Manulife Financial LPGA Classic First Round Notes and Interviews

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
Grey Silo Golf Course
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
First-Round Notes and Interviews
July 11, 2013

Inbee Park
Catriona Matthew
Angela Stanford
Belen Mozo
Ryann O'Toole
Lorie Kane



Rolex Rankings No. 13 Catriona Matthew and No. 19 Angela Stanford both shot 8-under 63 to earn a share of the first-round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Matthew carded nine birdies and one bogey on the day and recorded the lowest raw score of her career. Stanford had eight birdies in her bogey-free round. The duo has a two-shot lead over a group of five players including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park at 6-under par.

Matthew started the day on the par 4 11th in the morning wave and picked up her only bogey of the round on No. 12. But it was all uphill from there as she went on a tear of nine birdies with five coming on her final six holes.

“I hit it close all day, which gives you a lot of chances, and then obviously I putted well,” said Matthew. “I gave myself a lot of chances but took advantage of them.”

The Scotland native hit all 14 fairways on Thursday and said the soft conditions from heavy rains earlier in the week provided opportunities to attack the pins.

“They were pretty soft,” said Matthew. “The ball was just stopping pretty much where you hit it in, so you could get it quite close if you were on the fairways.”

Matthew closed out with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 and sank her longest putt of the day on the 10th hole, a 25-footer, to finish at 8-under. She missed the Tour’s inaugural stop in Waterloo last season and said the course is playing differently from what she heard from fellow Tour pros who played at Grey Silo in 2012.

“It's a nice course,” said Matthew. “Maybe not playing last year, everyone told me it played hard and fast last year, so to me this is how it is, so it doesn't seem any different to me. If you drive it well, you can have quite a few short irons in. With it being soft I think last year they said it was just bouncing, it was hard to get it close, so obviously it was a lot easier to get it close with the greens being soft.”

Stanford also started on the 11th hole but later in the afternoon wave. The Saginaw, Texas native sat three shots off the lead with three holes to play in her round on Thursday evening.

“I kind of thought about it on 8 tee box that I had three holes left and I knew one of them is a par 3 and the other two par 4s, I might have a wedge in. So I really just tried to hit quality shots into the greens and had the opportunities I wanted and made them.”

Stanford closed with three-consecutive birdies to grab a share of the first-round lead. The five-time LPGA Tour winner said the softer conditions at Grey Silo Golf Course suit her game particularly well.

“It's better for me, my ball tends to release more than others, so it's nice to have the greens a little bit softer,” said Stanford. “But I still thought they were firmer than I thought they would be and I think they'll firm up. If we don't get any more rain, the course will be perfect by Sunday.”

A group of five players trail Matthew and Stanford by two shots and sit in a tie for third. Hee Young Park, Meena Lee, Belen Mozo, Irene Cho and Inbee Park all shot opening rounds of 6-under 65.


Managing her own expectations:
Dealing with the added attention following her thrid-straight major championship win two weeks ago has been quite a task for Inbee Park, but the No. 1 ranked player in the world was back to business on Thursday as she shot a 6-under 65 in the first round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

“I think it was an excellent round,” said Park. “I had a really good start this morning, 5 under through seven holes. I missed a couple opportunities on the back nine, but I'm pleased with the way I played today. I hit the ball great, I putted great. The greens look like they're getting a little bit faster, so yeah, I mean, looking forward to playing the next few days with a little bit more speed on the greens.”

It’s never a surprise anymore to see Park’s name toward the top of any LPGA leaderboard, but the South Korean is not yet convinced she’s as invincible as she seems. Park said she has the confidence to play well everyday but doesn’t expect great rounds day in and day out.

“That's a tough question,” Park said. “I don't expect myself to play great every day. It's really tough to do in the game of golf, I think. Some days you're going to have bad weeks. I'm just ready to take the bad weeks, but it hasn't really been happening. I'm not waiting for bad weeks, but I'm prepared for bad weeks. My mentality's prepared for bad weeks and then playing better the next week.”

Park’s strength has been her putting and ability to read greens, and after a week off from practice, she was concerned with getting her feel back immediately.

“I mean, I haven't practiced at all last week, I was quite busy,” said Park. “I practiced quite hard this Monday through Wednesday and I tried to get back in the rhythm of playing. Today I tried to play good on the golf course and it really worked out very well. I mean, I worried a little bit about my putting because I haven't putted so much last week, so I tried to practice putting a lot before I went out. Looks like I'm getting the speed of the greens really good.”


Career lows all around: Catriona Matthew carded the lowest raw score of her career on Thursday at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Her 63 (-8) tops her previous low of 64, which she carded on four separate occasions (listed below). Grey Silo Golf Course is playing to par 71 this week.

Tournament Score Round Finish
2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic 63 (-8) First round TBD
2005 ShopRite LPGA Classic 64 (-7) Final round T3
2004 Samsung World Championship 64 (-8) First round T11
2003 LPGA Corning Classic 64 (-8) Second round 3
2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic 64 (-6) First round T9

Inbee Park tied the lowest first-round score of her career on Thursday with a 6-under-par 65 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. She previously recorded 65 in the first round of the 2012 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship where she went on to finish second.

Inbee Park has recorded under-par first rounds in 10 of 13 events played this season (not counting the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic). The 65 matches her second-lowest raw score of the season (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship – second-round 7-under-par 65). Her low round of the season (any round) is 8-under-par 64 in the third round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in March. She has carded 64 on seven occasions in her career.

Belen Mozo and Irene Cho also had career days on Thursday and are in a tie for third after 18 holes of play. The duo both carded 65’s which were the lowest first-round scores of their careers. Mozo’s previous best of 68 came at the 2012 RR Donnelley Founders Cup, while Cho improved on her previous best of 68 which she shot on four separate occasions. The last time was when she opened with a 68 at the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic.


Home sweet home:
Catriona Matthew has been one of the faces of longevity on the LPGA Tour and continues to play solid golf, even on the biggest stages in her 19th year on Tour. The mother of two daughers manages a full schedule and after a week at home in Scotland following the U.S. Women’s Open, she said one week off with the family is never long enough.

“They wanted every moment of my time,” Matthew said. “A week's not really long enough, a week to be with them and get some practice. I had one lesson, that was it. Too busy with the kids.”

This week’s event will be her last before the Women’s British Open returns to the Old Course at St. Andrews in Matthew’s home country in two weeks. She will head home on Sunday night to watch the men’s Open Championship at Muirfield, which is just minutes down the road from her home in North Berwick.

“I'm not doing Toledo,” said Matthew. “The men's Open is at Muirfield and I live just five minutes from there, so it would be nice to be home for that. So it should be good fun. There's a buzz around there already.”

Matthew has four top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season and has had top-15 finishes in each of this year’s first three majors (Kraft Nabisco: T7, Wemgans LPGA Championship: 2, U.S. Women’s Open: T15). She fell short of her second major win at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June when she lost to Inbee Park in a three-hole playoff. She ‘ll be playing for her second major championship and second RICOH Women’s British Open victory when the ladies return to St. Andrews. Matthew won her first major in 2009 when the Women’s British Open played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.


Quotables:
“At that time when I was watching them, I thought they were so good, that I would never be in that kind of position, never be able to win like four, five tournaments in a row. I thought that was toughest thing to do and I'm getting really close to that. I'm not as good as them yet, but I'm still learning now, just starting.” –Inbee Park on being considered in the same class as LPGA Tour greats Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa

“I think Lorena won four in a row. But there weren't two majors in there. You know, I feel like I've seen some of the greatest in the world and she's doing things that they didn't do, so I think it's just like every other No. 1, you just know you're going to see the name up there.” –Angela Stanford on Inbee Park’s recent accomplishments and seeing her name on the first-round leaderboard


Tweet of the Day:
“Inbee Park with a smooth 65 to open Manulife. What pressure?” --@Golfweek_Baldry


Of Note…
Defending champion Brittany Lang opened up with a 2-under 69 and is in a tie for 40th after 18 holes of play…Alena Sharp was the low Canadian player after the first round with a 3-under 68 and is in a tie for 22nd


INBEE PARK, Rolex Rankings No. 1

Q. Excellent round, great round.
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I think it was an excellent round. I had a really good start this morning, 5 under through seven holes. I missed a couple opportunities on the back nine, but I'm pleased with the way I played today. I hit the ball great, I putted great. The greens look like they're getting a little bit faster, so yeah, I mean, looking forward to playing the next few days with a little bit more speed on the greens.

Q. Most professional golfers, most amateur golfers go to the course hoping to play well, hoping to get a few breaks, hoping to get a few putts to drop. Are you to the point now with your confidence that you expect to play well each day?
INBEE PARK: That's a tough question. Yeah, I don't expect myself to play great every day. It's really tough to do in the game of golf, I think. Some days you're going to have bad weeks. I'm just ready to take the bad weeks, but it hasn't really been happening.

Q. So you're waiting for bad weeks, they're just not happening?
INBEE PARK: I'm not waiting for bad weeks, but I'm prepared for bad weeks. My mentality's prepared for bad weeks and then playing better the next week.

Q. Do you expect when you get to a tournament each week, you talk about being prepared for the cyclical nature of the game, but do you expect to be in contention each week now?
INBEE PARK: That's my goal, one of my goals to play every week, being in contention Sunday and playing for a win on Sunday. Whether you win or not, you at least have a chance at a win on Sunday. That's the type of player I am.

Q. Did you feel like you got back in the swing of things and in a competitive round? You said you took off last week. You got back into the swing of things you think pretty quickly?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I think so. I mean, I haven't practiced at all last week, I was quite busy. I practiced quite hard this Monday through Wednesday and I tried to get back in the rhythm of playing. Today I tried to play good on the golf course and it really worked out very well. I mean, I worried a little bit about my putting because I haven't putted so much last week, so I tried to practice putting a lot before I went out. Looks like I'm getting the speed of the greens really good.

Q. How do you think the greens were? Were they drying up a little more as the day went on?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, it was a lot slower this morning. I could see the grass getting a lot dryer and it was getting faster. I hit a few putts that went past the hole quite a bit, probably would have dropped in if I had a little less speed. I'm trying to get a little bit more used to the greens a little bit more. The next few days I think it's going to get quicker and quicker. I'm really looking forward to playing quicker greens, that's the greens I like.

Q. You prefer that?
INBEE PARK: Um hmm.

Q. Inbee, could you be a little more aggressive with the greens earlier today considering they were so soft?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, the course is very scorable today. You could tell by the scores out there. I mean, we could attack the pins wherever we were, we were pretty much able to attack the pins this morning. The next three days might be a little bit different if we don't get any more rain, might play a little harder. Fairways are drying out so they're not playing as long as the practice rounds. Everything's just changing a little bit, so you've just got to get used to it.

Q. Obviously everyone's talking about the majors that you've won. You're closing in on four championships in a row. Is winning tournaments week to week as difficult as winning majors, just to keep that consistency going all the time?
INBEE PARK: It is. I mean, golf is a sport where you could miss the cut this week and you could win next week. There's a lot of (inaudible) in this game and to keep this kind of level going for four weeks, five weeks, six in a row is a very tough thing to do. We really have to be strong mental, you have to be physically strong. Everything's got to work perfect to win that many tournaments in a row, I think. You could win six, seven tournaments a year, but I think it's really tough to do in a streak, like in a row.

Q. Someone like Annika and Lorena Ochoa, what they did being on top of the world for so long, does that kind of illustrate what that was like for you?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I mean, at that time when I was watching them, I thought they were so good, that I would never be in that kind of position, never be able to win like four, five tournaments in a row. I thought that was toughest thing to do and I'm getting really close to that. I'm not as good as them yet, but I'm still learning now, just starting.


CATRIONA MATTHEW, Rolex Rankings No. 13

Q. Take us through that. You had a lot of birdies, a birdie fest?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah. Well, started at 11, made a terrible shot on 12 and made bogey, and then from there on birdied 14, 16, 18 and then 2 and then 5, 6, 7, 9. Yeah, played well. Didn't really that was really the longest putt on 10 there.

Q. How long was that do you think?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: 25 feet. The rest were all probably within 10 feet, so played well.

Q. Conditions soft or got a little firmer as the day went on?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: They were pretty soft, yeah. The ball was just stopping pretty much where you hit it in, so you could get it quite close if you were on the fairways.

Q. You went back home to Scotland after the Open?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yes, I did.

Q. How was that week off?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, that was great.

Q. Took some time off?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yep, yep, had one lesson, that was it. Too busy with the kids.

Q. How are they doing?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Doing well. They wanted every moment of my time. A week's not really long enough, a week to be with them and get some practice.

Q. What were the keys to your round today? Was it getting it close to the flag on the approach shots?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, I hit it close all day, which gives you a lot of chances, and then obviously I putted well. I gave myself a lot of chances but took advantage of them.

Q. And you're a first year player at this event. How are you finding the course itself?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: It's a nice course. Maybe not playing last year, everyone told me it played hard and fast last year, so to me this is how it is, so it doesn't seem any different to me.

Q. A lot of people said they thought coming in here that they were going to be able to get aggressive with the flags just because of the soft conditions. Is that what you thought?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, I suppose so, yeah. If you drive it well, you can have quite a few short irons in. With it being soft I think last year they said it was just bouncing, it was hard to get it close, so obviously it was a lot easier to get it close with the greens being soft.

Q. Are you expecting it to change? From what I understand, it was getting drier actually as the round progressed. Are you expecting more of a change by tomorrow?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Maybe not by tomorrow. The greens might be a little bit firmer, but I would say you're probably looking at the weekend before it starts. They've had a lot of rain, the fairways are very soft. Greens will probably firm up a bit quicker than the fairways.

Q. How would that change your game plan, or would it?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: It wouldn't really, no. You just might have to bounce it a little shorter, but you can work that out when you're out there.

Q. How often do you get over here now to North America to play?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I play pretty much a full schedule, maybe miss five events a year. Yeah, I travel, a lot of air miles.

Q. Are you heading home after this?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, I'm not doing Toledo. The men's Open is at Muirfield and I live just five minutes from there, so it would be nice to be home for that.

Q. You're only five minutes away from Muirfield?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, so it should be good fun. There's a buzz around there already.

Q. When do you get on the plane to go over?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I fly back Sunday night.

Q. Like everyone else in the world, looking forward to The Open Championship, right?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: Yeah, it's always good fun.

Q. The kind of roll that Inbee's on coming into this tournament, is that in any way intimidating to the other competitors?
CATRIONA MATTHEW: I don't think it's intimidating. Obviously it's a fantastic roll she's on, and going for the four majors is an amazing accomplishment. Obviously come Sunday, if she's up there, you're going to be worried that she's going to make a run at you. But yeah, intimidated, I don't think you're intimidated.


ANGELA STANFORD, Rolex Rankings No. 19


Q. So three birdies to finish there. Just walk me through that closing to tie for the lead there.
ANGELA STANFORD: I kind of thought about it on 8 tee box that I had three holes left and I knew one of them is a par 3 and the other two par 4s, I might have a wedge in. So I really just tried to hit quality shots into the greens and had the opportunities I wanted and made them.

Q. You got to 8 under, you're tied for the lead. I know you like being in that position obviously, but what was it about today, was there something that clicked or anything?
ANGELA STANFORD: I just said to my caddie when we walked off, I feel like I've been playing that good for a while and I just haven't been putting the ball in the hole. I've been hitting it good and today I hit it really good, so it was just one of those days that as a golfer you just love.

Q. Obviously we're all seeing the headlines with Inbee and the scoreboards with Inbee. Does it even, does that factor into your head when you see Inbee's low again, like are you serious?
ANGELA STANFORD: Well, actually this morning I was thinking, I think Lorena won four in a row at one point.

Q. Yeah, she did, in 2008.
ANGELA STANFORD: But there weren't two majors in there. You know, I feel like I've seen some of the greatest in the world and she's doing things that they didn't do, so I think it's just like every other No. 1, you just know you're going to see the name up there.

Q. Regarding the course, obviously it's softer than it was last year, probably able to go at more pins. How does that set up for you?
ANGELA STANFORD: It's better for me, my ball tends to release more than others, so it's nice to have the greens a little bit softer. But I still thought they were firmer than I thought they would be and I think they'll firm up. If we don't get any more rain, the course will be perfect by Sunday.

Q. Last one, quick turnaround, you'll play in the morning. Just mindset going into tomorrow?
ANGELA STANFORD: Just keep going. Seems like, I mean, if it is receptive and people are playing well, then you've just got to keep going low.


BELEN MOZO, Rolex Rankings No. 163

Q. Great round, 6 under.
BELEN MOZO: Yes.

Q. Just take us through it. How'd it go?
BELEN MOZO: Well, I actually played really good golf. I was hitting the ball really close to the pin. I didn't start really well even though I started making birdie on my 3rd hole, but I left two really short birdie putts on 1 and 2 and I was getting very tense. I didn't have a good two last months and I just said, you know what, if you keep getting stressed about these putts not going in, you're not going to get any better. So I just say, just, you know, enjoy your day, you're playing with Mariajo, just have a good day out there and enjoy it. Putts start dropping in. I was a little bit more relaxed, I was enjoying it, I was chatting. It was how you should play golf every day, you know, not stressing about it and just going after it.

Q. Where does this rate in terms of your professional rounds? Is this one of the better rounds you've had?
BELEN MOZO: I don't really keep track of it, but I know I shot 6 under probably in Phoenix. It's probably my second best round of the year, yeah.

Q. What did you like about the way the course was playing today?
BELEN MOZO: Well, I think the fact that they're softer is better for longer players because the ball is not getting a lot of roll in the fairways. So, you know, where it lands, it's just going to stay. So I don't mind carrying hazards or anything because I hit pretty fairly long, so I think it's playing to our advantage.

The greens, some of the greens are firm, some are soft. It's just try to do the best you can. Sometimes you can't control the roll, sometimes the ball doesn't spin, it does spin. I did miss a lot of wedges into I had a lot of wedges into but I had a lot of backspin that I couldn't control, so just try to get as close as you can.

Q. What does this do for your confidence going into the second round?
BELEN MOZO: Well, I think, you know what, I mean obviously it's going to help, but the fact that I shot 6 under today is not really going to change because you have to build confidence before shooting 6 under. So I think I've been thinking a lot, I've been working a lot on my confidence because for sure it was out for the last two, three months, and I was not really enjoying my time out here because it's really hard to play with fear. You know, you get a lot of people always telling you how good you are, how good of a swing you have, how much potential and talent, and just you get bored about it because you know it but you can't really get through it because your confidence is so low. So you just have to work on it and I believe you have to grow your confidence before you shoot a low score. Obviously I'm positive about tomorrow and I'm excited and I'm thrilled, but I'm just going to keep doing my own thing.


RYANN O’TOOLE, Rolex Rankings No. 258

Q. Just take me through the day, you guys got off early. The conditions, were they a little soft?
RYANN O'TOOLE: They were a little soft, yeah. We kind of knew that was going to be the case, but I was kind of waiting and seeing and watching balls reacting, figuring out, okay, because conditions did change and based on weather and stuff. Things started rolling a little more. Greens, some are soft, some are firm. You start figuring out, making notes for tomorrow, but I just came out here trying my goal this whole year, I've been trying to figure out, because this is my best round this year so far and just trying to figure out, okay, what am I doing wrong basically because I know I can come out and make a lot of birdies and play well.

Putter wasn't really getting hot, but it was more I was giving myself pressure expecting to make everything. The last couple events, Arkansas and then the Open and then this week, I've been really trying to work on making pars. I would rather have 18 birdie attempts than be trying to scramble up and down. I just told myself, you know what, if you have a day that you have 18 birdie attempts, you're doing something right, eventually things are going to fall. So I really just tried to stay in the moment and when I made a birdie, just kept trying to get pars. When I had the opportunity to attack a pin, I did so, and if I made a bogey, I backed off a little bit and tried to go for center of the green and get back on track. I think that really helped.

I've been trying to figure ways to, you know, transfer my practice rounds into my playing and I think I'm starting to figure things out, and today was a perfect example of I'm in the right mindset and I really think this is the difference between when I shoot a couple over or shoot even and go, man, I played so well but nothing dropped. Well, I don't think it was because my putter wasn't working, it was more of where my head was.

Q. Do you think it's more just of a mental thing just this whole season than anything technical?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, 2011 I came out and I won on the Futures Tour and had conditional status out here. I played well that year and played on Solheim and top 10 in a couple LPGA events and I think it kind of set the bar for me. Then I started expecting a little bit, but I also dealt with media questioning how good I was for Solheim and things like that, so I started questioning myself.

I think through 2012, between mentally trying to get back to me and going through a complete swing change with Joe Hallett, who teaches Stacy Lewis as well, so I've just been trying to move in the right direction. My swing feels really good right now and it has been for quite a few months, but now it's just figuring, okay, I can make putts. I go see my putting coach, Tony Kewal, he's like, "You roll it perfect," so I knew it was more of a mental thing.

Q. How long have you been with Joe?
RYANN O'TOOLE: A year. I started the year in Arkansas in 2012, that was like our first year we started working.

Q. So it was like a one year anniversary a couple weeks ago?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, exactly, and I have to say we've made milestones as far as what we've worked on in my swing, much more consistent. I know where it's at, and the biggest thing is when it does start going astray, I know how to

Q. Get back on track?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah. You know, on No. 17 I got a little aggressive and pulled it, and if that was last year I would have been like oh, what now. But now I know, so it's real simple to step up on the next tee and go, okay, no problem. People always say just let it go, it's a hole before, and I'm like, well, it doesn't really work that way.

Q. Take me through your birdies, anything that stuck out?
RYANN O'TOOLE: Yeah, a lot on the back nine, I was 2 under at one point on the front and made a bogey, which was fine. I didn't hit a very good tee shot.

Q. What happened there?
RYANN O'TOOLE: It was No. 8, wind was right to left and I watched a girl push it right into the hazard, so I think I just kind of overcorrected and it bounced on the cart path and went in. I mean, I just told myself, okay, if you get up and down great, but bogey's fine, we'll move on.

Then on the back side I started just making a few putts. I wasn't stuffing it, but I made a couple within 10 feet and I just made a couple 15 footers, you know, which have been the ones that I've been wanting to make the last few weeks. The birdies that I was making were whether I stuffed it to a couple feet like on the last hole or made a five or six footer, but I was not making 10 to 15 was my range that I was hurting and I think that was the whole issue of, like Arkansas, I can remember vividly the first two holes I had a 10 footer and a 15 footer and I missed both of them. I can remember walking off the 2nd hole going, you just gave that back to the course and now you've got to work even harder. That was my mindset, versus just going sweet, I'd rather have those all day. I'm giving you all my secrets, but whatever.


LORIE KANE, Rolex Rankings No. 268

Q. What did you think of the course?
LORIE KANE: Pretty good. It's soft, not as bad I think I've played every day this week. Monday was pretty wet, Tuesday was I thought even wetter, and then yesterday we only got a few holes in with the pro am. But the course is coming along. I'm looking forward to playing early tomorrow morning with some fresh greens because they got a little bumpy, particularly around the cup later on. But it's good, yeah, lots of fans, it's been fun.

Q. You went to 2 under there I noticed at one point in the second half there and then right afterwards you had a bogey. What happened?
LORIE KANE: I just got fooled. What hole was it, 14? I birdied 13 and three putted 14 from maybe 20 feet and totally got fooled on the read. I was just lagging it and I lagged it to four feet left of the hole and I thought it was going to go right, so it was a misread. Then I had a three footer and missed it, simple as that, but a good bounce back.

Q. Overall are you pretty happy about your round?
LORIE KANE: Yeah. I think I was a little, I don't know if "tentative" is the right word. The greens are rolling really nice, but they have the feel that they might be a bit slow but the ball is really rolling out. It's just something you have to adjust to. And like I said, I'm looking forward to the morning with some good greens.

Q. That was a nice cheer you got coming into the 18th green. How did you feel about that? It's something that never gets old, does it?
LORIE KANE: No, and I don't know I'm not sure I can explain it until it happens to you. The people, the support all the way around, every hole I walked up on, they clapped on the tees, they clapped on the greens. They were very friendly to my playing partners because both girls played pretty good. But yeah, it never gets old and it definitely is humbling.

Q. I wanted to ask you, this is no disrespect to your career because it speaks for itself, at this stage in your career would you not expect to be kind of knocked off your perch as the queen of Canadian golf by some younger player by this time?
LORIE KANE: No.

Q. No?
LORIE KANE: I've worked really hard and I'm working harder now than I probably have. That little slide I took I should say yes and no. No, because of the work I've done. Yes, because I know how talented our younger players are and they just haven't taken full hold of all of their opportunities, meaning, you know, it's not easy playing golf for a living but they are very talented and they have to believe in themselves a little bit more than maybe they are. I've been there myself and I'm just coming out of that where I'm now playing because I love to play. If I left the game tomorrow, I've got four wins, I've got lots of successes, I've got enough money to, you know, get me through life quite comfortably.

I really feel for the younger girls, not just the Canadians but in general because the opportunity I had back in '96, '97 when we were playing 40 weeks and you could pick and choose a schedule. Now, granted we're playing for more money now, but the top players are playing more, which we need, the business needs that. But we do have some very talented young girls and I think what our country needs to do is support them past their amateur career, a couple years into their pro career. We need a Team Canada to keep going through, and now that we're an Olympic sport, we really need Team Canada.

Q. Do you feel confident that you can still win on this Tour?
LORIE KANE: Absolutely or I wouldn't be here.

Q. What's it going to take this week?
LORIE KANE: Well, Catriona went very low. I have to have a good round tomorrow and we'll just keep going one round at a time.

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