Q. With the tournament tie-in with St. Jude and your history with cancer, does this tournament carry maybe a little bit of a special meaning for you coming in here with that tie-in, and maybe talk to us about that history and how that has affected you in your life and as a golfer.
DARRON STILES: As far as the tie-in, yeah, I mean, it makes it a little bit more special to be here with what I went through. It would be a lot more special if I'm still here on Sunday doing this. But as far as what I went through, I look back at it and it was probably -- at the time I didn't know how serious it was. It was probably two or three years after everything was done that I realized how serious that everything was and could have been, how much different my life could have been from what it is now.
Q. Maybe just a situation where your parents kind of shielded you from the full knowledge?
DARRON STILES: Definitely, yeah. I was not told everything by them or by my doctor at the time, and I probably still don't know all the details from my doctor, and it's been 14 years. So yeah, I probably still don't know all the details. I mean, I'd love to see the chart and all that and all the pictures from it, but he won't show them to me.
Q. Do you typically routinely have to go back and check on --
DARRON STILES: I have to see him once a year. I have an X-ray done once a year and visit him in his office in Tampa.
Q. Talk about having a share of the lead at this point. It's first round and you're sharing with Jay Haas and there's still a bunch of golfers still to hit the course, but how special is that at this point in your career?
DARRON STILES: It's a great feeling no doubt. Obviously on this tour, I haven't been in that position, and it's been a while since I've been first round leader on any tour. I think all of my wins on the Nationwide Tour, I came from behind pretty much every week that I won. I mean, Richmond I holed it to win, Tri-cities I had the lead starting on Saturday, and then last year at Knoxville I was tied for the lead going into Sunday, but as far as being the first round leader, this is the first time in a while.
TODD BUDNICK: Let's go ahead and walk us through the birdies and the eagle today starting with the one on 1.
DARRON STILES: On 1, driver right down the middle of the fairway, hit a choke 8-iron to about four feet right behind the hole.
On 3, didn't hit a great tee shot, kind of down the right side of the fairway. That tree that's out there in the middle kind of decided my second shot. I had 91 yards, hit a sand wedge just to the back of the green, almost spun it in the hole. It ended up about six feet short of the hole straight up the hill.
5, hit driver just in the left rough, then kind of thinned a 5-wood just a little bit, about 15 feet right behind the hole, actually got help there because Steven right in front of me had the exact same putt from about six inches behind me. If he had hit his a little harder he would have made it, so I made sure I saw that and hit mine a little harder.
8, hit 8-iron about 20 feet behind the hole, kind of an uphill right-to-left putt, made that.
12, driver right down the middle, wedge to about five feet, made that.
16, driver down the left side, 3-wood just over the back of the green, hit a good pitch shot to about eight feet and made that.
TODD BUDNICK: Thank you, Darron.
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