Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC

Thursday May 19, 2016

Sei Young Kim

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Q. Just a nice solid round; you took a couple weeks off.

Q. What were you up to? What was going on?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I took a rest. I was hanging out with my friends, and yeah, I just moved to Dallas, yeah, so a new house, stayed there.

Q. You moved to Dallas?

Q. You bought a house or you're renting?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I bought a house but building now, so now I'm staying in a rental house.

Q. So you bought a house and you're not moved in yet?
SEI YOUNG KIM: In Dallas I rent house now, yeah.

Q. So you took some time off from golf; were you practicing the whole time?
SEI YOUNG KIM: No. First week I took a rest the whole time. It is the first time.

Q. Ever?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, ever. It was good for me because I've been such a huge practice and a lot of tournaments. It is a little tired, my condition. It was good for me.

Q. How hard was that for you to take time off, or was your body telling you to take the time off? Was that hard for you to put the clubs away?
SEI YOUNG KIM: First day I want to go to practice round, but yeah, I have to be patient. After that, it's okay. After one week I don't want to any more practice. It totally changed.

Q. You were like, I like this break thing?

Q. What did you do during your time off? Watch TV? How did you pass time?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I went shopping.

Q. Shopping for your house?
SEI YOUNG KIM: No, for my clothes, and what's that, my cosmetic --

Q. Makeup?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, makeup.

Q. Where do you buy your makeup?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I try to -- I try, but --

Q. Were you at the mall?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, but it's not good for me. It's not good for me.

Q. You had two missed cuts this season. What was going on there, and what was the frustration point of changing things up? What was going on with your game there?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, after Alabama --

Q. Your last start was in Texas, but you had a missed cut at ANA and Swinging Skirts.
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, Swinging Skirts, that course was really tough to me. So yeah, I have to make the fairway, but if I miss it right or left, it's all the trees, so it was tough to me. My shot was really bad.

After that tournament, I knew that what I did change, yeah. It was a good experience.

Q. So you think the two missed cuts were good learning experiences?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, it was a good learning experience. What's the point in good for me, good my swing, yeah, I find it. Yeah, from that missed cut, yeah.

Q. Did you find your swing?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, find my swing.

Q. So with the break, you obviously played well today. Do you think the time off helped you?

Q. Mentally and physically?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Physically and mentally. The last couple -- before the rest time, before I took the rest time, I had too much thinking and then too much thinking about Olympics and a lot of stress. I've got a lot of stress, yeah. I tried during the off time, took off time, just how to make the relax, and more recognize for my situation, yeah.

Q. How do you relax on the golf course and not think about the Olympics?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, not think about Olympics, just stay in the moment and step by step.

Q. Shot by shot?
SEI YOUNG KIM: Yeah, shot by shot. I don't see the -- I try not to see the scoreboard. That helps me a lot.

Q. What was working today? What do you like about this course?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I think the tee shots. Also this course is very important, the tee shots. Yeah, today was a good day. I did well with the tee shots and then made the putts, and good up-and-downs.

Q. Can you talk about I guess it was 16, 17 and 18 you birdied, right?
SEI YOUNG KIM: 15, 16, 17.

Q. That seemed to get you going. Can you sort of talk about those three holes? Did you feel like that sort of got you started today?
SEI YOUNG KIM: The 15th hole, it was a par-5. To the pin, 220 meters, but that was a right pin, but I had to stay left my second shot, but I missed on the right side, but it was good luck it's not going in the hazard. So yeah, easy chip, and then I made that putt.

Next hole, second shot was to the pin 130 meters. I use meters.

Q. That's okay.
SEI YOUNG KIM: I hit 9-iron. It just stayed right side five feet, and I made the putt.

Next hole, short hole. To the pin 120.

Q. It was a short par-3?
SEI YOUNG KIM: I hit 9-iron. It almost made it, to two feet.

Q. How far was the birdie putt on 9 there?
SEI YOUNG KIM: 9? That was a short par-4. After the tee shot, 99 meters to the pin, so I hit wedge, and then left side, six feet, left to right.

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