HSBC Women's Champions First-Round Notes and Interviews

HSBC Women’s Champions
Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course
Singapore
First-Round Notes and Interviews
February 26, 2014

Karrie Webb -6, Rolex Rankings No.
Paula Creamer -5, Rolex Rankings No. 11
Caroline Hedwall -5, Rolex Rankings No. 22
Angela Stanford -4, Rolex Rankings No. 19
Inbee Park -2, Rolex Rankings No. 1
Lydia Ko +1, Rolex Rankings No. 4


World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb got off to a solid start in Singapore this week and shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the HSBC Women’s Champions.
Webb leads No. 11 Paula Creamer and No. 22 Caroline Hedwall by one shot.

The Australian got off to a torrid start picking up four of her six birdies in the first six holes.

“Yeah, definitely set the tone and I think for me, anyway, on this course, I find it quite tricky to trust where you've got to hit it off the tee, and it leaves some challenging iron shots in from some long distances out on the par 4s,” said Webb. “For me, getting off to a good start really allowed me to settle in and trust my game plan for the rest of the day.”

Webb, who already has a win this season at the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open, said she loves returning to Singapore not only for the golf. The 39-year old won this event in 2011 when it was held across town at Tenah Merah Country Club.

“Yeah, it is a different situation, but I've always enjoyed coming to Singapore,” said Webb. “I think it's a great city and I'm a bit of a foodie, so I love going and trying all different foods this week. So I do enjoy it here.  And it's nice, too, because there's a lot of Aussies in Singapore.  So I always have quite a big following out there which is fun.”

Two-time European Solheim Cup Team member Caroline Hedwall was the early leader in the clubhouse after turning in a 5-under 67. She used a 25-foot and 36-foot putts and a string of three-consecutive birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 to push her up the leaderboard.

“On and off I was on the leaderboards, I saw that I was still up there so I just had to stay patient, which I did, and it was just nice to get up there and get the three birdies in a row,” said Hedwall. “Then it was just a solid good start, and then I'm happy with that and hopefully I can keep that momentum for the rest of the week.”

Creamer followed Hedwall into the clubhouse at 5-under as well and said the windy conditions at Sentosa Country Club suits her game well. Creamer is trying to snap a winless streak that dates back to the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. She had a third place finish in Singapore last season.

“I played well,” said Creamer. “I didn't hit the ball that great on the back side, but made some birdies, and you know, I really enjoy this golf course.  It just fits my game really well and I love how it's playing really windy, makes it just so much tougher. You have to really think a lot out here and that kind of has always been Colin, my caddie and I's strong suit.  It does, it matches well.  Having a good tournament here last year is always nice coming into it, and you feel good, you feel good about the golf course.”

World No. 1 Inbee Park shot a 2-under 70 while No. 2 Suzann Pettersen is tied for 12th after a 1-under 71.

“I think my strategy today going into the greens was really good, so I'm not going to change my ball-striking plan,” said Park. “I'm just going to try to read the greens a little bit more carefully.  They seem to not have much break.”

Defending champ and No. 3 Stacy Lewis struggled in her opening round after carding a 3-over 75. The top-ranked American is nine shots off the lead.


Enjoy the ride:
At this stage in her career, Karrie Webb has learned to just enjoy the ride. The Hall of Famer admitted on Thursday that it took her a while to cherish her accomplishments as they came instead of continuously expecting even more from herself.

“I'm definitely at a stage in my life where those things will happen on their own if I play well,” said Webb. “You know, 15 years ago, I would have been waking up every morning and wondering or working towards whatever it took to be No. 1.”

Webb notched her 40th career LPGA Tour victory in the second event of the season at the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open and said she doesn’t set her sights on goals like a No. 1 ranking or other records.

“Fortunately I've been there, done that, so if it happens again, that's wonderful,” said Webb. “I'm just trying to keep up with the young kids and give myself as many opportunities as I can to win and enjoy it.  We're talking about the Top-10 streak record that I have, and I can tell you that I didn't enjoy my golf nearly as much as I should have back then.”


Sense of belonging:
Caroline Hedwall had her best season on the LPGA Tour last year and a breakout performance at the Solheim Cup after becoming the first player in history to go 5-0. After a solid 2013, she said she developed a sense of belonging on Tour.

That's when I really realized I belong on the LPGA,” said Hedwall. “I was Top 15 on the Money List and played decent golf.  I just didn't get that win.  I had three top threes and I had a great week at the Solheim Cup.  So I just really felt like I belonged and this week I'm obviously looking for my first win on the LPGA.”

After three seasons on Tour, Hedwall is still playing for her first win and said she thinks her work on the greens is the element holding her back.  

“Well, I know my ball striking is good, so I just need to putt better,” said Hedwall. “But at the same time, I know I'm going to put enough practice on putting, so that's my main focus to just get the hours done.”

Asked if she has her sights on winning majors in her career or ascending to a No. 1 ranking the Swede said she won’t get too far ahead of herself and tries to play in the present.

“Well, of course, in the future but I want to take one step at a time,” said Hedwall. “The first goal is to win on the LPGA and then I can start talking about majors.”

“It's kind of being ahead of yourself when you start talking about majors when you have not even won on the LPGA first,” Hedwall added. “I'm going to take one step at a time and I hope my golf career is going to be a long one.  Like I said just take one step at a time and now my first goal is to win out here.”


Big purchase:
Caroline Hedwall took some time off from golf this off season and said she thought she needed a rest more than anything. The 24-year old said she went skiing and made one of the biggest purchases of her life which will keep her busy the rest of the season.

“I've just been working hard and then actually I think I just needed a break for off-season,” said Hedwall. “I just took three weeks off just to not think about golf for awhile, and I went skiing and actually bought an apartment in Sweden and got to focus on that, so that's really nice. I haven't been sure if I wanted to move to the U.S. or stay?  Sweden, so obviously it's a big thing to buy my first apartment.”

Hedwall said she hasn’t had much time to do any decorating, but the fourth-year LPGA Tour member said she’s pretty handy around the place

I've been changing some doors and changing wallpapers in the living room and stuff,” said Hedwall. “I just enjoy doing that. Yeah, I really enjoy that.  So that's what I'm looking forward to next week when I go back home again to do some of that.”


Quotable: “
Well, I don't think it was even made a big deal of.  I didn't even know I held had the record until a couple years ago and Sun-Young Kim had a couple Top 10s in a row and that's the first time I even knew about it.  But if I know me at that time in my career, I was probably more annoyed that I didn't have more wins and converted more wins out of those Top 10s. 

So now I do appreciate how good I played, and if I can have two or three Top 10s in a row, I'm on a roll.  So having 16 is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself I guess.” –Karrie Webb on holding the all-time record for most consecutive top-10 finishes. She recorded 16 in a row during the 1998-1999 seasons.

 

INBEE PARK, Rolex Rankings No. 1

Q.  Inbee, how was your golf today?
INBEE PARK:  It was a very good day today.  It wasn't a bad putting day but I hit the ball great today.  I gave myself a lot of opportunities at birdie.  This is a very tough golf course, and I had a couple of great putts today, except for I think everything was pretty smooth.  And I didn't get myself in big trouble so that's good.

I think the ball-striking was actually really good. I think my iron shots were really good today.  I think I probably left maybe four or five putts out there.  But these greens are very tricky to read.  But three more days to go and hopefully my putts will fall the next three days.

I think my strategy today going into the greens was really good, so I'm not going to change my ball-striking plan.  I'm just going to try to read the greens a little bit more carefully.  They seem to not have much break.

Q.  How difficult was it?
INBEE PARK:  The wind was blowing, but I think it was quite a tough golf course itself.  I think I played quite good today.  I had good ball-striking.  I had a couple of 3-putts but other than that it was very good today.

This golf course is not exactly a short golf course, but there is a few holes that you need to hit 3-wood or 5-wood off the tee.  I think you have to be really smart on this golf course, and obviously with the greens, you need to place yourself in a good position.

I think the greens were a little bit quicker today than in the practice round and with the dry weather it's going to get tougher and tougher, so you have to get used to the greens.

 

LYDIA KO, Rolex Rankings No. 4

Q.  Thoughts on your golf today?
LYDIA KO:  I struggled with my putting.  I didn't make too many birdies but I hit the ball pretty well, so I couldn't make a complete mess.  I know how wind it can get so it was creating shots.

Q.  How were the shots on putting today?
LYDIA KO:  It is pretty tricky out here because the greens are quite quick but I wasn't reading the greens that well, so that always does bring birdies.  So I'm going to do some practice and hopefully it will get better tomorrow.

Q.  How were today's conditions on the course?
LYDIA KO:  I think the course is great.  I've never played here before this year but I heard a lot of good things about it.  The greens are perfect.  The fairways are great and the weather is supposed to be nice with the cool breeze.

The wind makes it harder but I quite like it with the wind.  I know how hard it is with the wind and with the wind it makes it cooler.  So I played the Pro-Am in the wind.

Q.  What do you have to do tomorrow?
LYDIA KO:  Just be prepared and have some putting practice today.  I've got three more rounds to go.

Q.  Your play as the younger generation, how do you feel when you are called the younger generation?
LYDIA KO:  Well, I am not the only young one out here.  I am not the youngest, like this week there is Amanda who is younger than me and there is Lexi who is 19.

Yeah, it's quite good to be called the young generation, but then when you're out here, you don't really think of yourself as a 16-year-old.  You're just out here having fun.

I've played good this year and the last few tournaments.  Just winning a tournament, that was pretty cool.  It came earlier than I thought.  I've been playing consistently well and I kind of want to continue that for the rest of the season.  It's good and I'm having fun.

Q.  What is your goal in this season?
LYDIA KO:  Just enjoy life playing on the Tour.  Yeah, you know, see what it feels like to be a tour player and just having lots of fun out here.  Just enjoying the moment and just enjoying playing on the Tour.

 

KARRIE WEBB, Rolex Rankings No.  7

MODERATOR:  Karrie, you opened up with a 66 today, four of your six birdies came on the front nine.  Just talk about the round and that hot start obviously had to set the tone.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, definitely set the tone and I think for me, anyway, on this course, I find it quite tricky to trust where you've got to hit it off the tee, and it leaves some challenging iron shots in from some long distances out on the par 4s.  For me, getting off to a good start really allowed me to settle in and trust my game plan for the rest of the day.

MODERATOR:   You won in Singapore in 2011 but different course, across town at Tanah Merah.  Any parallels to that course this week, are you playing off any good memory as being a past champ but being as a different course is kind of a different situation?   
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, it is a different situation, but I've always enjoyed coming to Singapore.  I think it's a great city and I'm a bit of a foodie, so I love going and trying all different foods this week.

Yeah, so I do enjoy it here.  And it's nice, too, because there's a lot of Aussies in Singapore.  So I always have quite a big following out there which is fun.

MODERATOR:   I talked to Stacy about her Top-10 streak, she's at 13 now and you hold the all-time record at 16.  Do you remember anything from that streak? I know you have plenty of records in the record book but how much pride do you have in that one and if so how badly do you not want Stacy to break that?
KARRIE WEBB:  Well, I don't think it was even made a big deal of.  I didn't even know I held had the record until a couple years ago and Sun-Young Kim had a couple Top 10s in a row and that's the first time I even knew about it.  But if I know me at that time in my career, I was probably more annoyed that I didn't have more wins and converted more wins out of those Top 10s. 

So now I do appreciate how good I played, and if I can have two or three Top 10s in a row, I'm on a roll.  So having 16 is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself I guess.

MODERATOR:   Talk about conditions today.  I know the heat doesn't necessarily bother you, so you always grew up in the hot part of Australia, but talk about wind conditions.  You're on a streak of playing three consecutive events in warm climates.  Just talk about heat and conditions out there this week.
KARRIE WEBB:  Yeah, well, I think it's as windy as I've ever seen it here.  We definitely didn't play this course with as much wind as last year.  That makes it tricky.  That probably makes it not as hot which is nice.  But yeah, just adds that extra challenge to the golf course.

Q.  Not just today but this year has been a great start for you, you won the Aussie Open again.  What do you attribute your revival to, something did you in the off-season or are you just feeling better overall?
KARRIE WEBB:  I won three times last year around the world, so I don't know if it's a revival as such.  But you know, I just feel good about my game.  I've had a very good career and I feel like I want to finish in the fashion that I started.

I just continue to work hard, and my working hard now is probably a little different to my working hard 20 years ago but it's still working hard, and as long as I'm happy to put the hard work in, then I know I'll have a chance to compete out here.

Q.  On a more general note, there's a lot of talk about slow play and trying to speed up play on all the professional tours.  Is enough being done on the LPGA Tour, and how else do you think players could be encouraged to speed up?
KARRIE WEBB:  I think the LPGA has been very proactive in pace of play and I'm on the player board, so we talk about it a lot.  We are definitely being proactive about it.  I think where it can start is the coaches, and they are coaching -- they are coaching -- well, young kids, but they are coaching anyone that they go to, pre-shot routines or lining the branding up or the line on your ball when you're putting, and you know, even if you're off a 25 handicap, you should do that.

They should be teaching a fast -- a fast routine, not this hit when it's your turn to hit and don't read your putt until it's your turn to read your putt.  There's loads of young kids that come out on Tour now and they just stand there until it's there turn to hit there put or they stand there and wait until it's their turn to hit and then they start processing the numbers and picking their club and I think that all boils down to coaching.  I think coaching --

Q.  We had a couple penalties the last year on the PGA TOUR  particularly for young Asian players.  Do you think the LPGA needs to start doing that to really get people to pay attention?
KARRIE WEBB:  We did that last year.  People got penalties and people got fined money.  We are doing that.

Q.  What happened at the end of the round with your scorecard, you didn't sign it -- did you have a flashback to a couple weeks ago?
KARRIE WEBB:  I just had trouble getting out of the scorer tent since then.  So I walked out and couldn't remember if I signed my card, which it would have been too late anyway.  But before I did an interview and said how happy I was to shoot 66, I wanted to make sure I had signed my card.  (Laughter).
MEGHAN FLANAGAN:  One of those mistakes you don't want to make twice, ever.

Q.  You shot six birdies ever.  What do you think contributed to such a good performance today and how do you intend to keep this going the next three days?
KARRIE WEBB:  Well, actually, probably one of my most consistent ball-striking days today, of the year.  I probably equal -- maybe not as equal to the Australian Open but pretty close today.  I hit 16 greens, which is the most greens I've hit this year in a round.  Avoiding trying to get up-and-down on these greens is definitely a key to not makes any bogeys.

I think my keys to the next three days is play similarly to that but not expect that I'm going to shoot 6-under every day.  If I do, I'll be very happy about that but just manage my game well and eliminate as many mistakes as possible.

MODERATOR:   Big story line for us is the talent and the competitiveness within the Top-10 of the Rolex Rankings, so many stars, a lot has been going on in the three with Suzann and Stacy.  You're up to No. 7 now.   At this point in your career, do you look at that type of stuff and say, I know I can be No. 1 and that's what I play for, or are those the kind of things that happen on your own if I just play my game?
KARRIE WEBB:  I'm definitely at a stage in my life where those things will happen on their own if I play well.  You know, 15 years ago, I would have been waking up every morning and wondering or working towards whatever it took to be No. 1.

Fortunately I've been there, done that, so if it happens again, that's wonderful.  I'm just trying to keep up with the young kids and give myself as many opportunities as I can to win and enjoy it.  We're talking about the Top-10 streak record that I have, and I can tell you that I didn't enjoy my golf nearly as much as I should have back then.

Q.  Can we have a list of the food stops you've been enjoying in Singapore?
KARRIE WEBB:  Well, tonight is really my first chance to get out.  I went to Japanese on Tuesday night.  Tonight we're going to Banana Leaf, Indian.

 

PAULA CREAMER, Rolex Rankings No. 11

MODERATOR:  We welcome Paula Creamer, 67, you have to be thrilled with the way you opened up.  Talk about the round today.
PAULA CREAMER:  I played well.  I didn't hit the ball that great on the back side, but made some birdies, and you know, I really enjoy this golf course.  It just fits my game really well and I love how it's playing really windy, makes it just so much tougher.

You have to really think a lot out here and that kind of has always been Colin, my caddie and I's strong suit.  It does, it matches well.  Having a good tournament here last year is always nice coming into it, and you feel good, you feel good about the golf course.

MODERATOR:   Talk about this week.  I know you were very busy starting Monday and then Tuesday you had the sponsor outing, you had the photo call, press conference, interviews.  I know you embrace those type of roles and you're one of the best ambassadors for the Tour.  Do those type of weeks help leading in having your mind off of coming into a big event like this or staying busy.
PAULA CREAMER:  A little bit of both.  I think I was exhausted yesterday.  I got my really good first night's sleep last night and I felt very refreshed this morning.  It's been a busy couple days, that's for sure.  It's always a good thing.  I think it's important to give back to our tour, but you also have to learn to say no at times.

You know, if you don't play well, then none of those things happen and you can't let it affect your play.  But just learning how to, I think time management has been so important to really look at over the past several years and I -- for me, that's what I had to look at this week.  I had four or five different things I had to do, and it's not always like that.  But when it does, you have to really look at it and kind of take it as it goes.

Q.  Lovely touch on what looked like pretty slippery greens today?
PAULA CREAMER:  They were fast.  I love fast greens.  I always have.  I feel like you have to just be a little bit more creative, and it's not about just banging it in the back of the hole.  I like that, and they were fast, my goodness.  There were some really, really quick putts out there.
Putting it in the right spot and giving yourself the right look and birdie chance is really what it all comes down to.  It was nice to see the pins for tomorrow.  I walked around the greens and I always look for the dot to just kind of refresh yourself when you are there in the heat of the moment tomorrow or the next coming days.

MEGHAN FLANAGAN:   I'll keep going on.  Two top threes this season.  I talked to you in Thailand just about such a strong start.  You have to be very happy with the type of momentum that you're having just at the start of the season.  How important is that to get off the year to a strong start?
PAULA CREAMER:  I played great in the Bahamas.  You know, I played really well in Australia, and last week, I didn't play that great but had a good Sunday finish.  You're not going to play well at all of them but you have to kind of be -- my main goal is just to be very consistent this year and obviously a win happens by itself, you don't have to force any of that.  I do; I think I feel very confident out on the golf course with my swing.

I know I'm not going to hit every shot perfect and for the last couple of years that's all I've really been thinking about is just a result instead of the process, and kind of have a new look at it now, and just like I said, continuing what I've been trying to do and being confident with it.

Q.  Great round but you said you didn't hit it great on the back nine.  Is that something you're looking to improve going forward the next few days?
PAULA CREAMER:  I missed a lot of fairways today.  I hit it in a bunch of fairway bunkers.  I hit my irons in spots where I needed to but my overall play, if you were to look at my card, some days, you shoot good numbers or some days you shoot even par and you played great.  There's other days where you just grind it out.

I didn't hit it as well on the back nine.  It got really hot there for a little bit and I think my stomach was kind of starting to bother me a little bit, and I'm going to have to maybe eat a little bit more fruit out on the golf course tomorrow, kind of change my plan with that.  Because it's been three weeks in two very -- two previous ones, very hot weather and our bodies are getting just a little bit fatigued and I was aware of that today.

Q.  It's looking a bit crowded at the top, but it's early; how are you looking ahead for the next few days?
PAULA CREAMER:  Today is the first day.  Gosh, we have so much golf left.  I don't really look at leaders boards as it is much.  It's just you have to start off on the right foot.  Either way, you have a bad day today, come back tomorrow and play well, and for me, I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing.

I know where -- what holes you've to get your pars on and what holes that you can take advantage of and make birdies.  That's something that sometimes there's flags that they are so enticing but you can't go for it, and that's kind of going to be my game plan is to take it where it comes.

 

ANGELA STANFORD, Rolex Rankings No. 19

Q.  Angela, very solid opening round?
ANGELA STANFORD:  I played well all day, and I had some chances on the back.  For me, it's more about position off the tee and I drove it well today and I hit a lot of fairways and put myself in good position.  That allowed me to maintain my game a little bit more.

Q.  We've seen some good scores from you in 2014.  What's different about Angela Stanford in 2014?
ANGELA STANFORD:  New year, new mind-set.  I think in the beginning of the year, you have a fresh, new slate, so sometimes that's good.

Q.  It's your 14th year on Tour, so you've obviously become wiser over the years.
ANGELA STANFORD:  They say, yeah.  My friends say "wise" something else (laughing).

Q.  You won here a couple of years ago but on a very different golf course.  They have all talked about the green speed, it's rolling at 12, so anything above the hole, it's a lot faster than that?
ANGELA STANFORD:  Yeah, and I'm okay for green speed.  Last year was tough for me.  It took me a little bit to get used to the golf course and I still am.  Today was a great day but there's still some land mines out there for me.  It's going to be an interesting three more days.

 

CAROLINE HEDWALL, Rolex Rankings No. 22

MODERATOR:  We welcome Caroline Hedwall into the interview here at the HSBC Women's Champions, 67, leader in the clubhouse, you have to be pleased with the way you started.
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  I played very solid and I think in the beginning of the round, I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities.  I started to get impatient, and so my caddie helped me a lot, just telling me to stay focused and stay patient and they will start to fall and they did on 14 and 16 and I actually holed quite long putts.

MODERATOR:  Almost reminiscent of some Solheim Cup putts.  How long was the one on the back nine?  The stretch on 14, 15, 16 definitely got you going.
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Like 14, that must have been maybe 36 feet or something.  And then on 15, 12 feet, so that wasn't that long.  And then 16 must have been 24 or something, yeah, 25.

MODERATOR:  Talk about that stretch of birdies, looking at leaderboards, knowing you wanted to get in the mix of things there?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  On and off I was on the leaderboards, I saw that I was still up there so I just had to stay patient, which I did, and it was just nice to get up there and get the three birdies in a row.  Then it was just a solid good start, and then I'm happy with that and hopefully I can keep that momentum for the rest of the week.

MODERATOR:  Now, you had two solid starts to start the season, two top 20s.  What were your goals or mind-set coming into the season coming off the off-season and what were you doing in the off-season to get prepared for 2014?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  I've just been working hard and then actually I think I just needed a break for off-season.  I just took three weeks off just to not think about golf for awhile, and I went skiing and actually bought an apartment in Sweden and got to focus on that, so that's really nice.  Then I went to Thailand the week before I played the Australian Masters to get a good week of practice and from then, I'm just trying to, you know, keep playing and shooting low.
MODERATOR:  The apartment, first big purchase?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  I haven't been sure if I wanted to move to the U.S. or stay?  Sweden, so obviously it's a big thing to buy my first apartment.

MODERATOR:  Very big.  Any interior decorating skills?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Not yet.  I've been changing some doors and changing wallpapers in the living room and stuff.  I just enjoy doing that.
MODERATOR:   So you're handy?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Yeah, I really enjoy that.  So that's what I'm looking forward to next week when I go back home again to do some of that.

MODERATOR:   Well, winner's cheque would help out with the nice furniture so we'll work on that.
Last year you had a very solid year, almost your break out season on Tour, as well as the Solheim Cup, you had such a good week there.  How much did last year give you confidence or make you more comfortable where you knew you belonged out here on Tour and being in contention to win.
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  That's where I really realized I belong on the LPGA.  I was Top 15 on the Money List and played decent golf.  I just didn't get that win.  I had three top threes and I had a great week at the Solheim Cup.  So I just really felt like I belonged and this week I'm obviously looking for my first win on the LPGA.

MODERATOR:   Was there anything in the off-season you reflected on that you thought, I need to do this, X, Y, Z to get into the winner's circle, because everyone talks about you on the brink, we expect you to win very soon, is there anything specific you thought of?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Well, I know my ball striking is good, so I just need to putt better.  But at the same time, I know I'm going to putt enough practice on putting, so that's my main focus to just get the hours done.

Q.  Is a major and world No. 1 realistic targets for you?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Well, of course, in the future but I want to take one step at a time.  The first goal is to win on the LPGA and then I can start talking about majors.

It's kind of being ahead of yourself when you start talking about majors when you have not even won on the LPGA first.  I'm going to take one step at a time and I hope my golf career is going to be a long one.  Like I said just take one step at a time and now my first goal is to win out here.

Q.  I'm sure you were often asked Annika's influence, are you still in touch with her or do you follow her much?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  I don't really stay in touch with her.  I see her at golf tournaments sometimes when she's commentating and she was the vice captain at Solheim, but she's obviously been a great role model.  When you saw how great she was out here, that kind of gave you the confidence that maybe if she can do it, I can do it, coming from Sweden and everything.

Q.  Are there LPGA players you feel intimidated by?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Well, obviously a lot of the players out here have been -- I watched them on TV, but when you get to know them, all of them are very nice.

So I mean, at first, yeah, like my first year, I know I was focusing on them being on the range and it was kind of a nervous moment to hit balls around some of the players around here but at the same time you get used to them and see that they are normal people just like others.

Q.  I just want to ask you a little bit about the LET.  Obviously you've come up through there and now also having some events in Asia, will you be playing much LET as well and any other events in Asia this year?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Well, I'm going to play the events in Asia are the ones that LPGA host, because we don't really have time to play that much on the LET now.  It's hard to combine the two tours because the LET, the schedule this year is just looking awesome so we can actually plan our schedule and skip a couple of events -- so there's not much time.

But I'm obviously going to play the co-sanctioned events, the British and the Evian.  I hope to play the one in -- the Swedish event, as well, if that fits into my schedule.  I haven't decided yet but that's obviously a tournament that I want to play.

Q.  15 is playing to be the toughest hole but you birdied it, and there are a lot of players struggling with the strong winds and it's really dry.  How did you overcome it today?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  It's a really narrow tee shot, but I hit a great drive there and I just hit a soft 8-iron into the green and hit it fairly close and made the putt.  It's really the tee shot that it depends on, you need to hit a good shot and I did and now I'm in the middle of the fairway.

So from there it wasn't that tough but that tee shot is definitely intimidating.

Q.  What do you think you need to do to sustain the momentum over the next three days?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Just keep focusing on myself and I have my swing coach here this week, I have my sister here this week, I have a great friend, Henrik, on the bag.  So it's just nice to have people around you that you know care about you and we have great atmosphere and a lot of fun together.  So that definitely helps me keep the momentum I think.

MODERATOR:   How often does your coach come out with you?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Well, he came to Thailand when we had that practice camp and then this weekend, he's probably going to come out -- four or five times more this year.
MODERATOR:  What's his name?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:Johan Andersson.   This is our ninth year together, for a long time.
MODERATOR:  I wanted to lastly touch on International Crown.  Anna got the win last week, you must be happy for her, fellow Swede.  You have a good-looking team, what are you looking forward to about Team Sweden and getting to hold up the Swedish flag?
CAROLINE HEDWALL:  Obviously it's always been an honor.  I grew up playing for the Swedish golf team as an amateur and I always enjoyed that time, and an in a and I played together.  So that's just a great honor to represent Sweden, and I think we're going to have a great team going into that event.

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