LPGA – ANA INSPIRATION 2018 – Judy Rankin – “Big names have big footsteps that make a lot of noise on leaderboards. There is going to be a lot of hope for a lot of people who are chasers on Sunday.”

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Updated: April 1, 2018

On Pernilla Lindberg, leader at 14-under par (2-under 70 on Saturday)

Terry Gannon – A finish with a flourish and a record-total for 54 holes. Hasn’t experienced getting to the winner’s circle yet in her career on any level as a professional golfer.

Rankin – “She has not gone away. She is doing too many things right to go away.”

Jerry Foltz – “Combined, 250th start this is for Pernilla, between the LPGA, LET and the Symetra Tour. Still searching for her first win in any of them.”

Gannon – “You’ve got to admire what she has done today. She has taken the hits, held on and bounced back.”

Rankin – “She is playing with the composure of someone who has been in this situation before. The truth is, she hasn’t been.”

Rankin – “She has had some kind of spring in her step all day. She has not slowed down walking. She is walking like there’s a purpose.”

Rankin – “If ever a non-winner should have some confidence, she should after the three days of golf that she has played.”

Rankin – “She is going to do everything she can possibly do to play with some sort of calmness tomorrow. That will give her the best chance.”

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On Amy Olson, 2nd at 11-under par (4-under 68 on Saturday)

Rankin – “If someone told her before the tournament that she would have 16 birdies through three rounds, her eyes would have popped.”

 

Amy Olson speaking with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell following her round

Amy Olson – “I think the big thing is about perseverance and just finishing what you start and never giving up. Those are the things I take away mostly. Obviously it was fun to win 20 times on the collegiate level and you have to learn to win on every level. I’m excited to be in the position that I’m in and to give myself a learning opportunity.”

 

On Sung Hyun Park, T3 at 10-under par (2-over 74 on Saturday)

Tom Abbott – “Back to back bogeys following three birdies in a row. Going on the clock, the evidence would suggest, was very uncomfortable for Sung Hyun Park.”

Rankin – “It is very difficult being put on the clock and to keep the same amount of focus.” 

Rankin – “I think she is shaken. I can’t say how quick she recovers from that. I would say the big thing is get to the practice tee and figure out how to get the ball in the fairway. She is an astounding iron play when she gets the chance.”

 

On Inbee Park, T3 at 10-under par (5-under 67 on Saturday)

Gannon – “Look out for this player. Final round of a major championship and when that putter gets hot…”

Rankin – “She is a hall-of-fame putter. I don’t know if it is the player or the putter, but that is what she is.”

Abbott – “When the putter is working like it is for Inbee, she can make anything.”

Rankin – “She is particularly good with the putter when the greens are fast, and the greens here certainly are fast.”

 

Inbee Park speaking with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell following her round

Inbee Park – “The last couple of days I wasn’t able to putt great. But today it definitely was a much better putting day than the last couple of days. Especially on the back nine. I was able to hit some good bunker shots and make those par saves, which I wasn’t able to do on the first day. The first day I was in the bunker three times and I didn’t get any saves. I was somehow hitting it very far from the bunker. I am really happy that I got some confidence from the bunkers today and my putting was definitely a good part about today’s game.”

Park – “Last major win was the British Open and I played really good on the final day. My putter was really hot. That is kind of the play you need to win a major championship on the final day I think. Hopefully I can keep this putting going and hopefully I can hit a lot of fairways so I can have some short irons in, attack some pins and hopefully I can make putts like today.”

 

On Albane Valenzuela, T12 at 7-under par (1-under 71 on Saturday)

Kay Cockerill – “Her nerves of steel are strong.”

Cockerill – “She has been in full grind mode on the back nine but is not giving up.”

 

Albane Valenzuela and her caddie / younger brother Alexis speaking with Golf Channel’s Lisa Cornwell following their round

Albane Valenzuela – “Just stay very patient. It is just a round of golf and I try to enjoy it with my brother. Just stay focused and try to hit one shot at a time. I try not to be distracted by everything that is going on”

Albane – “It is so fun and special for me. He is my best friend, little brother and I just love having him on the bag. If I make a mistake on the course, he says, ‘Oh, don’t worry.’ He is very relaxed and that really helps to keep my energy and stress down.”

Alexis – “I think I am learning a lot in this tournament. To say that even in the U.S. Amateur, even if it isn’t a professional tournament, I have learned so much. I think I am learning things on every hole, definitely.”

Albane – “He has the same distances as I do so that is really helpful. He can still correct me sometimes when I over-club or under-club. You get used playing by yourself in college golf so we have just tried to figure it out and work together.”

Albane – “Just keep enjoying it. Just play my best and try my best. It is so fun to play on a Sunday at a major. Just try to have a good time with my younger brother.”

 

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