Q. Do you feel you are getting to the stage where you feel like you could win out here this year?
ROD PAMPLING: Yes, my game has definitely improved a lot this year even from last year, I know I played well last year. But I think just the mental side of the game has improved a hell of a lot which that definitely is a key. Not getting ahead of myself out there, and not getting excited about playing well and just keeping relaxed and just playing shot for shot. I think that's definitely the key that's improved a hell of a lot. And I think definitely, yes, I can win.
Q. Do you have to make a deliberate effort not to let your expectations get up and get excited after shooting a first round 64 here?
ROD PAMPLING: Sure. Everyone does. It doesn't matter who the person is. If you are doing something that you are enjoying and you are doing it really well you are going to get excited, so it's just a matter of addressing that straight away before you get to that stage of being excited than keeping yourself at a level. You got to keep and eye on it and it's constant. You are doing more mind work and body work than you are hitting a golf ball because you are keeping yourself in check all day long.
Q. What will your thoughts be tomorrow going into the round, will there be something in the swing that you are thinking about?
ROD PAMPLING: Well, yes, I do a lot of work with my swing. But it's pretty solid at the moment. There is not a lot I have to do, picking the shot I want to hit and the right club and being comfortable with it and just go ahead and hit it.
Q. Will you go out to the range and work on it?
ROD PAMPLING: Yes a little bit. I won't do a lot it's obviously getting windy. We'll hit a few, and putt a few, and chipping, and I think we are going fishing. (Laughter) There is good competition out here this week.
Q. How much of an advantage by the end of the day is there getting the early tee time?
ROD PAMPLING: It will be an advantage. The greens in the morning are fantastic. There are going to be a few little marks here and there is as the day goes on. Tomorrow, it will reverse and they will get the advantage.
Q. Particularly with the wind out there picking up?
ROD PAMPLING: It's definitely picking up, I think everyone expects the wind here, we played in it three days building up here. It's not a surprise, it's something that you expect when you come on to the East Coast early on. It's just something that you have to deal with, and definitely, I don't think -- well, maybe someone can go out and shoot an 8 -under but as I said before, the course is a tough course so when the wind does get up, I don't think it will yield an eight-under this afternoon.
Q. So you expect to be leading?
ROD PAMPLING: I would think so yes. As I said, who knows, someone could just go out there and shoot lights out. I don't think I will be too far from the lead any way.
Q. Are you going to be pumped up about it tonight or low key?
ROD PAMPLING: It will be exciting if we finish up like leading, it's definitely exciting. So it's not Sunday so there is nothing to get excited about yet.
Q. Have you had a first-round lead since Carnoustie then and now?
ROD PAMPLING: Not over here, not last year or this year but on the BUY.COM we definitely had a few, yes.
Q. This is different though, isn't it?
ROD PAMPLING: It's different but even the three weeks building up to here, at Hope and Pebble Beach, I forget one in the middle, I was one or two shots off the lead in all 3 of those, so it's getting comfortable, that's for sure.
Q. How much more Australians play on the TOUR now? Is there a comfort level because of that?
ROD PAMPLING: It's definitely nice to have more Australians over here but they are not going to do anything for me out on the golf course. It's nice to have mates off the course but once you are on the course it's every man for himself. It's definitely nice to have other Australians over here. It's a comfort zone. Anyway most of the guys are all pretty nice and relaxed guys. Whoever you play with you are going to have a relaxing time, generally.
JOHN BUSH: Anymore questions? Rod, great start, thanks for coming by.
ROD PAMPLING: That you.
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