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July 19, 2012

Richard Sterne


Q.  Your round today?
RICHARD STERNE:  That was a fairly, what's the word, conservative.  I played a lot of middle‑of‑the‑green shots, not really going for the flags.  But I‑‑ my swing really‑‑ it feels okay, but I haven't got the confidence to shoot at the flags on all the shots.
But where I had confidence I did, and didn't make too many birdies.  I think three birdies and two bogeys.  I'm pretty happy with that start.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  Yeah, it's a good start.  If you'd told me I'd shoot 69, I'd be pretty happy.  The course is tough.  It's not a walk in the park, that's for sure.  The rough is really penal.  The course is set up well so you can shoot a good score, it's just when you do go off line it really is severe.  That's something you've got to try to avoid.
There's a lot of shots out there you can't‑‑ you've got to take them on, unfortunately.  The bunkers are in places where you just have to play aggressive at times, and as I said, conservative at times, as well.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  I mean, the wind picked up very slight in the afternoon, so I don't think it was much of a difference.  Perhaps the guys in the morning had less wind.  I didn't see the wind in the morning very early.
But I suppose the scoring was better by maybe one shot.  But nothing as severe as we can get at the Open.  I think the guys are pretty happy with that.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  Yeah, I see a couple of the guys are doing pretty well.  And we've got, I think, a record number of South Africans this year, so that's always nice.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  Yeah, Europe I play quite solid now in Europe.  The last six events have been pretty decent.  It's my last one before I go home for a month, so it would be nice to have a good event here and take some time off.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  No, generally I've been all right.  Nothing is stopping me from playing.  A lot of physio and a lot of exercises and been all right.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  No, it's just, you know, swing.  It comes and goes.  One day you feel good, one day you don't.  You've just got to play with what you have that day.  I got around today in 69, which I was quite happy with.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  I'm just scoring pretty well.  Just not making silly mistakes.  After not playing for so long, I just kind of lost the art of scoring and making bogeys from the middle of the fairways with sand wedges and stuff like that that I was doing at the beginning of the year.  So that's improved.  I drove the ball pretty well today.  And generally I think I hit quite a lot of greens, which is key around here.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
RICHARD STERNE:  Yeah, pretty much, from Natal.

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