THE MODERATOR: We have Yani Tseng who shot her second consecutive 68 for two rounds 4 under par, currently leading by four shots. Well done, Yani. Your thoughts on the round.
YANI TSENG: Thank you. I played another solid round for me. I make lots of putts today. And it was really lucky. It is raining right now, and this morning there was like no wind, very calm. And the course is totally different than what we played yesterday. So it was just really nice.
THE MODERATOR: You obviously came in here in great form to continue it. Are you feeling very confident going into the weekend?
YANI TSENG: Yeah. I feel really confident, and actually I never had a lead in a major, so this week I have to stay on top all week and stay very patient this week.
And I feel super. I feel confident. Just keep loving the Links course.
THE MODERATOR: You hit 18 greens in regulation yesterday. How many did you manage to hit today?
YANI TSENG: I don’t know. Today was not many.
THE MODERATOR: Not many. Okay. Questions, please, ladies and gentlemen.
Q. Can you just say what you were thinking on the 15th hole when you hit those two balls, tell us all your thoughts at the time?
YANI TSENG: I know. I feel like I want to kill myself after hitting that shot because me and my caddy were thinking hitting rescue or 3 wood on first time. And I said I’m not comfortable with my rescue, and I hit a 3 wood. And I did the same shot as yesterday. Actually the ball stayed in the same position as yesterday. So on 15 it was like comfortable for me, and it was really I felt really nervous before that tee shot because I was thinking a lot on my mind. This was a good shot. Both just missed it. So it was really great for me for both days. So I’m very appreciative.
Q. Did you think you lost both balls?
YANI TSENG: Yeah. Second one I hit a provisional ball. It was like even 30 yards right of my ball.
Q. I was just going to ask you if you could tell us what Annika Sorenstam told you about your mental game. Can you tell us some specific lessons she told you at the start of the year?
YANI TSENG: Yeah. I talked to her before I right before this season start, and she said she would teach me a lot, and like first question I asked her how can I be No. 1 in the world.
And she’s telling me what should I do right now, step by step. I always looking at the result. And practice is more important for me. And she know I’m really aggressive player, so she really want me to play really smart, not just see the pin and always go there. So she told me I need to trust myself. If I stay patient, I will be on top one day.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about your early background in golf, what age, when you first discovered the game and how you got interested?
YANI TSENG: Oh, I started golf when I was five and my parents both played golf, and actually my dad was a club champion in a golf club of like 5,000 members. My dad used to be scratch, but not anymore.
And then I start playing golf when I was in Taiwan. And then after I finish high school, I turned pro. I went to Q School and here.
Q. And I think there’s five Taiwanese in the top hundred. Why do you think it’s not quite Korea, but it’s really good. Why do you think it’s so popular?
YANI TSENG: Yeah. I think I think in Korea, when I was junior I went to Korea to play in a junior amateur tournament. It was like thousands of players playing over there. In Taiwan we don’t have that many people playing golf. But I really wish one day it will be more popular and then I will help all the juniors to start playing golf.
Q. If there are 5,000 members at your golf club, it must be a very popular game already.
YANI TSENG: It’s not. It’s like not many kids to play. It’s older people and that kind of stuff.
THE MODERATOR: Could we go through your birdies and bogeys, please, Yani? You birdied the second hole.
YANI TSENG: 8 iron, and I hit it to 15 feet. And No. 6, hit a 3 wood, second shot, 20 yards for eagle, and I missed it by two feet.
THE MODERATOR: 14.
YANI TSENG: Yeah. 6 iron, hit to eight feet and birdied.
THE MODERATOR: 16.
YANI TSENG: Pitching wedge, hit to 10 yards, like 30 feet.
THE MODERATOR: 17.
YANI TSENG: 17, I hit a 4 iron for my second shot. Had 12 yards and I missed it two feet.
THE MODERATOR: And your only dropped shot was at the start.
YANI TSENG: Yeah. I hit to the bunker on the left. I hit a great shot, just had a bad bounce, and then I chip it out. I hit a 62. That was a terrible shot. I two putted.
THE MODERATOR: And the par from 15. Were there any other saves today?
YANI TSENG: Actually on 15, that shot, I feel like I still can make birdie from there. So it was really close. But not really. It probably turn out totally different for me.
Q. What puts girls off from playing golf in Taiwan?
YANI TSENG: I don’t know. I wish they would look at me or there would be someone else on top to make them play golf, because when I was young, I watch Annika playing. So I tell myself one day I want to play with Annika. I want to play with her on Tour. So that’s how I get in here. But I really don’t know.
I really wish I would be like Se Ri Pak. Like one day they will be like watching me and they get into golf.
Q. And at the moment do they see it more as a game for boys or are they not welcoming to juniors in the club?
YANI TSENG: No. I think now it’s probably more girls playing golf right now. The men’s are really challenged, and they saw we have five girls on the LPGA, and they kind of feel like all the girls have more chance than the men.
Q. Do you think if you won this tournament and went to No. 1 in the world, it would be more popular?
YANI TSENG: I think so.
Q. You’ve bought a nice car in the past as a prize for winning tournaments and stuff. If you become No. 1 in the world, do you have any idea how you would celebrate?
YANI TSENG: I still don’t think that much, but I still look forward to see all my trophy cases is the most important thing for me. That trophy case looks so empty for me. So I really don’t like that feeling.
So I would think after I win, let’s see what can I buy myself.
THE MODERATOR: Any more questions? Yani, thank you very much. Good luck on the weekend.
YANI TSENG: Thank you. Thanks.
THE MODERATOR: Okay. We have Cristie Kerr in here who shot an excellent 67 this morning 4 under par. Can I just get a few comments on your round today?
CRISTIE KERR: I played obviously really well today. I was determined to be more relaxed out there. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself just getting the No. 1 ranking, and you know, hadn’t really realized what was going on until, you know, a couple rounds ago. So just getting out there, and I did my thing today. And you know, the results took care of themselves.
I got off to a hot start birdieing the first two holes, and then bogeyed 8 and birdied four of the holes on the back. Played really, really well. Great par save at 12, and was able to birdie one of the last two par 5s.
Didn’t hit a good drive on 17 or that would have been almost a guaranteed birdie. And could have made eagle on the last hole, but I left when you’re shooting 5 under and you’re leaving some out there, you’re playing really well.
THE MODERATOR: And with the forecast today looks like the others may have the afternoon off.
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah. We were on 18 tee and I looked behind us and I’m like, good thing we’re finishing when we are because you can hear it now, it’s just starting to come down.
THE MODERATOR: Okay. Questions, please.
Q. Did you feel that after an easy round yesterday and with your start today you could get right back into the championship today?
CRISTIE KERR: I did. I felt that way, and with the no wind when we started today, I said I gotta take advantage of these conditions.
When I first got here last time, I was on the wrong end of the split, but I played really well, but still on the wrong end of the split; and I got the correct end obviously this year.
I got off to a great start birdieing the first two holes hit 9 iron into the first hole, 8 iron into the second hole and had 10 footers and made both of those and had a lot of chances on the front, but couldn’t quite hit the putts hard enough. And you know, I played really well on the back.
Q. The course was playing very long yesterday.
CRISTIE KERR: Not right now.
Q. Not now, no.
CRISTIE KERR: I mean I hit driver 9 iron. Yesterday it was too much for me to hit driver off the tee because it made the fairways too narrow with the wind, and I hit 3 wood into the green and I couldn’t even really get there. So I probably shouldn’t have hit driver yesterday, so that was kind of a mistake.
I played well yesterday and made some birdies, but made some mistakes, and today I made less mistakes and more birdies.
Q. Cristie, what has changed in your life since you became world No. 1?
CRISTIE KERR: No, there’s a lot of other stuff to do, a lot of media and stuff. I guess it’s better than not trying at all, but I tend to try too hard sometimes, and you know, I got not a lot of rest before the Open, Women’s Open, and I kind of ran out of gas on the weekend and then just continued to kind of get in the mindset of this has to be perfect, that has to be perfect; and it doesn’t. And yesterday was better for me, a good start to the tournament, I think, and today I was able to find my groove, and it was good to feel it again.
Q. Do you find yourself looking at yourself differently, though?
CRISTIE KERR: No, not me looking at myself differently. It’s just I had a lot of other stuff to do besides just golf and go get your nails done.
And you know, it’s the first time I’ve been world’s No. 1 ranked player, so I’ve always been the kind of person whether I was 10 years old or whether I’m 33 now, almost 33 that I learn from my mistakes, you know, and I learn from what it feels like to be in that position.
And now that I lost No. 1 ranking, I want it back. And you know, I have to look at what do I have to do to get it back. And that’s doing the same things that got me there. So I think I’ve learned kind of you know, I was fine with all the other stuff, but it was a time management thing. I didn’t manage my time well enough to get enough rest. Going into the Women’s Open, I did a lot of stuff the week before the Women’s Open, and I didn’t get that much time to practice and I was tired when I was practicing. So it’s kind of the time management thing.
Makes you realize when Annika and Lorena were No. 1 for years, makes you realize how hard that is, because it’s not just golf. It’s a lot of other stuff, too. So I feel like I understand what I have to do to prioritize. You know, it was great too, because it’s the first time an American has also got to No. 1 in the rankings and Americans hadn’t won a lot of tournaments. And it was a big deal for the Tour. I stepped up, I did all the media stuff, but I didn’t manage my time very well to get enough rest. So I feel like I’m just starting to find myself again, which is okay.
You know, some people are very good with that. I have to learn how to be good at it. That’s just kind of the person I am.
Q. So do you think when you get to No. 1 again you’ll be able to manage it better?
CRISTIE KERR: I think so, because you have to or you get tired.
Q. Do you feel a lot of pressure to be No.1?
CRISTIE KERR: Yeah. I mean but I’m the kind of person that always puts a lot of pressure on myself because I expect a lot from myself, and that’s fine, but you can do that off the course.
On the course I have to be somewhat relaxed, know exactly, be very clear with what I’m doing. And as a golfer whether you’re turning No. 1 player in the world or whether it’s a club championship somewhere, I mean you have to you still have to golf your balls. So I have to just compartmentalize that off the course and on the course go out and do my job, because when I do it well, it’s hard to beat.
Q. Cristie, do you feel that you’re due the British Open?
CRISTIE KERR: I think I will keep doing my own job the next few days. Who knows with the weather conditions. I don’t know what Yani got in at. Obviously you can’t win it after 36 holes.
I feel like I’ve been close in this tournament. I feel like if I keep doing what I did today, I’ll be close again and hopefully the momentum will be on my side.
Q. Cristie, next year, this championship moves to my homeland and the homeland of the guy on your left and I guarantee it will be good weather.
CRISTIE KERR: Can I get that in writing?
Q. Have you played there at Carnoustie or any comments about the place?
CRISTIE KERR: No. I haven’t played at Carnoustie yet. My husband played there when we were at St. Andrews. So he’s got a few comments about the course.
Q. What were his comments?
CRISTIE KERR: I think he said it was hard, but they see a lot more of the golf course than we do.
Q. So you’ve played at St. Andrews?
CRISTIE KERR: Yes.
Q. Is that the only place you’ve played in Scotland?
CRISTIE KERR: I played at Turnberry. I think that’s about it. I mean I wish we would go to Scotland for this tournament a few more times. I love these golf courses, obviously, but it’s nice for it to kind of move around, and Turnberry was a great venue for us and St. Andrews. But Birkdale is one of my favorite golf courses of all time, so I’m glad we’re here this year.
Q. What do you think about Yani’s lead Yani has won two majors. What’s the view of the players on her when she’s got a big lead?
CRISTIE KERR: I’ve won two majors.
Q. I know that. I would ask the same thing of someone else if you had the lead.
CRISTIE KERR: Well, I mean it’s great when you have a big lead. You just gotta keep playing well. She played very well in the afternoon yesterday and she played good this morning in the conditions. So like I said, I made too many mistakes yesterday morning, in yesterday’s morning round, rather, or I’d be closer.
But it’s just hard to run away with a tournament. I obviously did it a couple weeks ago, but hopefully I can play well enough to play there.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: Kind of a waste of a round to an extent. Felt like I was playing really well, hitting it really well, and then just one bad swing kind of put the kink in things and then you’re worried you’re going to hit it right again, going to hit it left again, so you kind of guard against hitting a bad shot.
So had a bogey and a double and a bogey all in a row, so it was nice to kind of finish with the eagle and the birdie on the last two to kind of at least get some good positive energy going into tomorrow.
Q. What was the one bad swing?
BRITTANY LINCICOME: I three putted one well, it was technically off the green, but it was a putt. So I three putted 11. And then 12 was a par 3, and I’m not going to say the word shanked, but it was pretty close.
Q. Off the tee?
BRITTANY LINCICOME: Yeah. Par 3. Tried to hit a really little 6 iron instead of just pushing it with a 7 full and ripped it up there. But it was right in the tall stuff and then I hit it in the bunker and I hit it over.
Q. Very uncharacteristic shot.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
THE MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We have Suzann Pettersen, she shot a 68, 3 under par. Great round of golf this morning.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah. Played good, not too much either way. Was a little bit of a nasty finish with a par, par, and par 5, especially with how the wind was.
I was hitting the ball okay today but it didn’t feel that great. Just this side of the draw and doing my job, I guess. And when I’m in this position, hopefully Yani won’t run away with too many on her last few. But it felt like I’ve done a decent job the last few days.
THE MODERATOR: Condition wise, is it relatively simple out there today compared to yesterday
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah. I don’t know if we can call it simple. But it’s different. The kind of wind that was out there just didn’t make that much of a difference as to how you play and what kind of shots you make. And it’s still quite cold air, sea breeze, so the balls aren’t really flying that far.
THE MODERATOR: Okay. Questions?
Q. Hello. You had a great finish with Yani turning. Can you compare your game with her game, what the difference is there after your
SUZANN PETTERSEN: My game is much better. (Laughs)
Q. You know her game pretty well as well.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah. I mean Yani’s a great golfer. She’s a good ball striker and when she gets streaky with the putter, she goes low.
Today I think all the best players in the morning had a fairly decent round. So like I said, you have to take advantage of this side of the draw. And there’s still a lot of other great golf players out there, too.
Q. How was your hip with the conditions today?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: It’s fine. It’s not great. It’s not terrible. I can still play. But I’m playing in pain, and you can deal with pain as long as you know it’s not going to make it worse, I play this week, next week and then I have a week off, and I’ll see some specialists on Monday in London.
Q. Do you think you’ll need surgery or something?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No. I think all it needs is rest. My schedule does not allow for me to rest right now. And we have a period of time in there where we can take five, six weeks, so that’s where I’m aiming.
Q. With the shots you play do you feel the pain?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I actually felt it more last week with as many uneven lies, especially when the ball gets below my feet, it’ll just sting every time. And around here it’s okay. It’s not awfully bad.
THE MODERATOR: Can you quickly do the birdies and the bogeys, please?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Sure. 6, I maxed out a wood off the deck. Second shot to eight, ten feet and made that putt. And on 7 I hit an 8 iron to seven feet. 8, I three putted from about 30 feet. 10, I hit a 7 iron to probably about 20 feet and made that putt. 12, I hit a 6 iron to about six feet, and par, par, par.
THE MODERATOR: Any more questions?
Q. You missed 3 birdie putts, is there something out there that the spectators can’t see?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: The key is hitting a lot of great putts, and if you don’t hit it to the hole, you can’t expect it to go in, so that was 16.
17 is a great putt. 18 is right on line but short. So I only just missed, I mean you should be good. But it’s fine. I have two more days. So I’ll make up for it.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: It wasn’t that much, to be honest. It was enough angle there, and it was just an average result. I could have got that a lot closer, but first you gotta make sure you get out, and then you can start being there. But we’ve practiced a lot worse than that this week.
THE MODERATOR: Okay? Suzann, thank you very much.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Thank you.
Q. Juli, the weather today, apparently you’re not supposed to play in good weather.
JULI INKSTER: It’s summer. You always play good in summer. It was tough out there. Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing as much as it was yesterday, but it was rainy and tedious out there. I was very happy with the way I played today.
Q. You just made the one bogey, but you came right back with a birdie on the next hole. You shoot 70, you take a look at that leaderboard, you’re the only name in the afternoon on that leaderboard.
JULI INKSTER: Do you get anything for that? I don’t think you get anything for that. There’s a lot of good names up there. Tomorrow we’re all going to be playing at the same time, so that’s going to help a little bit. But to be 3 under after the first couple days, I’m pleased.
Q. I know you were a little disappointed coming off the 18th, but let’s go back to 17. You maybe stole one there and you let one go on 18.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, that’s golf, take it and give it. You’re right. That was a you know, golf is being greedy, and I wanted that one on 18. But I played well, hit a lot of good shots, especially on the back side. Hit a lot of good irons, so I’m really happy.
Q. This is a major championship. What would it mean to you to win it?
JULI INKSTER: Well, it would mean a lot. But I’ve got a lot of golf left and a lot of good players up there. I’m going to need a little golf god help to do it. But you never know.
Q. I wonder how satisfying that round of 70 was today.
JULI INKSTER: It was very satisfying. I played very steady today, only had one bogey out there, which is great. I hit a lot of greens, and when I missed them I was able to get them up and down. It was a good round for me.
Q. What was so challenging about playing in these conditions today?
JULI INKSTER: Well, it’s just trying to be organised, trying to get your yardage, and then the wind is blowing and the rain is coming sideways, just trying to trust your swing. Not trying to worry about the elements, but it’s hard.
Q. You’re out here still giving your all. You’ve often said you’re going to call it quits, but we’re absolutely delighted to see that you keep going. You keep telling your husband you’re going to call it quits, too.
JULI INKSTER: He doesn’t listen to me; he never has. I play, I love the game, especially coming over here and playing. It just throws everything at you. It’s just a lot of fun. I wish I would have played better through the years over here, but I enjoy coming over.
Q. I was looking back through the stats and you’ve got the career Grand Slam. The only one that you haven’t managed to land has been this one. It would be great to do it still, wouldn’t it?
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, it would be awesome, but I’ve got a lot of golf ahead of me and a lot of great players in front of me. I’m just going to need a lot of help, but who knows.
Q. Tell me about this young Yani Tseng who’s leading the championship. What sort of front runner is she?
JULI INKSTER: She’s a great player. She just hits the ball phenomenal. When she putts good, she wins. She’s going to be tough. You’ve got Suzann Pettersen up there, a lot of great players. But I’m really happy. They played in the morning this morning, and I played in the afternoon, so I’m happy with where I’m at.
Q. How tough was it playing in this kind of weather?
JULI INKSTER: It was tough. I really think yesterday was probably tougher just because the wind was blowing a lot more. This is probably only a one , one and a half club wind. But with the rain, you know, it just messes with you. I hit a lot of good, solid shots out there, which I was happy about.
Q. Not only for you but the rest of the leaderboard, it’s going to be a tough task to catch Yani. How tough a task is it going to be?
JULI INKSTER: It’s going to be really tough because her strength of the game is with ball striking, and that’s what you need out here. You need to drive the ball well, you need good approach shots, and then putting is once you hit it on the green you can make two putts. I think her strength is with ball striking. She’s phenomenal.
It’s going to be tough, but 36 holes, you never know. Just go out there, and you don’t know what the weather is going to be like, just got to try to play your own game.
Q. Can you keep it consistent as you were in your prime? I know that’s a bit of a struggle, but have you figured out a way to keep it consistent?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I feel like my swing this week is a little better. I feel like I’m hitting a lot more consistent shots, and I’m putting a lot better. So we’ll see. Just go out there and have fun with it and try to hit some good shots.
Q. How is it out there?
JULI INKSTER: I’m putting good. This year I’m putting a lot better, and my ball striking has kind of been my nemesis this year. It’s been very inconsistent. This week I’m hitting the ball pretty good.
Q. Does the bad weather make you bear down more?
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, I just think it makes you focus more, and it makes you you know, when you show up here and Yani is already 8 under, you’re like, well, I don’t think I’m going to get a 7 under out there in this pouring rain. But I just tried to kind of stay within myself. I was lucky to get some birdies on the back side. I thought I played great, and I shot 2 under. It’s tough.
Q. There was a 67 and three 68s in the morning. That’s just the luck of the draw.
JULI INKSTER: I know, and that’s the thing, the luck of the draw over here. You’ve got to get the good end.
Q. But you’ve got to look at it like you’re one stroke out of second place.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, that’s true, and a lot can help on the weekend. Yani is just she just hits the ball so well. This course is built for her.
Q. Those par 5s coming in are just huge for her.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah.
Q. Is it any different playing the weekend now for you than it was ten years ago?
JULI INKSTER: No, all the same. It all runs together. It is the weekend, that’s right. Sometimes I don’t even know it’s the weekend. No, I still love it. I still love it.
Q. How important is 68?
CHRISTINA KIM: You know, yesterday, I played in the afternoon and was really struggling with my putting and my ball striking and my chip shots and my irons and my short game. So going out there early in the morning before the sun was up basically and going out and shooting a good score was very important.
And I love playing the Open championship. There’s something very special about this place. And you know, the tournament’s always been run beautifully. So it’s kind of nice to know that I’m going to be around for the weekend.
Q. Not even be around, you’ll be in contention. Must be exciting.
CHRISTINA KIM: No, it’s very exciting. I’ve got some great memories from last year’s Open playing the final round with Catriona Matthew, and being able to witness the winner. So hopefully this year I’ll be able to be on the other end of it.
But I’m very excited to be in contention. I know how much the fans appreciate us out here. They’re very proper about it, but I know they really appreciate us. It’s an amazing experience every time we come here.
Q. So what’s different for you the last couple of days, the fact that you’re challenging. We haven’t really seen much of you.
CHRISTINA KIM: Yeah. I’ve been in hiding. No, I’ve been more than anything I’ve been struggling with the flat stick. When you’re sitting there hitting 15, 16 greens and you look like a five year old on the putting green, you’re not going to see yourself on top.
But I started playing pretty well, almost won at the Jamie Farr in Toledo, had a pretty decent showing at the Open, and I switched putters back to what I was using last year at the Solheim Cup when the U. S. won. And also I started working with Ron Stockton who works with Morgan Pressel, Yani Tseng. He’s worked with Annika Sorenstam. And he’s really opened my eyes to figuring out if you put a good stroke on it and if you focus on the right things, the ball will actually get in the hole as opposed to thinking about the ball going in the hole, you stay in your box. You know, it’s been pretty awesome.
Q. Can we go through your scorecard?
CHRISTINA KIM: Yes.
Q. Okay. No. 2?
CHRISTINA KIM: No. 2, 134, 8 iron, six feet. No. 8, I had I was 105 oh, no. I’m not 100 percent sure. Can I get back to you on that one?
CHRISTINA KIM: But I do remember it was like a 25 foot putt.
Q. That’s good.
CHRISTINA KIM: Yeah. No. 9, I had 158 to the hole, hit a 6 iron and it rolled off the green short, and then I hit a rescue up there 12 feet past and missed the putt.
No. 5 I had
CHRISTINA KIM: Excuse me. 15. I had 52 yards to the hole and then just hit this little bump and run thing with my 56 degree, hit it to about eight feet, made the putt.
Then No. 17 I had 253 driver and then I had 253 with my second shot, 3 wood and then I hit it about 12 feet left of the hole and made the putt.
Q. And then you hit bunker on 18?
CHRISTINA KIM: A little bit of sand. It was where my feet were, not where the ball was.
Q. Comparison of the two days, yesterday when you came off, I did see you come off. You looked a little steamed. What went wrong for you yesterday and right for you today?
CHRISTINA KIM: First two holes were very difficult, playing straight into the tee from there, long enough as it is without any wind. So they ended up playing like par 5s. And bogeyed the first two holes really quickly and started off kind of freaking out a little bit. And started coming back a little bit, brought it back to even through 15 and then made a double on 16, unfortunately, which really set me off; and then failed to convert the birdies on 17 and 18.
So I felt like I played the last four holes 4 over and was really upset by that fact and just wanted to go out and put a good number again because I know I can play well. This kind of golf suits me. You have to have imagination. You have to play it high, play it low, right and left. And you know, it’s a ball striker’s course, which is one thing I love about it. And obviously you have to putt well, but if you can’t get yourself on the greens, you’re pretty much screwed.
Q. And the morning conditions this morning in comparison to what you played in the afternoon yesterday?
CHRISTINA KIM: The winds were a little different in terms of direction, and they were very, very still. You know, I was fortunate to tee off before the sun rose and before the winds woke up and before the rain hit, because it is you know, it’s not really annoying to play in the rain. It’s just inconvenient because you have to get the rain gloves. You have to get the jacket. You have to swing with extra layers on. You have to do this, that, you feel different. So it was kind of nice to just be able to go out and just wear the single layers and just go out and play.
Q. You recall last year walking down 18 with the eventual winner there. I mean that kind of probably brought chills to you and probably brought a vision that you wanted to do the same thing here in 2010.
CHRISTINA KIM: Yeah. Absolutely. It would be fantastic. You know, I actually think about that moment probably at least once a week, because it was very special. It’s not very often, honestly, when you get to witness a first time major winner as well as a first Scot to win the British Open.
You know, there’s a lot of things, and Beany is such an incredible woman and having given birth 10 weeks before that and saving people from a fire in the hotel that she was staying in the week before that at Evian. Just so many things were so incredible that it always brings great feelings back, even though I didn’t necessarily get the chance to convert the win myself, it was still really nice to have been in contention. So I’ve got some great feelings and I’m very excited for what’s to come.
Q. Super. Good luck to you, Christina.