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July 23, 1994
LAKE ORION, MICHIGAN
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Sorry for taking a long time, I had to let
the steam off a little bit. But I hope you guys understand, it
is not easy to take a day like this sometimes.
LES UNGER: We understand, we appreciate you are here.
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Well --
LES UNGER: Thank you. Give the guys a chance to come back.
We gave them a recess here. Most sports, we get to interview
athletes when the game is over. In golf, you have to talk while
the game is in progress. So sometimes it is good and sometimes
not so good. We appreciate you coming by. Why don't you just
carry us through whatever you would like to tell us.
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Well, it is just one of those tough days.
I mean, I start -- first couple of holes I made some good saves.
Came back on the fifth hole to make a birdie. I hold a long
birdie putt there. On 6 I had probably about a ten, 11 footer
for birdie. I had a good 8-iron into the hole there. On 7 I
had a good 5-iron to about five feet. On 8 I don't know what
happened. I hit, I felt, a pretty good driver. It was out in
the right in the rough there, and then it went in the bunker.
I tried to chip it up. I was told that I shouldn't be inside
the ropes, they thought I was somebody just walking out -- hanging
out in the rough. I figured, hey, I am playing. Well, so anyway,
I ended up making a bogey on that hole. On 9 I had a very good
second shot, actually, 6-iron in to about four feet. Missed that
one and missed the return to make a bogey, which is kind of a
slap in the face when you are counting on birdie, all of a sudden
you have a bogey which is sometimes very hard to take, but just
got to go on, and it was pretty tough day so... On 10, I mean
nothing happened. On 11 it was same the thing. I had about a
five footer downhill and I just barely, barely touched it, and
it hit the lip and then just rolled down about another, what,
four -- about twelve feet. You just don't want to be on top of
that pin. I knew it, but I didn't know it was going to be that
fast. On 14 I hit it right, again, up in the thick rough. Played
it out. Played it up to about another twelve feet. I thought
I had a good putt, it hit the lip and came out; just barely out.
On 16, I had -- I thought, I was standing with a 7-iron. I am
thinking well, because it has been very fast, yesterday; I hit
a 9-iron in and it just went to the back of the green, so I said
to my caddie, let's hit an 8. I hit it pretty good downhill.
I didn't get the height of it. So it carried way short of the
green and stayed right there and I chipped it. I missed the putt
coming back 17, I hit a little draw. The wind was going right
to left. It hit the side of the green, kicked way down the left
side. Chipped it up, hit a branch that I never thought it was
in play even; hit the branch; dipped down and then I had a small
chip and the pin is more or less sitting like this (indicating
slant) to the green. So it went all the way down to the bottom.
I 2-putted from there.
Q. What did you hit off the tee?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: A 3-iron off the tee. On 18, I had a fairly
good -- 3-wood; went a little bit right. I had a downhill lie.
I hit an 8-iron. I thought I hit it very good. I didn't see
it. I guess it just strolled way over everything on the back.
And then you probably saw the putt that I missed coming back
there about four, five footer. Just been the kind of a day, you
know, when you make a mistake it costs you right away. It is
hard-- it is very hard to explain. I guess I have to go to the
range to figure out what I was doing. I couldn't really pinpoint
something because, I mean, most of the day was good golf shots.
I either had a wrong club, or I missed a putt. But, you know,
it is not much I can say really.
LES UNGER: Were you getting frustrated?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Well, not really. I mean, it is -- it was
-- it is much tougher out there today, you know. The tees were
a little further back, and so on. I mean, I just -- I felt that
I stayed patient all day. I always get a little upset. I always
show a little anger, nothing more than normal that I felt that
I should, and it just kept slipping away. It is very hard when
you feel like you are paying attention and you are putting your
best effort on every shot and you still lose shots. That was
just that kind of a day today, and you know, it is just hard to
-- I don't have any excuses, and it is just the way it is.
Q. The obvious downside is the scoreboard. Optimistically,
probably won't shoot a round like this ever. Only two shots out.
Can you look at that as a focus for tomorrow?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: I am sure today is over like the other days
have been over. It hurts right now to have been 13 under and
losing eight shots coming in. You know, but obviously, you know,
I realize I am not that far off even though, for me, it feels
like I totally lost everything but, I guess it takes a little
while before I calm down and get my senses together, and look
at it from the bright side which is the way you always have to
Q. Helen, you have had laser-like putting all week and really
through the first 8 holes today and then 9, you know, the 3-putt.
You are such an emotional player. Did that play any games in
your head? Did you feel like you just were off balance putting
HELEN ALFREDSSON: No, I didn't. I mean, I hit that fairly good.
I mean -- well, I knew what I was doing on that putt. I think
the one that really took me by surprise was the coming back because
I haven't really been missing any of those, but then, you think,
you know, I was in pretty good position right there, so you know,
I didn't think about it. But then when you keep having-- I mean,
I had a few today that was very close coming in. That you know,
probably I would have gone in like yesterday or the day before.
So it is just sometimes you got to keep grinding, keep doing
what you are doing, and keep taking the lines, keep trying to
strike the ball well, and do all that, you know. We all know
that some days the putt goes in and sometimes it doesn't. Obviously,
today on the back 9, it wasn't my day on putting.
Q. You said you needed some time before you came in here
to cool down a little bit. Do you feel like you have put all
the frustration today behind you, or--
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Well, it is there. I mean, it is hard to take
it. I mean, you feel like you have been striking the ball well;
you wonder why, it is always -- like I said before, I was in here.
This is a game where you never try to understand. You just are
going to try to play it, and try to play as good as you can and
today was just one of those days where, you know, you tried to
play it and it just didn't go the way you would like it to go.
I still feel a little bit emotional. Obviously, it is hard to
digest something like this in 15 minutes. You know, if I can
get to the driving range and maybe hit some putts and kind of
cool down that way, feeling like I know what I am still doing,
you know, to try to find the good stroke, on the putting green
also; maybe I will feel a little better.
Q. So we understand you didn't lose your composure?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: No, I didn't feel like I lost my composure
today on the golf course. Every shot, I took my time. We paced
it up. It wasn't like I said, okay, I don't care. I don't play
golf like that. I always try to give it is 100 percent, and I
think that is why sometimes it is hard when you give 100%, you
end up with a day like this.
Q. After the disappointment last year in the fourth round
at Crooked Stick and today, now having two U.S. Open disappointing
rounds, does that kind of give you an idea of experience now;
how better to deal with the fourth round tomorrow since you have
had two prior times?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: You never know what about this game and with
the day. I can't think about last year. I can't think about
today tomorrow. I just got to go out and do it. If this is what
is going to cause me to get experience, but then sometimes, I
mean, I won quite a few tournaments around the world; I figure
I should have enough experience and I won a major over here, and
I won a playoff in Europe with the British Open, so, you know,
I guess the emotions is different in each tournament, and I mean,
I never forget, Gary player was playing. He has been on the Tour
for 50 years and still get the butterflies coming down the last
few holes. I figured, you know, I got a few more years until
I have been on Tour for 50 years, so I guess I have to deal with
them for awhile longer.
Q. In an odd way, being two strokes back takes the pressure
off? If you had gone into tomorrow two strokes up, the pressure
being ahead, I mean, is there some good that comes out of this,
by actually sort of having the pressure off you?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Maybe. Maybe not. I mean, maybe-- right
now, it is very hard to see that way. I mean, always nice to
have -- particularly losing as many shots as I did coming in today,
right now it is hard to see any light actually. But you know,
hopefully if I can you know, do my own thing in the evening, and
maybe go to the movie or something to kind of just try to forget
about what happened today and find some new strength for tomorrow.
Q. Helen, did you say your tee shot on 17 was left of those
bunkers down the hill?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Well, it hit up on the green, but it hit in
the little downslopes; had bounced way left of the bunkers, yes.
Q. Then your next shot hit a branch?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Yeah, up in the trees and I never-- I mean,
I didn't even-- usually when you stand in the shot and you look
at it, you have a feeling if it's going -- the wedge could reach
up there. I didn't think there was no way that my wedge was going
to get up there. It did. It kind of put it all the way down
and I knew the only thing I knew I was not going to be short because
I knew the next shot you would have no shot on that shot, but...
Q. How far did your ball roll, Helen, after you chipped on?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: It chipped on, I mean, it rolled probably
about 30, 40 feet, 50 feet, something like that down the hill.
Q. How closely did you watch the scoreboard to see how close
people were getting to you?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: I wasn't really watching. I mean, I knew
when I was, you know -- I watched the first maybe eight holes,
you know, just to see if you know, whatever happened and then
I just kind of just concentrated on my own game and did my own
thing, you know, what I had to do, you know, the scoreboard is
hard not to because it is like that (indicating in front of your
face) but it wasn't like I am paying any special attention to
it. I had enough.
Q. So the 17th or 18th did you look at all?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: No, not really. The only thing -- I mean,
I saw my name and then I think, I saw maybe Patty was 6 at that
point. I mean, I had no idea what the other one was doing.
Q. Helen, will you play your usual game tomorrow or will
you try some daring stuff to make up ground?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Well, I mean, it is not a course where or
a tournament where, you know, people are going to run away with
it too much. I mean, first of all, I am just going to try to
get my game in shape and just you know, play down the fairways
and try to play up on the greens and hopefully from there, you
know, make some birdies, but you never -- I am not going to try
to do -- this is not a course where you take stupid risks anyway.
Q. You said you had 15 minutes to let off some steam. How
do you let off steam in only 15 minutes?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: Just scream at everybody that is around you.
Mainly my fiancee that was right there.
LES UNGER: In Swedish, right?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: And the poor LPGA -- what is her name -- Beth.
She takes the steam from most of us.
Q. In retrospect looking back now, were you at all playing
safe at any point today?
HELEN ALFREDSSON: No.
Q. Looking at the leader board, were you at all thinking
HELEN ALFREDSSON: No, it was -- it is only Saturday. I mean,
you cannot played safe on a day like today. You just got to go
full out. I mean, you don't win a tournament today. You know,
the last 9 tomorrow that is when you start getting there if you
are in contention.
Q. Normally one hole doesn't influence a round but on the
front side today you made two great par saving putts; then you
rolled three birdie putts in a row, you come to 9; you got a very
makeable birdie putt. Do you feel at all that if that putt had
gone in, things would have been completely different on the back
HELEN ALFREDSSON: You know it is hard to say because that wasn't
what happened. But you know, when I missed that, I always think
that, you know, the game takes a few and it gives you a few.
I mean, the putt that I did in-- my first birdie putt that I made,
that was pretty much it. That was a very strong bonus because
that was a tough putt up the hill and the curve; you think, well,
you are going to miss one of those and I hadn't really missed
any of those all week, so you know, it is always-- you are always
going to miss one or two, or whatever, you know, and I didn't
try to pay too much attention to it. I mean, I had a good shot
on 10 and a good chance there, you know, just went on from there.
I didn't think about it.
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