May 25, 2023
Frisco, Texas, USA
Q. A 6-under 66 for you today. How did it go out there for you?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Today is an early morning, but I hit a good tee shot. Many good tee shots. Good playing. So made up a lot for putting and then many, many luckies. Really.
Q. What do you mean many, many luckies? For instance, what?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: If I hit the bad shot, but many bad shot, but turn around towards the pin and make a long putt. Like 50 feet, yeah. So I'm so happy today.
Q. You made a 50-foot putt on one hole? Which hole?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Yeah, yeah. Number 15.
Q. A lot of talk this week was that the course is pretty tough. Apparently you did -- I mean, you birdied the first three holes. Did it seem as tough as -- I mean, you made it look easier than maybe players are making it sound.
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Yeah, I started with the birdie, birdie, birdie, so nice rhythm. First tee shot very nervous, but make a birdie, so kind of relax. This course is really tough, the rough is tough. I never seen beautiful course, beautiful and tough and very nice course. I think best in the world.
Q. Did you come here this week from Japan?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Yes.
Q. When did you travel? What day did you get here?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Travel? Sunday.
Q. Sunday. And you had never seen this course before?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Yeah, of course, of course.
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Yeah. I played 2010 at Firestone in the WGC. It was about 13 years ago. And so I'm so exciting.
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Firestone. Yeah. Yeah. I'm so excited to be playing in the United States.
Q. This is the first time since then in the U.S.?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: No, I played in 1999, so just one year on PGA TOUR a long time ago now.
Q. Have you spent much time in Texas before?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: I think I played Houston Open, yeah.
Q. What's your impression of this part of Texas?
KATSUMASA MIYAMOTO: Nice people, friendly, nice food. I love it.
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