Ly­dia Ko Evian Press Con­fer­ence

The Evian Cham­pi­onship Sun­day Septem­ber 13, 2015 Ly­dia Ko Press Con­fer­ence

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MOD­ER­A­TOR: It’s my ab­so­lute plea­sure to wel­come in the 2015 Evian Cham­pi­onship win­ner and now the youngest ma­jor champ in LPGA Tour his­tory, Ly­dia Ko. Ly­dia, I know we kept ask­ing you about it and ask­ing you about it. I know you wanted to win a ma­jor de­spite the record. How spe­cial does this feel, this mo­ment for you right now?

LY­DIA KO: The first feel­ing I get is I’m very wet, I’m very cold. But it’s a great feel­ing. To­day has been un­be­liev­able. You know, I put my­self in a good po­si­tion go­ing into to­day, over the last cou­ple of days, and yeah, I just fo­cused on my game. Lexi was play­ing re­ally great golf, hit­ting good shots to the pin and mak­ing a lot of great putts. So I just said, hey, I’ve just got to fo­cus on one shot at a time, and yeah, it’s been so amaz­ing, and I said be­fore that my goal com­ing into to­day was to make par on 18, and that’s still not ac­com­plished yet. I’ll be back next year to do that.

Q. I know yes­ter­day you said, oh, that 18th hole, birdie on the 18th, you were walk­ing to the 18th green with a five-shot lead. Yes­ter­day you said, I wish I had a five-shot lead go­ing into to­mor­row. How spe­cial was that walk go­ing up 18 know­ing that you had sealed the deal al­ready and got to en­joy it a lit­tle bit LY­DIA KO: Ja­son told me to just en­joy the mo­ment. Any tour­na­ment it’s hard to come down the 18th with a five-shot lead, and to do it in a ma­jor, it’s an even bet­ter feel­ing.

You know, I didn’t know I’d make the putt, so I said to Lexi, I’ll just go any­way, and it ended up drop­ping. Lucky I didn’t have like a three­footer for par.

It was just such an amaz­ing feel­ing walk­ing across the bridge and say­ing thank you to all the fans that came out.

Q. Talk about that crowd sup­port, prob­a­bly some of the big­gest that we’ve seen here ever. How much were you play­ing off of them and how was their sup­port

LY­DIA KO: There were a lot of peo­ple out here, a lot of peo­ple sup­port­ing us, and not just the lead­ing groups but the whole Tour, so it was great to play in front of great crowds. We don’t come here a lot. It’s only a once-in-a-year thing, so it’s great that we can play some great golf and show­case some of our skills. Yes, es­pe­cially to this lit­tle kid who came out and watched me on the week­end and just pretty much af­ter ev­ery hole, he would say, hey, good job, you can do it, gave me high fives, and that kind of pumped me up be­cause it kind of felt like it wasn’t only me that was out there, it was like a team thing.

Q. It looked like you had a lit­tle bit of emo­tion there just for a split sec­ond on the 18th green. Can you kind of talk about what you were feel­ing? Was it re­lief? Were you just kind of over­whelmed at the mo­ment?

LY­DIA KO: Yes, a cou­ple teardrops. I didn’t to­tally cry-cry. But I kind of got a lit­tle over­whelmed, and I could kind of feel tears com­ing when Ja­son said, ‘en­joy the mo­ment’, com­ing down onto the green. I kind of felt back over the whole week and all the ques­tions I’ve been asked. But in a way I was re­lieved. But to have that putt go in, I think just ev­ery­thing dropped. I didn’t re­ally know what was go­ing to hap­pen. I mean, it was so amaz­ing, and I think all feel­ings kind of went into me.

Q. One bogey over your last 36 holes is very tough on this course. What was the key to min­imis­ing mis­takes, be­cause even Lexi said to­day, she goes, I don’t think she made a sin­gle mis­take. How hard is that, and what was the key to do­ing that?

LY­DIA KO: Yes, my only mis­take re­ally over the last 36 holes was -- the ma­jor one was on 18 yes­ter­day, and I think we just kind of thought of it as one shot at a time. I said be­fore that I was in the rough but I didn’t get too many bad lies where I wasn’t able to get any­where near the pin. So I was a lit­tle un­lucky with that be­cause I know it’s been a dry sum­mer, but still, the rough was pretty thick where you can get some dodgy lies. I was pretty lucky where I could get the club to ball, and it was kind of like No. 11, that’s how I think I got it close to the pin. But if it was more buried, I don’t think I would have had a chance.

Q. How old was this lit­tle guy that kept on leap­ing out of the crowd to give you a high five?

LY­DIA KO: I’m not sure, maybe around 10. I’m not re­ally good at es­ti­mat­ing things. Peo­ple think I’m 25, so you know, I don’t know.

But no, he was around 10, I think, and I think he was out here with his dad or some­thing.

Q. Did he do this ev­ery day or was it just to­day?

LY­DIA KO: Well, I no­ticed it the last two days, and so I gave him a ball af­ter it was time to change. He’s been sup­port­ing me at least on the week­end, and that’s where it says it’s mov­ing day. I felt very pumped that there was a kid here watch­ing me ev­ery shot.

Q. I know yes­ter­day you said that you thought they were just us­ing your face on the posters be­cause of your colour. You wore pink to­day. That was maybe a lit­tle bit of des­tiny. Do you think it was kind of an omen that you were ready to win and your face was ev­ery­where? LY­DIA KO: I’m not sure.

Q. It made it worth it.

LY­DIA KO: Hey, but then it was like, hey, did you win last year. I wouldn’t have guessed it. I think there was like a board, a bill­board, in the Lon­don air­port, too, and I was there, and Craig Kieswet­ter tagged me, hey, you made it to Lon­don, too.

Hey, it’s so cool to be in front on the poster. But it’s kind of side on, so it doesn’t only show one player. I think it kind of shows the whole Tour, which is a great thing about it, and ob­vi­ously the colour, too. This isn’t the right shade of pink, though.

Q. So you’ve down­played all of our ques­tions about win­ning a ma­jor and mak­ing his­tory, but now that it’s fi­nally over and you’ve done it, can you talk about what it means to you to be the youngest player? LY­DIA KO: Yes­ter­day dur­ing my press con­fer­ence, I said, win­ning at any age is amaz­ing at a ma­jor, and all play­ers want to peak at their best at a ma­jor. To say that I’m the youngest in his­tory for now, it’s so cool. But the big thing for me is I won’t be asked that ques­tion. But even if I didn’t win to­day, I think I would have been re­ally re­lieved be­cause I’d be too old for it by the time of ANA.

It’s amaz­ing that I can leave my name I guess a lit­tle bit in the his­tory books.

Q. I think you were just hold­ing out un­til your very last time so we’d con­tinue to ask you. I think that was what it was.

LY­DIA KO: Yeah, it would have been easier if it was ear­lier.

Q. There was a lot of ex­cite­ment in New Zealand build­ing for how you were per­form­ing. In a few hours’ time, Ki­wis in New Zealand are go­ing to wake up and see the news. What do you think the feel­ing is go­ing to be like for this kind of suc­cess?

LY­DIA KO: I’m so glad I can share it with my friends, fam­ily back at home, too. Ob­vi­ously there’s a big time dif­fer­ence be­cause New Zealand has got the fastest time in the world. To kind of see the flag com­ing down on the 18th green, that was re­ally cool, and it doesn’t hap­pen any­where else.

It’s re­ally amaz­ing. I’m sure ev­ery­body will be ex­cited as much as me.

Q. I have to put this round in per­spec­tive. A round of 63 ties the low­est fi­nal round in a ma­jor on the LPGA Tour and is the low­est fi­nal round by an even­tual win­ner. You beat Stup­ples, who was 64 at the 2004 Women’s Bri­tish Open. Sorry, Stupps. How does that de­fine this win, play­ing so well in the fi­nal round on such a big stage?

LY­DIA KO: Just to shoot 8-un­der on any given day is a pretty solid round. I had the same un­der par as the last three days and to­day. It was kind of like a whole three days’ worth of work in just one day.

But just, I think, shoot­ing 8-un­der is great, but not to make any bo­geys, I think that’s a big­ger thing be­cause it meant that when I was in trou­ble I kind of got my­self out of it, and when I had the op­por­tu­ni­ties, I was able to grab it. Yeah, you know, I’ll take the 8-un­der.

Q. I know we talked about the Rolex, you’re a Rolex am­bas­sador. Are we go­ing to give this away to any­one? I know I don’t have one. Have you thought about keep­ing this one? I’m sure one of the me­dia mem­bers would take it.

LY­DIA KO: I’m pretty sure my sis­ter over here is. She went in the Rolex tent here, and she was like, hey, now I’ve looked at a cou­ple watches, so I wouldn’t mind get­ting my hands on one. Maybe it’s hers. Mom doesn’t have one. But she says she doesn’t re­ally want to have too pretty a watch be­cause she’s wor­ried some­body is go­ing to cut her arm off and take the Rolex. This is pretty, so I get wor­ried some­times, too.

It’s great to be part of Rolex. I mean, they’re such amaz­ing spon­sors, and they’re more than spon­sors, it’s fam­ily, and to be along­side the other great names, great am­bas­sadors of Rolex, it’s pretty cool to have my name next to theirs.

Q. Fourth win this year. One of your goals was ob­vi­ously to win a ma­jor. Where do you go from here and how can you grade your sea­son so far?

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