Kingsmill Championship Third Round Notes and Interviews

Kingsmill Championship
Kingsmill Resort, River Course
Williamsburg, Virginia
Third-Round Notes and Interviews
May 4, 2013

Cristie Kerr -10, Rolex Rankings No. 12
Suzann Pettersen -8, Rolex Rankings No. 5
Stacy Lewis -8, Rolex Rankings No. 2
Angela Stanford -7, Rolex Rankings No. 18
Ariya Jutanugarn -5, Rolex Rankings No. 23
Lizette Salas -5, Rolex Rankings No. 19
Katie Burnett -4, Rolex Rankings No. 392

Saturday’s Third-round Recap

Fifteen-time LPGA Tour winner Cristie Kerr made a surge up the leaderboard on Saturday to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship. Kerr fired a 5-under 66 during Saturday’s round with Rolex Rankings No. 5 Suzann Pettersen and No. 2 Stacy Lewis trailing by two strokes.

Kerr, who is a two-time winner at the River Course at Kingsmill Resort, found herself in a familiar position after Saturday’s third round as she leads the field at 10-under par. She either led or co-led heading into the final round during each of her victories in 2005 and 2009, which gives her plenty of confidence heading into Sunday.

“You have to really play a good round tomorrow either whether you're two ahead or two behind, like I said,” said Kerr. “I think just going to try to stay lose, I'm going to try and stay focused and, you know, in those pressure situations, pressure moments tomorrow that I'm going to face, I think I've just got to keep doing what I've done, you know, the last three days and that's really focus on the process of the shot.  I know it sounds kind of boring, but that's when I do my best.  If I do that and I start rolling the rock, I'm going to be hard to beat.”

A strong group of players sit within striking distance of Kerr with Lewis and Pettersen at 8-under par and No. 18 Angela Stanford at 7-under par. Pettersen, who also has a victory in Williamsburg, says the title is still up for grabs on Sunday. 

“Yeah, I mean, I think there's a lot of great players out there right there in the mix,” said Pettersen. “Cristie's two ahead, I don't really think that that's a massive advantage right now.  I mean, we're all going to go out tomorrow trying to shoot as low as we can.  It would take more than 10‑under to win, so I guess, I don't know, we'll see after four rounds who's on top.”

California native Lizette Salas made a statement on Saturday after delivering a blemish-free 6-under 65 to put her at a tie for 6th along with first and second-round leader Ariya Jutanugarn. The teenage Thailand native lost her grip on the lead after opening her round with back-to-back bogeys. She went on to card four additional bogeys and four birdies to end with a one-over 73.

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park carded a 2-under 69 on Saturday to put her in a tie for eighth with sponsor exemption and LPGA Tour rookie Katie Burnett at 4-under par.

Cream of the crop: The River Course at the Kingsmill Resort has always been a venue where the cream of the crop rises and produces must-see golf on the weekends. All seven past winners have a major championship title to their name and this week’s leaderboard is loaded with the Tour’s current superstars. Within the top-10 players, there’s a total of 45 career wins to go around.

“I just think this golf course produces a winner with a good ball striker,” said Suzann Pettersen. “It's a ball striker's course.  It has produced probably the best ball strikers champions in the past.  There will never be a surprise around this track of who's going to win it.”

Stacy Lewis agreed and knows the hard-core competition at the top is great for both the fans and players. She noted that the talent level and intensity has a Solheim Cup feel.

You look at the past champions, we've talked about it all week, but I think it's great for the fans, you know,” said Lewis. “They know our names, they've seen us win, and it's good for the tournament to have players up there like that.  We kind of had a little Solheim Cup feel today going.”

Second home: It’s somewhat of a homecoming for Cristie Kerr (@CKGolferChic) when she returns to Williamsburg when the LPGA Tour is in town. Since Kerr has been staying with the same host family since the early years of the event, she always knows she’ll be at ease when she returns ‘home’ from the course. She credits Michael and Linda Whittaker for making her stays here so enjoyable.

“I've stayed with them since, jeez, maybe first or second year of this tournament when it was the Michelob Ultra tournament, so I don't even know how many years that is, maybe 10 or more,” said Kerr. “Yeah, they're kind of like my adopted parents.  They can never take the place of my parents obviously, and my dad is actually here this week.  No, it's just great.  They cook every night and they make it kind of a stress-free week for me.  They travel to see me at the Open and different tournaments and Solheim and it's just they're a lot of fun.”

Kerr, who has won two of her 15 career victories at the River Course at Kingsmill Resort and has added three top-6 finishes, says she feels the love beyond her host family.

“The LPGA set me up with them a long time ago,” said Kerr. “They have a lot of men when the men play here and they said they like the women in Kingsmill more than the guys staying with them.  They think we're more personable, they think we're approachable, you know.  Actually one of the volunteers walking up to the range, I don't remember what day it was, maybe Wednesday or Thursday, said when the guys, they come, they don't even want to make eye contact, and the girls are so approachable and we look the volunteers in the eyes and we thank them.  That's what the LPGA Tour's about.”

Solid debut: 2013 LPGA Tour rookie Katie Burnett (@KatieBurnett44) has pleased tournament organizers thus far in Williamsburg this week, having made the most of her sponsor exemption through her first three rounds. Burnett is making her LPGA Tour debut as a member this week and has kept herself in the mix after a third-round 71. She’s currently in a tie for eighth at 4-under par.

“Definitely I had quite a bit of nerves, especially today with the big crowd on No. 1, but I just wanted to come out and have fun,” said Burnett. “I've been playing well, so I was hoping that was just going to ride into this week.  Obviously I don't really have much expectation competing against the best players in the world but I hoped, I hoped to play well.”

Burnett is also a member on the Ladies European Tour and has seen early success across the pond. In two events, she has recorded a tie for second along with a solo fourth place finish. She said being in contention in Europe helped prepare her for the big stage this week.

“Yeah, I think you always draw on other tournaments that were in sort of similar type conditions,” said Burnett. “With it being on TV and there's quite a few people actually there, I think I was a little more relaxed than I would have been had I not had that experience.  I was definitely nervous here, but I think I'm less nervous than I would have been.”

Burnett faces the challenge of playing on both tours in her upcoming schedule. She is scheduled to play in the LET’s event in Turkey next week and then the LPGA’s Mobile Bay Classic in Mobile, Ala. the following week.

“Yes, I'm flying out tomorrow night, tomorrow's Sunday, to Turkey and then coming right back to Mobile.”

Pretty in Purple: After she shot a third-round 69 to put herself in contention at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, Lizette Salas (@LizetteSalas5) turned to a little Saturday superstition to hopefully continue her strong play on ‘moving day.’ Salas, who was wearing an outfit of purple tones at Kraft, said her choice of attire has helped keep things fun in the heat of the tournament.

“Purple Saturday,” Salas now calls it. “It started at the Kraft Nabisco and obviously I played well that day, and in Hawaii wore purple on Saturday where I shot 62, so I'm going to keep this purple thing going.  It's fun.  Also have my purple shoes so it's something fun.  Just figure it's Saturday, just try to have a good time.”

It’s easy to have a good time when your third-round scoring average over the past four events is 68.25. The Azusa, Calif. native has found the trick of keeping herself in contention come Sunday and hopes to keep things simple in tomorrow’s final round on the tough River Course. She sits five shots behind the leader, a position she has rallied on before. At the Tour’s stop in Hawaii, Salas started five strokes back and forced a playoff with Suzann Pettersen after posting a 10-under 62.

“Yesterday I was too caught up in trying to be perfect and I have to understand that I can't be perfect all the time and I just have to go out and play and that's exactly what I did,” said Salas. “And no bogeys, which is always good, and this course can… it's a tough one, so you really have to pay attention and just have to keep it simple.”

Quotable: “I just think this golf course produces a winner with a good ball striker.  It's a ball striker's course.  It has produced probably the best ball strikers champions in the past.  There will never be a surprise around this track of who's going to win it and I think even the top 4, I mean, we can all hit the ball fairly solid, work the ball different ways and I think that's what's required out here.  I don't think you get away with kind of a one‑dimension shot out here.  You've got to be able to work the ball both ways and be able to control the spin.” – Suzann Pettersen says of the River Course at Kingsmill Resort

 

Cristie Kerr, Rolex Rankings No. 12

MODERATOR:  All right.  I'd like to welcome Cristie Kerr into the interview room.  You have a two‑shot lead, looking to secure your 16th victory, your third here at Kingsmill.  You must be pretty comfortable at this spot.
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, I've always loved it here.  I played a great round today.  Saturday is definitely moving day but, you know, I've got to look at it like I'm two back tomorrow because that's when I play my best golf.  So I'm looking at it as moving day tomorrow as well because if you're not moving, somebody else is gonna.  That's kind of like where my head is right now.

MODERATOR:  You're in a familiar spot, I know you've won here twice, once in 2005 and once in 2009, and both times you were either leading or co‑leading.  Talk about the position you're in right now and what you're thinking about going into tomorrow.
CRISTIE KERR:  I think it's great.  You certainly don't want to be eight back going into tomorrow.  I played really well the last three days and, you know, found a good place in my mental game and just going to go out there and do the same things tomorrow.  Really put the emphasis on getting into the process of the shot and just stick with that.

MODERATOR:  You had six birdies today.  That putter must be on fire.
CRISTIE KERR:  I actually missed a few, too.  There's always room for improvement.  Yeah, I love this putter, I've always loved this putter.  Hard to not love a putter that you won a major like by 12 shots with, so it deserves another shot and it's going to get it.

MODERATOR:  Do you think you'll keep it around?
CRISTIE KERR:  I think so.

Q.  Cristie, when you look at the caliber of the names that are going to be in the final two groups, just wonder if that gives it even more perhaps a major feel tomorrow?
CRISTIE KERR:  Absolutely.  There's definitely no chickens to be counted.  You have to really play a good round tomorrow either whether you're two ahead or two behind, like I said.  I think just going to try to stay lose, I'm going to try and stay focused and, you know, in those pressure situations, pressure moments tomorrow that I'm going to face, I think I've just got to keep doing what I've done, you know, the last three days and that's really focus on the process of the shot.  I know it sounds kind of boring, but that's when I do my best.  If I do that and I start rolling the rock, I'm going to be hard to beat.

Q.  How much do you look at the scoreboard maybe even before you play?  Do you look to see if anybody's throwing anything up there yet?
CRISTIE KERR:  Well, I mean, the simplest answer I can give is sometimes I look at it and sometimes I don't.  It's situational.  I've done really well this week by not really caring what the leaderboard says and just going out there and seeing how deep I can take it.  I think again, I've said to my caddie, you know, let's not really care about the leaderboard this week, let's go and really see how well we can perform and add them up at the end and, you know, that's why I'm sitting in this chair right now.  I've got to keep doing that tomorrow.

Q.  So that mindset of being two back is just something you kind of adopt without looking at the board and just kind of play like you're ‑‑
CRISTIE KERR:  Obviously I know I have a two‑shot lead but a lead means nothing on Saturday, you need the lead after Sunday, so that's what I have to focus on.  I have to focus on playing like I'm behind tomorrow and not protecting because I don't play well when I protect.  You've got to run through the finish line and you've got to keep going because you can't win a tournament after three days.

Q.  You told me yesterday this place feels like a second home to you.  Can you tell us who the people are that you say with every year and how long you've been staying with them and how that came about?
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, Michael and Linda Whittaker.  I've stayed with them since, jeez, maybe first or second year of this tournament when it was the Michelob Ultra tournament, so I don't even know how many years that is, maybe 10 or more.  Yeah, they're kind of like my adopted parents.  They can never take the place of my parents obviously, and my dad is actually here this week.  No, it's just great.  They cook every night and they make it kind of a stress‑free week for me.  They travel to see me at the Open and different tournaments and Solheim and it's just they're a lot of fun.

Q.  Were they randomly selected?
CRISTIE KERR:  They were, yeah.  The LPGA set me up with them a long time ago.  They have a lot of men when the men play here and they said they like the women in Kingsmill more than the guys staying with them.  They think we're more personable, they think we're approachable, you know.  Actually one of the volunteers walking up to the range, I don't remember what day it was, maybe Wednesday or Thursday, said when the guys, they come, they don't even want to make eye contact, and the girls are so approachable and we look the volunteers in the eyes and we thank them.  That's what the LPGA Tour's about.

Suzann Pettersent, Rolex Rankings No. 5 & Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 2

MODERATOR:  All right.  We'll go ahead and get started.  We have both Suzann Pettersen and Stacy Lewis in with us today.  Thanks for coming in.  Great rounds, guys, both tied at 8‑under, two shots off the lead.  Just take me through your rounds and what was working well.  Start with you, Stacy.
STACY LEWIS:  My round was pretty boring and pretty frustrating.  I started to get into a better rhythm on the back nine, started to hit a little better and again just didn't make any putts.  So it was nice I hung in there and made a few birdies at the end thought to keep myself in it for tomorrow, give myself a chance and that's really all you wanted to do today.  I know that my best round is still out there and I think that's what's encouraging going into tomorrow.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Again, very steady round, hitting a lot of good shots.  It's not the easiest out there, that being said, and some of these pins are a little bit trickier to get to probably than what it looks like on TV.  But I played good golf, we both played good, gave ourselves a lot of chances.  I made a few more than Stacy.

STACY LEWIS:  Just one.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  But I think we both kind of feel like we left a couple out there and there's still a low one out there.

MODERATOR:  You guys are two strokes behind Cristie Kerr who has won here twice.  You both have two victories, this year you have one.  You have two this year?  China.  Both of you have two victories this year.  You guys, do you feel like you have an advantage or does Kerr have an advantage?  What do you guys think?
STACY LEWIS:  Kerr's won plenty of times so she knows the deal.  She always seems to play well on this golf course, I don't know what it is.  She's got the greens a little more figured out than us.  She knows what it takes to win.  We all know kind of what we need to do and it's just who can pull off those shots at the end of the week.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Yeah, I mean, I think there's a lot of great players out there right there in the mix.  Cristie's two ahead, I don't really think that that's a massive advantage right now.  I mean, we're all going to go out tomorrow trying to shoot as low as we can.  It would take more than 10‑under to win, so I guess, I don't know, we'll see after four rounds who's on top.

Q.  You guys talked about the wind yesterday.  Can you just talk about what the conditions were like today compared to yesterday?
STACY LEWIS:  It was really pretty similar.  I think the hardest part about this wind is that it swirls back in the trees, and some shots downwind it helps and other ones it knocks it down, so it's just trying to predict what the wind's going to do the exact time that you hit.  That's what makes it hard.  You could hit it and then all of a sudden there's a gust of wind and it's coming up short.  So that's the hardest part, it's not consistent.  And then getting I think that stretch of 12, 13, 14, the wind's just hard to judge back in there.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Yeah, I agree.

Q.  When you guys started, Lizette had already put up a pretty low number.  Were you guys aware of that?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Well, I don't know, I didn't really pay attention to anything out there, I just tried to keep my score together the first couple holes.  I saw one of the boards she had the hot round of the day.  She's a good player, no surprise.  But really just like under these conditions you can easily play yourself out of the tournament.  I think we both hung in there even though we felt like we should maybe have had one or two more birdies or so.  We're still right there and I think that's all you can ask.

Q.  Do you not look at the scoreboard to see if anybody's throwing numbers up before you go out just to see kind of what the course is giving?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  I mean, I'm playing with a former No. 1, so I'm just trying to keep up with her.  She's going to be a pretty good target.

STACY LEWIS:  Well, I think early on the front nine there's not a lot of scoreboards out there.  And honestly, I looked and when I saw the board on 11, I think I was at 6‑under and I was still top 5 I think at that point and I was kind of surprised that nobody else had gone any lower.  So you kind of use it a little bit to gauge off of, but I think early in your round, those first four, five holes, they're hard and I don't think you can really go out there, oh, Lizette shot 6‑under today, I can make some birdies, because I think the minute you think you can make a birdie you're probably going to make a double and that's just the way this course plays.

Q.  When you look at the leaderboard, you have Cristie and Suzann, Stacy and Angela, that's a pretty accomplished top 4.  Does that give you like a major field do you think going out?  Does that add extra excitement to the round tomorrow?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  I just think this golf course produces a winner with a good ball striker.  It's a ball striker's course.  It has produced probably the best ball strikers champions in the past.  There will never be a surprise around this track of who's going to win it and I think even the top 4, I mean, we can all hit the ball fairly solid, work the ball different ways and I think that's what's required out here.  I don't think you get away with kind of a one‑dimension shot out here.  You've got to be able to work the ball both ways and be able to control the spin.

STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I think ‑‑ I mean, you look at the past champions, we've talked about it all week, but I think it's great for the fans, you know.  They know our names, they've seen us win, and it's good for the tournament to have players up there like that.  We kind of had a little Solheim Cup feel today going.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Do we?

STACY LEWIS:  She told me at one point it was good, she told me it was good.  But it's fun to play with Suzann and play with Kerr when everybody's playing well and on their game because that's when you want to play each other is when you're battling down the stretch.

Q.  (inaudible)

STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I think tomorrow I'll be in the second‑to‑last group, which I like.  Get out there and hopefully post a number and then see what they do in the group behind us.  But like Suzann said, two shots on this golf course can be gone in one swing, so we're definitely not out of it.

Q.  I hate to bring this up because I feel like I'm jinxing us, but last year ‑‑

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Uh‑oh.

Q.  Last year there was an epic playoff.  I hate to mention it.  But with the four of you guys are obviously pretty good, so that's a possibility that that can happen tomorrow.  What were you thinking when you saw that the playoff format had changed?  I guess it was posted in the locker room.  What were you thinking last year?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Have you been in our locker room?

Q.  Someone mentioned it.  Were you happy with that change that that's not possible this year and just kind of your thoughts on what happened last year.
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I think last year it was kind of an eye opener to all the tournaments to say we need to look at what our playoff format is.  Especially I think last year the pin was back on 18 and that more than anything I think made it an issue just because the back pin there, it's really hard to make birdie.  So you want a hole where somebody can go out there and win it, you don't want somebody losing it.  I liked it, it was on 18 over and over just because the fans were there and it got loud.  I think we were all going to the British, catching our flights and getting out.  I mean, I like the change, but more than anything I think it was a hole location problem last year.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  Well, I wanted a playoff on 18, I think it's a brilliant idea to just play 18.  No, but I mean it's like Stacy said, I think it's the pin more than anything else.  Any of the two or three that's in the playoff decide to really give it a go, you're probably not going to see too many birdies there unless someone drains a long putt.  It's nothing wrong playing ‑‑ changing it up.  Hopefully it won't be there.

STACY LEWIS:  The pin's been back the last two days.

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  It will not be back tomorrow.

STACY LEWIS:  Yeah.

Angela Stanford, Rolex Rankings No. 18

Q.  All right, nice job, still in the hunt.  Just take me through the day.  What happened on the bogeys?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Bad tee balls, bad tee ball on 4, actually bad chip, and then on 17 just picked the wrong club.

Q.  What did you hit? 
ANGELA STANFORD:  Tried to hit a lower 9 iron and got up there and my ball was kind of in a hole.

Q.  Have you been hitting 9 iron prior or was it just a wind decision?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Probably should have hit 8 but I thought I could keep it low enough and I didn't.

Q.  How was playing with Ariya?  Was that the first time?
ANGELA STANFORD:  No, we played together in Thailand actually.  She bombs it.

Q.  How do you feel going into tomorrow?  Do you feel ‑‑
ANGELA STANFORD:  Good.  I feel like I can hit it better, I can putt it better.

Lizette Salas, Rolex Rankings No. 19

Q.  Just start us off, take us through your solid round.  How did you feel?
LIZETTE SALAS:  Yeah, no bogeys.  I figured today's moving day and today's also purple day, so I just thought I had some fun and just really attacked the pins and really took advantage of the par 5s.  Swing felt good.  I worked on my putting a little bit yesterday and it obviously paid off so I'm really happy about it.

Q.  Talk about purple day.
LIZETTE SALAS:  Purple Saturday.  It started at the Kraft Nabisco and obviously I played well that day, and in Hawaii wore purple on Saturday where I shot 62, so I'm going to keep this purple thing going.  It's fun.  Also have my purple shoes so it's something fun.  Just figure it's Saturday, just try to have a good time.  Yesterday I was too caught up in trying to be perfect and I have to understand that I can't be perfect all the time and I just have to go out and play and that's exactly what I did.  And no bogeys, which is always good, and this course can ‑‑ it's a tough one, so you really have to pay attention and just have to keep it simple.

Q.  How relaxed can your approach be when you start out tied for 40th?  It's not like you just kind of go out and whack at it.
LIZETTE SALAS:  To be honest, I didn't even know what place I was in.  I try not to look at the leaderboard to say, you know what, just go have some fun today.  And yesterday I think I was being just a little too conservative these past two days and today I just did my style and just attacked the pin and just stayed patient, and my caddie and I did a great job today and 6‑under is a really good score today.

Q.  What were the differences from yesterday conditions wise?  It seems still breezy but not as bad.
LIZETTE SALAS:  Yes, very breezy.  I think the ball rolled out a little more today even though I played a little early.  I think the greens are firming up a little bit, so they're a little quicker, but at the same time you just have to really, really stay patient out here.  That's key for me.

Q.  Purple Saturday, what's the lucky charm for Sunday?
LIZETTE SALAS:  I have no ‑‑ I still have to figure that out.  I tried the red and gold for my alma mater, USC.  We'll see, I might bring it out tomorrow.  It depends on my mood.  Yeah, we'll see what I have left ‑‑ and what's clean, exactly, what's in my luggage tomorrow morning.

Q.  What kind of numbers do you expect this afternoon?  There's a lot of people throwing red stuff up there.
LIZETTE SALAS:  Yeah, there's obviously really top contenders as usual, like Suzann and Cristie and 17‑year old Ariya, so it can go either way.  I know someone's going to try to go low today and I just ‑‑ I don't know what someone else is going to do, I'm just really happy about my 6‑under today.

Ariya Jutanugarn, Rolex Rankings No. 23

Q.  First off, you got off to a rough start, you made a few birdies.  Tell us a little bit about ‑‑
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  I shot 2‑over today, right?

Q.  Umhmm.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  What were you saying?

Q.  I said you got off to a rough start, you made a few bogeys, but tell us kind of ‑‑ take us through your day and how you were feeling.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  Like 1st hole I had bogey, I hit my driver so I tried to hit my low ball but it went to the left to the water and I have bogey, and 2nd I have bogey again and, you know, like after that my putting's like so bad like it make me feel like not confident with my game today because I made like yesterday, I made like short putt three feet two or three time today and I still feel ‑‑ I tried to track the line, tried to trust my putting but I still miss it a lot.

Q.  Tell us about you were leading yesterday, you were a little behind today, but that's okay.  How were your nerves?  How are you taking it being so young?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN:  You know, I never nervous with my game today, just have bad for putting and just miss my driver on 1st hole, that's it.

Katie Burnett, Rolex Rankings No. 392

Q.  Nice job today.
KATIE BURNETT:  Thank you.

Q.  Yeah, take us through that.  Obviously still improving and playing well.  Just take us through your day.
KATIE BURNETT:  It was a little bit of a struggle actually in the middle section there.  I don't know, made four birdies, I guess, and four bogeys.  Hit it a little better I think today than I did the rest of the days, but I didn't putt as well.  Tough conditions, like it was yesterday, so I'm happy with the way I played.

Q.  Yeah, continuously tough or were they particularly harder today or harder ‑‑ everyone says they're just gusting pretty much.
KATIE BURNETT:  Yeah, the wind's kind of swirling.  You have to really trust your shots and a couple of times I think I just picked the wrong one.

Q.  Did you write a heck of a letter to Wayne Nooe to get in here?  How did you come upon the sponsor's invite?  
KATIE BURNETT:  Actually, I was in South Africa playing a European Tour event and I got a phone call.  I think my golf instructor, maybe my agent or something called, and because they have the Sea Island connection, I think that helped.  They called and then I got a voice mail on my phone which I couldn't listen to (inaudible) and when I got back into the States I listened to it, and was oh, I have to call them back because that is a definite yes.

Q.  So what were your expectations of playing in your first LPGA event?  What did you think you could do or nerves or ‑‑
KATIE BURNETT:  Definitely I had quite a bit of nerves, especially today with the big crowd on 1, but I just wanted to come out and have fun.  I've been playing well, so I was hoping that was just going to ride into this week.  Obviously I don't really have much expectation competing against the best players in the world but I hoped, I hoped to play well.

Q.  You beat one of the best players in the world today, didn't you?  (inaudible)
KATIE BURNETT:  I think so, she had struggles coming in.  She was playing really well through 9.

Q.  What's your schedule coming up?  Are you in Turkey?  Are you going to Turkey and then Mobile or have you even thought that far ahead?
KATIE BURNETT:  Yes, I'm flying out tomorrow night, tomorrow's Sunday, to Turkey and then coming right back to Mobile.

Q.  Have you ever done a quick turnaround like that back to back, tournaments in Europe and back?
KATIE BURNETT:  Pretty close.  Final stage of Q school I left on the 3rd to fly to Morocco to do European Tour Q School and then I lost my clubs and played with rental sets the first round.

Q.  The first round of LET Q School?
KATIE BURNETT:  Um‑hmm.

Q.  How did you do with the rentals?
KATIE BURNETT:  I shot even.  But that's probably the closest I've had, but it wasn't multiple tournaments because this will be ‑‑

Q.  Yeah, it's three.

Q.  I have no clue, what's the time difference?
KATIE BURNETT:  Six, I would assume.

Q.  You think six?
KATIE BURNETT:  I don't know.

Q.  Is England six?
KATIE BURNETT:  Five.

Q.  How much confidence do you take, because you played really well in Morocco, right?  Not the Q School but the tournament this year?
KATIE BURNETT:  I came in 4th.

Q.  Where were you going into the last round?
KATIE BURNETT:  3rd, I think.

Q.  Will you draw upon that experience tomorrow when you go out Sunday on the leaderboard in a big‑time event?
KATIE BURNETT:  Yeah, I think you always draw on other tournaments that were in sort of similar type conditions.  With it being on TV and there's quite a few people actually there, I think I was a little more relaxed than I would have been had I not had that experience.  I was definitely nervous here, but I think I'm less nervous than I would have been.

Q.  You played with Paula, right?
KATIE BURNETT:  I played with So Yeon.

Q.  When you saw you drew her, did you think oh, yeah, there'll be huge crowds playing with the Top 10 players in the world?  Did you think, ohhhh, or were you excited?
KATIE BURNETT:  I was excited.  I mean, I like crowds, I like the people.  I mean, they make me a little nervous but I really enjoy the crowd and people being out here.

Q.  Last year at this time we were at regionals and I was talking to you.  It's quite a different stage.  Can you talk about how your game has changed since then and maybe your confidence level and your outlook?
KATIE BURNETT:  My confidence level has definitely gotten much improved, or improved since college.  I've kind of just been rolling since Q School sort of and I just really figured out sort of the way I play best and that's trying to stay as calm and have as much fun as possible, to smile, joke around with the caddie and not really pay attention to what I'm doing or what everybody else is doing.  If I have fun, I usually play well.  If I get a little irritated like I did in the middle of today's round, I'll start making a few bogeys.


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