Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic Wednesday Notes and Interviews

Bahamas
Photo Credit: Gabe Roux

Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
Ocean Club Golf Course
Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
Wednesday Pre-Tournament Notes and Interviews
January 22, 2014

Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 3
Lydia Ko, Rolex Rankings No. 4

The 2014 LPGA season kicks off in paradise this week at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. The Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island hosts the event for the second year and features a star-studded field of 108 players competing over four days for a chance at a $195,000 first-place check and to etch their name on the tournament trophy.

Last year’s Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic winner Ilhee Lee joins four of the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings, who are slated to be in the field this week including No. 3 Stacy Lewis. Rolex Rankings No. 4 Lydia Ko will also be making her first appearance as an LPGA Tour member as she kicks off her rookie season in 2014.  Lewis won three times last season while Ko is certainly no stranger to winning either having captured victories at the past two CN Canadian Women’s Opens, both while still competing as an amateur.

Fresh start: Stacy Lewis doesn’t put her golf clubs away easily. So taking a much-needed, three-week break from the sport this past December required the No. 3 player in the world to come up with a few other activities to keep herself busy.

So what did Lewis do to prevent herself from getting the urge to work on a few swing drills? Besides keeping her clubs tucked away inside her travel bag, she found herself doing some home renovations.

“I actually painted a couple rooms in my house,” Lewis said of how she passed the time. “And I spent some time at the beach and went paddle boarding and really just got to kind of relax a little bit.  I still worked out with my trainer and went to the gym and did that kind of stuff, but the painting took up a lot of my time for a couple weeks.”

Lewis was one of the few players who likely didn’t want to see the 2013 season end. The 28-year-old Texas native finished the year on a surge, recording 10 straight top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour. She also played well in her final event in Dubai, coming close to picking up another victory. Still for how great a year Lewis had, there were two other players who had equally impressive 2013 seasons --  Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen. The three players really pushed each other to new heights and earned the nickname of the “The Big 3” on the LPGA Tour.

Lewis was asked if during her time off, she ever wondered what Park or Pettersen was doing during that span.

“I know they wouldn't be a painting a room in their house; that's for sure,” Lewis said with a laugh. “You know, I really didn't.  I've gotten to the point where I know what I need to do to prepare and I know what makes me play my best.  For me taking time off and getting away like that, that's what helps me prepare the best.

Ch-Ch-Changes! The last time that LPGA fans saw Lydia Ko, the 16-year-old was competing in her first event as a professional at the 2013 season-ending CME Group Titleholders in November. While that was only two months ago, a lot has changed for Ko over that stretch. She has been making the adjustments necessary to becoming a pro golfer and that has included signing an equipment deal with Callaway, partnering with a new swing coach and also hiring a new caddie.

Ko has also been trying to figure out with her family exactly where they will live in the States. It appears that Orlando will likely be the home base for the New Zealander but that decision, she says, ultimately won’t come down to her.

“I have no idea,” Ko said when asked when she might be looking to buy a home. “My mom is kind of in charge of that.”

Orlando seems to be a good fit considering that Ko will now be working with the David Leadbetter Academy with Sean Hogan serving as her primary swing coach there. In addition to finding a U.S. based swing coach, Ko also gained some veteran knowledge by hiring experienced caddie, Scott Lubin, who looped for Jack Nicklaus for a few years.

But through this process of making so many changes, Ko has learned that being a pro comes with a new set of challenges as well. Her decision to switch swing coaches from her longtime, Guy Wilson, to the U.S.-based Leadbetter Academy set off a media firestorm in her native New Zealand.

“I was so surprised,” Ko said of the reaction. “I didn't even know it would make a story, but it was like big news in New Zealand, especially within where I was.  Everyone was, oh, blah blah blah, and I was really surprised.

“But yeah, I guess a lot of people gave me advice saying this is what happens when you're up there.  It's not always going to be good.  There is going to be negatives, as well. I kind of tried to go past it then.  I talked to a couple other players, and they supported me.  I had to do what was the best for me and my situation, and a lot of other people gave me support in that, as well.”

Quotable No. 1: “A million bucks?  That gets everybody's attention. It's a good thing for the Tour.  We're going to be able to talk about it all year long.  It will be something that the fans can follow, media can follow.  It's one of those things that gets the LPGA kind of talked about more, and that's what we need.” – Stacy Lewis on the LPGA’s new season-long points competition, Race to the CME Globe.

Quotable No. 2: “A lot of people said, aren't you turning pro too early?  I think that was the biggest question.  Yeah, I guess winning Swinging Skirts kind of said, yeah, I was ready…I think just by winning that event, that kind of cleared off the what‑ifs a little bit.  And then the changing coaches was another set of what‑ifs.  Hopefully I'd better play well this part of the year and kind of get them away.” – Lydia Ko on winning the Swinging Skirts event in Taiwan in December, the second event that she competed in as a pro

Tweet of the Day: “So glad the 2014 season is here! Yes, it’s me and yes, I’m back on #Twitter. Very excited about the new year and ALL it brings.” -- @Stacy_Lewis, making her return to Twitter on Tuesday night.

Of Note…There are a total of 11 rookies in the field at this week’s Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, including Lydia Ko and 19-year-old Jaye Marie Green (who won the LPGA’s Final Qualifying Tournament in December)…Jenny Suh and 2005 U.S. Women’s Open champion Birdie Kim earned spots in this week’s field via the Monday qualifier. Suh shot a 5-under 67 to win the qualifier…The LPGA will debut its 2014 ad campaign on Thursday. Tune into the first-round coverage of the Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Golf Channel to see some of the new ads.

Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 3

THE MODERATOR:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you so much for joining us here.  We are very excited to be here at the 2014 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, and I'm very happy to be joined today by Rolex Rankings No. 3, Stacy Lewis.  Welcome to the Bahamas.  It's never a bad thing when you get to kick off the year in a place like this.
STACY LEWIS:  It is.  It's very nice to be in the Bahamas, but to start our season in January, it's a huge thing for this Tour.  It just kind of shows the momentum we have, and it's great ‑‑ the off‑season was a little short, but other than that, it's great to be here, and it's nice, you still feel like you're on vacation a little bit.

THE MODERATOR:  Speaking of that off‑season, when you have a little less time to prepare for the start of the year, did it change how you spent your off‑season?  Did you have to start getting ready earlier than you have in previous years?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I played Dubai in early December, and then I took three weeks off and didn't touch a club for three weeks.  I kind of forced myself to do that.  I wanted to keep playing, but I know that that time is important.  I didn't play for three weeks and then came back pretty much right after Christmas and got back at it.
          
I think I started about the same time, but it was just a little more intent in the practice.  It wasn't just going out and hitting a few balls.  I was really kind of working on some stuff.
           
But I've been ready to go.  Last week I was sitting at home, I was like, I just want to go play.  I've been itching to get playing again, and I'm excited to get some rust off and get the momentum going.

THE MODERATOR:  Speaking of getting back at things, I'm on Twitter and I know a lot of people here are on Twitter, and we noticed last night that you are back on Twitter.  Can you just kind of talk a little bit about what that decision was to get back on Twitter?  I know you had a nice dialogue with fans last night about your reasoning for coming back.
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, it was something I wanted to do, and it was something I wanted to do in my own time.  At the end of last year I just needed some time to myself, and I needed to figure a few things out off the golf course.  You know, the last few years it's really been a learning experience, and I needed to kind of evaluate what had happened and how I was going to learn from it and move on, and that's what I did this off‑season.  So part of that was I needed to get back on Twitter.  I needed to get connected with the fans again, and really for the Tour, I know I need to be there for that, too.
           
I'm going to do a little better job, do it a little different this time, but I got a great response last night, so I'm excited about getting going with it again.

THE MODERATOR:  When you think about that, the past year has been really different for you in terms of taking over No. 1 in the world, kind of rising up to that top spot.  Has it really taken some time to adjust to all the attention that comes with that and kind of really understand the new spotlight that you're under being in that position?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, the last two years when I really think about it, I mean, it's really happened pretty quick.  You know, it seemed to be learning just little things along the way.  You kind of figure out how to handle it out on the golf course and then figure out how to handle it off the golf course and figure out how to put it all together.  It's just really been a learning process, and that's all I can really take from it is just to keep learning and keep trying to do things better.  That's what I'm doing with my golf game every day, so I'm going to keep trying to do that off the golf course, as well.

THE MODERATOR:  You've worked so hard at getting your game up to the elite level.  Last year we started talking about the big three on the LPGA Tour:  Inbee Park, you and Suzann Pettersen.  What has it done do you think for this game to have three players kind of compete at that elite level at the same time?  And I know those two aren't in the field this week, but do you look at that as a chance to get yourself off to a great start and get ahead of them in this year's season?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, you know, last year was a lot of fun.  When you've got threes players playing well like we are, it's great for us.  I want to play them when they're playing their best because that's going to make me better, too.  It's been great for the game and great for the Tour to have three players kind of jockey back and forth, but we're also from all over the world, and that just shows what our Tour is and what we're doing.
           
But it's cool just to be a part of that, and to kind of carry that American flag has been nice.  I think we've got some young players coming up, and I think the big three could maybe get shuffled around or could be adding more players this year.  I don't think I've seen a year in recent years where the Tour has so much momentum and so many story lines headed into a year.  I'm excited about this year and for the Tour in general.

Q.  You said something about how it was hard to lay off because you were hitting it so well.  You had 11 consecutive top 10s; is that right?  Can you tell us what you did do to stay away from the golf course?  What occupied your time?
STACY LEWIS:  I actually painted a couple rooms in my house, and I spent some time at the beach and went paddle boarding and really just got to kind of relax a little bit.  I still worked out with my trainer and went to the gym and did that kind of stuff, but the painting took up a lot of my time for a couple weeks.

Q.  How did you keep away from the clubs?
STACY LEWIS:  Well, the first probably week and a half was pretty easy.  I think that was ‑‑ I was getting back from Dubai, still trying to adjust to the time, and then the ‑‑ I actually kept my clubs in the travel bag and did not take them out until I used them again, so that was kind of my way to not really even see them.

THE MODERATOR:  One other exciting thing that we have this season that is going to be new on the LPGA Tour is the Race to the CME Globe, the season‑long points competition where the winner at the end has a chance at a million‑dollar prize, largest in all of women's golf.  How do you think that is going to change this Tour, and how do you think it's going to change the approach of players as they look at a season?  I guess is it really affecting how you're looking at your schedule, as well?
STACY LEWIS:  I mean, as far as my schedule, I don't think it affects things too much early in the year.  I think people are going to play kind of what they feel they can play in, but I think at the end of the year, as we go to Asia, I think it's going to get players' attention a little bit more.  You're going to kind of be looking where you are on the points list.  I think mathematically it's top nine to realistically have a chance at CME.  Something I thought about, too, is sometimes we go into CME a little bit tired from all the traveling and all the playing in Asia, so I think people need to be a little bit more fresh going into CME; I think that'll be a big thing.  But it's a great thing.  A million bucks?  That gets everybody's attention.
           
It's a good thing for the Tour.  We're going to be able to talk about it all year long.  It will be something that the fans can follow, media can follow.  It's one of those things that gets the LPGA kind of talked about more, and that's what we need.

THE MODERATOR:  They've been talking about the LPGA's momentum and it seems that others are noticing that, and with the announcement of the race, kind of how have you noticed that in terms of media, and all of a sudden now people are mentioning the LPGA and really kind of talking about this product as a whole?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I've had a lot of people come up to me and say, what's this million dollar thing, so I think it's a headline with the million dollars, it seems to get their attention for some reason.
           
Just look at the announcement we did for that.  I didn't go, but a bunch of players, they were all over Golf Channel, they were all in New York, Today Show.  Four years ago there was no way we were getting on the Today Show.  We're doing things, and we're definitely moving in the right direction.  I'm just excited to be a part of it, and to have an opportunity to affect this Tour and to keep ‑‑ we're not done yet, to keep moving and getting it better.

Q.  Last year was a challenge with the weather.  What are you looking forward to this year?  It is beautiful.
STACY LEWIS:  It is beautiful.  We've got the wind today, though, but it looks like no rain.  It's nice to just play this golf course the way it was designed to be played.  It really is a good course, too.  It's in really good shape right now.  The greens are pretty grainy, but it's what I've been playing on in Florida the last few weeks.  I'm used to that, but overall it's a good course.  You've got to hit some ‑‑ drive it well, and then the approach shots into the greens, you've got to be able to control it with the wind.  It'll definitely be a test for everybody.

Q.  In your three weeks off when you're painting your room are you by yourself ever thinking, I wonder what Inbee is doing right now, I wonder what Suzann is doing?
STACY LEWIS:  I know they wouldn't be a painting a room in their house; that's for sure.
           
You know, I really didn't.  I've gotten to the point where I know what I need to do to prepare and I know what makes me play my best.  For me taking time off and getting away like that, that's what helps me prepare the best.

Q.  Following that up, when you and Suzann were paired with Inbee in the first two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open and she was smoking hot there, after that you and Suzann both responded with big runs.  Were they connected do you think?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I mean, I think Suzann and I both walked away from the U.S. Open with some frustration.  I made the cut and didn't play very well, but she missed the cut.  So I think we both left there with some motivation to finish out the year strong.
           
Inbee leaves there kind of on a high, and it's a whirlwind, and she's in a completely different place than the two of us.  I just think more than anything we left there with motivation because I know none of us wanted to let Inbee win all the majors.  So I think we all left there with that extra motivation to work harder, and I know that's when Suzann went on her run after that, and I played well at the British and finished out the year good.
          
Inbee just opened everybody's eyes to what was really possible and how to do it and how to handle the pressure and handle the media and still get it done.  She really showed us that it could be.

THE MODERATOR:  You mentioned earlier, we keep talking about the big three, but there's a lot of other players who seem to be coming up and might also provide a good challenge this year.  We've got Lydia Ko coming in for a press conference right after you, No. 4 in the world as a rookie.  When you look at her game, and I know you were there at her first victory at the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2012, what does she bring now being a full‑time member of the Tour, and what is it that has impressed you the most about how she's played?
STACY LEWIS:  You know, there's nothing really with her game that blows you away.  You look at Inbee with her putting, or Lexi, the distance that she hits the ball.  They kind you blow you away a little bit.  But Lydia just seems to get the ball in the hole quicker than anybody else, and that's the best thing I can say about her.  She'll be going along and going along, and she'll make a few putts, and next thing you know she's 5‑ or 6‑under.  She has a great demeanor about her.  You'd never know she was as successful as she was at a young age, and she seems to handle it all really well.
           
It's refreshing, and it's nice to see.  She's very humble.  She doesn't think she's as good as she is.  You know, really I think the sky's the limit.  I think it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment playing week in and week out on our Tour, but once she figures that out, I think that will probably be No. 1 in the world sometime in the future.

THE MODERATOR:  I know you talk about adjustments; Lexi Thompson blows you away with some of her skills, but she's another one that kind of emerged at the end of the year.  As you see her emergence as one of the top Americans and you've talked about other Americans kind of stepping up their game, what does that mean for American golf, now that she's seeming to find all aspects of her game and putting it all together?
STACY LEWIS:  It's huge.  Lexi, she's kind of like a Michelle Wie; if Lexi is up there, people are paying attention.  She's got that wow factor.  Her clothes and the outfits and how far she hits it and all that kind of stuff, she's got that factor that people want to watch her.  People want to watch her play.  She's taken ownership of her putting.  I played with her at Solheim Cup.  We played together.  Her ball‑striking is unbelievable.  She hits it so good.
           
I sat there and said, when she figures out her putting, she's going to be one of the best players on this Tour.  Her game is coming around, and I think she's going to be a force for a long time to come.

THE MODERATOR:  One thing that's very exciting for the LPGA Tour this year is the International Crown, and talking about the American team and Lexi being on it, what excites you about the International Crown?  I know that team could change a little bit in the coming weeks.  The U.S. Team looks like it could be one that could be really tough to make.  The teams will be decided after the Kia Classic and announced at Kraft.  How excited are you about this team and what you'll be able to do in this first ever event?
STACY LEWIS:  Yeah, I'm anxious to see how the event turns out.  It's kind of a weird format with the points and everything.  Playing all these other countries, I don't think anybody really knows how it's all going to play out.
           
As far as the U.S. Team, I'm excited.  Lexi is going to be there, and then Paula and Cristie have some work to do.  You've got Lizette and Angela kind of nipping at their heels a little bit.  I think the U.S. Team is going to jockey a little bit.
           
But I'd like to see someone like Lizette get on that team just to get the experience in playing in some big events like that, that I think could help her going into the majors and the big events and especially Solheim in a couple years.

Lydia Ko, Rolex Rankings No. 4

THE MODERATOR:  Good afternoon, everyone.  We would like to welcome Rolex Rankings No. 4, Lydia Ko.  Have you gotten used to having that low of a number by your name, being that high in the World Rankings yet?
LYDIA KO:  No, not at all.  I don't think it's something you kind of get used to.

THE MODERATOR:  First off, welcome to the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, your first event as an LPGA member, starting off your rookie year.  You've played so often out here on the LPGA Tour over the past two seasons.  Do you feel like a rookie this season, or does it feel any different as you come into this week?
LYDIA KO:  Not really, but then I have this kind of feeling inside going, oh, I'm finally an LPGA rookie.  Yeah, I guess things came really fast, and yeah, I'm just really enjoying the moment.

THE MODERATOR:  The last time we saw you was at the CME Group Titleholders at the end of last season, your first event as a professional.  You've spent the last couple months getting used to being a professional and doing all the things that it takes, getting sponsors, getting all that put together.  Let's talk first off about kind of sponsors.  I know you went with Callaway.  What was kind of the decision making behind that and how excited are you to be using Callaway clubs?
LYDIA KO:  I went and visited Callaway just before Evian, and yeah, it was a good experience.  I went just before CME, and yeah, they had the new clubs out, the 2014 stuff, like the Big Bertha.  Yeah, I hit them, and they felt really good.  They didn't feel that different compared to my old stuff.
           
Yeah, I kind of fell in love right there, and I said to my mom, "We're going with Callaway."

THE MODERATOR:  I know a new coach, as well, working with David Leadbetter.  How excited are you to be working with him, and kind of what was that decision making?  I know it's never easy making those decisions and making changes like that.
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I've been working with Sean and David.  I was working with them last week.  Yeah, a lot of people are like, suddenly big changes.  After turning pro you're doing this, this and this different, but I love a challenge, and I personally don't like my coach being there at a tournament.  Because Guy would have been based in New Zealand, it's hard for him to come over on a week off, and he said we could work it out and he could come to tournaments, but because I wasn't a player that liked that kind of situations, I thought it would be better to get a coach near where I would be based.

THE MODERATOR:  And Orlando is now going to be home, kind of your home base, or have you not quite decided yet where you're going to have home base in the U.S.?
LYDIA KO:  I think highly likely Orlando, but we haven't got a house yet.

THE MODERATOR:  Still looking at all of that?  It's not easy to make those transitions coming from halfway across the world and making sure you get adjusted for a season, but it seems like it's off to a good start.
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, everything is different pretty much.

THE MODERATOR:  One other thing:  New caddie.  What goes into choosing a caddie for you?  What were the important things, and talk about who your new caddie is.
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I have Scott on my bag, Scott Lubin, and he caddied a couple times or a couple years for Jack Nicklaus, that name everybody knows.  He caddied out on the PGA TOUR and Web.com, as well, and yeah, I think he was about to move and caddie again on the PGA TOUR, but my manager Jay said, how about this, and we kind of ‑‑ this kind of happened right now.
           
Yeah, it's not what I really look ‑‑ I kind of look at what I need and what my game is, and I see what my weaknesses are, especially like windy conditions like it is today, I might need help with club selection and how much extra yardage I need from the wind, and I kind of needed a caddie where he could actually support me and I would be able to hit the ball confidently.

THE MODERATOR:  I know also you're paired with Stacy this week.  Stacy was there the first time that you captured a victory at the CN Canadian Women's Open, and now she's one spot ahead of you at No. 3 in the world.  How do you learn from players like her, and what's it like now to see yourself grouped up with that top three of the players on the LPGA Tour?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I can't believe it.  Like even last week I was practicing and I was watching Suzann hit some balls, and I'm like, wow, I'm actually hitting next to Suzann.  I played with Stacy for the first time at the U.S. Open, I think not last year but the year before, and I was really nervous.  I think ‑‑ it's the same feeling, but to kind of have known her a little better than I did two years ago, it kind of makes it more better and more relaxed.

Q.  I understand there's a little story behind your going with Sean and David.  Is there a connection with Hee Young Park that led you there?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, well actually my dad, like he went around researching, and he saw a couple of Hee Young's stories, stories that she said, and she said that Sean ‑‑ because she's being coached by Sean, and Sean was very specific, and he kind of could pick out the small little differences.  Yeah, that's what I think my dad loved about it.  So my dad said, oh, this might be good.  Obviously everybody knows David Leadbetter, as well.  I asked Hee Young how Sean was, and she said obviously he was good, so I got his email, and we kind of talked from there.

Q.  Making the change, obviously there was a strong reaction to it in New Zealand.  I was wondering if you were surprised by that, and once a player gets to your notoriety, there's going to be a lot of scrutiny on every little decision.  Have you learned something about what it's going to be like?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I was so surprised.  I didn't even know it would make a story, but it was like big news in New Zealand, especially within where I was.  Everyone was, oh, blah blah blah, and I was really surprised.
           
But yeah, I guess a lot of people gave me advice saying this is what happens when you're up there.  It's not always going to be good.  There is going to be negatives, as well.
           
Yeah, I kind of tried to go past it then.  I talked to a couple other players, and they supported me.  I had to do what was the best for me and my situation, and a lot of other people gave me support in that, as well.

THE MODERATOR: This year on the LPGA Tour it's going to be a little different in that we have the race to the CME Globe, a season‑long points competition.  You're already excited because it's your rookie year and you get to compete for things you hadn't been competing for before, but what is it like to have the possibility of a million‑dollar prize check out there for the winner of the season long points race?
LYDIA KO:  Yeah, I guess it's like a two‑for‑one package.  Rookie season, I'm having fun, a whole new system came out.  Yeah, it was really cool.  I saw it in the news, and yeah, it's really good for the Tour and for every player.  They're more determined to win, I guess.
           
Yeah, it's about consistency, as well, but I'm just going to try and enjoy it, and like strategically nothing has really changed.

THE MODERATOR:  You're not thinking about that million dollars?  We already joked at CME how it would be different for you to have a paycheck at the end, so I'm sure a million dollars would be a lot of money at the end of the season.
LYDIA KO:  Definitely more than I've ever earned.  Yeah, it would be great, but so many players who are in contention.  It's going to be hard to get there, but yeah, like I said, I'm just going to try my best and see.

THE MODERATOR:  When you head into your rookie year, do you set goals for yourself in terms of everyone talks about the Rookie of the Year award or wanting to win golf tournaments?  You've won two LPGA tournaments already, so you come in a little bit more experienced than some rookies do, but do you put specific numbers in your mind of what you want to accomplish, or are those not things that you do when you're approaching the year?
LYDIA KO:  I take it week by week, and stuff like Rookie of the Year, they're kind of presented at the end of the year, so that will be something I will think about later in the year.  I guess it's a work in process to get there.  But yeah, it's just week by week, playing my best.  Some courses may fit me better than others.  I haven't played over three quarters of the courses on the Tour, and there's 32 tournaments this year, so it's going to be a whole different feeling.
           
Yeah, I played less than 20 tournaments last year, which is going to be totally different to this year.

THE MODERATOR:  Speaking of golf courses, does this one seem to suit your eye?  You played a little bit out there so far.  What do you think of the golf course and how it fits your game?
LYDIA KO:  It's really nice.  I won Swinging Skirts where they had a little bit of grainy greens, so I guess grainy greens out here, and yeah, I haven't played in the paspalum grass before, so that's a bit new.  I don't know if I have and I don't know, but yeah, that's a bit new, especially with chipping, and sometimes it gets really sticky.  Yeah, it's really nice, especially because some of the courses have long rough, but it's moderate here, which is good.

Q.  When a player turns professional, there's always a question about how they'll respond versus how they played as an amateur.  Did you have questions about that, and did you answer them at Swinging Skirts?
LYDIA KO:  You know, a lot of people said, aren't you turning pro too early?  I think that was the biggest question.  Yeah, I guess winning Swinging Skirts kind of said, yeah, I was ready.  But no, I didn't have that coming.
           
Yeah, I think just by winning that, that kind of cleared off the what‑ifs a little bit.  And then the changing coaches was another set of what‑ifs.  Hopefully I'd better play well this part of the year and kind of get them away.

Q.  Have you ever been to the Bahamas or the Caribbean before?
LYDIA KO:  No, I haven't been in this area before, but it's so nice.  The water color is totally different.  Yeah, I was getting physio one day back at home, and my physio said, oh, you should go down to the islands just next to Orlando and Miami, and I said, I am.  He didn't know what it was called.  I was like, I am actually going to Nassau.
           
Really nice.  Hopefully the weather stays nice, none of what happened last year, and yeah, it should be good.

Q.  Have you done anything fun while you've been here?  Have you been on the water slides or anything like that?
LYDIA KO:  No, most of the time I go to nice places I seem to visit the golf course only, which is pretty sad, but maybe we can switch it around, go to the slides.

Q.  As far as finding a home in Orlando, when are you looking to buy a place and move?
LYDIA KO:  I have no idea.  My mom is kind of in charge of that.  She would probably be able to answer that question much better than me.

Q.  As far as changing to Callaway, I saw a story but I still don't know what you're actually playing.  Could you kind of go over what's in your bag for us?
LYDIA KO:  X Hot 2 was the same driver I used in CME Swinging Skirts.  The Big Bertha Pro woods, 3‑wood and 5‑wood, and the X Hot 2 hybrids, pro and the normal one mixed, and XF Pro irons, Mack Daddy 2 wedges, and the 330 mallet putter, Odyssey.

THE MODERATOR:  You sounded like a very good equipment rep right there.  Pretty impressive to be able to recite those.

Q.  What ball?
LYDIA KO:  Titleist Pro v1's.

THE MODERATOR:  Thank you so much for joining us today.  Hopefully you continue to enjoy your rookie season, and best of luck this week, and hopefully it gets off to a great start.

Topics: Notes and Interviews, Lewis, Stacy, Ko, Lydia, Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic