TRANSCRIPT | Dana Finkelstein, 2020 Vic Open, Round 1


Q.  So you had a couple colours on your round, but tell me about the eagle there. DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, so eagle was my second hole of the day.  I don’t even know the total number but it was a 5‑wood that I hit exactly how I wanted to and then ended up eight feet […]

Q.  So you had a couple colours on your round, but tell me about the eagle there.

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, so eagle was my second hole of the day.  I don’t even know the total number but it was a 5‑wood that I hit exactly how I wanted to and then ended up eight feet past the hole and rolled it in for, you know, the eagle start.

Q.  Good way to start the round.

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, yeah, so it was nice.

Q.  And the rest of your round, mostly birdies, one bogey on the card, but you got to feel good how you started here?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, yeah, definitely a solid start.  Kind of working off last week in Boca, playing well there.

Q.  You got in Boca, what, 30 minutes before your tee time, if that?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Eight minutes before my tee time.  Yeah, Madison let me know ‑‑ I mean, she had to give it a shot and so she ‑‑ I mean, she basically almost walked halfway to the tee and then realized she couldn’t play.  So yeah, I had like eight minutes before my tee time.

Q.  So that’s called taking advantage of the situation.  So you come in on a roll?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah.

Q.  Feeling well right now?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah.  So I actually got the flu after ‑‑ in Boca on Sunday, I felt really bad and basically felt like ‑‑ really bad when I got home.  So when I flew out I was finally starting to ‑‑ I was on some medication finally, but I got home from Boca, I didn’t touch my clubs until I got to Australia.  Yeah, I mean, I guess maybe I’m a little refreshed, I guess.

Q.  And I was reading Beth Ann’s piece about all the work you put in in the offseason.  That seems to be helping you?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, yeah, for sure.  Me and my team, you know, trainer, coach, PT, we all put together a plan this offseason and I would say it’s paying off so far.

Q.  Is it more of like a physical change to your swing or your body or mentality, or all of the above? 

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Kind of all of the above.  So worked really hard with my trainer this offseason, I got pretty strong in the gym.  And then I changed swing coaches this offseason, so then with him, too, the dynamics of my swing are completely different from what they were and gained a lot of distance from that.  Just consistency with my ball‑striking also.

Q.  You’re always consistent, but those extra yards off the tee help?  

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, yeah, for sure, yeah.

Q.  Did that help out with the eagle there?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, yeah.  You know, usually ‑‑ I mean, last year playing this course I don’t think I sniffed trying to go for that par 5 in two.  Yeah, I had 5‑wood into it this year, so a little bit different. 

Q.  And got lucky with the weather this morning with the wind being down, too?

DANA FINKELSTEIN:  Yeah, yeah.  It didn’t blow nearly ‑‑ I mean, I think it was forecasted like 15 to 20 and I don’t think it’s quite there yet.  Took advantage of some calmer conditions, so yeah.


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