September 16, 2021
Portland, Oregon, USA
The Oregon Golf Club
Q. Gemma Dryburgh, nice 4-under, 68 to tie at the top of the leaderboard. You've got to be pretty happy with how you played today. Tell me the story of your round.
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Yeah, very happy. I actually holed out on the seventh hole, so that was a fun one. People were watching as well, so that was good.
And actually the hole before, 6, I made a really good bogey putt, kind of keep the momentum going.
So kind of turned at 1-under and then made a few birdies and managed to birdie the last with a little tap-in, so that was nice.
Q. Tell me about the hole-out on 7, please.
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Yeah, so I had 98 yards. Just hit a little gap wedge. Hit it pretty perfect. Actually when I thought it was going long when I saw it on the green, but it just landed perfectly just short of the pin and rolled right in like a little putt, so it was perfect.
Q. What did you do here on 18 that got you nice birdie look?
GEMMA DRYBURGH: I laid up and then had about 85-yard shot, 90-yard shot, and, yeah, just hit it to about like a foot short of the hole, so nice finish.
Q. It's been a while since we've had some normal competition out here on the LPGA Tour. When is the last time you tee'd it up out here?
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Would've been -- well, I don't know if Northern Ireland counts.
Q. Yes, it does.
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Well, I actually played the Scottish and the British. Yeah, so in Europe really. Yeah, it was nice.
Q. Yeah. So good feeling to be back?
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Yeah, very good feeling. Good to be back in the States and in Portland again.
Q. Were you working on anything over the last couple weeks or during some of the time off during the Solheim Cup break? What were you up to?
GEMMA DRYBURGH: I saw both my putting coach and swing coach while I was home. It was nice to have kind of three weeks with them.
Nothing too major. Just small tweaks here and there, but game has been trending in a good direction this year.
Q. What are your thoughts on this golf course? It's a beast of a walk. Everyone keeps saying they don't need leg day this week.
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Yeah, exactly. I think I worked out Monday and then I was like, No, I'm done. Yeah, the greens can be tricky as well, like if you're not quite on it and you take you're time on them you can easily hit it like 10-foot past. They're quite quick and deceiving actually with the slopes and stuff.
If you don't three-putt this week that'll be a good week, I think.
Q. This is always a part of the U.S. that reminds me of parts of the U.K. Is there a bit of a home-ish feeling?
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Yeah, definitely with that cold morning this morning. I got asked if I felt like a summer's day.
So, yeah, it's nice. Like you said, it kind of feels like the U.K. a little bit. I think it's a similar climate. Yeah, it's a good vibes I would say.
Q. What are your biggest takeaways from today's success that you hope to move into tomorrow?
GEMMA DRYBURGH: Yeah, I just don't want to get ahead of myself. Like I say, one shot at a time and do the same again really. It will be in the afternoon, so hopefully can take advantage of the warmer weather, but I'm sure the wind will get up as well. We'll see.
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