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January 20, 2022

Ryann O'Toole

Orlando, Florida, USA

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

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Q. Here with Ryann O'Toole. Opened the season with a 4-under 68. This is your first time experiencing the Tournament of Champions. This is something else. What was the day like for you?

RYANN O'TOOLE: To be honest, it reminded me of being at home playing with the guys that I play with constantly.

It's just a little different feel from playing with your fellow competitors to more so it gave me that laid back sense that I have when I'm just playing golf back at home on off weeks.

Q. Now you're out here back in competition. Opened up with one, two, three, four, five birdies; one bogey, closed with a birdie. Excuse me, birdie on your next-to-last hole. Tell us the story of your round. Looked like pretty steady for you perhaps.

RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, for the most part it was. Hit a lot of fairways and greens and kept myself out of the rough, which I think is key here. Just stayed patient.

I think the par-5s, the pin placements on the par-5s are kind of hard, so I felt like -- I mean, rather than getting frustrated and not birdieing a par-5s, I just -- I didn't birdie a single par-5 actually, to be honest.

So I made birdies other places and it seemed to work.

Q. I know you had a busy off-season, beautiful wedding.


Q. Congratulations to you and Gina.

RYANN O'TOOLE: Thank you.

Q. What was the off-season like, and when did you start preparing again to come back to competition?

RYANN O'TOOLE: You know, actually, like as soon as we got done playing CME I played probably two rounds of golf prior to the wedding; sponsor obligations kind of.

Sometimes it's hard to get away. I know that for the most part I wasn't going to play those weeks and then I wasn't going to practice when we went on our family friend honeymoon, so I basically started back up when I got home.

Then I got COVID again over Christmas, which was really no big deal. I was down for a couple days and pretty much just a small cold. So it was fine.

So literally the start of the new year I was back up and running, or right before.

And I honestly had Jorge in town, so we worked literally for the last two and a half weeks. I had him the most that I've ever had him in an off-season, so it was really good. We got some good work done.

Q. Glad you're feeling better and it wasn't too bad of an experience for you.

RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, I'm glad got it out of the way.

Q. Exactly. Get it out of the way now. This is a really cool experience were you're playing alongside Ryan Longwell and Colt Ford, himself no slouch at golf. Is it cool? You say just like playing with the guys, but I still think it's pretty cool to say, Hey, that's John Smoltz right there, just the experience of it all.

RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, to be honest, it is. These guys are killer at what they have done in their profession or still are doing. I played with Colt in Phoenix in a pro-am for that event that we had there.

And then meeting Ryan for the first time was great, so he has a good name.

Q. Yeah, he does.

RYANN O'TOOLE: These guys have just been very successful in their career, and to kind of talk to them about their sport and then how -- especially his position, how it mentally relates to golf. Like I always felt like a kicker feels what we feel as a golfer.

You know, it's not reactionary. It's very methodical. You're stuck in between times of hitting or kicking to think. We just kind of were chatting about that.

Q. And now I remember the question I was going to ask before. You mentioned putting the clubs away. It's weird, because for so many people golf is how they relax. For you it's the job.


Q. Do you ever get to go out and just really play for fun? When you are out golfing, are you ever able to take your professional hat off?

RYANN O'TOOLE: Yes and no. You know, there are definitely times to grind and definitely times to have fun. I think just hanging out and playing with the guys, putting something on the line, is my version of having fun.

Still a job. You know, I don't like to drink on the golf course so I'm not like, oh, yeah, let's go out and play and have some beers. I don't like the way it makes me feel and I play shitty golf, so -- or bad golf, excuse me.

But, you know, I don't know. Like I said, when I got home and I have certain people that want to play, it's hard for me to say no.

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