A Flash Interview With: Angela Stanford
ANGELA STANFORD: I am not sure every year is the best. I struggled here, but then I have also done really well. Maybe just a lot of it is how I feel about the golf course. I love Pumpkin Ridge. I love this golf course, so I like the layout. Maybe it's just I am more level-headed this week (laughs).
ANGELA STANFORD: This year has been a bumpy ride so far, and I think everything that I have been learning along the way I am using this week. A lot of that has been being patient on the golf course; that really came in handy today.
ANGELA STANFORD: Definitely. The fairway that I missed - I missed 9 - that was the only one I had to chip out. I think I missed a total of -- I don't remember. But 9 is the only one I remember that I had to really just chip out.
ANGELA STANFORD: It was actually just in the first cut, so I got lucky there and just hit a low-hooking 4-iron. It ran all the way up. It must have been running for at least 75 yards, so that first cut kind of came in handy there.
ANGELA STANFORD: I can't remember. Actually hit a good shot off the tee. It was a 7-wood and sometimes my 7-woods aren't as high as others, so this was more -- I told my caddie it was my bullet shot and I knew -- everybody was clapping, I thought that didn't stay on the green, so I didn't get up-and-down.
This year at the McDonald's Championship I kind -- I blew up on one hole. When I made the turn, got it back to even, I thought, I am not going to lose my head, I am just going to keep playing, I am going to keep doing what I am supposed to do, one shot at time and let's just see what happens.
The putting, I think you have to be a great putter at U.S. Opens. I feel like I am rolling it very well. I feel like I have been putting well all year, it just hadn't gone in the hole. Every time I got over it today, I thought I am a great putter and at some point they are going to go in.
ANGELA STANFORD: The scary part is they could probably speed them up. That's the scary part. I noticed towards the end there they were getting a little bumpy, but I think that's just the type of grass. They were very smooth our first, you know, 14, 15 holes. Just started to notice it at the end. I am scared they will speed them up. That's a good possibility.
ANGELA STANFORD: Pretty similar in that I am playing I feel like I am really in the moment. I think in 2003, each shot I hit I was really in the moment. I felt like that today. So that was a good feeling (laughs).
ANGELA STANFORD: 18 is probably one of the toughest finishing holes that I have seen in a while. Second shot is tough for me because I hit -- my ball flight is just a little bit lower, so visually that's tough for me. I was actually happy it made it to the bunker. I just tried to hit a good bunker shot, keep it below the hole.
Again that putting, some par putts today. I thought, you know, at some point I am going to make one of these par putts, I am just due and I am rolling it so well. That one I felt good because it was just straight up.
ANGELA STANFORD: Yeah. It is an emotional roller coaster. I started out really high, then came back. Even made a couple of birdies coming in. I did feel good to get off to a good start and just, I mean, you do get beat up out there.
ANGELA STANFORD: I am expecting that this course is just going to get tougher. Then you factor in the nerves on the weekend. It's just going to get tougher. So I was hoping to get out with a good round today.
ANGELA STANFORD: I think so. I think it's one of the best and I have only played in. I think this is my fifth Open maybe. I love the setup. You don't hit driver all the time. You have to put your ball in a certain spot and a lot of times that's hard at U.S. Opens because the fairways roll out so much. So there's really a lot of strategy that goes into this golf course and a lot of planning, and I think that's why I like it because you really have to think your way around this golf course.
But, yeah, you always want to know what the field is doing and I am sure I will be told many times between now and tomorrow to stop looking at the leaderboard. We have a lot of golf left, so I need to stop looking.