Saturday, August 5th, 2017


NBC Notable Quotes
RICOH Women’s British Open
Third Round
Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
Kingsbarns Golf Links
St. Andrews, Scotland

**Live coverage of Sunday’s final round at the RICOH Women’s British Open airs on Golf Channel at 7:30 am ET and continues on NBC at 11:30 a.m. ET.**

On I.K. Kim, leader at 17-under par (6-under 66 on Saturday)
Judy Rankin – “She just seems really in control. She is playing like the person who yesterday said she had just become comfortable with everything. She didn’t feel a lot of nerves or pressure. That is certainly the way she has composed herself today.”
Rankin – “This is going to be a big day for her tomorrow. Nothing would stop that question about the ANA Inspiration more than winning a major championship.”
Rich Lerner – “Picture of focus and determination. I.K. Kim”
Jerry Foltz – “She is the epitome of the cliché, ‘One shot at a time.’”
Lerner – “I.K. Kim continuing what has been a master class here on Saturday at Kingsbarns.”
Rankin – “She does not curve the ball a lot and she rarely – if ever – hits the big curve that gets her in trouble.”
Rankin – “It’s great to have that big lead. I’d sure rather that it than be six behind. But it also is going to be hard to play with that big lead. Now you have put yourself in the position that people expect you to win, and you expect yourself to win.”
Lerner – “Tour de force today. Sixes across the board. 6-under par 66 for a six shot lead.”

On Georgia Hall, T2 at 11-under par (2-under par 70 on Saturday)
Rankin – “I’ve rarely seen a player get a serious warning about slow play and not have it shake them just a little bit. You just change your rhythm of doing things.”
Foltz – “She had shown no signs of nerve all day long until the 17th green.”
Lerner – “She did all that work to chop that lead in half with three birdies and 13,14 and 15, but a bogey and a rushed double at 17 eliminated all that work.”

On Inbee Park, T4 at 10-under par (8-under par 64 on Saturday)
Judy Rankin – “She has great memories of playing at Turnberry. Shot 64 today and has her eyes on the prize for sure.”

Stacy Lewis, in 6th place at 9-under par for the championship (7-under 65 on Saturday), speaking with Golf Channel’s Cara Robinson following her round
Stacy Lewis – “You come here and see the sun out and hardly any wind, you’ve got to go out and be aggressive and that is what Inbee and I did.”
Lewis – “We were discussing putting last night and my mom was trying to understand how the stroke works. She thinks the putter should go straight back and straight through. It is just as easy as that. Mine tends to wobble open a little bit. So that is kind of what I worked on today. Honestly, was trying to keep it a little more square on the way back and I made a whole lot more putts than I did the first two days.”
Lewis – “The bogeys were right when the weather kind of turned and it was playing really hard out there. I hit some great shots. That is basically what it was. Hit some great shots and made some putts.”
Lewis – “I feel a lot better with the putter. I feel like I know this golf course really well. Had a local caddie help me through the week. Just feel real comfortable with the iron shots. If I can just get a few putts to fall early I think I might have a chance.”

On Mel Reid, T7 at 8-under par (3-under par 69 on Saturday)
Lerner – “She has a chance at the Solheim Cup to be their version of Ian Poulter. She’s fiery and likes the challenge. If you are going to bring it, she is going to throw it right back at you.”

On Lexi Thompson, T13 at 7-under par (2-over 74 on Saturday)
Rankin – “Nothing has really been easy for Lexi today.”
Rankin – “She didn’t look to me quite herself all day from the very beginning. She didn’t have the cheerful energetic look that she has had from earlier in the week.”

On Saturday’s third round at Kingsbarns Golf Links
Foltz – “It is stunning out here today. Such a scenic place to begin with. I.K. said it best. She said, ‘If I have to play in the rain, I’d no rather do it anywhere else than right here.’”

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