Q. Did you come here as a kid and watch them play much?
J.J. HENRY: Oh, yes. I used to come up here, I grew up again, I grew up about 45 minutes south from here. I used to come up with the head pro of my club. It's kind of ironic. He has since retired, his name is Paul Kelly. He was at the Patterson Club where I grew up playing for years. About my second or third hole, I looked over to the right and sure enough Paul was watching me. He was the guy I used to come in to watch all of the other TOUR pros play and to see him watching me in a tournament that we used to watch together is pretty neat, as well dad. My dad is an avid golfer and he got me involved in golf, but to see my dad out there and Paul Kelly watching me instead of somebody else is pretty neat.
Q. Did you come every year?
J.J. HENRY: Close to it. I played in a lot of things myself. I would come up once or twice during week. I used to come up in the practice rounds and watch the guys hit balls and work around and see how they do it. It used to get me fired up to play. I used to watch them hit balls or whatever, hit some balls to golf course. I used to go out playing that afternoon or the next morning simply for the fact of watching their tempo and rhythm got me fired up to play.
Q. Where did your passion for golf come from, your family is involved, your brother up there now?
J.J. HENRY: I have always been very competitive. Lucky for the fact I'm very athletic. I enjoy playing all sports growing up. I did it all. Golf, I don't know, for some reason seemed to a natural fit. I loved the individual part of it. It's me against the golf course. I think really that's why -- it's what got me here today, is the fact I'm so competitive. If I'm playing a card game or a board game I want to win. My wife gets on me sometimes because, you know, sometimes I get pretty competitive. But again, I just love to play golf. I love what I'm doing, that's the most important thing I think.
Q. Was it your dad that introduced it to you?
J.J. HENRY: Yes, I was exposed to golf at a high level. I use to caddy for my dad, state amateur stuff, U.S. Amateur and British Amateur. I was exposed to it at a high level. I used to watch -- I used to caddy for him in the U.S. Amateur back when I was still probably early in my middle school or high school. You would see all of these bags set up, college bags, and I thought how neat it was to be out there playing with these guys. It's funny how I work my way up. I was kind of a co-college player of the year my senior year after watching this and here I am playing against the best players of the world. It's pretty neat to see where you came from.
Q. J.J., you try to take every fourth, fifth, sixth week off. I know you didn't play last week, can that help you this week?
J.J. HENRY: Yes, I feel pretty fresh. I'm trying to figure out what works best for me as far as taking time off. I would probably like to take more time off than I do. But being my third year and trying to establish myself out here, I feel like I have to take advantage of every opportunity that I get. Surely you have to take time off. I'm probably going to play a pretty good stretch here. I like a lot of the golf courses that are coming up here on the schedule. I'm just going to try to relax maybe earlier in the week and then prepare for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I haven't pictured. Some guys do. I'm playing here, here and there and taking two weeks off, again, I have just tried to go with it and see what happens.
Q. Are you staying down with the folks?
J.J. HENRY: I stayed up here the last two days. But being the fact that, you know, I played early this morning and I probably won't tee off until some time in the afternoon tomorrow, I might ease down and relax, maybe hang out at the beach a little bit for tonight.
Q. You still got your place in Fairfield?
J.J. HENRY: I don't have a place here now. I stay with my folks when I am here. Again I love coming up. Unfortunately I don't get a chance to come up here as much as I like with our schedule especially this time of year when the weather is perfect. I come up for the holidays and I enjoy coming up and seeing all of my friends and family.
TODD BUDNICK: Let's go through your card.
J.J. HENRY: I hit a 3-wood perfect right in the middle of the fairway. I thought it was playing more downwind. It hit in the middle of the green it was soft and it spun all the way off the green to the front. I had a 60-foot putt up and around and unfortunately hit a bad first putt and 3-putted. I was technically off the green and putted from the fringe, I only putted to about 15 or 20 feet and missed it. The fifth hole I had a pretty good shot, I hit it a little bit fat. It's a long, long par-3. It was right at the hole, the pin was back left. It landed about four paces short of the green and stopped dead. It came backwards at me with a 4-iron, so soft this morning. I had a bad chip tried to run a 9-iron up there and I missed it eight feet short and missed for it par.
I stayed aggressive, had a good opportunity on 6, unfortunately missed a short one there. Was able to get one back on 7 to get me back in the right direction.
Q. What did you hit on 7?
J.J. HENRY: A 9-iron about ten feet.
Q. 11, par-3? How far was the shot on 10?
J.J. HENRY: 10 was about, I want to say 180 yards, something like that.
11, I hit a wedge, the pin was front left, hit a wedge about pin-high just actually to right fringe, made a long putt maybe probably about a 30-footer there.
12, I hit a great drive. I was kind of fired up after making a 2 and then another 2 on 10 and 11. I ripped a driver right over the corner had nothing left, had about 90 yards. It was right in the middle of a sand divot. I caught a bad break, tried to get something running back on the middle of the green to the back pin there and was able to just hit a pretty good shot again about 30 feet and knock that in.
And then on 13, par-5, I hit a great drive I had a 5-wood in there. It was actually a little too much club. It came off a touch to the right. I left myself with a really difficult chip and chipped it to about 20 feet, which is almost about as good as I could do and made that.
J.J. HENRY: 17, I hit a 5-wood off the tee that came off it just a little bit and unfortunately it kept cutting and cutting and caught the water down the right. I was able to drop it out and hit a shot in the middle of the green and 2-putt for par.
Q. Did you use a 5-wood there you said?
J.J. HENRY: I did, yes.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you very much.
J.J. HENRY: Thank you. I appreciate it.
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