Q. When is the last time that you had a run like this, of 5 weeks playing pretty well?
ROBERT GAMEZ: I don't think I have. Even my rookie year I don't think I have had a run stretch like this. The closest I have come, I think, was 94 at the end of the year I played well in Vegas and then I played-- won the Pebble Beach Invitational which used to be the Spalding and, you know, now it's the Callaway thing. Add then I won in Japan. That's the closest -- well, two wins and a second. That's the last time. And before that even my rookie year, I had those wins, but I mean I really didn't have a stretch where I played extremely well like I am now.
Q. I am from the Orlando area. Everyone remembers the shot at Bay Hill the giant slash that you made that year. Have you ever gone through a period of feeling down because your career hasn't continued at that level throughout the '90s? You become a solid professional now, you know how to score and tinker with your game, but did the initial impression you made -- the impact you made on the Tour, have you ever felt that you didn't follow it up the way you wanted to?
ROBERT GAMEZ: Not really. It's all my own fault. I stopped practicing. I stopped working on my game and doing the things I should have done doing. So I can't blame anything or anybody on my poor play all those years right afterwards. But, you know, after my car accident in 98 it has been a struggle to get back to where I should be. I feel like I am -- I feel like I am a top-30 player in the world, and I just -- that's frustrating not being there. But, again, I just haven't played well enough. I haven't got my card back. I am not fully exempt out here. That has been a tough thing going back and forth. I have played a little bit on the BUY.COM, not much. Like I said, I can't blame anybody but myself for my poor play over the years. I have got a new outlook on life and golf. After my accident, I just really started enjoying the game again. Because I started not looking it for a while and then playing poorly and then didn't want to play and things like that. But now I am really starting to enjoy it. I am practicing, working really hard on my game since I moved to Orlando. I am just doing a lot of things that I feel like going to help me to where I should be.
Q. If you do make this come back all the way to your card, get card slash victory, what would that mean to you?
ROBERT GAMEZ: Well, obviously to not be in the position I am in right now. I am waiting every week to see if I am going to get in tournaments, and that's tough. Even though right now this time of the year I figure I'd get in a few. But it's hard to make a schedule. I mean, that's the most important thing. If I could win, I mean, that's what I am out here shooting for. That's what I have always shot for. But I don't think my game has ever been good enough over the last three, four years to be ability to win. I have some good weeks, but nothing really great. Now I feel right now that my game is pretty good and my confidence has come back, I mean, 100%. I just feel like I am going to play well every time I go out there.
Q. At the point where you can win?
ROBERT GAMEZ: I feel like it. I felt -- I really felt look I could win last week and I just -- I started out on Sunday last week missed a 10-footer on the second hole; missed a 6-footer for birdie on 4 after eagling No. 3. I just never got going, and when I did get going I made par on No. 12, hit it on the back fringe and didn't get up-and-down. Miss about a 6-footer. But I knew if I could shoot eight or nine under last week on Sunday I would have a chance. That's kind of what it would have taken for me.
No. 2 drove it in the right bunker misread the wind and the wind knocked it down to the right. I had to lay up. Didn't hit a great wedge shot but I got it on the green about 20 feet. Made it.
Then I hit 8-iron on the par 3, short, right on the front. Right in between clubs I felt like a 7-iron would get over down the hill and go too far. And I had about a 35-footer and 3-putted six feet, missed it coming back.
No. 4, I hit good tee shot up the right center, just got passed the tree there, and I hit 7-iron in there about ten feet. Made that one.
Then I kind of hit a 3-wood on 5 and I kind of towed it a little bit so it hooked a little] up the left side, hit the hill, came down on the fairway, 8-iron in there about ten feet, made that one.
And I actually missed a putt on 6. Good wedge shot in there had about 12-footer up the hill and missed it. I just didn't read it right.
No. 8, I hit a big drive right down the middle. Little sand wedge from 102] and had about two and a half-footer.
Then I bogeyed 13. Probably the worst thing I have made in over a week, kind of fanned a drive out there, and hit it between the two bunkers, on the right, misjudged the lie - thought it might jump a little bit came out soft and left it short of the green. And I totally misread the chip. I thought it was going to break three feet left and it broke two feet right. I had about a 7-footer because I hit it a about a foot and a half by but I mean the speed was actually not bad but I just totally misread it. Then I missed the putt. So made bogey there.
Q. In the collection area?
ROBERT GAMEZ: No, it actually came out and came out really funny. The lie was a weird one, and I thought it might jump but it came out kind of short with overspin and rolled up to the top. So it was actually and easy chip I just misread it. I actually thought I might have a chance to chip it in. It was one of those where I could be aggressive because it is going up the hill. Was still a 40-footer, but I just really thought, when I hit it broke right, I was like oh, well. Then I missed it. But again, I came right back the next hole. I hit 3-wood off the tee because I didn't feel like I could drive it to the green and hit a 3-wood over the bunker on the right, right down there about 60 yards from the hole 62, I think L-wedge in there about -- it landed about ten feet passed the hole spun back. Had about 6-, 7-footer, made that one.
And then next hole 15 I hit a good drive down the middle, and I just killed a 5-iron. 196 into a little breeze, and hit a little low little draw 5-iron in there about ten feet. Made that one.
And then 17 hit a driver good drive, hit a 4-wood on the back left fringe and 2-putted almost made that one, stopped short in the hole. Had maybe it was about a 50-foot putt, I mean, so my long ones are good. It is just some of them are getting away from me.
Last hole, killed a drive up the right center had 170, hit 7-iron in there about five, six feet.
TODD BUDNICK: Thanks.
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