Friday February 23, 2018
Q. Michelle, a lovely round. Sprinkled lots of birdies over this golf course.
MICHELLE WIE: Thank you. Yeah, I feel like this golf course you have to make birdies to try and keep up.
Q. It’s seriously tough. How good is the play? We’re seeing eagles and birdies all over.
MICHELLE WIE: Oh, yeah, for sure. Feels like par is definitely not good enough, and sometimes birdies aren’t good enough. Just trying to keep my head above water right now.
Q. You must be very proud of what you achieved in the lasts 12 months. At the beginning of the season last year you weren’t playing so well and you had that inspiration of making the Solheim Cup team. You must be very pleased with what you’ve done.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, definitely every week I play I definitely feel more confidence. That’s what I’m trying to do every week, is build up my confidence. I had fun out there, so I feel like that’s when I play my best. Just really trying to go out there and have fun.
Q. You’re certainly having fun. We saw yesterday you had a bandage on your hand.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah.
Q. You’re okay?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I’m okay. Just been a little bit of a struggle the last couple years. Been on a good program recently, so just really trying to manage the pain, and it’s been good.
Q. I am loving the look in 2018 believe. Talk us through the hair and the color.
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I had really long hair. Obviously had the neck issue last year so I had to cut all my hair off because it was so heavy.
Yeah, just trying new things.
Q. How much are you enjoying this Asian swing? You always come out. These are great tournaments.
MICHELLE WIE: I love it. I think these are two great tournaments; they’ve been great supporters of the LPGA and a lot of history.
Just great to be out here playing in front of the Thai fans. They’re so supportive. It’s been great.
Q. How difficult will it be? You’re a few shots behind at the moment. What do you need to do this weekend?
MICHELLE WIE: Make a lot more birdies.
Q. You could do that. You’ve got the distance. How much is distance a factor on this golf course?
MICHELLE WIE: Definitely think it helps. Definitely have some reachable par-5s. Try to take better advantage of that on the weekend. Yeah, definitely just try to have more wedges in.
Q. 5-under round, 7 birdies, 2 bogeys. Looked to be pretty easy for you out there on the golf course, especially on the back nine. How do you feel?
MICHELLE WIE: Yeah, I feel good. Definitely had two bogeys I made that were extremely stupid. I’ll try to avoid that over the weekend and try to do better on par-5s.
Yeah, pretty happy with how I played today, and hopefully on the weekend I can make more birdies.
Q. You came oh, so close an 18. About how long was that putt and how frustrating is that?
MICHELLE WIE: Well, considering I hit it off a tent, you know, I’m pretty happy with that. Could have been a lot worse. It was pretty close, that putt.
I thought it was for sure going in with how downhill it was. Yeah, nothing you can really do about it.
Q. Adventures with Michelle Wie. I would think you would be getting into some adventures maybe with your food choices. What do you like to enjoy?
MICHELLE WIE: Thai food for sure. My you can’t come to Thailand and not eat Thai food. So Pad Thai, green curry, mango sticky rice every day much.
Q. Megan, well played today. Some good birdies on the front nine; came back down to earth on the back nine, but a golf course you really like.
MEGAN KHANG: Oh, yeah, the golf course is in great shape. We were lucky enough to play preferred lie today, and just tried to take advantage of it. Hopefully hit the fairway, that way I could clean my ball.
But overall, it’s a great golf course and I think it really suits my game.
Q. The 9th hole is supposed to be difficult, and you birdied it both days.
MEGAN KHANG: Well, the first day I was very fortunate to have a great chip in, and I guess that kind of helped me come into today with positive thoughts going into 9. I was very fortunate enough to hit a 7-iron to about five feet.
That putt broke a ton, but I was able to read it right, perfect speed, and found the cup.
Q. Your dad must be cheering you on.
MEGAN KHANG: Definitely. I think both my parents, they just got back from Florida, so definitely watching the leader board if not on the phone on TV. Hopefully they’re watching. Hi, mom and dad.
Q. If he’s not on the golf course. Didn’t your mom, years ago, have to remind him that he had a daughter?
MEGAN KHANG: Oh, yeah, when my dad first started taking up golf he kind of forgot that I existed. Thankfully he introduced me to the game, and here we are now.
Q. Solid round of golf today. 69 Dropped a couple of shots on the back nine; not as good as you have been in previous editions.
AMY YANG: You know what? I did my best out there. I started really good, three birdies in a row, but I made mistakes here and there a little bit.
Still had a good day.
Q. You certainly did. We are amazed that you are 50-under par for the last three editions of this tournament. Did you know that?
AMY YANG: No, I didn’t know that. (Laughter.)
Q. Well, you are, and you’re certainly more now after another solid round. If you had to take a golf course away for the rest of your life, would this be the one?
AMY YANG: Yeah, maybe. I always enjoy playing in Thailand, and Siam Country Club. Always every year really looking forward to coming here.
Q. Well played today. Great golf. You’ve got to stay in touch with the leaders though. A lot of birdies out there.
AMY YANG: Yeah, going to go back to the range a little, work on swing a little. Really going to be fun weekend, you know.
Q. Eight birdies and an eagle to cap off for a 10-under round. I think that’s a good round.
JESSICA KORDA: Yeah, that was a pretty good round, pretty special. I kept feeding off Brooke and Brit. Couldn’t have asked for a better pairing there. Just had a lot of fun doing it.
Q. What got into you today? Other than that. I mean, was the putter hot? Where were you feeling well out there on the course?
JESSICA KORDA: Yeah, there were definitely some off-season swings that happened, and I’m sure that some of them are documented. So I was very thankful for a good putter today, and going to try and keep it hot for the next two days.
Q. You said it’s been ten years since you shot ten-under. Tell us about that feeling?
JESSICA KORDA: The fact that it’s been ten years; 2008 feels like four years ago. No, it’s pretty cool. I had my dad on the bag back then, and having a new caddie this week, it’s pretty cool.
I didn’t know it was happening. I wasn’t really looking at the leaderboard or what I was at on the day, which is usually how these things happen. Honestly, we had fun out there and just let the birdies flow.
Q. Well, since the Sally in 2008; 2018 in Thailand. It’s a pretty good number for you. Congratulations.
JESSICA KORDA: Thank you. It is a good number.
Q. Brittany, the music started, and you’ve got good reason to celebrate with a round of 65.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: It was great out there. Me, Jess, and Brooke just had a good time. We were feeding of off each other’s energy and just having fun.
Q. Between you and Jess you were 17-under par. You shot a 65 and you’re four off the pace going into the weekend. How tough is that?
BRITTANY LINCICOME: That is tough, you know, but it’s fun. We’re just having a good time out there. It’s fun to see all the circles on the scorecard. I made an eagle today, which is really fun. Actually missed a three-footer on the 1st hole for eagle.
But, yeah, it was fun. You know, it’s just nice to see the ball going straight and the putts going in. To be the second event of the season, that’s pretty cool.
Q. Excellent. And you can take the putter to bed with you. It’s been your weapon this week.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: Yeah, for sure. Only hit 13 greens today, so definitely need to hit more greens tomorrow. Take a little stress off myself for making all the wonderful putts, and hopefully we have more birdie putts.
Q. I think you deserve some mango sticky rice after this. Have you been loving it this week?
BRITTANY LINCICOME: Absolutely. It’s just so fresh. It’s so much better than the States. I can’t get enough of it.
Q. Foot massage, mango sticky rice coming your way. Keep playing brilliantly.
BRITTANY LINCICOME: Thank you.