Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 7

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

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK ABOUT.
WHAT YOU'VE ACHIEVED, AND WHETHER OR NOT YOUR THE SAME PERSON YOU WERE BEFORE ALL OF THESE EVENTS

STARTED TO HAPPEN, WHICH HAVE THRUST YOU INTO THE PUBLIC EYE.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I HAVEN'T REALLY ASKED THEM THAT QUESTION.

PETER KESSLER

I'VE BET THEY'VE TOLD YOU ANYWAY THOUGH RIGHT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THEY LOVE TO COME AND WATCH ME PLAY. YOU KNOW THEY LOVE TO COME OVER HERE AND SEE MY SISTER AND I PLAY GOLF, I MEAN THEY LIVE GOLF.

FOR THEM GOLF IS 24 HOURS A DAY SO YOU KNOW I'M JUST HAPPY THAT THEY CAN COME OUT AND WATCH US AND WHEN IT COMES TO BEING MYSELF, OR BEING THE WAY OR THE WAY I WAS MANY YEARS AGO, I THINK I'M PRETTY MUCH THE SAME

I MIGHT HAVE CHANGED MY ATTITUDE A LITTLE BIT ON THE GOLF COURSE BE A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENT MAYBE BUT I THINK WHEN WE LEAVE THE GOLF COURSE COMING HOME, MY MOM SAYS YOU KNOW, LITTLE ANNIKA DO THIS AND SO FORTH SO SHE TREATS ME THE SAME ANYWAY.

PETER KESSLER

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR THE 2 OF YOU, AND I'M ASSUMING, THAT CALLAWAY EXPECTS YOU TO OCCASIONALLY SHOW

UP FOR WORK. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR YOU 2 TO GET AWAY FOR THE EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME THAT YOUR ABOUT TO DO IT FOR.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YOU MEAN THIS LITTLE VACATION I'M HAVING?

PETER KESSLER

YEAH THE LITTLE 6 OR 7 WEEKER COMING UP.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL YOU KNOW LIKE PATTY WAS SAYING I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO GET A

BREAK FOR WHAT YOU DO. I LOVE GOLF BUT I CAN'T DO IT EVERY DAY. YOU KNOW I WANT TO BE FRESH WHEN I COME OUT TO A TOURNAMENT, AND THE MORE YOU PLAY I THINK THE BREAKS NEED TO BE LONGER, CAUSE I JUST DO SO MANY THINGS WHEN I'M ON THE ROAD AND

YOU KNOW EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE 6 OR 7 WEEKS OFF IT'S NOT JUST WATCHING TV OR PLAY CARDS OR SOMETHING. THERE'S OTHER YOU KNOW THINGS I DO WITH MY SPONSORS AND YOU KNOW WE TRY AND WORK OUT AND ALSO I TRY AND PRACTICE

AND BE SHAPED FOR THE COMING TOURNAMENTS. SO IT'S NOT JUST RELAXING IT'S KIND OF A LOT OF PREPARATION WORK BUT ALSO MAYBE A FEW CATCHING UP THINGS TOO.

PETER KESSLER

I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT BECAUSE IT'S BEEN GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

THANK YOU VERY MUCH PETER.

PETER KESSLER

AND GIVING EVERYBODY A LOT OF PLEASURE. DAVID THANK YOU, LET'S DO THIS AGAIN NOW THAT YOUR ALL IN TOWN, OKAY.

DAVID ESCH

CERTAINLY!

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

ALL RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

WE'LL SEE YOU VERY SOON RIGHT HERE ON GOLF TALK LIVE, GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY, THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

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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.

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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.