Friday, August 2nd, 2019


GOLF Channel Notable Quotes

AIG Women’s British Open

First Round

Woburn Golf Club

Woburn, England

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019

**GOLF Channel’s coverage of the AIG Women’s British Open continues Friday with round 2 live from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. ET.

AIG Women’s British Open First Round Leaderboard

Ashleigh Buhai           -7

Danielle Kang             -6

Hinako Shibuno          -6

Megan Kang               -5

Charley Hull               -5

Moriya Jutanugarn     -5

Sung Hyun Park          -5

On the opening round of the AIG Women’s British Open

Judy Rankin – “The course is playing long. Nelly Korda is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game and for her to say it is long, there are a lot of players who would like to have lunch with her and talk to her about what’s long.”

Danielle Kang, T2 at 6-under par, speaking with GOLF Channel’s with Jerry Foltz following her round

Danielle Kang (On Woburn)– “I like the challenges of the golf course. I did miss a couple of cuts at a couple of majors but I’m an all-in or nothing type of player so I like that it challenges every part of your game, your ball striking, chipping around the green and putting speed. So, I’m very excited. Woburn was absolutely in tremendous shape and is a lot of fun to play.”

Kang (On Woburn)– “It fits my game way better. I feel like my track record on links golf is not very good. I like it if I have to hit 165, it goes 165 instead of hitting it one place and ending up in another. I’m enjoying Woburn Golf Club a lot out there today.”

Kang – “Easy golf is the best golf, right? No stress. You get a number, see the shot, you go out and hit it. Same thing with putting. I know I left a few short out there but I kept trusting my speed, seeing the lines and trusting my execution.”

On Charley Hull, T4 at 5-under par

Tom Abbott – “Great opening day for Charley Hull on home soil.”

Karen Stupples – “Charley is much more comfortable on these parkland courses and Georgia Hall really enjoys the links courses. So, you have two different styles of English players competing.”

Jerry Foltz – “If she is anywhere near the lead at day’s end, the headlines will not be about who’s leading, they will be about who is just behind the leader.”

Charley Hull speaking with GOLF Channel’s Jerry Foltz following her round

Charley Hull (On whether she feels added pressure this week playing on her home course) – “Yeah 100 percent. It feels a bit of pressure on me but I played quite well today. It is quite tricky because you know where not to miss it and you know where to miss it as well. There has been previous years where I’ve hit shots around here and you just don’t want to think of them because this is my home golf course. I was quite happy with canceling out all of the bad shots I’ve ever hit around here and hit some good ones today.”

Hull – “I thought it was great what she did last year, especially with under pressure. It’s great to win on home turf. I’m just going to go out there and enjoy it. Not going to think ahead. As long as I enjoy being out there on the golf course, that is all that matters to me.”

Hull – “I went a little out of that this year. Been putting a bit too much pressure on myself. So I’ve come back to this and I’m feeling really confident now.”

On defending champion Georgia Hall, T12 at 3-under par

Stupples – “She is playing really composed, given the fact that she is the defending champion.”

Tom Abbott – “She hung in there today. An impressive performance with no mistakes.”

Terry Gannon – “Georgia has not had a bogey-free round all year – 53 rounds in total – until today.”

Stupples – “I think what we’ve seen today is the little bit of extra focus, that little bit of extra concentration, and that absolute will and desire to get that ball in the hole in front of her home fans and people that are watching her. There is a definite feeling that players get when they are trying to do that. It just seems to focus their mind just a hair more. We definitely saw that last year at Lytham.”

Georgia Hall speaking with GOLF Channel’s Todd Lewis following her round

Georgia Hall – “Definitely the three birdies did me a lot of good today. I played really steady and I was so happy not to get a bogey out there. I nearly did on 17 but I managed to hole a good putt.”

Hall – “I had an afternoon tee time today so I had a lot of comments on social media this morning. When I went on the first tee I swear everybody there supporting me. I was just so excited to get going.”

Hall – “It is quite hard because you want to take in the moment, and I really tried but you also want to stay in your little bubble and focus on each shot at a time. I just couldn’t believe the crowds out there. It was like a final round.”

Hall – “I think I am just going to stick to my own game and hopefully I will get a lot of support out there tomorrow morning. I think most it is just staying patient and focusing on your own shot.”

On Jin Young Ko, T8 at 4-under par

Rankin – “She plays any number of holes, sometimes an entire day, looking like perfection. This is one of the few times I’ve seen her get a little bit shaken.”

Rankin – “She had a good finish and you don’t expect to find a four-putt in her round, ever.”

On Brooke Henderson, T12 at 3-under par

Rankin – “This has been a hard-fought round for Brooke Henderson, and she is keeping it together.”

Rankin – “She is a golfer with a really strong will. That always plays well in this game.”

On Bronte Law, T21 at 2-under par

Rankin – She is a very aggressive player. Just has an aggressive attitude about the game and a lot of talent.”

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