Se Ri Pak Press Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 23, 2001, 5:00 pm
LPGA: We will start and go over your score card; then we will do some questions.
SE RI PAK: First hole first bogey for the day. (Laughs). I missed the fairway to the left today. And I -- really, really bad lie, so I have to just chip it out. And around 96 to the pin. So used my A wedge and from 10, twelve feet just missed it, make a bogey. First birdie for the day is right next to our par 5. I hit a good drive and I hit 7-wood second shot and just short to the green. Like 15, actually, no, like 30, 25 feet, the chip. Like half foot close and I make a birdie. All the way through No. 9 another birdie for the day. Did I? Yes. Third shot I used my wedge, 97 to the hole and I get like six, seven feet, I make the putt. No. 13 I made another birdie. I used my pitching wedge and around six feet downhill, I make the putt. No. 14 I use my 9-iron, 3-quarter 9-iron, just pulled it left, around 25 feet, 30 feet, 25 feet. I make a short -- four, five feet left. I missed it, 3-putt so I make a bogey. 15 I use my 8-iron, 3-quarter 8-iron and around twelve feet. 17 I use my 7-iron and I get around five feet.
Q. Would you like to tell us about the round, how the course was playing?
SE RI PAK: Well actually last two days I really hang in there, so difficultly. Last few days different -- different feeling since last two weeks. I really have solid every shot, my driver, iron, every shot everything great. But suddenly last two days I have little bit of struggle from the tee and the fairway, so I pretty much (laughs)-- pretty much all day I am in the rough, you know, up-and-down, up and gown, and have difficult day last two days. But, well, actually my putting is still good. It feels really great and I make a lot of good putts and. Until now I have pretty good finish, I am really happy about that.
Q. Yesterday you played later and the wind kicked up. Today it was nice all day. Did the course just play a little easier today or is your game better today?
SE RI PAK: Actually golf course is not easy. Nothing different than yesterday. But yesterday was much difficult because of the little wind blowing. But today same thing, well, rough and green everything is same as before. The thing is today -- well, part of it didn't miss much fairways as yesterday. Still not great, but still not too bad from yesterday, still not too bad for yesterday. So I got a pretty -- well pretty hard to say. Pretty hard time to knock it closer because my iron all day pull left, every hole pretty much like -- I think it is 12 holes the same thing, like left, like left side of the pin so, I got it pretty hard to get a 2-putt. So I really, really had it today for my game. But you know, I just still pretty hang in there and make myself tough on the golf course. That is why I pretty much doing well as before.
Q. Do you feel you have a better chance to win when conditions are tough like on this course because it takes out so many other players?
SE RI PAK: Well, actually I can't tell exactly I have better chance because the golf game is very silly, you know, sometimes much better for me to get to play well, but sometimes it is pretty same condition as the other players. So especially this week along here you have a hard time because -- as long as we hit it straight, no problem. If not, we have pretty hard time to get up-and-down. So I don't think I have much chance to play well. What I do is trying to smart play outside. Doesn't matter -- try to hit the fairways as many as I can. I am hitting as many as I can. That is kind of just make myself comfortable, the opportunity, that is all I need to do for this week.
Q. Are you hitting anything different off the tee it to stay on the fairway?
SE RI PAK: No. Same thing. I can't change anything. But sometimes give me more worries because I always think okay keep it in the fairway, but that makes me way hook or way slice and make me hard time so just trying to be same routine as before. Just make myself really tough as I can.
Q. You are four shots back right now. I don't imagine that is too big of a concern with two days left on this golf course, right? Do you think four shots is well within?
SE RI PAK: Not too bad as long as we still have a two days left and as long as this golf course not going to be changed. Pat has really, really, I mean, has good play, I mean, good game. She hits it long and she hits it straight like normal players. She has really great, short game too. So it is not easy to beat her as last two days, but I do my best. And on this golf course you can't tell, so as long as I play as smart golf as I can it much better chance to, you know, to be in the top.
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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

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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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

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 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.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

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.