MJ Hur: Wednesday Interview 2015

MODERATOR: I would like to welcome MJ Hur to the media center, the 2014 champion here. What do you remember about that week last year, your second career victory?

MJ HUR: It was my (inaudible) tournament, for me. Like since 2009 after win the Safeway Classic, that was my second win in my life and it was fantastic week.

MODERATOR: 21under that week, that was a record here. What was working so well for you that week?

MJ HUR: Everything was working for me that time. Every tee shot I hit the fairway, every iron shot I hit the greens, and every putt I made. It was so easy to play. I hope I can play like that this year, too.

MODERATOR: I know you said last year you were hitting a fade. Is that something that works on this golf course, do you feel like?

MJ HUR: You mean did I hit a fade?

MODERATOR: Yeah, I think you said you hit lefttoright last year.

MJ HUR: I was playing leftright before, but I changed my swing to a little draw during that week. I hit dead straight, which is really good.

MODERATOR: Will your dad be caddying for you this year? I know he was on the bag last year.

MJ HUR: Actually he not going to caddie for me. I think he retired after that tournament.

MODERATOR: What was that experience like, though, to be there with him and win with him on the bag that week?

MJ HUR: It was really memorable time with my dad because he caddied for me three, four times and my worst finish with him was 16, tied for 16, which is  I hope he can caddie for me every week, but he's getting old and getting weak (laughs), so let him just rest.

Q. Ms. Hur, how do you prepare yourself for each event?

MJ HUR: Oh, this year or...

Q. Any event. What is your mental preparation to get ready to play the game?

MJ HUR: I just want to  every time I said, I just want to focus every time where I am. If I'm on the tee box, I want to focus on my driver, I don't want to think about any future or past. Like if I get a bogey, I want to forget right away, that way it helps focus on my ball. That's my goal.

MODERATOR: What is it about this golf course, what works? Stacy Lewis was saying it's wide open, you can kind of hit it anywhere off the tee and it's all about the second shot. What kind of works here?

MJ HUR: Actually, this course has a really wide open fairway so you can smash your driver every time if you're like very strong. And then most important thing is the green, I think. The greens are really fast now and they're very slopy, so you have to think about where the ball landed and where the ball kicks right or left.

MODERATOR: And I know you said that you hit it straight every time last year, but a lot of it was your putter, too, last year, is that right?

MJ HUR: Umhmm, my putter was like 24, 25 every day.

MODERATOR: How's your game been this year after the win last year trying to kind of replicate that the whole year this year?

MJ HUR: After I won this one, I played five, six tournaments in Asia and it was really good. Had a month off and then starting to training with my coach and trainer. And then I start this season, I was struggle with my putting. My shot was better than last year, but I was struggle with my putting. That made me a little disappointed because I was expecting my shot going straight and then it will be perfect, but I hit straight and then my putting didn't going in and I was disappointed. I didn't finish good tournament, not many good tournament this year.

MODERATOR: T12 last week, do you feel like it's getting better?

MJ HUR: Yeah, it feels much better than beginning of the season.

MODERATOR: What's kind of changed recently? I know you had another 

MJ HUR: I think my putting getting working like last year, starting August.

MODERATOR: Perfect. Any more questions?

Q. Lexi Thompson loves to go to the Waffle House to eat. What do you do when you're here in town, where do you like to eat or what is something you like to do when you're here in Prattville?

MJ HUR: Actually, I brought my puppy from Dallas, so I have to play with him. He's only two months old.

MODERATOR: And you drove to Dallas and you drove here because of your puppy, right?

MJ HUR: Because of my puppy Peach, Mr. Peach.

MODERATOR: Is that his name?

MJ HUR: It's a boy and it's Peach.

Q. What kind of dog?

MJ HUR: Maltipoo.

MODERATOR: How big is it? Didn't you have it last year with you?

MJ HUR: It's small, very small. No.

Q. Is it at the course?

MJ HUR: He's at the hotel by himself, barking.

Q. MJ, coming back here as defending champ, how has this week been different from the rest of the weeks this year, and what's it feel like to be back in Alabama as defending champ?

MJ HUR: I feel so much comfortable. I love this course. I finished tied third in 2013, I guess, and then my father caddied for me that year as well. But I feel so much comfortable so I can play better than the other tournaments, I think.

MODERATOR: Thank you for coming in. Good luck this week.

MJ HUR: Thanks.

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