JOE CHEMYCZ: In this regard to last year, how did the BUY.COM TOUR help you as far as that mindset?
DAVE STOCKTON, JR.: You know, it did, last year, playing on the BUY.COM. The courses are not as tough as the courses we play on the PGA TOUR. Most of the time -- there were a couple of courses we played where I was very impressed and it was tough. But by and large, most of the courses did not have a lot of rough, weren't as long, and so it led to lower scores. The guys playing that tour, there's some kids out there that are going to be stars out here in four or five years, maybe sooner.
I got comfortable shooting lower scores, especially as the year went on, because the second half of the year was a lot better for me. I think that carried over to Q-School, maybe a little bit of a killer instinct on the golf course, where you finish it, you finish the round.
Today I shot 3-under on the front and 4-under on the back, even with the bogey on the last hole. So I improved on my back nine and I made more birdies on my back nine.
That's what I look forward to doing, where my back side is better than my front side. I've made some adjustments on the front, and it turns over and creates more opportunities for birdies on the back side and finish strong.
JOE CHEMYCZ: Take us through your round real quick. Pars on the first four holes before you get to 5.
DAVE STOCKTON, JR.: Yeah, easy par on 1; 2.
2 is a tough hole. Left it 30 feet with a 4-iron and just missed a birdie.
3, that's one I should have made. I hit a 5-iron from -- I think we had 208 or something like that to the hole. I hit a 5-iron about eight or nine feet from the hole and lipped it out so, that was not what I wanted.
But I made a good up-and-down for par on 4. I short-sided myself in the bunker and made about an 8-footer for par.
Then the par 5, I hit driver, 3-iron right on the fringe just short and chipped it up to three feet and made birdie.
Then the next par 5, 6, I hit a good drive down the right side and hit a 4-iron on the green about 35, 40 feet, pin-high from the hole and threw the ball right over the edge. Actually thought I made the eagle putt, but I made an easy birdie there.
7, I got a little too aggressive with the right pin. I missed it a little right and it went in the water. Chipped it up. Had a tough chip, and put it about 18, 20 feet from the hole and made that for bogey.
There's certain things in a round that give you a little bit, even though it's a bogey and it's a bad hole, making that 20-footer kind of kept the momentum going.
I went to 8 and hit a good 3-wood and hit a pitching wedge to about ten feet and made birdie.
I hit a 3-wood off the tee and hit a pitching wedge to a foot and made birdie on 9.
10, we had to wait, which usually you do in this tournament. You have to wait at the turn because you run into the groups that teed off. Waited for about 20 minutes and got up and ripped a 3-wood down the left side and hit a pitching wedge on 10, in there about two feet from the hole to make birdie there.
11, I made par. I hit the trees on the right just off the fairway, and so I could not get home in two. 2-putted from 40 feet.
12, the par 3, put a 4-iron in there and missed the putt.
13, I hit it down the right side and hit a 3-wood, just caught the right bunker. Proceeded to hit that over the green, and then I chipped it in for birdie.
It was great because I had been working with my dad the day before on my chipping from around the greens, and he was sitting behind the green talking to my sports psychologist who was leaving after that hole. He said, "No, no, this is okay. Watch this, he's going to chip it in."
I had my caddie pull the pin out and I holed it. So that was a good way for him to leave.
Made a good par on the next hole, and then the par 3, 15, I missed the green just left and chipped it in again. A little different chip sitting down on the grass, but it was fun to see that one go in. It might have gone five or six feet by. The chip was about 30 feet.
Then 16, I hit a 3-wood down the middle off the tee and then a 7-iron to about 20 feet and made that.
Then I hit a 3-wood on 17. Hit a 9-iron from 150 to three feet to make that.
Then hit a 2-iron off the tee, 159 to the hole, cut 8-iron in there and it went about 165, 166 and didn't cut; so I had about a 45 footer. I only misread the first putt by four or five feet, and then I had a 6-footer for par and I misread that one, played that straight, and it broke a little right and lipped out.
It wasn't quite how I wanted to finish, but, you know, I was proud of how I committed to all of my shots today. If I can keep improving each day, I'll be in a good spot.
JOE CHEMYCZ: Dave, thank you. Play well the rest of the week.
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