April 4, 2022
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Q. Tell us about your practice round today and how your game is progressing.
KEVIN KISNER: The golf course, I hope it gets a little rain for those greens. They're pretty spicy and firm, but it's in immaculate shape. I just hope we don't get a ton of rain that can really ruin how much they've prepared the golf course to be awesome.
Q. You've seen the changes at 11 and 15 now; what do you have to say about those holes?
KEVIN KISNER: Well, 11 is a pretty par-5, and 15 is an auto lay-up now. No, they look like they've been there forever. I think 11 is a really pretty hole now and it gives you a lot of room off the tee. 15 is just super long. If you catch it downwind you can get there in two still. I'm not sure what direction the wind is coming from, but when it's blowing 30 if it's downwind I can get there.
Q. I heard they've made some changes down around the green.
KEVIN KISNER: They did. Just kind of that middle section, made it more severe on the play up, so it's harder to bump it. I think you'll see a lot more guys putting it from down there than years past.
Q. Assuming we don't dodge the weather tomorrow, how does that affect your preparation?
KEVIN KISNER: I don't think it's going to change mine at all. I'm going to come over and play nine in the morning and go home and hang out with the kids in the afternoon if it starts dumping. Kind of what I was planning on doing anyway. I just hope they get to experience the par-3 on Wednesday. They love that.
Q. Talking about tempering your expectations at this golf course, you played well at PLAYERS, played well in Austin.
KEVIN KISNER: I didn't play very good today, but that's a long way from Thursday. Yeah, I'm just going to have to get really hot with the putter and chip and wedge the heck out of it. It's a lot of golf course for me.
Q. You talked about your legacy off the course. What does it mean on top of what your foundation has already done to raise that $5 million, to have that children's foundation?
KEVIN KISNER: Yeah, that's way more important than the golf for sure, and to be able to give back to the community in the capacity that we're going to is going to be awesome for what I've done, what I've been able to accomplish. It's a lot of gratitude to give back and to help the community.
Q. You had a little fan out there today. How many holes do you think Henry made it?
KEVIN KISNER: I don't think he made it at all probably. I said, What is that in your pocket? He said, I don't know. They had him mic'd up, I guess, for the news. He was running around like he was having a big time.
Q. Seems like more Dawgs in this field than ever. What's it like playing with so many guys you know so well?
KEVIN KISNER: It's cool, man. I don't know how many are in it, but highly we obviously have 10 or 11 on TOUR that are highly successful. You know, it's close to home; we get to come here every year when we're in Athens. Those guys are playing exceptional golf, and they continue to. The guys this year on the team are playing great, and I look for them to be out here soon.
Q. You had a couple years where there weren't as many fans, but did you hear a few more barks out there?
KEVIN KISNER: A lot of "Go Dawgs" today. It was good. It's the year of the dog, so hopefully it continues that way and Sunday one of us is slipping on that jacket.
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