Azahara Munoz (Saturday AM Quotes)

July 9, 2011

Q. Even par in the second round, that’s pretty solid. How did you improve from the first round to the second? 

My first round I started playing really well -- I was 1-under through 9. But then I started hitting drivers to the left. That also happened at the beginning of yesterday; I hit left on 10 and 11, so I make bogey-bogey. But then I recovered pretty good. I hit really good shots into the greens, and I didn’t make as many putts as I would like. I three-putted 17, but, you know I am happy with it. I am playing on the weekend, so hopefully it gets better.

Q. Do you remember any specific birdies that you had, that you can walk through? 

Yeah. I think the best birdie -- I was 2 over through the turn and it was getting dark yesterday. On 10 I hit it left in the bunker, and then I hit a 6-iron all the way -- well not all the way -- but middle of the green and the pin was all the way short, and I made that putt. It was really long and really downhill, so that made a huge difference. And then I birdied the next one. So I got home being even, so I came out today being a little more comfortable than 2 over yesterday.

Q. A lot of players have been talking about how tough it is to read the greens. Do you find that is the case, or are you starting to get used to it? 

I am getting used to it. My caddie reads the green pretty good, and I think I do too. I haven’t been struggling with that. Maybe more so with speed. Because I always think they are going to be so much faster, but they are really not. Putting into the mountain is really slow, and I am struggling more with the speed than with the reads.

Q. What does it mean to you to be able to play on the weekend at the U.S. Open? 

You know, it’s great. My parents are here, so I was wishing to play on the weekend. You know it’s tough when you miss the cut and they are here. You know it’s going to be fun and I am hoping for it.

Q. What is your strategy for the rest of the way? 

Just go as low as you can. As you can go on these courses, probably. You know, even par every day and I’ll be happy with it.


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