North Texas LPGA Shootout Second Round Notes and Interviews

Caroline Masson
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Caroline Masson of Germany hits a tee shot during Round Two of the North Texas LPGA Shootout Presented by JTBC at the Las Colinas Country Club on May 2, 2014 in Irving, Texas.

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Rolex Rankings No. 58, Caroline Masson, -8
Rolex Rankings No. 70, Meena Lee, -8

Rolex Rankings No. 3, Stacy Lewis, -7
Rolex Rankings No. 146, Natalie Gulbis, -7
Rolex Rankings No. 10, Cristie Kerr, -5
Rolex Rankings No. 4, Suzann Pettersen, -5

Meena Lee of South Korea and Caroline Masson of Germany are tied for the lead after 36 holes at 8-under par at the North Texas LPGA Shootout Presented by JTBC. The duo leads Americans Stacy Lewis and Natalie Gulbis, who are in a tie for third at 7-under, by one shot.

Lee and Lewis both shot their low rounds of the season on Friday and tied the tournament record of 7-under 64. Lee, a 10-year LPGA Tour veteran, had a rollercoaster of a front nine and went nine holes before picking up her first par. Before the turn, the Seoul native had five birdies, three bogeys and an eagle on her first hole on the par 5 10th. She said all parts of her game were clicking, especially her iron play.

“Well, a little bit because my irons were almost inside 15 feet every hole,” said Lee. “Everything, the shot was good and the putting is working, so everything is on my side on the front nine.”

It marks only the second time Lee has held the lead after 36 holes and first time since the 2008 P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship. The two-time LPGA Tour winner missed the cut in Texas a season ago.

Masson matched her first round score of 67 on Friday and leads the field at this event after 36 holes for the second consecutive year. Last season she held the solo second-round lead at 7-under 135.

“I started off well again, made some birdies, maybe didn’t play as good as yesterday, but I made some good putts and I played pretty consistent…I just have to keep doing what I’m doing, stay patient, and yeah, everything is good.”

She finished with a birdie on the par 5 18th after hitting her third shot from off the fringe with a rescue club 15 feet past the hole. She second guessed her club choice but was glad to take some good momentum into the weekend.

“Rescue, so something in between, right?” said Masson. “It was kind of a little dodgy lie and like up and down, kind of weird, and really downhill on the green.  I was thinking what was the best option, maybe the rescue wasn’t the best option, but at least I had an uphill putt for birdie.  Yeah, it was a good putt and it went in.”

Lewis, who will undoubtedly be the crowd favorite heading into the weekend, said improving her score by seven shots happened to come easily. She shot a first-round even-par 71. The seven birdies, no bogey round on Friday was her third bogey-free round of the season.

“I didn’t really do anything really crazy different from yesterday other than I putted a lot better, but just played really solid,” said Lewis. “Still had a couple funky bounces out there and was able to kind of get out of the holes when I did.  I don’t know, just it was easy, it was solid.  I felt nice and relaxed out there, so it was a nice day.”

The former The Woodlands, Texas resident said that she came into this week ready to blow off steam after recording her sixth runner-up in her last 15 starts.

“I think I’ve had a bunch of seconds, and I think all of them I’ve shot under par in the last round,” said Lewis. “I’m not doing anything bad, it’s just all the cards are not falling my way yet.  But I’m playing good golf, and I was at the gym on Monday after I flew here working out, throwing some medicine balls against the wall, and then from there it was getting right back to work.”

Gulbis shot her first round in the 60’s of the season and said that it felt great to get a solid round under her belt while she battles a left wrist injury.

“It was a good round, definitely a good round, in the wind here,” said Gulbis. “I haven’t played a lot this year, and I haven’t played very well in the events I’ve played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies.  It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn’t seen yet this year.”

Defending champion and No. 1 Inbee Park shot a 3-under 68 on Friday and sits in a T20 after two rounds. First-round leader and No. 4 Suzann Pettersen is tied for sixth after a round of even-par 71.

MY AUNT IS A BETTER GOLFER THAN YOURS!

One of the advantages of having a tournament in your home state is the crowd support that you get. Stacy Lewis had a special fan in the crown in her three-year-old nephew Cole Wysocki.

Cole followed Lewis for her first 9 and then for a few holes coming in and was wearing a special shirt which read: “My aunt is a better golfer than yours!”

“Well, it’s great.  I mean, a three year old doesn’t get at all what I’m doing, so it’s nice to have that perspective a little bit,” Lewis said. “I think he’s more excited that we’re going to go hit some balls right now than the fact that I made a birdie out there.  But it’s fun.  He’s starting to kind of understand things and understand what’s a good hole, what’s a bad hole.  But it’s fun just having the family out, and it’s just made the week really relaxed.”

LEE GOES LOW

Meena Lee fired a tournament low round of 64 (-7) to sit at -8 for the tournament. Lee’s total was helped by a hot flatstick as she needed only 25 putts on her second round.

“My putting was really good,” Lee said. “Inside 15 feet for par, almost always made it.  I had confidence with my putting today, so I made a lot of birdies.”

Lee didn’t record a par until her 10th hole of the day thanks to an interesting opening nine which saw her record five birdies, three bogeys and an eagle on hole No. 10, her first hole of the day.

“I’m happy, Lee said. “I’m happy to be done with the second round.  I’m really happy.  There’s two more days, so yeah, I will do my best.”

Lee, who will sleep on the 36 hole lead for the second time in her career (2008 NW Arkansas Championship), is looking to record her third victory on the LPGA Tour and her first since the 2006 Fields Open in Hawaii.

GULBIS GETS INTO CONTENTION WITH A 65

Natalie Gulbis shot a six-under 65 to sit at -7 for the tournament, one off the pace set by Lee. The 65 is Gulbis’ first round in the 60s this year and ties her lowest round in the past four seasons (2013 CME Group Titleholders, 3rd round; 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 4th round).

“It was a good round, definitely a good round, in the wind here,” Gulbis said. ”I haven’t played a lot this year, and I haven’t played very well in the events I’ve played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies.  It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn’t seen yet this year.”

Gulbis used eight birdies against a pair of bogeys to record her 65 to back up an opening round 70. The difference in the two days for Gulbis was the putter as she needed a mere 26 putts today after needing 32 a day ago.

“Golf is fun when you have days you’re playing well,” Gulbis said. “You hit good shots and you try to make as many birdies as you can, and I got to enjoy that today.  We’ll see what happens over the weekend.”

ROLEX RANKINGS MOVES UP FOR GRABS

After Lydia Ko’s win and Stacy Lewis’ runner-up finish last week at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, Suzann Pettersen got bumped down from No. 2 to No. 4 in the Rolex World Women’s Golf Rankings. Pettersen has a chance to move out of the No. 4 spot, but needs to win this week to do so. It also depends on where Lewis finishes:

If Lewis wins or finishes in solo 2nd: Lewis goes to #2
If Pettersen wins and Lewis finishes 2nd: Lewis goes to #2 and Pettersen to #3
If Pettersen wins and Lewis finishes T2 (with one or two players): Pettersen goes to #2 and Lewis stays #3
If Pettersen wins and Lewis finishes T2 (with three or more players) or worse: Pettersen goes to #2 and Lewis  to #4

“Yeah, I mean, it would be nice, but the goal is to get to No. 1,” Lewis admitted. “As long as what I’ve done every week is kind of just been chipping away at Inbee’s lead.  That was the goal coming in here this week.  If Inbee plays well there’s not much I can do about it, but it’s just to keep getting closer, keep getting closer, and then you win or win a couple, and all of a sudden you bump yourself up there.”

SIX IRON GIVES SONG SIXTH ACE

Jennifer Song used a six iron from 166 yards on the 4th hole on Friday for a hole-in-one, her sixth of her golf career and first on the LPGA Tour. The ace helped song get to 2-under on the day and is in a tie for 40th at even-par.

KIRBY TALLIES FIRST EVER ACE AT 17

LPGA Rookie Jennifer Kirby recorded the first hole-in-one of her life at the par-3 17th. Kirby used a 6-iron from 158.

It looked good the whole way,” Kirby said. “It landed two or three feed below the hole and went right in.”

WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND

74 players made the cut at 144 (+2). Notable players who missed the cut include Morgan Pressel (+3), Lizette Salas (+3), Se Ri Pak (+7) and 2013 North Texas LPGA Shootout runner-up Carlota Ciganda (+4). Additionally, all four amateurs who qualified for the tournament all missed the cut.

There will be an additional cut after Saturday’s third round to the top-50 and ties.

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Three players - I.K. Kim, Lindsey Wright and Christine Song - WD prior to play today.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I think when you’re playing well, you try to make as many birdies as you can.  That’s always been my mindset.”
                 
                  –Natalie Gulbis on her play this week.

THE SOCIAL SCENE

Cristie Kerr had a solid one-under round of 70 to sit at -5 for the tournament. During today’s round, Kerr had a special group of followers in veterans Luke and Wade who she thanked on social media after her round.

“Thanks to veterans Luke and Wade for coming out and supporting me today! @SemperFiFund #ckforveterans”
- (@CKGolferChic)

 

Rolex Rankings No. 58, Caroline Masson, -8

Q. You must be pleased with your finish.
CAROLINE MASSON
:  Absolutely.

Q.  Just take me through the run‑down.  Did you putt off the edge or chip off there?
CAROLINE MASSON:
  Rescue, so something in between, right?  It was kind of a little dodgy lie and like up‑and‑down, kind of weird, and really downhill on the green.  I was thinking what was the best option, maybe the rescue wasn't the best option, but at least I had an uphill putt for birdie.  Yeah, it was a good putt and it went in.

Q.  How far are you thinking?
CAROLINE MASSON:
  The putt?

Q.  Yeah.
CAROLINE MASSON:
  Must have been ‑‑ okay, let me try and ‑‑ yeah, 15.  So it was nice to see that go in.

Q.  It had to be a very good momentum booster going into tomorrow.  How did you feel overall today, another solid round?
CAROLINE MASSON:
  Yeah, I started off well again, made some birdies, maybe didn't play as good as yesterday, but I made some good putts and I played pretty consistent, made a great par on 14.  I hit it way left and had to chip out and hit it close and made the putt, so that was really niece to keep that momentum going, and I finished with a birdie, so overall, yeah, I think it's a great day.  I just have to keep doing what I'm doing, stay patient, and yeah, everything is good.

Q.  Is your confidence at an all‑time high?  Are you comfortable going into a weekend with the lead?
CAROLINE MASSON: 
Yeah, I just feel comfortable with my game.  It feels like, I don't know, I'm hitting it solid.  I don't really mis‑hit many shots, so that makes me feel pretty confident out there.  I'm just trying to enjoy it, have fun, not try to have any pressure get to me.  You know, just having a good time.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 3, Stacy Lewis, -7

STACY LEWIS:  I didn't really do anything really crazy different from yesterday other than I putted a lot better, but just played really solid.  Still had a couple funky bounces out there and was able to kind of get out of the holes when I did.  I don't know, just it was easy, it was solid.  I felt nice and relaxed out there, so it was a nice day.
THE MODERATOR:  I saw with your little nephew out before the round and after the round.  What does having your family in the area do to relax you and help your mindset going into a week like this?
STACY LEWIS:  Well, it's great.  I mean, a three‑year‑old doesn't get at all what I'm doing, so it's nice to have that perspective a little bit.  I think he's more excited that we're going to go hit some balls right now than the fact that I made a birdie out there.  But it's fun.  He's starting to kind of understand things and understand what's a good hole, what's a bad hole.  But it's fun just having the family out, and it's just made the week really relaxed.

THE MODERATOR:  Can you tell the guys what his shirt said?
STACY LEWIS:
  "My aunt is a better golfer than yours."

Q.  How old is he?
STACY LEWIS: 
He's three.

Q.  Was it more difficult today in the wind, and because of that, does that make your round that much better?
STACY LEWIS: 
You know, as the round progressed, I kind of felt ‑‑ it didn't seem any harder than yesterday, but once we got to the front nine, it definitely felt like it was playing harder.  I think it was so downwind on 4, the par‑5, I think my drive went 370 there.  You really had to kind of play for what the golf course was doing.  Shots were starting to roll out, and it was definitely harder with the wind coming in those last few holes.

Q.  I wanted to follow up about the course.  How do you think it will play the next two days?  I guess there will be a little bit more wind, especially on Sunday.  Is it all about placement out here?
STACY LEWIS: 
Yeah, I mean, all of it ‑‑ a lot of it is hitting it in the right spots, especially off the tee.  Into the greens this year versus last year, the greens are so much softer that you can actually hit good shots and get rewarded for it, so that part of it is nice.  But I see as these next couple days, I think they've done a good job so far of keeping water in the fairways, water on the greens, keeping it under control, so hopefully we do that, and then from there it's shaping shots into the wind, it's turning it against it or riding it.  It's hitting golf shots instead of just see a target and swing at it.

Q.  As you said, today was kind of easy and felt solid for you.  Other than getting a win, hasn't the whole season kind of felt like that for you, a continuation of what you've been doing?
STACY LEWIS: 
Yeah, it really is.  This was definitely one of the better rounds I've played over the last couple weeks as far as just making par putts when I needed to.  But this year it's just nice coming into a tournament knowing that ‑‑ I shot even par yesterday, but I knew this round was out there for me.  It's just that comfort level.  It's being more relaxed out there.  I played so solid really over the last six, eight months really, and I mean, it's just nice to see all the hard work pay off.

Q.  You've been in position this year, including last week.  Do those close calls give you more confidence?  Does the learning process give you more confidence heading into this weekend?
STACY LEWIS: 
Yeah, my goal every week is to put myself in contention, and I've done that a lot.  I think the more you're there, the more you understand how my body is going to react, how to play the golf course, know when other people are going for shots to really back in a little bit.  It's a comfort level, definitely.  I'm doing all the right things.
           
I think I've had a bunch of seconds, and I think all of them I've shot under par in the last round.  I'm not doing anything bad, it's just all the cards are not falling my way yet.  But I'm playing good golf, and I was at the gym on Monday after I flew here working out, throwing some medicine balls against the wall, and then from there it was getting right back to work.

Q.  I know we keep saying the Rolex Rankings race is tight at the top for No. 1, but Lydia went to 2, Suzann came back to 4, you're still at 3.  Does Lydia not being here and you having the chance to jump to 2 have a little bit of extra push for you this week?  I know you always say No. 1 is in the back of your head.
STACY LEWIS:
  Yeah, I mean, it would be nice, but the goal is to get to No. 1.  As long as what I've done every week is kind of just been chipping away at Inbee's lead.  That was the goal coming in here this week.  If Inbee plays well there's not much I can do about it, but it's just to keep getting closer, keep getting closer, and then you win or win a couple, and all of a sudden you bump yourself up there.

Q.  We saw how big a win for Michelle was in Hawai'i, her home state.  Being called a native Texan, how crazy would this place go if come Sunday you were at the top of the leaderboard?
STACY LEWIS: 
Well, it was pretty cool out there even late in the day today.  We had some good crowds out there, and people were feeling it at the turn where I think I made four birdies in a row.  It's just a lot of fun to see all the kids.  There's so many kids that come to this tournament.  That's what I love about it, so many high school aged girls out following and watching.  They want to be doing this one day, so what better opportunity than to learn from us.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 70, Meena Lee, -8

Q. Quite the front nine for you, no pars but started off with the eagle.  Just talk about that front nine and take us through that.
MEENA LEE:  Okay.  Well, I made eagle, so started very good.  And then my putting was really good.  Inside 15 feet for par, almost always made it.  I had a lot of birdies today.

Q.  How crazy of a round was it for you?  Was it a pretty interesting day for you?
MEENA LEE: 
I mean, well, a little bit because my irons was almost inside 15 feet every hole.  Everything, the shot was good and the putting is working, so everything is on my side on the front nine.

Q.  What about the string of birdies on the back nine?  How long were those putts on those three?
MEENA LEE:
  The par‑5 is short, so most of the girls hit the second shot on the green.  I made two of the par‑5 birdies.  My putting was really good the back nine, too.  I had confidence with my putting today, so I made a lot of birdies.

Q.  Are you playing well, or does this course just fit your eye?
MEENA LEE: 
Both.  I'm playing well, too, and the course is really good.  The greens are much better than the practice rounds, good green speeds, so very good.

Q.  Did you make any changes in terms of putting?
MEENA LEE: 
No, all the same.

Q.  When you leave a round like this, are you happy or do you go back and go, I could have done better?
MEENA LEE:
  I'm happy.  I'm happy to be done with the second round.  I'm really happy.  There's two more days, so yeah, I will do my best.

Q.  Did the wind play a factor at all today?
MEENA LEE: 
I mean, this morning not really.  Yesterday the afternoon a little bit windy, but this morning it was perfect weather for the morning tee time, yeah.

Q.  In your later holes the wind didn't play any factor at all?
MEENA LEE: 
A little bit, yes.

Q.  Picked up a little bit?
MEENA LEE: 
Yeah.

Q.  How much do you like being in this position to have a chance?  I know you'd like to win again; it's been a while.  How much do you like being in the position you're in going into the weekend?
MEENA LEE:
  How much?  Really good, yeah.  Yeah, really good.

Q.  Is that something you've missed?  What's been holding you back do you think from going low?  This is your best round by a lot of strokes this year.  What's been your struggles recently?  Is it a few things or just one?  Has it been ball‑striking, off the tee?
MEENA LEE: 
Yeah, I mean, this week is better than the last couple weeks.  The irons are really good, much better.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 146, Natalie Gulbis, -7

Q. Great round for you.
NATALIE GULBIS:  It was a good round, definitely a good round, in the wind here.  I haven't played a lot this year, and I haven't played very well in the events I've played in, so it felt really good to get a good round in the 60s and to get around making some birdies.  It felt more like how I played at the end of last year, which I hadn't seen yet this year.

Q.  Anything you did differently that caused it?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  No.  I've been injured, so I haven't played a lot, and I pulled out a couple weeks ago.  Just been trying to stay patient, so it's nice when the rounds come together.

Q.  Kind of like baseball, they say that's the way baseball is, you just find it one particular day.  Is it a kind of similar analogy in golf?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  Yeah, I had a really great off‑season.  I had a lot of time to work on my game and I felt really good coming into the season, and then I got hurt in like the second or third event of the year and took some time off, so that's been a bummer.  But I had a really nice off‑season, so I've been trying to fall back on the work that my coach and I did in the off time.

Q.  You said it was a wrist, right?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  Yeah, a wrist, I still have.

Q.  You're still injured?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  Yeah.

Q.  A little bit of tape, obviously not preventative, just support?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  Well, it just hurts.

Q.  Just sore?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  Yeah.  The tape helps, though.  Everybody has got something out here.  If you guys went through the list of 144, there's probably a lot of girls with taped wrists and elbows and ankles.  I heard one girl yesterday in the fitness trailer yesterday, and they're like, oh, my gosh, did you sprain your ankle, and she's like, I wish it was just a sprain.  It's part of being an athlete.

Q.  You've dealt with other injuries, too.  Do you think at this point in your career you know how to deal with it?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  I've never had a wrist injury.  I've had a couple of back surgeries, which my back has been feeling good, knock on wood.  But yeah, I think you just be patient.  You know if it's not season‑ending or they don't tell you it's career‑ending, it's just kind of being patient and listening to the trainers what you're supposed to be doing, so I'm pretty good at that from being an injured athlete a lot of my career.

Q.  With your wrist the way it is, has it limited the amount of balls you've hit or anything like that, any preparations?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  Oh, yeah, completely.  Yeah, it does.  Injuries you definitely change things.

Q.  Was this a sprain?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  I have no idea.

Q.  Is that what you'd call it?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  I just call it a wrist injury until I see a specialist next week.

Q.  You're seeing a specialist?
NATALIE GULBIS: 
Next week, because this is six events for us, so we haven't really been home.

Q.  You talked about being patient with that, but when you're in a position like this going into the weekend, talk about being patient with your game.
NATALIE GULBIS: 
Yeah, I think when you're playing well, you try to make as many birdies as you can.  That's always been my mindset.  Golf is fun when you have days you're playing well.  You hit good shots and you try to make as many birdies as you can, and I got to enjoy that today.  We'll see what happens over the weekend.

Q.  After yesterday did you feel like that was possible?
NATALIE GULBIS: 
Yeah, I was 3‑under on the front nine, and then I bogeyed 8 and 9 and didn't really do a lot on the back.  But I really like this golf course and love coming here, and so looking forward to a couple of rounds on it.

Q.  What did you hit coming in?
NATALIE GULBIS:
  4‑iron, and they moved the tee up 50 yards.  I would have hit 3‑wood if they wouldn't have moved it up.  Yesterday I think I had a rescue in.  8 and 9 are really tough.  I hit 4‑iron, 4‑iron into those two holes.

Q.  Does this course change a lot with the direction of the wind?
NATALIE GULBIS: 
Oh, yeah, big time.  Yesterday we didn't have a lot of wind and it's very scorable, and we didn't really get any wind until the last couple holes, and when the wind picks up, you go from having 7‑irons to having 4‑irons, so it definitely makes the course more challenging.  But then on Wednesday in the pro‑am, it was freezing, so this is ‑‑ we'll take this weather and wind.  I played early on Wednesday, and it was like I was going skiing.

Q.  It's supposed to be in the 90s by Sunday.
NATALIE GULBIS:
  I know, I love that.  That's awesome.

Q.  Does this course suit your eye?
NATALIE GULBIS: 
Yeah, I like to play courses like are like this where you've got to hit a lot of different shots.  I think what's cool about this course is when you hit good shots, you can score, but as soon as you're missing shots, it makes for a really long day because you're in the trees, and you really have to hit good, solid shots on this golf course.  But if you do, it's a very fair course if you hit it in the right spot, but if you're not, you're in the wrong part of the fairway and you miss it just a little bit and it rolls off into the trees quickly.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 10, Cristie Kerr, -5

Q. How do you feel about your round going into the weekend?
CRISTIE KERR:  I didn't play super great today but managed to shoot under par.  The last hole was disappointing.  I hit two of the best ‑‑ I made two of the best swings I had made all day and just kind of ended up not in a good spot.  That's the way it goes sometimes.  But playing solid golf going into the weekend.

Q.  In general how is the course playing?
CRISTIE KERR: 
It's playing good.  You definitely have to get the right bounces and kind of get lucky on some shots.  It's unfortunate the last shot was one of my best swings of the whole day and it ended up going way over the green with a difficult two‑putt.  That's just how my day went.

Q.  You've been playing super consistently, just logged five consecutive top 10s.  Do you feel good?  You just look relaxed.
CRISTIE KERR:
  I do, and I trust my caddie, and we don't get stuff like the 18th hole very wrong very often.  Honestly it's straight downwind into the green now, and it's definitely not doing that when I was over the ball.  I just got unlucky.

Q.  So that was just a matter of the wind?
CRISTIE KERR: 
Yeah, it was a misread of the wind.  When Suzann hit, she hit the same club that I did, not quite as hard as I hit mine, but I hit mine really solid, and usually it flies about 108.  We thought it was just across, and the wind just gusted downwind, and I kind of hit that one on the back of the fringe there a little too hard.  But you've got to get it past the hole.

Q.  I know you and Mark have gotten off to a good start in your relationship I saw on the telecast.  You guys did "Caddie Knows Best."  I think you guys got the W.  You guys were the winners out of anyone they've done.  Is that kind of a telling tale, just you guys working together?
CRISTIE KERR:
  Yeah, I think we have fun out there.  We're both intense about what we do but know how to make each other relax at the same time.  We're developing great as a team, and just got to get that first win on the board, and I think the floodgates will open.

Q.  What's it going to take this week to finish at the top?
CRISTIE KERR:
  A low score (laughing).

Q.  Was 18 the only one where the wind deceived you?
CRISTIE KERR: 
Oh, for sure.  The wind is way stronger now than when we played even two holes ago.  This was kind of bad luck.  I hadn't hit it really solid all day, and the one shot I hit was unlike ‑‑ I knew it was a little long.  I didn't think it was going to airmail the green, though.

Q.  Can winds be tough to figure out on this course?
CRISTIE KERR:
  Yeah, there's a lot of elevation changes and kind of like little doglegs here and there that changes direction that can change totally a shot.  You have to keep your eye on it, and sometimes you just can't plan for it, and that's kind of what happened on 18.

Q.  With all the young players on this Tour, how much does being a veteran and still having the success you're having, how much do you take pride in that?
CRISTIE KERR:
  Well, definitely.  I'm only 36, so I feel like I'm still one of the younger ones out here, but maybe I'm not anymore.  But just try to stay fit and keep going, and honestly, with golf it's not like it's where you have to sprint to play.  It's an endurance sport, and as long as you keep yourself in shape you can play as long as you want.

 

Rolex Rankings No. 4, Suzann Pettersen, -5

SUZANN PETTERSEN:  It was a really good day.  Good conditions.  Hopefully in a good spot for tomorrow.

Q.  We've got to ask, how did the back feel today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: 
I feel good, no complaints.  I had good treatment yesterday.  All good, no complaints.

Q.  What is your pre‑round routine?  You said yesterday you don't get out there and bang balls on the range and all that.  What's your pre‑round routine these days?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: 
I'm usually all stretched out and warmed up before I get out on the course, and then I putt a little bit, chip a little bit, hit a few balls and then putt again, and hopefully just bang on.

Q.  The wind, was it a factor at all today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:
  It's a little bit because it's a little bit hit or miss out here.  I mean, you're a little bit more exposed in certain places than others.  You've just got to pay attention.

Q.  Like you said, good position for the weekend.  Do you feel good about what you've been able to do the last few weeks coming back?
SUZANN PETTERSEN:
  Yeah, I feel good.  Game is progressing and got a little bit of work to do on the greens, but know what I've got to work on.

Q.  Still be patient, right?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: 
Yeah, right.

Q.  How is the course playing?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: 
It's drying up a little bit, but you've got to hit your numbers and you've got to hit your spots.  It's tough to find the fairway on 18, but it's playing very similar to what it did last year.

Q.  14 I think is playing the toughest.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: 
Yeah, it's a little bit of a tough hole.  It's not the best tee shot in the world.

 

 

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