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April 3, 2003

Billy Andrade


TODD BUDNICK: We thank Billy Andrade for dropping by after his 4-under 68. Your only bogey came on the first hole and you righted the ship after that.

BILLY ANDRADE: Yeah, first hole I almost hit in the driving range. It was a little early, I guess, 7:45. I was happy to make the bogey there and I felt fine after that. I made a lot of nice par putts on the front and started making some birdies on the back nine, and I guess that's where you've got to make them.

Weathered the storm on the front, make a few on the back and I had my best round ever here. So, I'm pretty excited.

TODD BUDNICK: And the course is playing a little tougher than you normally see it.

BILLY ANDRADE: Yeah, it's windy. It's swirly. It's a lot like last week where you think it's blowing a certain way and it's not, and that makes it tough, and the greens are firm and fast. They started this, I guess, a couple of years ago and last year they got really firm and fast and they are that way now.

So, you know, it's hard to get the ball close to the hole and that's why the scoring, I think, is where it's at.

Q. You told me a couple of weeks ago that you always were uncomfortable over the 18th tee and you had to motivate yourself to play well on this course; it was tough for you.

BILLY ANDRADE: I always had motivation to play well. It's just some golf courses you feel more comfortable on than others, and I really liked Atlanta Country Club. This is a totally different style than that, and I had a lot of success there, too. I think players enjoy going where they know they are going to make money and have a chance. I haven't had that yet here, I've played a lot of solid rounds of golf around this place, but I haven't gotten the ball in the hole.

Today, I made some nice putts, got it in the hole when I needed to, and that's the name of the game out here. If you're not getting the ball in the hole, it's a tough lead. I just haven't done that so far at this place.

Q. So what was the key today, the only difference was the putts?

BILLY ANDRADE: Yeah, the only difference was making a few here and there. I made some nice putts today, and that's what you've got to do here. The greens are beautiful. They are rolling great, they are fast, they are firm, you've just got to knock them in when you had the opportunity.

Q. You hit the ball extremely -- you were having birdie putts every hole, I guess, except 17, is that as good a stretch of ball-striking as you've had for a while?

BILLY ANDRADE: Actually, I've been hitting the ball pretty well the last month. I didn't really do that on the front nine, but I like where my game is at. I just have to go out there and let it happen a little better, maybe and get it in the hole a little better than I have.

I wouldn't say it's the best stretch I've had in a while, but I did have a lot of nice chances at birdies coming in.

Q. Inaudible?

BILLY ANDRADE: Yeah, I would love to win here and have all of you guys write about it, like you always write about you win here, you get to go to Augusta like Paul Stankowski. We're going to Disneyland next week so maybe we can promo that. I'm going to Disneyland -- inaudible -- I haven't heard that since the Super Bowl that would be kind of cool. I would obviously love getting back in a position to have a chance and that's all I'm going to try to do.

I had my opportunities to get in next week and I fell short on the Money List at the end of the year and I took two months off at end of the year and lost a bunch of standing in the World Rankings and I haven't gotten off to a very good start this year. So when you -- the way I look at it, the way the system is, you can't say anything about] it. It is what it is and if you're in, you're happy and if you're not, you're wishing you were. The bottom line is, if you play a little better, you'll still get in.

I think that they gave the Masters winner a re-do (ph) there, maybe they could give the PGA TOUR winners a re-do.

Q. But not enough to help this week, next week, with the eligibility, not enough to help this week?

BILLY ANDRADE: Yeah, I just always thought it was pretty cool, the guys that sucked it up around Augusta -- Davis Love get in one year and Stankowski got in one year. I just thought that was pretty cool. If you win a PGA event, you're in. I always thought that that was a wonderful thing.

The first thing any rookie ever said was, first thing, "I'm going to Augusta, that's my dream."

Q. (Inaudible.)

BILLY ANDRADE: Yeah, about six or seven of us, in 2000.

Q. Are there a lot of players that feel that way about that policy?

BILLY ANDRADE: I would say yes. I think this is the hardest tour to win on. I guess the argument is a lot of tournaments are opposite other tournaments. That's not our fault. It's not like the holes that are opposite, they make the hole bigger and it's easier to win. You've still got to shoot 17-, 18-, 21-under to win. I think Frank Lickliter, to win in Tucson, and still shot 19-under. I don't care, maybe the field wasn't as good as other weeks but he's still a winner on the Tour. I think that should add -- that should be huge value, whether it's an opposite event or not. If you're a PGA TOUR winner -- I remember it being a big thing. You got in a bunch of different tournaments and it's just that not that way anymore.

Q. Your first win, if you go back that far, where was the Masters, was that like one of the first couple?

BILLY ANDRADE: It was the first thing I think every player from the United States that grew up watching the Masters, that had never played in the Masters first time you win, I think that for me, it was -- I was an amateur, when I made that team I knew I was in Augusta. I wanted to buy a lot or I wanted to buy an apartment down there and just hang out for a couple of months. TODD BUDNICK: Let's go through your birdies and your bogey.

BILLY ANDRADE: I bogeyed 1.

Came back and birdied 2. Hit a 9-iron and made about a 20-footer. Made a nice par putt. And then I hit it over the green in two and chipped up to about eight feet.

I birdied 13. I drove it just in front of the green and chipped up to about ten feet.

14, I hit a wedge to about ten feet.

16, I hit a 7-iron about five feet.

A little disappointed, I had a very easy up-and-down on the last hole and didn't get it up-and-down to birdie last, but again I'm happy with 68.

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