Ariya Jutanugarn: Sunday Interview 2016
THE MODERATOR: We're happy to be joined in the media center by firsttime winner, Ariya Jutanugarn. How does it feel to have your first win on the LPGA Tour?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Right now, really happy. I'm proud of myself, but after the nine (No microphone.) a little excited, but last three hole excited, my hands shake, yeah.
THE MODERATOR: You're the first winner from Thailand on the LPGA Tour. What does that mean to you to be the first?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: It's nice. I'm really happy and, you know player from Thailand and (No microphone.)
THE MODERATOR: Do you think this will do a lot for growing the sport of golf in Thailand, having a winner on the LPGA Tour?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I think so, yeah. Because right now we have a lot of golfers (No morphon.)
Q. When you said you were "out" what does that mean exactly? You weren't paying attention to the leaderboard?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: I just play golf. I didn't care what going to happen. I mean sometimes good, but I (No microphone.) Bogey next hole, par next hole, and I wake up after 12, because my caddie told me, like, you play golf like you do in your sleep last night (No microphone.) Make some birdie and you be fine.
He just told me, I don't care if you shoot 80, 90, (No microphone.) So that wake me up.
Q. Did it feel different on the back nine than at the ANA on the back nine in terms of your mentality and your nerves?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Actually this tournament very different than ANA. Because first hole of this tournament I'm very excited and very nervous, because I am 3shot lead, and ANA one shot behind. Anything going to happen in ANA. I feel like I'm one shot behind before the final round, but today I just feel like 3shot lead, and I feel like (No microphone.) and wanted to win my first tournament.
Q. Have you rubbed this win into your sister yet?
THE MODERATOR: Have bragged about this win to Mo yet?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: No, not yet. (Laughter.)
Q. Are you going to?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah. (Laughter.)
Q. You held off some darn good players and a big group behind you. How much confidence does that give you next time you're in this situation?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: This not my first time and experience, and (No microphone.) So last putt, my hand shake, my leg shake and I have that before, but I not have it this bad before so my putter shaking, and I'm like okay just go out from here.
Q. Given that it's Mother's Day, I'm wondering if you can tell us how your mother has influenced your golf game and gotten you to this point?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: You know, she is my everything, like my sister. They're great support. Right now just we're together (No microphone.) And have so much fun and I have a hard time last year, I miss ten cut in a row, but good thing in my life my mom and my sister always trust in me.
My mom asks me when you going to play good? Why you play not good? The only thing she tell me is keep fighting you going to be good.
THE MODERATOR: What does it mean to you to have her here and after 18 so many of your friends out on Tour congratulating you on the win.
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Yeah, it was very exciting. My sister here and my mom is here, and everybody here.
Q. Did you know at all on the back nine when you started what kind of run folks were making at you?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: To be honest I didn't know. I went 14under and they have bogey, so I wait at 13, so I know that I'm one shot behind, and I make birdie on 15 and on 17 I just feel like please make par, so have chance to make bogey on last hole, because I'm, like, 2shot lead but (No microphone.)
Q. (No microphone.)
THE MODERATOR: The conditions were different so it wasn't as windy. Did that help your game?
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Actually, like to me, today is (No microphone.) But today is pretty easy, no wind, and I feel like didn't play that hard like yesterday in third round, but I'm pretty excited so it's hard for me to play good.
Q. (No microphone.)
ARIYA JUTANUGARN: (No microphone.) Happen two or three times already. (No microphone.) The only thing you can do is trust in yourself and do whatever you can control, and it's helped me a lot because I didn't think about like my score, I didn't think like where (No microphone.) I just keep in control of myself, like, what can I do to make this shot good.