Stacy Lewis: Wednesday Interview 2016

THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Stacy Lewis, familiar face to this event. 2012 Champion here. Stacy, how does it feel to be back in Alabama?

STACY LEWIS: It's a little strange; it feels like we were just here, but other than that, it's great to be back. Having success here, I love this golf course, and so just to be coming to a familiar place and a place that I've played well is always a good thing.

Q. You mentioned in the past that you needed just one putt to turn things around. Do you think you got that last week with the clutch save you had to make the cut, and then you kind of got it going over the last two rounds?

STACY LEWIS: Yeah, you know, I think over the last few weeks I've just needed something to go my way, to make a putt or hit a shot what you needed to, to pull it off under pressure and made about a 20-footer on my last hole on Friday -- I guess it was Saturday morning -- to finish my second round and, you know, that got me to make the cut, and last week we had another cut, so I was playing under pressure again, and I shot 4-under, so doing that when the pressure is on and to know that if you don't play well, you're not playing the next day. That's what this game is all about. So whether it's the moment that turns the tide I don't know, but definitely gained some confidence after of last week.

Q. Olympic golf this year, first time in a long time. Is there a difference, or what is your mindset throughout the season for the Olympics?

STACY LEWIS: I think everybody is thinking about it, you know, everybody is watching the rankings, watching where you are and who is behind you and who is playing well. So, you know, it's pressure there, because you want to be there, you want to be there representing your country, and the biggest thing is it's created some chaos in the schedule, but, you know, other than that I think it's a great thing. I think it's a great thing that golf is in the Olympics, and I think it's great how all ladies on this Tour have embraced it and want to be there and want to be a part of it, because I think it's a great thing for the game of golf.

Q. Do you know much about the format that's going to be played when you're down there and any kind of qualifying for it, as well?

STACY LEWIS: Yeah, the qualifying is a little crazy. You know, it's two players per country, unless you're in the Top-15 in the world, and then it's four. Korea is probably going to have a player in the Top-15 not be at the Olympics, which is crazy to think of. Then it's 60 players, and once we get on the golf course, it's an open format, which is a little bit disappointing, but at the same time you want the best player to win, to help -- that's what's going to keep golf in the Olympics, is if you get your stars to be there be there and be playing well, so, you know, to go there and have a chance to win an Olympic medal is pretty cool.

Q. (Question about playing at this tournament.)

STACY LEWIS: I love playing here. I got the invite to come play in this tournament right out of college, and this is one of the tournaments that kind of helped me get my card and get my footing out here, so I'm always going to come back if I can make it work in the schedule; I'm going to be here. I love coming here. I love this golf course; it's one that you can go out and make a bunch of birdies on, especially this year being a little bit softer. You can fire at more pins, and it's going to take a pretty low score this week.