Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 5

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

EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE WE SELECT A QUESTION THAT YOU E-MAIL TO US DURING THE WEEK FOR OUR GUEST AND THE QUESTION TONIGHT IS, HOW APPROPRIATE IS THIS THANK YOU FRED STERNER. HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT

PLAYING WITH YOUR HUSBAND DAVID AS YOUR PARTNER IN THE JC PENNY CLASSIC? WE'LL ASK ANNIKA FIRST AND THEN WE'LL FIND OUT FROM DAVID WHAT REALLY WENT ON, TELL US EVERYTHING ANNIKA.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANKS FRED FOR THE QUESTION.

PETER KESSLER

AND FIRST GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.

DAVID ESCH

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GLAD TO BE HERE.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL IT WAS A LOT OF FUN TO PLAY WITH DAVID, IT WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT TYPE A TOURNAMENT THAT I'M USE TO AND A DIFFERENT PARTNER. I ENJOY PLAYING WITH DAVID IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT LIKE I SAID, A LITTLE PRESSURE AND FROM BOTH SIDES. WE MANAGED AND WERE STILL MARRIED.

PETER KESSLER

SO WAS THE FIELD GENERAL TOUGH ON YOU?

DAVID ESCH

THE WHAT?

PETER KESSLER

THE FIELD GENERAL, ANNIKA SORENSTAM.

DAVID ESCH

OH THE FIELD GENERAL YEAH SHE WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT, SHE'S USE TO WINNING AND WE WERE PUT INTO A POSITION VERY QUICKLY , WHERE WE KNEW WE WEREN'T GOING TO WIN.

PETER KESSLER

THAT WOULDN'T OF BEEN YOUR GOLF GAME BY ANY CHANCE, WOULD IT?

DAVID ESCH

COULD OF BEEN, COULD OF BEEN.

PETER KESSLER

HOW'D YOU PLAY?

DAVID ESCH

IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING. I'VE BEEN IN DIFFERENT MONEY GAMES AND FELT DIFFERENT KINDS OF PRESSURE ON A GOLF COURSE. AS I TEED IT UP IN

THE JC PENNY I FELT LIKE EVERYTHING WAS FINE, BUT EVERY TIME I TOOK THE CLUB BACK THE BALL WENT SIDEWAYS.

PETER KESSLER

WERE YOU THINKING YOUR WAY THROUGH YOUR GOLF SWING.

DAVID ESCH

I THINK I PROBABLY WAS YOU KNOW KIND OF TRYING TO GUIDE THINGS YOU KNOW WHEN I REALLY WENT AFTER IT OCCASIONALLY I'D PULL OFF A GOOD SHOT, BUT MANY TIMES I DIDN'T. WHAT I FOUND INTERESTING WAS THE 2 DAYS OF
INDIVIDUAL PLAY WHERE I'D THOUGHT I'D HELP OUT HERE THERE WITH A BIRDIE

WERE THE DAYS I WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE, THE DAYS THAT WE DID THE ALTERNATE SHOT. I ACTUALLY SCRAPPED IT AROUND DECENTLY SO SHE DIDN'T GET TO UPSET AT ME.

PETER KESSLER

I THINK PEOPLE WERE REAL INTERESTED IN WATCHING THOSE SCORES IN THE PAPER EVERY DAY. I KNOW THAT I WAS LOOKING TO SEE IF YOU HAD BLOWN THINGS UP FOR THE TEAM BUT THERE WAS NO SCORE WORSE THAN PAR EVEN THOUGH YOUR

LOOKING TO DO VERY MUCH BETTER THAN THAT RIGHT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK

DAVID ESCH

TEST AMOUNT TO HOW GOOD ANNIKA REALLY IS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

NO I DON'T KNOW IT'S

PETER KESSLER

ALL RIGHT I NEED, GIVE ME SOME INSIDE STUFF HERE ON WHAT HAPPEN DURING THIS ?LITTLE TOURNAMENT?.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I HAVE TO TELL YOU A LITTLE FUNNY STORY.

PETER KESSLER

THERE WE GO

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL DAVID HAD TOLD ME TO PROMISE THAT I WOULD SMILE FOR 4 DAYS, IT DIDN'T MATTER WHERE THE BALL WENT, JUST KEEP SMILING. AND AFTER ABOUT 5 HOLES BEING IN THE BUSHES IT WAS A LITTLE HARD TO SMILE. SO IN THE

EVENING I DREW A LITTLE PICTURE OF MYSELF WITH THIS BIG SMILE AN PUT MY NAME ON IT AND LOTS OF HEARTS AND I SAID, PUT THIS PICTURE IN YOUR

YARDAGE BOOK AND EVERY TIME YOU HIT IN THE TREES JUST LOOK AT THIS BECAUSE I AM SMILING ON THE INSIDE.

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

SO THAT WAS KIND OF OUR ?STANDING? JOKE, I SAID JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURE AND SO WE MANAGED AROUND.

DAVID ESCH

I GOT TO LOOK AT THE PICTURE A LOT.
PETER KESSLER

I'LL BET LIKE EVERY TIME YOU TOOK THE CLUB BACK. DID YOU GET AN APPRECIATION OF A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT SHE HAS TO FEEL UNDER PRESSURE, EVEN THOUGH SHE'S BEEN DOING IT LONGER, IS USE TO IT AND HAS FIGURED OUT HOW TO CONTROL IT.

DAVID ESCH

VERY MUCH SO, ANYBODY AT THE PINNACLE OF WHAT THEY DO REGARDLESS OF IT BEING GOLF OR MEDIA OR ANYTHING ELSE IT'S REALLY INCREDIBLE THAT THEY CAN FOCUS AND ATTAIN THE LEVELS THAT THEY ATTAIN WITH ALL THE PERIPHERY

AND DISTRACTIONS AND THINGS GOING ON AROUND THEM. I MEAN I STOOD ON THE RANGE AND HIT BALLS NEXT TO
YOU KNOW SEVERAL DIFFERENT PGA

TOUR PROS AND HIT IT JUST AS GOOD. WALKED OVER TO THE FIRST TEE AND WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND TO DO THAT 4 DAYS IN A ROW, DAY IN, DAY OUT, WEEK AFTER WEEK, WITH THE TRAVEL WITH YOU KNOW LIKE YOU TALKED ABOUT NANCY

LOPEZ WITH KIDS OR WITH DIFFERENT SPONSOR OBLIGATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AFTER A ROUND, NO PRIVATE TIME FOR YOURSELF WHILE YOUR ON A GOLF COURSE, IT'S REALLY

AMAZING WHAT THEY DO AND HOW WELL THEY DO IT.

PETER KESSLER

HAVE THE 2 OF YOU BEEN TOGETHER IN SWEDEN? HOW BIG A HERO IS SHE IN HER HOME TOWN?

DAVID ESCH

SHE'S WELL LIKED, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S IT, WELL LIKED

DAVID ESCH

I'M DOWN PLAYING A LITTLE BIT.

PETER KESSLER

WELL UP PLAY IT.

DAVID ESCH

SHE'S BIG IN SWEDEN. IT'S NEAT TO SEE THOUGH ESPECIALLY WHAT WERE EXPERIENCING IN THIS SHOW IS I'VE NOTICED WITH A LOT OF HER CORRESPONDENCE LATELY, SHE'S GETTING A LOT OF LETTERS FROM

YOUNGER KIDS. WHICH I THINK IS NEAT, YOU SEE IT IN SWEDEN ALL THE TIME. THEY'LL GATHER AROUND 30 TO 100 AROUND THE 18TH GREEN, JUST A LOT OF CHILDREN JUST GOING CRAZY.

PETER KESSLER
FOR YOUR MARRIAGE TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOUR HUSBANDS GOT TO BE REALLY

SECURE AND REALLY STRONG IN HIS OWN IDENTITY.

DAVID ESCH

WHY THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

I DIDN'T SAY YOU WERE I'M GOING TO ASK YOUR WIFE IF YOU ARE. TELL US ABOUT THAT SIDE OF HIM.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK WHEN WE MET, IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS MAYBE A LITTLE HARD FOR DAVID BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS ME, IT WAS MY CAREER, IT WAS LETTERS FOR

ANNIKA, IT WAS TELEPHONE FOR ANNIKA, EVERYTHING WAS ME. BUT I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE TOUGH IN THE BEGINNING BUT HE REALIZED QUICKLY THAT THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO DO AND HE WANTED TO BE A PART OF IT AND AFTER THAT, I MEAN

WE'VE HAD A GOOD TIME DOING IT TOGETHER. YOU KNOW, NOW HE HELPS ME OFF THE GOLF COURSE. HE DOES MOST OF THE CORRESPONDENCE KIND OF THE PAPER WORK, AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND I THINK HE'S FOUND

HIS OWN IDENTITY IN THERE KNOWING THAT HE CAN HELP ME DO GOOD FOR US. SO I THINK IT'S JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER WERE JUST GETTING USE TO IT, AND LIKE I SAID EARLIER, WE LOVE IT.

PETER KESSLER

SO ANNI I SHOULD BET MONEY NOW ON WHERE YOU'LL FINISH IN THIS YEARS JC PENNY RIGHT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK IT WAS A 1 TIME, 1 TIME ONLY.

PETER KESSLER

HOW SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT, WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AS WE GO AWAY WE'VE GOT A GRAPHIC OF A COUPLE OF OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND JUST TO READ THEM IS ABSOLUTELY CONTINUED TO BE IMPRESSED BY YOUR BRILLIANCE. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MR. AND MRS. ESCH AFTER THIS.

(BREAK)

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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


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First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.