RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Second Round Notes and Interviews

RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Ariz.
Second-round notes and interviews
March 16, 2012

Yani Tseng -9, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Na Yeon Choi -8, Rolex Rankings No. 2
Ai Miyazato -8, Rolex Rankings No. 9

I.K. Kim -8, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Mika Miyazato -8, Rolex Rankings No. 24
Paula Creamer -7, Rolex Rankings No. 6
Karin Sjodin -7, Rolex Rankings No. 270

 

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng holds a one-stroke lead after two rounds of play at the 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Tseng followed up her opening-round 65 with a 2-under 70 in Friday’s second round to lead by one over a group of five players at 8-under-par including Rolex Rankings No. 2 Na Yeon Choi and No. 9 Ai Miyazato.

 

Back nine cool off: Tseng had quite a strong finish to her round on Thursday, shooting a 29 on the back nine at Wildfire Golf Club to take a share of the first-round lead. So with Tseng slated to tee off on No. 10 to start Friday’s round, there were plenty of people waiting to see if she could deliver similar results.

Instead, Tseng played that same stretch of holes quite differently on Friday. She recorded nine straight pars on holes No. 10-18, which was quite a change from the five birdies, one eagle and two pars she had over the same stretch of holes the previous day.

“It's very frustrating,” Tseng said. “I was like, oh, yesterday I make birdie here. How could I make par? And it was not even close. A couple holes I was trying to make safe par, but yesterday it was so easy and after nine holes I told my caddie, I think this course is not easy. He's like, how did you play yesterday? And I'm like, yeah, it must be something there.

“So I think just the confidence. I mean when you play well, you think the course everywhere is easy, every putt was easy, but when you didn't make ‑‑ like when you miss a couple putts and you start asking yourself.”

Still, Tseng was pleased in her ability to put together a round of 2-under 70 despite the slow start.

”I made lots of good shots, good drives, but I just didn't make enough putts to get more birdies,” Tseng said. “But I a good stroke, some of it was really hard to read, but it's good I make good stroke instead of bad stroke. So I enjoy it out there.”

 

Time is now? If you have ever watched Paula Creamer during an LPGA Tournament it is hard to miss her fiery, competitive nature. Despite not winning since her victory at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, Creamer knows her game is poised to return to the winner’s circle in 2012.

“I feel that I'm a much better player than I've been showing,” said Creamer. “I definitely have been going through a lot of things out on the golf course, and just overcoming things as well.”

Rolex Rankings No. 6 Creamer followed-up a first-round three-under par 69 with a four-under par 68 to head into the weekend a mere two-strokes behind current leader Yani Tseng. Another low round tomorrow and Creamer will find herself right where she feels most comfortable.

“I'm so competitive,” said Creamer. “Of course I miss being in the winner's circle, that's what I live for. I love being in contention on Sunday, on the weekend.  There's nothing better than that.  That's why I play the game, to be in contention.”

At last year’s RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Creamer came close to notching her 10th career LPGA Tour victory but finished runner-up to Karrie Webb.

There she is again: It’s becoming a familiar sight to see Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng at the top of the leaderboard. Tseng maintained the lead at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup after shooting 70 on Friday.

Na Yeon Choi, who was second only to Tseng in top-10 finishes in 2011, certainly knows what it’s like to constantly see the world’s No. 1 player at the top of the leaderboard. But while Tseng is up at the top once again, Choi said that the players in the field can’t really change their approach heading into the weekend.

“Sometimes when I see leaderboard and Yani, she is there, you feel like ‑‑ I mean honestly it’s intimidating, but I can't control her, right?” Choi said. “So I have to try to accept what happens, and I just try and play my game, and I can't control her right now. I mean she's so playing well, so I just try and do my best every time, and I don't know, maybe some good results will come.”

 

Less is better? There is an old saying to watch out for the players who are feeling under the weather or coming back from an injury. And so perhaps it’s no surprise that many of the players at the top of the leaderboard in Phoenix on Friday were feeling a little less than 100 percent.

I.K. Kim, who fired a 6-under 66 on Friday to move into a tie for second, was wearing some tape on her right ankle. “My ankle is a little bothering me, but it's not major,” said Kim.

Karin Sjodin is still recovering from a battle with pneumonia earlier this year which forced her to withdraw from the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School, but she managed to shoot a 4-under 68 and put herself in a T7 at 7-under-par.

“I pulled out and then didn't do anything for about three weeks, first starting to putt a little bit again,” Sjodin said. “And actually right now I'm on my third antibiotic session, so I've not coughed a ton. I can breathe again.”

Even Ai Miyazato, who is tied for second after shooting her second straight 68, acknowledged that she’s been feeling a little under the weather since the LPGA’s last event in Singapore last month.

“I'm feeling good with my game right now, but I got sick after Singapore, so I'm trying to come back right now,” Miyazato said. “But I'm still playing good, so I'm real happy with that, but still have two more days and hopefully I'll try to make birdies as many as I can and see what's going to happen.

 

Changing weather? The first two days of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup have featured ideal Phoenix weather with plenty of sun and temperatures in the low 80s. But there is a weather front expected to pass through the Phoenix Valley over the weekend and it’s projected to bring with it wind, rain and lower temperatures.

So how might the shift in weather affect how this course at Wildfire Golf Club plays?

“I think if windy with this course I have to hit the fairway first and then just the green,” Na Yeon Choi said. “I think main thing is no double bogey or bogey. So I will try for pars. I don't know how much windy it will be tomorrow, but it will be difficult.”

 

Staying on for the weekend: A total of 77 players made the cut, which fell at even-par 144

 

Back-to-back? Defending champion Karrie Webb has put herself right in the hunt once again at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Webb shot a 3-under 69 in Friday’s second round to move to 7-under-par for the tournament and sit two shots behind the leader Tseng.

The LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member is seeking her 39th career victory this week. If Webb can win this week, it would mark the first time that she’s won an event in consecutive years since capturing the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 and 2001.

 

Albatross! Hannah Yun didn’t make the cut in the first event of her rookie season, but she did have a very memorable moment. Yun recorded a double-eagle on the par-5 15th hole during Friday’s round. Yun holed out her second shot from 232 yards using a gripped down 3-wood.

It was the first double eagle recorded on the LPGA Tour since Angela Stanford had one in the second round of the 2008 Samsung World Championship.

 

Tweet of the Day: “Incidentally, this is how you identify the hard-core among us: we're watching the LPGA, not March Madness.” -- @AlanShipnuck

 

Of Note… Angela Stanford, who captured a playoff victory on Feb. 26 in Singapore in the HSBC Women's Champions, missed the cut this week… Brittany Lincicome, who was finished tied for second at this event last year, shot a 4-over 76 on Friday to miss the cut. This is Lincicome’s first missed cut since the 2010 season.

 

YANI TSENG, Rolex Rankings No. 1

THE MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome our current leader, Yani Tseng, into the interview room. Congratulations, another solid round for you today, 2‑under par 70, 9‑under overall now for the tournament. Take me through the day out there. I know it wasn't quite as great as yesterday where you shot that impressive 29 on the back, but you've gotta be pretty pleased with how you played out there today.
YANI TSENG: Yeah. I played really well today. I made lots of good shots, good drives, but I just didn't make enough putts to get under, more birdies, but had a good stroke, some of it was really hard to read, but it's good I make good stroke instead of bad stroke. So I enjoy out there. It's good to play in the morning. It's not too hot.
The course is in great shape and really looking forward to tomorrow and the next two days.

THE MODERATOR: You had said yesterday about how much you were looking forward to playing in the morning and how conditions the greens aren't as dry and the fairways aren't as hard. Do you feel maybe that you didn't take as much advantage as you could have, didn't go as low or are you still pretty pleased with being able to shoot 70 out there?
YANI TSENG: Yeah. I thought the greens are going to be a little softer, but it's not. The green was still really ‑‑ you still get a first big bounce, and we're hitting lots of good shots today, but I just didn't make enough putt. I had solid chances and I didn't make it. I didn't hold the chance, so hopefully tomorrow I will.

Q. Yani, I noticed that you made nine straight pars on the Back 9 to start out today after you ripped it apart for 29 yesterday. Was it kind of frustrating going across the same holes and not getting any birdies this time?
YANI TSENG: Oh, it's very frustrating. I mean I had a whole ‑‑ I didn't make any bogeys today. No, I didn't make any bogeys today. And front nine ‑‑ it's very sorry. I was like, oh, yesterday I make birdie here. How could I make par, and it was not even close.
A couple holes I was trying to make safe par, but yesterday it was so easy and after nine holes I told my caddie, I think this course is not easy. He's like, how did you play yesterday? And I'm like, yeah, it must be something there.
So I think just the confidence. I mean when you play well, you think the course everywhere is easy, every putt was easy, but when you didn't make ‑‑ like when you miss a couple putts and you start asking yourself.
But I mean today I still feel pretty good. On the Back 9 my caddie was asking me like how many under are you going to shoot? I'm like eight. I'll try to go 8‑under, and I made birdie on No. 10 hole, and I missed really short putt, like three feet putt for birdie next hole. Otherwise I think the score could be lower.

Q. It says you had a bogey on 7 today.
YANI TSENG: Oh, the par‑3. Yeah. That's right. I forgot about that.

Q. Just positive thinking. You just pushed it out of your mind?
YANI TSENG: Yeah, I forgot about that. That's true. I just forgot about that.

Q. Why not?
YANI TSENG: Yeah, why not.
THE MODERATOR: That's what happens when you're No. 1 in the world. You can forget those bogeys.
YANI TSENG: Just forget about the bad ones and think about the good ones.

Q. When you look at who's chasing you on the scoreboard, what kind of challenge are you seeing the next two days?
YANI TSENG: You know, I didn't think that much. You know, this is a four‑day tournament, you know, winning the tournament on the first two days. So next two days are very important, but I will keep the same strategy, be aggressive and try to make more birdies as I can and play smart, and two more days to come.
And I love this golf course. And by hitting good driver, I think I have a lot of chances to win.

Q. Yani, I'm not sure if you're familiar with this, but the golf course is actually made up of two different golf courses here at Wild Fire. So the front nine is the Arnold Palmer design and the Back 9 is the Nick Faldo design. Which nine do you think is more difficult, and do they play like two different golf courses or do you see it as just one hole after another?
YANI TSENG: No. I think it plays a little different. I think front nine is harder, because I mean we're hitting ‑‑ I'm hitting rescue, hitting 3‑wood, hitting driver, like hitting all kinds of different shots on the front nine.
But the Back 9 I mostly hit driver. I only hit a couple of rescue, but everything is just kind of driver pull all the way down there. So Back 9 the fairway was a little wider and didn't have that much bunker attack you on the fairway.
But front nine is kind of real narrow. You have to good it in good position to be on the fairway.

NA YEON CHOI, Rolex Rankings No. 2

Q. Congratulations. Another solid round for you today.
NA YEON CHOI: Thank you.

Q. Again, same stuff as yesterday? Did the round feel similar?
NA YEON CHOI: Well, I got only one birdie front nine. I was good patient, and then today I had only three birdies, but without bogey, so I think that's the main thing.
I'm very satisfied what I did today, and then weather is good like yesterday, but I heard tomorrow and Sunday the weather will be a little cold ‑‑ cold and windy, so I have to prepare for that, and then I think I'm in good position right now, but I have two more rounds, but I have great feeling in my game lately, so I'm really looking forward to this week.

Q. Like you said, the weather is supposed to change. How much will that kind of weather affect this golf course? How much will it change your approach to it?
NA YEON CHOI: I heard tomorrow will be a lot of windy. I think if windy with this course I have to hit the fairway first and then just green. I think main thing is no double bogey or like bogey. So I will try par first.
So I don't know how much windy tomorrow, but it will be difficult.

Q. I know it's only after two rounds, but it's pretty bunched up there at the top with Yani up there again?
NA YEON CHOI: A lot of good people.

Q. Do you guys get used to seeing Yani up there week in and week out and do you change your approach at all when you see her up there at the top of the leaderboard?
NA YEON CHOI: Not really. Sometimes when I see leaderboard and Yani, she is there, you feel like ‑‑ I mean honestly intimidating, but I can't control her, right? So I have to try to accept what happens, and I just try and play my game, and I can't control her right now. I mean she's so playing well, so I just try and do my best every time, and I don't know, maybe some good results will come.

Q. Any difference today playing in the afternoon compared to playing in the morning? Did you notice a change in the golf course?
NA YEON CHOI: I think the green is a little slower than the front nine. I think so. I hit it a little shorter than cup with my putter, so I have to think about that the next two days.

AI MIYAZATO, Rolex Rankings No. 9

Q. First off, great round today; 4‑under. Can you just take me through the day and what was working well for you?
AI MIYAZATO: I played in the afternoon yesterday, so you know, fairways and greens were pretty firm, but this morning it was really soft.
And I thought I can be more aggressive, but I was a little bit impatient on the front nine, but on the Back 9 I made some putts, so I'm very happy with that.

Q. I know Yani had a great Back 9 yesterday. There have been some really good numbers turned in on the Back 9. Is there something about this Back 9 that players seem to get things going on?
AI MIYAZATO: No. The key hole is par‑5, though, because there's are some short par‑5s on the Back 9, so if you get a green, you can have eagle chance on that par‑5. So I think that's the key point.
But it's the same as on the front nine, too, so if you keep making birdie on the par‑5, I think it's going to get a round going.

Q. You've gotten off to a good start already this season and now playing well this week. How are you feeling about your game overall so far this year?
AI MIYAZATO: I'm feeling good with my game right now, but I got sick after Singapore, so I'm trying to come back right now. But I'm still playing good, so I'm real happy with that, but still have two more days and hopefully I'll try to make birdies as many as I can and see what's going to happen.

Q. What do you think is the biggest key this weekend? You were talking about some of the par‑5s. Is that one of the biggest keys on this golf course?
AI MIYAZATO: Even for my driving distance, still you can get the green, so I think the par‑5 is definitely the key points, but this weekend is going to be like cold and rain, I heard, so should be a different golf course on Sunday.
But still, just trying to hit fairways and greens and trying to make simple. Should be fun.

Q. Do you like desert golf? Is this something that suits your game?
AI MIYAZATO: Yeah. I like desert golf course. It's totally different, you know, weather wise and the greens and fairways and the views are different. But yeah, I like it.

Q. And anything specific that you were working on coming into this week with your game?
AI MIYAZATO: Well, not really, but on some short game, like around 80 yards, it's not really solid so far, so I need a little bit more practice with that and should be fine.

Q. Getting a little better already in these first couple rounds?
AI MIYAZATO: Yeah, better than yesterday, I would say.

Q. That's always good.
AI MIYAZATO: Hopefully getting better the next two days.

I.K. KIM, Rolex Rankings No. 11

Q. Great playing today.
I.K. KIM: Thank you.

Q. What was it that was really working well for you out there to be able to shoot 6‑under today?
I.K. KIM: Yesterday I thought I played really well, but the speed of the green was a little off, and today I had better ‑‑ I was actually hitting closer a couple times, and it helped with the putting.
But yeah, this golf course, if you are ‑‑ you can get to some short holes, make birdies on those holes and birdies on par‑5s, I think you can go like really low, but still, you gotta play with the bounce and the green and the wind in the afternoon and everything. So I think it's a good golf course for a lot of players, including myself.

Q. Coming off a strong finish in Singapore where you played really well, do you feel pretty good about your game right now overall?
I.K. KIM: I am. I think I'm getting better. That's actually obviously my goal, getting better each tournament and learn something, and yesterday I learned a couple of things that I worked on on the range, and today was a much better day. But I still gotta keep working on the right things, so yeah, hopefully better tomorrow.

Q. Anything specific you're working on with your swing right now?
I.K. KIM: I'm just working on a few things, you know, good takeaway, and coming to the shot and a few things, but everything's well.
Just my ankle is a little bothering me, but it's not major.

Q. I was going to say, what happened? I just saw it taped up.
I.K. KIM: I don't know. It's always been kind of too loose, and some parts are tight, so I got some kind of combination, so I just have the tape on. And I think, yeah, it feels fine.

Q. It's amazing what that tape can do. In terms of ‑‑ I know it's only Friday, but to be up near the top of the leaderboard two days into the event, how pleased are you with the position you've put yourself in through two rounds?
I.K. KIM: I'm very happy. I think I'm progressing. I think that's very important. And I would still like ‑‑ I think I left a few putts out there, but everybody has the same story, I guess. So I just gotta keep playing good golf, hit some good solid shots, and kind of enjoy on the weekend. It's early in the season, so I'm happy to kind of come back and play out here, and it's my first time playing this course, and everything is fantastic. Everybody's very nice. So I'm happy to be here.

MIKA MIYAZATO, Rolex Rankings No. 24

THE MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome Mika Miyazato into the interview room today. Congratulations, a great round of 5‑under 67 today.
MIKA MIYAZATO: Thank you.

THE MODERATOR: Bogey‑free round. Can you just take me through your round and what was working well for you on the golf course today?
MIKA MIYAZATO: It was good the last two days, and my second shot is playing so much better today. So I'm so happy with today's round.

THE MODERATOR: What part of your game do you think is going best for you right now? What have you been working on and what has translated out on the golf course.
MIKA MIYAZATO: I just practice more like iron shots, like chipping also.

THE MODERATOR: This is the third event of the season for you.
MIKA MIYAZATO: Yes.

THE MODERATOR: Played decently in Thailand and Singapore, but do you feel pretty good about your game coming into this week?
MIKA MIYAZATO: I played Thailand, Singapore, not so play good, but this week so much better.

THE MODERATOR: What's been the biggest difference?
MIKA MIYAZATO: Biggest difference. Like iron shot is much better because the green regular in regulation is, like today, 16, so better.

PAULA CREAMER -7, Rolex Rankings No. 6

THE MODERATOR: All right. We'd like to welcome Paula Creamer into the interview room. Congratulations on a great round out there today. 68. Can you just take me first off through the day and what was working well for you?
PAULA CREAMER: I hit 16 greens today. I gave myself a ton of chances. I could have gotten so much lower than 68. But I'm pretty pleased with how I hit the ball, and I hit a lot of great putts, just they didn't go in, but saving them for the weekend in a sense, and I just feel very confident out here.
I like this golf course a lot. It fits my eye well, and once I get on a roll with making putts, then I think I can go pretty low out here by how well my ball striking is.

THE MODERATOR: I was going to ask you about that. You played well here last year. It seems ‑‑ what exactly when you play well on a course, does that carry over into the next year? Do you think about that a lot when you're out there?
PAULA CREAMER: You always want to go to places where you've played well and you have fond memories, and I like it here. I like Arizona. It's pretty dry, but other than that, you know, I like the golf courses. They're kind of demanding in certain areas. It just fits my game well.
I've been practicing really hard on my new golf swing and just trying to take it to the golf course as much as I can. And it's starting to show a little bit more with how many greens I have been able to hit the last two days.

THE MODERATOR: This is your third event of the season, and you've had a little bit of time now to kind of work on those technical changes. Is it starting to feel more comfortable? Is it becoming more natural?
PAULA CREAMER: Yes and no. I'm pretty technical, the most technical I've ever been, and it's just the way it's going to be for a while. I'm okay with that. It's hard. It's never ‑‑ I'm a feel player, and I'm kind of transitioning into somebody else, but eventually I hope that we can say at the end of the year that I'm back to where I'm at and hopefully better than I've ever been, especially consistency wise with my golf swing.

Q. Right out of the gate there in the first four holes you had about three eight, nine‑foot birdie putts in there and you got one of them, I think. You're hitting a ton of greens. Is it getting frustrating that the birdie putts aren't going in?
PAULA CREAMER: Yes and no. Yes, obviously, I mean I want to make as many birdies as I can and I want to move up the board. I mean I can't tell you how many nine‑footers, inside ten feet I've had today. I would say a good 11, 12.
There was only a couple of holes where I really had to work for par, and unfortunately I three‑putted 8, my 17th hole and didn't finish in a sense great in that way, but it's ‑‑ you know, the more I give myself the chances, the better I feel confidence wise over the putts.
It's tough. You know, you're constantly getting looks at it, you miss and you kind of want to forget about it, but at the same time you keep giving them to yourself, you're going to make them sooner or later.
But yes, there were some times there where I was very frustrated. But I'm hitting it better, so I can't ‑‑ it's a Catch‑22 kind of thing.

Q. What are you working on your swing right now?
PAULA CREAMER: What am I working on? Many, many, many things.

Q. For example?
PAULA CREAMER: How much time do we have? laug No, just a lot with my posture. You can see in my practice swings I float the club forward, and I'm trying to get my wrist being able to set more. With my thumb surgery I kind of lost some flexibility in my left hand and I'm really working on being able to set my hands and keep my width. But more tighter, I guess you could say, not as flat at the top.
You know, I kind of have not necessarily two different golf swings, but my driver setup is much different. I'm hitting it much further off the tee when I hit it good. You can tell when I hit it good, it goes far. And when I miss it, I hit this kind of peeler off to the right. But I've definitely picked up yardage, which is something I was trying to do.

Q. This is the reason why yesterday on the par‑5 you were too long and then you have a problem?
PAULA CREAMER: Which one?

Q. I think yesterday on the par‑5, No. 5, you were too far and you were in the bush and you stayed there a long time?
PAULA CREAMER: I made par, though, so that was good from the bush.

Q. Amazing par.
PAULA CREAMER: Thank you.

Q. Your driver ‑‑
PAULA CREAMER: Yes, today I hit a 3‑wood. No, it's not really ‑‑ it's a weird tee shot. It was 280 through and down the right side. It's just visually from the tee box it looks like you have no room to the left and everybody bails out to the right when you really do have a lot more room down the left side. And 3‑wood I can be more aggressive and I can just swing. Driver, I kind of have to hit it perfect and have a shorter club. But I still went 3‑wood, 3‑wood today and I was fine.

Q. So the driver yesterday was miss‑aiming or it was ‑‑
PAULA CREAMER: It was miss‑hit, yes. It was a big cut down to the bush, as you saw. But made par, so I was pretty excited about that.

Q. It's been a while since you've won. Is it frustrating or are you just kind of resigned to the fact that you're learning some new stuff?
PAULA CREAMER: Well, I'm so competitive. Of course I miss being in the winner's circle. That's what I live for. I love being in contention on Sunday, on the weekend. There's nothing better than that. That's why I play the game, to be in contention.
I feel that I'm a much better player than I've been showing. I definitely have been going through a lot of things out on the golf course, and just overcoming things as well. I hope by the end of the year we won't be saying that anymore, but if I just keep doing what I've been doing, I know that I can get there.
There's no reason why I can't win again multiple times and that's my goal.

Q. You almost did it here last year. Was that your best chance last year when you played here?
PAULA CREAMER: To win last year?

Q. To win?
PAULA CREAMER: I played well at CME. I took a ton of Top 10s last year. Just never had four great days to win. Obviously Yani played exceptionally well last year and was tough to beat. But I had my moments where I kind of let some things go out on the golf course. I've looked at it. I've looked at the differences of when I could win four times in a year and why I didn't win last year and the year before I only won once at the Open. And it just comes down to making putts and eliminating the bogeys.
And so far I'm very aware of it and I'm trying to get back to that mentality of a lot of greens and you know if you eliminate the mistakes, you're going to be in it. And I'm two back right now and could have been a ton lower. Now I have two more days left.

Q. Some of the other players have mentioned to us that today the greens seemed to be a lot tougher. They were all hitting the greens in regulation, and it seemed like they were missing those birdie putts like you were just saying. Was there something different about the greens today that did that or was it just a mechanical thing with you?
PAULA CREAMER: No. They're tough to read. They're tough greens. You gotta constantly think of downtown and this and that, and you know, looking at a putt you want to say it's left to right, but you gotta look at where the low spot in the valley is, and it's hard.
It's difficult to play that way, you know, but I hit a lot of great putts and I guess they were just miss‑reads or whatnot. I burned a lot of edges.
But it is, they roll very true, so if you start it on line, they're going in, but that's the hard part is getting it going where you think it should be. There was constantly a couple times where I had to call my caddie and say, okay, is this here or here, and sometimes you tend to over think it, and I think that's kind of what my tendency was a little bit today with those eight, nine‑footers.

KARIN SJODIN, Rolex Rankings No. 270

Q. First off, a great day today. Now 7‑under par for the tournament. Can you just take me through the round today and what was working well for you?
KARIN SJODIN: Sure, actually. I started making a few birdie putts, and I would typically say I hit it better yesterday. I guess that's the way it is. But made some crucial putts here and there and then made some birdies in the end.

Q. On the Back 9 seems when you really got rolling. Was there anything that got you going or when you felt things started to really ‑‑
KARIN SJODIN: Just the first few holes I wasn't hitting it very well but then the last probably 15 or so I thought I was hitting it good. So I guess finally something came out of it.

Q. Yesterday Yani shot 29 on the Back 9 and really got rolling. Is the back playing easier than the front or is there something that can get you going a little bit?
KARIN SJODIN: I don't know. I think both of them had kind of two really reachable par‑5s and two quasi reachable ones, but I don't know if it's got some shorter shots, but in my mind I think they played pretty equal.

Q. For you, coming into this week, how are you feeling about your game and did you see kind of being able to put together two rounds like these two start off the week?
KARIN SJODIN: I think so. I've felt pretty good about my game this year. I've had some rough years, but starting to feel good about the way I'm hitting the ball and the putting is improving every year, it seems like, which was needed.
But also, I went and got some new shafts in my irons last week, so everything feels the way I like it now.

Q. Was there anything specific that you worked on this off season with your game or something that you were trying to ‑‑
KARIN SJODIN: I started off working on things. It's always the same swing things for me. Try to not hit push draws, but go across at the top, but then I got pneumonia in January, so after that I've been kind of just relaxing mostly. Had some short golf sessions here and there, but still trying to take it easy.

Q. That’s a little tough. How long were you sidelined for pretty much for that?
KARIN SJODIN: Well, actually I was at the Ladies European Tour Q‑School when it happened. So I pulled out and then didn't do anything for about three weeks, first starting to putt a little bit again. And actually right now I'm on my third antibiotic session, so I've not coughed a ton. I can breathe again.

Q. That's always good. It's amazing, sometimes, though, they always say when you're not maybe feeling at your greatest, sometimes that's when you can play your best…
KARIN SJODIN: Yeah, but at the same time it's kind of hard to hit it two clubs shorter than you're used to as well, so I guess it's a combination.

Q. And what do you think the keys are for the rest, heading into the weekend for you?
KARIN SJODIN: Just keep doing what I'm doing. Seems to work now, and just I guess relax a bit this afternoon, take a nap, and just keep on doing the same things.

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