Maria Hjorth


Maria Hjorth, Europe
Q. What about your game today?
Hjorth: I had a good game today.

Q. The weather? Is it disrupting you, the wind?
Hjorth: It’s hard, but it’s hard for everybody. So you just have to say hang in there and work hard and, you know, try to make as few mistakes as you can. It’s hard.

Q. You’re leading right now. What do you think about tomorrow?
Hjorth: Well, we have to go and see. We have to keep up — keep it going, and, you know, hopefully we can get all the points going out there on the board. It will be great.

Q. What about the audience?
Hjorth: The spectators are great. It’s really, really good. I mean, it’s amazing how many people stayed out this late. It’s great.

Annika Sorenstam, Europe
(This interview was conducted in Swedish with the help of a translator)
Q. You struck up a great partnership with Suzann.
Sorenstam: I think that Suzann has played very well, perfect on the last hole and very stabile. It is feeling very good and we will se how it goes tomorrow. It was very good.

Q. You had a great birdie at the ninth to keep you one-up.
Sorenstam: It was a good drive and a very nice birdie for us.

Q. Europe has the upper hand at the moment and how important is the encouragement of the supporters?
Sorenstam: We have to take it step by step. There are tough matches left and we will do all we can to get the points.

Q. Suzann has looked forward to playing with you. Have you been waiting to play with her?
Sorenstam: Of course (laughter). No, we are good partners. We agree with each other. I like her way of being, and she is fair, and a very good player. She has a lot of energy, which is very important to have when you are playing.

Brittany Lincicome, US
Q. How does it feel to stop now and continue tomorrow?
Lincicome: It’s getting dark out here. It’s necessary, I guess. You know, we’re trying to play as many as we could, but what are we going to do?

Q. You’re one point down now. How does it feel for tomorrow? Is it good to recharge your batteries for tomorrow?
Lincicome: I had no time in between my matches. It’s going to be nice to get a good night’s sleep and come back and try to play as good as I can.

Juli Inkster and Stacy Prammanasudh, US
Q. Right now you guys are on the 10th hole. How do you feel about the way you’re playing right now? Are you disappointed?

Inkster: It was getting too dark. Now was the right time to suspend. We’re playing good. We’re a couple under and they’re making a lot of putts, so we just got to hopefully sleep it off and come out here tomorrow and make a few birdies coming in.
Q. Same thing for you, Stacy?
Prammanasudh: Exactly. As far as calling it, you know, one hole after 11, 12, it’s a very tough hole. I told Juli, I don’t want to start on 12. They’re canning stuff left and right.

Q. Juli, Stacy is making her first appearance here this week. What’s your impression of her?
Inkster: We played a lot together in the practice rounds and stuff. It makes me feel comfortable. If — she’s very consistent, down the middle, on the greens. As far as the best ball, she’s very reliable.

Q. You’re playing with a player who has got a lot of experience out here. Here is your chance, Stacy.
Prammanasudh: Being my first Solheim and playing with someone like Juli is a complete honour. I couldn’t have been more excited this afternoon. That’s what I’m out here to do. I’m here to get on the fairway and green and let her do her thing.

Q. This is obviously one of the most prestigious events in all of women’s golf. What has it been like for you to be a part of this team?
Prammanasudh: It’s been a very, very, very busy week. I can’t enjoy it any more. It’s been so much fun, and I’m just ready to get out there tomorrow morning and see what we can do.

Q. One last thing, to get back in this, tomorrow to come back out, I guess it’s going to be an early start. What do you guys have to do to get going, Juli?
Inkster: We can’t dilly-dally. We have to be coming out here at 7:35 and be ready to go. It’s not like starting at No. 1, you fall behind, you know, early. We don’t have that many holes to catch up, so we’ve got to be ready to go mentally and physically, and we got eight holes to win this thing.

Q. Stacy, any final thoughts?
Prammanasudh: Go U.S.A.

Laura Davies, Europe
Q. So you’re one-up. How did you both play?

Davies: Becky was very steady. She held us together nicely for the most part. She’s very good.

Q. One-up, how many to go?
Davies: Yeah. It was good. It’s a good session for us. It’s the first time we actually — the European team is getting on top a little bit. We’ve got to go again on the next few holes.

Iben Tinning, Europe
Q. So how do you feel, Iben?

Tinning: Tired, but also very happy. I think my partner today actually playing quite brilliant. I’m trying to make the pars, and she’s makes all the putts.

Q. Okay. How are you playing?
Tinning: Getting really tired. I thought — I’m playing alright. I just don’t stiff them as much, but it’s a tough golf course.

Q. So you’re going to get out early and warm up?
Tinning: I think it’s good.

Q. Are you disappointed over suspending?
Tinning: No, not really. It’s just the way it is.

Q. Right, I know. Did you get cold out there at all?
Tinning: It was cold. When you’re tired, you get cold, the wind and everything. Been here since 6am this morning, yeah.

Trish Johnson, Europe
Q. Are you happy with the way the match stands right now?

Johnson: We played pretty well. Not easy conditions. Hopefully happy.

Q. Did you get cold out there in?
Johnson: It was pretty chilly. The last couple hours was tough. It’s a good time to call it, I think.

Q. What are you going to do for tomorrow?
Johnson: Have some food and go to bed.

Q. Are you disappointed for suspending?
Johnson: No, no. Nice to be finished for today.

Natalie Gulbis, US
Q. How do you feel after that match?

Gulbis: It was a good match, good nine holes. Looking forward to finishing this thing up in the morning.

Q. The weather, how are you feeling?
Gulbis: Cold, very cold. Cold and hungry.

Q. Do you feel like you can turn it around tomorrow?
Gulbuis We’re going to do the guest best we can. It’s a great match and we’re going to go forward.

Singles matches (European names first):
Catriona Matthew v Laura Diaz
Sophie Gustafson v Pat Hurst
Suzann Pettersen v Stacy Prammanasudh
Iben Tinning v Juli Inkster
Becky Brewerton v Sherri Steinhauer
Trish Johnson v Angela Stanford
Annika Sorenstam v Morgan Pressel
Laura Davies v Brittany Lincicome
Bettina Hauert v Nicole Castrale
Maria Hjorth v Paula Creamer
Linda Wessberg v Cristie Kerr
Gwladys Nocera v Natalie Gulbis