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Daniel Berger & Charley Hoffman - December 11, 2015


DAVE SENKO: Well, Charley and Daniel, maybe just get us started, 8-under 64 today and 20 under for the tournament. What went well today?

CHARLEY HOFFMAN: I'll start. We played good. Daniel hit a bunch of good shots off the tee. One of those rounds looking back, we left a ton out there which is nice looking into tomorrow and knowing that we have some good momentum going in. We hit a bunch of good shots. Didn't convert on some of the short putts but I think tomorrow we'll have a few more putts go in. Even look forward to tomorrow and making more birdies. I'm excited to play tomorrow because I know we're playing good golf and I can't wait to make a bunch of birdies.

DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I think we've got a nice rhythm going. I'm teeing off first on every hole. Yeah, we're just having fun. It's very competitive, obviously we all want to win, but we just go in there with some low expectations and just keep doing what we've been doing and I'm sure it'll be fun.

DAVE SENKO: Birdies on 2, 3 and 4, who made the putts, how long the putts were?

CHARLEY HOFFMAN: He made a great putt on 2 from about 35, 40 feet. 3, from 15 feet, 12, 15 feet. Then he hit it to two feet on 4 and got us going in the right direction. First hole we hit on in two and we three-whipped that one, so it was nice to get three in a row after that.

DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I think we got a little slow kind of in the middle of the round and I don't know, we just kind of turned it on toward the end and made some nice birdies coming down the stretch and got some nice momentum going into Saturday. And yeah, we're just going to go out there and have some fun and see what happens.

DAVE SENKO: Birdies on those last three holes, how long were the putts?

DANIEL BERGER: I think I made about a 10-footer on 16. Charley hit a great, I think it was a 6 or 5-iron in there. And then on 17 we switched it up a little bit. We hadn't birdied a par 5 all day and Charley was going for the greens on all the par 5s so we switched it up and I hit one in there to about 10, 15 feet and Charley just barely missed one. And then on 18 Charley made a great putt for birdie from about 8 feet, but it was a tough putt, big break left to right. It's always nice to finish with a couple birdies.

DAVE SENKO: Bogey on 7, what happened there?

CHARLEY HOFFMAN: We got a little  we got a little aggressive. Our plan was to get the ball in the fairway and Daniel go for it. Looking back, I laid too far back. I should have hit 3-wood off the tee, get a little bit closer. Daniel actually hit a pretty good iron shot, pulled it just slightly and sort of a tough little shot. I had an average chip to about four or five feet and happened not to make the putt. But I think we just  my strategy off the tee was laid a little too far back.

DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I don't think Charley hit a bad shot on that hole and we ended up with a bogey, so I'll take the blame on that one, but overall it was a great day.

Q. How well do you guys know Brandt and Jason and what's it going to be like playing with them just being right there?

CHARLEY HOFFMAN: I know Brandt and Jason real well. Brandt's wife and my wife are real good friends, our kids are the same age, and I've known Jason since college and played a lot of golf with him. Two great guys that I've known for a long time and I'm sure we'll continue a fun event and good people to play with. Everybody obviously everybody and those are two good guys to play golf with no, no question. But I bet they want to beat us just as much as we want to beat them tomorrow.

DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I've only been out here for a year now so I know them well enough, but everyone's real friendly so we've got to know each other. But like Charley said, they're going to want to beat us and we're going to want to beat them, and if that wasn't the case you probably wouldn't be playing in this tournament right now.

Q. Daniel, you're an east coast guy; Charley, you're a west coast guy. There's about a 17-year age difference between the two of you. How do you make this team work?

DANIEL BERGER: I think Charley's more my age than I am. I think he acts like he's 22 out there so we get along pretty well. No, I think it doesn't really matter the age difference, it's just about getting the ball in the hole and that's what we've got to do tomorrow.

Q. Any thoughts?

CHARLEY HOFFMAN: Yeah, for me, I've been out here for a while now. I wasn't good enough at his age to get on Tour but it's nice to play with a young guy. Like he said, I feel young, I feel like a 22-year old. It's fun to see the energy the young kids have on Tour. They're the future of the Tour and it's fun to be part of obviously our best Rookie of the Year last year and it's fun to play golf with him. He's a great player and he's got some great golf ahead of him and I'm just happy he asked me to be his partner.

Q. So when he says you're like a 22-year old, would you ever consider growing your hair long again?

CHARLEY HOFFMAN: The problem is my genes on the top of my head don't think I'm a 22-year old. That's the problem there.

Q. You mentioned the pairing. So he asked you?

DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I found out after the TOUR Championship that I was going to play and I was kind of looking at the field and got to know Charley a little bit this year obviously. And yeah, I looked at all the names and I said I would like to play with Charley this year and I sent him a text and he didn't have a partner and it just so happened we got together.


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