Q. Talk about the importance of getting off to such a good start today.
ROBERT GAMEZ: I birdied 10, I birdied 11. I had my chance at 12. Made a good par save at 13. I missed the green on 13 and had a really horrible lie. I chipped it by about 20 feet, 25 feet and made it coming back. That kept my round going. 14 -- I liked 14 as a par 5. I think it's a much better par 5 than it was a par 4 when we played it that way. I hit a 3-wood off the tee, because it's such a great driving hole as a par 5, which is what you need, so I hit a 3-wood off the tee and hit a 3-iron to the back fringe, 15 feet from the hole and almost made eagle. So I got off to a real good start today.
The next hole I hit two good shots. I hit a 6-iron that I thought was going to be all over the pin and it came up short and rolled back down the hill off the green. Hit a good chip that went by about eight feet and missed it. I just misjudged it.
I got a real good break on 16, because I hit a driver, hit it just a hair right, but it got by the trees just barely. I had an easy -- fairly simple chip, just to run it up the green, chipped it up there about five feet and made it for birdie.
And 17, a good 7-iron 10 feet left of the hole and made that.
Then on No. 18, I hit a good drive and just skirted it into the right rough. Hit a 9-iron up there about eight feet -- 7 feet, made that for birdie. So it was kind of nice to finish after making bogey, I birdied three holes in a row.
It was a little disappointed not birdieing No. 1. I hit it just in front of the bunker in two and hit a good chip that I thought was going to release out more and it didn't. I had about a 15, 20-footer and ran it by the hole and made it coming back.
Hit a great shot at the next hole and just kind of -- it went a little further than I thought it would and went over the back fringe.
3 is just a great hole. There are so many good holes out here. This is just a good par 3, a 3-iron hole high. It's not one you're expecting a birdie on. You're just hoping to hit the green all four days.
The fourth hole is another good hole, just a good driving hole, especially playing into the wind today, left to right. So two good shots there, just ended up off the green, had to chip. I thought I could make the chip, made par.
Then No. 5, another good drive, and a wedge in there about eight feet, 10 feet, made that.
And then the 3-putt. The 3-putt, like I said, I hit an 8-iron in the middle of the green, because the pin is tough, tucked in the back like that. That's not my favorite type of shot, trying to draw it in there. And I just misjudged the speed of the first putt and rolled it by.
I laid up on 7 with a 6-iron, hit a wedge in there about six feet behind the hole.
And then 8, I hit a driver off the tee, because it was into the wind. It was perfect yardage for my L-wedge and hit it about 6, 7 feet and made that.
And I had a good chance on the last hole, I just misread the putt, had a 15-footer down the hill.
To get off to a good start is key out here. Like I said, especially tomorrow will be key because I'm starting on No. 1. With the exception of No. 1, I mean, 2, 3, 4 are pretty tough holes, and it's nice to get off to a quick start.
Q. Was today as good as you felt on the golf course in quite a while?
ROBERT GAMEZ: I would say Saturday at Quad Cities was about the same. I played extremely well there on Saturday. I felt just as good today as I did then. It's kind of a nice feeling, starting the week this way.
Q. In recent weeks -- you did finish second at the Milwaukee Open?
ROBERT GAMEZ: John Deere, yes.
Q. And then you missed some cuts. Are you preparing a little differently now than you did last month or so?
ROBERT GAMEZ: No, I just struggled with the putter a little bit. My preputt routine got a little bit off. I got a little bit, I don't know, confused with what I was trying to do. It wasn't the same every time, and when you're not doing the same every time, it's hard to be consistent, obviously. So I really worked on it the other day and tried to get my preputt routine, get the way I setup into it the same every time today and I made better strokes. Because that's all that's been struggling. I just haven't been putting very well. I've been putting better than I used to, but just not making putts like I made at the B.C. Open and John Deere, where I finished third and second in two weeks.
That's the only thing that's changed. I've really been hitting the ball well. In Canada on Saturday, the Canadian Open, I had 3 putts. You can't shoot a good round, 77 or 78 with 38 putts, it just doesn't get it done. The same thing the next week in Pennsylvania, I just didn't putt well on Saturday. Just having one round that's just not very good and the rest of my rounds have been pretty good, hitting the ball well, just haven't been taking too much advantage of them.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Thank you very much.
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