Q. How does this differ or was similar to your experience of being at the US Amateur last year at Oakland Hills?
RICKY BARNES: It's that big level. It's another level. The US Amateur is the biggest amateur event that we can win as amateurs. And that gets the nerves pumping a little bit. Knowing that if you get to the finals you can make it here. But once you get here, it's a whole other level. You're playing with the best in the world and it definitely makes you want to elevate your game and know where you have to get to compete with these guys.
Q. If anybody would have told you this morning before you went out that you would be 7 shots better than Tiger Woods for the first round, what would you have told them?
RICKY BARNES: Probably "You're kidding," No, I wasn't thinking about that I beat Tiger by 7, but rather I went out there and played a solid round. Posted a good number. And that's what I was looking forward to going into the day.
Q. You have to blame him for this, but your brother said after your 18, you're just dumb enough to think you can win this tournament. How does that make you feel?
RICKY BARNES: I mean he's probably right. But I think if you come out here settling for a missed cut or something like that, you're out here for the wrong reasons.
Q. I think he meant you weren't intimidated by this at all. Were you?
RICKY BARNES: No, the first tee, like I said, just being announced with the big guys being on the first tee at Augusta. But after that things kind of got on a roll and I was really enjoying myself out there, as well, with the guys.
Q. Your college team is playing 36 holes today.
RICKY BARNES: Yeah, they played 36 holes today. So they played 8 more than me.
BILLY MORRIS: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much. And Ricky, good luck to you tomorrow.
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