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August 15, 2017

Joaquin Niemann

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Q. Happy with where you stand now going into match play?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah, I'm really happy today. I played really good golf. The first hole wasn't so good, but then I bring it back and enjoy the day.

Q. Tell me about the eagle at 1.
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah, so I was -- I made double No. 14 after bogey on 13, so was 3-over and was like, Oy, I got to make a couple birdies. (Laughter.)

I birdied the next win after the par-5 and make a lot of birdies since there. Eagle No. 1. So that was a really good moment on the round.

Q. What did you hit into No. 1?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: No. 1 I hit driver to the middle and then I hit a 9-iron to like four, five feet maybe.

Yeah, made the putter.

Q. Is there a sense of relief for you that you're now into match play?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah. I mean, I like playing golf, so I don't feel like -- I mean, if I play good golf there are many, many days to play, so let's see if I can do it until Sunday.

Try to enjoy as much as I can for these days.

Q. You've been in match play at USGA events before.

Q. For you, what's the difference between stroke play and match play?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah, stroke play is like you have to concentrate more like in your game just shot by shot.

And match play is also the same, but you got to like have a strategy and depends of how the other one is doing.

So some things could change. Maybe they're going to be -- it's going to be fun.

Q. How does your game set up with Riviera?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: I think I feel better in Riviera than this course. Yeah, I feel good. Just need to make a couple putters and I think I'm going to be all right.

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