Friday, June 29th, 2018


Golf Channel Notable Quotes

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Second Round (11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET)

Friday, June 29, 2018

Kemper Lakes Golf Club

Kildeer, Illinois


**Golf Channel will recap all of Friday’s second-round action from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tonight on Golf Central tonight at 7 p.m. ET, produced and broadcast on-site at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.**

**3rd round coverage of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will air Saturday on NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET.**

VIDEO: Dan Hicks, Gary Koch and Paige Mackenzie Recap Early Leaders From Round Two at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship


On Brooke Henderson, current co-leader at 6-under par (1-under 71 on Friday)

Paige Mackenzie – “She has changed her putter multiple times this season, four or five times. She loves it when she has a fresh club in her bag, a fresh putter. It makes her want to go out to practice even more and gets her excited about putting.”

Kay Cockerill – “It is almost like, young love. She is addicted to that feeling of a new toy.”

Dan Hicks – “Henderson puts on exclamation mark in her second round. A little up and down. Five birdies to go along with three bogeys. She is in a very familiar position at the top of the leaderboard here at this championship.”

Gary Koch – “12 birdies in the first two rounds. You can afford to make a few bogeys when you are making that many birdies.”


Brooke Henderson speaking with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell following her round

Brooke Henderson – “It was kind of up and down all day. I made some birdies but countered them with bogeys. So to finish off with a really nice birdie putt on 18, it gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow. I would have liked to shoot a little bit better today but 1-under when it was so hot and so windy, I’ll take it.”

Henderson – “I love it [the new putter]. It has been working out really well this week, so I’m happy with that. I feel like I can see the line really well on this course here, and I have been hitting putts with solid speed. That has been making me make a lot of birdies which is always fun.”

Henderson – “It is a lot of fun. To see the crowds out today and see that my name is on top of the leaderboard. That is fun and exciting. A little bit of nerves today with some of those bogeys, but to counteract with birdies, that is momentum and confidence. I’m continuing to do that every single week which is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to the next couple of years.”


On So Yeon Ryu, current co-leader at 6-under par (3-under 69 on Friday)

Mark Rolfing – “She really found a spark at the end of her round today.”


So Yeon Ryu speaking with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell following her round

So Yeon Ryu – “That is one of the best birthday gifts I have gotten (chip-in at No. 5). That chip shot was pretty tough one, because I made that birdie and I was able to have two birdies under my belt after five holes, so I was pretty happy.”

Ryu – “When I won the Meijer Classic I think my expectation level was just zero. I just really enjoyed every moment with my little golf ball out there. I think after I won the Meijer Classic, that was the attitude I needed to have for this year. I just want to have a good rest for today and for the next two days, just a positive attitude and I just want to enjoy it instead of thinking about the big picture.”

Ryu – “I think I started to hit a little longer since after 2016. In 2017, definitely was longer and this year I started to have almost a club longer with the irons so that has definitely helped me to play more aggressive. Playing more aggressive just allows me to have more birdie opportunities as well. These days it really is a matter of putting. I just need to have confidence around the green. Right now it looks really great on the putting green, so I just need to keep that confidence on the green and the golf course.”


On Sung Hyun Park, current co-leader at 6-under par (even-par 72 on Friday)

Jerry Foltz – “Tom [Abbott] mentioned about how she is not feeling as comfortable being out front as she is when she is chasing. She talked quite openly about this being a major and she is getting nervous and she expects that to continue. I can tell you one thing for sure, I don’t know anyone in the game that looks less nervous when she is on the golf course.”


On Lydia Ko, currently at 4-under par for the championship (6-under 66 on Friday)

Mark Rolfing – “One of the best putting rounds on any tour or in any tournament I have seen in a long time. Her distance control has been so good. She has tremendous confidence with the putter. She plays totally to her strengths.”

Tom Abbott – “This is an incredible round of golf from Lydia Ko on a golf course that is not that easy.”

Lydia Ko watches her highlights and speaks with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell following her round

Lydia Ko – “I gave my putter a pedicure and manicure last night. I hit the ball really well yesterday and the only two putts I holed outside of 10 feet were two par putts. I wasn’t putting great. Straight out of the gate today I made a birdie on the first. That just gave me the confidence to say, ‘Hey, you can make a birdie on this golf course.’ I played solid. I know I missed a few fairways, but I tried to put myself back in good positions. Got lucky with the chip shot too but I’ll take a 66 around here.”

Ko – “I think I had a bit of confidence coming in to this week because of the two top-10 finishes the past couple of weeks. I felt like I was driving it pretty good and rolling it good. I was able to do one of those two things yesterday, and one of the two today, so hopefully I can put them together on the weekend. Confidence is a huge thing for me where the swing itself or the stroke itself is not too different. If I am out there playing with confidence I can execute the shots a little better.”


On Cristie Kerr, currently at 1-under par for the championship (4-under 68 on Friday)

Mackenzie – “She started walking putts early in the round. When she has that kind of momentum it seems to snowball. She is one of my favorite players to watch, because usually you can hear her as well as watch her talking to her ball. You don’t even need us in the booth most of the time.”


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