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California welcomes fifth Kia Classic
March 25, 2014

Interviews:
Tuesday: Karrie Webb - Beatriz Recari
Wednesday: Inbee Park - Stacy Lewis - Lydia Ko - Paula Creamer

Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, Calif. will play host at the fifth-annual Kia Classic, where 144 players will compete for a $1.7 million purse and a $255,000 first place check.

Beatriz Recari will return to the site of her second LPGA Tour victory when she defeated I.K. Kim in dramatic fashion on the second sudden-death playoff hole a year ago. The win sparked the Spaniard’s strong 2013 campaign that included two wins and a spot on the victorious European Solheim Cup Team.

World Golf and LPGA Halls of Famer Karrie Webb will tee it up with week and will be fresh off her 41st career victory and second of the season at the JTBC Founders Cup last week in Phoenix. The win jumped Webb into a tie for 10th on the all-time wins list with Babe Zaharias and pushed her to No. 5 in the Rolex Rankings.

The Social Scene: Beatriz Recari (@beatrizrecari) shared a picture of a very special honor here at the Avi­ara Golf Club on her Instagram account. Recari was honored for her tournament-winning putt on 18 in last year’s Kia Classic with a plaque on the same hole.

“It was a very nice present or gift that obviously the tournament and Kia did for me remembering last year.“ Recari said. “It was very special, and they showed it to me when I came for media day, so it was defi­nitely a confidence booster and brought a lot of memories. “

The moment when Recari won was one that she will never forget, es­pecially now that there is a permanent memento of the occasion just like those she has seen all over other courses.

“When you play courses and you see the plaques like Fred Couples, like I played Lake Nona, and Couples’ second shot hole on No. 9 and you’re like, oh, you know, I wish I had my own plaque, and now I have my own plaque here at Aviara.”

Good Company: Karrie Webb could not ignore the special company she joined in the history books with her win last week in Phoenix. The Aussie moved into a tie for 10th on the LPGA Tour’s All-Time Wins List with one of the 13 Founders and LPGA legend Babe Zaharias.

“I think just historically in women’s sport in general, not just in the LPGA history, Babe Zaharias is revered as one of the best female athletes of all time,” said Webb. “So to have my name alongside hers and realize the impact that she had as one of the 13 Founders, impact that she had on our tour, she brought a lot of attention from the outside world to the startup of the LPGA. So it was very special and fitting, I guess, that I got to 41 at the Founders.”

New Sandman? Webb was asked in her Tuesday press conference what her thoughts were on being a big-time closer. Last week marked her third-consecutive come-from-behind victory of at least five shots. Last year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic she had the largest come-back of the season after starting the final round five shots off leader Shanshan Feng. This season, her first win at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, she rallied from six shots back and started five shots off the lead last week in Phoenix.

“I think it’s a good situation to be in because you don’t really have anything to lose, and you can go out there and post a number,” said Webb. “On this past Sunday, I didn’t think 19-under would have been good enough, and I bet if I hadn’t have set 19-under so early, I believe 20, 21-under would have won and there probably would have been two or three players close to that.

Webb said she thinks setting the number early in the day detracted some players from just playing the course at Wildfire Golf Club instead of shooting for a number.

“But I think because I set that number, we were walking down 18 and the leaders were on 10 green. So I set that number so early that instead of just playing the golf course, you start playing to finish at 19-under, or better. And so you know, people, you know, they start trying, I need to get 19 rather than just playing.”

Webb sat almost two hours in the clubhouse before the final group came through and watch five players miss birdie chances on the final hole to force a playoff.

“I have won from leading,” said Webb. “I’ve won wire to wire before. But coming from behind, I mean I feel very fortunate to have won last week. It’s probably one of my luckier wins, just because even when I posted 63, I didn’t think that that was going to be good enough. So I feel very lucky to have won.”

Mentor Mentality: Webb is already looking forward to playing the mentor role when the teams are set for the inaugural Inter­national Crown in July. She has already provided some guidance for the top-ranked amateur in the world and fellow Aussie, Minjee Lee. Lee was one of the recipients of Webb’s annual scholarship that awards ama­teur players a chance to shadow her during the week of the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I’ve already been somewhat of a mentor to Minjee because she won my scholarship last year, and her and another young Australian amateur, Sue Oh came -- part of the scholarship is that the Top 2 girls in Australia come over to the U. S. Open and spend the week with me at the U. S. Open. So we rent a house and they stay with me and everything,” said Webb.

Webb said she already contacted the young players to set up practice rounds next week at the Kraft Nabis­co. Lee and Oh were two of nine amateurs invited to play in the first major championship of the season.

“I know Minjee pretty well, I guess, and I’ve already had that sort of mentoring role with her. Her and Sue Oh are both playing next week at Kraft. So I already emailed them about playing practice rounds and stuff like that, so I’m looking forward to it. I think it’ll be a great experience for Minjee because she’s still an amateur, so she’ll be playing against the top players in the world, you know, one on one. So I think that’ll be a great opportunity for her.”

Quote of the day: “That’s what my caddie and I were talking about today is it all evens out in the wash. I think I stole one last week, but I probably should have finished it off in Singapore.”

- Karrie Webb on bouncing back from her back-nine stumble in Singapore with her 41st career victory last week in Phoenix.

An Interview With: Karrie Webb

THE MODERATOR: All right. It's my pleasure to welcome in Rolex Rankings now No. 5, Karrie Webb, into the interview room here at the Kia Classic. Karrie, you got a day off yesterday, but you're fresh off your 41st LPGA career tour win. I mean unbelievable. Just tell us how you're feeling coming into this week. It was quite an emotional week for you and something that I know you're holding very special to your heart with that win.
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. I think the focus is definitely becoming -- I think the concept at the beginning four years ago everyone loved it, but I think it's becoming a very special event, and these days we're not as lucky to have the Founders out on tour as much, so generally that's the one and only time we see them for the year. So it's great to have them out and just what the tournament stands for. It's special to be the champion of that.

THE MODERATOR: Take me through the thought process. I know either maybe in the two hours that you were waiting around for the final player to come through, or when did you think about the whole donation? I know you spoke on behalf of the tour for the Founders film, the documentary that's being filmed, and you said you heard that they didn't have any funding. When did that thought process come in was that kind of you were out on the green and you said, hey, I need to donate some money to get this done?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. It was when I was out on 18 for presentation and I remember last year that Stacy Lewis had donated some money to the LPGA USGA Girls Golf, and obviously that's a big part of the tournament as well, but I was standing there, and I was -- well, back at the beginning of the week when I realized that the Founders film, the production company didn't have enough funding to, you know, they were sort of just going to make it as, you know, as long as the money was coming in, you know, that sort of surprised me a little bit. So when I was standing there, I thought, well, the Junior Girls Golf got 900,000, so I thought they'd be all right if I only gave them 25 and then gave 25 to the Founders film, which I think, you know, it'll be very special when it gets made.

THE MODERATOR: Yeah. It'll be fantastic. Now, with your win, kind of telling it was kind of appropriate. You moved to tenth on the all-time winners list with Babe Zaharias. For someone who appreciates the game and the history of the LPGA so much, what did hearing that, I guess, accolade for you? What did that mean to you? Is that kind of a surreal thing now that you see your name against someone like Babe?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. Definitely. I think just historically in women's sport in general, not just in the LPGA history, Babe Zaharias is revered as one of the best female athletes of all time. So to have my name alongside hers and realize the impact that she had as one of the 13 Founders, impact that she had on our tour, you know, she brought a lot of attention from the outside world to the startup of the LPGA, and you know, so it was very special and fitting, I guess, that I got to 41 at the focus.

THE MODERATOR: A lot of players, Twitter kind of blew up. Everybody congratulating you. I know you said thanks and all that kind of stuff but how special for you to play the mentor role as well as the friend role? I know a lot of the young players consider you a tour mate and a friend, but also look up to you with so much respect. How much does that play a special bond that you have with this tour now?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. Well, I think -- you know, I've grown up out here. I was once a young kid and took things for granted and felt entitled and all of that. So I've -- you know, whether they realize it or not, I've been in their shoes. But I also had veteran players that made sure that -- they probably did it a bit more verbally than I do, but they made sure that I appreciated what we had and that I, you know, gave back to the tour.
And I probably don't verbalize that as much, but I feel like just by setting a good example, you know, that if people are watching me and looking up to me, then hopefully as they grow up and mature, that they'll feel the same way I do about this tour.

THE MODERATOR: Did you hear from anybody special, anybody that surprised you? I know you spoke with Louise earlier in the week. Did you get to catch up with her.
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. She'd called me while I was waiting -- or yeah, just after I'd officially won, and then by the time I got a chance to call her, it was too late East Coast, so I called her yesterday morning. So yeah, it was fun to talk to her.

THE MODERATOR: What did she have to say.
KARRIE WEBB: Well, because when she called on a Friday night, she told me I needed to shoot 64 on Saturday, which I let her down and I only shot 69. So we were talking about how I needed the 63 and not the 64. And she appreciated the shoutout.

THE MODERATOR: Said thank you. Perfect. This week, let's turn to this week now. Tied for sixth here last year. What of your strengths of your game setup on this course and course conditions this week compared to last year?
KARRIE WEBB: Well, the course conditions are a lot better than last year. I think the course is in a lot better shape.
I don't really know what suits my game here. I've never been a huge fan of poa annua greens, but I think I just did a really good mental job here last year, and I've learned to play on poa annua. I wouldn't say I would choose to putt on poa annua greens every week, but I've learned how to play on them. And I did a really good job with that last year when we were here, putted actually quite well. And you know, just managed my game. The ball doesn't go very -- I mean we just played in the desert where the ball is going further and we come here and now it's going shorter than it should, so it was a bit of an adjustment today.

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Karrie.

Q. Congratulations on the win last week.
KARRIE WEBB: Thank you.

Q. So win last week, how important is it to play well here going into the Kraft Nabisco next week?
KARRIE WEBB: It would be nice to play well here. I don't think I'm going to, you know, put too much pressure on myself, which actually might help me to play well. But you know, I'm not going to, you know, have a big grinding week here this week.
You know, it's a tiring golf course to play, so I feel lucky that I know that my game's in a fairly good place, and I don't have to grind too much before next week, so I think I'll just prepare well today and tomorrow and then, you know, hopefully some of that good golf gets me going on Thursday.

THE MODERATOR: Your last major was at Kraft. Has your mentality or approach to majors changed since earlier on in your career or is it something that you said you just mentioned not grinding as much going into it, but your approach change at all slightly.
KARRIE WEBB: Yes and no. You know, I think I have less majors in me now, you know, in my future than I did when I was 20. So obviously I'd like to play well in them and sometimes tend to put a bit too much pressure on myself. And always in the lead up here you're wanting to see some good golf so that you know you don't have to grind the week of a major. But like I said, I feel fortunate that I don't feel like I have to do that this week and sort of save my energy for Thursday to Sunday and hopefully play well again and build on that for next week. But there's not a lot on this golf course that's similar to Kraft, to Mission Hills. So in that respect I'm not really comparing my game for if I'm ready this week versus next week.

Q. I noticed there's a difference on the course between morning play and afternoon play where it can be cooler in the morning, and the course may play softer. In the afternoon it can dry out and play harder. How do you and your caddie make the adjustments for that? You're always wanting to keep it under the pin, but there could be, you know, a five-yard difference between morning and afternoon?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. I think you even hit it further in the afternoon because that marine layer lifts a little bit, and it warms up.
You know, I don't think there's a science to it. I think it's all about feel for me and my caddie, you know, and that's what we did really well last year was just trust that instead of my 7-iron carrying 150, it was maybe carrying 140, and to be standing there and looking at a 140 yardage and knowing that you could hit 7 and swing away at it.
So it's challenging because it's obviously, you know, visually you don't feel like you should be hitting that club, but we did a good job last year just trusting that, which is why I had a chance on Sunday to win.

THE MODERATOR: All right. One last one from me. International Crown final event to make individuals for the team is this week. Stacey Keating and Lindsey points wise, very close. So I think Stacey has a chance this week to jump in. Have you talked to them at all or spoken with them or gotten their outlook on how badly they want to make the team or the outlook on if they hopefully can play in that event?
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. I don't think Stacey is playing this week.

THE MODERATOR: Oh, okay. I thought she was.
KARRIE WEBB: Yeah. Unless she's playing Symetra, but she's not in this field.
I think Sara Jane Smith, if she had a good week. She's at 150, I think. So yeah, so that team isn't set. But you know, it's exciting. I'm looking forward to the event in July.

THE MODERATOR: You're familiar with Minjee a little bit and her game. Playing with such a young player and being teammates with her, how will that go for you guys and trying to be like I said the mentor role but also be her teammate as well?
KARRIE WEBB: Well, I've already been somewhat of a mentor to Minjee because she won my scholarship last year, and her and another young Australian amateur, Sue Oh came -- part of the scholarship is that the Top 2 girls in Australia come over to the U. S. Open and spend the week with me at the U. S. Open. So we rent a house and they stay with me and everything, so I know Minjee pretty well, I guess, and I've already had that sort of mentoring role with her. Her and Sue Oh are both playing next week at Kraft.
So I already emailed them about playing practice rounds and stuff like that, so I'm looking forward to it. I think it'll be a great experience for Minjee because she's still an amateur, so she'll be playing against the top players in the world, you know, one on one. So I think that'll be a great opportunity for her.

THE MODERATOR: All right. Any other questions?

Q. Yes. Your last three wins on the LPGA tour have all been big comebacks. What are your thoughts on becoming a big-time closer?
KARRIE WEBB: Well, I think it's a good situation to be in because you don't really have anything to lose, and you can go out there and post a number. And I think like I said, on this past Sunday, I didn't think 19-under would have been good enough, and I bet if someone -- if I hadn't have set 19-under so early, I believe 20, 21-under would have won and there probably would have been two or three players close to that. But I think because I set that number, we were walking down 18 and the leaders were on 10 green. So I set that number so early that instead of just playing the golf course, you start playing to finish at 19-under, or better. And so you know, people, you know, they start trying, I need to get 19 rather than just playing.
So you know, it's a good position to be in. I have won from leading. I've won wire to wire before. But coming from behind, like I said -- I mean I feel very fortunate to have won last week. It's probably one of my luckier wins, just because even when I posted 63, I didn't think that that was going to be good enough. So I feel very lucky to have won. But then, you know, I could have won the tournament before and I was leading, so you know, that's what my caddie and I were talking about today is it all evens out in the wash. You know, I think I stole one last week, but I probably should have finished it off in Singapore.

THE MODERATOR: Anything else? All right. Well, thanks for coming in. Best of luck this week.
KARRIE WEBB: All right. Thanks.

An Interview With: Beatriz Recari


THE MODERATOR: Okay. We're here with defending champion, Beatriz Recari, starting the Kia Classic this week. Beatriz, coming into this tournament as defending champion, how are you feeling? Healthy? You feeling good entering this week?
BEATRIZ RECARI: Yeah. I feel a lot better. You know, I've decided to take it day by day, and when I came here for media day right after Singapore, I wasn't sure how long it was going to take me, and unfortunately it took me a little bit longer than I thought, and all I wanted to make sure was that I was ready for this week, to be able to defend, and I didn't play last week in Phoenix, so that gave me some extra time to just take care of myself and my health and my game as well, and so you know, I feel good about this week.

THE MODERATOR: Perfect. And a lot of people have been talking about the course conditions here, and recently I heard someone say it's been voted one of the Top-25 courses in the country. Heading out there, have you noticed a difference between last year and this year in terms of course condition.
BEATRIZ RECARI: I definitely noticed that it's in a lot better shape. The fairways are nice and have a really nice turf. I remember last year was a little bit more wet in terms of there were some areas that were a little bit muddy.
But no, I mean this week I could definitely tell the fairways were really nice, and you know, even, and fortunately the rough is not as high as last year. That I noticed, too, but also the greens are rolling better than last year, too. So I think, you know, definitely overall it's looking better and it's going to be a good challenge.

Q. Now, how does this course play to the strengths in your game?
BEATRIZ RECARI: Well, you know, it's a very -- it's a course that has -- you know, it's not like one of those courses that you finish the round and you look back and you can't really tell, you know, hole 13 with hole 15. You know, each hole is different, and it has its own character. And you know, you have to really position the ball all the time, from the tee and on to the green, you know, even though some greens are not the biggest. You know, some greens are big and some are a little bit smaller but still, it's important to place the ball and make sure that you have most of the times uphill putt because downhill putts are really fast.
You know, and sometimes the greens are tricky to read, but it's no surprise that it is voted one of the Top-25 courses in the country.

THE MODERATOR: Well, and you just mentioned putt there. You had a pretty memorable putt to win the tournament last year. Can you talk a little bit about the plaque they presented you commemorating that I saw on Instagram. You posted that yesterday; right?
BEATRIZ RECARI: Yes. It was a very nice present or gift that obviously the tournament and Kia did for me remembering last year. It was very special, and they showed it to me when I came for media day, so it was definitely a confidence booster and brought a lot of memories, you know. And still, you know, when I go back and I see the ball going in, you know, it gives me goose bumps every time I remember it, and to have a little plaque just to, you know.

THE MODERATOR: It's so special.
BEATRIZ RECARI: It is. It is. It's definitely a very nice thing they did, and you know, it's always, you know, when you play courses and you see the plaques like Fred Couples, like I played Lake Nona, and Fred Couples' second shot hole on No. 9 and you're like, oh, you know, I wish I had my own plaque, and now I have my own plaque here at Aviara.

THE MODERATOR: Exactly. Well, now, every time you hit the 18th green this week, are you going to feel a little more added excitement knowing that your name's out there.
BEATRIZ RECARI: Yes. Like I said, anything that brings you a good vibe and positive feeling is always good.

THE MODERATOR: Good. So also at the end of this week the International Crown teams will be set. Have you had a chance to look at your team's roster, and how do you feel going into that event.
BEATRIZ RECARI: I haven't really paid attention too much. I never really liked to pay attention to things that are out of my control, and you know, I was sure that we had a very good -- or strong performance coming in, and I think if we by the end of this week we're qualified, I think we'll play really well together.

THE MODERATOR: Good. And just touching on the whole International Crown, can you talk about the excitement of playing country versus country, and will that fire you up, so to speak, playing for your country.
BEATRIZ RECARI: Yes. You know, we're so used to playing, at least back in Europe, you know, playing -- every year we always have, you know, competitions that were by team, or you know, always playing for your country and always a team event. So you know, then after when you turn pro, you kind of like leave that behind, so it's really good to go back to those memories, you know, when we played as an amateur for your country, and it's definitely going to be very special as a professional to be able to represent your country.

THE MODERATOR: Perfect. Thanks, Beatriz.

An Interview With: Inbee Park

THE MODERATOR: All right. I am pleased to welcome in Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park into the interview room here at the Kia Classic. Thanks for coming in. Happy 50th week at No. 1. Just saw that come in on Monday. Is that anything special? Is that something that you looked at and they just told you and you said, oh, happy 50th? Is that something you take into consideration and something you're really, really proud of?
INBEE PARK: Yeah. One thing for sure, the time has gone really quick, because it feels like I was No. 1 just yesterday in Hawaii and we were all celebrating because I was No. 1.
Yeah, it's already been 50 weeks, and I've played some good golf in those times, and yeah, just really proud of myself that it already is the 50th week. Yeah, it's not the easiest place to be in, but it's a lot of fun.

THE MODERATOR: Trying to enjoy it.
INBEE PARK: Yeah. I'm trying to enjoy it. I'm getting more used to it.

THE MODERATOR: Back in Thailand with your first start this season, and we talked a lot. It was your first start coming off of such a amazing year last year, and you said you were a little nervous. You said I don't know how much my training was going to translate. You were very unsure. You got three consecutive Top 10s to start off the year. Doesn't look like you were taking too much time off to get back in the swing of things. Talk about your start this year and how pleased you are with how you've been able to transition from the off season into another very, for what it's been, good season so far.
INBEE PARK: Yeah. Last year I had a great win in the first tournament, and after that I kind of had a little bit of a slow time. You know, I played good, but had kind of bad final rounds, finished Top 10s and 20s and 30s.
I think this year, I think I'm a lot more consistent, like off the tees, on the greens. I mean not necessarily on the greens. I haven't been really putting well the last few weeks, but yeah, I feel like my game is really ready. I just need to have the putts fall a little bit more.
Yeah, I feel like I'm hitting it good, but last three, four tournaments I've played and I only need a couple, two, three more putts to fall and I was just right there. I know I'm getting close to it and I just don't want to rush to win, because I think it will come if I be patient and just play my game.

THE MODERATOR: Good. Now, you mentioned you have spent a lot of time in this area, Southern California, LA area in the off season. You said it's almost like a second home. You feel very comfortable. Your family's coming in this weekend. You said your grandpa, parents, your mental coach. How much does that play a factor in being in a comfortable setting? I know you say you love having your family around. How much does that play into being comfortable for a week?
INBEE PARK: Yeah. My mental coach doesn't come to many tournaments. She probably comes to like three tournaments per year, so whenever she comes, I feel so comfortable. And you know, my head is just so clean. So whenever she comes I'm just really comfortable. So I'm really looking forward to seeing her, and obviously my family, and I think it's going to be good, and I'm just really used to this weather because I spent a lot of time here in Southern California. It's lovely weather. I like a little bit cooler weather, which is perfect.
Yeah, I've played many times on this golf course in the off season, and yeah, I feel like I'm ready and I'm ready for it, ready for this week.

THE MODERATOR: Talk about your mental coach. How long have you been working with her? What's her name and what do you guys work on? Do you do mostly stuff over the phone? What does she do with you throughout the season?
INBEE PARK: Started working with her just after the 2008 U. S. Open, so it has been like six, seven years. Yeah, we always talk on the phone maybe two times a week and we just go through things, what I need to think about this week and what when I'm going in a very negative way, she turns me into a little bit positive way. So yeah, she's a good mentor for me.

THE MODERATOR: What's her name?
INBEE PARK: Sue Kung Cho.

THE MODERATOR: How did you guys meet up?
INBEE PARK: My management -- I was looking for a mental coach, and my management company contact her. She's the best sports psychologist in Korea.
THE MODERATOR: All right. Questions for Inbee.

Q. You're only 25 and you already have four majors. What is it that makes you so good on difficult courses, like Tiger Woods says he wants to play the most difficult courses. He thinks he has a better chance to win on them. Why have you been so successful in the majors?
INBEE PARK: Because I think I'm just the type of player like who wants to sometimes scramble for pars, and you know, whenever you make pars and, you know, sometimes you pick up a shot off the field. I think it's a good challenge. I like the challenge on the golf courses. And like I don't like the golf courses where you have to make ten birdies to win, birdie after birdie. I think scrambling for par sometimes and putting in like clutch putt pars. I think those challenges are I think a lot of fun, and when you have to think a lot on the golf courses, where you need to put the balls instead of just middle, middle, middle and just stop right there. So I just like a little bit of different things on the golf courses. Yeah.

Q. Just one more question. When you were 17, you did well on the Duramed Futures Tour, 11 Top 10s, I believe it was. When you see a player like Lydia Ko at 16 doing what she's doing, are players, the younger players getting better quicker now or is she just an exception?
INBEE PARK: I think tour in general I think is getting younger and younger and a lot of young players are playing very mature games and they are becoming a lot of -- they're becoming very good players, I think.
But they get a lot of experiences out on the tour, even before they turn professional and I think those opportunities and those experiences really help them to get used to the tour. And like playing with the professionals when they are in amateur career, I think that really helps because I played a lot of professional events when I was a junior golfer. And I think I always learned a lot when I played with professionals.

Q. Looking back on last year, you had such a great run, and then you went to the British Open with so much pressure. At the end of the year did you look back and think about that, and were you able to get refreshed, too, because it was a lot of pressure; right?
INBEE PARK: Yeah. I think I -- you know, I really got -- yeah, I think I was really -- I had a lot of pressure at the end of the season last year, and yeah, I expected a lot more than what I should have. But those experiences you have to experience. I think not many people get to experience that. So it's good that I got that out of the way, and you know, this year if I have the same situation, I will maybe be a little bit better and a little bit more mature. So yeah, in the off season when you have off time and you spend time with family and you're back home, you know, I usually get refreshed. And I feel very refreshed starting this season.

THE MODERATOR: Not to look past this week, but next week is Kraft, kind of a moment in history for you where you got your first of your three major wins. Talk about the mentality going into next week. Is there something that you're thinking of already or mentally preparing? It's going to be a very big week for you, defending champ. Have you been thinking about it a little bit?
INBEE PARK: Yeah. I think so. Just going in as a defending champion. I've never defended a tournament before, so I think it will be good to do in a major tournament.
That course, I'm so comfortable on that golf course, and this week I think I can take it as like very good practice and good momentum for the tournament, next week's tournament. And yeah, I think I've been there for the media day, and yeah, seeing the golf course and I practiced a couple of times there. So it reminds me of very good memories, and I'm really looking forward to going there and playing again.

THE MODERATOR: This week's a huge week, the last International Crown team to be set by players. Talk about representing your country. I know you'll talk about the Solheim Cup and the Americans and Europeans getting to play on the big stage. This event gets to showcase eight different countries of the best players from around the world. Talk about that event and the excitement and if you guys have talked amongst yourselves with the players that are already now supposedly on the team, but we won't see until next week.
INBEE PARK: Yeah. I talked with So Young a little bit about who's going to be on the team and who do we want on the team. It's not we decide the team, but obviously the best four players in the top get to be on the team.
And yeah, I'm really looking forward to playing in International Crown because we never had something like this before, yeah, it's like a totally different format to stroke play. It's match play. Anything can happen.
We actually kind of -- So Young and I were talking about if this was stroke play, I think we would have had more chance, but since it's match play, so you just don't know what's going to happen. So you just gotta be a little bit lucky and we gotta play very, very good.
So yeah, we're trying to get ourselves ready. And yeah, we're already really excited, and this week at Kia the last spot is up for grabs, so yeah, hopefully we will play good and have some fun in the final round. I'm just glad that I'm not in that position to get on the team.

THE MODERATOR: Talk about you guys and your chemistry. A lot of you are friends. I know you're very close with So Young. You guys are more -- you call yourselves the silent assassins. You guys are very calm-demeanored people. You guys are going to have to make decisions. Have you guys talked about that? You have a little bit of seniority being No. 1, I guess, but stepping up into that leader position, have you thought of that?
INBEE PARK: No. In Korean culture, Asian culture, we always have to play the role, and it looks like I'm probably one of the oldest in the group because we have the young Korean players.
So I don't know. I mean I don't need to be a leader. But I think the four of us are good friends, so we can build some kind of good relationship with each other, and I think we can build a good team.

THE MODERATOR: Any other questions for Inbee? All right, well, thank you for coming in. Best of luck this week.

An Interview With: Stacy Lewis

THE MODERATOR: All right. We're here with Stacy Lewis. Stacy, welcome to the interview room today. I wanted to ask you, you know, coming off your great finish last week at Founders, last year you led the tour in Top 10 finishes, and this year you became the first player with four Top 10 finishes. And of course, last year you finished tied for ninth here. Can you talk a little bit about what makes you so consistent week in and week out?
STACY LEWIS: You know, I don't really know what it is. I mean I know my game's gotten -- you know, it's just gotten to a point where I can not play so good and still be up in contention. And my goal every week is to win. It's to give myself a chance to win, and so finishing in Top 10, you're obviously doing that.
You know, the second place thing kind of gets old after a while, but at the same time, you can't complain because you're doing something right. To put yourself there every single week, you're doing something right.
And coming off of last week I was just encouraged that I made some putts at the end of the rounds. That was kind of what kind of got me last year is I'd get off to good starts and I never finished it. So I'm finishing my rounds a little bit better, and that's what I'm encouraged about.

THE MODERATOR: Now, other players have been saying that course conditions have improved here from last year?
STACY LEWIS: Yes.

THE MODERATOR: Can you talk a little bit about that, especially as you got out around the course yesterday?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah. The course is a dramatic difference. It's in which better shape. The fairways are not rolling out so much. The greens are not rolling out so much. There's good and bad to that. You're going to have longer shots into the Green but at the same time they're going to be a little more consistent as far as the bounces and if you hit it in a certain spot, you know it's going to stop. So greens are rolling a lot better and everything is better. And usually when you come to a course the second year, it continues to get better.

THE MODERATOR: And today during the pro am we have Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rogers teeing off at 12. You're a football fan. Are you going to get out there and watch him at all?
STACY LEWIS: I think I'm at 12:10, so hopefully I'll get out there and watch him a little bit. I'm a little bummed that I'm not playing with him. But I like being around other athletes and seeing what makes them successful. Most quarterbacks are pretty good golfers, too. So we'll see how he does.

THE MODERATOR: Who's your football team?
STACY LEWIS: I don't have an NFL team. I'm more in the Fantasy Football deal. But two years ago he was my starting quarterback.

THE MODERATOR: Very nice. We have the International Crown teams are going to be set after this week. You've had a chance to play with the team, be on the Solheim Cup. Can you talk about what it means to you to represent your country playing against the seven other teams and the general excitement around the International Crown.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah. Any time you get to wear the American flag, get all your gear and you're announced representing your country, it's an honor. And it was a goal of mine to make the Crown, and I'm excited just to be a part of the first year of it. I don't know -- I think we're kind of all up in the air and how the format is going to play out and how it's all going to work, but it's just a lot of fun to play team golf. And we're going to play some best ball, so to play with people that you're normally playing against every week, it's fun. We can kind of learn a lot from each other and help ish other out. So I think we're all just looking forward to the event and you know, it's going to be fun to see what happens this week with am a couple of the teams coming down to the wire.

THE MODERATOR: And finally, the R&A had a big announcement today. They announced that they're allowing a vote to admit women as members.
STACY LEWIS: Right.

THE MODERATOR: What are your thoughts on that statement.
STACY LEWIS: Well, I'm excited about it, you know. We get to play at St. Andrews this year, and you know, it's a showing of where the game is going. You know, the women's -- I think the most growth for golf is in the women's side. So it's nice to see the R&A take that initiative and put it out there and see if it's something that the members are willing to do, but you know, when I saw it, I was very excited about it.

THE MODERATOR: Very nice. We'll open it up for questions, if anyone has any.

Q. When you say that second place was getting old would you say you're satisfied with your start to the season or it's really coming down to winning?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah. I'm somewhat satisfied. You know, ultimately my goal is to win golf tournaments. So I'm not quite getting to where I want to be, but at the same time, you know, right now I'm trying to build up for the Kraft, and I want to be playing my best golf kind of at the end of this week and going into next week.
So that's kind of the ultimate thing is the majors, but you know, I don't know as golfers if we're ever really satisfied, just the nature of what we do.
But you know, gotten off to a really good start, kind of continuing what I was doing at the end of last year.

Q. You won at St. Andrews last year. Did the subject come up much when you were using the clubhouse and kind of hanging around? Was there a vibe or did everybody just kind of -- was everybody focused on the business of playing golf and ignoring the R&A and all that?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, I think, you know, there was a lot of talk about the male-only -- the other male-only clubs and hosting British opens. That was kind of the main topic when we were there. But I remember when I played the Curtis Cup there in 2008, you know, that was kind of the first time that they let us use the entire clubhouse. They let us into places where women hadn't been before, and so that was kind of -- for me when it kind of hit home with what this was all about. But at the British, there wasn't a lot of talk about it. I think we all just wanted to focus on the task at hand and also celebrate that we were playing at St. Andrews.

Q. One other topic, totally different topic. A lot of those men have been really getting into stats lately with analyzing their stats and more than ever. And granted, they have shot link and you guys don't, but how much of that do you do at the end of the year looking at numbers and looking at different analyses?
STACY LEWIS: I look at numbers a little bit. I think the numbers, if you look at stats by themselves, they're sometimes deceiving. So I think you have to kind of look at it as a whole.
But you know, I don't know. I'm not super picky on that kind of stuff. You know, I know when I'm not hitting my irons well and I'm not hitting enough greens or if I'm not putting well. I don't need to know an average or a number to tell me that. I kind of go more off of feel than an actual number.

Q. Looking towards the International Crown, it's going to be a round-robin format. Do you really care too much about strategy when you play match play or are you someone that wants to go out there and make a bunch of birdies and try to make them beat you?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah. I think with match play you're just trying to win your match. I think people are going to try to put some strategy in, who tees off with who and who plays together, but I think with the crown what's going to happen is you just gotta go out there and get the point, and that's going to be the kind of goal for everybody, and what usually wins points in Match Play is making birdies. So it's just going out there and try to win holes and take care of -- you know, get it over as quick as possible.

Q. You talked a little bit about the layout, the holes you consider most challenging and your collectively on the par-3s?
STACY LEWIS: Probably the hardest hole is probably 18. Just coming down the end you've gotta hit a really good drive and then the second shot is probably one of the hardest second shots we have in. And then the par-3s, you know, I think of 11. 11 I think is kind of a sneaky, hard par-3.
I don't know, I mean there's some holes that are tough on this golf course, but then there's holes that you can make birdies on. You know, the par-5s you're going to have wedges into most of them. 16 tee usually gets moved up on the weekend to make it drivable. So I mean there's plenty of holes you can make birdies on. But I think now a lot of the par-4s we're going to be having, where last year we had maybe 9-irons and wedges we're going to be hitting 6, 7, 8 irons in instead. So I think this year it's going to play a little bit different as far as the length of the golf course, but there's still plenty of opportunities to make some birdies.

THE MODERATOR: All right. Well, thank you, Stacy.
STACY LEWIS: Thank you.

An Interview With: Paula Creamer

THE MODERATOR: All right. I'd like to welcome in Rolex Rankings No. 8 Paula Creamer into the interview room here at the Kia Classic. Paula, thanks for coming in.
PAULA CREAMER: Thank you.

THE MODERATOR: Tell me about taking some early looks at the course, everyone's kind of been commenting on how improved the conditions here are at Aviara. Talk about the course setup this week and your thoughts on the overall setup.
PAULA CREAMER: Yeah, the fairways and the rough are definitely in much better shape than they were last year. It's a great golf course, you just have to put the ball in the right spot.
The greens are going to be the tough part about it. I know the afternoon -- they're pretty soft right now, and the afternoons they're going to get pretty beat up, but you just have to take it for what it is and hopefully hit it as close as you can. But they're really receptive right now, so you don't have to worry too much about bouncing and landing it short and things like that. You can pretty much fly at most pins.

THE MODERATOR: You're a few weeks removed from the putt, the big win. How important was it to play well last week? You had a top 20 in Phoenix. How important was that for you to stay with that momentum and not get caught up in the win? I know you celebrated and got to enjoy it, but how important was that?
PAULA CREAMER: You always want to come back and play well. I had two weeks off, and you just want to go and you want to keep continuing what you're doing, but at the same time, yeah, it is a little bit added kind of pressure towards it, because you want to go back to back. That's what everyone wants to do, win one and the next one and the next one. But you can't get too far ahead of yourself.
I didn't play that well on Thursday and Friday. Had a great Saturday, didn't play quite as well on Sunday. But pleased with my performance in a sense, but getting ready for this week and Kraft next week.

THE MODERATOR: Talk about everyone kind of uses this swing as the prep for Kraft, the first major. Do you prepare any differently? Just obviously no one wants to look past this week. They want to win the week they're in, but obviously Kraft, everybody wants to perform well. Talk about your preparation for that and going into next week.
PAULA CREAMER: I think it's important, you have to be very precise with your irons next week. So this is a good tuneup for that this week, just because of the size of the greens here. And you know, every week is different. You know, it is a major next week, but this is just as big of a tournament. And so you know, you want to focus as much as you can on this week and play well.
But yeah, there is things that you kind of have to work on a little bit. You know, it's a little bit more dry down in the desert there, but for the most part it comes down to putting the ball in the right spots, and you have to do that here, which you have to do next week. So it's a good tuneup for that.

THE MODERATOR: Now, Derek came out last week. Is he here this week? Talk about wedding plans. I know that's a big project for you off the course. That's a big thing that's going on. Where are you at in wedding plans?
PAULA CREAMER: I can't tell you where I'm at in my wedding plans.

THE MODERATOR: Just give us a little detail.
PAULA CREAMER: No, I am. I'm definitely planning, and you know, it's fun. It takes a big distraction. It helps me to kind of break away from golf, and being able to do something like that, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I'm taking it for what it's worth and milking every second of my bride year. So it's fun. I've been getting a lot of bride gifts and things, and I just go with it. I mean I'm full speed ahead. That's for sure.

THE MODERATOR: Perfect. Questions for Paula.

Q. Paula, the thing that I heard after the putt was not so much even how difficult the putt was, but your reaction, and how much people loved your reaction to it. Obviously it's completely spur of the moment.
PAULA CREAMER: Oh, yeah. You can't plan that.

Q. Not even the putt or the reaction.
PAULA CREAMER: Hunh-uh.

Q. But what has been the reaction to the reaction, I guess? I think people are almost seeing you a little bit differently.
PAULA CREAMER: Well, yes and no. I mean first I said the putt, the putt, you know, that kind of thing. But the reaction afterwards was just -- that was me. It was just pure genuine. I couldn't believe -- I was just as shocked as everybody else was.
Of course, I'm trying to make it and get it as close as I can, but for it to go in at that time, at that moment, you know, I think my overall reaction was did I just win? Did that just go in? Like what's going on? And it was just pure just excitement.
And you know, it was just something that I will -- I'll never forget. Like it was probably one of the highlights of my career, just because of everything that's led up to it. It's three-and-a-half years since I've won, and it felt like it was my first win, and I acted like it was my first win.
But it sure did feel good, and that was basically what you saw. And I've had a lot of people come up to me and just talk about the reaction. And I just did it. I don't know how. That's what I felt at that moment.

THE MODERATOR: Last week we played back the clippings of it in five different languages, all the clips after it and you just were standing there shaking your head.
PAULA CREAMER: It's crazy. Like I said, you can't plan anything like that. And for it to have been so much exposure and everywhere, I mean nightly news, things like that, I just never realized how big of a putt it really was. I was just excited I won. I didn't even think about all the other things that went along with it.

Q. It's funny that you mentioned, too, that so much of the emotion was about the previous years; right?
PAULA CREAMER: Uh-huh.

Q. And you're not thinking about that necessarily at the time, but it started building up in your life?
PAULA CREAMER: Well, and that's what it was, it was like, gosh, here I am, and I was thinking I would make maybe like a five-footer or something to win. I didn't think I'd make a 75-footer. For it to, like I said, to go and to happen that way, and my friends were there. And you couldn't have planned it any better, and being able to call home, call my dad and my mom and then Derek, you know. It just made it so special.
And being in Singapore, it isn't quite close to the United States, and to have all of the media afterwards was pretty neat. Felt like my own major.

Q. You announced your engagement on Twitter, but more importantly, you were blocked by Juli Inkster on Twitter.
PAULA CREAMER: I know. I've been blocked for a long time by Juli.

Q. Have you been able to, now that she's a Solheim Cup captain, get this clarified or is she just inept?
PAULA CREAMER: You know, honestly, that's been like a year and a half going on. And I kept telling her, you know you're blocking me from Twitter; and she was like, I have to get Haley or Boo to help with it, and she just hasn't done it. So then she gets Solheim captain. I said I'm throwing you under the bus now because I can and I will, and still unblocked. So I said, okay, we'll see. We'll see what kind of participant I will be, I need my peanut butter sandwich on this hole at this moment (laughs).

Q. Your thoughts on the Aviara layout, specifically the 18th hole, and are you also trying to leave yourself 75-footers now?
PAULA CREAMER: No. I'm definitely -- every time -- it's funny, every time I walk down the putting green, they go, oh, the green's not big enough for you. And I'm like, oh, I have to hear that for the next two years, I think.
But no, I think the 18th hole is great. 17 is a good par-5; and then 16 is fun, that par-4 where they move up the tee box sometimes, and even the back box it's a good hole.
You know, it's a fun golf course. I think it's one of the prettiest golf courses that we play, just with the flowers. It's so green. You know, everywhere around the green, they always look so nice.
You know, I'm glad I'm playing it and not walking it outside the ropes. It's probably a pretty difficult spectator course to walk, but we get so many good fans out here, too, and that's really nice to have that, that local support, to be able to come out and play. And they get to see an awesome golf course.

THE MODERATOR: Final week for International Crown push until the members are set. I asked Stacy; I asked Inbee who came through here earlier on that final push. You're pretty much a lock with you and Stacy. Angela, Lizette and Gerina have mathematical chances to get in. Have you talked to them about making the team or have you guys talked amongst yourselves about this event which could probably bring a lot of exposure to the tour?
PAULA CREAMER: No. We haven't really talked about it. It's kind of like you know what you need to do to get on the team, and they're all three such great players, and it's going to be a fun format. You know, I'm interested to see how it all plays out with the matches against each other and things, but whenever you get to represent your country, there's nothing better than that.
And the team that we will have, no matter what, we've all played together, which is pretty cool, and not a lot of the teams have that type of experience.
But it is going to be, you know, an interesting kind of finish these next couple -- after Kraft to see the lockdown, but I'm sure that they know what they need to do to get on the team.

THE MODERATOR: And all seven of you, like you said, have Solheim Cup experience. How much do you think that will come into play in terms of playing four-ball matchups?
PAULA CREAMER: You know, it's obviously a big thing when you have team chemistry with each other and you know what you need to do, but it all comes down to making birdies and being there for your partner at the same time, and you have to have a good pairing with each other, and like I said, I think it's a big thing that we do know each other already from Solheim. We have the upper hand in that, but at the same time it's still a golf tournament and anything can happen. Just because you have good chemistry, you still have to go out and get the job done.

THE MODERATOR: Now, it would be you, Stacy, Lexi and Cristie Kerr if it were played today, you guys would be in. Inbee said the Korean culture is the oldest person takes the lead. Are you just going to say, hey, Kerr, tell us what to do. There's no captains or anything. Who would take the lead out of that?
PAULA CREAMER: I don't know if Kerr wants to take the lead on that one. But I don't know. I think when the team's discussed or made, we'll talk about that one then.

Q. Paula, how much do you enjoy playing here in San Diego and what would it mean to win the Kia Classic?
PAULA CREAMER: Oh, being a California girl, I love coming here, and I love being able to have a lot of my family come out and watch.
You know, I had a lot of the Marines from Camp Pendleton come out yesterday and they got to watch and walk with me nine holes, and it's so fun. It's nice to be on the West Coast, and I miss it. We don't get to come out here enough, that's for sure.
But to win here would be great. I mean any win is a good one, but here just because of all my family that gets to come out and watch, there's nothing better than winning in front of your loved ones and your family. So I'm going to be pushing it and grinding out there as much as I possibly can to hopefully be in contention on Sunday.

Q. Paula, you were having a really good week here last year until the last round.
PAULA CREAMER: Yeah.

Q. Can you kind of reflect on both the week, how it went and then that last round, what got away from you in the last round?
PAULA CREAMER: You know, sometimes it happens, you just don't play well on your Sundays, but last year Sunday I couldn't get anything going at all, and I played with I. K., and she played really well. But I just -- I don't know. I think I -- maybe I got a little bit too far ahead of myself before I teed off and maybe a little bit too nervous, things like that, you know, learning -- you have to learn a lot about yourself in those kind of situations and try to be able to control it.
But I do like this golf course. You know, it is tricky with the putts. You know, there's a lot of breaking putts and there's a lot of putts that go certain directions that they just shouldn't go and that kind of thing. You have to be very mentally strong, I think, out here. There's going to be a lot of birdies made, but you gotta -- you know, you can't push it. You can't be too super aggressive as well because if you get above the hole on some of these, it's in death zone.
And I think, you know, knowing the golf course, I came out and played it a couple of times this off season. My fiancé lives in Newport Beach, so we drove out here and came out and played. And you do that not that often, go play tournament courses, but for me this is a big week, and I want to play well, and last year was a good start for me to feel good out here.

Q. In the buildup to Singapore, how did you feel about your game to that point, and what do you feel like you've improved upon most recently in the last year?
PAULA CREAMER: I had a great off season. I worked really, really hard. I didn't take a ton of time off, but you know, I maybe took a week and a half, two weeks off. But I allowed myself to have breaks even in January and things like that when I needed it, just because I wasn't forced to go out and, oh, I only have three weeks left, two weeks left, that kind of thing. I just kind of paced through it.
You know, my coach, David Whelan and I, we've been together since I was 16, and you know, we just broke down my golf swing at the end of last year, pretty much in September basically, and I just kept going with it, and I knew it was going to be a tough time. And now I've kind of grooved that. I was able to play with it in tournament, wasn't great in the tournament. But just being able to take it from the range and the driving range to the course is one of the hardest things to do, especially when you have expectations and things to come out here and play strong.
But I'm making more putts. Just more consistent. I'm longer. I definitely have gained about 15, 20 yards off the tee easily. You know, that makes life a lot easier coming into some of the holes with a club less.
But just more consistent, and you know, like I said, not changing too many things. You know, something -- sticking to the original plan is I think the key to what I've been doing so far.
And I knew it was coming, the win, sooner rather than later. I've been just hitting the ball so well, Bahamas, Australia. Didn't play that great in Thailand, but was ready for Singapore.

THE MODERATOR: All right. Any other questions? All right. Well, thank you for coming in.
PAULA CREAMER: Thank you.

An Interview With: Lydia Ko

THE MODERATOR: All right. I'm now joined by Lydia Ko, Rolex Rankings No. 4 player in the world. Lydia, thanks for coming in today. Let's talk about your runner-up finish last week. You played really well all week. You had the lead going into the final round. You didn't come out on top, but you said you learned a ton of lessons. Just tell us what you took out of that finish last week.
LYDIA KO: Yeah. Obviously I was hitting really good. I was really confident all week, and there were a lot of birdie opportunities out there, so I kind of took the most of it. Yeah, I didn't become the winner at the end of the day, but I came off of the golf course with a lot of positives.

THE MODERATOR: Now, you kind of did your homework for this week. I know you came out here to Aviara a couple of weeks ago and played the course. Was that your decision to come out and get an early look or how did that decision come into coming out here well in advance of the tournament?
LYDIA KO: I was here for some other reasons, and you know, I was in California. So I thought might as well just come here and have a look at the course. You know, I heard a lot of good things about it, and I wanted to come out and see.
And I love coming out to Carlsbad itself. So it's really nice to come out.

THE MODERATOR: You've got new clubs; you've got your sponsor. How are things going with the transition of all your new stuff and all your new gear?
LYDIA KO: It's going good. I thinks good golf definitely helps that transition. But they're feeling good. Obviously they're not perfect. Nothing's ever really perfect. So we can always make those little changes, but for now, I think it feels really good.

THE MODERATOR: You got a couple of looks at the course. Talk about course conditions, how this track sets up for your game and what you're looking forward to the most.
LYDIA KO: There has been some rain, you know, last night and then the night before, so I think the course is playing slightly wetter, and I think coming off a very desert, dry golf course is definitely going to play different.
But you know, I think the greens, they're big and elevated, so you really need to hit them at the right places.

THE MODERATOR: You have a new caddie on the bag since a couple of weeks ago, Mark. Talk about your guys' relationship, how he helped you last week. How's that been going?
LYDIA KO: Yeah. It was my first week with him. You kind of learn more about each other, and I guess I know what kind of a caddie he is.
I will say I don't fully know him right now. It's only been one week. I guess it takes a couple of weeks to kind of get to know each other, but he's been a help and I think he's pretty good.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lydia.

Q. You shot up to No. 4 in the world pretty quickly. When you turned pro, was your goal to become No. 1 or are you just going to let the results take care of that or is that one of your goals, No. 1 in the world?
LYDIA KO: It's always been like always my dream to become world No. 1, and that's what everybody strives for, but yeah, there's no rush.
No, it's kind of like a learning year. If I play well, you know, hopefully I'll be able to get there at one stage. But I just want to really enjoy the moment and have fun on the tour right now.

THE MODERATOR: The Golf Channel shoot last night, you got all dressed up. You've been taking part informant photo shoots, all the stuff that comes along with being an LPGA Tour member. How fun has that been and be able to get to do the fun off course stuff you've embraced, social media and things like that?
LYDIA KO: It's been really good. Like yesterday's shoot is not something you would do like as a normal golfer. But it was really interesting. You know, I was holding like the professional signs, like now I'm a professional. So I guess it's kind of linked to myself.

Q. You're looking forward to having a good week here and getting your game tuned up for next week?
LYDIA KO: Yeah. Hopefully my momentum from last week will kind of continue into this week. Hopefully it will continue into next week.
But yeah, I just want to take it a week at a time this week. I'm just going to concentrate on the Kia Classic and next week it's going to be all about the Kraft. But yeah, I'm really excited to play there again. I played there last year, so it's much better going into a major knowing the course a little bit better than not knowing at all.

Q. Meghan mentioned social media, Lydia. How do you feel about Twitter and do you like using it? Is it something you feel that's worth your time?
LYDIA KO: I tweet sometimes, but I don't treat every single day. Lots of comments were you should tweet more often, put some more photos up. But no, I don't do it all the time. When I get time or something exciting comes up, I do it.
But yeah, I mean it's good to kind of get to know your followers and your fans also, so I think having that kind of a social network definitely helps connect you to your fans.

Q. You're traveling all around the world now and at age 16 when you go to a place you've never been before, do you explore or kind of stick to the golf course or do you like to explore other countries and cities?
LYDIA KO: If I get time, I do like to do something exciting. A lot of the time -- most of the time I just go from the golf course to the hotel or stores or restaurants, so that's pretty boring. But no, it would be good to get some time to kind of go to some places, but I think I might do that more next year when I kind of get used to tour stuff and then kind of settle myself in.
THE MODERATOR: Any other questions? All right. Well, thanks for coming in. Best of luck this week.

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