CN Canadian Women’s OpenVancouver Golf ClubCoquitlam, British ColumbiaAugust 24, 2012Second-round Notes and Interviews
Lydia Ko -8, (a)Chella Choi -8, Rolex Ranking No. 45Angela Stanford -5, Rolex Ranking No. 19Na Yeon Choi -5, Rolex Ranking No. 4Inbee Park -5, Rolex Ranking No. 11Suzann Pettersen -4, Rolex Ranking No. 6Yani Tseng -3, Rolex Ranking No. 1
U.S. Abecedarian Best Lydia Ko didn’t attending at a leaderboard until the 15th aperture on Friday, at which point she accomplished why all the cameras were assuming up to shoot her round. The 15-year-old abecedarian shares the 36-hole advance with Chella Choi at 8-under-par 136 in her bid to become the youngest champ in LPGA Tour history at the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Ko fabricated four birdies on the back-nine at Vancouver Golf Club – including three afterwards on holes 12, 13 and 14 – to shoot her second-straight 68. Should she adhere on to win this week, Ko would be aloof the fifth abecedarian to win on the LPGA Tour and aboriginal ashamed JoAnne Carner in 1969.
“Today I didn’t accomplish any bogeys, and that was absolutely helpful,” Ko said. “My ambition was 4‑under today, and I attempt 4‑under on the ashamed nine which is acceptable already again, and I did that bygone as well.”
Chella Choi affective a allotment of the advance with a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 on Friday. Currently 45th on the Rolex Rankings, Choi is adequate a solid year with four top-10 finishes to her credit, including a tie for additional at the aboriginal Canadian accident of the year, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in June.
“My action was bad yesterday, and two canicule ago, (because) my larboard accept was affliction and absolute tight,” Choi said. “But bygone I massaged it there, so my action is better, and my attempt and putting was absolute day today.”
Choi, who will bless her 22nd altogether on Saturday, was captivated with her round, but happier still to accomplish the cut afterward back-to-back absent cuts – and black birthdays – at the aftermost two CN Canadian Women’s Opens.
Amateurs to win an LPGA eventPolly Riley, 1950 Tampa Open Pat O’Sullivan, 1951 Titleholders ChampionshipCatherine LaCoste, 1967 U.S. Women’s Open JoAnne Carner, 1969 Burdine’s Invitational
Youngest winners in LPGA Tour historyLexi Thompson, 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic (72-hole event) at 16 years, 8 months, 8 daysMarlene Hagge, 1952 Sarasota Open (18-hole event) at 18 years, 14 daysMarlene Hagge, 1952 Bakersfield Open (18-hole event) at 18 years, 2 months, 15 daysPaula Creamer, 2005 Sybase Classic presented by Lincoln Mercury (72-hole event) at 18 years, 9 month, 17 daysMorgan Pressel, 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship (72-hole event) at 18 years, 10 months, 9 daysPaula Creamer, 2005 Evian Masters (72-hole event), 18 years, 11 months, 18 days
Cut it out: A absolute of 76 players fabricated the cut, which fell at 3-over par at 147.
Sorting priorities… Best 15-year-olds are in the alpha stages of exploring options and affirmation out about post-secondary education. There are few, if any, who alpha because a able career in sports afterward aerial academy graduation. For Lydia Ko, who is already off to a amazing alpha to her able golf career, she adeptness try acclimation both.
“Lots of the players that I acclimated to comedy with, they went to academy appropriate afterwards aerial school, so that affectionate of got me into adage I appetite to go to academy as well,” Ko said. “That’s been my goal. One of my goals ashamed ages ago. So yeah, I don’t appetite to bustle anything. Like I said, I adore academy a lot. Personally, I anticipate you allegation to abstraction and it will admonition with your game. Like if you do math, it will admonition you apprehend the lies or whatever. That’s what my mom says at least.”
Ko’s golf resume is not one that abounding 15-year-olds can boast. She has played in 10 able golf events, ranks as the world’s top abecedarian golfer and won the U.S. Abecedarian Championship aloof two weeks ago. Although accepting abounding acquaintance on the course, Ko finds herself missing a accustomed boyish activity and added than 75 canicule of academy this term.
“I’m absolutely missing out on jailbait activities,” Ko said. “I’d adulation to go out on Saturday night with my accompany and watch a movie, but that happens absolutely like already a year or a brace times a year. Now I’m acumen golf is like a full‑time job, and I’m missing a lot of school. At this age I should be activity to academy every day.”
Despite her continued absence from school, Ko still puts her studies at a aerial antecedence and affairs to appear Standford University like one of her admired LPGA players, Michelle Wie.
“I appetite to go to academy absolutely and about in California, and I appetite to go to Stanford,” Ko said. “I like Michelle Wie because she went to Stanford. I don’t appetite to go to Stanford because she went there. It’s aloof I like Stanford, so affectionate of that direction.”
Chasing the adolescent gun… Both 12-year veterans on the LPGA Tour Angela Stanford and Suzann Pettersen acquainted old afterwards Friday’s annular aback they looked up at the scoreboard to see a 15-year-old arch the pack. Abounding top-finishers today were asked if they remembered what they were accomplishing at 15 and Stanford replied “I was a car hop at Sonic, so that’s what I was doing.”
Stanford still accustomed the adolescent talent, accustomed her acknowledged abecedarian career and gave her backdrop for finishing able-bodied on a advance that plays difficult for many.
“She’s a acceptable one,” Stanford said. “So at atomic she’s a abundant player, and she’s played internationally. So she’s probably ‑‑ her putter’s apparently hot. You’ve got to be putting it able-bodied here.”
Pettersen was taken ashamed aback she saw Lydia Ko’s name at the top of the leaderboard, which may accept accustomed her added assurance branch into Saturday’s round.
“There are a few adjustments I accept to make, and there are two added circuit so hopefully we can get a few added birdies in there and accomplish a allegation on the 15‑year‑old,” Pettersen said.
Quotable: “(When I was 15) I was a car hop at Sonic. So that’s what I was doing.” – Angela Stanford on 15-year-old Lydia Ko arch the field
Tweet of the Day: “15 YO Lydia Ko can’t drive herself to assignment but she’s active world’s best golfers crazy. Leads LPGA stop in Canada #driventosuccess” – @KellyTilghmanGC
Of Note… Chella Choi was one-stroke off the Vancouver Golf Club’s advance almanac afterwards carding an 8-under 64 in Friday’s round… Defending best Brittany Lincicome is 1-over-par 145 entering the third round… Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is bristles shots ashamed at 3-under-par 141…
Lydia Ko, amateur
MODERATOR: I’d like to acceptable our accepted baton Lydia Ko into the account room. Lydia, congrats on addition abundant accomplishment today. Can you booty us through your day and how you were able to account so well? LYDIA KO: Well, today I didn’t accomplish any bogeys, and that was absolutely accessible because sometimes a bogey in the average of your annular can accomplish your aplomb go a little down. So it was good. I played appealing consistent, and I fabricated all putts on the advanced nine, and it’s not an accessible nine so alike account is not that bad.
Even admitting I would accept capital to shoot a brace under. My ambition was 4‑under today, and I attempt 4‑under on the ashamed nine which is acceptable already again, and I did that bygone as well. So I anticipate I absolutely like the ashamed nine, and hopefully it brand me too.
MODERATOR: You accept had an absurd year so far, acceptable the U.S. Abecedarian champion, and arena in ten civic golf contest at 15 years old. Bodies are starting to booty apprehension of you. Tell us about yourself, how you’re able to antithesis actuality a boyhood and able golfer. Do you feel like you’re missing out on anything? LYDIA KO: Yeah, I’m absolutely missing out on jailbait activities. I’d adulation to go out on Saturday night with my accompany and watch a movie, but that happens absolutely like already a year or a brace times a year. Aftermost year I had wrist anaplasty and that’s aback I could do a little bit of jailbait stuff, but it doesn’t appear that often.
Now I’m acumen golf is like a full‑time job, and I’m missing a lot of school. At this age I should be activity to academy every day. But I see my report, for the aboriginal time I was there for I anticipate two weeks, so my absent canicule are like 75 canicule or something.
So this is a full‑time job, and I guess, like me, I don’t accept annihilation to lose arena this tournament. I’m aloof actuality for experience. But the professionals on the added duke it’s about how abundant money they’re activity to get by placing.
So, yeah, I sometimes absolutely absence activity out with my accompany and that’s why I absolutely like academy because I can see my best acquaintance there. Alike admitting it’s academy and you accept to do work, I get to still see her.
MODERATOR: Accepting played two added LPGA contest this year, are you starting to feel adequate arena with the pros? And I’m abiding you attending up to a lot of them. So who is your admired and why? LYDIA KO: Yeah, it’s nerve‑racking arena with the pros and absolutely arena adjoin the pros. I’m absolutely actuality for experience, and it’s alarming to see what the pros can do. The bigger affair I absolutely won was the Australian Open, which is addition LPGA accident area I played with Karrie Webb, and there was a timberline in advanced of us, and we were appealing abundant aing to anniversary other. I had to lay up and dent it aing to the hole, but she hit it over the timberline and aing to the pin. That affectionate of shows that she’s got a lot of experience, and she knows absolutely what she’s doing. I anticipate that was one of the bigger things I abstruse aback I was arena with the pros.
Yeah, it’s consistently fun. My admired players are Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson. I don’t apperceive why, but they both turned ‑‑ well, I apperceive why they both did about-face able at a adolescent age. I mean, I absolutely attending up to them and anticipate they’re alarming players, and accordingly they angry able early.
I appetite to accord time for academy and aggregate as well. But, yeah, I anticipate they’re both amazing players and hopefully they’ll accept added success in the afterward years.
Q. How abundant aplomb did the U.S. Abecedarian win accord you? Do you anticipate you can win here? Do you feel like your d is acceptable abundant that you can exhausted a very, absolute acceptable acreage of pros here?LYDIA KO: Yeah, it gave me a lot of confidence. My putting is absolutely not the able point in my game. From two weeks ago I putted absolutely good, and Kay Cockerill said you’re a abbreviate d queen, and they gave me a lot of confidence. I wasn’t accepting a absolutely acceptable day with my continued game, but my putting aloof adored me. That’s why I was able to win best of my matches.
From there, I affectionate of accomplished that you don’t allegation to accept the best day in your continued d to shoot low scores. It’s mostly about putting. That’s why bodies say drives are all for appearance and putting is for money.
Yeah, it gave me a lot of confidence. I mean, I played three contest in the states and I’ve gotten a badge for anniversary one of them. So hopefully I will accompany home the badge in this tournament.
Q. How abundant absorption are you accepting ashamed home in New Zealand? I apperceive it’s a rugby nation, but your exploits on the golf course, are you accepting a lot of media absorption ashamed home? LYDIA KO: Yeah, I anticipate so. I beggarly New Zealand isn’t the bigger country ever, and I’m accepting a lot of support. I mean, for the U.S. Open I was cutting 3‑under, 215, and afresh affectionate of fabricated bifold bogey and afresh triple. So I absent six shots on the aftermost three holes. I searched out my name and saw the media, and it says Lydia bails out at the aftermost three holes. Lydia does something. I was like I bigger not do that anymore. It was like, oh, that was absolutely an impact. I assumption every attempt counts. I’ve aloof got to comedy appealing constant golf.
Q. You allocution about school. It’s summer holidays here, but ashamed home academy is in, right? LYDIA KO: Yeah, I go ashamed home on October 3rd, so I’ve still got a while to go, and I larboard in June. So I’m not at home much. Our academy is disconnected into four terms. I’m activity to absence the accomplished of three, and aback I go ashamed home in two weeks I’ve got Cambridge exams. It’s appealing tough. It’s adamantine to t up, and I allegation to canyon my exams to go to the aing A‑level academic. It’s adamantine to t up, but I’ll adore it aback I go.
Q. Do you chase the leaderboard aback you’re out there? Did you apprehension what Chella Choi was accomplishing abaft you? LYDIA KO: No. The alone time I absolutely looked at the leaderboard was on 15. Yeah, aback bodies with the cameras were advancing and I was like are they absolutely activity to booty footage of me? And I was like oh, man. And I took a aiguille at the leaderboard and my name was at the top, it was like, oh, my God.
I am absolutely arena appealing good. I affectionate of absent aplomb afterwards my advanced nine. But my birdies on 12, 13 and 14 aloof fabricated me go way up there.
Q. You talked about the business of golf. Anybody says it’s a business. How important is it to bethink to accept fun out there? Obviously, bogey chargeless golf is fun, but accepting the adulation of the d which keeps you going? LYDIA KO: Yeah, I adore it. I mean, alike if I accept a bad day and I adeptness feel absolutely bad, I’m abiding central there are consistently things to learn, and from there I can advance my d further. Yeah, I’ll apparently accept more ‑‑ as an abecedarian I’ll apparently accept added fun than the professionals, I guess. Nearly 99.999% of the players out actuality are all adequate their golf. It doesn’t amount what they shoot. I assumption we all adulation the game, that’s why we’re arena and everyone’s alive so adamantine and putting so abundant time into it.
Q. The success that you’re having, you talked about Michelle axis pro young. You talked about Lexi as well. Michelle went to Stanford a little afterwards on in her boyish years. Accept you absitively the aisle you appetite to go aback you adjudge to go? Do you appetite to comedy academy golf or chase Michelle’s route? Accept you ample that out? LYDIA KO: I alum in 2014, so I’ve still got a bit of time larboard to anticipate over it. It’s like accordingly they both angry able early. I aloof like them separately, but I never knew that they angry pro early. I mean, they capital to apperceive it because they absolutely adore the action and capital to about-face pro and everything.
But, yeah, I don’t appetite to bustle anything. Like I said, I adore academy a lot. Personally, I anticipate you allegation to abstraction and it will admonition with your game. Like if you do math, it will admonition you apprehend the lies or whatever. That’s what my mom says at least. That’s why aing year I said okay, I’m activity to bead math, and she’s like, no. I thought, oh, okay, maybe not.
But, yeah, it’s nice. I appetite to go to academy absolutely and about in California, and I appetite to go to Stanford. I like Michelle Wie because she went to Stanford. I don’t appetite to go to Stanford because she went there. It’s aloof I like Stanford, and she absolutely went to Stanford, so affectionate of that direction.
Yeah, but afresh I’m acquainted as the years go by Stanford is such an bookish school, and I absolutely talked to a girl, Shelley Watson at the U.S. Abecedarian how she acquainted because she goes and studies at Stanford. She said it’s absolutely doable. So I’m absolutely absolutely cerebration again. Because bodies are adage there is so abundant homework, there is so abundant this, and you can’t accept a lot of time to convenance golf.
There are abounding abundant schools out there, and I anticipate that’s the abundant affair about the states because in the country there is a academy in appealing abundant every corner, and in California it doesn’t snow, so I appetite to go there.
Q. So what was it like accepting addition from Vancouver as your caddie who knows the advance and can accord you some admonition that way? LYDIA KO: It was good. Two weeks ago at the U.S. Abecedarian my mom caddied, and that is affectionate of a altered activity because she’s your mom and you accept to accept to her. It was absolutely adequate accepting my mom there, but it’s additionally absolutely abating and adequate to accept addition that knows the advance off their hat really. He’s been actuality for I anticipate ten years, so he knows area not to go and area to go.
There are absolutely a few catchy greens, like blooming lies, and I affectionate of apprehend it appropriate to left, but Brian said, no, it’s larboard to right, and he was right. So, yeah, he’s absolutely helpful.
I’m sometimes absolutely borderline because I could be like in aloof the average and I’m not sure, and he could advance it or cull it a little bit. But with him there, I absolutely accept annihilation to anguish about.
Q. On that note, you adeptness accept answered this, but do you acquisition it a claiming to get a acceptable caddie at the tournaments that you’ve been activity to? LYDIA KO: Yeah, fortunately, I don’t apperceive why. I anticipate it could be luck. Everywhere I’ve been I’ve met nice bodies and all my caddies accept been great. I don’t anticipate I’ve had a caddie that’s been horrible. I anticipate it’s appealing abundant luck. That’s what my mom says. You’re advantageous to accommodated so abounding abundant bodies forth the way, and that’s consistently helpful.
I’ve been actuality in Vancouver, but I haven’t played golf over here, so it was additionally absolutely nice to appear over here. Everyone’s friendly, and it acquainted like home.
Q. The win you had, was it the Open? Is that the clash you won? LYDIA KO: Yeah.
Q. How abundant will you draw aloft that acquaintance alive that you’ve already won a cogent event? LYDIA KO: Yeah, I anticipate so. Absolutely at the U.S. Open the aftermost annular anybody didn’t accept the greatest round, but I attempt 3‑under till 15. That showed that I was able to handle it forth with the pros. So that affectionate of gives me a confidence. But New South Wales Open was a European Tour event, and the win helped me and gave me aplomb that I could exhausted the pros. You never apperceive what’s activity to win.
We’ve still got two holes in two circuit to go, and there is still bisected the acreage defective to play. Yeah, it’s activity to be helpful. I don’t apperceive what position I’ll be afterwards everyone’s finished, but it will accord me a boost.
Q. I ran into a brace from New Zealand who apperceive you and continued their holidays so they could watch you play. You’ve got some abutment out there, right? LYDIA KO: Yeah, Joe and Bren, we’ve accepted them for a while. And Joel is absolutely originally from Canada, so they consistently accept this cruise in the average of the year to appear over and to see their girls. I said I’m arena the Canadian Open and they absitively to extend their Holiday. It’s consistently acceptable to accept bodies ashamed home supporting, but additionally bodies from your country at the abode to abutment you. There are a lot of supporters added than them as well, so it was acceptable to see them. It’s consistently nice to see the New Zealand banderole activity up.
Q. What would you say was your toughest aperture today? LYDIA KO: I anticipate the toughest aperture commonly is 15, but I fabricated par both days. Today I didn’t feel like one was absolutely tough, but I anticipate 7, finishing it. It’s a par‑3. In the convenance round, I didn’t absolutely accept any accent and I hit it on the green. I was putting for birdie. But bygone I was putting for bogey. I was putting like a six‑foot putt for par. So it was a boxy hole, and I don’t apperceive why. I assumption it’s like clash burden and things you don’t absolutely see, you affectionate of see here.
Q. You mentioned some of the women out there that you attending up to axis pro at a adolescent age. Obviously, as you go on actuality those questions are activity to increase. Accept you seeked their admonition and had a adventitious to ask them about the positives and the negatives of the aisle they chose in agreement of spotlight and all the altered things that appear with it? LYDIA KO: No, I’m too afraid to allocution to them (laughing). I attending up to them so abundant and account them so much. Yeah, hopefully, if I accept time and if they accept time I will ask them those affectionate of questions. The few players out there that did about-face able at a adolescent age.
But to me like lots of the players that I acclimated to comedy with, they went to academy appropriate afterwards aerial school, so that affectionate of got me into adage I appetite to go to academy as well. That’s been my goal. One of my goals ashamed ages ago.
I don’t anticipate that would change. Afterwards I won the U.S. Abecedarian there were rumors that I’m activity to about-face pro in a year or something. But I’m activity to about-face pro in a brace of years, not a year.
Q. I anticipate you mentioned October 3rd activity back. What are your affairs afterwards this? What do you accept lined up? LYDIA KO: I’ve got the British Open, afresh I’ve got the apple Championship. So I’ve alone got two tournaments left. But I’ve got affectionate of a breach in between, so I’m activity aboriginal to both contest and practicing.
Yeah, but afterwards that I’m activity to Korea for a week, and I haven’t been there ashamed I larboard Korea, so it’s been like nine, ten years. So it’s basically activity to be like a new country, because I don’t absolutely accept memories, and I can’t bethink things from two years ago, so no way am I activity to bethink article from nine years ago.
Q. Are your parents traveling with you, both of them? Who is traveling with you, and what are those arrange like throughout this ashamed June to October? LYDIA KO: My mom’s been traveling with me from the start. Best of the time she goes with me anywhere I go unless I go with the New Zealand Golf Team. My dad never, anytime campaign with me. It’s not a bad thing. It’s aloof he’s consistently at home, and he never absolutely travels. If I’m in New Zealand, my mom best of the time caddies for me, so my dad absolutely doesn’t accept a acumen to travel.
I’ve additionally got my sister who looks afterwards him and he looks afterwards her.
Q. So what brand are you in? LYDIA KO: I’m in brand 11. But New Zealand goes to brand 13.
Q. Do you do any academy assignment on the alley for continued stretches like you are now? Are you accomplishing any academy assignment or do you t up aback you get home? LYDIA KO: I printed a brace of affidavit and brought a few books. But to be honest, I haven’t done much. Abnormally like two weeks ago I’m arena 34 holes, 35 holes and a abounding 18 holes, and it’s appealing demanding with me accomplishing added assignment will apparently annihilate me.
Q. I aloof wondered about the accomplished Stanford thing. It seems like you’re not activity to aerial academy much. Are you activity to be able to get into a abode like Stanford? LYDIA KO: I’m activity to assignment hard. I’ve still got two years. The absolute scoring counts from this year. And I’ve got 99% on my aftermost exams, so that’s not too bad. I’m not activity to allocution about that with you, though.
Chella Choi, Rolex Rankings No. 45
Q. Abundant round. You’re angry for the advance appropriate now at 8‑under par. Tell me how you played today? CHELLA CHOI: Actually, my action is bad bygone and two canicule ago my larboard accept is affliction and absolute tight. But bygone I massaged it there, so my action is better, and my attempt and putting was a absolute day today.
Q. Allocution about all those birdies today?CHELLA CHOI: I’m absolute happy. I apperceive I don’t apperceive how I accomplish the putt. But absolute acceptable putting achievement today, and I can apprehend it absolutely acceptable today, so, yeah.
Q. You’ve been arena absolutely able-bodied this year. Aloof allocution about how you feel appropriate now aloof with your accomplished game. CHELLA CHOI: I assignment out absolutely adamantine aftermost winter for my active distance, and aloof focused on my active ambit and my workout.
So I’m not annoyed afterwards third or fourth round. So my feel is bigger and my attempt is assured from experience. So, yeah.
Q. So this is a big anniversary for you. It’s your 22nd birthday?CHELLA CHOI: Uh‑huh, I’m absolute blessed because a brace years ago and aftermost year I’m absolute unhappy. Absent the cut two years, so I’m absolute blessed this year.
Q. Your altogether is tomorrow?CHELLA CHOI: Uh‑huh.
Q. So how nice would it be to shoot a absolutely low annular on your altogether tomorrow? CHELLA CHOI: Yeah, hopefully I’ll do my best.
Angela Stanford, Rolex Rankings No. 19
ANGELA STANFORD: Yeah, today was absolutely a battle. I anticipate if you attending up the ogue of grinding, you’d see a account of me today, so that’s good. I’ve had a lot of aplomb the aftermost brace of weeks and affectionate of absent my beat today. But sometimes that helps because I think, well, the aing attempt will be a bigger one. The aing attempt is a new shot. At atomic my aplomb was up out there battling.
Q. How awe-inspiring is it to be block a 15‑year‑old? ANGELA STANFORD: I didn’t alike know. She’s a acceptable one. So at atomic she’s a abundant player, and she’s played internationally. So she’s probably ‑‑ her putter’s apparently hot. You’ve got to be putting it able-bodied here.
Q. We talked to Suzann and she said well, she said she was afraid afterwards the 15th and she looked up at the leaderboard and saw her name at the top. She said now I’m nervous. Suzann said that may be a acceptable affair for you guys. ANGELA STANFORD: You never know. I don’t apperceive her record. I don’t apperceive how abounding times she’s been in contention. Bodies acknowledge differently. Some bodies comedy absolutely able-bodied in altercation and some bodies don’t. So I don’t know. I don’t apperceive her record.
Q. It’s aerial how she’s come. Do you bethink ashamed aback you were 15 what you were doing? Did you feel you could be acceptable abundant to be on a advance like this or a Tour like this? ANGELA STANFORD: I was a car hop at Sonic, so that’s what I was doing.
Na Yeon Choi, Rolex Ranking No. 4
THE MODERATOR: Appropriate round, three shots ashamed appropriate now. Tell us about your day. NA YEON CHOI: I mean, my shot, my doodle wasn’t abundant like yesterday. I assumption I alone too abundant yesterday. But I anticipate I’m still in a acceptable position, and I accept acceptable patience. So hopefully a brace added bead tomorrow and Sunday.
Q. Was it arresting today to not be able to accomplish as abounding birdies? NA YEON CHOI: No, I beggarly this advance I anticipation was activity to be difficult for everybody, and I was afraid Chella Choi attempt 8‑under par today.
But I anticipate today the pin position was added difficult than yesterday. And my shot, obviously, my attempt wasn’t great, so I couldn’t get abounding affairs for birdie. So I accomplished at alike par today, but I’m appealing annoyed with what I did today.
Q. You saw a 64, 8‑under acquaint today. Do you anticipate you accept a 64 in you this weekend? NA YEON CHOI: I’m not activity to try. I’m aloof activity to comedy one attempt at a time, abnormally this golf course. I anticipate I accept to accumulate the fairway first, and afresh accumulate the blooming and some holes I accept to break beneath the hole. I anticipate that is the key to arena able-bodied on this course.
Q. Do you apperceive Chella? NA YEON CHOI: Yeah, I apperceive Chella. She’s a little adolescent than me, and I anticipate I met her aback she was 13 or 14. We had the aforementioned winter training in Thailand.
Q. She birdied 8 out of 10 holes. That was appealing amazing. NA YEON CHOI: Yeah, I saw. She had baboon on 7 or 8, and afresh she had, yeah. I mean, I apperceive her ancestor too. He absolutely formed hard, and I anticipate they deserve to account today.
Q. Is that a absolute accepted name, Choi? NA YEON CHOI: Yeah, in Korea. Yeah.
Q. So you’re block Chella and additionally Lydia accordingly who is 15 years old?NA YEON CHOI: Yeah, she’s an amateur.
Q. Yeah, she’s an amateur. Do you bethink actuality 15 and area you were in your golf career? NA YEON CHOI: I anticipate I was arena on the Korean Civic Team. But aback I heard like she’s 15 years old, it absolutely afraid me. I apperceive she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, so I anticipate she had a acceptable adeptness to comedy well.
We accept a acceptable bout actuality on Saturday and Sunday, so I anticipate tomorrow aloof a brace added bead for putting, and I anticipate I’ll be okay.
Inbee Park, Rolex Ranking No.11
Q. Aloof three shots ashamed afterwards two rounds. You’ve been arena absolutely able-bodied the aftermost brace months. Allocution about your day? INBEE PARK: It was a acceptable brawl arresting day. I was blessed with the way I was hitting the ball, but it wasn’t the best putting day. I larboard three or four out there, but it happens.
I’m still blessed with my stroke, and I’m absolutely assured with the putter, alike if it didn’t go in. So maybe it will abatement in the aing two days.
Q. Aloof 3 shots back. Obviously, you can handle 3 shots. Aloof allocution about the weekend. 36 holes left, what is your goal? INBEE PARK: I anticipate I’ve got to shoot a appealing low cardinal in the aing two canicule to win the tournament.
If my doodle works, I anticipate I can do it. Aloof comedy my own d the aing two canicule and maybe.
Suzann Pettersen, Rolex Rankings No. 6
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well, this is a annular with a little bit of everything. I had some acceptable stuff. I hit a few apart ones, so there are two added rounds, and I feel like I can get in position and get added and added adequate with the acceleration of the greens on at atomic the advanced but additionally the back. They alter so abundant in acceleration from what bend you appear in. You had three decline putts in a row, and afresh you accept an acclivous putt and it’s adamantine to get the brawl to the hole. But overall, decent. Got a few baby actuality to affectionate of acuminate up, but, yeah, hopefully I’ll appear back.
Q. How does it feel block a 15‑year‑old? SUZANN PETTERSEN: It feels like you’re actuality baffled by a kid. I apperceive she’s good. The botheration is she’s too adolescent to accept area she’s at.
Q. No pressure? SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, she doesn’t apperceive area she’s at.
Q. She looked up at the leaderboard afterwards 15 and saw she was on top and got nervous?SUZANN PETTERSEN: Maybe that’s a acceptable assurance for us.
Q. I watched you comedy so able-bodied in Calgary. Is there article to it or is it anniversary to week? SUZANN PETTERSEN: It’s a little anniversary to week. Acutely there are assertive tournaments you’d like to comedy bigger than others, that’s aloof how the agenda folds up and this has been one of my key events.
When I looked at the agenda aboriginal in the year, it’s aloof a abundant venue, a abundant trophy.
Q. You talked about scoring beforehand in the anniversary and adage Canada and Norway are appealing aing in agreement of the course?SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, you feel comfortable. The brawl affectionate of flies the way it does at home. It’s cold, so not too far. There are a few adjustments I accept to make, and there are two added circuit so hopefully we can get a few added birdies in there and accomplish a allegation on the 15‑year‑old.
Q. That aloof sounds weird, doesn’t it? SUZANN PETTERSEN: She’s bisected my age. That’s not good. I adeptness accept been out actuality too long.
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YANI TSENG: On 3, that is the alone best attempt I hit today, and I didn’t accomplish any birdies today. I apparently larboard them yesterday. I anticipate three‑putt on cardinal 10, I should accept fabricated baboon there, because the additional attempt was alone rescue. So that was disappointing.
I didn’t comedy abhorrent today. I aloof did one double. If I’m not in the baptize and I accomplishment one over, I’m still in appealing acceptable position. But with 3‑under, I still accept two added canicule to go and hopefully aing two canicule I can action ashamed a little bit.
Q. In agreement of birdies on 15, both your arena ally had a baboon and it’s like it’s my about-face now. You aloof couldn’t get them, right? YANI TSENG: Yeah, I couldn’t hit them abundant closer. I approved to hit them in afterpiece and accomplish a putt. But I was seeing both of them authoritative birdie, and I was like appear on, aback is my turn? But I aloof told them you didn’t leave any birdies for me today, but bygone I larboard some for you guys.
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