Kristy McPherson (Flash)

July 6, 2012
Q.  So tell us about your round. 

KRISTY McPHERSON:  Long.  It was a long day out there, but played good.  Played solid.  My goal was just to really ‑‑ you have to pay attention to every shot here, and hit a lot of good shots, made a couple of good putts and avoided mistakes until the end.

Q.  Can you tell me about what happened on 18? 

KRISTY McPHERSON:  I thought I hit an okay tee ball, but didn't get it to turn over, ended up on a bad lie on the up slope, and got very fortunate that ‑‑ I fell back trying to hit it, and I got very fortunate that it stopped and I ran with a bogey there after the two bad shots that I hit.

Q.  And you had two birdies earlier in the round? 

KRISTY McPHERSON:  I did.  That was many hours ago.  What number did I birdie?

Q.  You had one on the 4th. 

KRISTY McPHERSON:  Yes, I did.  The uphill, yes.  Hit a good tee ball, a little 9‑iron up there, made about a 15‑footer for birdie. And the next one, actually 7, didn't hit a very good shot in there and got down in that dip, and I made about a 50‑footer for birdie.  So that was a bonus there.  So I was not happy about the shot in there, but lucky to walk away with a birdie there.

Q.  Was the course playing easier than you thought it would be the way they set it up the first time around? 

KRISTY McPHERSON:  Not so much the setup.  More the wind I would say.  It really died down.  It wasn't much of a factor today.  They did have some more accessible pins today.  It was a few shots ‑‑ a few of the tees were up. A few holes, like No. 8 was definitely an easier hole, way up.  A couple of them they kind of took some yardage off of it.  But I'd say more so the wind.  Every other practice round and when I came out here a few weeks ago, the wind was blowing about 20 and the course was pretty much impossible and then it dies down and it's more scorable.

Q.  So you attribute the six‑hour rounds to ‑‑ 

KRISTY McPHERSON:  It's tough because the greens are so big, and you're not making a lot of birdies, and you have a lot of second putts, and the second putts could break a cup from five feet, you know, depends on where you are. So I think a lot of people were taking a lot of time on the second putts, and the greens this big and so undulated, it's hard to really get through.  And there a lot of long walks, too, like the round, but that adds about 15 minutes, not about two hours.  But I think it's just because the greens are so big and you really gotta grind it out putting out here.  That's my first guess.  I don't know.  Do you have a guess? 

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