Carin Koch Press Conference Transcript
CARIN KOCH: That's easy today. Maybe I can do a little better. On the 1st hole, I hit in the rough, then got -- I chipped it up to the front of the green, chipped it up good, missed about a 6-footer probably for par. Made bogey there. On the 2nd hole, I had about probably ten feet for my birdie. On the 6th hole, I had about 12 feet.
MODERATOR: Do you remember what you hit up?
CARIN KOCH: To No. 6, 8-iron. No. 11, I was only about 30 yards from the pin and almost made the third shot, had about a 4-footer for birdie. On the 12th hole, I hit a 7-iron to about six feet. I'm always glad when that is over with.
Q. Conditions were a little different this afternoon, windier than yesterday.
CARIN KOCH: Well, no, not really, I didn't think. It was actually less wind, I think, the last few holes. The wind really picked up yesterday around our 10th hole, I think. Today it didn't really pick up until the last sort of three, four holes. It wasn't as strong as yesterday.
Q. Were you in the rough at all?
CARIN KOCH: On the 1st hole. That was it.
Q. Yesterday in the interview you said that when you come into this tournament, somehow you feel good, but you haven't been able to put it together.
CARIN KOCH: Yes.
Q. Now with these two rounds, do you feel better about your chances of winning this one?
CARIN KOCH: Oh, yeah, definitely. You know, maybe I've just saved all these years to have a really good tournament here instead. It's a great tournament to play well in and do well in.
Q. It's easy for me to say, but considering the weather conditions, it seemed perfect. Are you surprised the scores aren't a little lower at this point?
CARIN KOCH: You know, it's playing really tough out there. I've been hitting my driver really good. Then, you know, you're fine because the greens -- you know, it's not a really, really long course. If you're just in the fairway, you're fine. But if you miss the fairway, you almost have no shot to get it to the green 99% of the time. You have to get really lucky and get a good lie. You know, the greens are really good. So, you know, I'm maybe surprised that people are not making more birdies and getting better scores that way. But I really -- no, it's just a really tough golf course.
Q. The word is the greens are hard, as far as holding, the ball is not holding that well?
CARIN KOCH: Yes. Some you can't really go at, you can't stop the ball. You just have to play for the middle of the green a lot of times.
Q. With that said, you come in and see what Pat has done. How much does that affect you?
CARIN KOCH: It was kind of fun because I had something to shoot for out there. Pat and I are good friends. I thought it would be fun to try to get ahead of the rest of the pack, you know, to play with her tomorrow. It's always fun when someone is doing well so you can kind of try to catch up.
Q. Did you come into this season with more confidence or a slightly different approach?
CARIN KOCH: Yeah, probably. You know, I haven't played that way the last couple of months, but I definitely felt more comfortable. I guess I didn't feel like I have to prove too much to myself. You know, I know I can play well under a lot of pressure now. It's just a matter of saying focused like I did the week of the Solheim Cup.
Q. Even though you haven't won on the LPGA, you do feel you can win here now?
CARIN KOCH: Yeah. You know, I don't really see a reason that I couldn't. I just have to really stay focused and trust myself on every shot. When I do that, you know, I think I have the game that it takes this weekend. Then it's just a matter if the balls are going to lip in or lip out, and I can't really do anything about that except try to hit every shot and every putt the way I want to.
Q. You and Pat are both mamas. Could you share with us a little bit of what that's like, in this case contending for a major championship, still having your kids?
CARIN KOCH: It's a lot of fun because I go home now and I'm a mom. I don't have to think about what I have to do tomorrow. I just have to think if his diaper needs changing or not. No, it's a lot of fun. I think both Pat and I have really enjoyed being moms and we both had little boys. It's just a thrill. Every day, like I said, you come home and you just stop thinking about everything that's going on and you play with him. The next morning you get ready again.
Q. So in a way, there's an advantage, would you say?
CARIN KOCH: I think so because you don't have to go to the hotel room and be bored, just wait for the round tomorrow.
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Watson back in top 40 after OWGR free fall
Bubba Watson ended his free fall in the Official World Golf Ranking with a two-shot victory Sunday at the Genesis Open.
Watson, a fixture in the top 10 in the world as recently as 13 months ago, had dropped all the way to 117th after a 2017 season in which he struggled with poor form, illness and desire.
After his third career win at Riviera, he is up to 40th.
Kevin Na rose from 95th to 65th after tying for second in Los Angeles, while Tony Finau jumped from 41st to 33rd.
Tiger Woods actually improved in the world ranking, from No. 550 to No. 544, despite a missed cut at the Genesis Open.
On the European Tour, Joost Luiten surged from 90th to 68th after his victory in Oman.
The top 10 in the world remained unchanged as the PGA Tour heads into the Florida swing: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.
Bubba catapults, Phil creeps up in Ryder Cup standings
Bubba Watson was an assistant on the 2016 Ryder Cup team. He doesn’t want to be driving a cart in Paris.
Watson, thanks to his victory in the Genesis Open, jumped from 60th to 10th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. The top eight after the PGA Championship qualify automatically for this year’s edition at Le Golf National in France.
Phil Mickelson moved up one spot to 11th after tying for sixth at Riviera Country Club.
Players will receive one point per dollar earned in regular events this year, with 1.5 points per dollar in majors and two points per dollar for winning a major. Here's a look at the current U.S. standings:
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Brooks Koepka
3. Justin Thomas
4. Jordan Spieth
5. Matt Kuchar
6. Brian Harman
7. Gary Woodland
8. Rickie Fowler
9. Chez Reavie
10. Bubba Watson
11. Phil Mickelson
12. Patrick Reed
On the European side, the top four players from the Ryder Cup points list will be joined by the top four qualifiers from the world points list, with captain Thomas Bjorn making four additional selections. Here's a look at the current top names:
Ryder Cup Points
1. Justin Rose
2. Tyrrell Hatton
3. Ross Fisher
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick
1. Jon Rahm
2. Tommy Fleetwood
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Rory McIlroy
Genesis Open purse payout: Bubba makes bank
Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open for a third time on Sunday, moving his career PGA Tour win total to 10. Here's a look at how the purse paid out at Riviera Country Club.
|T26||Rafael Cabrera Bello||-2||$46,996|
|T37||Charles Howell III||-1||$33,120|
|T60||Harold Varner, III||3||$15,696|
|T68||Tyrone van Aswegen||7||$14,400|
After Further Review: Haas crash strikes a chord
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the horrifying car crash involving Bill Haas ...
I spent a lot of time this week thinking about Bill Haas. He was the passenger in a car crash that killed a member of his host family. That man, 71-year-old Mark Gibello, was a successful businessman in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and a new friend.
Haas escaped without any major injuries, but he withdrew from the Genesis Open to return home to Greenville, S.C. When he’ll return to the Tour is anyone’s guess. It could be a while, as he grapples with the many emotions after surviving that horrifying crash – seriously, check out the photos – while the man next to him did not.
The entire Haas clan is some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Wish them the best in their recovery. – Ryan Lavner
On TIger Woods' missed cut at the Genesis Open ...
After missing the cut at the Genesis Open by more than a few car lengths, Tiger Woods appeared to take his early exit in stride. Perhaps that in and of itself is a form of progress.
Years ago, a second-round 76 with a tattered back-nine scorecard would have elicited a wide range of emotions. But none of them would have been particularly tempered, or optimistic, looking ahead to his next start. At age 42, though, Woods has finally ceded that a win-or-bust mentality is no longer helpful or productive.
The road back from his latest surgery will be a winding one, mixed with both ups and downs. His return at Torrey Pines qualified as the former, while his trunk slam at Riviera certainly served as the latter. There will surely be more of both in the coming weeks and months, and Woods’ ability to stomach the rough patches could prove pivotal for his long-term prognosis. - Will Gray
On the debate over increased driving distance on the PGA Tour ...
The drumbeat is only going to get louder as the game’s best get longer. On Sunday, Bubba Watson pounded his way to his 10th PGA Tour title at the Genesis Open and the average driving distance continues to climb.
Lost in the debate over driving distances and potential fixes, none of which seem to be simple, is a beacon of sanity, Riviera Country Club’s par-4 10th hole. The 10th played just over 300 yards for the week and yet yielded almost as many bogeys (86) as birdies (87) with a 4.053 stroke average.
That ranks the 10th as the 94th toughest par 4 on Tour this season, ahead of behemoths like the 480-yard first at Waialae and 549-yard 17th at Kapalua. Maybe the game doesn’t need new rules that limit how far the golf ball goes, maybe it just needs better-designed golf holes. - Rex Hoggard
On the depth of LPGA talent coming out of South Korea ...
The South Korean pipeline to the LPGA shows no signs of drying up any time soon. Jin Young Ko, 22, won her LPGA debut as a tour member Sunday at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, and Hyejin Choi, 18, nearly won the right to claim LPGA membership there.
The former world No. 1 amateur who just turned pro finished second playing on a sponsor exemption. Sung Hyun Park, who shared Rolex Player of the Year honors with So Yeon Ryu last year, is set to make her 2018 debut this week at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
And Inbee Park is set to make her return to the LPGA in two weeks at the HSBC Women’s World Championship after missing most of last year due to injury. The LPGA continues to go through South Korea no matter where this tour goes. - Randall Mell