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August 17, 2017

Kristoffer Ventura

Pacific Palisades, California

Q. Tell me about playing against your college teammate today. What kind of feeling was that out there?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: It was interesting. I didn't know what to expect. I've played with him and against him a bunch of times, so I just treated it like another round. (Wind interference.)

So I came out on top, but I still he thought he played great. (Wind) It was impressive. Yeah, just treated it like another match.

Q. This was your first USGA Championship.

Q. What was your expectation coming in here?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: First of all, Riviera, I mean, I've heard a bunch of good things about the course. This is amazing.

For the tournament, I've played a bunch of British Amateurs, and this is way better. I mean, it's a big tournament, the British Amateur is, but this feels like a U.S. Open for amateurs. That's the kind of feel that I get.

Q. You got to the round of 16 this year, right?

Q. Did that give you some confidence going into this?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: It did. It did. I played a budge of the match play representing Norway tournaments in Europe, and then I played a bunch of other tournaments on the British Amateur.

I mean, I play matches against my buddies all the time. So, yeah, I feel like I'm a good match play player. Yeah, I mean, last couple days I've played some really good golf.

Q. Was the key getting out to an early lead today?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: You know, I wasn't really planning on I want to get to an early lead or whatever. I was just playing my own game.

I figured if I didn't make any bogeys, if I just made easy pars, and then had some good looks and putts to win holes, then I was going to give him a good run.

Q. Birdie the 3rd hole, right?

Q. How did you do it?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: I hit, what was it, 3-wood barely in the rough right. I hit a wedge to 25 feet and made the putt.

He hit a little right (wind) to chip out and he was in a bit of trouble. I was just trying to put good speed on the putt and give it a chance.

Q. And then maybe one of the best shots of the day was the chip in for eagle on 10?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: Yeah, that was incredible, but that was fun.

Q. How far did you have? What club did you use?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: You mean the chip?

Q. Uh-huh.
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: Was about 20 yards maybe just short. I had to hit it like just left of the bunker. But I knew it was going to be fast, so I had to get it up in the air with some spin.

And just to see it go in, I mean, it was a good shot. I saw there was a camera there, and one of my friends from Norway took a video, so that was lucky.

Q. What club did you use?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: I used a 60-degree.

Q. So you're feeling good heading into the round of 16 here, too?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: Yeah. I know, I mean, just kind of play the way I've been playing and whatever happens, happens.

Q. Have you played with or against Connor Syme before?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: I've played with him a few times. I know him pretty good. We played some tournaments in Europe together. Yeah, so I've known him for a little bit and he's a good player, so...

Q. So you know what to expect this afternoon?
KRISTOFFER VENTURA: Yeah, obviously. I mean, it doesn't matter what player it is. You just got to play good and do your own thing. Hopefully I'll come out on at the end of the day.

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