Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC Third Round Notes and Interviews

Lizette Salas
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Lizette Salas hits her second shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort on May 17, 2014 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Kingsmill Resort - The River Course
Williamsburg, Virginia
Saturday - Third Round Notes
May 17, 2014

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Lizette Salas (-13)
Rolex Rankings No. 23  Hee Young Park (-11)
Rolex Rankings No. 3 Lydia Ko (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 122 Katherine Kirk (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 32 Pornanong Phatlum (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 53 Yani Tseng (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 362 Pat Hurst (E)


After a rain shortened round 2 was completed this morning, the first group took to the course on a beautiful day to start round 3 at 11:55 am EST.

Moving day had plenty of movement as Lydia Ko moved from T12 at the start of the day to T3 by the end. With a win this weekend, Ko will become the Rolex Ranking #1 player in the world at just 17 years of age. Pornanong Phatlum made quite a move herself, starting the day T29 and finishing at T6 headed into the final round.

As impressive as those moves were, there was quite a battle going at the top of the leaderboard between California native Lizette Salas (-13) and South Korean Hee Young Park (-11).  The two traded birdies throughout the day with Salas’ bogey-free round allowing her to take a two stroke lead into tomorrow.

“I felt really good. “ Salas said. “Like my mentality. Yes, I was quite nervous coming down the stretch, Hee Young was knocking it close to the pin. But I felt good. I felt relaxed most importantly. I was just trying to smile as much as possible.”

Salas, who shot a 6-under 65, heads into tomorrow as the leader in the clubhouse and is in search of her first career LPGA win. She has been in contention this year with a runner up finish at the Kia Classic and a T3 at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

LOOKING FOR HER FIRST WIN
She has been in contention in her career and this year, she has a second place finish at Kia and a T3 at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. She has the experience dealing with the nerves and feels that her mentality has changed this year and that could be the key to locking up her first career LPGA win tomorrow.

“I took a different approach this week.” Salas said. “I only played the pro am. I’ve seen the course several times. It’s my third year here. I didn’t want to think too much about the golf course and just hit my targets. Last week I had a good practice session at home, so I was feeling good coming in.”

This morning, Salas had to finish up seven holes before beginning the third round. She had just under three hours to kill at the course between rounds and found plenty to do that didn’t disrupt her rhythm.

“I went in to the physio trainer, got some work done on my lower back, took like a 10 minute nap, and just started my whole routine again.” Salas said. “Had lunch and went to go re -stretch and then started my whole routine over again. Didn’t hit a lot of balls on the range today. Just did a couple drills.  I just knew it was going to be a long day, so I didn’t want to overdo it on the range today.”

She is ready for tomorrow and her plan of attack will not change. She will keep all her plans simple.

“Just probably go have dinner with some friends tonight and have a good night’s sleep and take it easy tomorrow and do the same warmup I’ve been doing the last couple days. “ Salas said. “Nothing dramatic.”
 
CAN SHE DO IT?
17-year old Lydia Ko heads into the final round tomorrow with a legitimate chance to become the Rolex Rankings #1 but only if she wins the tournament.

Ko made a run today, starting the day T12 and ending T3 thanks to a 67. Despite the great play by many others on the course, they did not play a factor in her performance today.

“I really didn’t think about the other players.” Ko said. “I just wanted to keep to my game and just do as I planned.  If it goes to my plan, that’s great. I just try to concentrate on my game. It’s hard enough trying to concentrate and get things done by yourself.  But there are some really good scores out there, so I’m just going to try my best tomorrow.”

She feels like she is improving every day which has to make some of the pher players on tour pretty nervous.

“Yeah, overall I’m really happy. “ Ko said. “I mean, I guess improving every day is a really good sign.”

MOVING ON UP
The five-under 66 that Pornanong Phatlum fired Saturday was her best round since posting a final-round 6-under 66 at the JTBC Founders Cup March 23. The spectacular seven birdie, two bogey round included a birdie on the difficult par-3 17th hole.

She came into the day relaxed and confident and it helped get her off to a good start. That good start carried through and helped her head to the clubhouse T6.
 
“Just be confident today.  I have a good confidence with my putter and like short game today,” Phatlum said after her round on what helped her have such a good day.

COMING BACK
Katherine Kirk was noticeably disappointed when she blasted her second shot on 18 into the front greenside bunker. Not so much five minutes later when she blasted the 23-yard bunker shot into the hole, setting off a celebration in the stands, a high five with her playing partners and up to the leaderboard to 8-under-par for the tournament.

“I hit a little gap wedge up there. I didn’t see where it landed, but saw it catch the edge at the last minute and drop in,” she said.

Her third-round 68 (-3) has her five back of Lizette Salas heading into the final round but she’s been in this position before and came back. Her first career win at the 2008 Canadian Women’s Open, she was six back of the lead when a final round 69 was enough to get the win.

“It’s going to be very tough [to catch Salas]. Yeah, I mean, there are birdies out here and it is a crazy game,” she said.

She never expected to have a chance in 2008 at the Canadian either but before she knew it, she was atop the leaderboard and holding the trophy. She’s got good mojo to draw on at this golf course, too, with the only double eagle recorded in the tournament’s history in 2008 at the 7th hole.

“I’ve played this golf course maybe 10 times now, so I feel comfortable on it,” Kirk said. “It’s playing a little bit different this year than past years. Usually it’s wetter and slower. It’s a bit drier and faster this year, so it’s nice.”

APPROACH FOR SUNDAY
Hee Young Park had just made birdie on 17 and wanted to be aggressive with her approach on 18. She had birdied two of her last three holes but had watched Lizette Salas birdie three of the last four holes and knew she had to regain the ground she’d lost. So she took dead aim from the fairway, firing a shot right over the pin, but the adrenaline got the best of her and it went flew over the pin, running off the back of the green. She flopped a delicate chip down four feet short of the hole but wasn’t able to clean up the par and instead left the green with a disappointing bogey and a three-shot deficit heading into Sunday.

She said she hit her line on that putt, though and a third-round 69 (-2) was a solid day, so she’s feeling positive heading into the final round chasing her third career victory.

“First few hole putted pretty well, and then [it was] a little bit struggle,” Park said. “But before the finishing holes I pretty much got the feel back, so I’m happy. One more round left, so I’m not at all disappointed.”

She said she’ll reflect back on a tournament in Korea when she came from six down to win and won’t be paying any attention to Salas on Sunday.

“Three strokes is nothing,” she said with a laugh.

Her wrist has been bothering her off and on and she said it was the worst Saturday of any round so far. Playing with Stacy Lewis and Salas, she said she wanted to keep up with how far they were hitting the ball and thinks she put more pressure on her wrist as a result.

ACE IN THE HOLE
Assistant Solheim Cup captain Pat Hurst showed the American players what she expects out of them in Germany in 2015 when she aced 17. Hurst used a 9-iron for her second career LPGA ace.
She hit in down wind and was able to see it go in. She and Jennifer Rosalescelebrated with a high five after she holed it.

“It was fun, a lot of fun.” Hurst said.

THE SOCIAL SCENE
Even though Paula Creamer missed the cut for the first time since 2010, she is making good use of the time by re-grouping and getting some “me time” in Williamsburg. She does have her #1 sidekick along with - her dog Studley.

“Pedicure+Studley man+major sock tan = Me time #regrouping #newperson”
    - Paula Creamer on Instagram (@paulacreamer1)

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If I can’t putt them in, I might as well hit them in.”

    - Pat Hurst talking about how her ace felt after a ough day on the greens

TV COVERAGE
Golf Channel has covered the tournament this week and will also be out for the final round tomorrow. Here is the air time for the final round tomorrow.
 
Sunday                 5:00-7:00pm EST

EAGLES FOR A CAUSE
“Wounded Warrior Project® Weekends” is a season-long charity program that will be tied into the Race to the CME Globe. Each Saturday and Sunday at LPGA tournaments, CME Group will donate $1,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® for each eagle that is recorded. This amount will increase to $5,000 for each eagle during the weekend of the CME Group Tour Championship and a formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project® during the trophy ceremony at the CME Group Tour Championship.

Today, just one total eagle was recorded, by Pat Hurst on 17. That brings the total money raised this year to $104,000. Through the first 10 tournaments prior to the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC, $103,000 had been raised.


Rolex Rankings No. 16 Lizette Salas (-13)


MODERATOR:  We'd like to welcome Lizette Salas into the interview room here at Kingsmill.  You have the low round of day, 65.  You just missed adding to it on 18. How good were you feeling out there?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  I felt really good.  Like my mentality.  Yes, I was quite nervous coming down the stretch Hee Young was knocking it close to the pin.  But I felt good.  I felt relaxed most importantly.  I was just trying to smile as much as possible.
    
I took a different approach this week.  I only played the pro‑am.  I've seen the course several times.  It's my third year here.  I didn't want to think too much about the golf course and just hit my targets.
    
Last week I had a good practice session at home, so I was feeling good coming in.

MODERATOR:  The fact that you didn't play practice rounds, do you think that made you feel more relaxed today?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Yeah, it just made me, I don't know, more target oriented.  I just felt like I related to my target more.  I felt more comfortable over the ball, especially on the putting green.  I just feel like I've been visualizing a lot better and really staying patient coming down the stretch.
    
MODERATOR:  This morning, how many holes did you have to finish?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Seven.
    
MODERATOR:  And was it your first hole that you came and bogeyed?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Yeah.
    
MODERATOR:  And then no more bogeys for the rest of the day?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  No.  Yeah, I was pretty upset about that one.  I don't not like not bogeying par‑5s, and especially a three‑putt.
    
So that gave me a little bit extra motivation, and birdied my last hole of the second round.
    
MODERATOR:  What's the approach heading into tomorrow?  You've been in contention a couple times this year at PureSilk and Kia.
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Yeah.
    
MODERATOR:  What do you focus on tonight for tomorrow?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  I have no idea.  Just probably go have dinner with some friends tonight and have a good night's sleep and take it easy tomorrow and do the same warmup I've been doing the last couple days.  Nothing dramatic.
    
I did bring out an old putting tool my dad made for me my rookie year.  I brought that out this week, so hopefully I'll bring it out tomorrow.
    
MODERATOR:  What's the putting tool?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  It's a little hard to describe.  You have to check it out on the putting green.  Just visualizing my line and staying low through the stroke.
    
MODERATOR:  Okay.  Questions.

Q.  Do you remember your turn here on Sunday last year?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Yes.

Q.  The three holes?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Yes, I do remember.

Q.  How much does that concern you?
LIZETTE SALAS: 
Nothing.  That happened last year, and I think I have a stronger mentality this year.
    
You know, comments that are shouted won't affect me this year.  I'm just more happy and excited to play golf.  My kind of golf, and not anyone else's.

Q.  How much time did you have between rounds and how did you kill it?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Let's see, I had about two and a half, three hours to kill.  I went in to the physio trainer, got some work done on my lower back, took like a 10‑minute nap, and just started my whole routine again.
    
Had lunch and went to go re‑ stretch and then started my whole routine over again.  Didn't hit a lot of balls on the range today.  Just did a couple drills.  I just knew it was going to be a long day, so I didn't want to overdo it on the range today.

Q.  Are you able to power nap like that?  If I sleep for 10 minutes, I'm done.
LIZETTE SALAS:
  I did power nap quite a bit in college, so I just triggered that in the back of my mind again and it came back, so...

Q.  Do you get any more charged up when you're playing in a group with Stacy Lewis sort of being the top American player?
LIZETTE SALAS: 
Yeah, it's such an honor to play with Stacy.  We were teammates.  We played alternate shot together, so I know the kind of golf she can play.
    
To play alongside her and get compliments from her at the end of the round is a great feeling and obviously a great confidence booster.  To play alongside her and Hee Young today, it was a really good pairing.

Q.  Lizette, could you go through the card a little bit, especially the birdie holes?  You had six.  Were any of them bombs or were they relatively short?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  Let's see, 2 and 3 were inside six feet.  I can't remember the holes.
    
6 was a good putt; 6 was over 20 feet.  That was a big confidence booster.
    
8 was a great up‑and‑down.
    
9, man, I wish I had that putt all over again.
    
Then 10, that's a tough hole.  Par is obviously a good score on that hole.
    
14 was a putt that I knew was going to go in.  I read it correctly.  It was about 15 to 20 feet.  That was probably the purest stroke of the day.
    
15, four‑footer, left to right.  Those obviously I tend to get a little hesitant and lift my head.  That one I stayed down through the ball.
    
16 was a great up‑and‑down for me when I was in the bunker.
    
17, everyone stuck it really close.  Hee Young had about three feet and I had about six feet.  I really had to stay confident and stay true to my line; it went in.
    
18 almost went in.  Again, it's a tough hole, and par is a great score.

Q.  How long was that putt?
LIZETTE SALAS:
  That was 25‑, 30‑footer.  It was a big one.


Rolex Rankings No. 175, Austin Ernst (-6)

Q. You hit it in the water?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
I did, and then took a drop and then had to just hit out to the fairway and then got to up‑and‑down from about 75 yards.

Q.  Given that, how proud are you of the bogey?
AUSTIN ERNST
:  Oh, it was a good bogey, especially where I hit my wedge shot.  Yeah, still had about 20 feet; Suzann was right there.  Kind of got away from her.
    
But, yeah, it was a good putt.  Just a bad swing at a bad time.

Q.  Bouncing back from a second round 74, you have to be pleased with that.
AUSTIN ERNST
:  Yeah, yesterday it was just a little bad putting here and there.  Just didn't putt very well inside five feet.  Basically gave up four shots there.
    
It was nice to putt a little bit better today.  I got a lot of looks, which I was very happy with today.

Q.  How many holes did you have to finish this morning?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
Three.

Q.  How much time did you have between the end and when you tee'd off again?
AUSTIN ERNST
:  I finished at 9:00 and then I tee'd off at 12:25.

Q.  What did you do for three and a half hours?
AUSTIN ERNST:
  For an hour and a half I came out here and ate lunch and warmed up again.  But for two hours we went by our house and just kind of relaxed, stayed off my feet.

Q.  How much do you think having made that last putt will help you going into tomorrow?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
It's big.  Obviously being one shot closer to the lead, that and then just confidence with making that putt.
    
Even though it was for bogey, any putt you make, especially that length, is big.

Q.  You have not won on the tour, right?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
No.

Q.  Do you feel like you're in striking distance and poised to do this?
AUSTIN ERNST:
  Yeah, I do.  I played well this week.  I feel like I should be a little bit closer than I am, but I'm with this striking distance for tomorrow.
    
If you play a good round of golf out here, you move up the board a good bit.  They had some tougher pins today.  I hit the ball really well today.  I gave myself a lot of looks at birdie, which you got to do out here.
    
You got to hit it in the fairway.  You have to hit a lot of greens and give yourself a lot of looks at birdie, because the pins are in kind of tricky places.

Q.  You’ve had a little experience chasing on Sundays, too.
AUSTIN ERNST: 
Yeah.

Q.  What changes in your approach, if anything, tomorrow?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
Nothing really changes.  Just stick with the game plan.  I can pretty much get to all the par‑5s.  That's where normally if anything changes that's kind of where it would.
    
Coming down the stretch, I just want to have an opportunity on the back nine.  That's the goal for tomorrow:  Just keep hitting it in the fairway and keep giving myself a lot of looks.
    
If I hit it like I did today, I'll be very happy.

Q.  Got to help the way you played the back today?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
Yeah, I've played it pretty well all week.  I played a very, very good back nine.  Even with 18 in there, I still played a solid nine holes.
    
I think I hit just about every green ‑‑ except for 18, obviously.  I was just off the green on 13 in the fringe, but I had seven very good looks at birdie today.

Q.  As well as you did play, was that the biggest shot of your day?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
I don't know.  One of better shots I hit was my second shot on 15.  That was a good putt.  I made a few other longer putts today that kind of stand out.
    
But, yeah, that was big going into tomorrow.

Q.  Did you hit it in in two on 15?
AUSTIN ERNST:
  I hit it just left of the green and got it up‑and‑down for birdie.

Q.  Kick‑in birdie?
AUSTIN ERNST:
  No, didn't hit a very good chip and hit about an eight‑footer.

Q.  Great second, very iffy third.  Was 18 your only bogey today?
AUSTIN ERNST: 
I bogeyed 8.


Rolex Rankings No. 23  Hee Young Park (-11)


Q. Tell me about your round today.  How bad did the bogey on 18 hurt?
HEE YOUNG PARK:
  Yeah, I putted perfect and just missed the hole, so I didn't disappointed.
    
First few hole putted pretty well, and then beginning hole like a little bit struggle.

But before finish holes I pretty much got the feel back, so I'm happy.  One more round left, so I'm not at all disappointed.

Q.  What's the strategy going into tomorrow?
HEE YOUNG PARK: 
It's pretty much the same, and then more try to hit the fairway and green.
    
Today a little bit miss driver off the fairway, so it's bit tough to made it close or made birdie chance.
    
So tomorrow a little more focus on the accuracy rather than distance.

Q.  How tough is Lizette going to be to catch if she plays like that?
HEE YOUNG PARK:
  We are actually separate.  I'm not thinking about any other players.  She play really good, so that's really good.
    
I think tomorrow will be play with her again, so good for me, because I'm really like to compete with good feeling players.

Q.  Okay.  And what are your thoughts going into this?  Obviously you've been in the lead before and chased before.  What's your strategy?  Are you more aggressive in this scenario than if you were in the lead?
HEE YOUNG PARK:
  Yeah, when I was Korean Tour I was most behind and then like catch leader was six strokes, so three strokes, nothing.  So this is totally not at all number.  Just myself and my challenging tomorrow.

Q.  How is the wrist?
HEE YOUNG PARK:
  It's today a bit hurting because long day.  So it's getting tighter.  Stacy and Salas hit it pretty long, so I automatically my body felt like try to hit it hard.  That's why more pressure left hand, but should be okay.

Q.  What do you do for it tonight?  Ice it?
HEE YOUNG PARK: 
Yeah, a little bit ice, and then I want to do some like cleaning my mind like few putts and clear everything and go rest.

Q.  How did you spend the afternoon waiting for your tee time?  Sleep in or what did you do?
HEE YOUNG PARK: 
Yeah, sleep in little more.  Like relaxing stretching more than usual.  Like full 40 minutes stretching before I come out golf course.
    
Eat lunch, good food.


Rolex Rankings No. 122 Katherine Kirk (-8)


Q. Got to run me through the chip shot on 18.
KATHERINE KIRK:
  I had 23 yards to the hole and hit a little gap wedge up there.  I didn't see where it landed, but saw it catch the edge at the last minute and drop in.
    
Yeah, pretty happy.

Q.  Got to be a good feeling going into tomorrow.
KATHERINE KIRK: 
Yeah, got off to a great start today.  Just stalled a bit through I guess the middle of the round.  Couldn't get it close enough to make putts.
    
It was nice to finish with a birdie.  I think that will give me some momentum tomorrow.

Q.  If Lizette finishes at 12, how tough will she be to catch?
KATHERINE KIRK: 
Very tough.  I guess that puts me, what, four behind?  Yeah, I mean, there are birdies out here and it is a crazy game.  I've got memories of coming from six behind at the Canadian Open.

Q.  Draw upon that?
KATHERINE KIRK:
  Yeah.

Q.  What was that day like?  Take me through that day.
KATHERINE KIRK:
  Shot 3‑under; never expected to even have a chance.  Maybe having low expectations kind of helped.
    
But, yeah, I mean, I've seen other people come from five or six behind, too.  You just got to go out there and give it your best and see what happens.

Q.  Got some good mojo on this golf course after the double eagle a couple years ago?
KATHERINE KIRK: 
Yeah, I've played this golf course maybe 10 times now, so I feel comfortable on it.  It's playing a little bit different this year than past years.  Usually it's wetter and slower.  It's a bit drier and faster this year, so it's nice.

Q.  Make it tougher?
KATHERINE KIRK:
  You do have to pay attention more, but I don't know if you can quite say tougher.
    
Yeah, just different.


Rolex Rankings No. 3 Lydia Ko (-8)

Q. Even better day.  All pars and then you had four birdies, right?
LYDIA KO:
  Yeah, I mean, I started well with birdie on the first hole, and then kind of made pars and ‑‑ 10 pars, and then I guess made a birdie ‑‑ well, nine pars and made a birdie on 11.
    
Then, you know, birdied 14, 15.

Q.  So it was a good run.
LYDIA KO:
  Yeah, I birdied 14 when I was finishing yesterday's round this morning.  I chipped in that one, too.
    
So I was happy with that hole.  I gave myself an opportunity, and I guess it kind of went well.
    
Yeah, overall I'm really happy.  I mean, I guess improving every day is a really good sign.

Q.  How many holes did you have to play this morning and what do you do between rounds?
LYDIA KO:
  I played six holes.  I started on 13 this morning.  We don't get to start on a par‑3 as our first hole.
    
Luckily I birdied that and birdied the next hole.  After that, I just kind of went back to my hotel and had some rest.

Q.  Your birdies on 14 and 15 in this round, what happened there?  How long were the putts?
LYDIA KO:
  On 14 I hit driver, pitching wedge, and I had like a nine‑foot putt; I got that in.
    
Next hole I hit driver and I pulled my 3‑wood left.  I had rough chip shot, and that was about seven, eight feet also.

Q.  That was your first Golf Channel interview; is that correct?
LYDIA KO:
  Oh, no, that wasn't my first, but it was great doing with it somebody like Juli.

Q.  Did you see the leaders not doing a whole lot and did you start to think on the back, Maybe I can make some noise and really get in contention here?
LYDIA KO:
  I really didn't think about the other players.  I just wanted to keep to my game and just do as I planned.  If it goes to my plan, that's great.
    
I just try to concentrate on my game.  It's hard enough trying to concentrate and get things done by yourself.  But there are some really good scores out there, so I'm just going to try my best tomorrow.

Q.  Would you like to be in the last group with Lizette?
LYDIA KO: 
Yeah, that would be great.  I played with her a lot of times in the practice rounds.  I was surprised that our first official round together was in Hawaii.
    
Yeah, I mean, it's always fun playing with her.  She's a very great player.  Yeah, she's going to go out there and try and get that big W.

Q.  What if she has this 4‑stroke lead on you; what would the mindset be?
LYDIA KO:
  Yeah, like I said, I'm just going to keep my mind blank and just try and play my own game.
    
If she shoots another great round like the last couple days, it's great.

Q.  Were the par‑5s playing hard today?
LYDIA KO: 
I mean, there is only three par‑5s.

Q.  You birdied one of them?
LYDIA KO: 
Yeah, I birdied one.  Yeah, the other one, I mean, on 3 it's quite a tough pin position.  Definitely need to be on the right side if you're not on the green to chip out, because the pin was tucked front left.
    
So I was on the left side having to hit kind of a high shot, which is not the easiest shot to hit.

Q.  What about 7?
LYDIA KO:
  That hole, it was straight into the wind.  Yesterday it was helping and we could get close to the front of the green.  We were down in the gully hitting pitching wedges and sand wedges, so definitely a different hole to what it was yesterday.

Q.  What time did you have to get up this morning?
LYDIA KO:
  I got up at 5:00, which is really not a nice time to wake up.

Q.  The chip on 14 in the morning, was that just right off the green?
LYDIA KO:
  Yeah, the pin was on the right side and I kind of short‑side myself.  There was kind of like a little hump and then the pin, so I thought I hit it to where I wanted to.
    
It ran out, so, yeah...

Q.  You said you birdied 13 before that?
LYDIA KO: 
Yeah.

Q.  How long a putt?
LYDIA KO:
  Like nearly a 40‑footer.

Q.  Really?  So that was your first hole today?
LYDIA KO:
  Yeah.

Q.  So you completed 12 yesterday?
LYDIA KO
:  Yeah, we did.  Yeah, the thing went off.


Rolex Rankings No. 32 Pornanong Phatlum (-7)

Q. Great round.
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Thank you.

Q.  Great up‑and‑down from the greenside bunker on 15, and then nice up‑and‑down on 16 from in the bunker for par.  Kind of give me idea of how that gave you some momentum coming in.  Obviously great tee shot on 17, too.
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Thank you.  Just be confident today.  I have a good confident with my putter and like short game today.
    
Yeah, and like today feeling good for today.  Relax.

Q.  5‑under par is very good today.
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah.

Q.  Not many are doing that.
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah.

Q.  What do you do so well you were able to do that?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  I think I have a good start today.  Yeah, like a birdie, birdie, and, yeah, make me like relax to play today.
    
Yeah, hitting very good today, and just try to be confident.

Q.  Any bogeys?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah, two bogeys:  No. 2, and three‑putt on No. 11.

Q.  Short game is one of the strongest parts of your game right now, or...
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  I think poor shot getting better.  I try to be confident with the short game to like make more birdie, yeah.

Q.  Do you feel you could come in tomorrow and do this again and win?
PORNANONG PHATLUM: 
I wish.  I try my best, yeah.

Q.  Do you think about that you're looking for your first win?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah.

Q.  A lot?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  A lot.

Q.  Does that make you nervous or will you be excited tomorrow?
PORNANONG PHATLUM: 
Yeah, I try to like don't pressure myself too much.  Going to make me nervous tomorrow.
    
Just try to be relax tomorrow and, yeah, try my best.

Q.  Your brother plays the Asian tour, right?
PORNANONG PHATLUM: 
Yeah, used to.

Q.  Oh, used to.  Now he's a full time caddie for you?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Not full time.  Like this week he not come.

Q.  Did you do anything different?  When did you notice things were starting to click for you?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  I'm like strong, like more with my body, like workout a lot.  Like everything is getting better and better, and, yeah, more confident.
    
Like a good game, but better.

Q.  You said you got stronger.  Did you change the way you worked out or anything?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Uh‑huh, yeah.  I have a trainer.  Like we do a lot.

Q.  How long have you had a trainer?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  I start two years ago.

Q.  Were you not hitting the ball as far before that?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah, before that like not consistent.  Yeah, like now more.

Q.  So are you weight lifting?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah.

Q.  Are you running, too?
PORNANONG PHATLUM: 
Yeah, run and body weights.

Q.  Cardio and weights and things?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Uh‑huh.

Q.  And how often does your brother caddie for you?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Last year four time, but this year he going to plan to like maybe just major tournament.

Q.  Oh, is that right?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah.  Maybe he want to be a businessman like.

Q.  So Wegman's?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  Yeah.

Q.  And U.S. Open?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  U.S. Open.

Q.  Great.  Okay.  He's his own man, he does his own thing, but did you want him to caddie more for you this year?
PORNANONG PHATLUM:
  It's up to him


Rolex Rankings No. 362 Pat Hurst (E)


Q. Interesting day for you.
PAT HURST:
  Yeah, definitely.

Q.  What club did you use?
PAT HURST:
  I used 9.

Q.  Any other details?  Did you celebrate?  We missed it.
PAT HURST: 
We did high five, yeah.  J‑Ro helped me.  Yeah, we celebrated.  It was not a beautiful picturesque day of hitting, but on that shot it was really nice.  (Laughter.)

Q.  How many in your career?
PAT HURST:
  Two.  Well, two on tour.

Q.  When was the other one?
PAT HURST:
  At Blackhawk.

Q.  2006 perhaps?
PAT HURST:
  I have no idea what year.  Yeah, I don't know.  Whenever we were at Blackhawk.

Q.  Do you ever actually, on a par‑3, look at the flag from the tee and say, You know, this looks doable; I can make this?
PAT HURST:
  I don't know.  I think I play aggressive.  I mean, I think you're always trying to hit it close.  Hopefully it goes in, but when I it does, it is a surprise.
    
But I don't know.  I definitely look at shots and see what it's going to do or try to simulate what I see in my mind.
    
A lot of times it doesn't work out that way.

Q.  Do you see it go in first or do you hear the roar of the crowd?
PAT HURST:
  You mean here?

Q.  Yeah.
PAT HURST:
  We saw it.  It was fun, a lot of fun.

Q.  Was there a wind blowing?
PAT HURST:
  It was.  It was downwind.  A little bit downwind, so...

Q.  What was it playing, the distance?
PAT HURST:
  I don't know, 151.  Does that sound right?  I think 151.

Q.  Would have been a nice finish here.
PAT HURST:
  Would have been.  Yeah, that was my day right there, so that tells you.  I didn't have one one‑putt, so...
    
And I was hitting it left.  If I can't putt them in, I might as well hit them in.


Rolex Rankings No. 53 Yani Tseng (-7)

Q. Got it going there late, didn't you?
YANI TSENG:
  I know.  It's okay.  But it's never too late to make some birdie.
    
On the last few hole I say to myself, Let's make some birdies to move up a little bit.
    
I didn't hit much iron that's getting close today.  I been really patient all day.  Trying to put my ball on the fairway, hit it close to the pin, and try to make a putt.
    
It's been like this all day.  I'm very happy the way I play, and I feel like I know what I'm doing on my now.
    
So it's good.  I'm exciting for tomorrow.

Q.  Only two or three back probably.  You like your position?
YANI TSENG: 
I like my position.  I'm very happy about this.  I don't worry about anything.  I just want to go out there and have fun and try to improve like little part of my swing and then my mental.
    
I think enjoy tomorrow is most important thing for me.

Q.  How important was the birdie on 18?
YANI TSENG:
  It's always cool to finish birdie on 18, especially in front of the big crowds.
    
I mean, for the score‑wise I don't feel ‑‑ it's just another birdie.  Just very happy to finish with birdie.
    
Tomorrow is another new day, so just work on my game and just try to have fun tomorrow.

Q.  Was it a good day to score in general?
YANI TSENG: 
Yeah, it's good day.  I had three birdie on the last four holes.

Q.  Three in the last four?
YANI TSENG:
  Yeah, so it's pretty good.  First 14 holes was a little bit up and down, try to make par.  I saved some good pars out there, too.
    
I been really patient all day, so I'm really happy about my game today.

Q.  Were the birdie putts relatively close?
YANI TSENG: 
Yeah, few birdie putt that was pretty close.  About 15 feet, like 15 to 12 feet.  I need to get my iron a little closer to the pin.
    
Like I say, I been really patient today and try to figure out what's wrong out there.  Just enjoy it.  Especially today with good like big crowd following us.  I was very happy and makes me more exciting about it.

Q.  How is your game going this year?
YANI TSENG:
  It's pretty good.  I work really hard, but only thing I can do is be patient and try to play the tournament and feel how I feel in the tournament.
    
I wasn't thinking much.  Still have half year, half season to go, so still very exciting.  Still got lots of patient on my golf.

 

 

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