CN Canadian Women's Open Second-Round Notes and Interviews

CN Canadian Women's Open
Vancouver Golf Club
Coquitlam, British Columbia
August 24, 2012
Second-round Notes and Interviews

Lydia Ko -8, (a)
Chella Choi -8, Rolex Ranking No. 45
Angela Stanford -5, Rolex Ranking No. 19
Na Yeon Choi -5, Rolex Ranking No. 4
Inbee Park -5, Rolex Ranking No. 11
Suzann Pettersen -4, Rolex Ranking No. 6
Yani Tseng -3, Rolex Ranking No. 1

U.S. Amateur Champion Lydia Ko didn't look at a leaderboard until the 15th hole on Friday, at which point she realized why all the cameras were showing up to shoot her round. The 15-year-old amateur shares the 36-hole lead with Chella Choi at 8-under-par 136 in her bid to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open.

Ko made four birdies on the back-nine at Vancouver Golf Club - including three consecutive on holes 12, 13 and 14 - to shoot her second-straight 68. Should she hang on to win this week, Ko would be just the fifth amateur to win on the LPGA Tour and first since JoAnne Carner in 1969.

"Today I didn't make any bogeys, and that was really helpful," Ko said. "My goal was 4‑under today, and I shot 4‑under on the back nine which is good once again, and I did that yesterday as well."

Chella Choi grabbed a share of the lead with a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 on Friday. Currently 45th on the Rolex Rankings, Choi is enjoying a solid year with four top-10 finishes to her credit, including a tie for second at the first Canadian event of the year, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in June.

"My condition was bad yesterday, and two days ago, (because) my left shoulder was hurting and very tight," Choi said. "But yesterday I massaged it there, so my condition is better, and my shot and putting was perfect day today."

Choi, who will celebrate her 22nd birthday on Saturday, was thrilled with her round, but happier still to make the cut following back-to-back missed cuts - and depressing birthdays - at the last two CN Canadian Women's Opens.

Amateurs to win an LPGA event
Polly Riley, 1950 Tampa Open
Pat O'Sullivan, 1951 Titleholders Championship
Catherine LaCoste, 1967 U.S. Women's Open
JoAnne Carner, 1969 Burdine's Invitational

Youngest winners in LPGA Tour history
Lexi Thompson, 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic (72-hole event) at 16 years, 8 months, 8 days
Marlene Hagge, 1952 Sarasota Open (18-hole event) at 18 years, 14 days
Marlene Hagge, 1952 Bakersfield Open (18-hole event) at 18 years, 2 months, 15 days
Paula Creamer, 2005 Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury (72-hole event) at 18 years, 9 month, 17 days
Morgan Pressel, 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship (72-hole event) at 18 years, 10 months, 9 days
Paula Creamer, 2005 Evian Masters (72-hole event), 18 years, 11 months, 18 days

 

Cut it out: A total of 76 players made the cut, which fell at 3-over par at 147.

 

Sorting priorities… Most 15-year-olds are in the beginning stages of exploring options and stressing out about post-secondary education. There are few, if any, who start considering a professional career in sports following high school graduation. For Lydia Ko, who is already off to a staggering start to her professional golf career, she might try balancing both.

"Lots of the players that I used to play with, they went to college right after high school, so that kind of got me into saying I want to go to college as well," Ko said. "That's been my goal.  One of my goals since ages ago. So yeah, I don't want to hurry anything.  Like I said, I enjoy school a lot.  Personally, I think you need to study and it will help with your game.  Like if you do math, it will help you read the lies or whatever.  That's what my mom says at least." 

Ko's golf resume is not one that many 15-year-olds can boast. She has played in 10 professional golf events, ranks as the world's top amateur golfer and won the U.S. Amateur Championship just two weeks ago. Although gaining ample experience on the course, Ko finds herself missing a normal teenage life and more than 75 days of school this term.

"I'm definitely missing out on teenager activities," Ko said. "I'd love to go out on Saturday night with my friends and watch a movie, but that happens really like once a year or a couple times a year. Now I'm realizing golf is like a full‑time job, and I'm missing a lot of school.  At this age I should be going to school every day."

Despite her extended absence from school, Ko still puts her studies at a high priority and plans to attend Standford University like one of her favorite LPGA players, Michelle Wie.

"I want to go to college definitely and somewhere in California, and I want to go to Stanford," Ko said. "I like Michelle Wie because she went to Stanford.  I don't want to go to Stanford because she went there.  It's just I like Stanford, so kind of that direction."

Chasing the young gun… Both 12-year veterans on the LPGA Tour Angela Stanford and Suzann Pettersen felt old after Friday's round when they looked up at the scoreboard to see a 15-year-old leading the pack. Many top-finishers today were asked if they remembered what they were doing at 15 and Stanford replied "I was a car hop at Sonic, so that's what I was doing."

Stanford still recognized the young talent, acknowledged her successful amateur career and gave her props for finishing well on a course that plays difficult for many.

"She's a good one," Stanford said. "So at least she's a great player, and she's played internationally.  So she's probably ‑‑ her putter's probably hot.  You've got to be putting it well here."

Pettersen was taken aback when she saw Lydia Ko's name at the top of the leaderboard, which may have given her more determination heading into Saturday's round.

"There are a few adjustments I have to make, and there are two more rounds so hopefully we can get a few more birdies in there and make a charge on the 15‑year‑old," Pettersen said.

Quotable: "(When I was 15) I was a car hop at Sonic. So that's what I was doing." - Angela Stanford on 15-year-old Lydia Ko leading the field

Tweet of the Day: "15 YO Lydia Ko can't drive herself to work but she's driving world's best golfers crazy. Leads LPGA stop in Canada #driventosuccess" - @KellyTilghmanGC

Of Note… Chella Choi was one-stroke off the Vancouver Golf Club's course record after carding an 8-under 64 in Friday's round… Defending champion Brittany Lincicome is 1-over-par 145 entering the third round… Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is five shots back at 3-under-par 141…

Lydia Ko, amateur

MODERATOR:  I'd like to welcome our current leader Lydia Ko into the interview room.  Lydia, congrats on another great finish today.  Can you take us through your day and how you were able to score so well?
LYDIA KO:  Well, today I didn't make any bogeys, and that was really helpful because sometimes a bogey in the middle of your round can make your confidence go a little down.  So it was good.  I played pretty consistent, and I made all putts on the front nine, and it's not an easy nine so even score is not that bad.

Even though I would have wanted to shoot a couple under.  My goal was 4‑under today, and I shot 4‑under on the back nine which is good once again, and I did that yesterday as well.  So I think I really like the back nine, and hopefully it likes me too.

MODERATOR:  You have had an incredible year so far, becoming the U.S. Amateur champion, and playing in ten national golf events at 15 years old.  People are starting to take notice of you.  Tell us about yourself, how you're able to balance being a teen and professional golfer.  Do you feel like you're missing out on anything?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I'm definitely missing out on teenager activities.  I'd love to go out on Saturday night with my friends and watch a movie, but that happens really like once a year or a couple times a year.  Last year I had wrist surgery and that's when I could do a little bit of teenager stuff, but it doesn't happen that often.

Now I'm realizing golf is like a full‑time job, and I'm missing a lot of school.  At this age I should be going to school every day.  But I see my report, for the first time I was there for I think two weeks, so my absent days are like 75 days or something.

So this is a full‑time job, and I guess, like me, I don't have anything to lose playing this tournament.  I'm just here for experience.  But the professionals on the other hand it's about how much money they're going to get by placing.

So, yeah, I sometimes really miss going out with my friends and that's why I actually like school because I can see my best friend there.  Even though it's school and you have to do work, I get to still see her.

MODERATOR:  Having played two other LPGA events this year, are you starting to feel comfortable playing with the pros?  And I'm sure you look up to a lot of them.  So who is your favorite and why?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, it's nerve‑racking playing with the pros and actually playing against the pros.  I'm really here for experience, and it's awesome to see what the pros can do.  The biggest thing I actually won was the Australian Open, which is another LPGA event where I played with Karrie Webb, and there was a tree in front of us, and we were pretty much next to each other.  I had to lay up and chip it next to the hole, but she hit it over the tree and next to the pin.  That kind of shows that she's got a lot of experience, and she knows really what she's doing.  I think that was one of the biggest things I learned when I was playing with the pros.

Yeah, it's always fun.  My favorite players are Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.  I don't know why, but they both turned ‑‑ well, I know why they both did turn professional at a young age.  I mean, I really look up to them and think they're awesome players, and coincidentally they turned professional early.

I want to give time for college and everything as well.  But, yeah, I think they're both amazing players and hopefully they'll have more success in the following years.

Q.  How much confidence did the U.S. Amateur win give you?  Do you think you can win here?  Do you feel like your game is good enough that you can beat a very, very good field of pros here?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, it gave me a lot of confidence.  My putting is really not the strong point in my game.  From two weeks ago I putted really good, and Kay Cockerill said you're a short game queen, and they gave me a lot of confidence.  I wasn't having a really good day with my long game, but my putting just saved me.  That's why I was able to win most of my matches.

From there, I kind of realized that you don't need to have the best day in your long game to shoot low scores.  It's mostly about putting.  That's why people say drives are all for show and putting is for money.

Yeah, it gave me a lot of confidence.  I mean, I played three events in the states and I've gotten a medal for each one of them.  So hopefully I will bring home the medal in this tournament.

Q.  How much attention are you getting back home in New Zealand?  I know it's a rugby nation, but your exploits on the golf course, are you getting a lot of media attention back home?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I think so.  I mean New Zealand isn't the biggest country ever, and I'm getting a lot of support.  I mean, for the U.S. Open I was shooting 3‑under, 215, and then kind of made double bogey and then triple.  So I lost six shots on the last three holes.  I searched out my name and saw the media, and it says Lydia bails out at the last three holes.  Lydia does something.  I was like I better not do that anymore.  It was like, oh, that was quite an impact.  I guess every shot counts.  I've just got to play pretty consistent golf.

Q.  You talk about school.  It's summer holidays here, but back home school is in, right?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I go back home on October 3rd, so I've still got a while to go, and I left in June.  So I'm not at home much.  Our school is divided into four terms.  I'm going to miss the whole of three, and when I go back home in two weeks I've got Cambridge exams.  It's pretty tough.  It's hard to catch up, and I need to pass my exams to go to the next A‑level academic.  It's hard to catch up, but I'll enjoy it when I go.

Q.  Do you follow the leaderboard when you're out there?  Did you notice what Chella Choi was doing behind you?
LYDIA KO:  No.  The only time I really looked at the leaderboard was on 15.  Yeah, suddenly people with the cameras were coming and I was like are they actually going to take footage of me?  And I was like oh, man.  And I took a peak at the leaderboard and my name was at the top, it was like, oh, my God.

I am actually playing pretty good.  I kind of lost confidence after my front nine.  But my birdies on 12, 13 and 14 just made me go way up there.

Q.  You talked about the business of golf.  Everyone says it's a business.  How important is it to remember to have fun out there?  Obviously, bogey free golf is fun, but having the love of the game which keeps you going?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I enjoy it.  I mean, even if I have a bad day and I might feel really bad, I'm sure inside there are always things to learn, and from there I can develop my game further.  Yeah, I'll probably have more ‑‑ as an amateur I'll probably have more fun than the professionals, I guess.  Nearly 99.999% of the players out here are all enjoying their golf.  It doesn't matter what they shoot.  I guess we all love the game, that's why we're playing and everyone's working so hard and putting so much time into it.

Q.  The success that you're having, you talked about Michelle turning pro young.  You talked about Lexi as well.  Michelle went to Stanford a little later on in her teenage years.  Have you decided the path you want to go when you decide to go?  Do you want to play college golf or follow Michelle's route?  Have you figured that out?
LYDIA KO:  I graduate in 2014, so I've still got a bit of time left to think over it.  It's like coincidentally they both turned professional early.  I just like them separately, but I never knew that they turned pro early.  I mean, they wanted to know it because they really enjoy the sport and wanted to turn pro and everything.

But, yeah, I don't want to hurry anything.  Like I said, I enjoy school a lot.  Personally, I think you need to study and it will help with your game.  Like if you do math, it will help you read the lies or whatever.  That's what my mom says at least.  That's why next year I said okay, I'm going to drop math, and she's like, no.  I thought, oh, okay, maybe not.

But, yeah, it's nice.  I want to go to college definitely and somewhere in California, and I want to go to Stanford.  I like Michelle Wie because she went to Stanford.  I don't want to go to Stanford because she went there.  It's just I like Stanford, and she actually went to Stanford, so kind of that direction.

Yeah, but then I'm noticing as the years go by Stanford is such an academic school, and I actually talked to a girl, Shelley Watson at the U.S. Amateur how she felt because she goes and studies at Stanford.  She said it's actually doable.  So I'm actually really thinking again.  Because people are saying there is so much homework, there is so much this, and you can't have a lot of time to practice golf.

There are many great schools out there, and I think that's the great thing about the states because in the country there is a college in pretty much every corner, and in California it doesn't snow, so I want to go there.

Q.  So what was it like having someone from Vancouver as your caddie who knows the course and can give you some information that way?
LYDIA KO:  It was good.  Two weeks ago at the U.S. Amateur my mom caddied, and that is kind of a different feeling because she's your mom and you have to listen to her.  It was really comfortable having my mom there, but it's also really relieving and comfortable to have someone that knows the course off their hat really.  He's been here for I think ten years, so he knows where not to go and where to go.

There are quite a few tricky greens, like green lies, and I kind of read it right to left, but Brian said, no, it's left to right, and he was right.  So, yeah, he's definitely helpful.

I'm sometimes really unsure because I could be like in just the middle and I'm not sure, and he could push it or pull it a little bit.  But with him there, I really have nothing to worry about.

Q.  On that note, you might have answered this, but do you find it a challenge to get a good caddie at the tournaments that you've been going to?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, fortunately, I don't know why.  I think it could be luck.  Everywhere I've been I've met nice people and all my caddies have been great.  I don't think I've had a caddie that's been horrible.  I think it's pretty much luck.  That's what my mom says.  You're lucky to meet so many great people along the way, and that's always helpful.

I've been here in Vancouver, but I haven't played golf over here, so it was also really nice to come over here.  Everyone's friendly, and it felt like home.

Q.  The win you had, was it the Open?  Is that the tournament you won?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah.

Q.  How much will you draw upon that experience knowing that you've already won a significant event?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I think so.  Actually at the U.S. Open the last round everyone didn't have the greatest round, but I shot 3‑under till 15.  That showed that I was able to handle it along with the pros.  So that kind of gives me a confidence.  But New South Wales Open was a European Tour event, and the win helped me and gave me confidence that I could beat the pros.  You never know what's going to win.

We've still got two holes in two rounds to go, and there is still half the field needing to play.  Yeah, it's going to be helpful.  I don't know what position I'll be after everyone's finished, but it will give me a boost.

Q.  I ran into a couple from New Zealand who know you and extended their holidays so they could watch you play.  You've got some support out there, right?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, Joe and Bren, we've known them for a while.  And Joel is actually originally from Canada, so they always have this trip in the middle of the year to come over and to see their girls.  I said I'm playing the Canadian Open and they decided to extend their Holiday.  It's always good to have people back home supporting, but also people from your country at the place to support you.  There are a lot of supporters other than them as well, so it was good to see them.  It's always nice to see the New Zealand flag going up.

Q.  What would you say was your toughest hole today?
LYDIA KO:  I think the toughest hole normally is 15, but I made par both days.  Today I didn't feel like one was really tough, but I think 7, finishing it.  It's a par‑3.  In the practice round, I didn't really have any stress and I hit it on the green.  I was putting for birdie.  But yesterday I was putting for bogey.  I was putting like a six‑foot putt for par.  So it was a tough hole, and I don't know why.  I guess it's like tournament pressure and things you don't really see, you kind of see here.

Q.  You mentioned some of the women out there that you look up to turning pro at a younger age.  Obviously, as you go on here those questions are going to increase.  Have you seeked their advice and had a chance to ask them about the positives and the negatives of the path they chose in terms of spotlight and all the different things that come with it?
LYDIA KO:  No, I'm too scared to talk to them (laughing).  I look up to them so much and respect them so much.  Yeah, hopefully, if I have time and if they have time I will ask them those kind of questions.  The few players out there that did turn professional at a young age.

But to me like lots of the players that I used to play with, they went to college right after high school, so that kind of got me into saying I want to go to college as well.  That's been my goal.  One of my goals since ages ago.

I don't think that would change.  After I won the U.S. Amateur there were rumors that I'm going to turn pro in a year or something.  But I'm going to turn pro in a couple of years, not a year.

Q.  I think you mentioned October 3rd going back.  What are your plans after this?  What do you have lined up?
LYDIA KO:  I've got the British Open, then I've got the world Championship.  So I've only got two tournaments left.  But I've got kind of a break in between, so I'm going early to both events and practicing.

Yeah, but after that I'm going to Korea for a week, and I haven't been there since I left Korea, so it's been like nine, ten years.  So it's basically going to be like a new country, because I don't really have memories, and I can't remember things from two years ago, so no way am I going to remember something from nine years ago.

Q.  Are your parents traveling with you, both of them?  Who is traveling with you, and what are those arrangements like throughout this since June to October?
LYDIA KO:  My mom's been traveling with me from the start.  Most of the time she goes with me anywhere I go unless I go with the New Zealand Golf Team.  My dad never, ever travels with me.  It's not a bad thing.  It's just he's always at home, and he never really travels.  If I'm in New Zealand, my mom most of the time caddies for me, so my dad really doesn't have a reason to travel.

I've also got my sister who looks after him and he looks after her.

Q.  So what grade are you in?
LYDIA KO:  I'm in grade 11.  But New Zealand goes to grade 13.

Q.  Do you do any school work on the road for extended stretches like you are now?  Are you doing any school work or do you catch up when you get home?
LYDIA KO:  I printed a couple of papers and brought a few books.  But to be honest, I haven't done much.  Especially like two weeks ago I'm playing 34 holes, 35 holes and a full 18 holes, and it's pretty stressful with me doing extra work will probably kill me.

Q.  I just wondered about the whole Stanford thing.  It seems like you're not going to high school much.  Are you going to be able to get into a place like Stanford?
LYDIA KO:  I'm going to work hard.  I've still got two years.  The actual scoring counts from this year.  And I've got 99% on my last exams, so that's not too bad.  I'm not going to talk about that with you, though.

Chella Choi, Rolex Rankings No. 45

 Q. Great round.  You're tied for the lead right now at 8‑under par.  Tell me how you played today?
CHELLA CHOI:  Actually, my condition is bad yesterday and two days ago my left shoulder is hurting and very tight.  But yesterday I massaged it there, so my condition is better, and my shot and putting was a perfect day today.

Q.  Talk about all those birdies today?
CHELLA CHOI:  I'm very happy.  I know I don't know how I make the putt.  But very good putting stroke today, and I can read it really good today, so, yeah.

Q.  You've been playing really well this year.  Just talk about how you feel right now just with your whole game.
CHELLA CHOI:  I work out really hard last winter for my driving distance, and just focused on my driving distance and my workout.

So I'm not tired after third or fourth round.  So my feel is better and my shot is confident from experience.  So, yeah.

Q.  So this is a big week for you.  It's your 22nd birthday?
CHELLA CHOI:  Uh‑huh, I'm very happy because a couple years ago and last year I'm very unhappy.  Missed the cut two years, so I'm very happy this year.

Q.  Your birthday is tomorrow?
CHELLA CHOI:  Uh‑huh.

Q.  So how nice would it be to shoot a really low round on your birthday tomorrow?
CHELLA CHOI:  Yeah, hopefully I'll do my best.

Angela Stanford, Rolex Rankings No. 19

ANGELA STANFORD:  Yeah, today was definitely a battle.  I think if you look up the definition of grinding, you'd see a picture of me today, so that's good.  I've had a lot of confidence the last couple of weeks and kind of lost my swing today.  But sometimes that helps because I think, well, the next shot will be a better one.  The next shot is a new shot.  At least my confidence was up out there battling.

Q.  How weird is it to be chasing a 15‑year‑old?
ANGELA STANFORD:  I didn't even know.  She's a good one.  So at least she's a great player, and she's played internationally.  So she's probably ‑‑ her putter's probably hot.  You've got to be putting it well here.

Q.  We talked to Suzann and she said well, she said she was nervous after the 15th and she looked up at the leaderboard and saw her name at the top.  She said now I'm nervous.  Suzann said that may be a good thing for you guys.
ANGELA STANFORD:  You never know.  I don't know her record.  I don't know how many times she's been in contention.  People react differently.  Some people play really well in contention and some people don't.  So I don't know.  I don't know her record.

Q.  It's unreal how she's come.  Do you remember back when you were 15 what you were doing?  Did you feel you could be good enough to be on a course like this or a Tour like this?
ANGELA STANFORD:  I was a car hop at Sonic, so that's what I was doing.

Na Yeon Choi, Rolex Ranking No. 4

THE MODERATOR:  Decent round, three shots back right now.  Tell us about your day.
NA YEON CHOI:  I mean, my shot, my putter wasn't great like yesterday.  I guess I dropped too much yesterday.  But I think I'm still in a good position, and I have good patience.  So hopefully a couple more drop tomorrow and Sunday.

Q.  Was it frustrating today to not be able to make as many birdies?
NA YEON CHOI:  No, I mean this course I thought was going to be difficult for everybody, and I was surprised Chella Choi shot 8‑under par today.

But I think today the pin position was more difficult than yesterday.  And my shot, obviously, my shot wasn't great, so I couldn't get many chances for birdie.  So I finished at even par today, but I'm pretty satisfied with what I did today.

Q.  You saw a 64, 8‑under posted today.  Do you think you have a 64 in you this weekend?
NA YEON CHOI:  I'm not going to try.  I'm just going to play one shot at a time, especially this golf course.  I think I have to keep the fairway first, and then keep the green and some holes I have to stay below the hole.  I think that is the key to playing well on this course.

Q.  Do you know Chella?
NA YEON CHOI:  Yeah, I know Chella.  She's a little younger than me, and I think I met her when she was 13 or 14.  We had the same winter training in Thailand.

Q.  She birdied 8 out of 10 holes.  That was pretty amazing.
NA YEON CHOI:  Yeah, I saw.  She had birdie on 7 or 8, and then she had, yeah.  I mean, I know her father too.  He really worked hard, and I think they deserve to score today.

Q.  Is that a very common name, Choi?
NA YEON CHOI:  Yeah, in Korea.  Yeah.

Q.  So you're chasing Chella and also Lydia coincidentally who is 15 years old?
NA YEON CHOI:  Yeah, she's an amateur.

Q.  Yeah, she's an amateur.  Do you remember being 15 and where you were in your golf career?
NA YEON CHOI:  I think I was playing on the Korean National Team.  But when I heard like she's 15 years old, it really surprised me.  I know she won the U.S. Women's Amateur, so I think she had a good ability to play well.

We have a good match here on Saturday and Sunday, so I think tomorrow just a couple more drop for putting, and I think I'll be okay.

Inbee Park, Rolex Ranking No.11

Q. Just three shots back after two rounds.  You've been playing really well the last couple months.  Talk about your day?
INBEE PARK:  It was a good ball striking day.  I was happy with the way I was hitting the ball, but it wasn't the best putting day.  I left three or four out there, but it happens.

I'm still happy with my stroke, and I'm really confident with the putter, even if it didn't go in.  So maybe it will fall in the next two days.

Q.  Just 3 shots back.  Obviously, you can handle 3 shots.  Just talk about the weekend.  36 holes left, what is your goal?
INBEE PARK:  I think I've got to shoot a pretty low number in the next two days to win the tournament.

If my putter works, I think I can do it.  Just play my own game the next two days and maybe.

Suzann Pettersen, Rolex Rankings No. 6

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Well, this is a round with a little bit of everything.  I had some good stuff.  I hit a few loose ones, so there are two more rounds, and I feel like I can get in position and get more and more comfortable with the speed of the greens on at least the front but also the back.
They vary so much in speed from what angle you come in.  You had three downhill putts in a row, and then you have an uphill putt and it's hard to get the ball to the hole.  But overall, decent.  Got a few small stuff to kind of sharpen up, but, yeah, hopefully I'll come back.

Q.  How does it feel chasing a 15‑year‑old?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  It feels like you're being beaten by a kid.  I know she's good.  The problem is she's too young to understand where she's at.

Q.  No pressure?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Yeah, she doesn't know where she's at.

Q.  She looked up at the leaderboard after 15 and saw she was on top and got nervous?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Maybe that's a good sign for us.

Q.  I watched you play so well in Calgary.  Is there something to it or is it week to week?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  It's a little week to week.  Obviously there are certain tournaments you'd like to play better than others, that's just how the schedule folds up and this has been one of my key events.

When I looked at the schedule early in the year, it's just a great venue, a great trophy.

Q.  You talked about scoring earlier in the week and saying Canada and Norway are pretty close in terms of the course?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Yeah, you feel comfortable.  The ball kind of flies the way it does at home.  It's cold, so not too far.  There are a few adjustments I have to make, and there are two more rounds so hopefully we can get a few more birdies in there and make a charge on the 15‑year‑old.

Q.  That just sounds weird, doesn't it?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  She's half my age.  That's not good.  I might have been out here too long.


Yani Tseng, Rolex Ranking No. 1

YANI TSENG:  On 3, that is the only best shot I hit today, and I didn't make any birdies today.  I probably left them yesterday.  I think three‑putt on number 10, I should have made birdie there, because the second shot was only rescue.  So that was disappointing.

I didn't play terrible today.  I just did one double.  If I'm not in the water and I finish one over, I'm still in pretty good position.  But with 3‑under, I still have two more days to go and hopefully next two days I can fight back a little bit.

Q.  In terms of birdies on 15, both your playing partners had a birdie and it's like it's my turn now.  You just couldn't get them, right?
YANI TSENG:  Yeah, I couldn't hit them much closer.  I tried to hit them in closer and make a putt.  But I was seeing both of them making birdie, and I was like come on, when is my turn?  But I just told them you didn't leave any birdies for me today, but yesterday I left some for you guys.

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