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

CN Canadian Women’s Open
Royal Mayfair Golf Club
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Second-round Notes and Interviews
August 23, 2013

Inbee Park -8, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Cristie Kerr -8, Rolex Rankings No. 12
Angela Stanford -7, Rolex Rankings No. 16
Karine Icher -7, Rolex Rankings No. 24
Paula Creamer -6, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Lydia Ko -6, Rolex Rankings No. 19
Laura Davies -6, Rolex Rankings No. 187

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park finds herself in the hunt for her seventh LPGA Tour victory in 2013 and holds a share of the second-round lead with American Cristie Kerr at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
The duo are sitting at 8-under-par and lead France native and 2013 European Solheim Cup Team member Karine Icher (67-66) and 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Angela Stanford (65-68) by one shot.

Park fired a 5-under 65 and got off to a hot start, going birdie-birdie on her first two holes. She holed out from the bunker on the par 4 first hole from about 20 yards and said a birdie on the first hole has always been a sparkplug for her.

“I always love to start with a birdie,” said Park. “It's like a good luck charm for me.  I almost never finish around over par when I start with a birdie, and I love to start the hole with a birdie.  That was a good start.”

Park had 25 putts on Friday, one less than her 26-putt total in the first round and to no one’s surprise, ranks tied for sixth this week with a 1.39 putting average.

“I hit the ball really good, and I obviously putted really good out there,” said Park. “On these greens, you can two‑putt from anywhere.  I think it's pretty good.  If you slightly over-hit it, you can easily three‑putt.  So the three‑putt is something that I was trying to avoid.  I kind of three‑putted just off the green on number 2 which was a little disappointing.  Except for that, I think I putted really good and putted really solid out there.”

Park played with co-leader Cristie Kerr in the first two rounds at Royal Mayfair Golf Club and said the two of them definitely played off one another’s birdies.

I think it's always good when you're playing with a partner while she's making a lot of birdies and it makes you want to have more birdies,” said Park. “It already felt like a final round, and trying to make more birdies and trying to get the momentum going.”

Kerr agreed and said she always looks forward to playing with the No. 1 player in the world.

“It's always fun to play with Inbee,” said Kerr. “She always plays well, and I enjoy playing with her.  Probably going to play with her again tomorrow.”

Kerr shot her second-consecutive round of 66 on Friday which included six birdies and two bogeys. The 17-year LPGA Tour veteran is pleased with her all-around game, despite being dealt a back-swing interruption in her third shot on the 18th hole. She said she wants to maintain her solid play throughout the weekend and just avoid bogeying the final hole like she did in the first two rounds.

“It's kind of both the same days,” said Kerr. “I mean, geez, 4‑under on this golf course is great.  I'm mad at myself for knocking my last tee shot, but I did so much good stuff in the last couple days.  I mean, you can't do anything about a porta potty door slamming in your back swing, and it was what it was. I sucked it up, and I made a really good two‑putt for bogey.  Just got to do the same thing and not bogey the last hole.”

Defending champion and first-round co-leader Lydia Ko shot 1-under 69 and sits two shots back in a tie for fifth at 6-under-par. Playing partner and 17-year old England native Charley Hull shot a 4-under 66 and is in a tie for eighth at 5-under par. 

It looks to be an entertaining weekend at Royal Mayfair Golf Club as a number of other notable players are right near the top of the leaderboard. Rolex Rankings No. 11 Paula Creamer and LPGA legend Laura Davies sit two shots back in a tie for fifth with Ko at 6-under-par. Creamer is looking for her first win since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open while Davies, a 20-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is seeking her first LPGA Tour victory since 2001.

Cheers to the weekend: A total of 74 players made the cut which fell at 2-over-par 142.

Two down, two to go: Inbee Park is two for two this season for wins when she has led or co-led after two rounds of play. Of Park’s six victories in 2013, she only led halfway through at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open.

She had a one-shot lead over Lizette Salas after the second round at the Kraft Nabisco and was two shots in front of I.K. Kim on Friday when she won her third major of the season at the U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Moms rule: Karine Icher is part of a select group on the LPGA Tour -- players who are also moms. And Icher isn’t just showing that a golf career can go on after having kids but she’s proving that it can indeed improve.

Since daughter, Lola, was born in August 2011, Icher has seen her golf game flourish. She has posted nine top-10 finishes, 22 top-25 finishes and four top-5 finishes since coming back on Tour in February 2012. Icher also earned a spot on the European Solheim Cup Team this year, marking just her second appearance in the event and her first since 2002. While in her five seasons prior to giving birth to her first child, Icher posted seven top-10 finishes and an equal number of top-25 finishes (22).

It certainly would appear that motherhood seems to suit Icher.

“Maybe I'm more relaxed on my golf game,” Icher said. “When we go back home, it's no more golf and it's just about her and spending time with her and playing and laughing, so maybe it helps.  It's a lot of organization and we don't sleep a lot.  But, yeah, it's kind of helped.”

One thing that has definitely bolstered Icher was her performance at the Solheim Cup last week. Icher made a critical putt on the 18th hole of Saturday afternoon’s four-ball matches that clinched Europe’s 4-0 record that afternoon. She then went on to earn a half-point in her Sunday singles match against ?? and posted a 2-1-1 record over the entire week.

“A lot of confidence,” Icher said of what she gained from the week. “I mean, when you can perform with this kind of pressure and this kind of tournament, then everything seems easier.  So, I think we're all very tired, but good memories and a good energy from last week.”

Independent player: One challenge 16-year old amateur Lydia Ko has had to face regularly playing in professional events is hiring and playing with new caddies every week. Ko has typically picked up local caddies or members of host clubs who have an insider’s look at the courses each week. She won last year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open with Vancouver Golf Club member Brian Alexander on the bag.

The New Zealand resident has Bruce McMillan, a Royal Mayfair member, looping for her this week in Edmonton but said he won’t be doing as much work as the others.

“The last couple of caddies, local caddies, we've kind of done club selection and stuff together, but this time I decided I wanted to make the decision so Bruce doesn't know what club I'm hitting,” said Ko. “He's most of the time helping if the breeze gets up or looking at the slopes of the green.”

Ko said she made a conscious decision coming into this week to start making more decisions, especially club selection on her own. The switch hasn’t seemed to hurt one bit.
 
“The only different thing about the other local caddies is I was actually sharing what club to hit, and sometimes it was good and sometimes it wasn't,” said Ko. “So I've decided I wanted to be more independent.  Doing it this way, it actually helps me to learn to know my clubs better, so I think that's a really good opportunity that way.”

Back in the Hunt: It has been more than a decade since golfing legend Laura Davies last won an LPGA Tour event, but the 49-year-old finds herself back in the hunt for yet another title this week.

Davies has captured wins on other Tours over the past 12 years, including 12 victories on the Ladies European Tour over that span and one Legends Tour event. Her game certainly has put her in contention a number of times on the LPGA and this week, as she sits tied for fourth at 6-under after two rounds of the CN Canadian Women’s Open, the difference has been her flat stick.

“I'm holing putts,” Davies said. “That's the difference.  I think I had 27 today and I had 30 yesterday, and that is probably something like 13 putts less than I've had the last two weeks when I missed the cut by a shot or two shots.  You know, you can't compete if you can't hole putts.”

This week Davies is back on the golf course after being in the commentating booth in Colorado last week for the Solheim Cup. It was a strange position for Davies to be in considering that she had played on each of the first 12 European Solheim Cup teams prior to this year.

“It's pretty unusual, because obviously 23 years of my life has been Solheim Cup golf,” Davies said. “Yeah, it wasn't much fun in the beginning of the week, but once it all started and we started winning, it became more and more enjoyable.  I think if we had lost, you would have thought that maybe you could have been done better but they won by eight points so I couldn’t have done better.”
           
Who’s tired? Seventeen-year old Charley Hull looked like fatigue from playing in the Solheim Cup last week was catching up to her in the second round on Friday but the Kettering, England native shook off any tiredness in her final eight holes on the front nine at Royal Mayfair. She carded all four of her birdies in her last eight holes en route to a 4-under 66 pushing her into a tie for eighth after 36 holes of play.

“I started on the back nine of the golf course and I played pretty solid,” said Hull. “I wasn't hitting that good today like on the front nine with my tee shots, because I felt a bit tired out there.  I was really tired and trying to keep my balance.  But the back nine I got something going and holed a few putts, and I'm pretty pleased about it.”

Hull didn’t get too many looks at the track at Royal Mayfair in her practice rounds and said that with each round, her comfort level on the tough course has gone up.

“I only played one practice round on Tuesday, and I was pretty tired from the whole of last week,” said Hull. “I felt more comfortable in the afternoon, and I know a lot more of the holes and I was getting used to how far the ball was driving, because last week in Colorado it flew a lot farther, and I didn't have that practice round to see how far it was going, so that was good, because I was tired.”

Hull trails fellow Englishwoman and 20-time LPGA Tour winner Laura Davies by one shot and sang the veteran’s praises after her round. Asked if Davies was someone she looked up to when growing up in England, it was a quick response from Hull. She said they even share the same passion for their beloved football (soccer) team, Liverpool.

“Yeah, definitely.  I know Laura, and she's really nice,” said Hull. “I love playing golf with her because we're both fast players.  I played quite a bit with her in Europe.  She's obviously been one of my heroes growing up, and she's a great player.  She's got a good sense of humor as well, and she supports the same football team as me, Liverpool.”

Quotable: “I'm going to keep winning.  I need two more points to get into the Hall of Fame.  That is the number one job.  I don't think anybody apart from myself thinks I can do it, and that includes my family.  I still have more wins in me.  Until I'm physically making a fool of myself, I'm still playing.” – Laura Davies on how much longer she’ll continue to play

Tweet of the Day: “Charley Hull fans @cnwomensopen” -- @lpgatoa

 

 
INBEE PARK, Rolex Rankings No. 1

THE MODERATOR:  I'd like to welcome in our co‑leader, Inbee Park, into the interview room.  Thanks for coming in.  You're at 8‑under, another very solid day of golf.  Just take us through today what was really working for you?
INBEE PARK:  Everything worked really well out there.  I hit the ball really good, and I obviously putted really good out there.  I mean, a couple of the bogeys on the front nine toward the end a little disappointed.  It was very makeable putts, but I missed a three‑footer and a six‑footer.  We got through about everything else, but I gave myself a lot of opportunities and made a lot of opportunities.

THE MODERATOR:  Yesterday you mentioned that missing a couple putts and really trying to move on.  Have you gotten to the point now where you're missing putts but doing a better job of putting it behind you because you're not used to missing any?
INBEE PARK:  Not really.  I wouldn't say ‑‑ I'm not used to missing really.  On these greens, you can two‑putt from anywhere.  I think it's pretty good.  If you slightly overhit it, you can easily three‑putt.  So the three‑putt is something that I was trying to avoid.  I kind of three‑putted just off the green on number 2 which was a little disappointing.  Except for that, I think I putted really good and putted really solid out there.

Q.  I had asked Cristie about you guys playing off each other, and it kind of looked like you exchanged birdies back and forth.  Talk about playing with her and any momentum that you guys were playing off each other or getting a little competitive there?
INBEE PARK:  I think it's always good when you're playing with a partner while she's making a lot of birdies and it makes you want to have more birdies.  It already felt like a final round, and trying to make more birdies and trying to get the momentum going.  So I think it's really good.

Q.  Your start when you holed it from the sand on number 1, how far was that shot from about?
INBEE PARK:  About 20 yards.

Q.  Does that set you up with a good feeling the rest of the day?
INBEE PARK:  Yeah, I always love to start with a birdie.  It's like a good luck charm for me.  I almost never finish around over par when I start with a birdie, and I love to start the hole with a birdie.  That was a good start.

Q.  Were any of your birdies from long range or any of the short ones you hit in?
INBEE PARK:  I think that was the longest one, actually.  I think most of them were probably within 15 feet.  Yeah.

Q.  Hitting really close, did you almost jerk?
INBEE PARK:  A couple of the ones were like a couple feet, like three feet from the hole, yeah.

Q.  Just more a human interest question.  What do you do when you're not doing golf?  Do you have hobbies that you love?  Are you into K‑Pop at all?
INBEE PARK:  Yeah, I listen to Korean music.

Q.  Who is your favorite K‑Pop group?
INBEE PARK:  I have a lot of them.  But recently I liked the Korean singer, Psy.  I like him.  It's called A Girls Generation.  I like their songs.

Q.  Have you ever put any songs in your mind to give you some energy to play at all?
INBEE PARK:  I don't really think about music when I'm on the golf course, no.

Q.  What thoughts do you have?  Are you just pure focus?
INBEE PARK:  Just when I'm walking I just think about whatever.  I think of anything.  Whenever I'm trying to concentrate, I try to concentrate on one thing, whatever that is, I try to set a goal before I go to the round.

Q.  Earlier this week you said how relaxed and rested you are after a couple weeks off and after the experience in Scotland.  Now that you're 36 holes and on the lead, who knows what's going to happen the rest of the day, but has your thought process changed at all in terms of where you are with your confidence and your game?
INBEE PARK:  No, I mean, not exactly.  I'm just trying to play with the same mindset as I came here with this week.  I felt a lot more relaxed.  Like I said, I felt less pressure and I'm trying to keep that going.  You know, just trying to put a good thing and a good stroke, and that's what I'm going to try to do all week.

 

PAULA CREAMER, Rolex Rankings No. 11

Q. Another nice round out there today.  Course playing any different today than yesterday?
PAULA CREAMER:  A little bit trickier pins.  I didn't hit my driver quite as well as I did yesterday, but I hit some really good irons and made some good putts.  Definitely gave myself a lot of opportunities coming down the stretch.  But I'm feeling good with where I'm sitting, so hopefully I'll have a good weekend.

Q.  Nice to be in striking distance heading into the weekend?
PAULA CREAMER:  Oh, yeah.  Especially out here, the crowds and the fans are so good, and they're so supportive of my golf.  It's kind of fun to be playing good and hitting good shots and making some putts.

Q.  Little trouble on 5?
PAULA CREAMER:  Yeah, I doubled 5.  I hit it in the left bunker and didn't hit a very good bunker shot out, and hit a decent shot to about 20 feet below the hole and hit it about three feet by.  It's like the one pin you can't hit it three feet by.  It was maybe three cuts of break, right to left, and I hit a good putt.  It's just tough when you're trying to dial a ball three feet, and I ended up three‑putting.
           
I gave myself some good looks coming in after that.  Every week we're going to make mistakes; it's just that was an unfortunate one for myself.

Q.  You talk about putting yourself in position again and again.  Do you feel it each time it happens?
PAULA CREAMER:  You know, I guess it all kind of is similar.  It's just learning from having a problem like I did on No. 5 and bouncing back.  Having a bogey and bouncing back like I did on 18, then birdieing 1 and 2.  Things like that that you can learn from.
           
Like I said, I'm hitting the ball really well.  I know I'm going to make some birdies.  It's just limiting those mistakes and trying to take advantage of when I do hit good shots and making a good putt.

Q.  Talking to Angela about 45 minutes ago probably still the case.  There are still eight of you American Solheim Cup girls in the top 15.  What's going on with that?
PAULA CREAMER:  I think we're all really pumped up after last week.  We played well, like I said.  I keep saying that I played really well last week, hit the ball well.  These greens are actually very similar to last week.  I saw huge breaks and undulating.  You kind of had almost like a practice round before this week was last weeks.  It's hard visualizing three feet of breaks sometimes and when you have to do it in that pressure moment like last week, coming here kind of helps that.

Q.  Is putting the past in the past and closing the door on it just something that comes with being pro?
PAULA CREAMER:  Yeah, you have to always keep moving forward.  There is time to look back at stuff and trying to figure out what happened.  But you can't be too upset about it.  Like last week, you know, it is unfortunate, but we got beat.  It was just something that am I going to look at it and assess what happened?  Sure.  That's what everybody does in life.  You know, moving to this week, this is a big tournament.  This is a big event for us.  I knew I had to kind of move on and try to play well here.

 

CRISTIE KERR, Rolex Rankings No. 12

Q. Two days in a row you have it going on.  What about this course kind of suits your eye and your game?
CRISTIE KERR:  You really have to hit shots out there.  It's a course you really have to shape the ball off the tee and be creative.  I played very well the last couple of days.  It's unfortunate I bogeyed the last hole today.  It's what happens when you hit an errant shot and have to chip out to a difficult pin.

Q.  What do you think looking at the top of the leaderboard with the names there going into this weekend?
CRISTIE KERR:  I think it really shows you the caliber of this golf course and the condition that it's in.  Just got to keep doing what I'm doing.

Q.  Do you and Inbee play off each other at all?  It looks like you exchanged birdies.
CRISTIE KERR:  Sure, it's always fun to play with Inbee.  She always plays well, and I enjoy playing with her.  Probably going to play with her again tomorrow.

Q.  Are the Solheim girls pretty tired?  They've been through a lot, but it looked like a lot of them are playing really well.
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, I mean, I had enough rest.  Today is the first day I played in the morning.  I played the practice round Tuesday afternoon, and then Pro‑Am and then first round in the afternoon, so I've had a lot of sleep.  I'm actually fine.

Q.  How are the greens today compared to yesterday?  You talked about them getting crusty.
CRISTIE KERR:  I think they're a little smoother, little smoother today.  I certainly didn't want to leave myself that putt I had to make bogey on the last one there because it was above the hole and outside the hole left to right.  I made a good bogey putt.  Glad it wasn't in the afternoon.

CRISTIE KERR:  It was strange.  It was a strange last hole for Inbee too.

Q.  Did she hear it too?
CRISTIE KERR:  No, no, no.  She bogeyed the last hole too.

Q.  Can you tell me some of the highlights of your shots?
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, I mean, I hit three perfect shots on 17.  I made a sliding left to right that broke five to six feet, putt went right in the middle.  It was great.  On 16, I lipped out.  I thought it was in.  I thought I hit a great putt on 15, thought it was in.  And 14, made birdie, great birdie.  I started off with great birdies on 10 and 11.
           
On the front I was just kind of pulling it a little bit with my irons and some of the putts were just missing.  So it was good to get some momentum in the middle of the round.

Q.  On 10 and 11 you hit it ‑‑
CRISTIE KERR:  I hit it about 10, 11 feet.

Q.  On 10?
CRISTIE KERR:  On 10, and I hit it four or five feet.  Almost made two hole-in-ones today that went right by the hole there.  Then that was on the front after the par‑5.  It goes right to left.  4, I mean, literally almost went in the hole.

Q.  How far away was that one?
CRISTIE KERR:  Three feet.

Q.  What did you hit on 4 in?
CRISTIE KERR:  Little 7.

Q.  From about?
CRISTIE KERR:  I don't know, 160‑some yards.  I hit 6‑iron here.  We had about 175 or something to the hole, 180 or something like that.

Q.  So do you take this as a round that could have been, or do you take it as a round ‑‑
CRISTIE KERR:  It's kind of both the same days.  I mean, Geez, 4‑under on this golf course is great.  I'm mad at myself for blocking my last tee shot, but I did so much good stuff in the last couple days.  I mean, you can't do anything about a porta potty door slamming in your back swing, and it was what it was.
           
I mean, I sucked it up, and I made a really good two‑putt for bogey.  Just got to do the same thing and not bogey the last hole.

Q.  So on 18, you hit it right?
CRISTIE KERR:  I hit it right, and there is a mound that will kick it left, and I hit it straight and it went right.  So I got under a tree, pitched it out, and I hit a perfect sand wedge.

Q.  From about?
CRISTIE KERR:  100 yards.

Q.  That's when the door slammed?
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, yeah.

Q.  In the middle of your back swing?
CRISTIE KERR:  Yeah, it really, really scared me.  Why don't they make Porta-Potties with the foam?  I don't know.  Because they're cheap.  Nobody wants to go to the bathroom in a Porta-Potty.

 

ANGELA STANFORD, Rolex Rankings No. 16

Q. Another good day out there.  How was the course playing today?
ANGELA STANFORD:  I thought very similar to yesterday, and I played in the morning.  I thought the greens would be a little firmer, but I felt they were pretty close.  I mean, I'm not sure, but I think so.

Q.  What's been the biggest key for your game over the first two days in this tournament?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Probably ball striking.  I've given myself a lot of chances into the greens, so I think that's the key.  If you can keep it in the fairway and give yourself chances into the greens, then you're going to have birdie putts.

Q.  Definitely a different look of a golf course than we saw last week.  How did you adjust to the tighter course?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Sometimes it's kind of nice to have a tighter course, because you have to be a lot more focused and your swing has to be a lot tighter.  So sometimes you need to be a little bit tighter and a little more focused.

Q.  Doesn't matter how many times you've done it, it's still exciting to be in the mix heading into the weekend?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Yeah, yeah.  I enjoy playing in Canada, and I'm trying to run one of these down.  I've been close in the past.  I just really enjoyed playing the golf courses up here.

Q.  How close have you been?
ANGELA STANFORD:  I don't know.  I know I've had some seconds and a lot of top 5s.

Q.  Looking at the leaderboard, it looks like a lot of Solheim Cup girls, Americans all over the place.  I think there are like eight at the top 15.  What's going on with that?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Last week completely baffled me.  I really thought all the Americans were playing good, and it's obvious this week too, so I don't know.  It's just golf.  Any given week.  I just think that we're pretty strong from top to bottom, and unfortunately we didn't get some putts to fall last week.

Q.  Mentally tougher than maybe people knew?
ANGELA STANFORD:  The Americans, oh, yeah, oh, yeah.  I tell you, learned a lot about that team last week.  They're just solid players and they're great people, and they're a lot stronger than people give them credit for, again, from top to bottom.  All of them just mentally stayed in it, and they're great players.

 

LYDIA KO, Rolex Rankings No. 19

Q. Just take us through your round.  You had a nice recovery after the two bogeys.  Talk about that stretch?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, you know, I didn't have the best start.  I got a ruling on the 10th which was my first hole and made bogey on 11.  Yeah, it was kind of not the start that I wanted to, but I made two birdies in a row then in the middle of my first.  Then I made some more bogeys on the back nine, and then I made two birdies in a row again.  So, yeah, I think today I made birdie was two in a row.

Q.  You said you didn't get off to a birdie start, so you probably weren't that worried?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I wasn't that worried.  I don't really like a birdie start, but if I get it, I won't say anything about it because birdie is obviously not a bad thing.

Q.  Putting like you've done over the round, but you got it back by the end; what was the change for you?
LYDIA KO:  You know, I was putting well.  On my front nine, I did miss some putts.  Then I missed a short putt and in the middle of my back nine, but I kind of got my confidence back after making a birdie and coming off a bogey.

Q.  Talk about where you're situated on the leaderboard, and what you'll have to do to track down the likes of Inbee Park?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, Inbee shot an amazing score, 6‑under, I think, today.  So, yeah, she's obviously right now the one to catch.
           
But I've just got to play my own game, and hopefully get some more putts rolling in and reduce some bogies because I had a couple silly bogeys out there today.

Q.  It's nice when your mediocre round is 69.
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I know.  I mean 1‑under at 69, I wouldn't have thought that.  But, yeah, it could have been worse.

Q.  Does this feel like Vancouver?  What are the parallels from last year to this year?
LYDIA KO:  I had a pretty average round in the third round last year.  I was okay.  I was still a shot leading going into the last round.  I guess it's a whole different feeling because I know I've already won it, so I think it gives me more pressure thinking I actually can do it.  But at that time I was thinking no way I'm going to win it anyways, so, yeah.

Q.  I've never opened a round with a birdie.  What's not to like about that?
LYDIA KO:  I usually go and play really low like I did yesterday.  That happened to me in Hawaii.  I had a birdie on the first hole and I shot 6‑under.  But then, if not, I kind of have a mediocre round, even.  It's never really been better than even unless I shoot something like 65‑under.

Q.  Is there one hole on this course that's more troublesome than the others?
LYDIA KO:  No, I don't think so.  I don't think there wasn't a bogey that I made yesterday and I did it again today.  So obviously some of the driving holes are quite hard because it sometimes gets me a little.  But, obviously, the golf course wasn't made for you to shoot 10‑under or something like that.

Q.  Can you talk about your caddie.  I know you mentioned earlier in the week you have been using local caddies whenever you traveled around.  Talk about how Bruce has helped you this week and just the process that you go through getting to know your caddies and how much they've helped you?
LYDIA KO:  You know, like the last couple of caddies, local caddies, we've kind of done club selection and stuff together, but this time I decided I wanted to make the decision so Bruce doesn't know what club I'm hitting.  Yeah, he's most of the time helping if the breeze gets up or looking at the slopes of the green.
           
The only different thing about the other local caddies is I was actually sharing what club to hit, and sometimes it was good and sometimes it wasn't.  So I've decided I wanted to be more independent.  Doing it this way, it actually helps me to learn to know my clubs better, so I think that's a really good opportunity that way.

 

KARINE ICHER, Rolex Rankings No. 24

Q. Tell me how was your day?  You’re heading into the weekend at the top of the leaderboard.
KARINE ICHER:  Good day, good putting made the difference today.  The course is quite hard, tricky fairways, big roughs, so looking forward to getting some good drives on the weekend and still good putts.

Q.  How much did last week ‑‑ I mean, you played a crucial role.  The first time you're playing Solheim in a number of years.  What did that do confidence‑wise or carry into this week?
KARINE ICHER:  A lot of confidence, I mean, when you can perform with this kind of pressure and this kind of tournament, then everything seems easier.  So, I think we're all very tired, but good memories and a good energy from last week.

Q.  There are a lot of you up on the board.  Cristie is hanging around, Suzann's there.  It seems like you guys took the momentum?
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, just keep going.  Just keep going to make some putts and that makes a difference.

Q.  You played well yesterday as well.  What is the difference today in your round?
KARINE ICHER:  I made more putts today.  I made another two bogeys and yesterday one bogey.  But the course is hard.  I mean, the fairways are tricky, and the small greens sometimes are very fast.  So you really have to think where you have to put the ball on the green and it worked pretty well today.

Q.  Inbee Park minus‑9 last I saw.  When she's got it going like this, is that a tough order?
KARINE ICHER:  It's very hard to stop, but we'll see.  You know, in golf, we never know.  We'll see by the weekend.

Q.  Karine, you're one of the moms on Tour and you've been playing so consistent ever since having Lola, do you think being a mom has helped your game overall?
KARINE ICHER:  Maybe, maybe.  Maybe I'm more relaxed on my golf game.  When we go back home, it's no more golf and it's just about her and spending time with her and playing and laughing, so maybe it helps.  It's a lot of organization and we don't sleep a lot.  But, yeah, it's kind of helped.

Q.  I was going to say, you and Fred seem to do is so smoothly.  It just seems seamless for you guys, like Lola's there and it's part of it.
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, it seems.  Not in the room with us, but it seems, yes.

Q.  Did last week help in terms of dealing with nerves if it comes down to Saturday and Sunday afternoon and you're in the final group or so?  Nothing I would imagine would be more stressful than what you guys went through last week?
KARINE ICHER:  Exactly.  When you can go through last week everything, it's easier to do.  So I just play good golf and good golf shots and that's it.

Q.  You have momentum, obviously, but a lot of the girls have said they're tired.  They're jet lagged.  Has it sort of caught up to you yet?  Are you sort of playing through it?
KARINE ICHER:  Yeah, jet lag, we are in the same time zone as Denver, but just being tired from last week.  I mean, last week we had Saturday to do or Friday 36 holes to do, and a lot of pressure and wanting to do well.  It was a hard course too, and we spent a lot of time doing interviews and media and ceremonies and to do make‑up and hair and everything, which is good, but it keeps you off your general routine.

Q.  Stacy withdrew, Michelle's sick, like it's catching up to some of them.
KARINE ICHER:  Oh, yeah, for sure.  I think it's normal.  We're just human.

 

CHARLEY HULL, Rolex Rankings No. 147

Q. Your front nine was it as uneventful as your card looked?  It was all pars throughout the first nine holes?
CHARLEY HULL:  Yeah, which I started on the back nine of the golf course.  Yeah, I played pretty solid.  I wasn't hitting that good today like on the front nine with my tee shots, because I felt a bit tired out there.  I was really tired and trying to keep my balance.  But the back nine I got something going and holed a few putts, and I'm pretty pleased about it.

Q.  On the back nine for you, were you just seeing the lines better?  What was it?
CHARLEY HULL:  I don't know.  I just felt a little later in the day the greens got a bit bumpier, so I just kind of see it better and I just holed it.  I had a feeling when I had the putt that I was going to hole it, and I holed it, so it was good.

Q.  Are you growing more comfortable?  Are you gaining some momentum?
CHARLEY HULL:  Yeah, I only played one practice round on Tuesday, and I was pretty tired from the whole of last week.  I felt more comfortable in the afternoon, and I know a lot more of the holes and I was getting used to how far the ball was driving, because last week in Colorado it flew a lot farther, and I didn't have that practice round to see how far it was going, so that was good, because I was tired.
            But I've been away for like six weeks and the past six weeks I've only been home for like four or five days.  So I'm looking forward to going back on Sunday and having a bit of rest.

Q.  Talk about your putting stroke.  I know last week when I was watching the broadcast they commented on your straight arm approach.  What is your background on your putting, is it with a coach or anything?  Is that how you started when you were young?
CHARLEY HULL:  No, I just changed my putting stroke about eight months ago, completely changed it.  I used to have really bent arms, and I would just putt like that and I putt and it goes in.  So it's fine.  Touch wood.

Q.  In the case of Laura Davies, she looks like she's in contention for the weekend; is she someone you look up to?
CHARLEY HULL:  Yeah, definitely.  I know Laura, and she's really nice.  I love playing golf with her because we're both fast players.  I played quite a bit with her in Europe.  She's obviously been one of my heros growing up, and she's a great player.  She's got a good sense of humor as well, and she supports the same football team as me, Liverpool, so yeah.

Q.  Is there one particular hole on this course that give us more trouble than any of the others?
CHARLEY HULL:  I haven't really thought about it yet.

Q.  Anything Laura has done advice‑wise?  Has she been more of a mentor?  Is she just kind of there?
CHARLEY HULL:  No, she's just there as a competitor, so she's really good.  I like Laura.  She just like hits it, finds it, hit it's again.  She's good.

 

LAURA DAVIES, Rolex Rankings No. 187

Q.  Did you watch Solheim?
LAURA DAVIES:  I was commentating.  I saw 35 hours of it, yeah.

Q.  Was it a difficult experience?
LAURA DAVIES:  Yeah, it's pretty unusual, because obviously 23 years of my life has been Solheim Cup golf.  Yeah, it wasn't much fun in the beginning of the week, but once it all started and we started winning, it became more and more enjoyable.  I think if we had lost, you would have thought that more could have been done better (Indiscernible).

Q.  From the sounds of things, it sounds like you're playing fine?
LAURA DAVIES:  I'm good, yeah.

Q.  You're going to keep going for a long time?
LAURA DAVIES:  I'm going to keep winning.  I need two more points to get into the Hall of Fame.  That is the number one job.  I don't think anybody apart from myself thinks I can do it, and that includes my family.  I still have more wins in me.  Until I'm physically making a fool of myself, I'm still playing.

Q.  Great playing over the last two days.  What's been the key to your game?
LAURA DAVIES:  I'm holing putts.  That's the difference.  I think I had 27 today and I had 30 yesterday, and that is probably something like 13 putts less than I've had the last two weeks when I missed the cut by a shot or two shots.  You know, you can't compete if you can't hole putts.

 

LORIE KANE, Rolex Rankings No. 272

LORIE KANE:  Well, it's golf, unfortunately.  I played well and a couple short ones yesterday, and you can't make double bogeys and expect to even challenge to win a golf tournament.
                       
I don't really know what to say.  Just I'm doing a lot of really good things, and I'm just going to trying to continue doing what I'm doing.  You know, it's a tough way, but I think of the Miracle Match and Jocelyn and her struggles, and missing 12 putts really doesn't mean a whole lot.

Q.  Were you aware on 18 what the number was?
LORIE KANE:  I try not to pay attention to that.  To be honest with you, I looked where Inbee was and thought that I could get close, and that was my goal today.  Unfortunately, through some middle of the round to near the end of the round, I'm just not keeping my concentration probably to the fact of wanting to win.
                       
I'm not a cut‑line player.  I'm better than that.  You know, unfortunately, the golf I'm showing on the last few holes makes me look like a cut‑line player.  I'm disappointed.  I'm going to keep working hard.
                       
Would have loved to have been able to challenge on the weekend, because it is out there.  This golf course is fantastic.  I think if you get on a run you could make a bunch.  They're out ahead of us, but, you know, it's a break, break.  (Indiscernible).  It really was.

Q.  That's really classy there signing for everyone.  Does it make you feel better?
LORIE KANE:  No, that's part of it.  I can't walk by a kid and not say hi.  I can't walk by somebody that says hi to me and I say hi.  We all say hi.  Signing autographs is part of what we do, at least what I do.  I think it's very important.  A lot of these people followed me the whole day or waited here to have an opportunity to meet me; and that is flattering.
                       
I don't really know why ‑‑ I guess if I was at a hockey game I'd be a lot (indiscernible), but I'm just somebody who loves what she does and more importantly loves what I've been able to do over these last eight years with CN.

 

Topics: Notes and Interviews, Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Park, Inbee, Kane, Lorie, Kerr, Cristie, Ko, Lydia, Icher, Karine, Stanford, Angela, Davies, Laura, Creamer, Paula [+]

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