COLIN CALLANDER: We have Juli Inkster, 7 under par 65 which ties the 18 hole total of the championship set by Candie Kung at Turnberry in 2002, and repeated by Karen Stupples here in 2004. Great round of golf.
JULI INKSTER: Thank you. Thank you very much. Basically you know it’s perfect conditions out there. We didn’t have any wind. The greens were a little soft. I hit the ball really well today. I’ve been struggling very much with my swing, and I got Karrie Webb’s teacher, Ian Triggs, to help me a little bit and I think he got me on the right path.
Every day, it’s gotten a little bit better and so I was pleasantly surprised when I teed my ball up on No. 1 and it went straight. I thought that was a good sign.
COLIN CALLANDER: You just finished tied ninth last week.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, you know what, I managed my game very well last week. I just played safe. I putted well. So I was very fortunate to finish where I finished last week. I mean, I played with Helen the last day and she deserved to win. She played great. And I was just hanging on by my little pinkies.
Today I played very well, I played aggressive when I needed to, and I really only missed one green, and that was on the par 3, 15. Other than that, I hit every green, and so that made my day a little easier.

Q. Did you get inspiration by what Helen did last week?
JULI INKSTER: Helen never inspires me well, you can put that in bold print. (Laughter).
You know what, it was great to see her win. I know how hard she’s worked to come back and she’s got a lot of drive. No, not really. It’s great to see her win and it’s great to see someone in her 40s win, but I have my own issues I need to work out, and I’m just glad I hit the ball well today.

Q. When did you see him?
JULI INKSTER: Karrie and I flew on the same plane from Geneva here and we’re staying at the same hotel and she said she’s coming out Monday to hit some balls, and I just said, “Is Ian here?”
“Yeah, he’s going to watch me hit balls.”
“Is there any chance he could watch me hit a few?”
He’s a great guy. I told him to eat well and sleep well because I knew it was going to be you know what, he had some good things to say and there was nothing overhaul, he knows I have kind of a unique swing anyway. It was good. He helped me. And I’m not saying I’m going to strike the ball like this every day from here on out, but at least I feel like of a direction and I know what I need to do.

Q. You said about the players in their 40s, wonder what you think about people that retire in their 30s, Annika 37, Lorena said she might retire at 31 or something.
JULI INKSTER: You know, I think it’s two different eras. They grew up, I mean, especially Annika and Lorena, where the money is good.
When I was out here, I think my first win, I won 22,500. I always thought I would play about five years and have a couple kids and retire. I’m kind of unique. I really love the game. I go out and play for fun. I go out and I think Annika, I think it’s a lot of work. You know, she’s got every time she tees it up, she’s expected to win and every time, her work ethic is just grind, grind, work out, hit balls.
I took some time off and had kids and I think I just have a different perspective. Golf is what I do; it’s not really who I am, and I have a family, and I enjoy being home, but I also enjoy what I do.
I don’t think there’s any reason why I don’t think Annika could come out here and finish, you know, 15th or 12th on the Money List and live with herself. Me, I’m okay with that. I enjoy what I do. I love playing golf, but it’s not the end of the world for me. And I think sometimes I think it’s a lot more pressure on Lorena and Annika because they are expected to win every time they tee it up, and that’s just a really hard way to play.
I know Annika wants a family and she doesn’t think she can have a family and play the quality of golf that she’s used to playing, and that’s her decision. You know, it was hard for me to play with having young kids out here, so I can kind of see where she’s coming from.

Q. Didn’t you make an eagle on the ninth hole? Can you go over that?
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, I hit driver and I hit it right where I wanted to, and I didn’t see where it landed or anything like that. But when I got up there it was 16 to 18 feet away. It was pretty much a straight in putt up the hill, and made it.

Q. I would like to know one thing the coach told you to do that putt you back on the right track.
JULI INKSTER: A lot of it was my posture and getting the club to come back down the same path it goes back, instead of re routing it. So I’m trying to did a lot of pre squares and stuff like that. He said mainly it’s getting my posture right. It was a little saggy and a little over, and that will get my hips to come more that way, instead of rotating.

Q. Next thing, can you remember a really appalling day after you had had kids when you were trying to play?

Q. And they were screaming or whatever?
JULI INKSTER: Oh, yeah, I can remember, it was in Portland, Cori had an ear infection and about Cori is my youngest 104 fever. So I took her to the emergency room about midnight and got back from the emergency room about 7:30 and had a 9:20 tee time.
But you know what, that’s just what you do. Hayley was sick, it seemed like Hayley is my oldest. First year, it seemed like every tournament I was at, she had an ear infection or something. We were constantly battling that.
So it’s just different things. Now they are 18 and 14, and now I have to worry about them coming home at night. Especially in France. (Laughing).
You know, looking back on it, I wouldn’t change a thing about raising kids out here. My mom was a stay at home mom, and I really struggled with that the first couple years. I look at my kids and they are very well adjusted and love to travel and are good people. And the players out here, the Meg Mallons and Karrie Webbs and Beth Daniels and the Pat Hurst, my kids have grown up with these people and they have been really good to my kids, so it’s been very good for them.

Q. Do you remember what you shot the next morning?
JULI INKSTER: I don’t even know what I shot. I was in a fog. I probably played well because I wasn’t even thinking. You know what’s funny about the whole thing is the emergency room doctor that helped me out, he came out right after his shift. He got off at 9:00 right after his shift and came out and walked the whole 18 with me. That was pretty cool, I said, “Well, we’ll stay up together.”
COLIN CALLANDER: Let’s go over the details of your birdies.
JULI INKSTER: First hole I hit a good drive but missed my 7 wood to the right. I chipped up and made about a 15 footer for birdie.
No. 2 I hit two really good shots about 30 feet, 25 feet and I 3 putted for par.
No. 5, I hit 9 iron to 15 feet and made that for birdie.
10, I hit 3 wood, hybrid 7 wood and 2 putted from about 20 feet.
12, I hit driver and I hit just a little 5 iron in there about eight feet. It was a tough putt, and I made that.
14, I hit driver, that hybrid again in two, and I had about a 45 footer, knocked it up there about six feet and then I made that.
And then 15, I hit a bad tee shot to the right and I had about 25 yards I had to carry it back on the green and knocked it up there about eight feet and made that for par. So that was a nice save there.

Q. Do you have any plans to retire?
JULI INKSTER: Do I have any plans? Yeah, I have plans. I don’t know when.
You know what, the way I look at it, I play 16 to 18 tournaments a year and I get the rest off, and I like what I do, so I just play. I’m not sure that I’m going to play next year, but I have plans to finish out this year and then I’m just going to re evaluate and see. But I’m getting close. Q. What would you do?
JULI INKSTER: Oh, believe me, I plenty to do. My little one is just starting high school and she plays basketball and golf and I wouldn’t mind coaching a high school girls’ golf team. I like to work out and I like to cook, I like to eat, so yeah, I think I’ll be just fine.

Q. Can you tell us what you did after the U.S. Open when you took time off?
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, I took probably two weeks off and did nothing. Then I just kind of started working on my game. I wasn’t really quite sure I wanted to come to Evian, and the reason why I came is because my kids would kill me if I didn’t come, so I went and just I played good there. But I was seriously thinking about not coming. I was playing so bad that it wasn’t even fun. So it gives me a little bit of light and now I have something positive to work on.
COLIN CALLANDER: Juli, thank you very much indeed.


Q. Nothing better than starting a round with an eagle?
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: Yeah, yeah, well, Karen did it in the final round and unfortunately my came too early.

Q. What happened on that hole?
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: I hit 5 wood to about six feet.

Q. And the birdies were coming every third hole.
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: Oh, really? I just try to make them when I can. I don’t know how they progress.

Q. Your putting felt good?
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: Yeah, I finally adjusted my grip a little bit before I went out.
I’ve been struggling this year with my putting, and I felt really good over it, especially making the first putt down the first hole helped.

Q. How have your results been goig this year?
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: I’ve been striking the ball very well this year, and just not getting a lot out of my rounds and unfortunately been struggling with my putting, but hopefully they have come together for one week.

Q. Were some of the later holes tougher than the earlier ones?
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: Yeah, the back does play tougher. The front is shorter and starting with two reachable par 5s, you should be a few under on the front, anyways, you hope, and just try to make good shots on the back and birdies when you can.

Q. What happened on 17?
STACY PRAMMANASUDH: I made my tee shot just a bit left. I guess it kicked pretty hard and went through the fairway a little bit, and I didn’t have a shot to the green and chipped up


COLIN CALLANDER: This is a course you know pretty well.
JOHANNA HEAD: Yeah my sister and I played here nine rounds.
COLIN CALLANDER: Are you playing golf in America this year?
JOHANNA HEAD: Yeah, I’ve played all of it. I haven’t played the European Tour this year. Yeah, I’ve been focusing over there.

Q. Who were you and your sister playing with?
JOHANNA HEAD: We beat Keith Maxwell and Tony Johnstone 5 & 4 and in the final but the amateurs players, we took the money for first place, £1,600, which I needed in those days.
I lived here eight years ago just for six months, and we were born in Ascot, just around the corner.
I didn’t know the course quite well, but I haven’t played it since the last British Open but I have a caddie who is from here. He’s a Sunningdale caddie, so he’s really helped me with lines off the tees and really on course management.

Q. What’s his name?
JOHANNA HEAD: Gary, I can’t remember his surname. He’s one of the kids. Caddies for Simon Khan.

COLIN CALLANDER: What were conditions like out there today?
JOHANNA HEAD: The best conditions. I wouldn’t say it’s easy. Well, I suppose the conditions were easy because there was hardly any wind, but the course was playing absolutely lovely. It really is lovely.

COLIN CALLANDER: For the sake of the rest of the guys, can you go through the birdies?
JOHANNA HEAD: Yes. On the first I hit 7 wood to the front of the green and 2 putted.


Q. Was there anything to indicate this would be happening?
KRISTY McPHERSON: Yeah, I’ve been playing well lately, last three events finished Top 10, so I had some confidence coming in here. I played well today and stayed away from mistakes. I 3 putted the last hole and hate finishing that way but good start.

Q. What was the highlight?
KRISTY McPHERSON: There wasn’t anything fancy out there. I made a great putt on 7, which is probably one of the hardest holes out there and that got me a little bit of confidence. Just probably about 40 feet. So it’s always nice to see those go in the hole. But yeah, there was nothing fancy, just birdied the holes I was supposed to and three out of the four par 5s.
You have to do that around here. They give you a chance to start off well with two reachable par 5s, and that gives you a little confidence after that.

Q. So what now?
KRISTY McPHERSON: I’ll go out and practise a little bit and don’t play until 3:17 tomorrow so I have plenty of time to rest and maybe see a little more of London.

Q. What’s been your best finish in the past?
KRISTY McPHERSON: I finished fourth a couple weeks ago.


KAREN STUPPLES: I hit my first drive in the fairway I don’t know, expectations, knowing that I have been playing well this year, and one round here, I was nervous and I know I could never get anywhere near the start I got to last time.
So once I started playing and hit some quality shots, got into it.

Q. A 64 last time you played, and 67 now.
KAREN STUPPLES: Yeah, very happy with that and hit some good quality shots and that’s refreshing, too. I was getting a bit sort of stale and nothing was happening and I was making some putts and nothing was going, and you turn the corner and you have to start thinking let’s make some birdies.
12, I hit a good putt and 13 I hit a really good iron, so I was very happy with that. Disappointed with the 3 putts on 14. That took a bit of momentum because I think I could have gone even lower.

Q. Inaudible?
KAREN STUPPLES: I think I was a little greedy and wanted another birdie. That will teach me.

Q. Juli Inkster leading
KAREN STUPPLES: I hope so. She’s got two girls, managed to combine motherhood and golf, for me what a role model. She really is somebody I look up to and how she’s got a knack for business, and finding real life, as well.

Q. How old is your son?
KAREN STUPPLES: 15 months. From ten months on, he hasn’t stopped. We can barely blink and we’re growing eyes in the back of our head, too, because we need them.
He wakes up in the morning and he sees balls everywhere. He sees them everywhere.

Q. What’s his name?


Q. Talk about your eagle.
LAURA DIAZ: I hit a good drive and hit 7 wood in and rolled up to seven feet and made the putt.
The course is in really good shape. This is my third year here, and this is the greenest I’ve ever seen it. Because it’s so green, it’s a lot softer, so it’s playing a lot different than it has in the past, but this is the first afternoon I’ve played and it’s already starting to firm up.
Still playing not too far into the green and letting the ball release.

Q. Just talk about how it is coming here this year in general.
LAURA DIAZ: I’ve been coming here since ’98, my European year, I guess it was ’97 I played on the European Tour, ’97 my first British Open, and I loved it. It was a great challenge. And it was very mentally demanding and recently I’ve struggled with my mental game.

Q. Do you have a new coach?
LAURA DIAZ: I don’t have a new coach. I started working with or I just spoke with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, yesterday, just feeling a little off. They have kind of always had my curiosity. My father and my brother have always said go out and shoot try and make 18 birdies, so I spoke with them yesterday and we had a good chat.


COLIN CALLANDER: We have Rebecca Hudson with a 5 under par 67, currently two shots off the lead. Rebecca, excellent round of golf.
REBECCA HUDSON: Thank you. I was pleased with that.

COLIN CALLANDER: How were conditions out there?
REBECCA HUDSON: Oh, perfect, absolutely, the course is in great condition. We had no wind early on. Very nice conditions for golf.

COLIN CALLANDER: Is that your best start in this tournament?
REBECCA HUDSON: In this tournament, yes. I shot 3 under at St. Andrews last year but that was completely different conditions. It was brutal at times, but 4 or 5 under is very good.

Q. What time were you up and where did you come from this morning?
REBECCA HUDSON: Bracknell, I’m staying. 5:18 I got up, woke up.

REBECCA HUDSON: I just remember looking at my clock. I just always do. I set my clock at 5:36.

Q. Why 5:36?
REBECCA HUDSON: My time was 7:36 and I always give myself two hours.

Q. You seem very relaxed.
REBECCA HUDSON: I try to have the same attitude when I’m playing at home around my golf course or the British Open. If you try to have the same attitude and feelings, and if you play well with a relaxed attitude, then why change it? Why should I change to be something else? I enjoyed it, and we worked very hard and we got the right bounces.

Q. Do you have anything to prove this week? I looked at your ranking, 176th, and you’re obviously a better player than that; do you have anything to prove on this sort of bigger stage?
REBECCA HUDSON: I try not to if I think about that, you think, all right, I’ll go out and show them. But you know, you get a ranking and you have to actually prove you’re better than it, but is that the only thing, no, I’m not thinking about it.
The World Rankings are slightly we were saying the other day are not the greatest system for the European players, but we’ve just got to go out and show what we can do. If we just play our golf that we play week in and week out, we will be up there and we will be playing well.

COLIN CALLANDER: Can we go over the birdies and bogeys?
REBECCA HUDSON: On the second, driver, 3 wood, just short, didn’t hit the best drive, to about three foot in.
3, driver, 7 iron to about ten foot up the hill, which is good.
5th is a good hole. It was a drive, 8 iron to about 12 foot. That was nice. Difficult hole that, one, with the bunkers off the tee. I was pleased with that.
9, it was 3 wood off the tee and a 7 iron, not the best 7 iron in the world, to about 15 foot and I holed that.
10, 3 wood, 3 wood up to the green and 2 putt. The pin was back right, the putt was probably 15 yards.
11, hit it right off the tee and had to chip out, got it to ten foot and just missed.
12, I was very pleased, driver and rescue to about the front edge and holed a very nice putt from about ten yards up the green.
13, I hit a 4 iron about eight foot.
18, I went for my birdie, hit a rescue. Somehow stopped on the back of the green, must have taken the biggest bounce, 190, which I only hit my rescue 175 and I knocked it six, eight foot past, downhill.

Q. Your drive at the 18, you seem to be amused by that.
REBECCA HUDSON: It wasn’t the best strike in the world. If you look how far the girls were past me, no, it was not the best drive in the world. But I played what I thought was the most perfect shot into the green and I was surprised I made it to the back edge. Left myself, it was a horrid putt, and just hit it too hard. The driver was not the best.

Q. Have you got designs on going to the LPGA Tour at some point in the future?
REBECCA HUDSON: Not at all. Not at the minute. I think wherever you play golf, you have to have your life and you have to have your base there. I like Europe. The Tour is getting better, the funds are getting better, the courses are getting better and everyone is working very hard and I think we have a tour that we can move forward to.

Q. Playing today with the U.S. Open Champion, did you see anything in her game that you would have liked to have pulled into yours, or did it make you realise that you are able to compete with players of that standing?
REBECCA HUDSON: I think when you play with any of the top girls, I know playing with Trish at the European Cup at the beginning of the year, if you play and you watch them, you learn a lot from them because they have played in situations and they have done it.
If you just watch how they play, you can always learn something from them. Cristie’s focus is amazing on the course and she knows exactly what she wants to do. She’s not put off by anything. Sometimes if I have a fault, I probably rush something, so it’s good to see that taking of the time and relaxing.
But you get a lot from any of the top players you play with. I learned a lot from Trish earlier in the year in the team championship.

Q. Are you getting let by the players to go?
REBECCA HUDSON: No, I’m quite happy. I would like to have a few invites to maybe play if I ever got to the Solheim, I would not like to go out there without having played one or two, but no, I’m happy where I am.

Q. What are the things that you have to do here well to score well?
REBECCA HUDSON: I think the approaches into the greens are very important. Sometimes you’re aiming if the pin is on the right, you’re aiming back left because you know that the slope will take it around. If you aim at the pin, you disappear into one of the sneaky hollows.
It’s all about where you’re going to pitch the ball and let it run in from, and putting yourself on the right side of the hole. The greens are absolutely fantastic, but they are quite quick if you get on the wrong side of them. You have to put your ball in the right place and give yourself putts that you can actually have a nice roll at.

Q. Could you have been a Korean golfer, or do you need to do a lot of other things, as well?
REBECCA HUDSON: What do you mean?

Q. How they concentrate on golf to the exclusion of most other things.
REBECCA HUDSON: It’s like your job, you get 28 days holiday a year, you can’t to your job at your best, I feel, every single day of the. It’s like any job, you think I have to get away, I have to have my own space. I treat it like that, so probably the answer is no.

Q. What happens to you when you don’t get your own space; what do you feel?
REBECCA HUDSON: Well, it’s more that you don’t get time off. If I’m playing constantly week in, week out, you get to the point where you just get burned out. We have a very good tour in Europe at the minute, and I think we’ve got 14 events in a row at the minute; and if I try to play 14 in a row, towards the end you lose the drive and everything.
So you need to take your weeks off to play the best you can, I think. That’s my belief.

Q. Sorry to go on about America, but what about the financial thing? You could set yourself up for life, you’re obviously good enough to, and you probably can’t do that on the Ladies European Tour, so is that any sort of incentive?
REBECCA HUDSON: No, because I think I would have to go move out there and live out there, and my family, the ones I want to be with are not out there.
Fair enough, you might have a lot of money, but what’s the point if you’re not with the people you want to be with? If you’re not happy, then there’s no point in doing anything. Life’s good and I’m happy at the minute. If you’re happy, you enjoy your game, you enjoy your golf. I think that is a huge aspect of it.
I think if I got married and all of a sudden we said, let’s go to America, let’s buy a house and let’s live there with who I wanted to, then the LPGA would be great.

Q. What about fulfilling your ambitions and winning majors?
REBECCA HUDSON: Why? What are my ambitions.

Q. I don’t know; have you got ambitions to win majors?
REBECCA HUDSON: I have ambitions to play as good of golf as I can and to just go wherever it takes me. Golf will take me somewhere, and at the minute, it’s going good. I need to improve to maybe get on a Solheim and then go on from there. There’s so many things; I need to walk before I can run and I just can’t jump in.
I like Europe. I want to support the Ladies European Tour, because I believe that it’s something good.

Q. The women’s tour, following the men’s tour, do you hope that there will come a time when like some of the British players now, can go over and play a couple of events because they qualified? The European men are qualified to go over and play in the WGC events or things like that.
REBECCA HUDSON: Yeah, it would be nice. It’s very difficult for the Europeans to get into anything. I think we only get two starts in the U.S. Opens from the European Tour, which I mean, it’s difficult. I know they are the American tour and they want their best Americans there, but I do believe maybe they should offer a couple more invites to the Europeans, as well, or some of the other events on the Tour. We give them quite a lot of spots and we’ve been anxious to get a few more back.
I’d love to go play the odd one and I know quite a few of the other girls would like to go and play some events; not based over there but just play and have the experience. I think Suzann Pettersen and Morgan Pressel came over to play in Ireland and they got invites and that’s great, and we like having them there and they are good for the Tour. They are good publicity. We would like that the other way, as well. It would be nice, but I don’t have any say in any of that. But it would be nice for the LPGA to do that.
COLIN CALLANDER: Could the key be changing the World Rankings?
REBECCA HUDSON: Yes, to show that we actually, okay, I’m Top 50 in the world and I would like to.
COLIN CALLANDER: That’s what happened to the men.
REBECCA HUDSON: It would be nice, but that’s not in my hands.

Q. If more people were like you and supported the European Tour, do you think it would be that much more successful; are you fighting a lone battle?
REBECCA HUDSON: No, most of the girls do play in America because of the money. We don’t have the money the LPGA has and lucrative deals that they can build their life over and don’t have to do anything else. So I can see why they go over there.
There’s actually quite a lot of girls who are actually staying over in Europe because they see the money is getting better and probably eight years ago, it was probably only just the Top 10 that could make a living. And now we are looking at the top 20 who could make a nice living and hopefully in the next few years it will be the top 40 and they won’t have to have other jobs and look for sponsors to do that.
COLIN CALLANDER: Rebecca, thank you and well done today.


Q. That was a great shot, birdie, birdie, and the first birdie was not easy.
LORENA OCHOA: I think that driver, I was very fortunate that it was in play.

Q. And the second hole?
LORENA OCHOA: The second birdie? I hit a driver and then I hit a 5 iron just in front of the green, maybe 25 feet for birdie, just 2 putted.

Q. Did you feel like you were on cruise control there for the last few holes?
LORENA OCHOA: I felt good today. I think you know, I was smart and just playing on the right side of the course. On 17th tee, I got really mad, bad drive off the tee and didn’t hit a good chip, but the rest, I have no complaints. I think 3 under is always good and we’re just starting and I’m going to try to take it one club at a time.

Q. What was the right club to take on the 17th?

Q. What did you hit in practise?
LORENA OCHOA: In practise, I hit everything.

Q. Character of the course, is it different today after a little bit of rain overnight? Is it the course softer?
LORENA OCHOA: I don’t think it rained during the night. I’m sure but the conditions were perfect. We played 13 holes with zero wind, and they were soft, the greens, and we all knew that it was going to be 6 , 7 under for sure. It’s okay. Hopefully we have good weather and a low round tomorrow.
I think the first day, I’m not worried. You just go out there and I thought, let’s work hard and try to putt my name up there.


Q. Annika, rough start today?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, it wasn’t the start I wanted.

Q. Anything particular?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I was up three hours before, and it’s either I don’t start well or mess up in the beginning. I just cannot play 18 holes it seems like.
The first hole, I hit my drive to the right. I was on the green and 2 putted for six.
And then I bogeyed No. 3. I hit a sand wedge just up to the green and chipped and 2 putted from about 20 feet.
Then No. 6, 6 iron left of the green and 3 putted from about 25 feet.

Q. And the second shot when you were in the middle of the fairway, with a very awkward downhill pitch?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No. 3, you mean. Yeah, it went to the left, just the wrong place to be.
I don’t really know what to do. Like I said, I can’t seem to play 18 holes. I mean, I played very, very good for many holes, and then I make bogeys every round, and you just cannot make bogeys. I have made so many bogeys in the last few months, and you just can’t do that.

Q. Were there any special emotions in this round?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, at 7:30 in the morning, I just want to have good round. The course is perfect; the conditions are perfect and I’m playing well and looking forward to a wonderful day with some birdies and kind of get some momentum going.
You know, I’m just focusing on my game. That’s really all I’m focusing on, and it’s just so disappointing that I just can’t seem to pull it together.
This has gone on for quite some time. I know for three weeks I’ve played some great golf, but every round has been very much the same, a lot of good shots, but just not 18 good ones.