May 26, 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Q. Moriya Jutanugarn, 5&3 winner over Cheyenne Knight. Second winner of the LPGA match play here at the Bank of Hope event. Take us through a solid start, par to win the hole on one, and then everything else just seemed to fall in place the rest of the day for you.
MORIYA JUTANUGARN: Well, it was a pretty tough golf course out there. You just have to put your ball in a good place to like be able to play the next shot.
I just like trying to get it out in the fairway, greens, and like even I had a chance to make a putt or like to get it closer, then I just trying to get a little bit aggressive.
Pretty much just in the middle of the greens and trying to putt from there.
Q. Take us through you had a birdie on No.4 and then Cheyenne came back with a birdie on 5, and then you got one right back on 6. Kind of a nice stretch that seemed to kind of maybe on paper decide it. You kind of took the lead from there and never looked back. What was going on in your mind during that stretch between 4, 5, and 6?
MORIYA JUTANUGARN: I would say like I just trying to play my game, and of course like match play you just kind of have to see what's your partner, you know, what they do.
But I just like trying to focus on like my game, what I have to do, and just what I say, if I can be aggressive, I just be a little bit aggressive.
And, I mean, it just like it's still pretty tough golf course to like work around, just like trying to, you know, like have less trouble as possible.
Q. Uh-huh. Do you like match play?
MORIYA JUTANUGARN: I'm actually very, very exciting today because I never -- I haven't play single match play like this for maybe since I play a major, like junior golf before I turned pro. That's probably the last time. Most of the time we play team events so I had my sister or someone in the team help each other and kind of like support each other.
So like today I'm kind of a little bit exciting a little bit nervous at the start.
Q. Absolutely. A little nerves out there for sure. Gerina Piller said she never wants to see 18 this week. Do you have any goals like that, any goals you set for yourself?
MORIYA JUTANUGARN: Well, of course when you play match play you just want to get it done as soon as possible. Of course just what she say is right. You don't want to see 18 this week. I agree with her.
Q. It would be nice if you never had to see 18. You're a three-time UL International Crown participant. Take us through how an event like that, although slightly different, can help in a match play setting.
MORIYA JUTANUGARN: I mean, that match play, it just like just what I say, a team event and you had your, you know, team partner trying to cover when you hit a bad shot or something like that, or like you trying to help each other.
And of course it just like you had a support on the golf course, like, you know, in your team. And like to play single match play it just kind of all on your own. But you don't have to worry about your partner, like, Oh, if I hit a bad shot are they going to be okay.
In the same time you to really be -- feels like you have to kind of like be really strong and like just make sure you get it done as soon as possible.
Q. That's a good aim point. Last one I have for you. When you look at how you were able to perform last week in Virginia, do you feel like you had some good momentum coming into the week that you carried over to today?
MORIYA JUTANUGARN: I would say it's a lot of good things to take from last week, and of course like, you know, I feel a lot better with like my game and swing and putting because I been working on it.
And it just like feels like everything is going to kind of tight up and get in place, and hopefully like I keep that on for a little while and feeling better and just like keep working on it.
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