Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 18, 1999, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

ALL RIGHT, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE OTHER ANNIKA SORENSTAM, THE ONE WHO SAYS ABOUT SE RI PAK I WANT TO KICK HER BUTT. AND THE ONE WHO HAS A PUNCHING BAG WITH DOTTIE PEPPER'S FACE ON IT AND GIVES IT A COUPLE OF WHACKS. TELL ME ABOUT THAT YOU, THAT COMPETITIVE THING THAT WE KNOW

EXISTS BECAUSE WE SEE YOU ON THE GOLF COURSE AND WE SEE HOW YOU WIN AND WE SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT INSIDE BUT THAT'S SORT OF A ACTIVE SIDE OF YOU THAT WE GET HEAR TELL ME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK THE INSIDE LOOKS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OUTSIDE. I THINK YOUR RIGHT, I MEAN I'M VERY COMPETITIVE IT'S ACTUALLY IN ANYTHING I DO, IT'S WHEN I PLAY CARDS WITH MY HUSBAND OR WE PLAY CHESS I
MEAN SOMETIMES THE PIECES WILL FLY

ALL OVER THE PLACE IT'S, I WAS JUST BORN TO COMPETE AND I DON'T LIKE LOSING, BUT I THINK THAT JUST STRIVES ME TO PERFORM THE BEST SO I THINK IT'S GOOD TO HAVE THAT SIDE.

PETER KESSLER

DOES THAT COME FROM EITHER OF YOUR PARENTS OR DO YOU THINK THAT, THAT WAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL THING WHERE YOU GREW UP, THE SWEDISH GOLF FEDERATION, THE FACE, THE FEAR THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED ALONG THE WAY OR THINGS THAT HAPPEN AT HOME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I THINKS IT'S PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, SWEDEN IS THE COUNTRY WHERE YOUR SUPPOSE TO KIND OF JUST BE YOU, YOUR NOT SUPPOSE

SHOW EMOTIONS, JUST BE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE BUT THEN ON THE INSIDE I DO HAVE EMOTIONS, SO I GUESS I'M TRYING TO HIDE THEM BUT STILL TRYING TO PERFORM AS GOOD AS I CAN SO IT'S I THINK JUST A COMBINATION OF BEING SWEDISH BUT THEN ALSO BEING

VERY COMPETITIVE.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU SOMETIMES SAY TO YOURSELF I'M TIRED OF ANNIKA SORENSTAM THE WORLD FAMOUS GOLFER AND PERSONALITY AND JUST WANT TO BE THE ANNIKA SORENSTAM THAT I THINK OF ME AS WHICH IS DOING THE THINGS THAT I LIKE TO DO, AND NOT BEING RECOGNIZED AND NOT HAVING TO DO INTERVIEWS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK I DO BOTH, YOU KNOW WHEN I'M ON THE GOLF COURSE I CONSIDER THAT AS MY JOB AND THAT'S I DO THE THINGS I GOT TO DO THAT I THINK IS A GOOD IMAGE FOR MYSELF BUT WHEN I DO LEAVE THE COURSE THEN I'M JUST ME

YOU KNOW I GO HOME AND I PUT JEANS ON, I PUT A HAT BACKWARDS, I JUST RELAX AND JUST BE ME. I THINK I HAVE 2 ROLES IN LIFE.

PETER KESSLER

WELL WERE REALLY GLAD I AM IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE YOUR HOME HERE IN ORLANDO AND I HOPING THAT WERE GOING TO SEE A LOT

MORE OF YOU THAN ONCE EVERY 4 YEARS. LET'S TALK TO ERIC IN NEW YORK, HELLO ERIC.

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

HI PETER THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR WELCOME

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

HI ANNIKA HOW ARE YOU DOING?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M GOOD HOW ARE YOU?

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

GOOD, COUPLE QUICK QUESTIONS FOR YOU. NUMBER 1, I SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TO TRAVEL TO ASIA, WHERE GOLF IS I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO PLAY, AND PLACE TO PRACTICE GOLF. AND YOU HAVE GROWN UP IN SWEDEN, WHERE THE WEATHER IS THE RELATIVELY COLD TO

SAY THE LEAST AND WHAT DO YOU TELL YOURSELF OF DISCIPLINE YOURSELF TO PRACTICE TO BE PERSISTENT AND PERSIRVER, AND TO GET TO WORLD NUMBER 1. MY QUESTION NUMBER 2 IS, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST LESSON THAT YOU
LEARNED IN GOLF THAT YOU COULD APPLY TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. AND

THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL AND I WILL HANG UP AND LISTEN TO YOU.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

OKAY WELL I THINK THE ANSWER TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION IS, THAT YOU KNOW IN SWEDEN WE TRY AND PRACTICE AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT WE HAVE AND IN THE WINTERS WE GO TO INDOOR FACILITIES.

WE HIT BALLS FROM MATS INTO A NET PROBABLY 10 TO 50 YARDS DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU WOULD GO, YOU KNOW IT WASN'T A LOT OF FUN BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T SEE WHERE THE BALL WENT BUT WHAT CAN DO WHEN THAT'S ALL YOU GOT. SO IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GRINDING TECHNIQUE IN THE WINTER AND THEN

WHEN THE SUMMER COMES WE WOULD BE SO ANXIOUS TO PLAY THAT WE WOULD PLAY YOU KNOW, NOT 24 HOURS A DAY BUT SINCE IT DOESN'T GET DARK UNTIL 8 WE'D BE OUT THERE ALL DAY LONG, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT I WORKED ON MY

TECHNIQUE IN THE WINTER, IN THE SUMMER I JUST KIND OF WENT OUT THERE AND PLAYED.

PETER KESSLER

WE HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL KRISTINA WHO I THINK WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU WHEN SHE GROWS UP, RIGHT KRISTINA, ARE YOU THERE?

CALLER-KRISTINA

HI ANNIKA HOW ARE YOU?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M GOOD AND YOU?

CALLER-KRISTINA

I WATCH YOU EVERY YEAR AT THE BIG APPLE CLASSIC AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW, HOW AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF BECAUSE I'M VERY INSPIRED BY YOU.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANK YOU, I STARTED PLAYING GOLF WHEN I WAS 12. I PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS BEFORE GOLF BUT THEN I REALIZED HOW MUCH FUN IT WAS. SO

THEN I QUITE ALL THE OTHER SPORTS AND CONTINUED WITH GOLF.

PETER KESSLER

THE PREVIOUS CALLER HAD ONE OTHER QUESTION WHICH I JUST REMEMBERED. WHICH IS WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED ABOUT PLAYING GOLF THAT YOU COULD APPLY TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I WOULD SAY HAVING PATIENCE. ESPECIALLY ON THE GOLF COURSE. YOU KNOW WHEN THE SHOTS DON'T GO WHERE YOU WANT, OR THE PUTTS DON'T GO IN, YOU JUST GOT TO BE PATIENT I THINK IT'S SAME THING IN LIFE, BE PATIENT, IT'S JUST

THINGS CAN GO WRONG BUT JUST MOVE ON THERE'S ANOTHER DAY SO.

PETER KESSLER

NOW THERE WERE A LOT OF CLUB THROWERS, WHO TURNED INTO PERFECT ANGELS LATER LIKE ARNOLD, AND JACK, AND BOBBY JONES, AND ANNIKA SORENSTAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WAS A TIME THAT YOU USE TO GRIND

SOME WOODEN HEADED RIGHT INTO THE GROUND AND THAT THINGS USE TO LEAVE YOUR HAND AND BECOME AIRBORNE. WHO EXPLAINED TO YOU THAT, THAT WASN'T GOING TO BE HAPPENING ANYMORE.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK THE OCCASION WHERE I REALIZED IT WAS WRONG, IS I GOT SUSPENDED FROM A GOLF TOURNAMENT AT HOME.

PETER KESSLER

THAT WOULD DO IT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH, THAT WOULD DO IT, AND I REALIZED THAT I WANTED TO PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT SO BADLY SO AFTER THAT, THAT WAS IT. BUT THERE WAS ALSO A MOMENT WHERE I GOT A LITTLE ANGRY WITH A 5 WOOD, I REMEMBER HITTING IT

IN THE WATER AND I BANGED THE CLUB
INTO THE BAG AND IT BROKE. THESE

WERE THE BRAND NEW CLUBS I GOT FROM MY PARENTS FROM CHRISTMAS, SO I FELT REALLY BAD I DIDN'T WANT TO TELL THEM ANYTHING AND I KIND OF HIDE THE CLUB FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER. BUT I DID FEEL BAD ABOUT IT AND AFTER THAT

I HAVEN'T DONE IT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER

SAME THING HAPPEN TO BOBBY JONES, DID YOU KNOW THAT HE GOT A LETTER FROM THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION WHEN HE WAS NOT QUITE 20, THEY SAID, IF YOU WANT TO PLAY IN ANY MORE OF OUR EVENTS YOU'LL STOP THROWING CLUBS,
YOU'LL STOP USING BAD LANGUAGE , AND YOU'LL START TO BEHAVE YOURSELF.

AND OF COURSE NOW THE HIGHEST AWARD YOU CAN GET AS A GOLFER IS THE BOBBY JONES AWARD FOR SPORTSMANSHIP, SO IT HAPPENS TO EVERYBODY. WERE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE FOR A MOMENT, I WANT TO SETUP YOUR

FIRST US WOMEN'S OPEN VICTORY, A PARTICULAR PUTT THE 5 FOOTER ON 17, PAT BRADLEY I THINK HAD JUST MADE A PUTT TO PULL WITHIN 1 THAT HAD NOT BEEN YOUR FINEST HOLE TEE TO GREEN OF YOUR CAREER THIS WAS A KEY PAR PUTT.

JUST BEFORE WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT TELL US WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE, WERE YOU ABLE TO STAY WITH YOUR ROUTINE ON THAT OR WAS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PUTT SOMETHING THAT WAS RIGHT IN

FRONT OF YOUR HEAD.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THINKING BACK RIGHT NOW I DON'T REALLY REMEMBER PLAYING 17 OR 18 I MEAN I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING OUT THERE, I KNEW I WAS ON TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD AND ALL I WAS THINKING IS JUST PUT IT IN THE HOLE YOU KNOW LET'S FINISH THIS ROUND AND THAT PUTT

I DON'T REMEMBER PUTTING AT ALL, I REMEMBER MY CADDIE HELPING ME WITH THE LINE AND I SAID, THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO NOW AND IT'S AMAZING WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR REALLY DOING UNTIL YOU THINK ABOUT IT A FEW DAYS LATER.

PETER KESSLER

AND HERE IT IS 4 YEARS LATER, YOU LOOK PRETTY COOL TO US.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH BUT DIFFERENT FROM THE INSIDE.

PETER KESSLER

NOW HERE YOU ARE WATCHING MEG MALLON IF SHE MAKES IT THERE'S A PLAYOFF, IF NOT YOUR THE CHAMP.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

SOME BIG EYES
PETER KESSLER

BIG EYES AND THAT'S WHEN YOU KNEW THAT YOU WEREN'T GOING TO STICK TO YOUR STATEMENT OF, IF I WIN THE US OPEN I'M QUITTING GOLF FOREVER BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

@tommyfleetwood_1

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.