Q. Laura, did you consider 14 a good break or bad break, and how big was making that putt?
LAURA DIAZ: It was kind of unfortunate because my ball mark was literally on the hole, and I thought I had made a pretty good swing, and it's always upsetting when it hits the flag and doesn't go in, and goes back 25 feet, so I think that I and my caddy were pretty upset about that, and he said to me as we were walking off the green, "You deserved that. This hole owed you after hitting the flag and coming back."
So I felt pretty good after being able to make the putt instead of being upset it hit the flag and rolled back.
Q. Laura, is the comfort level totally different when your name goes on the board at the U.S. Open?
LAURA DIAZ: I don't pay that much attention to the boards because, for one, it is the first day; and for two, it really doesn't do me any good to know how the other players are playing. I still have to play my own golf game.
But the comfort level in general is much more comfortable. I feel -- in the last two years I think that I've gotten a lot more experience, and it's allowed me to get a lot more comfortable out here, and I've been able to enjoy the last two years a lot. Hard work is really paying off.
Q. You scored better on the Back 9 today. Do you find that to be an easier to score on, or the front?
LAURA DIAZ: I don't think there is anything easy about this golf course. I hit it closer on the Back 9 more times, so I was able to make a few more birdies than I did on the front, but I don't find either 9s easy. I think it is a very challenging golf course, as the U.S. Open should be.
Q. You didn't find one hole more favorable to scoring than the other?
LAURA DIAZ: No.
Q. You mentioned the 4th of July holiday. There are other Americans on the leader board with you. Does that leave you with a patriotic feeling today?
LAURA DIAZ: I think I'd be feeling patriotic no matter where I was on the leader board, but I think it's nice to have two Americans with two good scores today, and it's always an honor to be able to tie one of the best players in golf, Juli Inkster, so I think that this is a great day to say "I'm proud to be an American," and as is every day.
MODERATOR: Laura, wonderful round. Good luck with the rest of the championship.
LAURA DIAZ: Thank you.
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