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June 28, 2001

Shigeki Maruyama


NELSON LUIS: I'd like to welcome Shigeki Maruyama into the interview room. He shot a 7-under 63 today. Maybe some opening comments on your round today.

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I only missed the fairway once, at the 18th. Except for that I had perfect golf -- I had a couple more birdie chances, but unfortunately I couldn't get one. I hit -- I had really good shots and really good putting. I'm very happy with my game today.

Q. I notice last week you withdrew from Westchester. Were you hurt or some reason you didn't finish there?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I had -- a problem with the neck and shoulder. Last week after I finished the first round, the day before it suspended -- finished rest of the holes of the first round on Friday, went back to the hotel for a little bit of sleep and injured my neck when I woke up. It wasn't a big problem, but I just -- it was just very hard to swing.

Q. Did you take a few days off and not swing?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I didn't grab any golf clubs. I had the weekend off. Went to New York, sight-seeing.

Q. Until Monday?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: Tuesday. A little bit of practice.

Q. What was the best part of your game today?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: The first hole, the beginning hole when I had a birdie. Hit the ball to 30 feet and that helped me get on a wave today. That was a big putt.

Q. When was the last time you had a 63 in the first round? Can you remember? Has it been a while?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: The first time, I think, in the first round.

NELSON LUIS: That's his best round in a PGA TOUR event, a 63.

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: Yeah!!! (Smiling).

Q. What were your expectations coming in after not playing? Yesterday in the Pro-Am you were like 4-over or something. What were your expectations today?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I had 4-over on the front nine yesterday, couldn't hit it very well. But I fixed my swing on the back nine and was very comfortable table. I didn't have any pressure the last four days -- for the next four days and I was very looking forward to playing here, because I had a good shot on the back nine getting better.

Q. Were there any holes out here where you had to save par?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: No. 7. No. 11. 15, chipped in. No. 18.

Q. Can you go over the birdie putts, what you hit into the greens and length of putts for the birdies?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I'm not very confident putting at the moment, but I just saw the line, first impression, hit the ball where I aimed and had success, very well. No. 1, tee shot, driver fairway. Second shot 52-degree wedge, about 30 feet. No. 3, tee shot, driver fairway. Second shot 52-degree wedge. Little over the back fringe. Chip-in, using a putter, about 18 feet. No. 6, tee shot, driver, fairway. Second, shot 3-wood. Side fringe, putted to about a foot. No. 8, 5-iron about six feet. No. 12, tee shot, driver. Second shot, 52-degree wedge, about ten feet. No. 13, tee shot, driver, fairway. Second shot, 5-wood over the fringe to 2-putt. No. 15, tee shot, 3-wood. Second shot sand wedge a little over. Sand wedge, chip-in, about 18 feet.

Q. Do you have as much fun playing this game as it looks?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I may seem to be -- actually enjoying to play, but I'm actually nervous.

Q. When you're nervous, you smile?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: Oh, always smiling.

Q. For the first day of a PGA TOUR event, have you ever been this far up on the leaderboard before?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: This is the first time I ever have on the PGA Tour.

Q. How well up have you been on the first day before?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: Third before -- several times finished in the Top-10 on the first day. But this is the best.

Q. The best was third; where was that?

SHIGEKI MARUYAMA: I don't remember where it was.

Q. Have you ever played a round on the Tour without a bogey?


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