Q. Chad, you got 18 brand new greens out there and you are playing in the first group off the tee this morning, what was it like to try to score on this course at the time of day that you were playing?
CHAD CAMPBELL: I love playing in the morning. The course is just perfect. It's probably the best manicured course I ever played, just like it was last year, too. I guess it's always like this up here. The greens are perfect.
Q. What about 17, that's a brand new hole, you birdied?
CHAD CAMPBELL: It's tough. It's a lot tougher than it was. I can't remember what I was hitting last year, I think it was short irons, 8 or 9. Maybe even a wedge in. I don't think I ever hit more than 7. This year I hit a 3-wood, 5-iron. Actually, I was aiming at the middle of the green and pushed it a little bit at the pin, so it worked out well for me.
Q. Everywhere you have been you have won consistently. How hard is it to go week after week, specially when you have had chances and not win?
CHAD CAMPBELL: It's tough. But the players out here are the best in the world. So it's tough to win. Like I said before, I just want to keep getting myself in position, keep learning each time I get there and hopefully one of these times it will work out for me.
Q. You said you have been watching these events on TV over the years and couldn't wait to play them. Are there 2 or 3 that you look forward to playing most of all out of the group? Were they as good when you got there as you thought they would be?
CHAD CAMPBELL: Yes, they are all as good as I thought they would be. I don't know if I can limit it to two or three. This one, Colonial, Riviera, probably offhand those are the 3 I think I'm looking forward to play other than the majors.
Q. Those are 3 events you always saw on TV?
CHAD CAMPBELL: Right, I always wanted to participate in those.
Q. Should this hold up and you are the leader heading into tomorrow, what kind of psychological approach do you take? Do you block out of everything today? Do you look at it like everybody else is chasing you? How do you experience that?
CHAD CAMPBELL: Really just go out there, and, you know, play the way I have been playing. I'm not really worried about being in the lead. You try to keep that out of your mind. I try to keep hitting good shots and I hope to make some putts.
Q. In the history of this tournament, no one that lead after the first round has won?
CHAD CAMPBELL: I was just told that.
Q. What do you think about that, tough to go wire-to-wire?
CHAD CAMPBELL: It is tough. Every hole can you get in trouble out here. You got to be hitting your irons good. You got to be doing everything out here. It's a really good golf course and, you know, just keeping it together four days will be tough.
Q. As well as you have been playing this year have you had a first-round lead hold up at the end of the day?
CHAD CAMPBELL: I don't think so. My seconds, I know I didn't. I can't recall one time that I did.
Q. If you were assessing your own game objectively, what are some of your strengths and are there any areas where you feel like you need to get a little better?
CHAD CAMPBELL: I felt definitely a strength this year has been driving it. I feel I drove it really well, which has made things easier. I putted well at times but I would say if I needed to improve anything it would be putting and just short game overall.
Q. Has that always been your game over time?
CHAD CAMPBELL: Yes.
Q. Or have things changed?
CHAD CAMPBELL: No, it's pretty much short game that I always needed to work on. Funny it's the thing I spend most of the time on. I guess I may be spending a little bit more time on it.
Q. Other than the greens, what was the rest of the course playing like this morning as far as rolling fairways?
CHAD CAMPBELL: They are actually getting a little bit of a roll after the first few holes, there is a little bit of dew on the ground after the first. It was pretty much, just stopping. But at the end you saw the ball bouncing a little bit and rolling down the fairways.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Chad can we go through your birdies and bogeys.
CHAD CAMPBELL: Yes, one hit driver just in the left rough and hit 7-iron to about 15 feet. Where was the next one?
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: 7.
CHAD CAMPBELL: I hit driver, 3-wood, just over the green, chipped up to about eight feet. And 8 hit 7-iron to about two feet.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: 10.
CHAD CAMPBELL: 10, driver, 8-iron to about eight feet.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Bogey on 12.
CHAD CAMPBELL: Bogey on 12. I hit it in the back left bunker and chipped out to probably 12, 15 feet, missed that.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: 17.
CHAD CAMPBELL: 17, hit 3-wood, 5-iron to about 20 feet.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Any more questions?
Q. That new 17th hole isn't so hard?
CHAD CAMPBELL: I don't know. I will take 3 more 4's on that. I know that.
JOAN vT ALEXANDER: Everybody all set? Thank you Chad.
CHAD CAMPBELL: Thank you.
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