Lexi Thompson: Friday Interview 2015

LEXI THOMPSON: Just didn't have any of the putts fall for me. It's all about confidence. I hit it well again today, but the greens are tricky. They're really fast and you can get some big breakers.

Q. Talk about the difference maybe in time, earlier start, much different weather environment earlier this morning than what you had yesterday afternoon. Do you think that played a difference at all?

LEXI THOMPSON: Well, it was actually windier now than it was yesterday in the afternoon. The only difference is it might have been a little cooler this morning, which is nice. But the weather was perfect. We couldn't ask for it any better.

Q. I know your partner and you, you guys were neck and neck all day long. Did that put any extra pressure on you, did it make it a little more fun?

LEXI THOMPSON: I wouldn't say any extra pressure at all. I mean we feeded off each other. She hit a lot of great shots into the greens where she had tapins, and then she dropped a good amount of putts, too, so it was great. We feeded off each other and I think we'll both do well on the weekend.

Q. I know this is your sixth year here so you're pretty darn familiar with the course. Does that boost your confidence, does it make the days go a little easier for you?

LEXI THOMPSON: Well, it helps knowing the golf course really well. I've come back to this tournament many years. I always love coming to Alabama and playing this golf course. It's probably in the best shape I've seen it, especially the greens are rolling really well. Every golf course changes every year, so just got to keep on learning.

Q. Is it different coming back to where you were a champion?

LEXI THOMPSON: Is it different? I wouldn't say it's much different. The greens are, like I said, they're faster than any year I've seen them, but the golf course hasn't changed much. It's a little softer, but it's in great shape.

Q. Is it different having your folks here?

LEXI THOMPSON: No. I mean, I love having my parents here. It's always great to have the support of a family member here. I usually always travel with either my mom or dad.

Q. Lexi, I know you hit a patch earlier in the year where you weren't playing the golf you wanted to and it seems like you've really rebounded recently. What do you attribute to that?

LEXI THOMPSON: I would say just working on the mental side of the game, seeing John Denney down in South Florida, working on doing my routine and focusing on some breathing exercises during the round, before my round, just keeping me relaxed and confident. I think that's what's it all came down to in visualizing my shots.

Q. How important is it to be playing well going into the Evian, the final major of the year. I know you want to get another major under your belt, obviously totally different golf courses.

LEXI THOMPSON: Yeah, it's very important just confidence wise going into a major. Knowing that you're playing well is always huge. And then Solheim Cup right after, that's a big part of the year. I obviously want to play my best representing my country, but I'm going to go into it with a positive attitude and just see where it goes.

Q. Can you run us through your birdies and bogeys today?

LEXI THOMPSON: Birdies and bogeys. I don't think I made a bogey. Birdies, I think, let's, see, one, two, three. I birdied No. 4, I hit a wedge to about 20 feet above the hole, made it. Then I birdied the next hole, par 5. I hit driver, 3wood up to the green, putted it up to about eight feet, made that putt. Then I birdied the next hole, I hit a pitching wedge to about six feet, made the putt. Then I birdied No. 8. I hit driver, 5iron onto the green to about 20 feet and then twoputted for birdie. Then I birdied the par 3 on the back, No. 13. I hit my gap wedge to about 15 feet short of the hole, made it. I think that's it. It was good for me to remember that.

Q. I know you want to win again, but your two fellow Solheim Cup members are making it a little difficult on you, aren't they?

LEXI THOMPSON: Yeah, but that's great to see.

Q. Lang, and you know Stacy will play well this afternoon?

LEXI THOMPSON: Oh, yeah, of course. It's great to see the girls on the Solheim Cup on the top of the leaderboard, fellow American players to be playing well. We always like to see each other play well. I know I'm going to have my work cut out for me on the weekend. But I'm just going to focus on my game and see what I can do.

Q. What's the key to this golf course? Everyone says it's a bomber's track but you've also got to make putts, too.

LEXI THOMPSON: Exactly. I would say keeping it in the fairway. The bermuda rough is kind of tricky, you can get a lot of fliers out of the rough and it's hard to stop it to a lot of these tucked pins, and with the greens being fast, it's extremely tough. But yeah, driving it well and then committing to your putts.

Q. Where's your game now compared to 2011 when you won here?

LEXI THOMPSON: Compared to 2011? I would say it's pretty darn close. Like I said, I probably made more putts in 2011, but I mean I felt like I stroked it really well today. It was only a matter of a ball or two off with the break or speed.

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