Brendon Todd: Round One Flash Interview

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Q. How was the camaraderie between all of you?
BRENDON TODD: It was great. We had a good time. Russell, Chris, and I, we were joking going up and down the fairways and it was a pretty normal round. Just like you're playing with anybody else.

Q. Does that make it easier?
BRENDON TODD: I think so. Yeah. It was nice. It was nice to have something in common with your playing partners.

Q. How does it feel to get that first round under your belt?
BRENDON TODD: It feels really good. But I know the course is only going to get harder as the week goes on. So we're not out of the woods yet.

Q. Feel a little fortunate the fact that you got to play early in the morning?
BRENDON TODD: Definitely. We had perfect conditions to start off the first nine. It was calm and greens were receptive to be holding. It was tough to get close to the flags as the day went on as well.

Q. Were you guys playing for anything?
BRENDON TODD: Actually not. Just our U.S. Open scores. That was plenty of pressure for us. We keep the wagers to practice rounds.

Q. So what's it feel like to look at the leaderboard and see your name up there?
BRENDON TODD: It feels good. I never saw it, actually, because I was never really up there until the last couple holes when I made that birdie on 7. So never saw it today. But hopefully I'll be up there on the weekend.

Q. Tell me about that birdie on 7.
BRENDON TODD: 7 was great. Finally hit an iron shot straight and got it on the green, so that was nice. I walked up there and told my caddie I was going to make it. And somehow it went in. So I got lucky.

Q. What was that putt like, it wasn't --
BRENDON TODD: It was along, probably 50 feet, a little uphill, broke about a foot left-to-right and just kind of one of those you're sending out there on the line you like and you just hope it has the right speed.

Q. (No Microphone.)
BRENDON TODD: It does. It continues over the last year and a half, really, my scoring average for a year and a half has been around 70, so it doesn't really matter if I'm playing an impossible course or an easy course, I've been good about shooting scores around there, around par, so this kind of tournament does play into my hands a little bit, if I can peep putting well.

Q. (No Microphone.)
BRENDON TODD: Oh, yeah, I heard a lot of "Go Dogs," lots of, "Go Falcons," so that was fun. We had a lot of good fans out from.

Q. Even in ACC country though.
BRENDON TODD: Yeah. I know, it's amazing, actually. We got a lot of "Go Dogs, around the country. Either Georgia fans have spread or people just like saying it.

Q. Did it help that Russell and Chris were playing just as well as you?
BRENDON TODD: That definitely helped. If one of us would have gone south, it would have been probably a deterrent to the group, I think, just a little bit, but we're all pretty -- we have been around here awhile, so I think we're good at maintaining focus.

Q. How much did you play here before?
BRENDON TODD: I never played the golf course until this week. Somehow I played 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 a million times, but I never played 2, because I never played the North/South Amateur.

Q. And you never played in high school?
BRENDON TODD: In high school they moved it to 2 the year after I left. We played 6, 4, 8 my last three years.

Q. And that was the year that Webb won?
BRENDON TODD: He won on 8 and 2 and I won the previous.

Q. (No Microphone.)
BRENDON TODD: I'm going to have some lunch and then probably do a late practice and then just go rest.

Q. (No Microphone.)
BRENDON TODD: It was. It's kind of what I expected. I feel like they let the course get firm in the practice rounds in case it rained, knowing that they could always water a little bit if they needed to keep it alive. So this morning it played about like I thought it would, kind of receptive and then it dried out as the day went on and it's going to get dryer the rest of the week unless it rains. They're not going to let it get easy again.

Q. You're standing on the first tee, your first Major and you got your buddies around you. What kind of ease does that give you and did you guys crack any jokes getting ready to launch there?
BRENDON TODD: I can't remember any jokes. We walked up to the tee there all together out of the van and we were just having a good time, just kind of catching up a little bit, but the first tee shot was kind of the same nerves as usual, really. It kind of helped by teeing off number 10 without the huge crowd around for my first Major tee shot. But I felt pretty good out there early on.

Q. You and Chris, how much do you see each other?
BRENDON TODD: A lot now that he moved back to Atlanta. So we played Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday together this past week. So we hang out a lot.

Q. What part of town are you living in?
BRENDON TODD: I live in Brook Haven. He lives in Milton.

Q. Yeah. Yeah. You had never played here before this week?
BRENDON TODD: No. Correct. So I don't have any of those preconceived tee shots that aren't there anymore.

Q. You mentioned how if one of you had gone south it might have been a deterrent, but in the same regard, do you maybe all lift each other up a little bit when you're playing well?
BRENDON TODD: Yeah, I think golf's a little bit competitive nature, too. We're all trying to beat each other out there. So happy we all played well and we spurred each other one. It made it easy, we feed off each other, it was easy, the pace of play was good, so I think it all worked out pretty well for us today. Hopefully we can keep it up tomorrow.

Q. (No Microphone.)
BRENDON TODD: Seven years. Summer of 2007.

Q. So it's been the whole go then?

Q. And you and Chris were roommates?
BRENDON TODD: Roommates all four years.

Q. All four years. Okay.

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