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March 21, 2019

Jin Young Ko

Phoenix, Arizona

Q. Well Jin Young, a great opening round 7-under. You hit it really close most of the day. What was the key to your round?
JIN YOUNG KO: My key was just think about bet with my friend, so I had really great game today so I'm happy.

Q. What was the bet with your friend?
JIN YOUNG KO: That's a secret, but really good thing.

Q. Did you have to go XX under par? 5-under? 6-under?
JIN YOUNG KO: No, just minimum 7-under.

Q. Minimum 7-under?
JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah. My friend stood tough, yeah.

Q. Now you had a chance to go 8-under; birdie putt on 18.
JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I'm just think about -- I'm just focused two-putt, so better.

Q. Talking to your caddie, Dave Brooker, he was saying you were hitting the ball really close pretty much all the way around. That is something you work hard on. Is it better this year, your ball striking, than it was last year?
JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, it was better than last year. Then I had really hard, hard time last winter season, winter off-season with my coach and trainer, so I'm really getting better for this year for ball striking. Everything is good.

Q. You must be very happy with your form. Two top threes in your first three starts of the season.
JIN YOUNG KO: Yeah, I had great time in Australia and Singapore. I'm just keep trying more focus on my game also. Yeah, keep focus.

Q. You won your first LPGA Tour title as non-member at the Hana Bank. You won your first title as an LPGA member in you first start in Australia last year. What are your goals for this year when it comes to tournament wins?
JIN YOUNG KO: Just happiness golfer. Yeah, I would say just happiness golfer on the course, and then pray for every day on the course to God. Yeah.

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