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July 7, 2018

Sei Young Kim

Oneida, Wisconsin

Q. (Recording in progress.)
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, I was pretty solid. Another good round today. Yeah. And then I thought pretty good weather front nine, but a little bit of strong -- a little bit of wind. It's not little; pretty strong wind. So it was a little tough to judge the number front nine. After turn the front nine wind is pretty calm, so was able to attack to the pins so make a lot of birdie. Another one. (Laughter.)

Q. You play with an 8-shot lead.
SEI YOUNG KIM: 8-shot lead now? I couldn't see the leaderboard. I just kept the focus of my game.

Q. Is that what have to do tomorrow, too?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, yeah, I mean, because make me more comfortable. If I see the scoreboard I keep thinking about it, so that's not help for the good playing.

So, yeah, I just...

Q. Did you have any idea the margin was that big, that you had that big of a lead? Were the crowds any indication? As the round went on you got a little bit bigger of a crowd watching you?
SEI YOUNG KIM: No, not really. Yeah, same as the first round.

Q. Did you know you tied the a 54-hole scoring record for the LPGA?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, yeah. Two years at JTBC Founders Cup I shoot a 27-under. Before tee off today I was, Ah, if I shoot like 8-under or 7-under it's possible to the, yeah, my course record or my score or total record, yeah. I hope to break it tomorrow.

Yeah, but I don't think about it. I just keep focus my game.

Q. What's been the difference this week?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Well, after last week I was disappointed because I prepared a lot with my caddie for the major. It wasn't good result. I kept think about it, What's wrong with me? I just ask to somebody but that's not right answer, so I getting to the YouTube, how to make the mind stronger. Yeah, I watches a lot of video.

Yeah, that's a little bit of help my mindset stronger.

Q. What was some of the advice or anything you've done out here this week?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Like kind of same advice: just trust yourself. But before this week even I heard that, I didn't trust myself. Yeah, even I have potential. But after the major tournament I realize, Okay, I can do that. Yeah.

If I imagine, it's come true. It's come true.

Q. What did you learn from your experience at ShopRite earlier this season?

Q. Uh-huh. You had the lead in the final round.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Oh, yeah. I was going really good. Third round I shoot 9-under, and then final round I miss a lot because I got a lot of nervous. It's unusual to me. I was shaky my hand after I had three -- no, no, when I had three holes.

Last hole I hit a shank. I was like, What the hell is going on? (Laughter.)

So, yeah, I think that happened make me like, What's the right way, because that way wasn't right. That's reason why result kind of bad. Yeah.

Q. You're on a roll here. I mean, is this as good as you think you've played on the LPGA so far?

Q. Is this the best you've been playing in your career?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, it's ever. Ever in life, yeah.

Q. What's it feel like stepping up to the tee box or on the green?
SEI YOUNG KIM: It's feel really comfortable, but sometimes when I play bad I really like too much is try. But this week just relax and feel comfortable, relax walking on the course. Just see the nice course, the nice view.


Q. You'll play with Amy Yang tomorrow.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Oh, yeah? She play good today?

Q. Yeah. What's that going to be like? Are you guys friends?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, we played International Crown two years ago. Member of Korea, so we starting a really close good friend.

Yeah, she's great friend. Then we love to eat outside, I mean, good restaurant. Yeah. She's a great friend, good friend.

Q. What are you going to eat for dinner tonight then?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I don't know. My mom maybe cook for me.

Q. How long was that par putt on 18?

Q. Yeah.

Q. Yeah, just a guess.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Last putt?

Q. Yeah, the last one.
SEI YOUNG KIM: About ten feet.

Q. Okay. How long did you think the first one was, the birdie?
SEI YOUNG KIM: It was about fifteen meter, ten meter.

Q. I thought about 20 feet maybe.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, maybe.

Q. What would it mean for you to set the record tomorrow?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I just want to keep challenge what I can do. Yeah, if I break out -- even if I break out I keep challenge more higher the record. Yeah, that's my goal.

Q. Will you be nervous do you think?

Q. Yeah.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Not really. Yeah, right now I don't think it's nervous tomorrow. Just enjoy with the caddie and Amy Yang. Yeah.

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