May 20, 2022
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Southern Hills Country Club
JOHN DEVER: Good afternoon. Welcome back to the 2022 PGA Championship here at Southern Hills. We are joined by Joaquin Niemann who posted a 1-over par-71 today. He is 1-under par for the championship.
Looking at your card, strong start, maybe got a little bit off track on the back, but then ended in a good fashion with a birdie on your final hole.
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah, I start pretty good, like you said. Then No. 2 -- from No. 2 I couldn't hit the driver as like I wanted to and I started missing a lot of shots. I started losing control of my game.
Even though I made like five or six bogeys, I don't know, on the back nine, I thought it could have been a little worse. I just take out the positives of that and thinking that I can scramble a lot.
It was a lot of work, and then being able to finish with a birdie on 18, on 9, it's going to make dinner taste a little better.
Q. What was the biggest challenge of the conditions this morning?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah, there was a lot of wind. But I think it was playing pretty similar to yesterday. Obviously the greens wasn't as good. But yeah, it was similar. I felt that it was just me and my swing that was struggling a little bit.
Q. I wanted to ask you, you're in excellent shape today, but can you talk about what it's like to live on the cut line, just the anxiety that goes through it in any tournament but especially a major?
JOAQUIN NIEMANN: Yeah, I mean, the way I started yesterday, obviously I was not thinking about the cut line. All I wanted is to be on top of the leaderboard the way I started also this morning.
But yeah, obviously it's hard on these type of courses where you think you are in control and then one hole to another, one bad swing, and it -- all the way around, it gets a lot harder. The course is super hard. You start missing drivers, getting out of the rough it's not easy to make pars. Yeah, it's not easy.
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