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Inaugural Swinging Skirts Classic kicks off in Bay area
April 22, 2014

Monday interviews:
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen
Rolex Rankings No. 12 Michelle Wie
Tuesday interviews:
Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis
Rolex Rankings No. 9 Paula Creamer
LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster

The LPGA returns to the Bay Area for the first time since 2010 at the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. The event is co-sanctioned with the Taiwan LPGA, and will feature 120 LPGA players, as well as 17 players from Taiwan and the TLPGA, marking the first ever LPGA co-sanctioned tournament on American soil.

The initial year of the event has drawn an impressive field featuring 18 of the top-20 players in the latest Rolex Rankings, including each of the top-5 golfers in the world.

Homecoming: This week’s Swinging Skirts event held at Lake Merced Golf Club will mark a homecoming for several Bay Area natives, including Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster.
“I think it’s great, and Swinging Skirts brought it to a great golf course” Inkster said. “I just hope that we can build a foundation and keep it here for many years. I think the community will support it. It’s just all about building it, and every year getting better and better.”

Creamer echoed Inkster’s statement adding; “Yeah, for me, coming home, it’s always exciting being able to come and play such a great golf course. It’s not only we are back in the Bay Area, but Lake Merced, my goodness, I played this golf course when was about 11 years old. That was the last time, and I don’t really remember it quite that much.”

While the having an event in her hometown has been great for Creamer, “The Pink Panther” joked that it might not be as enjoyable for members of the tournament office who have to deal with all of her families requests for tickets.

“I feel bad for the tournament office. They have had to deal with me and my family. My dad has been in there the last couple days 10 times dealing with tickets and this and that. But it’s great.”

The pair also spoke to the thought that Lake Merced and Swinging Skirts could potentially be around for years to come.

“You have all the amenities here,” Inkster commented. “Now we just need to get fans out here and the fan base, and I think it’s going to be a success.”

Lewis enjoying time by the Bay: Stacy Lewis was yet another player who spoke to the importance of having an event in the Bay Area, taking time out of her press conference to thank Swinging Skirts for making it happen.
“It’s huge. You know, not only as a sponsor, but they brought it here to the United States,” Lewis said. “They were very open to coming here, and to bring it to a great golf course like Lake Merced, to an area where we need to be playing every year; we have a lot of players from this area.”

“It’s a first class tournament,” Lewis continued. “You can feel it when you fi rst walk in. They’re doing it right. It’s really great.”

While she is obviously focused on coming out on top this week, Lewis was able to go out and enjoy some of the sights and sounds of San Francisco during some off time on Monday.

“Yeah, the Monday qualifier was going on Monday morning and we wanted something to do. So myself, Alison Walshe, and Cindy Lacrosse we went down to Fisherman’s Wharf and rented a couple bikes and went across the Golden Gate and back,” Lewis explained. “It was just really cool to get to do some touristy things. Definitely a good workout, too.”

Giant night planeed for Friday: This Friday’s baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians at AT&T Park will serve as LPGA Night at the ballpark and numerous members of the tour are excited for the opportunity to enjoy a night out near McCovey Cove.
“I think it’s great,” said LPGA Hall of Famer and lifelong Giants fan Juli Inkster. “I think it’s great that the Giants are doing this. Most of these girls out here are huge baseball fans. If you haven’t gone to AT&T Park, you need to go. It’s one of the top, probably the top-5 ballparks in the United States.”

LPGA players will be taking part in numerous events throughout the evening at the ballpark, including putting a spin on the traditional first pitch by participating in a “first chip”.
“This is a golfer’s paradise. Someone who wants to hit every shot in your bag. Needs to make those 4 or 5 footer breaking putts. I just feel really good when I walked out here. Having my family being able to come out and support, I think it’s going to be great.”
–Paula Creamer talking about playing at Lake Merced Golf Club.

The spcial scene: Numerous members of the LPGA and their team took to the course for their pro-am’s in unique attire to celebrate the fun spirit of the Swinging Skirts. One of these people was LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, who was captured in his outfi t by Sarah Kemp.
“Spotted @LPGA @LPGACommish Mike Whan in this! The things he does for his players...... #seewhyitsdiff erentouthere”- (@kempgolf)


Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park

MODERATOR: All right, we're here Inbee Park, the No. 1 ranked player, at The Swinging Skirts at the Lake Merced Golf Club.

Inbee, let's start it off by asking, you've been around Swinging Skirts before playing in the event in Taiwan. What does it mean to have them as a sponsor here at an LPGA event.

INBEE PARK: I think it's been very fantastic. I play Swinging Skirts tournaments last two years in Taiwan and I got to meet Mr. Wang and his fellow Swinging Skirts members.

Yeah, it was always fun to hanging around with them. Obviously they're passionate. Their love of the golf was something very surprising. So having them here and a partner of LPGA I think is a very good thing.
Just really looking forward to playing this week and seeing them again. I mean, I think their passion almost passes down onto us, so I think it's good to have a partner like that.

MODERATOR: Great. We're playing this week at the iconic Lake Merced Golf Club. Have you played this course before, and what most are you looking forward to playing here?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I never really play this course before and never really been like in downtown of San Francisco before. So it was almost my first time visiting here. Everything was new for me this week: the golf course, the city, and everything.

So I got to come to look at the Fisherman's Wharf on Sunday and had some good food there and watched around and walked around a little bit there.

Yeah, really cool city. Really enjoying myself here at the moment.

MODERATOR: You talked about the food. San Francisco is known for great food. What did you have to eat?
INBEE PARK: I love seafood, so everywhere I go here I get to experience seafood. I had some Dungeness Crab, clam chowder in Bodean and some crab. Yeah, it was very good.

MODERATOR: And it's been 54 weeks now that you've been in the No. 1 position. Talk about how you feel, how it's changed your life, your approach to the game. It's been over a year now that you're in this position.
INBEE PARK: Yeah, it's gone really quick. Feels like I just took over the No. 1 spot last year. It already has been a year.

Last year was kind of this very chaotic season for me. Like last half of the season was just going -- like first half went so fast and last half went so slow.

I started new this year, and obviously I feel like I'm a lot more comfortable up here and a lot more experienced and a lot more mature in my game or just in my life in general.

So it's just a lot of different things going on this year for my life as well. Just not golf. I'm getting married this year. That's really different. That's something different to golf, but it's a very important thing in my life.
Yeah, really trying to enjoy myself this year. Yeah.

MODERATOR: That's been the big thing, that you can actually sit back and enjoy your accomplishments a little bit more?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I mean, golf is never ending. You finish your season, it's a new season starting again. You finish your tournament, it's a new tournament starting again the next day.

So I would say I couldn't be relaxing for the moment until I retire.

But you know what? I really enjoy being competitive and playing week in, week out and trying to be my best every week. That is what I enjoy to do, and until I get tired of doing that, I'll be playing golf.

MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. You played practice rounds, I assume.
INBEE PARK: Yeah. I played two nine-hole rounds.

Q. What do you think about how this course will play?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, such different weather to last week. Just trying to adjust to the time change between Hawaii and here. It's like three hours, so morning is tough to wake up for me.

Obviously the course is in great shape. We play low rough last week, but this week this is big rough and obviously a lot of up and down holes and blind tee shots and dog leg holes.

I think it's just going to be a very good test for the golf. The course setup-wise, it feels like a major setup. It's just going to be a really fun four days of golf and really very good test for the golf.

It's going to be tough with the wind. Obviously just being cold also you're going to lose a little bit of your distance. Yeah, obviously with the wind and the up and downs, just very tough to control your distances. I think that'll be a very big key.

Q. (No microphone.)
INBEE PARK: I think it's windy here. I wouldn't say it's going to be lower scores out here. I think I would say couple under every day if it's a windy day. Obviously if it's just calm and nice, warm day, maybe 4-under par.

Q. What about this area as an event for the LPGA -- it's been away for a while -- what are your thoughts about them bringing it back here to the San Francisco Bay Area?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, it's in the northern part of California. It's a very good spot to come, and obviously a lot of people supporting women's golf here. We always love to come back here and play again.

Just glad we have a tournament back here again. Obviously having a good sponsor here is very good. All the people that going to come out and watch us is going to enjoy all this art work also.

So I think Swinging Skirts and the art works, San Francisco city, really goes well with -- everything goes really matching. So I think it's going to be very fun week.


Q. What is it that you bring with you in your travels when you go from course to course that makes you feel confident and comfortable? Some will bring a charm or a family member. What do you bring with you?
INBEE PARK: I always travel with my fiance. He's my lucky charm. He's my always -- he's a big help for me. He's my coach, my friend, husband - in future - everything.
He's my lucky charm.

Q. Seems like you and Michelle and Morgan were so young when you first came out. I don't know if you played junior golf together. Did you guys ever envision, Hey, we're going to be the big stars running this show in a few years?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I mean, I did play my junior years with Paula, Morgan, Michelle, Brittany. A lot of players out here I played with them in the junior years.

Obviously when I played in Korea there was a lot of Korean golfers that came out here and now playing together. So pretty much everybody I played with in the junior golf is playing so well out here. It's almost like a continuation.

I mean, back then we probably didn't think that we will be -- because we were probably pretty much like fighting for the trophy in the junior years, and we're doing the same thing here. I think we kind of a little bit thought we just going to happen in the later years because we were playing good in junior golf.

We played in professional tournaments while we were junior golfers also, so I think it was a continuation from there.

Q. 2013 was such a great year for you in this game and this sport. How do you feel as you're heading into 2014, right at the beginning? Are you excited?
INBEE PARK: Yeah. I mean, I didn't have a win yet, but I pretty much did everything but win. I finished second, third, fourth, fifth, everything else this year.

Just feels like it's coming pretty soon. I feel like my game is in good shape. Even if I didn't win this year, I feel like I'm a little bit more consistent than last year and playing good golf.

My putting was a little bit shaky early this year, but starting Hawaii everything really felt like it's clicking. Yeah, feel like I'm going to have a good week soon.

Q. One more question about the golf course. I know that over the year you see so many different types of golf courses and climates on the LPGA Tour. What is it that you do to adapt your game to the different golf courses from week to week?
INBEE PARK: I think we just adapt to the golf courses so quickly because that's what we're so used to doing. We move every week to play different golf courses. Whoever get used to the golf course fast is gonna win the tournament.
That's why we're going to try to do that. Whoever adapt to the golf course, weather, time, everything. That's what you're born to do. Yeah, just trying to do it a little bit faster than everyone else.

Q. 54 weeks at No. 1. Given how many dynamic young players that have come out, how proud are you to be No. 1 for that long, and how hard will it be to stay there going forward?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I'm not too young out here anymore exactly. Feels like a lot of new and young generations and golfers are coming up so quickly.

I think it's always good to have young stars. People like to see younger people, you know. So I think it's good for the LPGA. It's also getting a lot more competitive and the girls out here are playing well. A lot of people in contention every week. Just don't know who's going to win.

I think it's just good fun for everyone watching golf.

MODERATOR: Any more questions? Okay, great. Thank, Inbee.
INBEE PARK: Thank you.

Rolex Rankings No. 2 Suzann Pettersen

MODERATOR: I would like to welcome Suzann Pettersen, the Rolex rankings World No. 2 player to the interview room today.

Suzann, before we get started, we need to address the fact that you're back and you're scheduled to make your first start since you had to pull out of Kia Classic a few events ago.
How is the back?

SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well, I'm here, which is a good sign. I would never have been here if I wasn't feeling good. Unfortunately I injured my back Monday after Phoenix to the point where playing golf was just out of the question.

So unfortunately I missed Carlsbad; very unfortunate I missed Kraft, definitely one of my favorite tournaments out of the year; and a shame not to be able to defend in Hawaii last week.

Sometimes you just got to address the challenges you're facing. For me, it was just to kind of get my back as close to normal as soon as possible so I don't miss too much of the season.

MODERATOR: Before we move on, did you happen to see Michelle's hula? Out of you and Michelle, who do you think did it better?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I actually missed it. I've seen some clips of it, and I thought she would be much better. After she said she felt probably as awkward as I felt - even though I felt really awkward. I know there has been people posting several stuff on Twitter comparing the two of us.

But just really happy to see Michelle play well. She played fantastic at Kraft; great to see her win in Hawaii.

She's a great friend and very good competitor.

MODERATOR: Back to the back, what was the official diagnosis?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I have a history of a ruptured back 10 years ago. Since then I've been as strong and as healthy as I've ever been. I've never looked at myself as a person with a back issue.

Really came out of the blue. I happened to bend over, and I felt bending over it was -- it snapped. It's more of a movement pattern more so than disc related. I think a lot of people thought it was just disc.
That's not the case. Probably a little aggravated disc, but mostly muscular and having the right joints moving at the right time pretty much.

MODERATOR: As far as treatment goes going forward, does it effect the way you work out or the way that you prep for an event?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well, obviously up until now I've just been resting. Resting has done me really well. I've been playing and practicing. I haven't quite gone after it in the gym yet. I don't really want to push that limit.

I want to play. If I can play with no pain and play well, I would rather do that than push every cylinder at the same time.

Moving forward, think just being aware of small changes at the time. It's so simple. Like even when I sit down, just got to sit down the right way and not try to protect something that could go wrong - which I've done for so many years I don't think about it.

It's more subconsciously what I got to change.

MODERATOR: And then as far as hitting balls, when did you get back to golf-related activities?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I was in a lot of pain for probably almost three weeks to the point where flat out horizontal was the only thing I did. I tried to move around 20 minutes at a time and just really rest.

Once the pain disappeared, which actually did quite quickly, I started moving. I was told to start moving like normal so you don't try to overload and compensate for the normal movements that you have in your body.
So, I don't know, first time I went out to try and hit a few balls, started with putting, chipping. Once I started with my wedges I felt like I wasn't hesitating and afraid of the pain coming back. I knew this was a good sign.
If I had been hesitating to go after the ball, it would have been a long way back.

MODERATOR: Finally, you traveled to Palm Springs. Did you get stuck there for a while because of the back issue?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No, I was floating in the area for a while because I got injured in Phoenix, and then all my -- the physios that we travel with, they had already gone down to Carlsbad for Kia.

I knew there are several good doctors in Carlsbad area I could go see, so I got down there -- unfortunately had to withdraw from the tournament -- but had MRIs, all the scans taken down there.

Went to see the therapist up in Palm Springs Saturday the Carlsbad. Then I actually had to stay there for four days before I could get on a plane. It was such a long flight, and sitting was the worst thing I could do.

MODERATOR: Did you have to fly commercial?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Fortunately I didn't have to fly that. I had a very dear friend who came and picked me up in a jet and made the trip very smooth.

MODERATOR: So you're returning to this event. How excited are you to come here?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, first of all, it's great to come here and play the Swinging Skirts on American soil. Great to see the Swinging Skirt people. A lot of them I've gotten to know over the years playing in Taiwan.

I love the Bay Area. Definitely one of my favorite spots in America after New York. So very happy to be here. Just really happy in general to be out playing. I was trying to make it for Hawaii, but at the same time, I can't rush something that I can't control.

I mean, I've been in this position before. It's amazing how quick you kind of forget once you get going and things just are going your way.

Really makes you appreciate what you can do. It's nice to get dressed yourself.

MODERATOR: Let's open it up for questions.

Q. You've been around a decade or more. Talk about some of the changes you've seen. Three different commissioners. But particularly in the turnover of players. Almost two-thirds of the players are different in the media guide now.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I think in general the LPGA is in a very good state, in a very good position right now. We're healthy. The product, I mean, the players, the depth of the players is probably better than it's ever been. They're younger; they're better; they push the older ones to work even harder.

I think it's a great combination. It's been a tough road up until here. Mike has done a fantastic job managing to turn the ship from going south.

I mean, it was a lot of work that had to be done when he first got in his position. He did what he had to do, and managed to re-establish a lot of the great relationships we've had with great partners and sponsors of the LPGA through the years.

I think now we're in a very good spot. We have 32 events during a calendar year; purses are up; new events in America, which is great. I think we're in a very good position.

Q. Talk a little bit about the course setup here. You also have the element of the fog and wind. Could be tough on your back.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Well, it's a great course. It's an old traditional tree-lined course. Wasn't actually expecting it to be this windy. Almost glad I missed Hawaii from what I heard. I think we're going to face all the same conditions wind-wise during the week.

It's narrow; the rough is up; really firm greens. If you really miss the fairways, you're going to have a hard time holding the balls on the greens.

It's in great shape, so I'm prepared. I have layers for every condition that could possibly face us.

Q. Did you have Cortisone injections for the pain?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: No. I was fortunate enough not to have any injections, but it was on the list of if things don't progress, if the pain doesn't ease up, it was definitely on the list of what we could possibly do.
When it comes to the back, I mean, you got to be really careful. Even though you go to these clinics and they do these injections day and day out, there are so many nerves. It's a very narrow spot you're trying to hit.

I'm very happy I didn't have to this time. I know other people who has done it probably with the same pain symptoms. But for me it was more to rest, let whatever was aggravated just be, and try and do the right things when I started back up.

Q. Talk a little bit about more about Michelle and her story. Are you friends with her? She's having a great year. Coming off a big win coming into the Bay Area where she played at Stanford. Put it all together for her. Can you talk about that.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I mean, Michelle is a smart girl. Not that many girls out here that have completed four solid years at Stanford while playing golf on the LPGA.
That takes a huge effort. I think for her to finally be able to concentrate on golf full time has helped her golf for sure. If you ask me, Michelle is underachieved. She's way better than what she's performed up to this date, since she joined the tour.

She has every shot in the bag. She's very talented. She seems to be comfortable with her putting these days, which has kind of been her hurdle for years. Great to see her succeed. She is a hard worker and she's dedicated and an awesome girl off the golf course.

Q. As a follow-up, it seems like what people say about you and what you do as performer -- you know, in golf's a such a mental game where you have to kind of block out. She gets criticized and things. Sometimes unfairly.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: Yeah, first of all, I think the most important path is the one you choose yourself, and then you can surround yourself with your team. Whatever your team is up to, that is what you stick with. You can't sit and listen to this and that from every angle. It's going to make you crazy.

Even though people mean it well, sometimes it's just politely say, Thanks, but no thanks. This game is complicated enough. You're not going to mess it up even more.

Q. I understand last time you were in town you hit Tiffany's with your mother and they thought you were a tennis player.
SUZANN PETTERSEN: That must be years ago because I can't remember that. I'm getting old. Yeah, maybe. That could be.
Well, I'm a huge tennis fan, so I wish I was tennis player. I've always said that a lot of times if I could swap my level of golf to tennis I might be a tennis player. Who knows if I would have been that good.

Q. You have a good background in athleticism. You ride bikes and play other sports as well. What part of golf, other than trying to keep up with the youngsters, made you get into that position where you were having trouble with your back?
SUZANN PETTERSEN: I mean, originally I think it was a combination of everything. If someone asked me to run around the house 10 times, I would run 15. If someone said you can't overdo this -- I mean, there was no limit where I would take whatever I did.

Obviously a little bit of too much of everything and the combination of golf, working out, hanging with the guys, pushing your limits, it was probably the combination of all of it from a fairly young age.

I thought about it the other day. I wouldn't have missed those moments for a second because they also made me who I am. I'm sure I wouldn't have been where I am if I hadn't gone through all the different hurdles, if I can call it that, over the last 20 years.

So I think it's a combination of everything. The competitiveness really drives me. When you get injured, really sucks not to be able to play. Then you really get in like a revenge mode. Like, okay, I'm going to beat this and come back even stronger.

That's kind of my mentality in everything you face. Sometimes it's easy to when everything rolls your way and life is easy all the putts, they go in.

At the same time, you don't learn as much as when you're kind of facing the wall and you have other challenges ahead of you.

Rolex Rankings No. 12 Michelle Wie

MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome Michelle Wie into the interview room today. You're coming a huge win last week in your hometown of Hawaii. Talk a little bit about what that win meant for you.
MICHELLE WIE: It was unbelievable. You know, I had so much fun. Just overwhelmed with emotion and the support that I got. All the love their received afterwards, it was just unbelievable. Really a dream come true for me and a lot of my family and friends back home as well.

MODERATOR: You talk about the love you received. Any specific people that reached out to you?
MICHELLE WIE: Just everyone. Just all the players came up to me and gave me a big hug. Just ran to Karrie and Suzann and they gave me a big hug as well. Got a couple really cool e-mails from my sponsors and all my friends and everyone.

So it was really cool.

MODERATOR: You kept yourself busy right after. You hosted a tournament. It was a ping-pong event. Talk about that and the importance of ping-pong in your life specifically and tell us a little bit about that tournament.
MICHELLE WIE: We were just brainstorming ideas how to make a fun event for everyone, players as well. It turned out awesome. I got there, the room was packed. There was a lot of energy.
Almost won the ping-pong event. Lost to Daniel Dae Kim in the final match. He was awesome as well. We haven't got to the final number yet, but feels like we raised so some money. So really excited about that.

MODERATOR: What a fun and unique idea.

MODERATOR: Suzann was in here earlier and talked a little bit about your hula compared to hers. She mentioned the awkwardness of it. Take us through that.
MICHELLE WIE: Well, I'm a really awkward person in general. I mean, I learned hula when I was a kid and haven't really done it since. I was like, I can't believe I actually have to do this. I was just like really uncomfortable, and it was a lot longer than I expected, too.

I thought it was going to be like, Oh, one, two, three. We're done. She was like, Okay, we're doing it again, faster.

I'm like, When is this over? But it was a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun.

MODERATOR: Seemed like you knew what you were doing.
MICHELLE WIE: No, I didn't know.

MODERATOR: Talk about your play a little bit. This year, it's been a great year for you. You have been consistent throughout. You haven't finished outside of the top 16 in any event this year. What do you attribute that success to?
MICHELLE WIE: I felt like I had a really good off-season. Took some time off, worked on some things, and had a really good training off-season as well.

This year, obviously I've talked about it a lot all year, I just want to be consistent and keep improving. It's really just the beginning of the season, and I want to keep getting a little bit better and better every tournament and finish strong as well.

I've been having a lot fun.

MODERATOR: Talk about your putting. You switched to the tabletop position. I think I heard it was to be a little bit closer to the ball. Talk about that approach and how it's helped you.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I did it like about two years ago, year and a half ago now. I don't know, just something that I felt feel comfortable with. I haven't had a plan to keep with it or not keep it. Just feels comfortable and I see the line better.

So, yeah.

MODERATOR: A Stanford graduate. Did you get a chance between Hawaii and today to get over there and see people and visit campus?
MICHELLE WIE: Oh, yeah. I arrived on the red eye yesterday and took a quick nap, and Jamie and I drove down to Stanford. It was amazing. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was like, I really want to be back here. I was a little bit sad. I was like, I miss it. I was trying to figure out how I can be a freshman. I asked Jamie, I was like, Can I go to school again? Can I get an undergraduate degree?

It was awesome. I went to go visit the golf team at their practice facility and just hung out with them. I saw my friends at the football facilities. They built like a huge new building, so I got a nice tour of that as well.
Walked around campus. Wanted to hug every single freshman I saw because I wanted to be them. I walked past the GSB, the Graduate School of Business, and I was like, I want to go there one day. So hopefully I'll be back on The Farm.

MODERATOR: All right. Questions.

Q. Can we talk fashion right off the bat? We love the visor. Heard that's a tribute to Grace Park; is that true?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I was always a fan of the visor when Grace Park wore it. I felt like about -- I mean, just last year coming into this year I looked a myself in the mirror and I'm like, Oh, I'm getting wrinkles. (Laughter.) I was like, I think I need a bigger visor; I think I need more sun protection.

MODERATOR: You're not.

Q. Did you ever have a chance to play here when you were at Stanford?
MICHELLE WIE: I have not. I didn't really come up north a lot when I went to school. I practiced a lot in San Jose. But it's an awesome golf course.

I played 18 holes today, and it's absolutely amazing. It's kind of cool you can see Olympic as well from a couple holes. It's just in great condition. It's a good, tough golf course.

Q. Given you were on at yesterday, what do you make of this whole nerd nation hashtag, and have you followed that with the different teams and how they have really played off of that theme?
MICHELLE WIE: Oh, yeah. I feel like I'm a true believer in that. I was talking a lot with the football coaches yesterday, and we're talking about recruits and everyone. It's just such a culture at Stanford.

It's just I remember when I went there, all the student athletes were so smart. You had people on the football team that were pre-med, that were MNSE, that were biomechanical engineers. It's amazing.

Jamie asked me yesterday if I was on campus would people be in awe of me or come to me like, Oh, you're Michelle Wie. I'm like, they really didn't care because they've accomplished so much themselves. They're like, Oh, you just play golf. I did this and this and this.

So it's awesome. I'm so proud that I'm a Stanford grad. I really believe that we are a bunch of nerds, but at the same time I think we're kind of cool.

No, I don't think so. Yeah. They are cool. I don't know if I am.

Q. What do you think of the colorful installation of art pieces that Swinging Skirts imported from Taiwan to set up on the golf course?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, unfortunately I never got to play the Swinging Skirts event in Taiwan. I would see the pictures of the art work and thought it was really cool.

When I heard that all the art pieces were here, I was really excited to play today and see all of them.

Seems to be one on every hole at least, and it's amazing. It's really cool. The Golden Gate Bridge one on the first hole was really neat, and the cable car on the last. A lot of really cool pieces out there.

Q. Talk about last week. You do it in your hometown, state. Talk about coming in on the back nine there. Did that run through your head? I have a chance to get my first win on American soil, but also in my home state?
MICHELLE WIE: I really try not to think too far ahead. Obviously I did have glimpses of that. Really didn't hit me until I was walking down the final hole.

It was just like, Wow, like this is actually happening. Actually still seems pretty surreal to me. It was a hard day out there. Angela played great. There of a lot people on that leaderboard at one point.

I am just so grateful for everything that happened. The back nine, it was just one of those nine holes that everything clicked together at the right time.

It was awesome.

Q. And now you're in your area where you went to Stanford. It's kind of segueing nicely for you. Nice little roll of a couple weeks positive stuff for you. Talk a little bit about that, where you are.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I mean, last week was like my hometown where I grew up. I really feel like the Bay Area is my second hometown. I feel like some of best memories I have from my life, I've always kind of told people I think the best five years of my life were spent here in the Bay Area.

I met so many great people here. I just absolutely fell in love with the area, just the culture of San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, the whole area here.

It's amazing. I just really fell in love with the places, the people, and obviously Stanford. So it's just really fun to come back and see all my friends, just to be back in the Bay Area. I haven't been back since I graduated, so this is pretty amazing.

Q. You're a young women. You've been through a lot, and here you are. It's just interesting to me that you've kind of been able to put whatever you've been through sort of -- I don't know, do you put it in the past and say, Here I am today; I'm an evolving person? My life is coming together. Everything sort of happened for a reason? Is that the way you see?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I'm a true believer of that. I think that everything that happens to someone makes them who you are.

Obviously I'm not perfect. I don't try to be perfect. I make mistakes. But I think that I learn from my mistakes. I'm really grateful for all the ups and downs I've had. I really feel like that's what makes me who I am today.

I'm really excited for the journey I have ahead. I know there will be downs, but I really do think those downs, having the experience in the downs, really makes you appreciate the ups.

I think I that if I did not have those downs, then I wouldn't appreciate this win as much as I did. Obviously it just -- life comes in cycles. There are going to be downs in the future; there will be ups. Hopefully I'm strong enough as a person to go through both.

Q. You've got to be aware of the all the press you've had over the years, negative and with your ups and downs. You never lashed out or lost your composure on the course. You've gotten weird rulings. Is this a conscious effort? Are you just that nice? Talk about that.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, Saint Michelle. No, I mean, I believe that if -- everyone has their own opinion. I really think that. You know, I have opinions of people, stuff like that.

But I really do believe that words are very powerful. I think that how you choose your words is very powerful. How you think about someone is very powerful. I feel like there is no need for that.

I think everyone has their own opinion. Obviously I'm not perfect. I do get angry. But at the same time, I think saying stuff while you're angry in the public, I think it stays forever. I don't believe in negative public lashes like that. I think everyone has their own opinion and is entitled to that. This is how I go about things.

If I have a problem with someone, I would rather go straight to them and talk it out with them. I just try to live my own life.

Q. You look very comfortable and confident in your skin right now. You spoke a lot about school. Do you encourage young ones -- because we have a lot of young ones that are coming through that have foregone school. What do you say to them?
MICHELLE WIE: You know, I think everyone has their own path. It's really a personal choice to go to college or not. It's a really personal choice between whether wanting to go. For me, I really wanted to go. Going to Stanford was really important to me. Getting my education was really important to me.

I don't think -- I'm not to say that that's important for everyone. Everyone can live their life however they want to live it. But for me, I'm really happy that I went to Stanford. It was a dream come true for me when I got in, and like I said, some of best memories I have in my life. I'm so grateful I have those memories.

Just really happy that I went to Stanford.

Q. One of the things I've been waiting to ask you is I was in my hotel room a couple weeks ago and they showed your new putting stroke and put a picture of Jack Nicklaus back in the day, like in the '70s next to you. I would've never thought it, but I said, There is a similarity there. It was fun for me. Did you ever see a picture of Jack back then and think, Wait a minute, that's something that might work for me?
MICHELLE WIE: I actually didn't see it before I changed, but after I changed, you know, I practice at the Bear's Club and there are pictures of Jack everywhere.
I saw a picture of him like putting and I was like, Oh, he is actually pretty low as well. I don't feel that bad anymore.


Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis

MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome Stacy Lewis into the interview room.
Stacy, this week's event marks a return to the Bay Area. You've had a chance to tour the city a little bit. You rode your bike across the Golden Gate Bridge the other day. Tell us about that.

STACY LEWIS: Yeah, the Monday qualifier was going on Monday morning and we wanted something to do. So myself, Alison Walshe, and Cindy Lacrosse we went down to Fisherman's Wharf and rented a couple bikes and went across the Golden Gate and back.

It was just really cool to get to do some touristy things. Definitely a good work out, too.

MODERATOR: So Monday you toured around the city. Did you go anywhere else other than biking around the bridge?
STACY LEWIS: No. We stayed down there, got some clam chowder for lunch. Feel like you have to do so that here. Really then came back and got some practice in later.

MODERATOR: You've been around Swinging Skirts before. What does it mean to have the Swinging Skirts back as a sponsor?
STACY LEWIS: It's huge. You know, not only as a sponsor, but they brought it here to the United States. That's what we've been looking for, more events in the U.S.

They were very open to coming here, and to bring it to a great golf course like Lake Merced, to an area where we need to be playing every year; we have a lot of players from this area.

It's a first-class tournament. You can feel it when you first walk in. They're doing it right. It's really great.

MODERATOR: They brought some interesting pieces of art work they laid all over the course.

MODERATOR: Have you had a chance to get around and look on the them or play with them at all?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, I've seen the whole golf course. You definitely can't miss them, that's for sure. They look really good for climbing. Irene and I were hanging from one the other day.
They're definitely pretty interesting.

MODERATOR: You mentioned the golf course. As you played, what are your thoughts on the course, and I guess what are some of the challenges that the players will face this week?
STACY LEWIS: The course is hard. I mean, just looking at it it looks like a US Open-style course where you got to drive it straight.
I feel like off the tee there is some room.

But into the greens I think is where you really have to be smart and miss it in the right places. You can get short-sided pretty easily. Just really have to play smart.

It's in good shape. The rough is definitely there, so it's going to be a good test. I don't feel like scores will be super low, but I feel like it'll be fair.

MODERATOR: And finally, there is a strong field this week, but also so many different players have been playing so well out there this year.
How hard is it then to win out here this year?

STACY LEWIS: I mean, it's a great thing for the tour. We can never complain about having multiple winners and different people winning.

It's a great thing. And it's hard. It's super hard to win. I've been knocking on the door really since the start of the season; just haven't been able to close the door.

I've played good golf. Just somebody has played a little bit better every week. Michelle's win last week was huge for the tour; Lexi winning the major. Couldn't really ask for much better.

MODERATOR: Exactly. Questions?

Q. You mentioned this is an area the tour needs to be every year. Just because there are so many players from here? What about the Bay Area sort of fits with the LPGA in your mind?
STACY LEWIS: Well, I think there are so many great golf courses in the Bay Area. We were across the Bay for a long time, and there is just so much golf history here. That's why I feel like we need to be here.
And having a lot of players grow up in this area, that adds to the tournaments. It brings more people out to watch. This is definitely one of the places we need to be.

MODERATOR: Any more questions?

Q. You mentioned Michelle and Lexi winning. Seems like there has been a lot of energy with players like that having success, yet Inbee has been No. 1 for 54 weeks. You had a run at No. 1. What do you see the top of the rankings looking like the next year or two? How difficult is it going to be to stay where you are?
STACY LEWIS: I think if Lexi and Michelle keep playing the way they're playing the rankings could look drastically different in a year.

Inbee, Suzann, and myself, none of us have played poorly. They're just starting to make a run. Staying up in the rankings is playing consistently every week. Your bad weeks, still finish in top 10, top 20.

So at the end of the day, that's what you got to do is stay consistent. Who knows what could happen a year from now. I think with so many players playing well I don't think there will be a dominant No. 1.
It's getting harder and harder to win.

Q. Suzann is returning after a back injury. You've had some back trouble in the past.

Q. What do you think her challenges are coming back?
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, back injuries are tough. The hardest part about a back injury is just trusting it and going after shots. At the end of the day, you probably hurt it worse by trying to protect it a little bit.
So hopefully she comes back sooner rather than later. She's definitely an asset for the tour and is a greater player.

We need her out here. But at the at the same time, you got to protect your back, that's for sure.

Q. One more. You said it's harder and harder to win; there is not going to be a dominant No. 1. Is that good for the tour? How do you view the affect on the tour? And as sort of a corollary, how do you view the state of the tour from the last time you were in the Bay Area two and a half, three years ago?
STACY LEWIS: I think if you're a player you don't want a dominant No. 1. And if there is one, I think for outside the tour it kind of depends who it is.

I have to think if it's a Michelle or a Lexi, I mean, not to the extreme, but you get a Tiger effect. Kind of the big, quick increase there.

Where if it's Inbee or someone from Korea, it's a little bit tougher just being an American-based tour.

I don't know. I don't want to see a dominant No. 1. I like to see the competition and the battle going back and forth.

What was the second part about the Bay Area?

Q. Since the tour was here before...
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, gosh, I think three and a half years ago we had 23 events on the schedule, and now we're up over 30. I think that says it right there. We've got more marketing partners and partners of the tour, bigger sponsors, and we're starting to increase the purses.

We can be a little bit more selective now where we're going to play, who the sponsors are. And now the sponsors kind of realize that they have to step up their game a little bit. Can't come with half an offer. You have to come with the full thing.

I mean, right now we're in a great place. Like we were talking about with Lexi and Michelle, if this continues, who knows where we'll be in the next year.

MODERATOR: All right, great. Thank you, Stacy.
STACY LEWIS: Thank you.

Rolex Rankings No. 9 Paula Creamer
LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster

MODERATOR: We'd like to welcome two very special guests into the interview room at the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. For any of you from the Bay Area, they should be two very familiar faces. We are welcoming them home this week.

First of all, to my immediate left LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Juli Inkster. To her left, Paula Creamer Rolex Rankings No. 9.

First of all, women home, ladies. I know it's always great to be back in the Bay Area. For you guys I'm sure this is especially nice.

I will ask each one of you, what does it mean to have an event back here in the Bay Area?

JULI INKSTER: Well, I think it's great, and Swinging Skirts brought it to a great golf course. I just hope that we can build a foundation and keep it here for many years. I think the community will support it. It's just all about building it, and every year getting better and better.

You have all the amenities here. Now we just need to get fans out here and the fan base, and I think it's going to be a success.

PAULA CREAMER: Yeah, for me, coming home, it's always exciting being able to come and play such a great golf course. It's not only are we back in the Bay Area, but Lake Merced, my goodness, I played this golf course when was about 11 years old. That was the last time, and I don't really remember it quite that match.

It is such a good track. I know that there will be a lot of people coming out on the weekend. So far the weather has been great.

More importantly, I think with the Swinging Skirts and the organization, taking it from Taiwan, to move it here, it couldn't be more perfect. The match is right there. It's written on paper. Swinging Skirts, the Golden Gate Bridge with the trophy, everything with Taipei 101 involved.

I think it's going to be an exciting week, and couldn't be on the a more perfect venue.

MODERATOR: I was going to ask you, Swinging Skirts is one of your sponsors. To see a company or group that is like that is coming from Asia - and we've seen the growth of women's golf in Asia - but to have them bring an event to the United States and help grow the number of events we have here, how special is that to have?
PAULA CREAMER: To be an ambassador of such a great, you know, just movement for women just in general and being part of that organization.

To have it be brought back to my hometown, the Bay Area, Juli's hometown, it just means a lot how much they support women's golf. We always try as players to do the best we can to promote the game.
But when you get these amazing people that want to take it from their home and bring it to another place, I can't take my hat off more to them.

Chairman did a speech last night all in English. Things like that I think people take granted. But they are truly trying to grow the game of golf in the States as much as in Asia.
To bring it here and wear the logo on my left sleeve is very special.

MODERATOR: Three and a half years since we've been here. LPGA has changed a lot in those three and a half years. If you had to describe to people what's different about the LPGA now compared to the past time they saw it here, what would you tell people?
JULI INKSTER: I think we've grown a lot as an organization. I think the kids out here, the girls are young. They got spunk. They dress really cool.

The golf is what they do, but they love to be just teenagers and young 20 year olds off the golf course. And they can play. They can hit the ball. They got a little bit of attitude.

So, you know, golf in this area, we have the AT&T down at Pebble. We always seem to have the Open or something at Olympic Club. We have the Presidents Cup or something at Harding Park.

I think it's important that the LPGA gets out here and represents women's golf. Because women's golf in this area is growing rapidly, and I think it's very important for young girls and boys to see girls and ladies and young women come out here play golf so they have role models.

I think it's great that we're playing here on Lake Merced. I think it's going to be a challenging golf course. It'll challenge these players. I think everybody is open arms and ready to go.

MODERATOR: You've been around the LPGA for a little bit of time now. One of the cool things you're getting to do, something special now. You've been a part of many Solheim Cup teams, but now you get to be captain in 2006.

MODERATOR: What was that moment like for you when you found out that you were going to be Solheim Cup captain? What is this new challenge bringing to you now as you prepare in the captain role?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I was very excited. I mean, it's such an honor to be the captain. I'm a little bit nervous just because, I mean, it's a big responsibility. Golf, all you have to do is really worry about yourself.
Now I got 12 little chickadees I got to worry about. But you know what? I love being around these girls. I love the way that I play. I love their heart.

I'm not going to have to do much I think if I can just if I put them out there with who they want to play with. I'm pretty sure if we play our game and have fun and don't worry about the outcome we're going to do okay.
My job is to make it easy for them. I want them to enjoy the experience, because I haven't enjoyed every one of them. That's my job, is to just make sure we get on the plane and we get home.

MODERATOR: Paula, you were partners with Juli for a lot of these Solheim Cups. What is it going to be like now to have her as your a captain, and what do you think she will bring to this team as you guys look to rebound from back -- to-back losses?

PAULA CREAMER: It'll be the same: She'll just boss me around like she always does.

JULI INKSTER: Make that 12-footer, would ya?

PAULA CREAMER: On and off the golf course. No, I mean, a lot of my points came with Juli. She's a great partner and obviously has been a role model and mentor to me out on tour.
To have her being our captain, I couldn't see it going to anybody else but her. I have the utmost respect for her, and I know everybody on the team does.

I think it's really neat when you get to play with somebody that then is going to be a captain. I never got to play with Betsy King; never really got to play with Nancy.

But those are such an exciting times. When they speak, you listen. All of the captains have been that way with Beth and Meg and Rosie. It just shows that we're going to have a good team. It's just going to be good golf. That's what we need to do, get back on track with playing our games.

There is a reason why we're on the team. I think that Juli knows that better than anybody. Not have all the things going on with it and it's just going to be about putting the best teams out there and getting the job done.

MODERATOR: I know we've always enjoyed watching both of you play in Solheim Cup. Talking about emotion, you guys bring it every time.

Q. Kind of stole my question asking what kind of captain Juli would be. So are you going to be one of the trouble making chickadees, to borrow her word?
JULI INKSTER: No, I don't have to worry about this one.

Q. What do you expect the dynamic to be like on the team with Juli leading?
PAULA CREAMER: Like I said, it's going to be about business. Not just Juli, too, but her assistant, Pat. They're two peas in a pod. They both fit each other. What Juli doesn't do, Pat is awesome and vice versa.
Once again, you get two players that Solheim has been -- has meant so much to them. Every captain it does. But this particular one, you know, we haven't had the Cup for the last two. It's important to get that back. I couldn't see a better job and a better captaincy for Juli to be a part of and to be the head leader.

Every one of us will listen to her. Like I said, she bosses us on and off the golf course, and it'll be no different during that week.

Q. In Ron's story in the Chronicle about you the other day. That was a great story. Talk about the Solheim Cup captaincy. You said the event needs a little bit more camaraderie and needs to be a little more fun. Can you elaborate on that? And Paula, what is your reaction to that?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I just think the last few years -- I mean, I've been involved in a couple of them too where it's -- I mean, I remember probably three or four of them ago if someone, a European or somebody would chip-in on me, I would go up there and give them a high five and say, Good on it.

The bottom line, it's goal. It's a golf match. It's very competitive, we both want to win, but I think you can do that and still enjoy your competitor.

I think the last couple times it's gotten to be a little bit -- they don't say anything, we don't say anything. It's gotten to be a job. It shouldn't be a job. It should be that you're going out there and I'm teeing it up with Paula and playing against Caroline Hedwall and Suzann Pettersen. You know what? They're good. And we're good.

Let's just go out for 18 holes, tee it up, play against each other, and we know we get done, I'll shake your hand, you shake my hand. Because really, the bottom line is you play ten matches, they're going to win five and we're going to win five. It's golf. They're good; we're good.

I would love to see a little more camaraderie, both sides. I think with that, I think a little more fun will come with it. I just think it's gotten to be a lot of pressure on the girls. And the guys. Even the Ryder Cup. You know, it's taken a little bit of the fun away.

I would just like to see a little more excitement and fun and not so much life or death. At the end of the day, we're still going to be getting on that plane going home.

PAULA CREAMER: I agree. My first Solheim Cup I made it in four months out on tour. Got on the team on my own. I'm playing with Beth Daniel my first match, and the last matches I played with Juli. I was taught that way.

I was groomed you can say, in a sense, because I was -- I think I turned 19 right before that.

You know, they said, You go out there, yeah, you have a lot of heart, but you respect your opponent like you would in a normal 18-hole match and you say, Good shot to somebody when they hit a good shot.
Just because you're both representing your country and you're both doing it, you still have to do it with class.

I think the last several years it has gone a little bit downhill on both parts. We just need to make it aware. Those rookies and girls that are on those teams for the first time, you want them to be taught that, too. You want them to be taught this is how you play the game; this how you do it.

I feel very blessed and lucky. I've only played with Lexi last time, and I hope that I kind of carried that on with her, too. Same with -- Stacy is obviously not a rookie by any sense, but that was her rookie time in the States playing. It's very different overseas and at home. It's just a different pressure.

But you still have to remember that you're not just wearing your name on your sleeve, you're wearing the United States. You have to do that with pride as well as class.

Q. Paula, can you share a story of playing with Juli or vice versa? Just trying to get a sense besides her bossiness of the camaraderie.
PAULA CREAMER: Well, jeez, my first experience out there, Juli had an ingrown fingernail.
JULI INKSTER: Yeah, I did.

PAULA CREAMER: She did. I was supposed to go out first match with her. We played every practice round together. She came out. Doctor came in and helped her. It got infected. Obviously a finger injury or anything on your hand playing golf is one of the harder things you can do.

She came out and she still putted and chipped with me holding her finger above her heart like this walking around. I'm like, Man, okay. So then we get the -- Nancy came and said, Okay, you're not going to play with Juli your first match. You're going to play with Beth Daniel. I'm like, Oh, my goodness.

So we played nine holes together and I'm thinking, holy smokes, I prepared everything with Jules and she goes and has this...


PAULA CREAMER: Yeah, but then we come back out and her dance and everything that she's done in the past Solheim Cup, you know, the most pivotal moment of golf I think. I got see that. On the 10th hole she chipped in. It was one of most exciting times I think I've ever had on a golf course.

Just being able to watch that, not just to see it on film and to say, Oh, yeah, afterwards in the team room or even years down the road, Remember when Juli chipped in on 10? I was there and I got to watch it and see it. It was just such a cool moment.

That's who now is going to be our captain. To me, that's so...

JULI INKSTER: I want to see some dancing from you.

PAULA CREAMER: I'll dance.

JULI INKSTER: You know, Paula, I was fortunate enough to play a lot of great matches with Paula. The thing I love about Paula is, you know, a lot of ways we're different, but a lot of ways on the golf course we're alike.

She hates to lose and I hate to lose. She never gives up. I don't care if she's four or five, whatever down, she grinds. I've always had admiration for that. I can see myself in that.

So when we played together as partners, best ball and alternate shot, it was just kind of a natural fit. You know, believe me, I hit some ugly shots and put her in some ugly spots. She never once said anything. She just got up there and hit it and said, I'll take good care of you. Which she did.

We won a lot of matches. Her parents were out there. My parents were out there. I don't know, it was just kind of fun.

PAULA CREAMER: You sure you don't want to play in the next one?

JULI INKSTER: No, I know. But, you know, those are the things you remember. As Paula said, she was 18, 19. She's my kids' age, or a little older.
So I just love her competitiveness and fire. I love the way she respects the game of golf. You know, you really can't teach that. She honors the game golf and the people before her.
That's a great trait about her.

Q. Paula, you're back home here. Have you been getting bombarded with a bunch of ticket requests? How much family are you expecting to come out? Is there added excitement or pressure playing in front of a lot family and friends?
PAULA CREAMER: Yeah, I feel bad for the tournament office. They have had to deal with me and my family. My dad has been in there the last couple days 10 times dealing with tickets and this and that.
But it is, it's great. I've definitely taken my past experiences being home, when we were on Blackhawk, taking it here an, trying to learn.

I always used to put such an enormous amount of pressure when I came home. For me right now, I feel like I'm in a great place. I really love this golf course a lot. I liked Blackhawk, but it didn't fit my eye quite as well as this place does.

This is a golfer's paradise. Someone who wants to hit every shot in your bag. Needs to make those 4- or 5-footer breaking putts. I just feel really good when I walked out here. Having my family being able to come out and support, I think it's going to be great.

Just the friends and my very first coach, Larry O'Leary came out and watched me yesterday. He got me introduced to the game of golf, and he came out and watched. He met my coach now, David, who I've been with since I was 16.

It's just pretty cool to be able to come home and have that. Not a lot of people can do that, can have that experience.

MODERATOR: Juli, I wanted to ask you one question. Paula was talking about being in a good place, and I've asked her a lot about the difference we've seen in her this year, her great play, how happy she is. What have you seen in Paula?
JULI INKSTER: Well, it is, I can see it. I've been there. You know, Paula started so young and moved to Florida, moved out of her hometown, and golf was everything.

That's what she wanted to do and wanted to be. You know, you get to a point where golf is great, it's your job, but you want a life. She's met a great guy in Derek and they're engaged.

She just seems more at peace. That's what you want. As a parent, that's what you want for your daughters.

I just think it's great. I think it's a new chapter. I think she's just going to play her best golf ever. And then have someone to share it with, it doesn't get any better than that.
So I'm very happy for her.

MODERATOR: Paula, we will let you go.
PAULA CREAMER: If I miss my tee time I can't play in the tournament, so...

MODERATOR: Any other questions for Juli?
JULI INKSTER: I knew once she left it was over. (Laughter.)

Q. We've got Harding Park that had the Presidents Cup and Charles Schwab. U.S. Open over at the Olympic Club. San Francisco Club has sponsored qualifying. Now Lake Merced Club. Is there any other place on tour that has so many great courses right near each other with all the different tours coming through?
JULI INKSTER: Well, not many. And not only tours, but real top-notch tournaments: the Presidents Cup, the U.S. Open, and Charles Schwab, then the qualifiers. They're not ever-year tournaments, but they're high-quality tournaments.

I mean, when you talk great golf courses this area right here, you got this area, and you drive an hour and a half and you got Monterrey area. I mean, it's pretty tough to beat.

I'm just happy and very happy that Lake Merced has decided to host this thing. Everybody has asked me all year, What is Lake Merced like? It's not a country club. It's a golf course. It's going to be all you can bring.
And I haven't heard one bad thing about it. Everybody has been very happy about the way it's set up and how hard it's playing.

MODERATOR: One last question I have for you, and that is on Friday night we get to have LPGA night at the ballpark. I know what a huge San Francisco Giants fan you are. All players this week get tickets to go to the ballpark? What does it mean for you to get to showcase AT&T Park where your Hall of Fame party was held?
JULI INKSTER: I think it's great. I think it's great that the Giants are doing this. Most of these girls out here are huge baseball fans. If you haven't gone to AT&T Park, you need to go. It's one of the top, probably the top 5 ballparks in the United States.

So I'm very happy. Paula and I are going to do a little chippy thing. Being the captain, I've already designated her as the chipper. I'm the caddie. Then I get to go up in the booth with Jon Miller and Dave Fleming a little bit, so it's big night for me. I love baseball and talking baseball, so I'm excited.

MODERATOR: I know every time I see you looking at a sports section I know exactly what you're reading about. And if you're on your phone, you're usually checking the Giants' scores, so...

MODERATOR: Thank you so much for joining us up here today. Wish you best of luck this week.
JULI INKSTER: Thank you.


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