An Interview With: Brittany Lang
BRITTANY LANG: I didn't look at the leaderboard 'til I got finished on 18 and I saw that Birdie Kim was 2, so I figured there was no way. I figured it was a good week, top 5, top 3, whatever. I didn't think there was anyway anybody would get close to me.
Q. The bunker shot you played had a lot of loft and sort of fed to the hole. Hers came out low, and really scooted across to the green. From a player's perspective does that look like a miss that went in?
BRITTANY LANG: I'd actually didn't see her trajectory, so can't tell you that for sure. I did catch mine a little bit fat so that's why it was a little too high. She made it, so I can't really say anything.
BRITTANY LANG: I was very optimistic. I mean, it's an Open golf course. I figured I would have to go out and shoot like a mid to high 60s number and I guess that was right, 69 probably would have got me in a playoff, but I had it to 3-over early and so I was just proud that I stayed with it and I was patient and just kept going.
BRITTANY LANG: I am not going to play in the U.S. Amateur. I am hoping -- I sent out a bunch of letters for sponsor's exemptions so I am hoping to get into many LPGA's as I can. Jaime Farr would be my next one, which is the next week after next in Toledo, Ohio. I am for sure in the State Farm in September.
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, I just think that they go out with the mentality "nothing to lose" and just kind of "ignorance is bliss." They just go for everything and they -- I mean, they have a lot of fire in them, a lot of fight and they don't give up, so I think that's why.
BRITTANY LANG: Well, I mean, just I think definitely the golf, the golf aspect they are just getting stronger every year, so more people are going to want to come out and watch I think that's going to help the LPGA. Yeah, I think that's it.
Q. You were talking about how the amateurs are playing with such a "nothing to lose" mentality. I am wondering, do you think you are going to be able to carry that mentality over when you turn pro or do you think the dynamics are going to change when you are out there playing for money?
BRITTANY LANG: I definitely hope that I can keep that mentality because it's a strong one to have and I hope when the amateurs come out they are not playing for the money, they are playing for themselves and for the love of the game, but you never know. I definitely hope that I am still -- I play with that mentality.
BRITTANY LANG: Yeah, I mean, Morgan is a great player, she could turn pro right now and be very successful on the Tour. I am glad I went to two years of school. I was not ready when I was her age. She's a better golfer than I was when I was 17 years old.
I mean, if you are going into Duke, with that kind of program, you can't really lose. If she went for a year or two she'd only get better, but if she went out right now she'd do great. So it's a win/win situation.
BRITTANY LANG: Probably just Sunday nerves. I mean, I thought the pins were very difficult the second day. They were difficult today, they were tucked in some nasty places but they were also a lot of pins that were in the center of the greens, very favorable that you can go at. I would just say Sunday nerves, that's all.
BRITTANY LANG: I do a lot of cardiovascular like running or the elliptical, stuff like that. I go off and on with weights. I will lift them pretty hard for all kinds of weights, a lot of free weights for a few months then take some time off and then a lot of core stretching work.
Q. I know you said you thought you were out of it when you were in the clubhouse. When they got to 4-over and knowing they had to play 18, I am talking about Morgan, and Birdie, did the thought about playoff enter your mind then?
BRITTANY LANG: I hit it in the rough, I tried to hit a 5-iron up there. I wasn't going for the green and I hit it. I short-sided myself in the rough and hit a chip long and then two-putted from like 60 feet.