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April 26 2012

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Fast finish vaults Tringale to the top

Interview: Cameron Tringale

Following his opening-round 65, Cameron Tringale talks about his play in the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans with John Maginnes from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AVONDALE, La. -- Relying on a short game he called "really tidy," Cameron Tringale birdied his final four holes to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Zurich Classic.

Tringale, who has tied for eighth in his last two starts, continued to build on that momentum as he pulled even with Ken Duke at the top of the leaderboard. His round of 7 under included just 23 putts.

Four of the best came on the closing holes as Tringale made a 25-footer at No. 15, a 10-footer at the 16th and a 20-footer at No. 17. He had a "weird yardage" at the par-5 finishing hole so he hit his second shot left of the bunker, chipped on and made a 6-footer to cap the round.

“I didn't really think about the four birdies when I finished -- 'Wait, how many was that?'" Tringale said with a smile. "It's nice when you go and get in those zones and you're just seeing the shots and that's really what I was doing all day."

The Californian, who played at Georgia Tech, actually played his final 13 holes in 8 under. He made his only bogey at the par-3 third when the wind caused him to misjudge his tee shot and he missed a 4-footer to save par.

"From then on, it was just fairways and I'd say greens but the truth is I missed a few," Tringale said. "But my short game was really tidy, was always chipping it up to tap-in length and just putted the ball well. When I had chances to make birdies I was making them and made a couple 20-footers as well.  So, turned into a good day."

Asked to explain his success of late, Tringale said he simply feels like he's hitting on all cylinders -- particularly from 100 yards and in. 

"I guess I feel comfortable with my game so I guess I don't feel like I have anything I'm trying to avoid," Tringale said. "I can just go out there and try to hit the shots that need to be played and be confident that I can hit them instead of trying to play away from certain shots. I feel comfortable hitting them all.
   
"And my short game has been really good. That always frees you up to, you know, maybe be a little more aggressive with your approaches."

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