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June 29, 2018

Carlota Ciganda

Kildeer, Illinois

Q. Nicely done.
CARLOTA CIGANDA: I'm tired. I can't even think.

Q. Has it been a while since you've been that hot when you were playing?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Maybe -- I mean, the last few weeks, U.S. Open, Arkansas last week, it was hot. Just so much thinking, and this course takes time, and I think it's a tough course, so you have to play smart.

Q. You have a very experienced caddie on the bag in Terry; how much does he help you on a tougher course?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Yeah, I think he's really good. He's been here so long, so he just knows how hard the course is playing. He helped me with -- not like conservative plan but more hit it safe. We are trying to hit lots of fairways, lots of greens. Only one bogey in 36 holes, so I think that's pretty good. The afternoon was a little bit more windy than yesterday morning, which made it play tougher, and I think the course is getting harder and more firm, so I think on the weekend it's going to be tougher.

Q. Is this a golf course that you immediately like?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Yeah. I mean, I like -- yeah. I came two weeks ago to practice, and I played 18 holes. I like trees. I like playing with tree-lined courses. There's so many lakes here, but I like tough courses where you have to think or at least you have to -- I like to be challenged.

Q. Do you always come early like that for majors?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Not always. I mean, I try. Depends what weeks I'm playing. But not always.

Q. Your reason for coming, are you getting more serious about wanting to win a major?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Yeah, I mean, I want to win every week. Yeah, I mean, obviously I think I have a good chance at the majors because you don't have to shoot 20. I think if you are between 10 and 15-under, you're able to win one. So I like these courses where you have to hit longer shots to greens, par-3s are longer. I really like that.

Q. Women's golf in Spain right now, what would a Spaniard winning a major do for that?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: I mean, I think more would start playing. They do a great job with the national team and they send girls to every tournament in Europe. I think that's really good. And obviously if a Spanish girl wins any tournament, even a major, it would be unbelievable. I want to just try to keep playing my best, try to follow my strategy, my plan, and see how it goes.

Q. You've been doing this for a little while now. What is the most important thing you've learned about being patient in a major?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Yeah, I think it's really important to hit greens. If you hit greens, you're not going to make many bogeys, and then if you make two, three putts every day for birdie, I think 2-, 3-under every day is a good score. I think hitting greens is the key.

Q. Do you still work with Jorge?
CARLOTA CIGANDA: Yeah, I'm still working with Jorge. Yeah, three years now. He knows my game, and I think everything is working good, and yeah, I'm happy with him.

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