June 30, 2013
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SO YEON RYU
Q. How difficult was
it out there today and the week overall?
SO YEON RYU: Well, today's pin location was so tough. Even,
you know, this green is really, really big and levels so different. So actually
I was struggle with my distance control and the green. But my par putt was
pretty well. So I think today my putt really great, just the middle putt and
short putt, just not with long putt.
The thing is this week my shot was really great, so that's
why I finish really well. So also I really proud of myself, but I think Inbee
is just playing another golf course. I'm pretty sure she's playing the 16th
hole or she's playing another hole or whatever. So I mean, I finish 3rd, it's a
really great score and great result, so I'm happy.
Q. Can you tell us
the importance or how proud you are that Koreans finished 1, 2, 3 in the U.S.
SO YEON RYU: Oh, yeah. Also when Inbee won the tournament, I
was playoff with one of the Korean players. Also this week we finish first,
second, and third as Korean.
So first of all, I have to really thank Se Ri because Se Ri
opened up the road for us. That's why Inbee could play really well.
Also, Se Ri is a really great role model to Inbee in every
LPGA tournament. I think this is quite the effect of Se Ri Park. So I really
want to say thank you to Se Ri.
Q. You've won a major
before, a USA event. Inbee has now won three majors in a row on three different
courses. Can you talk about how difficult that is?
SO YEON RYU: I heard of it. She is the first time won three
in a row at a major tournament since 1950, a long, long time ago. I'm pretty
sure at that moment was a lot of great player was in the field, but I think
pretty much this season has been more a
lot of players in this field has been more strong, but she won the major
tournament three in a row.
I think that thing
with Inbee, she just ready. You know, after she won the U.S. Open in 2008, she
was a bit struggle with her game. But she never stop it, she never gave up. So
it is right deserve to her.
Q. Is it her game, is
it her demeanor that just makes her so dominant?
SO YEON RYU: The first were her game, I mean the golf skill
these days are perfect.
Well, honestly last year her shot was not really best shot
of the Tour, I think. This year she is bit stronger than last year. Also her
putting was always perfect. That is why she could play real well. Also she
traveling with her fiancé. So now she really enjoy her LPGA traveling, and she
really enjoy just playing golf. So I think everything is just happening. It's
Q. It was obviously
very important for you to be down there to celebrate with her. Why has that
become a tradition with the Koreans? Where did that start?
SO YEON RYU: Well, you know, it's really to hard, on the
Tour, the overseas, we are Korean, we live in the state, we speak the different
language, different culture. It's really tough. We really help each other. If
we know about the really great restaurant, we always going together and have
some great time.
Also, we teach some golf skill to every player. So it's – I
think we have to do. Also, Inbee, you know, last year I was a rookie and Inbee
gave me a lot of great advice. Also she helped me to rent the house, and how
can transfer the airport like that. So also I have to thank a lot to Inbee, so
I really want to celebrate Inbee's win.
Q. Can you tell us
also, you know, if she goes to visit Korea now, what would the treatment be
like there after winning three majors in a row?
SO YEON RYU: I think now she is already here, but I think
it's a bit different than Se Ri. When Se Ri won the tournament, Korea was
during the IMF season. It was really tough days. But also these days the
economy is not really well. But Inbee is playing so well.
Also Inbee have a really a lot of sponsors. So sponsors
really happy with it. Then I think still golf is a bit like wealthy sport in
Korea, so I really wanted to – want to break that kind of, how can I say,
feeling. So just I want to be Se Ri – I mean, Inbee can be like a hero.
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