GLENN: Virada, I went through your card and you had 10 birdies. You
each shot an identical score 68, 3-under-par.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: We did. I thought I shot a 69.
GLENN: I got you 3-under.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I have a bogey somewhere.
GLENN: Right, it's down there. Eight, threes and five, fives.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I don't know.
GLENN: You had 6 birdies.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Can I see it again?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Birdie, birdie, birdie, so that's 3-under. So that's
2-under, 3-under, 2-under. 3-under, 4-under. And then I bogeyed two
holes, 17 and 18.
GLENN: Let me double check this then. I got you 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, threes. And 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, fives. It's 69 each. 3-under fours. That's
pretty great golf.
does this match fit in all of the matches that you have played; where
does it stand?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: One of the toughest ones. Obviously I played Michelle
earlier in the summer and even, you know, shooting 6-under
par still lost by a shot, one hole. And this is, you know, only the
quarter final round. But I think we all know -- I know that the
2 of us are, you know, the 2 best players in the country. But when you
bring it head-to-head, someone has to lose and someone has to win. We
both played great, as can you see, 69 each.
I said at the Public Links, sometimes you are going to come out one
shot shy of someone else. But sometimes you will come out on top. So
today was the day that I come on top.
GLENN: You played great. What is your relationship with Aree
, what kind of relationship do you have?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Sister, friend. We have been playing golf together,
me, Naree and Aree
since we were kids in Thailand , I was probably
14 and they were 10.
When you were in Thailand ?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Yes. It was the 3 of us at the top. It's always been
that way. We all decided in 1997, okay, it's time to go over to the
states. So their family moved and I came over by myself. So their family
kind of took care of me. They were my host family. I would go over to
their house and eat Thai food maybe once every two weeks or so.
How hard is it to play against an opponent to whom you are that close?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I think each of us knew out there, Aree
and I both knew we are friends off the course. But on
the course, and in the tournament like this, it's all business. I don't
think there's anything wrong with that. It's the sport. Once it's over,
you are friends again.
You bogeyed the last two holes, what was going on in your mind after
the first bogey, were you upset?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I hit a good drive on 17. I don't know why it went
left. I didn't think my ball was way down where Aree
was. I couldn't see another ball in the fairway. I'm like well, where
is it? And then I walked up to the ball and I am like oh, not a good
Was it sitting down?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Sitting down in kind of a hole, thick rough around
it, and I have about 190. My caddy asked, can you get a 7-wood out of
there? No. I don't think so. So let's go with the 4-iron and run it
up there and be confident enough with my pitch and I will get up and
down, and I hit.
You hit a good pitch?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I hit a good pitch, left myself exactly how I wanted
to leave myself. The putt is so quick and it breaks a lot. It's all
a combination of speed and line. It's a lot of pressure, too. So I ended
up not executing the shot as well as I wanted but that's how it goes
sometimes, so I recollect myself and say I still got a hole to go still
one up. I still have the advantage.
On 18 you hit a good shot right down the middle, and it looked as if
you hit a real good second shot, what club did you use there?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: A little 7-wood.
A 7-wood and it just took off?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Yes, I hit a really good one, maybe too good or something.
my caddy and I talked it over and we think maybe we were a little too
aggressive on that hole. It's plus 10 to the back of the hole. Maybe
we should have made plus 5 and stayed below the hole. I went in between
clubs. I could have hit a full 4-iron. But I just was, at the time,
was a little more comfortable with taking out my 7-wood. And I happened
to hit it great. I don't know where it is. Did it even hit the green?
Yes. It hit the green and went right off the back. How about after that
your chip back on, what are your thoughts with your putt knowing that
she is still trying to get on the green, and she needs 2, and you go
to extra holes. What are your thoughts after the chip back on?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I did it exactly how I wanted to hit it. Just kind
of get it on the green. I know it's going to go way down there but that's
fine because I know she has a pretty tough lie herself. I was surprised
that she was over the green as well after seeing --
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Yes. But I think she hit a good shot. Sometimes I
hit a good shot and it goes over the green. She probably did the same
thing. And leaving myself that three-footer.
Was it that short? I thought it was maybe longer.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: It was maybe like 3 and a half.
That's three feet, okay?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Just about three. But that's not the problem. It's
the side hill. But I think I learned a lot from that putt on 17.
At the Women's Amateur Public Links, or this one?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: No, this one. 17, I did not hit it firm enough. And
so this one on 18, I'm like I got the line, hit it firm.
But did you also learn something from the three-footer that you missed
at the Women Amateur Public Links to maybe concentrate more
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I did. I have been practicing a lot of 3 footers,
making sure that I hit it all firm. Sometimes you are going to miss.
I try not to miss many of them.
To have a match like this in quarter finals will that help in the semifinals
and finals tol?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Yes, the final match is going to be a tough one. It's
always like that. So I think this is a good practice. I think playing
Michelle at the Public Links, or even experiencing
Match Play events earlier last summer, whatever,
I think it's always helped. But it's good to play someone that brings
it on to you, because then you learn how to hit shots under pressure
and that's what you got to take to the final match.
is going to be a good match, to.
In-Bee , have you ever played with her?
The shot on 14 out of the bunker, what did you think, because it didn't
look like you reacted like you thought you holed it?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: I couldn't see it at all. But I knew it was right
on line. The sand was very wet where I was. I don't usually get to hit
that kind of shot very much, but I did get to practice because my caddy
went like two days, during the practice round, he said go down and hit
some of the wet sand and see how it comes out. I realize I have to deloft
a little bit, and let it kind of skip instead of you launch it up there
and have it back spin on you and whatever.
then when I hit it, I thought okay, this is good. And people were starting,
"go in the hole," "go in the hole" then yeah. Then
I saw Annie and all right.
How long was that shot would you say?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Well, I got like 13 paces to my landing spot, problem
About 35 feet probably?
If it's all right, could I ask her the length of her birdie putts starting
with No. 1?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: One, probably a foot, she gave it to me. I didn't
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: 2 was six feet. 3 was a par-5, probably 15.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: 6, 8.
16, how long was that one would you say?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Not long, four feet, three of four feet.
Your great iron shots, I don't know, I consider that the strength of
her game, her iron game, do you?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Yes, I think so. Distance control.
You came off to a really good start, were you trying to play aggressively
early to put pressure on her or were you surprised that, you know, birdie,
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: No, no, it was kind of like the Public Links match.
I really wasn't thinking birdies, you know, I was just thinking target,
shot, target shot. But I was picking aggressive targets to go at and
made those putts.
Just aggressive the whole day?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Yes, yes.
A lot of us were saying that this was possibly the match of the championship,
did you think about that at all last night getting ready for today?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Well, I know it's not going to be -- this is only
quarter finals. It would be great to meet later on in the week but when
I saw the bracket I know who is in my bracket.
Any other questions? Thank you very much, Virada.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN: Thank you.
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