Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 6

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

WE HAVE ANOTHER WOMEN ON THE PHONE WHY DON'T WE FIND OUT IF WHEN SHE GROWS UP TO BE AN ADULT THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE LIKE ANNIKA. WOULD YOU PATTY?

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

I WOULD LOVE TO BE LIKE ANNIKA SORENSTAM WHEN I GROW UP EVEN THOUGH I'M 42 YEARS OLD AND IN THE HALL OF FAME. ANNIKA AND DAVID HOW ARE YOU DOING?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WHO PATTY IS THIS?

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

PATTY SHEEHAN

DAVID ESCH

PATTY WHO?

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

SOMEONE YOU MAY HAVE NOT HEARD OF BEFORE.

PETER KESSLER

DID YOU GET IN UNDER THE OLD CRITERIA OR THE PROPOSED CRITERIA?

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

OH PETER, I GOT UNDER THE OLD CRITERIA BECAUSE I'M AN OLD WOMEN IN THE HALL OF FAME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

HOW ARE YOU PATTY?

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

I'M FINE , I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON TYING A COUPLE OF GREAT PLAYERS LAST WEEK, MYSELF AND PAT BRADLEY.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

YEAH YOU DID A GREAT JOB.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'LL PUT IT ON MY RESUME' HUH

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

YEAH, IT'S A GREAT WEEK FOR YOU. YOU CAN REMEMBER IT FOREVER.

DAVID ESCH

YOU MADE A GREAT RUN AT IT.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

YEAH ALL EXCEPT THE LAST ROUND. BUT I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON ALL YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS ANNIKA AND YOU AND DAVID HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP AND OBVIOUSLY HAD IT ALL FIGURED OUT. I WANT TO JUST

SAY THAT THE HALL OF FAME REQUIREMENTS BEING CHANGED IS WHAT I THINK IS A GREAT THING. AND IT'S GOING TO BE REWARDING ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS OF YOUR DAY AND THE DAYS OF FUTURE PLAYERS AND I'M GLAD TO KNOW

THAT YOU WILL BE WORKING YOUR WAY INTO IT SHORTLY, AFTER 10 YEARS . ALSO

I WANT TO JUST ASK YOU DO YOU GUYS HAVE A PICTURE OF YOUR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED LAYOUT, I'M REAL INTERESTED IN SEEING THAT DO YOU GUYS HAVE THAT?

PETER KESSLER

YEAH I WAS GOING TO ASK THAT LATER SO LET'S FIND OUT RIGHT NOW, DID YOU BRING ANY PICTURES?

DAVID ESCH

WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SEE THEM.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN
OH I SEE.

DAVID ESCH

FEBRUARY 10.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

ALL RIGHT LIMITED ADDITION.

PETER KESSLER

I UNDERSTAND YOUR DOING THAT NEXT YEAR.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

ME?

PETER KESSLER

YES

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

YEAH, OH YEAH I'LL BE DEFINITELY DOING THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, PROBABLY THE NUDE PHOTO.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S WHAT WE HEARD.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

YEAH, RUMOR HAS IT THAT YOUR TAKING OFF 7 WEEKS, IS THAT RIGHT?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M PLANNING ON IT YES

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

LET'S GO SKIING

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

THAT'S RIGHT!

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S A REAL ROUGH SCHEDULE YOU PLAY THE FIRST WEEK THEN YOU TAKE OFF 7.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

PETER THAT'S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOUR THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD.

PETER KESSLER

DOES SHE KNOW THAT IT'S HEALTHY TO OCCASIONALLY NOT WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT, DO YOU THINK SHE'S FIGURED THAT OUT.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

I THINK SHE'S PROBABLY FIGURED THAT OUT AND SHE'S ALSO FIGURED OUT THAT IT'S VERY HEALTHY TO TAKE TIME AWAY FROM GOLF TO REFRESH YOURSELF, AND SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE THAT IS , PROBABLY THE MOST
IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE, SHE'S FIGURED THAT ALL OUT. YOU KNOW SHE

HASN'T FIGURED OUT THAT THE REST OF US HAVING GRAY HAIR HAVE PROBABLY PAVED THE WAY FOR THE REST OF THESE YOUNG KIDS BUT WITH THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST I THINK SHE'S PROBABLY GOING TO GET IT IN A COUPLE OF YEARS.

PETER KESSLER

PATTY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHECKING IN, PLEASE GIVE OUR REGARDS AND LOVE TO REBECCA.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

OKAY, I JUST WANT HER TO KNOW ALSO THAT IS POSSIBLE TO PLAY GREAT GOLF, EVEN IF YOU HAVE 2 KIDS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANKS PATTY, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE AND I WILL CALL YOU WHEN I GET TO TAHOE AND WE'LL GO AND SKI FOR A LITTLE BIT.

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

BECAUSE I KNOW YOUR REALLY HAVEN'T MOVED TO FLORIDA, YOUR STILL LIVING IN TAHOE BUT WE DON'T WANT TO LET THE REST OF THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH DON'T TELL THEM

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

OKAY

PETER KESSLER

TAKE CARE PATTY

CALLER- PATTY SHEEHAN

BYE YOU GUYS

DAVID ESCH

TAKE CARE PATTY

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

BYE!
PETER KESSLER

TELL US THE FOLLOW UP STORY TO, THE ONE ANNIKA TOLD US A FEW MINUTES AGO ABOUT HER TELLING YOU THAT WHEN YOU MET THAT GOLF WAS NUMBER 1 AND THAT THE MAN IN HER LIFE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT.

DAVID ESCH

WELL I WAS EMBELLISHING UPON IT DURING THE INTERMISSION JUST SO THAT I'D LET YOU KNOW THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OR THE MOST SPECIAL MOMENT REALLY BETWEEN US, WAS THE

DAY A COUPLE YEARS LATER AFTER WE'D HAD AN ARGUMENT THAT THE DUST WAS KIND OF CLEARING AND SETTLING IN SHE HAD SAID DON'T YOU REALIZE BY NOW THAT GOLF IS NO LONGER NUMBER 1 IN MY LIFE, YOUR NUMBER 1 IN MY LIFE.

AND THAT JUST KIND OF HIT ME YOU KNOW RIGHT HERE. THAT'S WHEN I REALIZED EVEN MORE SO, HOW MUCH I LOVE HER.

PETER KESSLER

AND THAT'S WHEN SHE TOOK, DOTTIE THE ARGUMENT WAS ABOUT HER TAKING DOTTIE PEPPERS PICTURE OFF THE PUNCHING BAG AND PUTTING YOURS ON IT, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN RIGHT? LET'S TALK TO ROB IN FLORIDA, HELLO ROB.

CALLER- ROB IN FLORIDA

HI PETER, HI ANNIKA, HI DAVID THANKS FOR TAKING MY PHONE CALL.
PETER KESSLER

YOUR WELCOME.

CALLER- ROB IN FLORIDA

ANNIKA, A QUESTION REGARDING THE LPGA DROPPING THEIR HALL OF FAME STANDARDS A LITTLE BIT OR MAKING THEM A LITTLE MORE REALISTIC. YOU WERE, PETER WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS A FEW NIGHTS AGO ON THIS SHOW THAT

YOU WEREN'T CRITICAL OF IT, BUT YOU KIND OF ENJOYED THE OLD, THE OLD BAR WHERE IT WAS. BY MAKING A STATEMENT OR ELUDING TO THAT WILL THERE BE YOUNGER PROS AND SOME JOURNEYMEN LPGA PLAYERS WHO WILL THINK, GOSH

WHAT IS SHE SAYING AND DOING THIS IS OUR ONLY REASONABLE CHANCE OF

GETTING IN AND SHE LIKED THE BAR WHERE IT WAS. AND NUMBER 2, WITH THAT AND YOU KNOW, PETER PULLED UP ON EARLIER SOME STATISTICS ABOUT YOUR TOP 10 FINISHES AND YOUR WINS IN THE LAST 4 YEARS, 5 YEARS. DO YOU

WE HERE A LOT OF TIGER, TIGER, TIGER AND HE'S A GREAT YOUNG PLAYER FOR THE TOUR DOES IT, DOES THAT BUG YOU A LITTLE BIT THAT YOU HAVE OUT PERFORMED EVERYONE ON ALL TOURS AND IT'S SOME TIMES SECONDARY TO ALL

THE ACCOLADES THAT GO HAND AND HAND WITH TIGER.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL LET ME START WITH THE SECOND QUESTION BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONE I REMEMBER. WELL WHEN IT COMES TO TIGER. I MEAN I ADMIRE TIGER WOODS VERY MUCH I THINK HE'S AN INCREDIBLE PLAYER, HE HAS DONE A LOT FOR GOLF

IN GENERAL. YOU KNOW I DON'T MIND AT ALL PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HIM I THINK HE'S FRESH BLOOD, I THINK HE GIVES A LOT TO GOLF AND IT'S JUST WONDERFUL TO SEE. I MEAN I PLAY GOLF BECAUSE I LOVE TO PLAY GOLF AND YOU KNOW THE MEDIA WRITES WHAT THEY WANT TO

WRITE AND I'M JUST LITTLE ME FROM SWEDEN, AND IT MIGHT NOT BE SO EXCITING LIKE TIGER IS SOMETIMES. SO I REALLY DON'T MIND AT ALL I MEAN I LIKE THE NUMBERS TO DO THE TALKING AND
I JUST LIKE TO PERFORM. AND WHEN IT

COMES TO THE FIRST QUESTION, I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE ME WRONG THAT I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT MAYBE CHANGING THE HALL OF FAME RULES, BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE THAT THE COMPETITION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT TODAY THEN IT WAS

A FEW YEARS AGO, YOU KNOW OF COURSE I'D LIKE TO BE IN HALL OF FAME BUT YOU KNOW WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE HISTORY BOOKS I LIKE TO MAYBE ACHIEVE IT THE WAY THEY DID IT, IT'S HARD TO LOOK BACK AND SAY WELL THE COMPETITION WAS DIFFERENT THEN IT IS TODAY SO I

KIND OF GO BACK AND FORTH A LITTLE BIT, OF COURSE I WANT TO BE IN THE HALL OF FAME, BUT I WANT TO I REALLY WANT TO EARN IT AND THE WAY IT LOOKS TODAY, I MIGHT ACHIEVE IT SOONER THEN

I EVER THOUGHT. SO IT'S JUST HARDER FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND I THINK RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER

I LIKE THAT LITTLE ME FROM SWEDEN, WHICH MAY NOT BE A BAD TITLE FOR THE NEXT BOOK. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK, DON'T GO AWAY.

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Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up right where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.



The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”



Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.