COLIN CALLANDER: We have Yuri Fudoh in the interview area. She has scored a 69 for a three round total of 13 under, 203, and leads this championship going into the last round.
First and foremost, Yuri, how do you feel about the round out there today?
YURI FUDOH: I could play without any pressure today, and compared with the last two days.
COLIN CALLANDER: Why was there less pressure today compared to the last two days?
YURI FUDOH: A few things, first thing is I followed my caddie’s advice, and the second thing is I’ve done everything that I can do. So I think that the golf, that’s why I could play without pressure.
COLIN CALLANDER: Do you think you will feel the same tomorrow when you’re in the last round?
YURI FUDOH: Right now, I don’t know if I will feel the same or not. I hope that I can do that and play just like today.
Q. I’m just curious why you never decided to come play in the United States on the LPGA since you have so much success in Japan.
YURI FUDOH: I don’t think I have enough power to play on the LPGA, like physical condition. I don’t think that I have enough condition, so that’s why.
Q. How important has Peter Coleman, your caddie, been this week?
YURI FUDOH: He has helped on distance and I think 50 per cent is because of the caddie.
Q. How do you communicate, if he doesn’t speak Japanese and you don’t speak English?
YURI FUDOH: He can speak very fluent Japanese joking.
He speaks very slowly and his English is quite easy to understand for me.
Q. Your shots seem stable, what do you think about that?
YURI FUDOH: The driver goes a little left and right, so I can keep lower scores because of my good iron shots.
COLIN CALLANDER: Could we get the details of the birdies and the bogeys? How did you get 4 on the first hole?
YURI FUDOH: Sand wedge, 50 yards shot and three foot putt.
7, second shot 8 iron and 5 foot putt.
9, 70 yard sand wedge shot and 3 foot putt.
11, sand wedge from the collar and 3 foot putt.
17, 60 yard sandshot and 10 foot putt.
Q. Any special preparation for this tournament?
YURI FUDOH: Nothing special but I practise every day.
Q. How famous are you in Japan, and who is the most famous golfer now in Japan, Ai Miyazato, or who would you say?
YURI FUDOH: Torakichi Nakamura, she’s very famous, and she’s been most famous player in women’s golf in Japan for like ten years, but I should be almost the same level now.
Q. And if I went to Japan, where would I see her? Would I see her on the billboards or anything?
YURI FUDOH: Tough question. If you see the tournament posters, she’s always on the posters.
Q. Looks like you made a great save.
JI YAI SHIN: My round, I hit my irons very good, but tough day.
Q. What was it like playing with Yuri? Had you played with her?
JI YAI SHIN: Oh, we played before two times in Japan.
Q. And how did those two times end up? Did you win either one of those times?
JI YAI SHIN: In Japan she won both of those.
Q. How confident are you of playing in an LPGA event in a major? What has this experience been like this week?
JI YAI SHIN: I don’t know, I’m always trying for this week and this tournament and the LPGA Tour. I feel like last week, Evian Masters, so that’s three or four rounds good, but first round, second round was so so. It’s very hard training. I think it’s much better this course.
Q. And what are you looking forward to about tomorrow?
JI YAI SHIN: Just one stroke at a time.
Q. What do you think it will take to win? What do you think your score will have to be?
JI YAI SHIN: First few holes make a birdie, first hole, second hole. Birdie the first two holes.
Q. I know you enjoy playing with Lorena, were you comfortable out there?
AI MIYAZATO: I was. She was having a not very good day today, but I really enjoyed playing with her.
Q. Were you feeling any pressure out there to win a major?
AI MIYAZATO: No. I was a little bit nervous today, this morning but that nervousness actually turned into a positive, so it was good.
Q. Driving the ball a little bit better?
AI MIYAZATO: I think I was very concentrating through out the round, so maybe that had an effect, as well.
Q. How long have you known Yuri Fudoh; did you look up to her at all?
AI MIYAZATO: Maybe she was the leading money winner in Japan for six years in a row and she’s a very good player.
Q. But she hasn’t really been in contention in a major in the past. We’re kind of unfamiliar with her playing at her best, but do you think it’s hard to transition from the JLPGA to playing over here?
AI MIYAZATO: The course here is very similar to the courses we see in Japan, so maybe it makes it more comforting for the Japanese players here.
Q. In what way is it similar?
AI MIYAZATO: The trees, the tight fairways and small greens they are not that small but lots of undulations. The trees and the greens and the stuff.
Q. What’s her personality like? Is she a quiet person?
AI MIYAZATO: She’s a very quiet person. She knows how to compete and she doesn’t make that many mistakes. She plays very simple and you can tell that from watching her, and maybe her personality is like that, too.
Q. Was there one thing that stood out in your round today?
AI MIYAZATO: I think No. 6 I had a really good up and down today. I hit a good second shot.
I was racking up birdies before and getting a par there kept the round going.
JULI INKSTER: No. 11, hit my hybrid off the tee and hit a wedge on the green about 20 feet and missed.
No. 12, 7 iron and tried to hit it up the hill and kicked left and had about a foot for par.
14, I hit a nice little pitch and run in there about eight feet and made that for birdie.
17, I hit my hybrid, right bunker, didn’t get up and down.
Then missed about a 3 1/2 footer on the last hole.
COLIN CALLANDER: Overall impressions of the day?
JULI INKSTER: 11, 12, hit some really bad shots and had to really hammer out and I played a few over par.
Hit some good shots, on 17, hit a really good hybrid in there.
I’m just struggling with my swing and like the 17th hole and the other one is kind of not so good, so trying to find a way to keep it rolling.
Q. Greg Norman’s performance in the British Open
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, whether I’ll of be Player of the Year, that’s probably not going to happen but can I contend in tournaments and win tournaments? Yeah, I think I can. If I played tennis or basketball, I couldn’t do it, but with golf, you know, we don’t really have an age number to which you play, and I’m fortunate enough that I can pick my own schedule and play when I want to play.
COLIN CALLANDER: Are you aware of the record?
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, I am, every week. Every time I tee it up.
Q. On 11, how far did you hit it?
JULI INKSTER: I just put that club in my bag this week because I needed a little more hit it a little bit off the tee, and even my first one I chunked, and that was my second one, so I have to kind of figure that one out a little bit.
195, I think maybe 100, because I had 135 yards. I guess the average golfer.
Q. How much of Birkdale and Norman did you watch?
JULI INKSTER: I didn’t watch any at all, I was flying on Sunday from Evian, and my daughter had a couple basketball games on the weekend. We just kind of watched the reruns on the GOLF CHANNEL and didn’t get to watch much of it.
Q. Any inspiration ?
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, he was fabulously good, the guy seems to be in a good place and he’s happy and enjoying what he’s doing, so he has a brand new wife and he seems like he’s really in a good place. I have the same husband, but I feel like I’m in a pretty good place, too.
You know, I don’t know what to say. I’m happy for what he did and he’s a hell of a player and he seems like the Greg Norman of old. I’ve got to go out there and play golf and I don’t think Greg Norman is going to help me around, so I have to do it on my own.
Q. Have you gone have you been married?
JULI INKSTER: 28 years, 28 years on Saturday. Do you think I need to get a new husband? Maybe that’s it. (laughter)
COLIN CALLANDER: Juli, thank you very much.
CRISTIE KERR: I took a lot of club on 16 because the wind was starting to pick up and started doing real crazy stuff; it was really into the wind and then really downwind and we didn’t know what to do. Just had to wait for it to come back. On the last hole, I start the rushing a bit and apparently I got a good break from the marshal on my tee shot and just rushed the second shot a little bit. But then I’ve just got to keep my head up and I played well.
Q. How different are you now from a few years ago?
CRISTIE KERR: I think I’m older obviously and more mature and I realise what you have to do within yourself and I can’t really control what anybody else does, so I’m going to try to have a good attitude tomorrow and hopefully I can hole some putts.
Q. Were you impressed by how aggressive you are, and how you really go for it?
CRISTIE KERR: Well, I try to take the opportunities as they come.
Q. A lot of birdies and bogies, a topsy turvy round, how does that affect you?
CRISTIE KERR: Making a bogey makes me mad, but you know what, this course is difficult and it shows you how good my round yesterday was when I shot 65 in difficult conditions.
I played well today but only 2 under and bogeyed the last, so just have to try to get off to a hot start tomorrow and we’ll see.
Q. Having won the U.S. Open 13 or 14 months ago, how much would it mean to you to win a British major?
CRISTIE KERR: It would mean the world to me. It would be the second leg of a career slam and points towards the Hall of Fame.
Q. What happened on the back?
LORENA OCHOA: Well, you know, I got a bad break on No. 10 in that bunker, and then I hit really bad my driver. I got in trouble with my tee shot, a lot of wind.
Q. Did you lose your swing at all, or just were conditions just overwhelming?
LORENA OCHOA: Yeah, I lost my swing a little bit in the bunker right.
Q. I imagine you’ll go straight to the range and try to find whatever you had?
LORENA OCHOA: You know, there’s nothing I can do. I still managed to get 1 under par for the day, and still in the Top 10 and hopefully tomorrow I can play good.
Q. The wind seemed to be quiet when you were in the trees and then you got out and it was swirling a little?
LORENA OCHOA: I don’t think there was much to complain about. The wind conditions were the same for everybody.
My tee shots were what got me in trouble and for some reason I just didn’t feel comfortable over the ball and that’s what happened.
Q. You might be four or five behind going into tomorrow.
LORENA OCHOA: I would like to be closer if not in the lead but if this is my position, there’s nothing I can do. Hopefully I can get a good start tomorrow and we’ll see.
Q. You had a very good front nine. Is there a highlight amongst the five birdies?
LORENA OCHOA: I really enjoyed No. 9. My strategy was to keep it short of the bunkers and it paid off with a good putt. I played very well on the front and hopefully I find the same thing tomorrow for 18 holes.
Q. Do you have any idea when you lose your swing what’s going on?
LORENA OCHOA: I’m ahead of the ball already and the face is open my upper body.
Q. Do you still think you can win this thing?
LORENA OCHOA: Yes.
Q. Good round today?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: It was good. It was early morning and the conditions were changing, a little wind, a little rain and again, the course is playing well and the greens are good.
Q. What did you have in on 11?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I had 38 yards to the pin and had a little sand wedge and rolled in just straight on at the pin and went in.
Q. 4 under at that stage, you must have been thinking possibly getting back into it.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Yeah, maybe get to five or six. And had a beautiful shot in there on 12 and had a chance, and I had a 7 iron on 13 went in the bunker, was a tough up and down and same thing on 17. I left myself in some tough spots and was not able to make anymore birdies.
Q. Disappointed with 17, the driver was good.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: It was, but it went five yards left of my target and just kept on rolling, and the bunker, it was just a very hard up and down.
Q. Do you feel the lack of consistency
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Today was a little better. It was just more regular golf and missed a few shots here and there, and I kept going and when you hole a shot like that it keeps the momentum going as well.
Q. Are the iron shots not as precise as you’d like
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I’ve had a few 30 footers. I haven’t been as aggressive on some of these pins. I don’t know, I haven’t really thought about it. On the other hand, I know I’m putting well and my distance control, I’m happy about that.
. You said that you analysed a lot of the last 2 1/2 months; have you come to any conclusions? Is it because of the announcement, do you think?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, but it’s the only thing I can think of when it started to happen, but I don’t know why the announcement has anything to do it. I’m here and enjoying myself and focused on my game and I haven’t changed anything. My routines are the same, same coach, same caddie. What can I say? It’s golf and sometimes it is what it is. If I had an answer, I would change it, I would tell you that.
Q. Do you wish you could have announced it later?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: No, like I said later, I feel a responsibility to do it. It’s something that you have to do.
Q. Do you have the same intensity about practise and everything?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Yeah, that’s the thing, it’s just crazy. I’ve had some great years and I’ve had some great bounces and great luck, and right now I’m looking for that.
Q. Where do you stand vis a vis the sort of Solheim Cup and future Solheim Cups, any chance you’ll get involved?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Well, I’m not going to play next year. I don’t know, I’ve been asked about being a captain and I’ve said that I’m honoured if I would be asked. I don’t know what the plans are.
Q. But if you were asked to be captain?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Yeah, I think it would be a tremendous honour. You know, I wouldn’t want to do it as soon as 2011, but 2013 or later would be very nice. We’ll see. They will have other players in mind, I’m sure.
Q. Great to have a bogey free round tomorrow.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Yeah, I just want to have a good final round, some great memories. It was really special coming down the last and we have a big crowd out there, but obviously the back nine or the last eight holes, it was just great support.
I’m out so early compared to the leaders and we had huge crowds. It was very, very special, and they were cheering and it was very special, so if it’s going to be anything like that tomorrow.
Q. Have you heard anything about, “Don’t go”?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I haven’t heard anything this week, but you know what that means, but that’s okay. (Laughter).
Q. With so many Asian players coming in now and we have fewer Brits playing in this all the time, where do you see things in about five years’ time?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: That’s a very good question, but I think what we’re seeing is going to continue for a little while. You know, it’s totally a global sport and the players are younger. I think it’s going to be continued growth of Asians, I really do, especially if you watch the JLPGA, there is some tremendous talent and they all want to be out here, so the next five years will probably be about the same.
I’m not really sure what the system is here, but you should grow the game at an early age. It’s very important to stimulate the juniors and get them involved. We have some great role models, and I’m not sure what happens after that. I’m not informed about the system here.
I know in Sweden, we are getting some young players, but then again, we have a generation that within five years, you’re probably going to miss half of that, and it’s the same in the U.S. to keep up with all of the Asians. How many are here, maybe 30 or even more.
Q. There are 33.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: And how many are top 20? I think that’s even more important.
Q. Nine, and 25 in the Top 70.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: That says a lot. Through the years you see different countries go up and down and now it’s time to learn what they are going. I think it’s important for the game.
Q. Which of the young players in the world most excite you?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Well, there is a lot of young talent. Young pros there are some very good young players from Sweden. But other that that, the ones that are already joined the Tour, even Paula Creamer is going to get better. She’s very young and I wouldn’t be surprised if she was No. 1 in four years.
Q. Do you think we have got the appetite to work as hard as these Asian players who are spending eight or nine hours a day on the range?
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: Well, that’s what it takes. If you want to be the best, that’s what it takes. That’s what my dad always told me, there are no shortcuts to success. It shouldn’t matter what country you’re from. If you want it badly, you should go get it.
Q. Why in Sweden inaudible.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM: I’m not really sure but I know the top five in the sport, I would say. When you think of all the Amateurs, recreational golfers, a lot of people play.