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JOHN DEERE CLASSIC


July 11, 2013


Brendon de Jonge


SILVIS, ILLINOIS

Q. テつExciting way to finish with a nice up‑and‑down.テつ Tell us about it, especially starting with the third shot because you really had nothing to play with there, did you?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ No, once I hit the second shot there I was in trouble.テつ It was kind of that kind of day.テつ I got away with a lot.テつ I didn't play as well as I scored, so that's always a nice thing.

Q.テつ 10th hole, par‑5, your first hole this morning, you hole out from about 88 yards.テつ Tell us about that.
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Yeah, obviously a nice start to the day.テつ I left myself a good number and hit a good shot in there and then chipped it in a couple holes later, so got off to a good start.

Q.テつ What is it about this place, because you get birdies everywhere, but you really like this place, don't you?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ I do, yeah.テつ I like the golf course.テつ I think it's fun to play.テつ Obviously throughout the summer we play a lot of tough golf courses, and it's nice to come here where it's not an easy golf course but it gives you a lot of birdie chances.

Q.テつ I saw you last week at the Greenbrier.テつ The game seems to be trending upwards.テつ You're playing really well right now.テつ Are you confident?
BRENDON DE JONGE: テつI am confident, yeah.テつ I played three good rounds last week, and a shame about Saturday, but yeah, I feel like I'm on the right track.

Q.テつ You're getting close, I can tell.
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ I hope so.

Q.テつ How pleased are you with your start?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Oh, very pleased.テつ As I said, I scored better than I played today, which is always nice.

Q.テつ Tied for 17th a week ago.テつ Are you getting the sense that your game is heading in the right direction?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ I think so.テつ You know, I felt like I played really well last week other than a five‑ or six‑hole stretch, otherwise I would have been right there.テつ So yeah, I think it's on the right track.

Q.テつ What is it about this golf course?テつ You seem to have some success here, had a chance a few years ago.テつ What is it about this place that really fits your eye?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ You know, I enjoy playing it.テつ I think it's fun to play.テつ We play a lot of tough golf courses throughout the summer, and it's always nice to come here where there's a lot of chances at birdies.

Q.テつ Pretty good save there.テつ Looked like Steve Stricker might have given you a high five.
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Yeah, he owes me one.テつ I'll take it.

Q.テつ Talk about your round, did well on 16, 17 and 18.テつ Talk about getting out here and getting off to a good start.
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Yeah, I thought it was nice going out really early today.テつ We had great conditions this morning, so it's nice to put a good number on the board early.

Q.テつ Is there something about this course that kind of gets your motor running?テつ You seem to have a lot of success here.
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Yeah, I like the golf course.テつ I like the way it sets up, and as I said over there, I think it's fun to play, and we play a lot of tough golf courses throughout the summer.テつ It's nice to come here where it gives you a lot of birdie opportunities.

Q.テつ Talk about your third on 10 there, that eagle.テつ What was that, 88 out?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Yeah, yeah, I had just under 90 yards.テつ Obviously you're aiming at the hole, but when it goes in it's a bonus, and on your first hole of the day that's always a good start to it.

Q.テつ Not that it's ever in bad shape, but we understand a lot of players have said the conditioning is really good this year.
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Oh, it's immaculate.テつ If you're putting well you're going to make a lot of putts, as good as the greens are.テつ We've never played it when it's been in bad shape.

Q.テつ Do you have a number in mind for the week?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ No, not at all.テつ Not at all.テつ It's too early for that.

Q.テつ Do you have to think in the 20s?
BRENDON DE JONGE:テつ Yeah, you know, obviously looking at the weather forecast, it's supposed to be good all week.テつ We're not supposed to get a lot of wind, so I think it will probably be something in the 20s.

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