El Camaleón Golf Club - Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México
First Round Interview: Emiliano Grillo
Q: I kind of thought your round was in the balance on 5 tee, bogeyed two of the last three holes at 2 and 4. What clicked at 5 that you could run off five straight birdies?
EMILIANO GRILLO: I was playing well, it was just playing hard. There's a couple bogeys there from basically from the middle of the fairway on 2 and then pretty easy bogey there on 4. It was playing 111, 112. Just a couple of those that kind of stopped me a little bit. But I was playing well, I just kept doing my thing. I just made a few putts coming in.
Q: A few putts; like I said, four birdies in a row. And what a par putt you had at the 9th as well, maybe a 20-footer that just found the side of the cup.
EMILIANO GRILLO: Yeah, I was trying my best to make another bogey, but I was able to make a 4 there. You know, lunch is going to taste better after that.
Q: We're still early in the day, but no one's taken it extremely low. The fairways are definitely playing wider. Is it the wind that's holding scores down?
EMILIANO GRILLO: Yeah, it's just super soft out there and the ball is going nowhere. There's a lot of wind, a lot of holes with wind from left to right, makes it a little more harder. Some of the holes you have hazards or out-of-bounds on both sides, so you just have to be precise off the tee and you're going to have some scoring opportunities there.
Q: I know there's been times when you've been frustrated with your putting through the years. Anything click on those last few holes or is this a gradual adjustment you've been making?
EMILIANO GRILLO: It's been getting better, it's been getting better. I've been hitting it well since we restarted after COVID. Putting is definitely trending in the right direction.