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Q. Martin, 4-under par. Good solid round of golf. Double bogey at 14. More the lie than anything else. Tell me about the 18th hole. The water was a lot deeper there than you thought, wasn't it?
MARTIN FLORES: Yeah. Lie was definitely good enough for me to hit. I could have gotten it on the green for sure. It was floating barely on top of the water. I didn't have any footing whatsoever, so it would have been extremely dicey.
So, I had been hitting my irons very well and I've been putting very well. I figured just give myself a fairway shot and see if I can't get it up and down.
Q. What is about it the golf course that didn't seem to be that tough out there? The fairways -- there wasn't a lot of wind, the greens weren't that firm, but the scoring just isn't that low.
MARTIN FLORES: You know, I'm not too sure. I didn't drive it as well as I would have liked to. I putted extremely well and I gave myself a lot of opportunities from whatever situation I put myself in. So, I think maybe the wind coming out of a different direction, coming out of the north, a lot of holes were in the wind that typically aren't.
Q. Great playing. Keep it up over the week.
MARTIN FLORES: Thank you.
Q. Sounds a little dicey on the last hole for you.
MARTIN FLORES: I got aggressive with my tee shot and then I was trying to start it in the water and cut it back into the fairway, and I just -- it just stayed straight and, you know, kicked really close to the water so the footing wasn't there for me to hit the shot. So I do the smart thing and just give myself an opportunity to make a par.
Q. How does it feel coming away from it? Do you feel -- is it a good feeling coming off, being able to save it?
MARTIN FLORES: That was huge. Huge. Absolutely. It's a tough hole already. Par is a good score on that hole, and to make a mistake like that, save it with a par is a bonus.
Q. I don't pretend to know your history here. Have you been here a lot and have you had success, or is this --
MARTIN FLORES: This is my 3rd year. I missed the cut my first year, then I finished the round 15th place, probably. Not sure but somewhere around that area. I had a great last round last year, shot 65. I like the golf course. It's very, very challenging, so, you know, it fits my eye. I like a lot of things about it.
Q. The start here being good could be good for you. Feel like you've played better towards the end of the tournament before?
MARTIN FLORES: Getting off to a good start is very, very important. So, you know, I took -- I'll take a lot of positives from today and move forward.
Q. Just coming into this tournament, coming off your last stop, are you riding a little bit of that momentum now?
MARTIN FLORES: I've been working really hard and haven't seen a lot of the results. You know, I had goods things at the Byron Nelson and went to the Colonial. Put myself into position there. So, I didn't have as good of a Sunday as I'd like, but there was a lot of positives from that and a lot of good things I've been working on. I had a week off last week, it was five in a row, time to take a little rest. I feel good.
Q. As far as playing the front-9 at 3-under, what was working right on the front-9 about your game?
MARTIN FLORES: Really just, you know, I hit a lot of good approach shots and I putted well. Anytime you can putt well, I can make up for mistakes or, you know, you can make a lot of birdies. Putting I seem to hit my lines very well today.
Q. To come back from I guess the double on 14. What happened there?
MARTIN FLORES: You know, actually missed it in a place I thought I could. I hit it a little long left in the bunker. I was trying to draw it into the center of the green and I just turned it over a little more. When I got in the bunker, it was plugged. I had no chance to hit it at the pin, you know. You're talking 1 out of 100 probably to keep it on the green from there.
So, I tried to do the smart thing and hit it out to the front green. Unfortunately it rolled off. I had about 100 feet. I putted there up probably about ten feet and I horseshoed it and walked away with a 5. It was a rough break, but I shouldn't have hit it there in the first place. So, I did all I could from where I was.
Q. But you came back and finished solid.