Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 3
YOU KNOW WHEN NANCY LOPEZ WAS HERE I ASKED HER WHY IT IS, THAT IT'S EASIER TO BE PATIENT OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR FAMILY THEN IT IS WITH YOUR FAMILY, AND SHE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT SHE WAS 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE. MUCH MORE SHORT
TEMPERED AT HOME AND MUCH MORE GIVING AND GRACIOUS IN PUBLIC.
YOU AND YOUR SISTER CHARLOTTA, AS I UNDERSTAND IT WHEN YOU WERE BOTH MUCH YOUNGER HAD AN INCREDIBLY SOLID RELATIONSHIP WHICH SEEMINGLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS HAS BECOME LESS SOLID, TO THE POINT WHERE IT
APPEARS AS THOUGH YOU DON'T GET ALONG, WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?
WELL I JUST THINK IT'S A LITTLE SAD SITUATION AND THE SITUATION HAS BEEN A LITTLE BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION I THINK. MY SISTER AND I WE STILL GET ALONG IT'S JUST THAT WERE IN THE SAME BUSINESS TO PLAY GOLF, AND WE PLAY
AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND IT'S NOT THAT EASY ALWAYS. AND YOU KNOW MY
SISTER HAS A LOT OF TALENTS, BUT WHEN THEY COME UP AND TALK TO HER THEY ASK ABOUT ME SO I FELT A LITTLE SORRY FOR HER, BECAUSE SHE HAS HER OWN IDENTITY, AND SHE HAS A GREAT SWING, AND A GREAT GAME AND ONE DAY SHE'S
GOING TO BEAT ME SO YOU KNOW I JUST WISH HER ALL THE BEST AND IT'S JUST REALLY HARD SOMETIMES WHEN WE GET COMPARED YOU KNOW WHOSE THE BETTER ONE, WHOSE THE STRONGEST AND SO FORTH AND SOMETIMES I WISH WE
WERE NOT IN THE SPORT AND I THINK THINGS WOULD OF BEEN A LITTLE EASIER BUT I KNOW THAT ONE DAY YOU KNOW WHEN WE DON'T TALK ABOUT GOLF, WERE GOING TO BE THE BEST OF FRIENDS AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE BOTH LOOK
DO YOU FIND IT IN YOU WHEN YOUR TOGETHER AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE OR JUST A MOMENT ALONE, AS THE OLDER SISTER AS THE ONE WITH THE INCREDIBLE RECORD TO BE THE BIGGER PERSON AND TRY TO MAKE IT OKAY, DO YOU MAKE THAT EFFORT.
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE PEACE MAKER IN OUR FAMILY. DOESN'T, COULD BE MY SISTER, COULD BE MY PARENTS, I WAS ALWAYS THE ONE THAT WANTED PEACE SO I GUESS BEING THE OLDER SISTER I FEEL THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP OUT.
BUT SHE DOESN'T NEED MY HELP, AND IT'S TAKEN ME AWHILE TO REALIZE THAT. YOU KNOW SHE HAS 2 FEET ON THE GROUND AND SHE DOESN'T NEED MY HELP SO BUT AS LONG AS SHE KNOWS I'M THERE, AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.
WE HAVE ANOTHER 11 YEAR OLD, WHO I THINK WANTS TO BE A GREAT PLAYER SOME DAY, RIGHT KELLY?
TELL US EVERYTHING KELLY AND SAY HI TO ANNIKA.
HI, I WAS WONDERING WHAT I COULD DO FOR PRACTICING, SINCE WE CAN'T PRACTICE UP HERE IN THE WINTER.
OH YOUR IN ONTARIO, OH I GUESS THAT'S LIKE SWEDEN ALMOST.
OH IT IS, WELL I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY INDOOR FACILITIES, MAYBE YOU CAN SWING A LITTLE BIT INSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE, DON'T HIT ANY GOLF BALLS. BUT JUST SWING, JUST GET THE FEEL FOR THE GRIP AND THE RHYTHM. IF YOU CAN GET
A CHANCE TO PUTT INSIDE ON A CARPET
I THINK IT'S GREAT, PUT UP A LITTLE COFFEE MUG AND TRY AND MAKE THE BALL IN THE CUP, I THINK THAT'S GREAT.
ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS IS WELL YOU'VE DONE IT ACTUALLY FOR A LONG TIME EVER SINCE I SUPPOSE YOU WENT TO COMPUTER CAMP AS A 12 YEAR OLD IN THE SUMMER. USING STATISTICS TO POINT OUT YOUR WEAKNESSES SO THAT YOU CAN
WORK ON THEM. AND YOU REALLY SORT OF MADE AN ART OUT OF THIS. IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN LAST YEAR FOR EXAMPLE, OR A YEAR AGO YOU DETERMINED THAT INSIDE OF 6 FEET THAT YOU WERE MISSING 2 PERCENT OF YOUR PUTTS AND YOU WERE
GOING TO KNOCK THAT DOWN TO, 1 OR 1 AND I THINK IN THIS PAST CALENDAR YEAR YOU GOT IT UNDER 1 WHICH IS AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER. AS YOU LOOK AT 1998 STATISTICALLY, WHAT WEAKNESSES
DO YOU PERCEIVE THAT YOU OUGHT TO WORK ON.
WELL I STILL BELIEVE IT IS MY SHORT GAME AND MOSTLY PUTTING AND YOU KNOW GOING BACK TO THE SWEDISH PHILOSOPHY HITTING 54. I BELIEVE THAT I CAN HIT EVERY GREEN AND HAVE ONE PUTTER ON EVERY HOLE. AND THAT'S WHAT I KIND OF WHAT I WORK TOWARDS
AND MY PUTTING STATS ARE GETTING BETTER BUT IT'S NOT REALLY EXACTLY WHERE I WANT IT TO BE. ESPECIALLY LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK, I DID NOT PUTT AS WELL AS I'D LIKE TO SO I STILL HAVE A LOT TO IMPROVE RIGHT THERE.
AND I THINK YOU KNOW WE CAN ALL
HIT THE BALL TO THE GREEN BUT IT'S A
MATTER OF PUTTING THE BALL IN THE HOLE, AND I THINK I CAN IMPROVE THAT.
WHEN GARY PLAYER USE TO FIND HIMSELF OUT OF CONTENTION, HE WAS ONE OF THE GUYS WHO WOULD DO EVERYTHING HE COULD, TO PLAY THE BEST GOLF THAT HE COULD DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE REALIZED HE NO LONGER HAD A CHANCE
TO WIN. OTHER PLAYERS ONCE THEY WERE OUT OF IT WOULD RELAX A LITTLE BIT AND NOT TRY TO SCORE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY AND SAVE IT FOR THE NEXT TIME THEIR IN CONTENTION. THIS WEEKEND WHEN YOU CAME CLOSE TO CONTENTION ON SATURDAY AND DIDN'T MAKE THE BIRDIE PUTTS YOU WANTED.
AND THEN CLEARLY AT SOME POINT ON SUNDAY, YOU HAD TO HAVE LOOKED AT THE LEADER BOARD AND SAID, WELL UNLESS I EAGLE EVERY HOLE OR DO SOMETHING YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT DOABLE I'M NOT GOING TO WIN. HOW
HARD IS IT FOR YOU TO BARE DOWN AND TO PLAY THE BEST YOU CAN, WHEN YOU KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
IT'S VERY HARD, I MEAN I COME TO TOURNAMENTS AND I WANT TO WIN AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME. IN A SITUATIONS WHERE I FEEL LIKE, LIKE YOU SAID YOU HAVE TO EAGLE EVERY HOLE. YOU KNOW YOUR STILL GOING TO KEEP
TRYING TO PUT A GOOD SCORE. AND SOMETIMES I GO OUT THERE AND I JUST TRY THINK A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY TRY AND MAYBE HIT ANOTHER TYPE OF SHOT INSTEAD. YOU KNOW I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING, YOU KNOW GET AWAY FROM FOCUSING ON WINNING THE
TOURNAMENT. I STILL WANT TO, LIKE I SAID PUT DOWN A GOOD SCORE SO IT'S YOU KNOW YOU ALWAYS GOT TO KEEP THE ATTENTION THERE YOU CAN'T JUST SAY OKAY I'M DONE WITH IT LET'S JUST GO IN. YOU KNOW I STILL DON'T WANT TO
MAKE A FOOL OUT OF MYSELF I WANT TO CONTINUE UNTIL I PUTT THE LAST HOLE ON 18.
WE'LL TAKE ANOTHER BREAK AND WE WILL RETURN WITH ANNIKA SORENSTAM AND AS WE LEAVE YOU LET'S JUST TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE INCREDIBLE STATISTICS, JUST A FEW AND SHE HAS GENERATED SINCE SHE WON THE US WOMEN'S OPEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1995.
17 WINS OUT OF 17 EVENTS. I'LL DEFY ANYBODY OVER THAT TIME PERIOD TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS APPROACHED THAT INCREDIBLE NUMBER. EXCEPT MAYBE ?HANDLER? WON ON THE SENIOR TOUR, RIGHT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.