Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 1
CARIN KOCH IS TRYING TO FULFILL HER GOAL TO BE ONE OF THE GAME'S BEST.
AT A TIME WHEN THERE ARE MORE BRILLIANT PLAYERS ON THE LPGA TOUR THAN EVER BEFORE IN THE ORGANIZATION'S 50 YEAR HISTORY AND CARIN KOCH IS SUCCEEDING.
MEET HER NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
SWEDEN'S CARIN KOCH BEGAN TO PLAY GOLF WHEN SHE WAS NINE. SHE PLAYED ON 7 SWEDISH NATIONAL TEAMS THROUGH 1999 AND WON THE 1988 SWEDISH GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE 1990 EUROPEAN TEAM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP.
SHE HONED HER GAME IN AMERICA AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA AND TURNED PROFESSIONAL IN 1992. SHE PLAYED IN EUROPE AND ASIA WITH INCREASING SUCCESS BEFORE JOINING THE LPGA TOUR IN 1995. CARIN MARRIED STEFAN KOCH AT THE END OF 1995. THEIR SON OLIVER WAS BORN IN LATE 1998 AND CARIN PLAYED ON TOUR UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF HER 8TH MONTH OF PREGNANCY.
SHE HAS SIX 2ND PLACE FINISHES ON TOUR AND SHE GIVES HERSELF CHANCES TO WIN OFTEN AND MORE CONSISTENTLY THAN EVER BEFORE. IN 2000, SHE WON THE CHRYSLER OPEN ON THE EVIAN LADIES EUROPE TOUR IN SWEDEN WHERE SHE LEARNED TO PLAY AS A GIRL. SHE WON MORE MONEY AND MORE FANS THAN EVER BEFORE IN 2000 AND PUNCTUATED HER YEAR AS A WINNING MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP TEAM, WHERE, AS A ROOKIE, SHE WON HER THREE MATCHES AND CLINCHED TO THE WINNING POINT FOR HER TEAM WITH A 17TH HOLE BIRDIE AND HER TWO AND ONE WIN OVER MICHELLE REDMAN.
SHE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AGAIN IN THE FIRST LPGA EVENT OF 2001. EXPECT HER TO KEEP KNOCKING UNTIL SHE WINS, AND WHEN SHE DOES, DON'T EXPECT HER TO END THE FUN OF WINNING ANYTIME SOON.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOLHEIM CUP HERO, LPGA STAR, CARIN KOCH. IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.
THANKS FOR HAVING ME. I ENJOY IT.
THANKS. I HOPE I'M NOT OUT OF LINE OR GIVING ANYTHING AWAY IF I WISH YOU AN EARLY HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY.
NO, THANK YOU. YOU CAN DO THAT.
YOU KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE, STARTING AT ABOUT 30, A LOT OF PEOPLE START TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT THEY'VE DONE AND ARE THEY HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY'VE DONE. ARE YOU SATISFIES WITH WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED, WOULD YOU SAY
BOTH OFF AND ON THE GOLF COURSE TO THIS POINT?
VERY. I'VE REACHED SO MANY LEVELS, AND SO MANY GOALS THAT I DIDN'T THINK I WAS GOING TO DO WHEN I TURNED PRO. I WAS ALWAYS KIND OF AN AVERAGE AMATEUR I THOUGHT AND WHEN I DECIDED TO TURN PRO I THOUGHT I'D TRY IT AND IF IT WOULDN'T WORK OUT I'D JUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I KNEW I COULD DO THAT, NEVER HAD PROBLEMS WITH THAT, SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST, I, I'VE DONE SO MUCH THAT I COULDN'T DREAM OF.
WHAT ABOUT OFF THE COURSE?
OFF THE COURSE, I, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, A WONDERFUL SON, I'M SURROUNDED WITH A LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE AND A LOT OF GREAT FRIENDS, AND I'M JUST A VERY LUCKY PERSON.
I READ THAT SOME OF YOUR EARLY HEROES WERE EGMAR STANMAR AND BJORN BORG AND LISELOTTE NEUMANN. ALL OF WHOM, OF COURSE, HAVE IN COMMON THAT THEY PLAY INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TEAM SPORTS.
WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU HAD A SENSE OR AN INSTINCT FROM AN EARLY AGE THAT YOU WERE PROBABLY BETTER SUITED TEMPERAMENTALLY TO INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN TEAM SPORTS?
I GREW UP, LIKE YOU SAID, WITH ALL THOSE INDIVIDUAL HEROES. WE USED TO STOP SCHOOL AND WATCH INGEMAR DO HIS DOWN HILL SKIING RACES. THE WHOLE SCHOOL WOULD BE IN THE LIBRARY WATCHING TV AND THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN SCHOOL, AND THEN DEFINITELY I WAS LOOKING UP TO LISELOTTE.
SHE WON THE SWEDISH MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS I BELIEVE IT WAS WHEN SHE WAS 15, AND SHE'S ABOUT 5 YEARS OLDER THAN I AM I THINK, SO, YOU KNOW, I WAS WATCHING HER DO THAT AND SHE WAS FROM THIS LITTLE TINY TOWN IN SWEDEN AND I JUST, I, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I CAN OWE HERE A LOT THAT I'M OUT HERE BECAUSE I, SHE, I ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO HER THEN AND I DO NOW. I THINK SHE'S A GREAT ROLE,
ROLE MODEL, AND, BUT I, I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF, YOU KNOW, THE FUTURE BEING AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT AND ALL THAT. I ALWAYS LIKED TEAM SPORTS AS WELL.
HOW DID YOU AND GOLF FIND EACH OTHER?
THROUGH MY DAD. MY DAD LOVED THE GAME. HE LOVED ALL SPORTS AND HE HAD A BAD BACK WHEN HE WAS YOUNG AND GOLF WAS ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT HE COULD DO BECAUSE HE COULDN'T RUN, AND DO THINGS LIKE THAT SO, I THINK HE WAS LONELY, I THINK HE NEEDED SOMEONE TO PLAY WITH.
MY MOM HATED IT AND, SO HE BROUGHT ME OUT, AND MY MEMORIES FROM THAT IS, SUMMER EVENINGS IN SWEDEN. IT STAYS LIGHT THERE UNTIL ABOUT 10, 11 AT NIGHT AND I JUST REMEMBER AFTER A DAY OF PLAYING WITH MY FRIENDS, MY DAD AND I WOULD GO UP TO THE GOLF COURSE AND, AND PLAY 9 HOLES ON THIS KIND OF A, A NINE HOLE BEGINNERS COURSE AT OUR CLUB, AND THOSE ARE REALLY GREAT MEMORIES AND WE WOULD, WE WOULD ALWAYS PLAY MATCHES AND I WOULD ALWAYS WIN, AND HE WOULD BUY ME ICE CREAM OR CHOCOLATE ON THE WAY HOME, AND THAT'S KIND OF HOW HE GOT ME TO GO WITH HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU KNOW, HE KIND OF HAD TO BRIBE ME, AND THEN IT GOT UP TO, YOU KNOW, IF YOU DO THIS AND THAT I'LL BUY YOU A PUTTER AND A NEW GOLF SET, SO I ALWAYS HAD KIND OF INCENTIVES AND I LOVED THE COMPETITION PART OF IT.
WHEN YOU STARTED TO BEAT OTHER PEOPLE, OTHER THAN YOUR FATHER
YOU STARTED TO BEAT THEM REGULARLY
WAS THERE A POINT IN TIME THAT YOU SAID, YOU KNOW, I SEEM TO DO THIS BETTER THAN MOST OF THE OTHER PEOPLE MY AGE, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS. DO YOU REMEMBER A SORT OF TURNING POINT THERE?
NO I DON'T REALLY. I, YOU KNOW, I HAD DIFFERENT GOALS AND DIFFERENT DREAMS AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT I REACHED THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE ABLE TO WAS GOING TO COLLEGE AND COMING OVER HERE TO AMERICA AND GO TO COLLEGE. THAT WAS ALWAYS A DREAM THAT I'D HEARD OF OTHER GIRLS DOING AND MY DAD HAD TALKED ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, ONE DAY I WAS IN TULSA AND I WAS DOING IT AND I, IT JUST KIND OF HITS ME AS I GO ALONG I THINK.
WHAT OTHER DREAMS DID YOU HAVE BESIDES WANTING TO COME TO AMERICA AND PLAY GOLF?
WELL COMING, YOU KNOW, ON TOUR, AND PLAY.
WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANTED TO BE EVER?
LOTS OF THINGS.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WANTED TO BE A COSMETOLOGIST. MAKE-UP ARTIST. I ALWAYS WOULD MAKE UP MY FRIENDS AND DO THEIR HAIR AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND... I, I'M, NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF ANYTHING ELSE I DON'T THINK. SOMETHING IN THE HOTEL BUSINESS I WAS A LITTLE BIT INTO FOR A WHILE TOO.
LIKE OWNING THEM.
(CARIN AND PETER LAUGH)
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK
20:AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CARIN KOCH (LAUGHS).
Watson back in top 40 after OWGR free fall
Bubba Watson ended his free fall in the Official World Golf Ranking with a two-shot victory Sunday at the Genesis Open.
Watson, a fixture in the top 10 in the world as recently as 13 months ago, had dropped all the way to 117th after a 2017 season in which he struggled with poor form, illness and desire.
After his third career win at Riviera, he is up to 40th.
Kevin Na rose from 95th to 65th after tying for second in Los Angeles, while Tony Finau jumped from 41st to 33rd.
Tiger Woods actually improved in the world ranking, from No. 550 to No. 544, despite a missed cut at the Genesis Open.
On the European Tour, Joost Luiten surged from 90th to 68th after his victory in Oman.
The top 10 in the world remained unchanged as the PGA Tour heads into the Florida swing: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.
Bubba catapults, Phil creeps up in Ryder Cup standings
Bubba Watson was an assistant on the 2016 Ryder Cup team. He doesn’t want to be driving a cart in Paris.
Watson, thanks to his victory in the Genesis Open, jumped from 60th to 10th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. The top eight after the PGA Championship qualify automatically for this year’s edition at Le Golf National in France.
Phil Mickelson moved up one spot to 11th after tying for sixth at Riviera Country Club.
Players will receive one point per dollar earned in regular events this year, with 1.5 points per dollar in majors and two points per dollar for winning a major. Here's a look at the current U.S. standings:
1. Dustin Johnson
2. Brooks Koepka
3. Justin Thomas
4. Jordan Spieth
5. Matt Kuchar
6. Brian Harman
7. Gary Woodland
8. Rickie Fowler
9. Chez Reavie
10. Bubba Watson
11. Phil Mickelson
12. Patrick Reed
On the European side, the top four players from the Ryder Cup points list will be joined by the top four qualifiers from the world points list, with captain Thomas Bjorn making four additional selections. Here's a look at the current top names:
Ryder Cup Points
1. Justin Rose
2. Tyrrell Hatton
3. Ross Fisher
4. Matthew Fitzpatrick
1. Jon Rahm
2. Tommy Fleetwood
3. Sergio Garcia
4. Rory McIlroy
Genesis Open purse payout: Bubba makes bank
Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open for a third time on Sunday, moving his career PGA Tour win total to 10. Here's a look at how the purse paid out at Riviera Country Club.
|T26||Rafael Cabrera Bello||-2||$46,996|
|T37||Charles Howell III||-1||$33,120|
|T60||Harold Varner, III||3||$15,696|
|T68||Tyrone van Aswegen||7||$14,400|
After Further Review: Haas crash strikes a chord
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the horrifying car crash involving Bill Haas ...
I spent a lot of time this week thinking about Bill Haas. He was the passenger in a car crash that killed a member of his host family. That man, 71-year-old Mark Gibello, was a successful businessman in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and a new friend.
Haas escaped without any major injuries, but he withdrew from the Genesis Open to return home to Greenville, S.C. When he’ll return to the Tour is anyone’s guess. It could be a while, as he grapples with the many emotions after surviving that horrifying crash – seriously, check out the photos – while the man next to him did not.
The entire Haas clan is some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Wish them the best in their recovery. – Ryan Lavner
On TIger Woods' missed cut at the Genesis Open ...
After missing the cut at the Genesis Open by more than a few car lengths, Tiger Woods appeared to take his early exit in stride. Perhaps that in and of itself is a form of progress.
Years ago, a second-round 76 with a tattered back-nine scorecard would have elicited a wide range of emotions. But none of them would have been particularly tempered, or optimistic, looking ahead to his next start. At age 42, though, Woods has finally ceded that a win-or-bust mentality is no longer helpful or productive.
The road back from his latest surgery will be a winding one, mixed with both ups and downs. His return at Torrey Pines qualified as the former, while his trunk slam at Riviera certainly served as the latter. There will surely be more of both in the coming weeks and months, and Woods’ ability to stomach the rough patches could prove pivotal for his long-term prognosis. - Will Gray
On the debate over increased driving distance on the PGA Tour ...
The drumbeat is only going to get louder as the game’s best get longer. On Sunday, Bubba Watson pounded his way to his 10th PGA Tour title at the Genesis Open and the average driving distance continues to climb.
Lost in the debate over driving distances and potential fixes, none of which seem to be simple, is a beacon of sanity, Riviera Country Club’s par-4 10th hole. The 10th played just over 300 yards for the week and yet yielded almost as many bogeys (86) as birdies (87) with a 4.053 stroke average.
That ranks the 10th as the 94th toughest par 4 on Tour this season, ahead of behemoths like the 480-yard first at Waialae and 549-yard 17th at Kapalua. Maybe the game doesn’t need new rules that limit how far the golf ball goes, maybe it just needs better-designed golf holes. - Rex Hoggard
On the depth of LPGA talent coming out of South Korea ...
The South Korean pipeline to the LPGA shows no signs of drying up any time soon. Jin Young Ko, 22, won her LPGA debut as a tour member Sunday at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, and Hyejin Choi, 18, nearly won the right to claim LPGA membership there.
The former world No. 1 amateur who just turned pro finished second playing on a sponsor exemption. Sung Hyun Park, who shared Rolex Player of the Year honors with So Yeon Ryu last year, is set to make her 2018 debut this week at the Honda LPGA Thailand.
And Inbee Park is set to make her return to the LPGA in two weeks at the HSBC Women’s World Championship after missing most of last year due to injury. The LPGA continues to go through South Korea no matter where this tour goes. - Randall Mell