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August 9, 2012

Matt Dobyns


Q.  I don't know much about the particulars, but I do know that this wasn't a good start at all.  Was it the driver more than anything today or what?
MATT DOBYNS:  Yeah, it wasn't at all what I'm used to, to be able to have angles into greens to have birdie putts.  I lost control of my tee shot today, and if you do that here, generous off the tee to a certain point, but if you hit it off line where I was hitting it, it basically becomes impossible to shoot a certain score.

Q.  A couple holes you were unable to recover in any way today?
MATT DOBYNS:  I felt like I kind of hung in there, and then I got to 17 and I hit the wrong club.  As a result I made a double.  Doubles kill you in tournament golf.  This is a place where you can make some bogeys and get by, but no matter how tough a golf course is, if you make a double, it's going to be an uphill battle, and really when I did that, it kind of got away from me there.  The round went from being a round I could salvage to one that just kind of got out of hand.
You know, I played a little better on the back and started to get control, and as a result I had a little better back nine.  Try to build on it tomorrow.

Q.  How was your practice round getting here?
MATT DOBYNS:  Oh, the practice rounds were great.  I shot nothing on the practice rounds.  But the practice rounds aren't the real thing.  You know, you never really know what to expect on the first tee of a major until you do it, and I had never done it before.  Certainly I was a bit overwhelmed.  It got me out of my rhythm.  It got me out of my process and my routine, and the results showed.

Q.  Just a few butterflies here and there?
MATT DOBYNS:  Oh, butterflies all the way around, really, but more than that, I just let the outside agents, all these things that go along with playing a major get me out of what I normally do and got me out of my whole process, my whole routine, how I chose targets, how I chose clubs and things like that.  And when that happens, when you miss it, it's going to be tough.

Q.  Tomorrow you can say it's a new day?
MATT DOBYNS:  It's a new day.  I need to shoot about a 62 to make the cut.  We'll see what happens.  But nonetheless, the experience was still a valuable one for me.

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