MURRISON : Virada Nirapathpongporn
, congratulations. You have had a fairly quick round today.
Tell us a little about your game right now.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : Well, I played better this afternoon. I think it's
good for me to start hitting the shots that I'm capable of because this
morning it was just hard to -- I don't know, actually, you know what,
I felt like it's been a while since Match Play ,
since the last Match Play probably maybe
a month and a half ago.
I think I'm happy where my game is going and like you said it's nice
to get it done early. I was out there thinking there is no mercy in
this. You just go. You are 1-up, you go 2-up, 3, 4. And in both matches,
this morning, I was 4-up after 10. And I think 5-up. Did I go 5-up?
MURRISON I think that you did.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : I was 5-up with 5 to go this morning. And then, I'm
sorry -- I don't know what happened. I lost one hole, so I have
to go on to the next hole, you know. So this afternoon I'm 5-up with
6 to go. I'm sorry, I'm 5-up with 6 to go. I'm going to win this next
hole so I could just finish it, but I lost the hole. So here we go again.
then I managed to win the next hole so it was 5 and 4 but it's nice.
MURRISON : What is working well for you in your game right now.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : Focus, that's really my goal coming here. I know
what I want to do and I really want to stay with it. I know it's going
to be a long weekend. I got to go through several things to get to my
ultimate goal and got to take it one step at a time. And it's easy to
-- when it's a long road, it's easy to just get sidetracked but I really
wanted to stay focused and really go to what I come here for.
Did the problems with the weather on Monday and Tuesday, did that throw
you off at all?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : Yes, getting on and off the course. But actually
I was one of the lucky ones, I really didn't have to get on and off
too many times. But I did, too. I think that it just made this week
seem like a little longer because you're here at the course from morning
until late and one day I didn't play golf and I sat right outside here
for 4 hours. It's not like you can go get your mind off of it. You are
just sitting here in the back of your mind, you just go through this,
running out your energy.
Didn't you want to eventually play Michelle and it's not going
to happen now?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : You know, whoever, really, yes.
Were you surprised?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : I didn't know until I just finished my match. My
caddy said she lost. It's Match Play and
we all know it's pretty unpredictable.
What do you know? You are a veteran college player, you have been through
this format, you know exactly what you got to do, how tough the week
is, think back to when you were her age, what do you know now that she
still has got to learn but it will help you this week?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : I think she's got a lot of experience already playing
with crowds all the time. And I think that's great for her. It's going
to be great dealings with crowds. Her focus will be good because she
has dealt with that many times. I think she just needs some time to
going through college, I'm glad I made that decision to go through 3
years, but next year, I think that really gives me time to develop and
grow in every aspect.
her, she has got four or five years before she turns 18. She is going
to be a great player.
We talked about the focus, knowing how long this week is going to be,
what's left? I mean in the process, mentally, where are you in terms
of keeping your energy? You're pacing yourself, winning a big match
in the morning, and being down and losing to somebody you should beat
in the afternoon. There is a question in there somewhere. I'm not sure
where it is.
The pacing, I guess.
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : Yes, that's one of the keys to this kind of, you
know, long week. You got to pace yourself and prepare yourself until
Sunday. Pace it and see how you want to practice. See how you want to
-- like where you want to energize yourself. If you keep pacing yourself
you are going to be fine for the week.
How do you feel about the way you were playing coming into this week?
You played at the Women's Open this year, obviously you got
to the finals of the Pub links, were you happy playing the way you were
playing coming in here?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : Yes, I really have been working like on my mental
side. I think my game has developed, has come a long way technically.
I know I have it. I just need to work on some things mentally. And it
also comes with experience.
How do you work on the mental side? What do you try to do to develop
that and sharpen it aside from theoretically just playing in golf tournaments,
or is that the only way to do it?
NIRAPATHPONGPORN : Just keep telling myself, you know, believing in
myself. It's not easy. We all know that. I have come to realize that
the higher level you get is more and more mentally. I think my ball
strike as far as short game and everything, I have got it. I can play
with the big girls. I just need to start believing so I can execute
the shot that I can because when you are not really focused you are
not really confident. You just play less than what you can do.
just really want to focus, so I can see how good I can really be.
MURRISON : All done. Thanks very much. Good luck tomorrow.
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