Rachel Teske Press Conference Transcript
Q. No birdies at the par 5's. Did you have chances?
RACHEL TESKE: Let's see. No. 2, I had a good chance. Well, I was short of the green about 20 yards. Really should have made it there. No. 9, I was about 80 yards out for my third shot, and hit a pretty good shot. Where else? 11, I missed the fairway there, so I had quite a long birdie putt there. No. 18, I hit it past the hole, long putt there. Probably 2 and 9 were my best chances.
Q. You've had some pretty good rounds at this tournament the last couple of years.
RACHEL TESKE: Yeah.
Q. Is this just someplace that you're comfortable? Is this a tournament that you aim for at the start of the year?
RACHEL TESKE: I really like the golf course here. I just feel comfortable playing it. You've got to hit your driver really well. I feel like you have to shape the shots off the tee a lot. I feel fairly good. It's always a challenge to be able to draw and fade the ball, and I really like that. You know, you just like the tournament, probably because mostly it's one of my favorite courses. I feel like I can play really well. When I putt well, you make a lot of birdies, end up with a good score. You know, since I've been able to play this tournament, it's been one of my goals really to win it because I love the golf course, and I just love the setup of the tournament.
Q. Is this the first time you've been in this position in a major?
RACHEL TESKE: Yeah, I think it probably would be. I haven't really played well in any of the majors that I can remember. I have a bad memory anyway.
Yeah, I think it probably definitely is.
Q. Will it worry you tomorrow?
RACHEL TESKE: No.
Q. What is your thought process right now?
RACHEL TESKE: Well, today it was, you know, to drive the ball well and hit it in the fairways and make birdies from there. I think it will be the same tomorrow because the rough is thick, and you really have to hit it in the fairway to have a good shot at the hole, at the pins. So tomorrow, you know, probably pretty similar mindset: hit the fairways, make the most of my chances of birdie.
Q. When was the last time you had this good a putting round?
RACHEL TESKE: Let's see. I had a couple of good rounds in Phoenix last week. I think I had two 67s there. I putted fairly well that week, as well.
Q. How have you been putting during the year?
RACHEL TESKE: Putting pretty solid during the year actually. I started putting well in Florida at the beginning of the year, then didn't putt so good for a few weeks after that. Now it's coming back. Sort of comes and goes. I always feel like I putt fairly well. You know, there's just days where I make a lot, and there's days where I hit a lot of good putts and they don't go in.
Q. Any impatience not having won last year after the two wins the year before?
RACHEL TESKE: Not really impatience because I feel like my game has improved so much from when I won. I feel like I'm going to be able to put myself -- put myself in contention a lot more now because I feel I'm a better player now than I was then. I know I'm going to win sometime soon. You know, it will come.
Q. Did you approach today's round any differently from the first two rounds?
RACHEL TESKE: From the first two rounds?
RACHEL TESKE: I guess today I was probably just really -- I was really focused on playing well because Pat was out there at 6-under. You know, I really feel since the off-season, this is one tournament where I really wanted to play well. I feel this year I want to play a lot better in the majors. I guess Pat being 6-under, I really had to get out and play well today. I was really determined to do that, hit the fairways, give myself the best chance to do that.
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Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
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Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
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JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
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The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.