Q. What's it like to be the chaser over the last few holes?
LORIE KANE: Not really. I was trying to be as aggressive as I was throughout the whole round. The greens did slow down just a little bit, as we were finishing. Again, 16 was a hole that was critical for me to make that putt, and then I had another chance on 17 and 18.
Q. Can you describe what happened on 16?
LORIE KANE: I hit 4-wood off the tee and I hit a very good 9-iron probably to 15 feet and left it short about a foot from the cup.
Q. You were shaking your head coming off five too.
LORIE KANE: I thought I had hit a great putt and it bounced. I thought it definitely should go left and it went right. You know when you have a chance like that, you really have to capitalize on those. And unfortunately, today, I didn't.
Q. Shooting 20-under this week has to be a boost for you going into next week.
LORIE KANE: Well, absolutely. I'm driving the ball very well. When I came here to Corning, you know, people will tell you that Corning is the place where you have to position the ball and not a lot of people hit driver off the tee. Well, I probably hit a 4-wood once. And I said I was going to come here and use the power that I have with my driver. And I did that, and I hit a lot of fairways and I'm going to carry that with me. My game starts with the driver and goes backwards to the bag. And I'm really excited about next week already.
Q. What's your schedule coming up?
LORIE KANE: We finished here. We'll play Chicago McDonald's, Giant Eagle, and then I'll spending the next week off. Unfortunately, I won't be able to play Rochester. I'm going to hang out with the Bell Canadian folks for the weekend, and Mike Weir, the Masters champion. And then after that we'll play straight through another three weeks and the rest of the season.
Q. You said earlier that you'll definitely be back next year?
LORIE KANE: I like to play in places that I feel positive about. I think if I looked back, I've probably been here all year, is just take a year off. For myself, and I can only speak for myself, I think the tournament deserves the strongest field it can get, and I'll be back to show that I support them.
Q. How much help is it to be playing lift, clean and place this week?
LORIE KANE: Probably. But you know, I look at that from this perspective: We play professional golf, and it's difficult to hit shots with mud on the ball because you have no idea where the ball is going. And I think that in professional golf we have to have the best opportunity to do what we do best, and that's drive the golf ball. This golf course got better as the week went on. I think the warmer weather over the last two days, not that it was like stellar hot, but it was definitely warmer, the fairways on the golf course were getting in better shape. Maybe if we were here two weeks later, we wouldn't have to do that. But there was a lot of winter -- you know snow mold and stuff out there. I think our staff made a great decision to play the ball up, but it does -- it probably helps in restoring it.
Q. We heard there was a little bit of friendly trash-talking between you and Juli last night.
LORIE KANE: Well, we were finishing up last evening on the putting green and I had about a 6-footer. And I was just practicing those 6-footers. And Juli was walking away from the green, and I made the putt and she said, "Nice putt for second." And I said, "You're going to have to bring everybody with you. You're going to need them all tomorrow, Juli."
Juli is such a great champion and you should be very proud to have her as your champion here in Corning. She's a lot of fun. She makes life exciting out here on tour, that's for sure.
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