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.