬† It's been a few years since you played here.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† No, I played here every single year.¬† I think I've missed two maybe in my entire 16 years.¬† I shot 62 here.¬† That's my best score.¬† My pro‑am guys didn't believe I could do it again.
Q.¬† Take that.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah.
Q.¬† It's awesome.¬† You don't remember what year that was, do you?¬† I can look it up.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† It was a couple years.¬† Yeah, I can remember.¬† Maybe '05?¬† Did I have Cooper?¬† I think it was '05.¬† I don't think I had Cooper.¬† It was either '05 or '08.
Q.¬† Any particular expectations coming into this course?¬† Everybody said they love it but don't always score particularly well.¬† Then someone always shoots 8‑ or 9‑under.
LAURA DIAZ:¬† No, I love coming here.¬† I've shot everything here, but I just think it's a great community.¬† They really welcome us.¬† Most of us have housing.¬† Reminds me a lot of Corning.¬† Obviously that was one of my favorite tournaments.
No, no expectations.¬† The greens are in really good shape.¬† I think that's always fun when you get 'em rolling on your line.
Q.¬† Have you felt in the past following up a round that you shoot so well going into the next day?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† I don't really think about it.¬† You know, every day you have to follow up a round.¬† Every time we tee it up.¬† Unless it's Sunday, you're following it up the next day with a round.
I'm going to do what I do ever day:¬† practice, putt.
Q.¬† Keep it the same?
LAURA DIAZ:¬† Yeah.
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