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CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

July 12, 2018

Bart Bryant

Highland Park, Illinois

Q. Great round today, hiccup at the end, but that shouldn't take too much away from your round, right?
BART BRYANT: Yeah, I played good overall. I really only hit that one suspect drive, and it just ended up in a place where I had to chip out. So I'm not too disappointed. You're never real happy when you finish with a bogey, but overall it was a good day. I played really solid. I made all the putts I was supposed to make, hit my wedges well. My irons were mediocre, but I did get a couple in there pretty close. Overall it was just a really good, solid round, so that's a good start for me.

Q. What would it mean to win this tournament?
BART BRYANT: Well, you know, winning a major is always big no matter what tour you're on. It would be a dream come true for sure. But can't start thinking about that too soon. We're just barely, barely getting started.

Q. How would you describe the course today?
BART BRYANT: It was good. The greens are still very receptive. I think that's why you're seeing some low scores today. If it firms up a little bit towards the weekend, I think it could play a little tougher. But today you were able to go at the pins. Of course I was out early in the morning, so I had nine holes of stadium golf before the wind even kicked up. But if the wind blows over the next couple days and it gets a little firmer, I think you'll see a much tougher course.

Q. What about the fairways? I know there was some questions that those could be kind of tough because they were narrow at times.
BART BRYANT: The fairways here are fairly wide for a major, to be honest with you. I thought they might be a little narrower. The rough is not real penal. I think it's going to come down to the guy who's hitting his irons, wedging it well on the par-5s and then making the putts.

Q. How have you played overall this year?
BART BRYANT: Very mediocre. I had one second-place finish at Houston, but overall just hasn't been a great year. Last year was a tough poor year, so it was the first -- just with personal circumstances going on --

Q. Your wife passed?
BART BRYANT: She did, yeah. And I just didn't -- I think I handled life pretty well. I didn't handle golf very well. I don't know if I can say that or not. But golf seems to be getting a little bit better as the year goes on, and hopefully I'll get my game back. My confidence was very, very low.

Q. So this would be a great pick me up?
BART BRYANT: Yeah, it's better. I shot 66 the last round at Wisconsin. I changed putters, actually. I hadn't changed putters in forever. I had been putting so bad all year, I actually went to Dick's and bought a new putter the night before the final round, and I got 66. I said, well, I'm going to use that this week and see how it goes. And I putted awfully solid today. For me that's kind of the X-factor, and finally I saw some putts go in.

Q. What did you switch from, what to what?
BART BRYANT: You know, I've been using my old standby that I've been using since '04, actually, and it was a Bobby Grace, and I actually switched to the 2-ball, the Odyssey 2-ball putter. For some reason, it was just funny, I went in -- my caddie and I were having dinner, he goes, we've got to do something. I go, let's go buy a putter. So I went and bought a putter, and that was the first time I had putted okay was that third round. Even on the week I finished second. I putted poorly. I just hit the ball so good. So today to see some consistency -- I mean, that's two rounds in a row where I saw some consistency with the putter. For me, that's what it's always been about. If that trend can continue, I think I'll get some confidence and start playing better.

Q. So you just walked into a Dick's Sporting Goods in Wisconsin?
BART BRYANT: I did.

Q. And no one recognized you or anything?
BART BRYANT: No. No, they didn't even give me a head cover. So maybe that will be the ticket for me this week. I don't know.

Q. And you putted well today?
BART BRYANT: I did. I putted good. I didn't putt extraordinary, but I made -- all the putts I was supposed to make, I made, so that was good.

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