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March 22, 2002

Billy Andrade


BILLY ANDRADE: When it's blowing like this -- I am really happy with the way I played today. I made a few bogeys, as well, so it could have been a couple more but then I made a couple of pretty good putts, as well. Overall, I am very, very happy. You'd like to come here and not play lousy. It's a real big tournament and I am looking forward to the weekend.

Q. How long was that putt on 18?

BILLY ANDRADE: That was about 30 feet, I would say, down the hill, thank God it went in. I think it might have gone off the green.

Q. How much more difficult was today versus yesterday?

BILLY ANDRADE: For us, it was much more difficult. To go out there this morning and have to play 17, really, was my first shot of the day. It was not fun. The wind is really whipping and I made a double there out of the gate, so that wasn't great. But it was cold this morning and it was windy and I think the advantage -- the advantage that our wave had maybe this afternoon is that we played it already. We knew what to expect and it was a little different than yesterday.

The greens are starting to get faster, which is nice to see. They were real slow, I thought. Yesterday afternoon for us -- and they are getting a little firmer. So I think it is going to be a huge change for the guys going out this afternoon versus what they played in yesterday.

Q. What was your turnaround?

BILLY ANDRADE: My turnaround? All I had to do was play two holes. I was probably going to the bathroom after two holes and then coming out fired up knowing that I didn't have to go to the bathroom anymore.

No, you just knew what to expect. You knew sort of the direction the wind was blowing; it was hard. You just go out and have a chance to make as many as you can. I was fairly in control today which was nice.

Q. 17 is always the hardest hole on the entire Tour, it seems like. Today, in these conditions -- talk about how hard it was like.

BILLY ANDRADE: This morning, it was a driver and a 3-iron to the back pin. This afternoon, it was a driver and a 5. You kind of like to not have to hit a driver off of that tee. It's really nice to hit a 3 and just get it in play and hit 7-iron in with no wind. There's no bail-out. You have to hit a very good drive. If you bail out to the right you have got to chip it back, because you are not going to have a chance to go for the green. Obviously, you can't go left. It's playing, I think as hard as I have ever seen it play.

Q. When the wind blows towards the water the way it is today, how does that change your thinking?

BILLY ANDRADE: When the wind is blowing here at all it changes your thinking that you better buckle up and hit a lot of solid shots because if you don't hit solid shots in this kind of wind, you really look like a fool.

Q. Is that what this championship is about, this is what you guys want?

BILLY ANDRADE: Absolutely. I think like the majors. This is like a major. If you hit it off-line, you are penalized for it. If you hit some solid shots, you have a chance to make some birdies. And I like the fact that 2-under is looking pretty good where at the halfway point versus 15- or 16-under leading the tournament. I think that when you are playing for this amount of prestige, I think it should play as hard as it possibly can. I like it like this.

Q. Is there something to be said because -- that you have to concentrate on every shot?


Q. Does one bad swing mean you could make triple?

BILLY ANDRADE: You can. That's what -- every shot you have to be ready to play. If you are not, like you said, you can make a big number and, obviously, that's what we're all trying not to do.

Q. (Inaudible)

BILLY ANDRADE: I love anything going towards where I grew up in Rhode Island, so I am excited about going there. That place is -- Long Island really is sort of like Rhode Island. I think at one time it was probably all the same. The terrain at Shinnecock was a lot like what I grew up on, so I don't think -- I would think Bethpage would be kind of the same thing, so I heard it is awesome. I am looking forward to going there.

Q. Did you get a chance to play it before?

BILLY ANDRADE: I will definitely play it once before the week of the tournament.

Q. (Inaudible)

BILLY ANDRADE: I am not going to play Kemper this year.

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