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July 12, 2018

Yani Tseng

Toledo, Ohio

Q. Yani, it's been four-and-a-half years of sort of golfing wilderness for you. What has the journey been like for you to get back to what you played today?
YANI TSENG: Oh, it's very tough. But I still enjoy the game, still love golf. Every year I feel like just keep grinding, and I want to be here so bad. I want to win a tournament really bad. I've been playing good these couple years, I've just not been able to score. So my putting has been (indiscernible), but now I just want to stay positive every day. It's just so tough. But like I say, I just try to be happy out there and really enjoy the game. I had a great round today, and I still left some out there. But still very happy to see under par 5-under and in a good position now.

Q. In 2011, you were such a dominant world number one. Do you see yourself getting back to that spot again?
YANI TSENG: I see myself better. I feel like it's been six, seven years now, and I feel like everything's better. My game is better. I'm more mature. I know how to handle the situation of the game. But I never thought I would have this putting problem. I've been through everything, but now I feel like I could write a book about the recipe to success.

So I want to keep doing what I'm doing now, and I think I'm doing the good things. So I just want to stay patient, and one day I can still win a tournament.

Q. We're here with Yani Tseng who had a nice 5-under round, you said it could have been 6-under because you just missed Eagle on the final hole. How satisfying is it to see your name at the top of the leaderboard right now?
YANI TSENG: Yeah, I feel very happy. I stayed patient all day. I've been playing good golf for a couple years, but I just wasn't able to score. Just need to get that putting going a little bit. So today I dropped a few, I missed a few, and this is how golf is. I feel like this is the way I should play. I feel very happy and enjoy it out there, and try to stay patient as much as I can.

Q. You mentioned the struggles over the last few years. What has it been like for you, and how have you grown as you've worked your way through that?
YANI TSENG: Oh, it's so tough. I don't even know where I am now. It's just -- it goes up-and-down. It's been a long time I haven't won a tournament. And I know it's still in there. I know I can still win a tournament. I just need to keep grinding and stay positive. Just feel like I've still got this. Sometimes I kind of forget about that and I try too hard. But now I just want to really enjoy the game.

Like my rookie year, I don't know anything. It's hard because I'm 30 now, but I feel like I'm much more mature. My game's better, my skill's better, my swing is better than when I was playing my best, so there's no way I can do better.

But I feel like it's more about the process now. I know if I stay patient, the results will come.

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