June 24, 2022
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Congressional Country Club (Blue Course)
Q. Here with Steph Meadow. Not only your first cut made in this championship; you're inside the top 20. Inside actually the top 15 right now. Just how pleased are you with your effort for these first two days?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: I played pretty solid. I had a tough finish yesterday, but I played really solid today.
You know, the course kind of -- I think it suits a little bit of a longer hitter, and I am, so I think it's a little bit of an advantage. It's starting to firm up, so I'm sure it will get firmer as the weekend goes on as well.
Q. 3-under today. What changed between the first round and the second round for you? Obviously, conditions are a little bit different, but what was different in your strategy?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: I definitely could be a little more aggressive today. I mean, I had shorter clubs in. Yesterday we played the first seven, eight holes in kind of drizzly rain. That makes it harder and further anyway.
Not a whole lot changed. I just made some more putts and just didn't really make any mistakes.
Q. Finally for me, first weekend at KPMG. What's the mindset heading into Saturday and Sunday here? Just go for broke?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Yeah, definitely. Not much changes. One shot at a time. I know it's generic, but you have to do it. Everybody says it, and it's, like, oh, boring, but it's true.
You can't get ahead of yourself. Anything can happen on a course like this. You just never know. You've got to be sharp and keep your mind in it.
Q. Talking about getting ahead of yourself, you can be long from the tee, but you can be in difficult positions for a second shot, and a lot of times you don't even see where the green is. How do you deal with that?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: It's just part of it. If you can't see it, it's definitely harder, but at least you have a shorter club here on.
Hitting fairways are still key. It's just a great golf course. You have to hit good golf shots. I think that's how major golf should be played, so I embrace that, and I much prefer that than just round and birdie shoot-out.
Q. With somebody at 10, maybe 11 today, you've seen it before. What does it take? What makes it happen?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: You've got to go low. We'll see if the conditions stay like they are now, you know, with the greens probably won't get super, super bouncy, so the birdies will be out there, and it's up to somebody to catch her.
She's a great player, so I wouldn't be expecting her to come anywhere backwards, so everybody has to go chase. I think everybody knows that.
Q. The last one I was mentioning, Galgorm, ISPS. What are your expectations? What are the preparations? What's going to happen there?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: Biased it's definitely going to be my favorite week of the year. I have family and friends that come from all over to see me.
And, obviously, Galgorm, I'm sponsored by them as well, and it's an mazing place. I tell everybody I know about it to stay there when they come and play.
My fiance is on his way there now. He is going on a golf trip with his buddies, so, yeah, it's just a great place, and I can't wait to get back.
Q. Real quick from me, on the subject of the homeland. When you look around Congressional, 2,000 trees were taken out in this redesign. Long grass. It's pretty linksy. Does it remind you at all of Ireland and playing some of the courses over there?
STEPHANIE MEADOW: There is fescue for sure. They tried to give it that look. If we didn't have two inches of rain, it would play more like that. You have the few blind shots and some humps and bumps in the greens too. Definitely if it was dry and firm, it would definitely be veering towards homeland links.
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