Q. Have you ever played here before?
TIM HERRON: No, I played in '96, my rookie year. I was the first alternate to get in. I got in, I forget who got sick or hurt.
I made the cut. It's just, you know, I like the AT&T. I like all the golf tournaments on the West Coast. You just can't play them all.
But the schedule worked this year, where last year, it didn't really work. I forgot what the rotation was. They were like fourth or fifth or whatever. It just didn't quite work out.
What kind of made my decision is I played well at Disney; I finished fourth at Disney. It was a Pro-Am. Putting really well. Maybe a little more lenient of a golf course. If you feel like you're putting well, you stay into it. If you feel like you're not putting that well, then it's a little harder because you know that you have to go really deep.
That's what makes these a little harder. That's why maybe I've shied away, but now I feel like I can putt.
JOE CHEMYCZ: Take us through, if you can.
TIM HERRON: I started on 10. I hit it in there probably about eight feet and made that for birdie with a 9-iron.
No. 11, I hit a driver, 4-iron on the green. We had a three-group wait on the par 3, and I made birdie on that hole, the 238.
12, I dropped about a 40-footer. We had a group wait there.
I hit a 4-iron, hit it a little thinner than I wanted, but I was on the green. It was one of those holes where I wasn't going to go pin-hunting. I was just trying to go to the middle of the green, and dropped about a 40-footer.
I birdied the par 5. I hit an L-wedge. I was right in the wheelhouse to go for it, but I haven't really played this golf course, so I didn't know what to do.
My caddie and I, we knew I was playing well, hitting my wedges well, so I decided to lay up with a 6-iron and hit an L-wedge in there probably about ten feet and made that, 12 feet, straight up the hill.
Then I birdied 18. I hit driver, 4-iron to the back edge and 2-putted.
Then 1, I made a 10-footer straight down the hill. Hit a wedge in there.
2, hit driver, 3-iron over the green. Chipped it down there about ten feet and made that straight up the hill.
4, I hit a rescue club off the tee and then hit 8-iron in to about eight feet and made that.
5, I hit it about 15 feet just left of the hole and made that one. And that was a three-group wait, so that was kind of a hard tee shot, and I executed it nicely.
6, I hit driver, 3-wood on the front edge of the green and two-putted for birdie.
Then 8, I hit it in there about four feet and made that for birdie.
Q. How was the waiting?
TIM HERRON: Well, the waiting is tough, but you kind of know that it's going to happen.
This golf course is probably a little harder for the amateurs. There's more forced carries where you have to hit over the water.
Actually, for the pros, there's a little more disaster. The fairways are generous, but, I mean, if you hit a bad shot, you can get pretty penalized here.
You have to really think your way around here, but if you're on, you can shoot low.
Q. Did you have a chance to birdie at 9?
TIM HERRON: I had about a 30-footer on 9. Actually, I was on the second cut and I had a sprinkler head and my foot was just barely on the sprinkler head. I got to take relief and I could drop it on the fringe, dropped it on the fringe and 2-putted from 30 feet. I was fairly happy about that.
Q. Now that you know you shot 61, do you think back and think, "Geez, I could have shot 59."
TIM HERRON: Yeah, you can always do that, but you still shot 61. I know I had that power lip on 17 and I had a couple other chances, but I made my share.
So I can't be too mad that I didn't shoot 59.
Q. Not mad about a 61?
TIM HERRON: No.
Q. Is it hard to stay in the moment when you have all those waits in between?
TIM HERRON: Yeah, it is. You have to try to get yourself keyed up and get into it and not let anything bother you.
You know, it's very residential, so you get a lot of golf carts running around down the road. You just stay patient and you wait to hit your shot.
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