Manulife Financial LPGA Classic
Grey Silo Golf Course Waterloo, Ontario
Second Round Tournament Notes
June 6, 2014
Rolex Rankings No. 23 Hee Young Park (-11)
Rolex Rankings No. 7 Shanshan Feng (-11)
Rolex Rankings No. 10 Michelle Wie (-10)
Rolex Rankings No. 9 Anna Nordqvist (-9)
Rolex Rankings No. 148 Xi Yu Lin (-8)
Rolex Rankings No. 14 Na Yeon Choi (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Inbee Park (-7)
Rolex Rankings No. 149 Belen Mozo (-7)
Defending champion Hee Young Park and three-time LPGA Tour winner Shanshan Feng are tied atop a jammed leaderboard after 36 holes of play at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Both players are bo- gey-free through the first two rounds of play and are at 11-under par. Michelle Wie sits in solo third after rounds of 65-67 and only one shot back. Two-time winner this year Anna Nordqvist trails the lead by two after turning in one of the low rounds of the day with a 7-under 64.
Park said lighter winds on Friday set up for perfect scoring conditions at Grey Silo Golf Course. The South Korean said better placement on the greens left her with more comfortable putts.
“Today weather was lot better than first round and I still hit a lot of greens,” said Park. “And my goal was try to left uphill putt and then that worked well today also. I think that makes me more comfortable today.”
Park will try to become the first player to defend a title on Tour since Lydia Ko won back-to-back CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 and 2013. The 27-year old has a special place for Canada in her heart and has quickly become a fan favorite in Waterloo with her bubbly personality and easy-going demeanor.
“I don’t know, just it’s going to feel more special,” said Park. “I mean like any wins makes me special, but I won last year and keep remind like lot of good feeling on this golf course, so even makes me more special.”
Feng, who tends to keep her eyes away from the leaderboards throughout the day, didn’t even know she was tied for the lead after walking out of the scorer’s tent.
“I think I have a habit that I don’t really look at a scoreboard during my play, so until you tell me, I don’t know I’m leading,” said Feng. “Of course I’m really happy about my playing today because it’s a bogey free round again, six birdies. I think I did pretty well.”
Also known for her laid-back personality, Feng said she’s looking forward to playing alongside Park on the weekend. The duo have known each other since their amateur days and Feng said there will be some laughs to be had on the course tomorrow.
“I think we knew each other since we were amateurs, so we’ve known each other for a long time,” said Feng. “And she’s the defending cham- pion, so I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of people rooting for her tomorrow. It’s still just good competition. I just hope we have a good time.”
Feng’s last victory came at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders last year and said her goal this season is to record three wins.
“Well, my goal this year is to win three tournaments on the LPGA, so now I’m zero and if I win here obviously I get one,” said Feng. “So one down and two more to go. But I would say, you know, I don’t even have to win, you know. If I keep the good playing on the tour, that’s going to give people back home just hope to get on the tour and then there are more and more juniors starting to actually pick up golf, too.”
Fellow Chinese country woman and 2014 LPGA Tour rookie Xi Yu Lin is three shots off the lead at 8-under par. Four players are tied for sixth at 7-under including world No. 2 Inbee Park, major champions So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi and Spanish International Crown team member Belen Mozo.
Michelle Wie’s sitting in prime position to secure her first multiple win season heading into the weekend at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Wie, a three-time career winner, fired a 4-under-par 67 to put her just one back of co-leaders Hee Young Park and Shanshan Feng.
“That would be a lot of fun,” Wie said. “I definitely got close a lot of times here in Canada and it would mean a lot. But it’s a long way until Sunday and I’m really just going to go out there and just focus on tomorrow’s round.”
It wasn’t near as windy Friday as Thursday’s first round, but Wie said the wind was constantly changing and it was difficult to figure out which direction the wind was actually going Friday. Still, one back heading into the weekend after hitting 17 greens, it’s hard not to like where she sits.
“It felt good. It was a little bit slow today, just didn’t get the ball close to the hole on my second shot,” Wie said. “I still can’t complain, still in contention and excited for the weekend.”
Wie’s second career win came in Canada at the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
PERFECT BALL STRIKING
Anna Nordqvist tied the round of the tournament 7-under 64 Friday to climb into contention and put her- self in solid position at 9-under-par to get her third win of the season heading into the weekend. The round
couldn’t have been much better from a ball-striking perspective, hitting every green and fairway, and push- ing her to seven under for the day through just 12 holes before making par on the last six.
“I got off to a really good start. I hit it good all day. I think I hit all fairways and greens, so that makes it a little bit easier,” she said. “I’m a little disappointed with the last couple holes because I hit a lot of good putts that didn’t go in. Overall, I mean, I’m happy, good round. I felt like I like a couple shots out there, but I’m happy with where my game is at.”
The chase is on for tomorrow, and Nordqvist knows it’s going to take a horde of birdies on Saturday and Sunday to catch up and then keep pace.
“You’ve got to go for the birdies definitely. We knew that coming into this week,” Nordqvist said. “Weather turned out really nice today. It was a little cold yesterday, but it’s definitely scoreable. You have to leave your- self a lot of birdie chances.”
Nordqvist would be the first player on tour this season to get to three wins, jumping Karrie Webb, Jessica Korda and Stacy Lewis, who each have two wins as well.
“It would be very fun and it would be great to see my hard work is paying off,” she said. “I’ve been playing re- ally good golf the last couple weeks, it’s just a matter of a couple putts here and there and I’ll be right there.”
Xi Yu Lin came into this week having only made four cuts in her first 10 starts of her rookie season but the China native said she has felt completely relaxed in Waterloo and posted back-to-back rounds of 67 to finish in sole possession of fifth after two rounds. Lin, who had a bogey-free round on Friday, will be trying to im- prove on her career-best T17 finish at last year’s RICOH Women’s British Open. As a member, Lin’s best finish was a T19 two weeks ago at the Airbus LPGA Classic.
“I feel really relaxed today,” said Lin. “I can’t tell it’s the first one because I think I have some good rounds here, so I feel very happy playing here. Like very relaxed also because I playing well, so just jumping around.”
KICK START FOR PARK
Inbee Park said at the beginning of the week that losing the No. 1 ranking might be the very kick start to her season that she has been looking for.
The nine-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time major champ sits just four shots off the lead heading into the weekend. Although she ranks first on Tour in putting average, the South Korean said it’s been her Achilles heel. She ranks tied for sixth in the field this week in putts with just 56 in 36 holes.
“I putted really a lot better than last couple weeks this week, yesterday and today,” said Park. “Even if every- thing’s not going in, I see it going really close to the hole. So I’m really happy with my stroke and I just need to hit more shots a little bit more closer because there’s obviously a lot of opportunities here. Just trying to make a lot of birdies.”
Park can’t reclaim the No. 1 ranking this week even with a win, but can chip away at Lewis’ margin. A fore- cast of beautiful weather for the weekend will provide shoot-out conditions and players are already talking about the birdie-fest to be at Grey Silo.
“Since Hee Young is really playing well on this golf course and she feels probably really comfortable, I think to catch her I think I’ve got to shoot very low numbers the next two days,” said Park. “Hopefully the conditions are nice so we can see a lot of birdies.”
CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND
A total of 79 players made the cut which fell at 1-over-par 143. It ties the low cut for par 71 this season and matched last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic. Five Canadians made the cut: Sue Kim (-1), amateur Brooke Hen- derson (-1), Alena Sharp (E) and Monday qualifier Nicole Vandermade (+1).
Golf Channel aired the tournament live Thursday and Friday and it will be back again on Saturday and Sun- day.
Saturday: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST Sunday: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“That’s not normal. Used to be just myself and I’m just really happy to see two Chinese flags actually on the leaderboard. Hopefully we’ll keep both of them on the board for the weekend.
- Shanshan Feng on having two Chinese flags on the leaderboard.
Rolex Rankings No. 7 Shanshan Feng
Q. You're tied for the lead going into the weekend. How does it feel?
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, I think I have a habit that I don't really look at a scoreboard during my play, so until you tell me, I don't know I'm leading. Of course I'm really happy about my playing today because it's a bogey free round again, six birdies. I think I did pretty well.
Q. This golf course, this tournament, I think you're going to have to make a lot of birdies, more birdies on the weekend, right?
SHANSHAN FENG: Yes. Well, today the wind was not as strong so I'm pretty sure the girls have better scores today. I heard the weekend's supposed to be nice, so yeah, we need to go for many, many birdies.
Q. Is it going to get to 26 under like it did last year?
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, I don't know. Like people ask me before the tournament started, I said maybe about 25. We still have a chance to get to 25, 26.
Q. Do you feel very good about the way you're playing right now, hitting the ball?
SHANSHAN FENG: Yeah. I think everything is pretty good this week. I mean, I misjudged some, like a few putts for speed, so I leave them short, but I think I'm going to work on that tomorrow.
Q. Some of the girls are saying the greens are maybe a little slower or maybe a little inconsistent in places?
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, they look a little faster, but they are really a little slower than you think. So when I'm over the putt, you know, I have to tell myself you have to hit it.
Q. Xi Yu is up on the board as well, so a couple of Chinese golfers would be good for fans back in your country.
SHANSHAN FENG: No, Hee Young's Korean.
Q. Xi Yu, she's at 8 under.
SHANSHAN FENG: Oh, yes. I think she's a rookie and she's only 18 years old and we are from the same hometown. So I actually watch her, you know, when she started playing golf and I'm really happy for her. And this year I'm really happy that finally we have a second Chinese girl on the tour because then I'm not that lonely. I heard that there are a few more that are trying the tour school this year, so I will be really looking forward to see them on the LPGA next year.
Q. If you were to win this week or more tournaments, what would that do for golf back in China? It's already booming, is it not?
SHANSHAN FENG: Yes, it is. Well, my goal this year is to win three tournaments on the LPGA, so now I'm zero and if I win here obviously I get one. So one down and two more to go. But I would say, you know, I don't even have to win, you know. If I keep the good playing on the tour, that's going to give people back home just hope to get on the tour and then there are more and more juniors starting to actually pick up golf, too.
Q. When did you meet Xi Yu?
SHANSHAN FENG: I think she started golf eight years ago, so maybe when she was 10 or nine.
Q. She said she was working with your dad, is that right?
SHANSHAN FENG: Not really. Her mom and my dad, they work at the same place. So I started already started at that time and I was like, you know, maybe national junior champion, like champion, and then my dad was asking her mom, why your daughter don't try golf. Seem like my daughter is successful now and maybe if your daughter tries, she can be good, too. And I guess they make the right decision.
Q. How crazy is that to see you both on the leaderboard here this week?
SHANSHAN FENG: That's not normal. Used to be just myself and I'm just really happy to see two Chinese flags actually on the leaderboard. Hopefully we'll keep both of them like still on the board for the weekend.
Q. Do you spend a lot of time together off the course? Do you travel together a little bit?
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, not necessarily like traveling together, but we are friends. And because she's a rookie, so I'll tell her some experience that I've had and we'll go out for dinner. Yeah, we have a pretty good time.
Q. What's some of the advice you've given her?
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, I told her not to practice too much because from what I've seen, a lot of the rookie girls, they just work so hard like from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and then they're like then they're like so tired into the weekend so they don't make cuts. So that's what I told her, you need to practice like properly and then just go out and make a lot of friends, feel like this is home for you.
Q. I asked her if she was hoping the wind would kick up this afternoon and she said no because you were playing.
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, very nice and I think it's the same way for me. Like yesterday I played in the morning and then the people asked me did the wind die and I was like, no, I hope it keeps going because I'm done now. But I wish if the wind can stop just when she is playing.
Q. Did your dad help her with her game when she started?
SHANSHAN FENG: Not really. My dad's not really a coach. He was the one that asked her
Q. Pushed her to start playing?
SHANSHAN FENG: Yeah.
Q. Did you all play at the same course growing up?
SHANSHAN FENG: Yes, we did, same driving range and the same courses.
Q. Do you have the same swing coach?
SHANSHAN FENG: Not really.
SHANSHAN FENG: No.
Q. Is golf very much different in China than it is here?
SHANSHAN FENG: This year?
Q. No, than it is in North America, is it very different? It's a fairly new sport.
SHANSHAN FENG: Yes, it is. It's getting more and more popular, though. Now golf is back in the 2016 Olympics and I think if any Chinese can do well there, I'm pretty sure that's going to help the sport to grow up in China.
Q. What would it be like for you and Xi Yu to play in the Olympics?
SHANSHAN FENG: Well, I'm not in yet. Of course I really want to play representing my own country, and then if I don't get the chance to play it's still okay because that means the younger players are doing really well so I'll feel happy for them, too.
Q. I was going to say you're a happy go lucky person and so is Hee Young. Do you expect to have a lot of fun out there tomorrow with her?
SHANSHAN FENG: Am I playing with Hee Young tomorrow?
SHANSHAN FENG: Okay. I don't even know. Like I told you, I don't look at boards.
Q. You're happy people and do you expect to have a lot of fun out there tomorrow with her?
SHANSHAN FENG: Yes, she's been a very good older sister, you know, all the time. And I knew her, I think we knew each other since we were amateurs, so we've known each other for a long time. And she's the defending champion, so I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of people rooting for her tomorrow. It's still just good competition. I just hope we have good time.
Q. No bogeys so far in that final group, either.
SHANSHAN FENG: I almost did on which hole, seven, no eighth hole. I pulled the ball and it went in the water after first drive. Then I dropped up on the rough, hit it on the green, that was my third shot, and then I had like a 20 foot putt for a par and I made it.
Q. Will you have a number in mind tomorrow?
SHANSHAN FENG: Not really, no. Just as many birdies as I can but still keep patient because like today and yesterday, I still missed a lot of birdie chances.
Q. How different was the golf course today compared to yesterday? I know they said the pin locations were a little tougher but obviously there was no wind out here today really.
SHANSHAN FENG: Yeah. Well, to me, I think I had a lot of birdie chances both days, maybe more today. The pin positions were a little more difficult, so I didn't make as many putts as yesterday.
Rolex Rankings No. 23 HEE YOUNG PARK
Q. Very good round. No bogeys so far through 36 holes, that's very good playing. What was working today?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Today weather was lot better than first round and I still hit a lot of greens. And my goal was try to left uphill putt and then that worked well today also. I think that makes me more comfortable today.
Q. You feel very confident now going into the weekend?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I think so.
Q. What would it mean to win here again for the second time?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I don't know, just it's going to feel more special. I mean like any wins makes me special, but I won last year and keep remind like lot of good feeling on this golf course, so even makes me more special.
Q. Other players are saying the course has changed since last year. It doesn't look like it's changed for you, you go out and shoot 66 today. What is it about this place that you just seem to find a way to post really low numbers?
HEE YOUNG PARK: It's about same, just downhill putts make me really nervous. And then really tough because greens a little bit sometimes like shiny fast greens, so means not really consistent whole 18 greens. I try to make left uphill putt which worked well, too.
Q. How satisfying is it to be in the lead at this point anyway after two rounds?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I think still too far away to say something, so I'm not going to think about leader or not, just keep on do my same play.
Q. I heard that you're learning English by watching a lot of television. Is that true?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Yeah.
Q. Do you have any favorite shows?
HEE YOUNG PARK: I was used to be watch a lot of Deal or No Deal because that was fun. So like go out there and then pick some box. But I have to like explain my life, so I just came from okay, that's I really needed learn English, then I can go out there. And now more like what's in HGTV, which is like fix the house, like Storage Wars, I love it.
Q. Can you say yeah?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Yeah.
Q. Did you buy a house in Orlando? Do you have to redecorate?
HEE YOUNG PARK: Yeah, I bought a house four years ago and then I love to do some accessory in the house. Then my caddie Kylie love to fix the house, which is I did it three weeks ago, I did paint her also. So she likes the fixing, I like the decoration, so it's a perfect combination.
Q. Good luck on the weekend.
HEE YOUNG PARK: Thank you.
Rolex Rankings No. 10 MICHELLE WIE
Q. Good round out there. How did it feel?
MICHELLE WIE: It felt good. It was a little bit slow today, just didn't get the ball close to the hole on my second shot. I still can't complain, still in contention and excited for the weekend.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I'm having a lot of fun. It's really fun to be in contention so I'm really excited to come out here tomorrow.
Q. A lot of the girls were saying it was a grind today. Did you find that?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, somewhat. Just wasn't getting anything close to the hole today. Just got a lot of putts close. But yeah, it's not a really easy golf course. Definitely the wind was changing a lot today. There was a lot of times where I thought it was downwind and it was into the wind, so that was definitely difficult.
Q. With next to no wind, could you be a little bit more aggressive today out there?
MICHELLE WIE: It was just like I said, you know, it wasn't blowing as hard but it definitely wasn't staying in one direction. It was definitely blowing around. There were a lot of shots where I wasn't sure what the wind was doing so that kind of affected it quite a bit.
Q. Did that come into play on the 18th tee at all because I think you had a conversation whether to use driver or 3 wood and I think you ended up going with driver and you put it through the end of the fairway.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, you know, I definitely that's one of the holes where it's kind of iffy, it's kind of in between. I didn't think it was going to get that far but there's a lot of second hole shots. The third hole I came up short of the green, it just switched direction. It gets tricky out there with the wind.
Q. I know we talked about getting win number two in the season, you said it would mean a lot. Having one win's great but having two in one season, join the two win club. What would it mean to get another win here in Canada?
MICHELLE WIE: That would be a lot of fun. I definitely got close a lot of times here in Canada and it would mean a lot. But it's a long way until Sunday and I'm really just going to go out there and just focus on tomorrow's round.
Q. With as many birdie possibilities (inaudible) you can't really play defensive out here, can you?
MICHELLE WIE: No, no. I mean, you definitely aren't playing defensive. That's kind of why I hit driver on 18 and kind of have to keep playing aggressive. Birdies and pars. You have to keep making birdies because pars aren't enough.
Q. Can I ask about the leg?
MICHELLE WIE: It's fine, it's just tape.
Rolex Rankings No. 9 ANNA NORDQVIST
Q. That was a good round of golf out there. How did it feel?
ANNA NORDQVIST: I got off to a really good start. I hit it good all day. I think I hit all fairways and all greens, so that makes it a little bit easier. I'm a little bit disappointed with the last couple holes because I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in. Last one I left it about a roll short dead in the middle. So overall, I mean, I'm happy, good round. I feel like I left a couple shots out there, but I'm happy with where my game is at and I have to keep chasing them this week.
Q. (Inaudible.) There's no defense out there, is there?
ANNA NORDQVIST: No, you've got to go for the birdies definitely. We knew that coming into this week. Weather turned out really nice today. It was a little cold yesterday, but it's definitely scorable. You have to leave yourself a lot of birdie chances.
Q. How confident are you coming into this tournament after the great start to your season?
ANNA NORDQVIST: Yeah, I have already two wins and last week I was tied for third and the week before I was second, so I definitely feel like my game is in a good state. I keep pushing hard every day and we'll see where it gets me.
Q. What would it mean to you to get the third win? You would be the first one to three this year.
ANNA NORDQVIST: It would be very fun and it would be a great to see my hard work's paying off. I've been playing really good golf the last couple weeks, it's just a matter of a couple putts here and there and I'll be right there.
Q. What's been the difference this year?
ANNA NORDQVIST: Well, I've been hitting the ball really solid. I started with a new swing coach the beginning of the year and he's been a very positive influence on my game. I just have a lot of great people around me that keeps me in a good mood. It's a lot easier to play good golf when you're smiling out there.
Q. Who's your coach?
ANNA NORDQVIST: Jorje Parada.
Q. Have you gone down to Pinehurst yet?
ANNA NORDQVIST: I have not been to Pinehurst. I know a lot of girls have been and a lot of people ask me if I've gone or not, but I know what it's going to take and I'm just going to mentally prepare. And I still have three days when I get there so I'll be excited when I get there.
Q. Have you played there at all in the past?
ANNA NORDQVIST: I never played there but I'm sure I'll be watching the guys play there.
Q. How closely will you watch the guys there? What can you kind of take out of that?
ANNA NORDQVIST: You know, I think it will be fun just to see kind of how the golf course reacts and the kind of shots they play, just visual. And I think it will be pretty cool to show up there Monday and get to play the course after their final round.
Q. How are you planning on spending the off week?
ANNA NORDQVIST: I'm going back to Orlando. I've been playing five weeks in a row, so I'm pretty exhausted. It's been a great stretch but I just need some rest and work on a couple things and I'll be ready to go.
Rolex Rankings No. 148 XI YU LIN
Q. How was your golf, how did you play?
XI YU LIN: I'm playing pretty good today. Everything is pretty consistent. Even I miss a couple birdie putts but I still have a very good round.
Q. Do you like the golf course?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, the golf course is very fun but some holes is really tough and some holes is a very good opportunity for birdies. So I'm glad that I do well in the birdie holes and didn't make many mistakes today.
Q. Shanshan is your idol?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, yeah, because I play golf with her dad and we used to practice together like from when I was very young, and we are very good friends and this year she really helped me a lot (inaudible).
Q. How big is golf in China now? Is it growing a lot?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, it's growing a lot because I think there will be couple players playing the Qualifying School this year as well and I think they doing really well this year, like they win some amateur tournaments. And like the girls, there's one girl, she win the Queen Cup, which is really good.
Q. It's very popular over there now?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, it's getting more popular.
Q. Do you think you'll need to make a lot of birdies for the next two days to contend here?
XI YU LIN: Hopefully, yeah. I will trying to hole as much putt as I can and I think I'm going to be (inaudible).
Q. What would it mean for you to win on the LPGA Tour?
XI YU LIN: Well, winning on LPGA is a dream for me from when I was 10. I will try my best on the weekend because this is my first year and I will just see what happens, but I will try my best.
Q. What kind of impact on golf in China would this have if you won as well?
XI YU LIN: Sorry?
Q. What would be the impact on golf in China if you won as well? Would it be positive?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, for sure, because I think there's lots of good players in my age but they're still amateur, so I think it will be good.
Q. Have you ever played with Shanshan in a tournament?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, I played with her I always practice with her and I play with her in the LET tournament in Mission Hills last year. I played with her two days.
Q. What would it be like if you are paired together tomorrow?
XI YU LIN: It would be great, we can talk in Chinese.
Q. Your English is very good.
XI YU LIN: Thank you.
Q. Did it take you long time to learn?
XI YU LIN: Actually, not really because I'm pretty lucky like the coach of national team, the two coaches, they all speak perfect Chinese even though they're from New Zealand and Scotland, so it really helped me learn my English.
Q. And how have you found your visit here in Canada? Is this is this the first time you've been to Canada?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, it's my first time and it's really cool. Like I can't imagine Canada is same big as China but only have that little population, so it's really cool here, yeah.
Q. You seem like you and your caddie were having a lot of fun together on the course, too.
XI YU LIN: Yeah, yeah, we were talking a lot because it's very different from American and Chinese so we have lots to talk.
Q. Has he caddied for you in the past?
XI YU LIN: He caddied for me since the tournament in Texas.
Q. And you mentioned your driver yesterday, you weren't too happy. Were you happier today?
XI YU LIN: Yeah, yeah, much, much better.
Q. What was the key to turning it around?
XI YU LIN: Actually, it's just about my setup. It's all small problem. But even last week I'm not playing good but just some small changes. So yesterday I hit a couple shots on the range and today is much better.
Q. Is the past two days the best golf you've played so far this year?
XI YU LIN: I feel really relaxed today golf. I can't tell it's the first one because I think I have some good rounds here, so I feel very happy playing here. Like very relaxed also because I playing well, so just jumping around.
Q. Were the scoring conditions easier today?
XI YU LIN: Yes, I think, because it's not very windy in the morning until the 15th hole. So the back nine, like I think the back nine could be very hard, it's very windy. But the wind changed yesterday and today there's no wind there, so make me feel much better.
Q. You said Shanshan is giving you good advice. What's the best piece of advice do you think she's given you either on or off the golf course?
XI YU LIN: You know, I totally understand her like before last couple years she always say oh, I'm so lonely on the LPGA, I've been waiting for you guys for a long time. So I really happy to have like another Chinese girl on the tour and we can help each other, especially she have lots of experience and she give me lots of advice. And also she help me find lots of delicious food around the course.
Q. Do you eat a lot of Asian food?
XI YU LIN: Yeah.
Q. What did she say about your round yesterday?
XI YU LIN: She said "well done" because I think she don't really she won't really look at the scoreboard, she just know I'm playing pretty good. She said yeah, you're playing good.
Q. Do you hope the wind comes up this afternoon?
XI YU LIN: Well, Shanshan is playing this afternoon, so no.
Rolex Rankings No. 14 NA YEON CHOI
Q. Another very good day for you. I know we talked last week and you're feeling confident. How are you feeling over the past two days?
NA YEON CHOI: I think I'm really working on get back my old confidence, you know, these days. I play well Mobile and last week and today and yesterday, so I think I'm pretty getting closer, try to back on track. My caddie helped me a lot out there. I mean, I had a great round front nine, 4 under out there, and I had a lot of birdie chances back nine but just missed the birdie chance. So I think I still have a chance next two days. Yeah, just, you know, keep confidence with me.
Q. You played well here last year. Was there anything coming into this week knowing that this course is very scorable that you're going to try to do game plan wise?
NA YEON CHOI: My caddie asked me about this course before we came here, and then I think I had a great (inaudible) last year, that's why I got confidence with this golf course. Condition wise, it's just a little bit different, but the colder weather than last year. But everything is same with me, and yeah, it pretty good, yeah.
Q. Your caddie hadn't been here before?
NA YEON CHOI: For him it's the first time.
Q. How does that go kind of being on the teacher side of things, kind of teaching him about the course?
NA YEON CHOI: I mean, he play golf, too, so he knows all the games. For him every course is a first time for him, but I know a lot of courses and I don't mind. You know, I know the course, that's the more important, I think. We try to, you know, get work out together very well.
Q. And it works?
NA YEON CHOI: Yeah.
Q. How were conditions? I heard the pins were a little more difficult than yesterday maybe because the wind wasn't as bad?
NA YEON CHOI: Actually I think the condition was a little more difficult yesterday. Today was a little bit colder this morning but getting warmer and good weather.If I compare last year and this year, last year was I think very warm than this. Yeah, it was a little cold this morning, so it's kind of I lost a little bit of distance this morning.
Rolex Rankings No. 149 BELEN MOZO
Q. You had an up and down round today, does that describe it?
BELEN MOZO: Yeah, pretty much. However, I just learned that I hit 18 greens, so that's pretty awesome.
Q. Pretty consistent.
BELEN MOZO: Yes, I'm pretty happy about that. Just when you have a hybrid in your hands and you finish like with a par on this birdiable par 5, you just feel like you had a bad round. My back nine I putted well, I just didn't read some of the putts correctly and that makes you look a little silly when you misread them. It's just, you know, I'm playing really good golf, I'm hitting shots where I want to hit. I've miss hit a few irons here and there, but it's the second day. We still have two more days. I'm playing good, I'm just happy.
Q. Pin positions were a little tougher today, weren't they?
BELEN MOZO: Yes, they were and the wind started picking up a little bit, which pretty much describes why I didn't make enough birdies on the back nine. But, you know, I'm still happy with my round.
Q. Can you describe your eagle for me?
BELEN MOZO: Yes. I think we had 73 meters. It was very windy into the wind, so instead of going with a lob wedge, I decided to knock down a 53 degree to keep it a little low with the wind. Then I believe it bounced maybe four feet past the pin and then it came back and found the hole.
Q. Those things always put a smile on your face, don't they?
BELEN MOZO: I know. Funny thing is I was thinking, man, it's been a long time since I didn't hole out with a wedge. So when I did I was like, whoa, you should think about that more often. But yeah, it was fun.
Q. You were in a very similar position last year after the second round here, I think you were a couple off the lead. Saturday didn't go so well, but what are you going to do tomorrow?
BELEN MOZO: Well, there's a huge difference between this year and last year. Last year I wasn't playing not even half the way I'm playing right now. I mean, anyone could shoot low scores any given day, but the point is to keep shooting low scores consistently and know what you're doing and play the ball the way you want to play it. I feel much better and more confident this year than last year. I'm just going to go back home and enjoy my time with my host family and come tomorrow, do the same routine and then get ready.
Q. What do you credit the improvement this year to?
BELEN MOZO: Well, I started working a lot on my swing with my coach from all my life. I switched coaches when I came to the United States, and then in January I decided to work back with my coach from Spain. He's a guy that has been working with me since I was eight years old, so he's the one that provides me the most confidence. He's probably sending me so many text messages right now and stuff like that. I guess I gained my confidence back and hard work always pays off at the end. I'm not even close to what I think I could be, but it's a long road and I just have to be patient and keep going.
Q. And you're very comfortable on this course obviously?
BELEN MOZO: Yeah, I am comfortable, yes. I like this course. I like the crowd, I love it. I love the people here, so warm and nice. Just when you're happy it's really hard to not play good.
Q. Just one bad swing on 18 there?
BELEN MOZO: Yeah, I wasn't really comfortable because the lie was a little downhill and the wind was blowing a little right to left, and obviously it's not a pin with a 3 hybrid that you can go over the bunker. So first I wanted to hit a little cut and then my brother said just play it to the right and let it drop. It was a little downslope and I needed some height. I had too many thoughts in my mind at that point. I didn't put everything clear enough.
Q. Are you going to fire him for tomorrow then?
BELEN MOZO: Yes, I will.
Rolex Rankings No. 2 INBEE PARK
Q. Better than yesterday, do you think it was mostly conditions or anything you changed?
INBEE PARK: No, no. I mean, I putted really a lot better than last couple weeks this week, yesterday and today. Even if everything's not going in, I see it going really close to the hole. So I'm really happy with my stroke and I just need to hit more shots a little bit more closer because there's obviously a lot of opportunities here. Just trying to make a lot of birdies.
Q. Do you think your position now going into this weekend, you've been here before, it's going to be a horse race. Do you feel comfortable?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, since (indiscernible) is really playing well on this golf course and she feels probably really comfortable, I think to catch her I think I've got to shoot very low numbers the next two days. Hopefully the conditions are nice so we can see a lot of birdies.
Q. Yeah, condition wise, wind died down from the afternoon?
INBEE PARK: Yeah.
Q. How about pin positions, I know someone said a little tougher today maybe with less wind? You didn't think so?
INBEE PARK: I didn't think the pin positions were tough today. I think they could go a lot harder. Yeah, greens are quite soft now and still in very reachable pins and reachable par 5s. I think it's good scoring conditions.
Rolex Rankings No. 3 LYDIA KO
Q. Could you talk about your round today? It was kind of very good except for a couple holes, right?
LYDIA KO: It was very good apart from I would say one hole. A bogey comes now and then. But yeah, no, I three putted from like 12 feet, which wasn't that great, but I backed it up with two birdies in a row, so I'm more happy about that. You know, after a bogey I came up with another birdie. Yeah, I think overall was good. I'm in a good position for the weekend.
Q. Are you enjoying Waterloo and the course?
LYDIA KO: Yeah, the course is really good. I'm having lots of fun out here. There are a lot of juniors and other spectators out here so it's really good.
Q. Canada's been good to you. You've played well in Canada.
LYDIA KO: Yeah, I sure have. I won the Canadian Open the last two years, so I feel great when I play in Canada. Like I said, the support is humungous and that's I guess where we get our power and confidence from.
Q. What's your focus going into the weekend? You're in a pretty nice spot, you're in consideration, you're in the mix. What's your focus, Lydia?
LYDIA KO: I'm just going to play my own game and hopefully make some more birdies out there tomorrow. Just I guess I improved from yesterday to today, so I guess my kind of goal is better every day.
Q. What's the most challenging part of the course in your opinion? Like Stacy Lewis was saying it's really a putting contest out there right now.
LYDIA KO: Yeah, I think so. Seeing by the scores especially from last year, you know, there are obviously a lot of birdie opportunities. So the person that makes the most birdies and makes the most putts I think will win.
Q. Could you be a little bit more aggressive today considering there was no wind out?
LYDIA KO: I think it was a little easier with the wind not being as strong. But the wind is picking up a little bit right now. Yeah, I mean, wind is part of the game.
Q. Pin placements were tougher today, weren't they?
LYDIA KO: Yeah, some pins you couldn't really be aggressive, even the 18th. It's a par 5 and you might be able to get on in two in my case, but you've still got a pretty long putt to deal with an eagle and a birdie.
Q. Could you talk about your rookie year for me? As a 17 year old, how you handle it?
LYDIA KO: It's been really fun. I've just been grateful that I can get this opportunity at my age right now. Everybody else has been very welcoming, so yeah, it's been a fun experience.
Q. What do you do to stay grounded, do you know?
LYDIA KO: Every week is a new week so I just go out there with I guess a new mind and just concentrate on my game. You never know what's going to happen. That's why I just want to just play my game.
Q. Is it a true story you were almost a Canadian?
LYDIA KO: Maybe.
Q. I heard something that your family considered emigrating to Canada?
LYDIA KO: Yeah, we were planning on living here when I was much younger because my sister studied here, so obviously we moved to New Zealand now. But I personally think New Zealand and Canada, it's pretty similar. You can see by the surroundings that it is quite similar.
Q. The London Hunt Club, which started the Canadian Women's Open, is just down the road a hundred kilometers. Have you been down to see it?
LYDIA KO: No, I haven't.
Q. Will you do that before you leave or just head straight to Pinehurst?
LYDIA KO: I'm not too sure.