Mobile Bay LPGA Classic First-round Notes and Interviews

2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, Crossings Course
Mobile, Alabama
April 26, 2012
First-round notes and interviews

Jennifer Rosales, -5, Rolex Rankings No. 292
Lindsey Wright, -5, Rolex Rankings No. 86
Caroline Hedwall, -5, Rolex Rankings No. 22
Katie Futcher, -5, Rolex Rankings No. 61
Sun Young Yoo, -4, Rolex Rankings No. 15
Stacy Lewis, -4, Rolex Rankings No. 9
Mi Jung Hur -4, Rolex Rankings No. 145

Two-time LPGA winner Jennifer Rosales, 2011 European Solheim Cup Team member Caroline Hedwall, Rolex Rankings No. 61 Katie Futcher and No. 86 Lindsey Wright sit tied atop the leaderboard at 5-under-par after the first round of the 2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The quartet of players each shot a 67 Thursday on the Crossings Course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove.

Sitting one stroke behind the leaders is a group of eight players who shot 4-under in Thursday’s first round including Kraft Nabisco champion Sun Young Yoo, Stacy Lewis, and Morgan Pressel.

Lesson learned…After firing an impressive 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, Lindsey Wright finds herself in familiar territory near the top of the leaderboard.

At this year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wright opened with a 5-under par 67 then followed it up with a 1-under par 71 to go into the weekend two-strokes behind Yani Tseng. Wright then faltered on the weekend and shot two consecutive 76’s to finish the tournament tied for 43rd.

Wright admitted during her post round interview on Thursday that fatigue played a large factor in her stumble down the stretch at the year’s first major.

"I got tired, mentally tired, and I haven't been in that position really for a while," said Wright whose career-best finish is runner-up at the 2009 McDonalds LPGA Championship. "I probably lost my focus a bit, which was just fatigue mentally more than physical."

With her experience at the Kraft Nabisco Championship under her belt, Wright feels confident heading into Friday’s second round.

"I can feel myself mentally each week I'm playing get back to where I was probably three or four years ago," said Wright. "And I think, too, it helps that I have a great caddy who's incredibly relaxed. I think it was mental."

Feeling good...On a golf course where target golf is crucial, Rolex Rankings No. 22 Caroline Hedwall couldn’t be more satisfied with an opening 5-under par 67 on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings.

"It feels like it's kind of target golf and I like that," said Hedwall. "I enjoy just hitting it; where it stops where you hit it, too, I like that and I think I did that well today. Just everything feels good, and hopefully I can play as well for the rest of the week."

A member of the winning 2011 European Solheim Cup team, Hedwall is looking to improve on a season-best tie for fifth finish at the Kia Classic. If Thursday is any indication as to how the rest of the week will shape up for Hedwall, look for her name to be atop the leaderboard on Sunday.

"I feel good about my game, and if I can play this steady, I hope I can score low for the rest of the days, too," said Hedwall.

Coming to America: Two-time LPGA Tour winner Jennifer Rosales has not spent much time near the top of the leaderboard in recent years. So it was a little bit of a blast from the past when the 33-year-old finished tied for the first-round lead at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic after shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday.

This is Rosales’ first trip to the United States this year and her first LPGA event of the 2012 season. Rosales, who has Category 15 conditional status after finishing 124th on the Official Money List last year, has spent most of the year living in her native Philippines. She has played in two other golf events in 2012, one in China and another in Thailand. Instead, she’s been directing her focus to other ventures.

"I'm doing scuba diving in the off season," Rosales said. "It's fun, I really love it.  It's totally different from golf.  That's it, that's what I've been doing back home.

Rosales has not recorded a top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour since the 2005 Mizuno Classic, where she finished second. Her previous best finish in an LPGA event came at this event two years when she recorded a T16 finish. So is there something about this golf course in Mobile that suits her game?

"Not really because last year I missed the cut, so I don't know," Rosales said. "It’s just right now everything's going well for me, so keep it up."

From bacon to….salami? Katie Futcher has certainly earned attention for the quality of golf that she’s been playing this season. But Futcher’s play, which included her firing a 5-under 67 in Thursday’s first round, wasn’t the only topic of discussion in her post-round interview at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

One of the more interesting things that Futcher keeps in her golf bag is a bag of bacon that she snacks on during her round. Except that Futcher said lately she’s switched things up a bit, turning instead to another kind of processed meat - salami.

"I've tried everything on the golf course," Futcher said. "I've tried sandwiches, I've tried nuts, I've tried every kind of bar you can think of.  Bacon is good for me because it has a lot of protein and a lot of fat.  I've switched now to salami ‑‑ I go back and forth from salami to bacon.  Right now I'm on a salami kick because it just ‑‑ you know, bacon, you can only eat so much of it for so long, so I kind of need to switch it up.  Just something with some fat in it as well as some protein, and then I'll eat just a straight carbohydrate bar."

Whether the snacks were key or not, Futcher got off to a hot start in 2012 with two top-11 finishes in the first three events of the year. Things slowed down slightly for Futcher during the Tour’s West Coast swing last month but she credited a tweak in her putting stroke to her success in Thursday’s round.

"I struggled with my putting during the Kia and the Kraft and the Founders," Futcher said. "Kind of got back on track, saw my putting coach, and I’m hitting much better putts.  Starting the putts on line, that's kind of the key.  So that's going much better, my putting's much better.  So, yeah, I mean, if I can just keep the ball in the fairway and hit the green and get my best friend in my hand, I'll be fine."

Say my name: The name Mi Jung Hur might not sound familiar to a lot of LPGA fans, who originally got to know the 22-year-old by her nickname M.J.

Hur went back to using her entire first name during the offseason after what she called a disappointing 2011 season.

"I just want to start like fresh and new with my real name, not the initial," Hur said. "But everyone calls me M.J., that's fine.  They should know that Mi Jung is my real name."

After withdrawing from last week’s event in Hawaii with a neck injury, Hur got her game going in Thursday’s first round at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. She shot a 4-under 68 to put herself one shot off the lead in a T4.

"I played solid today, all the shots and short game and irons everything was fine with me," Hur said. "Unfortunately I made one bogey on last hole because I hit a driver to the right side and then hit a layup.  But I like my round today, I like it."

A boring day at the office… Lewis might have recorded a flawless 4-under par 68 on Thursday but the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Champion only needed one word to describe her first round, "boring".

"It was actually really boring, said Lewis. "I hit a ton of fairways and a ton of greens and kind of made a couple birdies late.  I don't know, it was a good day, just easy golf."

Lewis hit 11/14 fairways, 15/18 greens and recorded four birdies to find herself one stroke behind a pack of leaders at 5-under-par. Despite missing the cut at last week’s LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf, Lewis has recorded four top-20 finishes including a season-best tied for second at the ISPS Handa Australian Open.

What could be considered a solid start to the 2012 season, Lewis admitted a few plaguing swing changes has her sights set on this summer.

"I kind of haven't really been comfortable with it, trying to work on some stuff," said Lewis. "My coach came in town in the beginning of this week just trying to get things figured out and get ready ‑‑ more to get ready for the rest of the summer.  It's great if I play great now, but more than anything I want to play good this summer and I think I'm on the right track."

Whirlwind experience: Sun Young Yoo’s first major championship victory unfolded so quickly at the Kraft Nabisco that the South Korean admitted it took some time for the win to sink in.

"I couldn't believe it after I won a couple days, then I had lots of phone calls from Korea and I realized, oh, I won a major," said Yoo. "It was very exciting and, I mean, sometimes I still think about it, I can't believe it."

Yoo has continued her strong play on the golf course since that impressive win at the Kraft last month. After finishing in a T18 at the LPGA Lotte Championship Presented by J Golf in Hawaii last week, Yoo opened up with a 4-under 68 on Thursday at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic to put herself one shot off the lead.

"I hit the ball well and putted well," Yoo said. "I missed a couple putts, but 4‑under is a good score so I'm pretty happy with where I'm at right now."

Of Note…Defending champion Maria Hjorth shot an opening-round, 1-under 71 and currently sits in a T32…Spaniard Azahara Munoz, who finished runner-up at last week’s LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii, shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday. Munoz has now shot even-par or better in seven of her last eight rounds.

JENNIFER ROSALES, Rolex Rankings No. 292

MODERATOR:  Congratulations.  Great round out there today.
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  Leader in the clubhouse.  Can you just take me through the day and what was working well for you?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Actually, today was an easy day for me.  I hit most of the fairways and greens.  I only missed I think a green today.  My putting was very good today.

MODERATOR:  Your best finish recently came here two years ago in 2010.  Is there something about this golf course that really seems to suit your game?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Not really because last year I missed the cut, so I don't know.  It's just right now everything's going well for me, so keep it up.

MODERATOR:  I know you haven't played in a ton of events this year with the way your status is, but have you been playing elsewhere and how do you feel ‑‑ 
JENNIFER ROSALES:  I played two events this year.  I played one in China  and one in Asia, in Thailand.

MODERATOR:  And how's the game?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  It's okay.  It's getting there.  It takes time, you know.   I had a lot of injuries and stuff, so hopefully play good this week.

Q.  Is there anything in particular that worked well for you today?  Was it just a good day?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  The yardages were pretty good today, I didn't have any in‑between clubs, so I was just hitting it.  And the putting was really working for me today.

Q.  (Question about 17.)
JENNIFER ROSALES:  I know.  I had such a bad lie, so I made a great chip.  I mean, it was perfect, where I wanted to be, and I made par.

Q.  Can you talk about your injuries?  Can you be more specific about what's ‑‑
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Actually, my wrist, but my wrist is doing fine now.  Actually, yesterday I strained my calves here and they thought it was like a blood clot, so I went and had it (inaudible) yesterday, because Carolyn didn’t want to work with it, she's kind of scared it might pop and might have a stroke.  So yeah, because I had a long flight on Monday from the Philippines to here.  Pretty long day.

Q.  Your wrist, though.  What was wrong with your wrist?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Oh, I had a tear in my tendon.

Q.  When was that?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  That was two thousand and ‑‑

Q.  It was a while?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Yeah, it was a while and it kept coming back.  And it healed like in 2009, so right now it's doing pretty good.  There's a lot of stuff hurting right now, too.

Q.  Do you feel old?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  It's age.

Q.  What do ‑‑ you've only played twice this year, so are you spending a lot of time working on your game or ‑‑
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Actually, I'm doing scuba diving in the off season.  It's fun, I really love it.  It's totally different from golf.  That's it, that's what I've been doing back home.

Q.  Are you in the Philippines all the time? 
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Yeah, all the time. 

Q.   (Inaudible)
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Actually since last year.

Q.  Since last year, wow.  So on the range does everybody come up to you, where have you been?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Yeah, I just tell them I've been hiding from you guys.  No, it's nice to see everyone out here.  I kind of miss it.

MODERATOR:  I was going to say, considering how little golf you've played, does this come as a surprise to you to be able to put together a round like this?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Actually, you know what?  It’s better not to expect anything.  I just came out here and wanted to play and see this weekend.

Q.  I’ve got one for you.  Every course has a stretch of holes that’s designed to really test your skills, like Amen Corner at Augusta.  Is there anything on this course that you really have to really focus?
JENNIFER ROSALES:  Actually, the par 5s, you have to take advantage of it, especially on the back side.  It's pretty much reachable on the back side, so if you make a 5, it's like making a bogey.  So it just turned out pretty good today, and hopefully, you know, keep it up.

LINDSEY WRIGHT, Rolex Rankings No. 86

MODERATOR:  All right.  We'd like to welcome Lindsey Wright into the interview room.  Congratulations, a great round, 5‑under today.  Can you take me through the day and what was working well for you out there?
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  Okay.  Birdied ‑‑ I've got to remember the holes.  Birdied No. 4.  I cannot remember No. 4.  Doesn't matter.  I'll come back to that one. 

I birdied No. 9, which is a 5 iron into about three feet, and tied the rest on the front nine and played pretty solid.  And then 11, I had a birdie.  I've got to try and remember 11 as well.  I can't remember that. 

16, I had a good birdie there, and I forget where ‑‑ I had five birdies today.  Honestly, I'm tired and I just can't remember what I did.  Yeah, so I had five birdies.  I think probably two of the birdies were inside five feet and a couple of nice 10‑foot putts, and I hit the ball really ‑‑ I just played a nice round of golf.  I wish it was like that every day.

MODERATOR:  Coming off ‑‑ you know, you had a good performance at Kraft, I know not quite the weekend that you had been hoping for, and then another solid performance in Hawaii.  How has it been being able to kind of put together some solid rounds and feeling like your game's kind of coming back together?
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  It's great, it's really great, my confidence on the golf course.  I started last week, the first round, I had 6‑over and I felt a little bit ‑‑ I wasn't completely comfortable and I've been working on my game.  So after that, to come back and shoot ‑‑ I think I shot 3‑under and I made the cut and then had a really good weekend.  I finished 27th or something.  But it's just good to start a tournament badly and finish well versus the other way around, you know what I mean?  So it's good to have a bit of confidence and put some good rounds in and see how we go.

MODERATOR:  I know we talked a little bit at the Kraft about all the attention that you got from talking about some of the issues that you had had before.  Now, a little bit of time out.  Are you getting any different attention, especially being able to talk about something like that on a big stage like a major?  Have you noticed people talking to you about stuff like that, or have you gotten any more attention, I guess, that's come about?
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  Yeah, a lot ‑‑ some people have e‑mailed me, quite a few actually after Kraft, and talked about their own personal battles with depression and stuff like that.  It just makes you realize it's ‑‑ I thought, man, there's a lot of people out there who struggle.  And it's encouraging to see, you know, by being open and honest about it, it's encouraged people to get help as well and it makes a difference in their lives.  But all in all I've just had a lot of encouragement and it's been really positive.

Q.  The weekend at the Kraft, when you look back on that, was that more (inaudible) attention or was it just more not (inaudible.)
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  I think it was mental.  I got tired, mentally tired, and I haven't been in that position really for a while.  Probably lost my focus a bit, which was just fatigue mentally more than physical.  So I can feel myself mentally each week I'm playing get back to where I was probably three or four years ago.  And I think, too, it helps that I have a great caddy who's incredibly relaxed.  I'm a quite relaxed person anyway, but it's just, yeah, you know.  I don't put any ‑‑ there's no pressure on myself, so that's my other difference as well.

Q.  Just overall, how did you find the course and did you feel like this is a place where you feel comfortable playing?
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  Yeah, the course is fantastic, it really is.  The greens are really, really fast, and I love fast greens.  In Australia we play on a lot of grainy greens and out here it's quite grainy.  Greens are fast.  I mean, the big greens, you have to ‑‑ there's a couple holes out there which are quite difficult, particularly into the wind, and I'm not a long hitter, so I was having 5‑woods and rescues and 5‑irons into tough pins.  So I hit some good shots today, so it will be interesting to see the next three days.

Q.  On 18 you were able to save par there.  Just talk about (inaudible.)
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  Yeah, I think I had about 176, 180 something yards into the flag and hit a 5‑iron.  That hole just plays shorter.  There's no way I hit a 5‑iron 180 yards.  But it's a tough green, it really is.  And that pin today was really tough because it's on a little kind of ridge, and putting back up, I hit it a little bit too hard.  I think that was the longest putt I had today, so to make the par putt coming back was quite nice.                            

Q.  You're from Australia, you went to school in Malibu.  What do you find surprising about the places ‑‑ anyplace you go?
LINDSEY WRIGHT:  About Alabama?  I like seafood, I like the shrimp.  And I love the accent as well, the y'all, it's great.  It's cool.  It's laid back.  It's like Australia really, the people.  It's a nice interesting place to come.  I think last year I went to New Orleans and went to the jazz festival and had crawfish and the whole ‑‑ it was awesome, yeah.

CAROLINE HEDWALL, Rolex Rankings No. 22

Q.  If you could just take us through your day.
CAROLYN HEDWALL:  Well, I just played really solid from tee to green.  I had a lot of birdie opportunities and it felt solid.

Q.  Anything about the course suit your game in particular, or was it just one of those days where things went right?
CAROLYN HEDWALL:  Well, it feels like it's kind of target golf and I like that.  I enjoy just hitting it; where it stops where you hit it, too, I like that.  And I think I did that well today.  Just everything feels good, and hopefully I can play as well for the rest of the week.

Q.  You're in the lead right now, obviously good position.  How do you feel you set up for the rest of the week?
CAROLYN HEDWALL:  Well, like I said, I feel good about my game, and if I can play this steady, I hope I can score low for the rest of the days, too.

KATIE FUTCHER, Rolex Rankings No. 61

MODERATOR:  All right.  We'd like to welcome Katie Futcher into the interview room.  Congratulations on a great round, 5‑under par, tied for the lead after the first day of play. Take me through the round today and what was working well for you.
KATIE FUTCHER:  Today was a pretty easy day.  It was a good ball‑striking day, good putting day.  I hit it close a lot of times, left myself probably three or four inside three feet, so it was good.  Kept it in the fairway, hit a lot of greens, kept it simple.

MODERATOR:  Seven birdies, two bogeys.  What happened on the two bogey holes?
KATIE FUTCHER:  I think it was No. 5 I hit it kind of left in the bunker, and then it was very gusty, the wind, and I hit it up over the trees and it went in the water.  Had a great shot to three feet to save bogey.  And the last hole, three‑putted from about 60 feet.

MODERATOR:  Still, you have to be overall pleased with ‑‑ you were saying how well you're striking the ball.
KATIE FUTCHER:  Overall pleased.  I don't ‑‑ I certainly don't like to finish with a bogey, but, you know, if you started with a bogey and had the same result, you'd feel ‑‑ and birdied the last hole, you'd feel pretty good.  So overall, yeah, a very good day.

MODERATOR:  Talk to me a little bit about how you feel about your game coming into this week and the season overall so far.  Have you been pleased with how you've been playing, and do you feel like your game is kind of hitting its stride at this time?
KATIE FUTCHER:  I started out the season obviously really well, played some really good rounds in really good tournaments.  I struggled with my putting during the Kia and the Kraft and the Founders.  Kind of got back on track, saw my putting coach, hitting much better putts.  Starting the putts on line, that's kind of the key.  So that's going much better, my putting's much better.  So, yeah, I mean, if I can just keep the ball in the fairway and hit the green and get my best friend in my hand, I'll be fine.

MODERATOR:  With putting, it can be so temperamental at times.  What's the biggest key for you when you feel like things are going well with your putting? 
KATIE FUTCHER:  I feel like my speed is right on, but I had some technical issues with my stroke that I had to address and I did that in between, when was that, Kraft and last week, Ko Olina.  So I saw my coach and we worked on just the path.  My path was getting a little outside, cutting across it.  But, yeah, I mean, definitely my speed, but my speed is also a product of my path, so if I can just get my path and speed together, it's pretty good.

MODERATOR:  One of the things when we were working on the player guide this year that I included on your page because I find it so interesting is you carry a bag of bacon in your golf back for every round.  Still doing that?  Is it still a key element for you?
KATIE FUTCHER:  Well, yeah, I've tried everything on the golf course.  I've tried sandwiches, I've tried nuts, I've tried every kind of bar you can think of.  Bacon is good for me because it has a lot of protein and a lot of fat.  I've switched now from salami ‑‑ I go back and forth from salami to bacon.  Right now I'm on a salami kick because it just ‑‑ you know, bacon, you can only eat so much of it for so long, so I kind of need to switch it up.  Just something with some fat in it as well as some protein, and then I'll eat just a straight carbohydrate bar.

Q.  With the leaderboard like it is with so many low scores today, what do you feel is part of that?  Good pin placements or course in good condition, or is it just ‑‑
KATIE FUTCHER:  Well, it's definitely in good condition.  I think the par 5s on the back side are reachable and very scorable.  Even the par 5s on the front side, you know, with the pin positions being in sections, you can use a lot of the slopes to get close to the pin.  So you've got to take advantage of the par 5s.  The pin positions were, I'd say, pretty ‑‑ pretty accessible today.  So, I mean, just good conditions.  I mean, it was nice and the course is in great shape.

SUN YOUNG YOO, Rolex Rankings No. 5

MODERATOR:  All right. We'd like to welcome Sung Young Yoo into the interview room.  Congratulations, a solid 4‑under round for you today.
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Thank you.

MODERATOR:  First off, I guess just take me through the day and what was working well in your game for you.
SUN YOUNG YOO:  I hit the ball well and putted well.  I missed a couple putts, but 4‑under is a good score so I'm pretty happy with where I'm at right now.

MODERATOR:  It's been an exciting past month for you after winning your first major championship.  What has the reaction been like for you now having major champion?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  I couldn't believe it after I won a couple days, then I had lots of phone calls from Korea and I realized, oh, I won a major.  It was very exciting and, I mean, sometimes I still think about it, I can't believe it.

MODERATOR:  Did you get to do anything fun to celebrate?  I know it was a crazy, hectic time at Kraft, but afterwards did you get to really enjoy and celebrate with some friends?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah, I went to Orlando and we had a party and some players and caddies came over and had fun.

MODERATOR:  And overall we know how you came back on that day and how well your game was on that final day at Kraft, but how do you feel about your game this season and do you feel like it's really coming into form for you right now?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah, like I said earlier, I mean, everything started to come together, so I just focus on the good so everything's working good.

Q.  I am curious, are you good friends with I.K.?  Did you talk to her much after that tournament?  I mean, what did you say to her after ‑‑
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Actually, I saw her and her mom at the airport and (inaudible) I was ‑‑ I mean, I hope she can win sometime soon.  I know she's good player.  But I heard she has an injury, so I hope she gets well pretty soon and comes back to the tournament.

Q.  Kelly was telling me that you were on the putting green, you were watching or preparing to do an interview with her, thinking that I.K., after she lagged her putt ‑‑
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah.

Q.  Can you talk about what went through your mind when that happened and how you kind of turned it around to go into the first playoff hole?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Actually, I was just watching the finish and I was shocked when I saw it.  I was like, okay, now I better warm up because I have to play playoff.

MODERATOR:  As I was saying to Beth Ann, we were standing there and we watched her lag that putt up, and pretty much did you just ‑‑ I mean, it's a pretty easy assumption to make, I guess, when somebody lags it up that close. 
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah.

Q.  Did you assume that she was going to make that putt?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah, sure.  I mean, I didn't even watch her putt.  I was just about to leave and I saw her (inaudible) say something and I just looked back and it happened, so yeah.

MODERATOR:  Crazy moments that happen in this game of golf, isn't it?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah.

Q.  Will you have another party when you go back to Korea?
SUN YOUNG YOO:  Yeah, I guess every day.  I just getting very ‑‑ I haven't celebrated with my family yet.  We're going to have to celebrate with my family.

STACY LEWIS, Rolex Rankings No. 9

Q.  Great playing today, 4‑under on your round.  Can you just take me through your day?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, it was actually really boring.  I hit a ton of fairways and a ton of greens and kind of made a couple birdies late.  I don't know, it was a good day, just easy golf.

Q.  Great finish at the Kraft.  How are you feeling about your game lately kind of coming into this week?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I kind of haven't really been comfortable with it, trying to work on some stuff.  My coach came in town in the beginning of this week just trying to get things figured out and get ready ‑‑ more to get ready for the rest of the summer.  It's great if I play great now, but more than anything I want to play good this summer and I think I'm on the right track.

Q.  What are the big things you're working on, I guess, in the game right now?
STACY LEWIS:  Just a little bit of ball striking, and always working on putting it seems like.

Q.  And the golf course here, how is it playing so far this week and kind of what are the keys to having these good rounds?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, well, it's playing long.  Usually it's really firm here and stuff's kind of checking up a lot more than normal, so I think advantage to the longer hitters.  You've got to hit it straight and hit it in the right sections of the green because if you don't, you're going to have a tough two‑putt.  So you have to be pretty precise and long off the tee.

Q.  Not very often that you guys don't have Yani in the field.  Is there any different feeling coming into a week when you don't have her there?
STACY LEWIS:  I don't think so.  I mean, I think there's a lot of good players in the field and anybody can come out and have a good week.  There's a lot ‑‑ there's a lot more than Yani just missing.  It's definitely got a different feel to it, but not really going about things any differently.

MI JUNG HUR, Rolex Rankings No. 145

Q.  First off, just take me through the day.  It was a great day out there for you with a 4-under 68.
MI JUNG HUR:  Yeah, I played solid today, all the shots and short game and irons everything was fine with me, but unfortunately I made one bogey on last hole because I hit a driver to the right side and then hit a layup.  But I like my round today, I like it.

Q. This is the fifth event of the season for you?
MI JUNG HUR:  Yes.

Q.  So far probably haven't seen the results that you were hoping for.  What was the biggest difference in your game today?
MI JUNG HUR:  You know, I got a bad season last year so I had a lot of pressures and working hard during the winter, but it comes up getting better and better each tournament.  I had a neck injury from last week in Hawaii, so I withdrew, but fortunately I got a good round today so I want to keep this momentum until final round.

Q.  I know most people know you as M.J.
MI JUNG HUR:  Yes.

Q.  You changed the name a little this off season.  Any reason for wanting ‑‑
MI JUNG HUR:  Yeah, because I just want to starting like fresh and new with my real name, not the initial.  But everyone call me M.J., that's fine.  They should know that

Mi Jung is my real name.

 

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