Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Third-Round Notes & Interviews

Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
RTJ Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings
Mobile, Alabama
Third-Round Notes and Interviews
May 18, 2013

Chella Choi -17, Rolex Rankings No. 40
Anna Nordqvist -16, Rolex Rankings No. 32
Jessica Korda -16, Rolex Rankings No. 46
Karrie Webb -15, Rolex Rankings No. 12
Stacy Lewis -13, Rolex Rankings No. 2

Saturday’s Third-round Recap

Chella Choi shot her second-consecutive 6-under 66 on Saturday to push her to 17-under par and takes a one-shot lead at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist broke the tournament and course record with an 11-under 61 and is in a tie for second with Jessica Korda at 16-under par. LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famer Karrie Webb sits in solo fourth at 15-under par and trails the lead by two.

Choi marks the fourth different leader this week in Mobile and holds the lead heading into the final round for the first time in her career. After her seven birdie, one bogey performance on Saturday, Choi said her confidence is at an all-time high and for the first time in her career has had no problem looking at the leaderboard to size up competing scores.

“I never before this week because if I see leaderboard, a little bit nervous or like I don't have confidence,” said Choi. “So like this week I started just to look at the leaderboard, just first round Thursday, starting Thursday, every hole watching leading score, so I think much better, mentally better than before.”

The South Korean hit every fairway on Saturday and missed only two greens in regulation. Her only dropped shot of the day came on the par 4 9th hole when she hit her tee shot into a divot in the middle of the fairway which set up her for a difficult approach. She failed to convert on the up and down but said it had no effect on her rhythm.

“Yeah, but I make four more birdies on back nine, so it was okay,” said Choi. “That course is every hole, tee shot in fairway, every hole birdie chance because I know my shots,” said Choi. “So I think just confidence and focus on just teeing ground, it's no problem.”

Nordqvist stole the show on Saturday with her record-breaking performance and was the second player this week to rewrite the record books. Sydnee Michaels posted a 10-under 62 in Friday’s second round, but Nordqvist one-upped her on a day that included 10 birdies, an eagle and one bogey. She put together a run on the front nine that included five-consecutive birdies on Nos. 3 through 7. No surprise the Swede said she couldn’t stop smiling throughout the round.

“Today was a lot of fun,” said Nordqvist. “I started out with a couple birdies, hit a lot of good shots, and I think I missed one green.  And then I made that bunker shot and it was just like, I couldn't stop smiling, couldn't stop laughing.” 
The two-time LPGA Tour winner and major champ, whose last win came back in 2009 at the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex, said it felt good to have all parts of her game finally click.

“But it's one of those days where you feel like all your hard work and your patience is paying off,” said Nordqvist. “You look back in the day you see yourself with a lot of confidence and know you can do it and believe in yourself.”

The round marked a career-best for Nordqvist by a four-stroke margin and was also the lowest round on the LPGA Tour this season.

Jessica Korda kept herself in contention despite an up-and-down day on Saturday. The 20-year old had five birdies, an eagle, two bogeys and a double bogey to close out at 3-under 69. She’s playing for her second-career win, but doesn’t necessarily have it on the front of her mind.

“I mean, I'm not really thinking about that right now,” said Korda. “It's more of just, you know, having fun out there and putting shots away like I know I can.  If you have a round like today, you're going to have a couple bad holes here and there, but it's going to happen to everybody.  I haven't had a bogey in 36 holes, so I think I've been pretty fortunate on that aspect.” 

Stacy in the mix: Defending champion Stacy Lewis finally got things going in the third round and followed up first and second round 70’s with a 9-under 63. The No. 2 ranked player in the world sits four shots off the lead in a tie for sixth, well within striking distance with 18 holes to play.

“Yeah, it was good,” said Lewis. “The first four holes I didn't really do anything and I kind of thought I was just going to stay with what I've been doing the first two days.  Then started making some putts and hitting some good shots and it was just an easy day.  I hit it a lot better.  It was one of those stress‑free days I needed today, I needed something like that to get back into the tournament.”

Lewis knew she had to keep mistakes to a minimum and convert on scoring opportunities to stay in contention. In a week where so many low scores have been posted, Lewis brought an aggressive mentality

“You've just got to go out there and try to make birdies, that's the key,” said Lewis. “I mean, I didn't have a number in my head, I just start rolling.  At one point I looked at our score thing, I thought I was 10‑under and I was 12, so I wasn't really paying attention to what I was shooting.  The par 5s are reachable and you just have to make birdies there.  I don't know, it was just one of those days I've been waiting for.”

She knows she won’t have any breathing room tomorrow and says another low number will be needed on Sunday to have a chance to win. The Texas native is seeking her third win this season and eighth in her career and is trying to close the gap on No. 1 Inbee Park who is not the field this week.

“Yeah, it's probably going to take another one,” said Lewis. “Webby's playing well and a lot of those girls are playing well, so hopefully they don't get too far away today so I have a chance.  But it's nice to just get myself back up on the leaderboard and just be in those last few groups.”

Keep the streak: Karrie Webb made her 53rd consecutive cut this week at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and the Hall of Famer continues to keep herself in contention week in and week out. Her last missed cut came at the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart.

“Yeah, it's the longest cut streak of my career by, I don't know, quite a lot,” said Webb. “I've never gone two full seasons in a row without missing a cut, so I know it's definitely probably my best by about 20 events.  It's not something that I really think about, but I do take pride in the fact that if I am close to the cut, there's nothing worse than missing a cut, that I grind it out to make the cut and I've done that a number of times in that 53 made cuts streak.”

Webb is playing for her 39th LPGA Tour victory and first of the 2013 season.

 

Let’s go low: Last year’s winning score by Stacy Lewis was 17-under par and set a tournament record. Third-round leader Chella Choi heads into the final round with the same mark.

Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 2

Q.  I'm sure you've been waiting for that round.  How did it feel?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, it was good.  The first four holes I didn't really do anything and I kind of thought I was just going to stay with what I've been doing the first two days.  Then started making some putts and hitting some good shots and it was just an easy day.  I hit it a lot better.  It was one of those stress‑free days I needed today, I needed something like that to get back into the tournament.

Q.  No bogeys.  You said yesterday, you're like, I've got to cut the mistakes out, especially on a course like this where people are shooting lights out.  Did you think there was anything specific you didn't really make mistakes on or something that you improved on?
STACY LEWIS:  I think we were just more careful on our targets and where I missed shots, and I paid more attention to where I could miss it and still get it up and down.  I think that was the difference.  But I hit a lot more solid today so I didn't really have to worry about it too much.

Q.  When you started this round, of course you were 4under and 9 back, did you come into the round with the mindset like dang, I've got to shoot the course record today?
STACY LEWIS:  You've just got to go out there and try to make birdies, that's the key.  I mean, I didn't have a number in my head, I just start rolling.  At one point I looked at our score thing, I thought I was 10‑under and I was 12, so I wasn't really paying attention to what I was shooting.  The par 5s are reachable and you just have to make birdies there.  I don't know, it was just one of those days I've been waiting for.

Q.  To win this tournament, are you going to have to come out here and do the same thing tomorrow?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, it's probably going to take another one.  Webby's playing well and a lot of those girls are playing well, so hopefully they don't get too far away today so I have a chance.  But it's nice to just get myself back up on the leaderboard and just be in those last few groups.

Q.  Were there any wild shots or anything?  You had a run of four straight.  Big putts?
STACY LEWIS:  No, I just hit it, like 5, I hit to like five feet.  Then 6, the par 5, I hit it just short and chipped up to three feet.  7, I hit it to about eight feet, and 8, I hit it to probably six feet.  So it was just hitting good shots and then capitalizing off of that.

Q.  Can you go over the rest since you're on a roll?
STACY LEWIS:  Do you want me to just keep going what I did?

Q.  Yep.
STACY LEWIS:  So 10, I hit it to about three feet, made birdie.  12, I made probably about a 12‑footer.  13, I hit the green in two, my eagle putt went right over the edge so I tapped in for birdie.  14, made about a 10‑footer for birdie.  15, made par.  16, two putt, eagle putt again went right over the edge, I thought it made it, and then two pars.

Q.  That's pretty good.  Good memory there.  I asked Travis ‑‑
STACY LEWIS:  He had no clue.

Q.  Do you like lowscoring events like this, it's fun?
STACY LEWIS:  I think it's good for the fans, I think it's fun for the fans to watch.  I mean, I prefer a course where you've got to hit some harder shots and where a lower score ‑‑ I mean, when you shoot a 66 it's a great score.  A 66 on this course this week is just kind of average.  So I would prefer something harder, but it's nice, I think the fans like it.  They asked me about it, I started feeding off the fans.  We picked up people kind of as the round went on and it was fun to kind of give them a show.

Q.  Do you have any family here this week or are you solo?
STACY LEWIS:  I'm solo. 

Q.  Talk about Alabama, being back here and the announcement of the two tournaments.
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I was surprised that they were able to pull it together, but I think it's great.  We need more events in the U.S. and I hope the rest of the girls continue to support these events.  I think the tournament staff works really hard.  They worked really hard just to get to the announcement they had, they worked hard.  So I'm going to be back to support them because they supported me when I was looking for my sponsor invites in 2008, so I'm going to be back every year.

Q.  This field is weak compared to most?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah.

Q.  It's a nice opportunity for some other players, though.  A few names that I know I don't know that well.
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah.

Q.  How important are these stops?  Now you kind of have a little ‑‑ players have a choice of tournaments where they're not ‑‑
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I'm disappointed for the tournament because I think this golf course is good enough that it deserves a good field and these events are good enough that it deserves a good field, so I was disappointed for them.  But I think it's a great opportunity.  On the leaderboard you've got Jessica Korda, you've got some young players up there with getting that experience of being in the final groups.  That's what the PGA TOUR has that we haven't had, is those guys kind of middle of the road, they get opportunities to win tournaments and that gets them into bigger events.  It's a learning step and we've never really had that.  We need more events like this for that reason.

Karrie Webb, Rolex Rankings No. 12

KARRIE WEBB:  It was a bit of a frustrating day today.  I mean, 69, but you know, there's so many low scores out there.  And actually the conditions were easier today than yesterday with hardly any wind.  I just had a lot of in‑between numbers and just didn't pick the right club and then ended up having 20‑footers and not giving myself a lot of real decent birdie chances.  A couple (inaudible) coming in, but that didn't get me into too much trouble.

Q.  You have quite a few fans in Australia obviously.  I don't know what time it is there, but how many tweets there are when I'm covering you.
KARRIE WEBB:  It's 9:00 in the morning.

Q.  Oh, they're having tea with the LPGA.  Do you feel a responsibility to them at all or do you just love being an Australian representing?
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, you know, I come from Australia and I'm a very proud Aussie, and obviously I have the boxing kangaroo on my hat and my golf balls.  So yeah, I'm glad that Australia gets the LPGA every week and my parents and grandparents are all very happy about that.  So I'll say hi to them, I'm sure they're watching.

Q.  I saw a little bit of frustration out there, but still in good shape.  Just talk about the day.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, I got off to really quite a nice start today, I was cruising along and then threw a 3‑putt in there on No. 7 and sort of lost a bit of my momentum there and didn't really get it going again.  Like I just said on TV, I had a lot of in‑between numbers today and just wasn't guessing right.

Q.  Were you watching the board at all today?
KARRIE WEBB:  I actually don't really ‑‑ yeah, until I got to 13 tee, I really hadn't looked at it all day just because I knew that people could shoot anything and it wasn't just me and Jess out there.  And then we both ‑‑ well, I wasn't really struggling, I just wasn't making any birdies and Jess had a couple of not‑so‑good holes there.  So I looked at the board on 13 tee and saw that Anna had 11‑under and Stacy had 9‑under, which didn't surprise me.  But yeah, so I just knew I needed to get in as low as I could.  And I'm only two back, so I feel good about that.

Q.  Do you like the idea of tomorrow just going full force?  It's going to take obviously a lower number; if you shoot 70, you're probably going to get lapped.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, well, I nearly got lapped at 69 today.  I think I'm paired with Jess again, so I think that will be a great twosome to go out and hopefully shoot two low ones and we'll see who comes in leading at the end.

Q.  Talk about your madecut streak.  I know they mentioned it on air, I think it's 53 now?
KARRIE WEBB:  Okay.

Q.  It's pretty remarkable in terms of you just always being in contention.  They say you're such a prideful player, that you are just so consistent.  Talk about your consistency.  This whole week's been consistent.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, it's the longest cut streak of my career by, I don't know, quite a lot.  I've never gone two full seasons in a row without missing a cut, so I know it's definitely probably my best by about 20 events.  It's not something that I really think about, but I do take pride in the fact that if I am close to the cut, there's nothing worse than missing a cut, that I grind it out to make the cut and I've done that a number of times in that 53 made cuts streak.

Q.  They talked about Brittany being sick yesterday.  I mean, for 53 events to not have an injury, to have a sickness, is it doctors, is it an immune system?  I mean, to have not one off week is pretty remarkable.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, I don't play as much as some of the girls.  I'm not playing next week because I don't play four in a row.  I guess I just know what my limitations are and I don't try to push my body past that.

Q.  Is it good for the Tour to have numbers like that on the board?  I mean, it's not a weekly occurrence.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, it is.  I mean, I like this golf course and I don't like to see it playing this soft.  I think it could play a little bit harder for sure, but I think it's set up the way it's set up and you've got to go out there and shoot as many birdies as you can.

Q.  Would you like it to be longer?
KARRIE WEBB:  Some years we come in here and it's wet, and if this course is wet, you know, it's so hilly that the ball goes nowhere.  So the length of this course when it's wet when we're playing it is fine.  But it's dry right now and the greens, you know, this is the first year really since they redid them that they're holding really nicely, too.  We could lengthen the ‑‑ I like the par 5 setups out here.  I love that Jess can hit a 5 iron or whatever she hit into ‑‑ what did you hit into 16, 5 iron?

JESSICA KORDA:  I hit 6 iron.

KARRIE WEBB:  6 iron.  You know, but I love the way that's set up because you see the guys do that every week.  But I think the par 4 setup could be a little more challenging on some of them.  You only have to lengthen two or three par 4s and it would change the way the course plays dramatically.

 

Anna Nordqvist, Rolex Rankings No. 32

Q.  Just talk about your mindset coming into today, how you felt before the round.
ANNA NORDQVIST:  I felt like I played pretty good the first day, just couldn't get anything going, and then 1‑over after a couple bogeys late.  But I've been feeling good with my game and finally had a good putting day for the first time in a couple years.

Q.  What do you attribute that to?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  I don't know.  I mean, I just felt like I tried to trust myself and trust my line and just hit it.  Usually I'm very close to making a lot of putts but it's just the difference of making them.  It just felt like sometimes I couldn't miss.

Q.  Is two years an exaggeration or have you really had that long of a ‑‑
ANNA NORDQVIST:  No, I've been putting good but just haven't made a lot of things, so I felt like dating maybe even back to 2009 when I had a really good putting day.  I've been working on it, I've been a lot better, but it's just one of those days where you just feel like you can't miss.

Q.  So how fun was today?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Today was a lot of fun.  I started out with a couple birdies, hit a lot of good shots, and I think I missed one green.  And then I made that bunker shot and it was just like, I couldn't stop smiling, couldn't stop laughing. 

But it's one of those days where you feel like all your hard work and your patience is paying off.  You look back in the day you see yourself with a lot of confidence and know you can do it and believe in yourself.

Q.  Did you think 11under would be possible?  Do you ever have like a number in your head?  Sydnee did 10 yesterday, we thought ‑‑
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Yeah, I went out in the afternoon yesterday and she was already done, so knowing that there was a lot of 10‑unders, 8‑unders, 7‑unders even before starting yesterday's round.  I mean, it's definitely out there if you get your putting going and you hit your wedges good because there's a couple par 5s you can obviously take advantage of and a couple shorter par 4s.

Q.  Have you ever shot 61 before in a tournament?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  No.  I've shot 10‑under in a Ladies European Tour event in 2009.

Q.  Was there a shot today that you were just like, wow, that's the way I'm going, or was it just the whole round?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  No, I hit it to like 10 feet on 13, I made that one for eagle.  Then I hit it to about 15 feet on 16.  So it's nice to have a couple obviously easier birdies or even got one to drop for eagle.

Q.  Could you believe 14 then, the way you were playing?  You come up and bogey 14 after smoking the whole way.  Was that like what?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Yeah, I mean, it was very hot out there, I tried to stay focused.  I felt like my club kind of slipped in my hand a little bit and went long left.  Moriya putted first and I thought I had the line and I hit a really good putt, just stayed three feet short, and then I just missed it right edge.

Q.  On Sunday, are scores going to be a little bit less cartoony, video gamey tomorrow or is it going to take another 10under to win?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  I definitely think it's going to require a low round.  I mean, there's a lot players out there that have been playing very good, so it's going to be a fight, but no matter what happens, I think I learned a lot from this week.

Q.  So what was the bunker shot that you holed?  Where was that?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  I actually hit a pretty good shot into the green and just faded up a little bit into the wind and came up short, No. 12, and had about maybe a 10‑yard bunker shot, hit it perfect and it ended up going in.

Q.  So for putting, does the hole actually look bigger to you when you feel like you can't miss, like visually?  Do you just see lines better?  How do you have a day like today?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  I think these greens are really tough to read.  I had a couple putts where I didn't know if they were going to break right, going to break left, or there's even a lot of double breakers.  I just seemed to get those right today.  I think that was huge.  But I had good speed and when I connected with the line, obviously I made them.

Q.  Is this one of your coaches on the bag?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Yeah, I have my physio on the bag this week.

Q.  So he wasn't reading greens then?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  No, he was just trying to keep me in a good mood.

Q.  It wasn't a hard job today?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  No.

Q.  What does it feel like?  I mean, since 2009 you probably felt like it was going to be easy after winning those two big tournaments.  What's it feel like to be in this position again?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  I never thought it was going to be easy.  I had two great weeks where I won in 2009, but I knew in one way or another I had to change my game to stay out at the top or be more consistent at the top.  I believe in 2009 I had four or five Top 10s and last year I didn't have a win but I think I had 10 or even 12 Top 10s last year.  So I felt like even though I haven't had a win these last couple years, I know my game has improved a lot.  I think at the end of the day, you know, you've got to be consistently up on top if you're going to win tournaments.

Q.  Are you looking forward to being in the lead or close to it going into Sunday?  Is that the position you would like to be in?
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Yeah, it's fun being in the hunt, it's fun being in contention, and having people watch, you know, that's what you work hard for.  It's a lot more fun playing up there than playing for 50th or 60th, so it's a good place to be.

Q.  Do you like having tournaments where scores are low like this, where setups, course setups ‑‑
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Usually I play a lot better on tougher courses where it requires like a bit more of a challenge, where it's usually not as low scores.  But if you get on a roll, it's always fun to shoot low numbers, but I seem to do better in a little bit tougher courses.

Q.  Your necklace, carpe diem.
ANNA NORDQVIST:  Carpe diem.

Q.  Today, huh?  Thank you.

 

Chella Choi, Rolex Rankings No. 40

Q.  So how are you feeling?  Good round.
CHELLA CHOI:  Good, thank you, thank you.  I know my shot and my putting so I have a confidence before shot.  So I think today's really good, I really happy.  But tomorrow, one more day, but I can do the same routine today and yesterday and Thursday, so yep.

Q.  When we talked to you the other day, you said, "Maybe I'll get my first win," and you kind of laughed.  I know we've talked before, you want it really, really bad, now it's very close.
CHELLA CHOI:  Yeah, so I know my shot and my putting, so I have just, I think just my mental and my experience and just confidence, so I think I can do it, yeah, hopefully.

Q.  Are you watching the leaderboard out there?
CHELLA CHOI:  Yeah, every hole, because last week, two weeks ago, Kingsmill, Virginia, so I played, I think played just No. 7, at pretty good.  So I watch the leaderboard so a little bit nervous, so you know what I mean.

Q.  I think this is going to be the first tournament you've taken the lead into the last round.
CHELLA CHOI:  I never before this week because if I see leaderboard, a little bit nervous or like I don't have confidence more.  So like this week I starting just leaderboard see, just first round Thursday, starting Thursday, every hole watching leading score, so I think much better, mentally better than before.

Q.  Even just at Kingsmill you weren't confident enough to be looking at the leaderboard and this week you're like, "I'm looking at it"?
CHELLA CHOI:  Kingsmill and last couple tournaments and last year tournaments same, everything same.  But I think I change my mind, so I try leaderboard score, more and more make the birdies, so more confidence is I think better.

Q.  What do you think was the most specific part that made you click and not be worried about anybody else around you that you could look?
CHELLA CHOI:  That course is every hole, tee shot in fairway, every hole birdie chance because I know my shots, so I think just confidence and focus on just teeing ground, it's no problem.

Q.  What happened on your bogey on 9?
CHELLA CHOI:  I had a really good No. 9 in driver but in divot, divot in center, so how can I hitting so ‑‑ I talked with my brother, so like that shot, it was No. 9 or 8, but I don't know how can I hitting or ‑‑ I think lot of things.

Q.  What did you hit?
CHELLA CHOI:  7 iron.  Yeah, but I make three more birdies on back nine, so it was okay.

Q.  So you don't think that really deterred you in your round, it didn't shake you up at all?
CHELLA CHOI:  I want one more birdie, No. 18, second shot really good, but thinking a lot, my father said don't hit it (inaudible), I think putt is a little bit past the hole, so I tried like ‑‑

Q.  Tried a little too hard?
CHELLA CHOI:  Yeah. 

 

Jessica Korda, Rolex Rankings No. 46

Q.  The eagle situation, the 6 iron?
JESSICA KORDA:  I just hit driver, I think they said that I hit it 325, and then I had 6 iron in and I was 33 feet past the pin.  It just went straight in the hole.  I mean, it was a left‑to‑right putt and it was pretty.

Q.  It was pretty.  Is that a Wheaties drive?
JESSICA KORDA:  Yeah, it was more of like oh, I haven't hit the green in two almost all day, I need to go for it.

Q.  That was kind of a comeback because you had a bogey and a double bogey?
JESSICA KORDA:  Yeah, I didn't hit anything bad or I didn't hit a bad shot.  I hit a great shot down, I think it was 12 I bogeyed, the middle the fairway and I ended up in a divot.  I actually tried to hit it properly and I hit it really deep, just the ground, just came up faster than I thought it would and I kind of hurt my wrist a little bit.  And it got plugged on the side of the bunker, so the only way I could go was sideways, so you take what you can get, you know?  Obviously I didn't get much on that hole. 

Then the hole after that my wrist was a little, like hurt a little bit, so I just went bad shot after bad shot and then it was plugged and then I couldn't get that out, then it was under the lip again.  I was just happy to get out of that hole.

Q.  Refresh my memory, you hit a metal pipe?  What did you do exactly?
JESSICA KORDA:  On 17 I went left in the rough and the ball was like sitting down, like if you went in Bermudagrass and just dropped it.  So I thought it was kind of like plugged and I put my club behind it, obviously I had more room.  I was like okay, I need to really go after it to pop it up and let it roll out. 

Well, I didn't know there was a metal pipe like a foot in front of my ball, so I just really ripped a 50 straight into that metal pipe.  And Stacy said it sounded like I broke my hand.  My club just went flying on one side, I was yelling something on the other side, and Gillie thought ‑‑ my caddie thought I hit a sprinkler head and I was like, that was definitely not a sprinkler head, you need to check what that was.

Q.  Why was there a pipe there?
JESSICA KORDA:  I have no idea.  I didn't even go look at it.

Q.  Irrigation pipe or something maybe.
JESSICA KORDA:  It hurt.

Q.  And that was which round?
JESSICA KORDA:  That was last round.  So I just shoved my hand in the ice bucket on 18 and kind of made it dead and then took two Advils and played 18 and went straight to see my physio.

Q.  You put it in the ice bucket that's sitting on 18?
JESSICA KORDA:  Yeah, just to make it numb.

Q.  Webb said you guys will probably play again tomorrow together?
JESSICA KORDA:  Hopefully, yeah, four days in a row.

Q.  Will that help you being comfortable and just you guys playing off of each other, like each other's company?
JESSICA KORDA:  Yeah, we do, we have a lot of fun out there and I learn so much every time I play with her.  She's just a great competitor and a great ‑‑ I called her a woman, she got a little mad at me about that.  She's great.  I love playing with her.  I love kind of giving her a hard time, and she does, too.  Hopefully we get paired tomorrow again, it will be a good time.

Q.  Now everyone's been kind of watching you having a great second season, trying to get the second win.  What would it mean to get it here and where do you think that would fit in your career path to get the breakthrough second one?
JESSICA KORDA:  I mean, I'm not really thinking about that right now.  It's more of just, you know, having fun out there and putting shots away like I know I can.  If you have a round like today, you're going to have a couple bad holes here and there, but it's going to happen to everybody.  I haven't had a bogey in 36 holes, so I think I've been pretty fortunate on that aspect.  I don't really have a career path, I would say.  It's tough to win out here, there's a lot of great players.  If it falls, it falls.  If it doesn't, there's always next week, so that's the good news.

Q.  What's the winning score going to be tomorrow?
JESSICA KORDA:  I don't know.  You never know.  I mean, what did Anna shoot today, 11‑under?  You don't know.  Anybody within 12 shots I think is still close.

Q.  17under won the tournament last year and that was the tournament record.
JESSICA KORDA:  Yeah, that's impressive.  I mean, I was 16‑under in Arizona this year after four rounds and I was like yeah, I'm doing pretty good.  Now I'm 16‑under after three rounds, so a little different. 

But it's a fun course to play.  You can cut off angles if you feel like you're hitting it good.  But, you know what, if you miss‑hit it, you're getting into trouble and that's where some of the big numbers come in.  But if you feel good about your swing and you feel like you're striking it well, you can definitely cut some corners and kind of play with the ball a little bit so it will work in your favor in the end.

 

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