Kingsmill Resort, River Course
First-Round Notes and Interviews
May 2, 2013
Ariya Jutanugarn -7, Rolex Rankings No. 23
Cristie Kerr -5, Rolex Rankings No. 12
So Yeon Ryu -4, Rolex Rankings No. 6
Dewi Claire Schreefel -4, Rolex Rankings No. 97
Inbee Park -3, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Stacy Lewis -3, Rolex Rankings No. 2
Thursday’s First-round Recap
Thailand’s 17-year-old sensation Ariya Jutanugarn (@jutanugarn) took Thursday’s first round by storm and delivered a 7-under 64 to take the lead at the Kingsmill Championship (@KingsmillLPGA). She opened up her round with six birdies on the front nine and followed up with two more through 16 before carding a double-bogey on the par-3 17th. She ended the round with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish with a two-stroke lead over 16-year LPGA Tour veteran Cristie Kerr (@CKGolferChic).
Jutanugarn, who is a rookie on the Ladies European Tour, recently recorded her first professional win in March at the LET’s stop in Morocco and leads the LET money list after competing in just four events. She turned some heads on the LPGA Tour this year when she finished runner-up to Inbee Park (@InbeePark) at the Honda LPGA Thailand after a carding a triple-bogey on 18th hole, which cost her the title. She has also recorded two additional top-5 LPGA Tour finishes at the HSBC Women’s Champions (@HSBCWomensGolf) and the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf.
The River Course saw numerous low scores in the first round as the clouds opened up for the first time this week and temperatures moved to the low-70s following some light rain early in the week. Wind crept into the area during Thursday’s round making for tougher course conditions but it seemed to play in Kerr’s favor as she carded 6 birdies and one bogey to finish at 5-under for the day.
“(The wind) was really strong when we first started and then, you know, kind of toward the tail end of the front nine it seemed to die down a little and then picked back up, so it was kind of coming and going all day,” said Kerr, who is a two-time winner at the Kingsmill Resort. “What was good was the wind direction was fairly consistent. Sometimes on the 4th and 5th hole it can really swirl around and it can be hard to tell what it's doing. It stayed pretty consistent out there as far as one direction so that was at least a good thing.”
Sitting one-stroke back from Kerr is a The Netherlands native Dewi Claire Schreefel (@dcschreefel) along with the 2012 Rolex Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu. The 22-year-old Korean said she was expecting a lower number after getting off to a hot start with four birdies on the front nine but didn’t drop another birdie putt after she made the turn.
“Yeah, that one is really tough one because before I started, teed off, I didn't expect a really low score, then I just focus on each hole,” said Ryu. “Then I think the 4‑under on the front nine that, oh, maybe I can hit the low score like 8‑under, 9‑under, then I expect birdie birdie birdie and my body's getting tight and my mind wasn't there, so it's really hard to finish great front nine and then turn on the back nine.”
A pack of 14 players crowd fifth place at 3-under include current Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park, No. 2 Stacy Lewis (@StacyLewis), 14-year veteran Karen Stupples (@Kstupples) and 11-time LPGA Tour winner Suzann Pettersen (@suzannpettersen). A few new faces to leaderboard who also posted a first-round 68 include 2013 Rookie Katie Burnett (@KatieBurnett44), 30-year-old Mo Martin (@mogarita8) and Spain’s Azahara Munoz (@AzaharaGOLF).
It’s been nearly five years since Park has played in Williamsburg, Va. with her best-finish being a tie for 16th in 2008. The South Korean, who has three victories already this year, says she comes back as a completely different player than she was in the past.
“You know, I just started this week, you know, just like really fresh new start,” said Park. “I mean, I haven't played this golf course for at least four years so it's pretty new to me. My game changed a lot. The way I'm hitting the ball, the way I'm putting is totally different than what I've been doing four, five years ago. So this week is just like a normal week that I've been having this year.”
Lewis says she isn’t surprised with the number of players who managed to score low in Thursday’s first round.
“You know, the course is wet and I think that's why scores are low,” said Lewis. “They'd actually be lower if the ball was releasing out a little bit, but you have a lot of 5‑, 6‑, 7‑irons into greens so that's kind of keeping scores from going too far, but it's wet and it's scorable.”
Defending champion Jiyai Shin (@jsy1470) teed off on the No. 1 tee on Thursday and opened her round with a birdie on the par-3 2nd hole but carded a bogey after making the turn. A birdie on the 15th hole puts Shin at 1-under and sits one-stroke behind 2012 Kingsmill Championship playoff opponent Paula Creamer (@ThePCreamer). Both ended the round in a fashion familiar to them, a par on the final hole.
Bringing ‘sexy’ back: Fifteen-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr has earned a reputation of being one of the most clutch putters on Tour but has made a recent switch of equipment but to a putter she gained some great memories with.
“Well, actually it's not a new putter,” said Kerr. “It's actually the putter I won with, the particular putter I won the LPGA (Championship) by 12 with. I had a funny thing on Twitter that I was bringing sexy back.”
Kerr joked that she had named the Odyssey Marxman model ‘sexy’ and when asked how it originally found itself in the garage even after her huge win in 2010, her answer was clear.
“It doesn't listen to me,” said Kerr. “You know, I really never tried a whole lot of new kinds of putters because I know from going to the studio and testing other putters that the mallet style is the style that works the best for me. Sometimes you've got to change up your feel or sometimes you can't aim.”
Kerr has relied on two models in the recent past, the Marxman and a two-ball style, and said she wouldn’t be surprised if she switched back again.
“I flip flop between the Marxman and the two-ball, I always have,” said Kerr. “You've got to go with whatever works. I was finding I couldn't really aim the two-ball quite as well as I had in the past, so you switch it. I'm sure I'll go to the two-ball eventually again. They're both very similar putters as far as the way they're balanced and they're weighted. It's kind of an alignment thing, the switch. So they both have the same type of insert as well, so really not drastically a different feel.”
Top praise: With her strong performances this year on the LPGA Tour, Ariya Jutanugarn has received plenty of praise from her fellow pros both on her play on the course and her easy demeanor off of it.
“I have played with her,” said Tour veteran Cristie Kerr. “She's pretty long. She's very long. She's a really nice kid, really, really nice kid. She hits it really long and she just kind of aims at the pin and fires it there, and that did end up hurting her ‑‑ she shoots a lot of very low rounds is what I found and she's got a great game.”
Kerr played with the 17-year old in Singapore earlier this season, the week after the Thailand native’s 18th hole collapse in her home country at the Honda LPGA Thailand where she triple-bogeyed to lose by one stroke to Inbee Park. Kerr said the young player brought up the sore subject and Kerr offered some honest, encouraging words.
“I played with her the next week in Singapore and she goes, ‘Did you see what happened last week?’ I go, ‘Yeah.’ She goes (bumps fist to her head) like that. I go, ‘Yeah, you're young, you'll have plenty of chances.’ She's a great player.”
Park has yet to play in the same group as Jutanugarn but has caught glimpses of her long game. She said it’s been nice to see a young player be able to bounce back after a particularly tough finish.
“I haven't really played with her in the same group, but I've seen her hitting balls and she has played in front of me or behind me so I've been seeing where her drive ending up and I’m looking behind, she's really long,” said Park. “She'll have a big advantage for this golf course. She's a very talented player and I'm very happy that she's playing really good, especially after that finish on No. 18, it's always good to see somebody bouncing back like that.”
Sign me up: With her recent dominating success and climb to the No.1 ranking in the world, Inbee Park has embraced the added attention from fans, media and most especially new sponsor opportunities. Park was sporting a new logo on her hat and shirt during Thursday’s first round after she announced signing on a new sponsorship yesterday with KB Financial Group. The South Korean said the added support is a huge plus and that she looks forward to playing another ambassador role and for such a well-respected company.
“First of all, KB Financial Group is one of the best ‑‑ it is the best bank in Korea, the best financial group in Korea, so just very happy to be teamed with them and very honored to have their logo on my hat,” said Park. “Just very happy to have another group of people that's going to be rooting for me and that's been a big help for me, something else to concentrate for and yeah, it's going to be really good.”
Sushi tradition: Third-year LPGA Tour member Dewi Claire Schreefel was looking forward to coming back to the state of Virginia this week. Not only because she loves the venue at Kingsmill Resort and had her season-best finish last year (13th place) on The River Course but also because she gets to have one of her best meals of the year.
Schreefel stated in her 2013 LPGA Tour Player Guide bio that the best meal she’s ever had was sushi in Richmond, Va. The Dane played on the Symetra Tour in 2009 and was taken to Umi Sushi by her host family, the Stanwicks, when the Road to the LPGA was in Richmond. She’s made every effort since then to go back.
“They have unbelievable sushi there, it's really fresh and the host just kind of splurges, he gets really good tuna,” said Schreefel. “I love sushi and it's the best sushi I've had.”
When she came back to Virginia last year as an LPGA member during the Tour’s return to Williamsburg, Schreefel made it a point to make a visit. She did the same this year and has made it into a tradition while she’s in the Old Dominion.
“Yeah, I stayed with them,” said Schreefel. “I flew into Washington on Monday, drove down to Richmond and saw them, had a good time, just went to dinner and I stayed over. They're one of the best host families I've had. He'll be out here watching tomorrow. Last year they came out the whole weekend.”
Quotable: “It's great to be back in Kingsmill, and you know, if you walk around and you see the crowds out there, you really understand why people love their golf here and they love the LPGA and just so happy to be here. I love this place, it's no secret.” – Cristie Kerr, a two-time champion at The River Course at the Kingsmill Resort.
Tweet of the day: “A cute morning message I have to share from the kids at the Boys Girls Club in LV” - @natalie_gulbis, who is a huge proponent of the Boys and Girls Club across the country.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Rolex Rankings No. 23
MODERATOR: I'd like to welcome in our current leader, Ariya Jutanugarn. 64 today, nice round, great start. Just take us through your day and how you felt. A lot of birdies. Take us through it.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Today I'm playing very good, so my putting helped me a lot, but today I still miss on my driver, long iron.
MODERATOR: You're on a sponsor exemption this week, which you've been getting in on Monday qualifiers on the LPGA. How excited were you to get the invitation to come here, play along your sister, play here for the first time.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I really enjoy play here, really good golf course, so I want to thank the sponsor, very good experience, thank you.
MODERATOR: Last week you missed by one, I think, to get into the Monday qualifier. Did you stay in Texas last week and practice?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I stay like two day and then I fly here. I get here like Friday.
MODERATOR: You've been here a little while.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah.
MODERATOR: A lot of practice rounds.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Not really, Saturday and Sunday.
MODERATOR: Okay. Just talk about playing along with your sister. Obviously that's a big story. I was at a rookie dinner with her last night. She talked about you guys always competing. Just talk about your guys' relationship maybe for some of the members here who don't know about it.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Before I play like every tournament we try to beat each other all the time, but she like help me everything to come here, she help like after the round, I tell her what I do wrong, she try to help me like every time.
MODERATOR: So you guys compete in practice rounds but when it comes to competition, you try to help each other out?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah, she know everything about my game, everything about my golf swing, but I don't know like really about hers so she can help me like a lot.
MODERATOR: So she helps you more than you help her, you think?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Sure.
Q. When you start 6‑under after seven holes, how much does your mind get thinking you could do something crazy?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: You know, like my score was 8‑under, I want to be like more than 8 so my target is 9. I have shot like two (indiscernible) but my target is 9.
Q. At the end of your round, can you talk about 17, 18? I know 17 was a blip but you rebounded nicely on 18, just kind of controlling your emotions and turning that around.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Before I played today I know my long irons not very good, I know miss to the left. So on 17 I just miss to the left and have like bad third shot and second shot, so it not make me not confident because I know like 18 is not a long par 4 to make birdie on that hole.
Q. What did you hit off the tee on 17?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: 17, 6 iron.
Q. And then what did you hit into the green on 18?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: 50‑degree.
Q. And not to get too much into details but could you give us just the length of your birdie putts on the run in the beginning, the 6‑under part?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Today I made a lot of shots, (indiscernible) helped me a lot because I keep hit my short iron on the par 4 so I made a lot of short putt. I only made like one long putt.
Q. So just to get specific, when you say you make a lot of short putts, you mean like inside five feet, or like how short?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Some holes like five feet, six feet, something like that. I think the only one like 15 feet.
MODERATOR: Where did the 15 feet come, what hole?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I can't remember.
Q. You started off so well. When you're out on the course, do you watch the leaderboard at all or are you somebody who just goes out and plays and wait until you're done with 18?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I think I watched only one time so I not really care, just do my best, like concentrate with my game.
MODERATOR: Have you gotten a lot more comfortable coming out playing on the LPGA events? Obviously people say you look so calm and you control your emotions so well. Do you still get a little nervous or how has it been coming to LPGA events?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: After LPGA Thailand so I don't have like any nerve any more, just do my best and enjoy the game.
MODERATOR: So you think after Thailand you played well enough and you knew you belonged and the nerves kind of went away?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: After that I had a lot of experience, so I really felt like do my best. I don't know, just do my best now.
Q. I wanted to ask you about the Thailand events. Did you have any trouble getting past what happened to you on the 18th hole there of the final day?
MODERATOR: Was it hard to get over the 18th hole?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: You know, it really hard because even make bogey and (indiscernible) to win but it very good experience, I never forget it. I remember like every single shot I hit because it make me be stronger golfer.
Q. I understand you hit into some bad luck on that hole. Did you hit into a bunker?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: My second shot.
Q. The ball was buried?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Partway.
Q. How much confidence did you take from winning in Morocco this year, just the strong start that you got on the European Tour, and how much shifting and moving between the two tours do you plan to do the rest of the year?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I play ‑‑ you know, I have chance to win a lot of tournaments in Thailand (indiscernible.) It like after that, I mean, I think (indiscernible) after Morocco I won like in Morocco it made me really confident. It make me feel like I can be in some tournament, you know.
Q. Can you go over your upcoming schedule, specifically what you'll be playing?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I'm going to go Monday qualify all they have and even have like some week off I'm going to go back to LET, some tournament.
Q. Do you have other sponsor exemptions lined up?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Not now, I don't know yet, so right now I don't have any sponsor exemptions.
Q. And you don't know when you'll go back to Europe?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I don't know.
Q. So your mom travels with your sister and dad travels with you. How did you guys decide how you were going to do that when you're apart?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Normally (indiscernible) tournament my dad always follow me so it's easy for me like to go with my dad.
MODERATOR: You've been traveling all over the world, Asia, Europe, now in America. Here at Kingsmill, what's been your favorite thing so far about staying here at the resort and playing here?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: It's very nice. The first time I get here, this very good golf course. I love this course because the condition, everything here like perfect for me.
Cristie Kerr, Rolex Rankings No. 12
MODERATOR: All right. I'd like to welcome in Cristie Kerr. Nice round today, 66, great start. Two‑time winner here, the only two‑time winner here. Obviously you've been a huge advocate of this place, this course. Just talk about returning here and how happy you are to get a good start.
CRISTIE KERR: It's great to be back in Kingsmill, and you know, if you walk around and you see the crowds out there, you really understand why people love their golf here and they love the LPGA and just so happy to be here. I love this place, it's no secret. I got off to great start today, I was able to really get into my shots out there and I made a lot of birdies.
MODERATOR: New putter recently, you changed it up a little bit.
CRISTIE KERR: Well, actually it's not a new putter. It's actually the putter I won ‑‑ the particular putter I won the LPGA by 12 with. I had a funny thing on Twitter that I was bringing sexy back.
MODERATOR: So it's the old putter that you ‑‑
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, it's the exact one. I flip flop between the Marksman and the 2‑ball, I always have. You've got to go with whatever works.
MODERATOR: It's the Marksman now?
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah.
Q. Cristie, it's early yet but you're one of two golfers in the house thus far that's birdied both 17 and 18. Are you one that kind of is able to sort of carry momentum, a big momentum swing like that that you can get potentially get from birdieing the last two holes to the next day, or do you sort of compartmentalize around and try to forget about it and just move on?
CRISTIE KERR: I don't think you ever want to forget your good stuff that's happening out there, you try to forget the bad stuff. But yeah, momentum's always the thing that you want to try and have. Tomorrow's a new day, though, new feel, how you're feeling. You try and carry over the play from today into tomorrow as best you can.
Q. How dicey was the wind out there, or not a factor at all?
CRISTIE KERR: It was really strong when we first started and then, you know, kind of toward the tail end of the front nine it seemed to die down a little and then picked back up, so it was kind of coming and going all day. What was good was the wind direction was fairly consistent. Sometimes on the 4th and 5th hole it can really swirl around and it can be hard to tell what it's doing. It stayed pretty consistent out there as far as one direction so that was at least a good thing.
Q. And how does the putter you won the LPGA by 12 strokes with end up in the garage?
CRISTIE KERR: It doesn't listen to me. You know, I really never tried a whole lot of new kinds of putters because I know from going to the studio and testing other putters that the mallet style is the style that works the best for me. Sometimes you've got to change up your feel or sometimes you can't aim ‑‑ I was finding I couldn't really aim the 2‑ball quite as well as I had in the past, so you switch it. I'm sure I'll go to the 2‑ball eventually again. They're both very similar putters as far as the way they're balanced and they're weighted. It's kind of an alignment thing, the switch. So they both have the same type of insert as well, so really not drastically a different feel.
Q. Six birdies but you only birdied one of the three par 5s. Did you have long putts on those par 5s? Are they tough to score on?
CRISTIE KERR: Well, the 3rd hole, par 5, the wind was kind of tricky at the green and I actually thought I hit the shot the way I wanted to but it ended up being on the back fringe with a tricky first putt. Trying to think of the rest of the par 5s. I birdied 7, and then obviously on 15 you saw what happened. I mean, I could have hit on the green easy and just made a really bad swing at it down and just wanted to try to get a putt at birdie, and I did that and ended up making par there. There's only one par 5 on the back, correct? There you go. So one of them the wind was a little weird there and one of them I birdied and one obviously I was happy to make par, so there you go.
Q. Looking at the leaderboard all day and see Ariya just jumped out right at the start and just kept going. Have you played with her, do you know a bunch about her or just what her game is like?
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah, I have played with her. She's pretty long. She's the younger sister, correct? She's very long. She's a really nice kid, really, really nice kid. She's going to be a great addition to our Tour when she obviously gets her card full time. She hits it really long and she just kind of aims at the pin and fires it there, and that did end up hurting her ‑‑ she shoots a lot of very low rounds is what I found and she's got a great game. That style of play did end up hurting her in Thailand this year because had she laid up, she probably would have won the tournament easily, so a little bit of youth there. I played with her the next week in Singapore and she goes, Did you see what happened last week? I go, Yeah. She goes (noise) like that. I go, Yeah, you're young, you'll have plenty of chances. She's a great player.
So Yeon Ryu, Rolex Rankings No. 6
MODERATOR: I'd like to welcome in So Yeon Ryu. 67 today, nice start. First time here at Kingsmill so obviously you're kind of unfamiliar with the course, but talk about obviously you got comfortable pretty quickly. Talk about your round.
SO YEON RYU: Okay. Especially I really want to big thanks to Kingsmill, all the workers, because the last couple of days the weather wasn't great but now course conditions is really beautiful, especially green condition is best conditions so far so I was really comfortable with my putting. Then my front nine was I shot 4‑under so it was quite really great start, but the back nine I was a bit struggle with my putting. Then I just made all the nine pars and finished even, total 4‑under. So I'm a little disappointed with the back nine but I've just got to go practice some putting and ready to go tomorrow.
MODERATOR: Those who don't know exactly your story, you won the U.S. Open before you were a member, rookie year last year, Rookie of the Year, got another win. This is your sophomore season, you haven't had a slump actually at all, you've had a some Top 4 finishes. Talk about your goals coming into this year so far.
SO YEON RYU: This year my goal is I just want to became a Top 5 in the Rolex Rankings, the world rankings. I know even to get to that, I played with some guy at the pro‑am and he asked about (inaudible) but I don't think so. Well, I played in KLPGA Tour in four years, my sophomore year on the KLPGA was my best year on the KLPGA. So (inaudible) I'm looking for another win this year so I just want to keep enjoying it and just playing my golf, not ‑‑ I don't want to care about the other people like, oh, a couple more (inaudible) or whatever. No, I don't want to care about it.
Q. How hard is it when you start out 4‑under as quickly as you got to 4‑under to keep making pars and not try to do something fancy to kind of get another red number?
SO YEON RYU: Yeah, that one is really tough one because before I started, teed off, I didn't expect a really low score, then I just focus on each hole. Then I think the 4‑under on the front nine that, oh, maybe I can hit the low score like 8‑under, 9‑under, then I expect birdie birdie birdie and my body's getting tight and my mind wasn't there, so it's really hard to finish great front nine and then turn on the back nine.
MODERATOR: When I talked to you about Inbee last time, I heard you speak about her, it was at Kraft. For those who might not know, you guys tend to do some betting on the putting greens which you said might be stupid just because of how good Inbee is around the greens. But talk about her season so far and just you being so close to her and how she just got that win last week. Does any of it surprise you or just did you expect it coming from her?
SO YEON RYU: First of all, I really happy she become the No. 1 player in the world and I heard she just signed with a main sponsor so I really happy with it. And before she always said oh, you're the really great hitter and I'm a great putter, so we always a little bit of argument about how hard it to make the putt, how hard it to make the shot. So actually before she said, Your shot is a lot better than me, but I don't think so now. Her putt is way better than me and even her shot is lot improved. She played really well these days. So she seems so nice, she seems really calm so I'm kind of jealous which she's traveling with her fiance. But before ‑‑ was it before she won the Evian Masters she was really struggling with her game but now she broke really well so I really happy with her so far. Also someday I want to compare with her like the putting.
Dewi Claire Schreefel, Rolex Rankings No. 97
Q. Well, take us through your day. It looked more spread out on your scorecard. Was it a balanced day or was it up and down?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: I like how it was today. You kind of get in your rhythm and make some birdies. I like it that way because it's not like a fast start and then you kind of fall down or you came back. No, just ‑‑ I'm really bad at remembering all the holes. I started on 10, made a really good par on 10. I sunk like a 25‑footer for par so that was a good start to the day. And then birdie on the par 3, then birdie on, I don't even know, par 5, and then birdie on the par 3.
Q. You birdied three par 3s?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yeah, I like par 3s. Greens‑in‑regulation is one of my stronger points so I tend to kind of attack the pins there if I think the situation is suitable. I like par 3s, and I've been rolling my putter really well so you've got to do that to make birdies. The front nine was a little bit slower, again a birdie on 2 and unfortunately a bogey on 4.
Q. What happened there?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: I hooked my driver left into the water so then 3 on the green and then two‑putt bogey. But another good birdie, chip‑in birdie on 7. I seem to like that hole because last year I made two eagles there. I like this course, it suits me well.
Q. Talk about coming here. I looked at your short bio, best finish last year was here. Just talk about how it sets up for your game. Obviously you said greens‑in‑regulation. How does that kind of go forward with your game?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: I'd like to hit a draw but my miss is more of a cut shot, and the looks of every hole here fits that shot for me so I feel very comfortable off the tee. Then I think every hole just kind of fits my eye and I feel comfortable on the course. The greens roll well, pretty true to the line you give them, so just depends on how you read the line if you're going to make the putt. I think my caddie and I do a good job of that. It just really fits my eye.
Q. How long were the birdie putts on the par 3s?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: 2 was probably 12 feet and then 17 was longer, 17 was probably 25 feet. The other one was seven feet.
Q. Any other really long birdie putts?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Well, the chip‑in.
Q. How long was that?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Just short left but a little bunker, but the pin was short so I'm going to say 15 yards.
Q. Were you in the bunker?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: No.
Q. 15 yards?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yeah. 15, no, it wasn't a long birdie. Yeah, it was really solid. I still had some problems off the tee but I hit my 3‑wood pretty long so I can start hitting 3‑woods and I had a lot of opportunities, and if you're rolling the putter, you're going to make some.
Q. When you come to a place with good memories of last year, you had a pretty good finish last year, how does that affect your ‑‑ you said you were attacking the pins today. Do they kind of go hand in hand?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Well, I think for me just finishing the weekend last week in Dallas off really well, you come in with some confidence. And especially having played here last year, you know, really good, you just feel comfortable. You came in playing well, with rolling some good putts, hitting some good shots where you wanted to and then come to a course that you feel comfortable on, so everything kind of goes your way. That's what you want.
Q. With all the rotten weather the first three days this week, what's the course like out there?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: I think it was good. We played the ball up because it was muddy out there. It definitely dried out a lot from when I played my practice round Tuesday, but yeah, I played good. I think they really considered that it was wet out there so they moved most of the tees up to the front of the box, but it was a good distance. I think it wasn't too short or too long, it really played well.
Q. How about the wind? A lot of players are talking ‑‑
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Well, there was wind out there that you had to keep in consideration and it kind of goes through the trees so you've just got to figure it out with your caddie, like decide on a shot, decide on the wind and just hit it. We had the same thing last week in Dallas, so get used to it.
Q. You turn around tomorrow and play in the morning. Is there any difference for you playing afternoon or morning?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Not really. I mean, it's probably going to be a little bit colder in the beginning and I'm going to assume it's going to have some dew and wetness to the course, so we'll see, but I don't really care morning or afternoon.
Q. I have to ask, I read in your player guide that your best meals were in Richmond with your host family. Are they here?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yeah, I had it Monday.
Q. What's the restaurant?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Umi Sushi.
Q. Did you get to see your family?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yeah, I stayed with them. I flew into Washington, drove down to Richmond and saw them, had a good time, just went to dinner and I stayed over. They're one of the best host families I've had.
Q. You flew in Monday?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yeah, and then I came here Tuesday morning. They have unbelievable sushi there, it's really fresh and the host just kind of splurges, he gets really good tuna. I love sushi and it's the best sushi I've had.
Q. You eat the raw fish?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yeah.
Q. What's the family's name?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Stanwick. He'll be out here watching tomorrow. Last year they came out the whole weekend.
Q. They'll come out tomorrow, just a couple days?
DEWI CLAIRE SCHREEFEL: Yep.
Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings No. 1
MODERATOR: I would like to welcome in Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park. Great first round, 68 today. Just take us through the round. You had a little bit up and down, good start, then a little bit of mild in between and then a really strong finish, so just take us through that.
INBEE PARK: Yeah, especially on the front nine, we played in the morning, it was windy and very long. So, I mean, I didn't give myself a lot of opportunities and I started ‑‑ I played quite good until No. 8 and then I hit a couple of bad tee shots on No. 9, 11, 12, so that's just golf. My putt lipped out, a couple of them lipped out today on the front nine. On the back nine everything just really turned around and I started to hit the ball a lot better and obviously putted really good at the end, so very happy to finish with four birdies. I mean, that's going to be a good momentum going for tomorrow.
MODERATOR: I was going to say, going into that final stretch having a little bump in the middle, four out of five on the end, just take us through those four birdies on the last five holes.
INBEE PARK: I hit the shots quite close, everything was like within 15 feet. The last putt, I had ‑‑ it was about six feet but I missed the last one. I missed the shortest one, I holed the longest one. That's just the way it is. Even if I missed the last one, I was just very happy with four birdies and a couple short irons on the back nine. Front nine it was almost all long irons but the back nine the weather got a lot better, less windy, I hit a lot of short irons, gave myself a lot of opportunities.
MODERATOR: Taking a look at the leaderboard, Ariya's at the top as of now, the leader in the clubhouse. You'll pretty much be forever linked to her back in Thailand where she had a miscue on 18 and kind of the win fell into your lap. Are you surprised to see her bouncing back as she has or what's your experience in seeing her play or playing with her?
INBEE PARK: I haven't really played with her in the same group, but I've seen her hitting balls and she has played in front of me or behind me so I've been seeing where her drive ending up and I looking behind, she's really long. She'll have a big advantage for this golf course. She's a very talented player and I'm very happy that she's playing really good, especially after that finish on No. 18, it's always good to see somebody bouncing back like that.
Q. How much different a player are you now than the last time you played here? You've never had success here. Did you kind of get here with a completely different attitude about it? Did you start today with a different attitude?
INBEE PARK: You know, I just started this week, you know, just like really fresh new start. I mean, I haven't played this golf course for at least four years so it's pretty new to me. My game changed a lot. The way I'm hitting the ball, the way I'm putting is totally different than what I've been doing four, five years ago. So this week is just like a normal week that I've been having this year.
Q. You mentioned it was good to see Ariya bounce back after what happened in Thailand. Have you ever had anything resembling that kind of experience and what did you find that you learned from it, if you have?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I mean, I've had a couple of experiences where I finished like 2nd. I mean, I was leading ‑‑ I was leading this year over Suzann in World Ladies Championship and I lost ‑‑ I was leading by two shots going in the final round but I lost to her even with a good round on the last day, so she played better than me. After that I really got my, what do you call it, just I really wanted to win after that and I won Kraft Nabisco, I won Texas after that. I had a couple of experience experiences like that in the past, that's been really helping me, too.
MODERATOR: That would be the event in China on the LET?
INBEE PARK: Yeah.
MODERATOR: I want to touch on the new hat and the new logo on the shirt. Recent sponsorship announcement with becoming No. 1, the top player in the world. Obviously you're getting a lot move attention, some media here, too. Talk about just getting used to being an ambassador whether it be for the Tour or for a sponsor. How's that whole process going for you?
INBEE PARK: First of all, KB Financial Group is one of the best ‑‑ it is the best bank in Korea, the best financial group in Korea, so just very happy to be teamed with them and very honored to have their logo on my hat and hopefully this going to be the new crown and yeah, just very happy to have another group of people that's going to be rooting for me and that's been a big help for me, something else to concentrate for and yeah, it's going to be really good.
Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 2
Q. No bogeys, three birdies. Take me through your round and what was working well for you.
STACY LEWIS: It was really a boring day, just kind of ‑‑ I didn't hit the ball great but I hit it on the green and putted pretty well, just a solid day. It was hard to make putts out there, the greens got pretty bumpy at the end of the day, so just pretty happy to get out of there with 3‑under.
Q. There was a lot of low scores today, there's like 14 people at 3‑under. You know, what do you think has been the key to scoring low?
STACY LEWIS: You know, the course is wet and I think that's why scores are low. They'd actually be lower if the ball was releasing out a little bit, but you have a lot of 5‑, 6‑, 7‑irons into greens so that's kind of keeping scores from going too far, but it's wet and it's scorable.
Q. With rain and clouds the past few days and then today it's been windy. Talk about the conditions on the course and just how you've been able to just fight through.
STACY LEWIS: The last few days it was tough, you didn't get a lot of good practice in. The weather was pretty miserable, but today was a lot better. As soon as the sun went down it got pretty cold, but the weather's better today. You've just got to take what the course gives you. I'm glad I'm going out in the morning tomorrow and can hopefully post a number.