Yani Tseng (Quick Quotes)


By USGA
July 7, 2012

Q.  Tough day on the course.  

YANI TSENG:  It is.  Especially from 9s.  Totally two different persons playing on this course today.  I was very struggling today.  My goal actually today was come out today and feel comfortable for every shot.  And on No. 4 and 5 on the tee shot I didn't feel comfortable.  And I still hit it and hit it to the rough and made two bogeys in a row.

And I hit a good shot on par 3 and one yard and in the rough.  So double. And the next hole par‑5.  So it was like those 4, those three really tough out there.

They set out very tough today.  There is not many chances out there.  Except Na Yeon.  If you finish even, it would be very good today. I shot 1 under on the back 9.  Always could be better.  I was a little disappointed.  But it's okay.  I find it again.

Q.  Are you disappointed you didn't have a better showing in the Open?  

YANI TSENG:  Yes, of course.  Especially today.  The front 9 could be much better.  I feel stressful, because I mean, if you feel comfortable to hit on the shot, I don't think that's very hard goal to achieve.  And today I just didn't do it, those three, four holes.

But any day also was perfect.  I feel confidence on the back 9.  Hitting lots of good shots on the back 9 too.

Q.  Can you pinpoint why you just didn't feel comfortable on those two tee shots?  

YANI TSENG: Because of the wind, maybe.  I feel I want to hit a driver.  I feel always hitting 3‑wood here.  And I pull out a 3‑wood, I don't feel comfortable.  I wasn't feeling as confident as like a driver.  So I just hit it and it pushed it right in the rough.  I should have probably birdied.  I bogeyed there.

Next hole, I never hit any 22 degree this week.  I didn't feel quite comfortable there.  I either hit 4 ‑‑ iron, hit it out there.  And hit it to the right in the rough and chip out again.  I bogeyed there.

Q.  You didn't have any practice rounds in this kind of wind, right?  It was coming from another way?  

YANI TSENG:  Yeah.  The wind it was ‑‑ it's fine.  But you just needed to grab the club that you feel comfortable to hit it.  It doesn't matter if it's going to be like 180 for second shot or 100 for the second shot.  You just need to put it on the fairway, get it in play on this tough golf course.  The pin position was very tough today.  They don't give us many chance to come close today.

Q.  You said coming into this tournament the number one thing was to have fun.  Are you enjoying your time after a couple of days here?  

YANI TSENG:  Yes, I do.  Even I shot terrible, I still very enjoy the crowd here, enjoy the golf course.  Today is very challenging.  That's why it's the U.S. Open.  So but I'm very, very enjoy out there.  Yeah.

Q.  It's easy obviously when you're having a lot of success like you have to feel good.  But when you're going through some struggles like you have in the last couple of weeks, how do you makes sure you stay focused and feel good about everything?  

YANI TSENG:  I feel much better.  This week I feel way too much better than last couple of weeks.  I think my game is on the way ‑‑ I think it's going to be coming back soon.  I had two weeks off.  I'm going to the Evian.  So I'm going to get ready for the Evian.  I think tomorrow if I play a good day and everything will feel good.

Q.  So tomorrow you just go out try to feel comfortable over every shot?  

YANI TSENG:  Yeah.  Try to feel comfortable and be aggressive.  Because there's nothing you can lose.

Q.  Can you talk about the wind?  I noticed that was a factor back in '98.  It really hasn't been a factor until today.  Was the wind an issue today for golfers?  

YANI TSENG:  The wind is a little bit of an issue.  The way they put the pin, the way they set up the tee is very different.  It's very hard to hit it close to the pin if you have downwind.  I remember No. 6, par‑3, you have to carry.  There was no way to stop there.  So ‑‑ and they put a pin on the back, you couldn't go back.  There's not many places you can put it close.  You just need to put it on the middle of the green and try to make two putts every hole.

Q.  What about the course setup today was so difficult?  It's not just the wind, you said.  It's the course setup.  What were some of the holes they set up ‑‑ 

YANI TSENG:  The wind was a factor a little bit.  Some of the holes they put a pin like very tough.  Because the wind, that way you couldn't go for there.  And some of the tee, they put it way back.  You just need to play smart.  And then keep your ball on the fairway, and do the best you can.

Q.  Was this the hardest the course has been playing all week do you think so far?  

YANI TSENG:  Yeah, maybe.  I think maybe because of the wind and the way they set up, it makes tougher for this week.  But if you can go in there and be even or a couple of over, it was great for today.  Thank you.

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