Our man on the ground at the 2015 US Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, PA, Zac Weiss, caught up with some of the favorites this week. First he was able to speak with defending champ, Michelle Wie, to see how she felt about defending her title.
“It’s definitely been a tough year with my game. It’s definitely not been as good as I want to be. I’ve
been struggling with a couple of injuries and illnesses. But at the same time, I’m taking it day-by-day.
Every day feels better than the day before. I’m definitely feeling better than I have been before. It feels good. I’m staying positive and just trying to improve a little bit here and there every day.”
“Yesterday playing a practice round, and I was amazed by how many people came out to watch
yesterday. It’s the most people I’ve ever seen on a golf course on a Monday of a tournament. It’s pretty
exciting. You drive in from Philly, you see the welcoming signs, welcome LPGA players, every restaurant,
every store. It feels really great to be welcomed here. We’re really excited to be playing in front of a
crowd. I hope this week we can provide great entertainment for the crowd. I hope a lot of people come
out, the weather is good, and everyone has fun.”
Lexi Thompson was asked about how her game was translating to the course.
“The rough is up pretty thick out there, so just keeping it in the fairway. And then the
greens are somewhat big, but you have to keep it on the right side of the hole. And it’s all about
placement. But really getting in the fairway is the first part of it, because this course is pretty long. So I definitely think length will take advantage on a few of those holes out there.”
Morgan Pressel said “My game feels good. I feel like I’ve certainly played well this year, had some good results. But I also feel good about the progress that I’ve been making. My swing probably this week feels the closest that it felt to when I played really well at ANA earlier this year. So I definitely feel good. I love this golf course, and I love the U.S. Open. So I’m definitely excited for the week and looking forward to getting started on Thursday.”
Inbee Park was asked: With 15 career LPGA victories, including 6 major titles, what do you think makes you step up and play so well in golf’s biggest tournaments?
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t really know how I do really well in the major championships. But like I
said, my first win came on a major championship. And I kind of think — always try to think that I play
good on the major championships. I am good at the tough golf courses. I am good under the pressure. I
just try to keep talking to myself that way and try to give myself the confidence coming into the major
championships. So, yeah, I think that’s how it’s really worked the last few years. And I try to just keep
Finally Zac spoke with the young phenom, Lydia Ko.
Does it lessen the pressure to go from being No. 1 or does it motivate you to get it back?
“I don’t know how many weeks I was No. 1. How many weeks was I? 18, 17 or whatever. I
thought I would have it only for one week, to be honest. I thought, hey, you know, I might be No. 1 for
Bahamas, and then I’m going to be back to the original ranking. I had that ranking for longer than what I
had expected. Obviously there was pressure coming along with it, but it was fun. I think the greatest
memory for me was playing in my national Open, New Zealand Open, in front of the home crowd, being
the world No. 1, that was a special moment for me. But obviously it does motivate me to play better, be
a little bit more consistent. But when the other girls are playing great and I feel like I’m still playing good but Inbee is playing better, then I can’t do much about it.”
Great work Zac! We will have more from the first two rounds of the 2015 US Women’s Open. Follow Zac on Twitter @ZacharyMWeiss and keep up with us @DYST_now @SportsMonger @GolfMonger for more sports news.