I.K. Kim Interview (Second Round)


By USGA
June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013

An Interview With:

I.K. KIM

CHRISTINA LANCE: We're back at the 68th U.S. Open, here with I.K. Kim who had a great round today, a 69 following yesterday's 68. Tell us how you felt out there today.

I.K. KIM: I felt good out there. Typically I like afternoon tee times, but I was able to get up early and it didn't really look very nice this morning, but it turned out to be much better day.

So that kind of helped a lot, you know. Do you want me to go through –

CHRISTINA LANCE: If you wouldn't mind going through your five birdies and two bogeys for us.

I.K. KIM: Well, I'll start on 18. 18, I started on 18, and 18 I made birdie. I had 70 yard front and 90 to the pin and kind of pulled the third short. It turned out to be a good miss, so I made a three feet putt for birdie.

Par 3, I was a little too aggressive and I didn't make the coming putt.

15, par 5, I can't remember.

And No. 8, par 5, I lay up with 5 wood and hit wedge 68 yards and I was right on the number and made the downhill putt for birdie.

And 7, also birdie on par 3. It was tough wind, but I was able to get the right number and made a tough putt.

On 5, oh, on that pin you cannot miss to the left bunker, but I did. I had a chance to get up and down, but luckily I made the second putt. I think that was kind of luckiest putt I ever made.

And 2, the birdie at 2 was huge. Hit 7 iron downwind and it was about 15 feet, I think, maybe 20. I don't know. But it was good putt to make.

Q. What time did you wake up and how much tougher was today than yesterday?

I.K. KIM: Well, what time? I got up before the alarm was off, so it always helps for me because I was kind of – the storm was like so bad, so loud, and I always like to sleep with the open window. So last night it was a bit of a struggle. But I will say I got up just before 5:00.

Q. How much tougher was today than yesterday?

I.K. KIM: The weather?

Q. The conditions?

I.K. KIM: Oh, condition. It was just different. Always different from coming from afternoon to morning because  but out here, I didn't know what to expect, but the greens are definitely softer from the rain. But still it was really smooth, especially when you play the morning, the surface was perfect. So I was able to make some putts.

Q. After that bogey yesterday on 18, just how important was it in your mind that you had to finish strong?

I.K. KIM: What was the question?

Q. After your bogey on 18 yesterday, just how important in your mind was it to finish as strong as you did today?

I.K. KIM: Yesterday I feel like I played pretty well yesterday on 18. Whichever hole out here is not a given and I think I did pretty well.

You know, bogeying 18 is not always kind of, you know, nice way to finish the day, but I was really pleased with my round and that happens  that can happen to anyone, you know. That's how I kind of thought of it.

And today started on the back nine and I just feel like  I didn't really think about No. 18 or 17 how much holes I need to play, you know. Out here you have just got to play with everything you have and that's all you can do.

Q. You have had a handful of top 5s in this Open before. What's been missing and how hungry has that made you to get that close?

I.K. KIM: Well, I think it's just a part of the  everybody has ups and downs. Definitely finishing top 5 in the U.S. Open is not a bad idea. How to say, not a bad place, you know. But definitely, there's times that I was disappointed. But I think, you know, I just have a faith, you know, if you do your best and everything is going to be okay.

And I think especially playing USGA tournaments I've just learned so much. I want to thank the USGA and LPGA Tour for making me a better golfer. And competing with so many great players out here, I feel like I'm fortunate to compete against them and keep growing as a golfer but as a human being.

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