Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 2
HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A TEMPER?
AT LEAST ON THE GOLF COURSE. YEAH, I, I HAVE. I'VE ALWAYS HAD A TEMPER.
(PETER AND CARIN LAUGH)
HAVE YOU HAD TO APOLOGIZE TO SORT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS FOR AN OUTBURST?
NO, IT HASN'T BEEN THAT BAD. WELL I HAVE TO, MY HUSBAND, BECAUSE HE CADDIED FOR ME FOR THREE YEARS SO I DEFINITELY HAD TO APOLOGIZE TO HIM A FEW TIMES AND WE DID PRETTY GOOD AT KEEPING THE GOLF ON THE GOLF COURSE AND NOT TAKING IT HOME WITH US, AND THEN, THE THIRD YEAR WE DID NOT SO GOOD ON IT SO THEN, HE'S NOT CADDYING ANYMORE. WE DECIDED TO STAY MARRIED INSTEAD. BUT, YEAH I'VE ALWAYS HAD A TEMPER AND I'VE ALWAYS HAD TO FIGHT AND TRY TO NOT HAVE A TEMPER, AND THAT'S HARD, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT I DO AND I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT THE GAME. THE PART OF MY GOOD SIDE IS THAT I DO HAVE THAT TEMPER AND I JUST HAVE TO GET IT OUT OF ME IN A DIFFERENT WAY, AND, AND TRY TO CONTROL IT.
HOW DO YOU WORK ON IT IF ONE CAN WORK ON IT?
(SIGHS) I WISH I KNEW THE ANSWER TO THAT (LAUGHS). I, I WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE DAYS THAT I'D COME OUT AND MY GOAL WOULD ALMOST BE, NOT, YOU KNOW, NOT TO BE MAD, AND THAT, THOSE WOULDN'T BE VERY GOOD DAYS BECAUSE I WOULDN'T CARE, INSTEAD, AND IT, AND I'VE TRIED TO FIND THAT BALANCE, AND THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS SINCE I HAD MY SON, AND, I'VE GOTTEN A LOT CALMER AND I, IT'S NATURALLY COME TO ME. I HAVEN'T HAD TO WORK ON IT. I STILL LOSE IT SOMETIMES. YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT PERFECT, YET, BUT IT'S, I'M IN MORE HARMONY MYSELF NOW, AND I DON'T, GOLF IS NOT AS BIG OF A THING ANYMORE, SO I DON'T TAKE EVERY BAD SHOT SO SERIOUSLY ANYMORE.
IS YOUR HUSBAND MORE EVEN TEMPERED THAN YOU ARE?
YES, HE'S VERY LAID BACK AND EVEN TEMPERED, WHICH IS GOOD.
WELL SO HOW DID HE MAKE THE CLEVER DECISION TO GO FROM YOU TO EQUALLY IF NOT, MORE TEMPERAMENTAL, HELEN ALFREDSON AND WORK FOR HER FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS?
UH THAT'S A, WELL, I GUESS YOU WOULD HAVE TO ASK HIM THAT QUESTION, BUT, HE'S, HE'S KNOWN HELEN FOR LONGER THAN HE'S KNOWN ME ACTUALLY. THEY KNEW EACH OTHER PLAYING GOLF GROWING UP AT THE SAME CLUB IN SWEDEN AND IT JUST KIND OF CAME NATURALLY. SHE ASKED HIM FOR ONE TOURNAMENT AND THEY WORKED WELL TOGETHER, I THINK BECAUSE THEY'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER SO LONG, AND HE IS EVEN TEMPERED AND CALM SO... US, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE HOT NATURED PEOPLE NEED THAT I THINK.
SWEDEN SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP AND NURTURE THE TALENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE IT, AND EVEN TO THE EXTENT THAT GOLF IS AN EXPENSIVE GAME HERE BUT IT'S
INEXPENSIVE IN SWEDEN, AND THEN IF YOU SHOW SOME PROMISE AT AN EARLY AGE IT DOESN'T COST YOU ANYTHING AT ALL. TELL US HOW THAT WORKS.
WELL, THE, ALL THE CLUBS IN SWEDEN ARE, WHAT YOU WOULD CALL HERE, I GUESS, SEMI-PRIVATE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE A MEMBER SOMEWHERE AND IF YOU'RE A MEMBER SOMEWHERE YOU CAN PLAY ANYWHERE FOR GREEN FEES AND BEING A MEMBER CAN BE VERY CHEAP.
YOU CAN BE A MEMBER AT A CLUB THAT YOU NEVER REALLY PLAY AT, YOU JUST KIND OF WRITE LETTERS OR YOU JUST SEND YOUR ANNUAL FEE IN AND THEY MIGHT NOT EVEN HAVE A COURSE, OR I THINK THEY HAVE TO HAVE A COURSE BUT IT MIGHT BE A NINE HOLE COURSE UP NORTH SOMEWHERE WHERE IT'S REALLY CHEAP LAND, SO IT CAN BE REALLY INEXPENSIVE TO BE A MEMBER AND THEN YOU CAN PAY GREENS FEES AND GREENS FEES ARE MAYBE, ON AN AVERAGE, 25 DOLLARS ON THE WEEKENDS AND 20 OR A HUNDRED, OR 15 ON THE WEEKDAYS, SO YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT VERY EXPENSIVE TO PLAY, AND, WHEN, ALL THE CLUBS USUALLY HAVE A LOT OF JUNIOR ACTIVITIES. JUNIORS ARE VERY WELCOME TO PLAY.
AT OUR CLUB, FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAD A POOL, AND, AND, YOU KNOW, I WOULD HIT SOME BALLS AND THEN GO TO POOL AND JUST HANG OUT ON SUMMER DAYS THAT, THAT, YOU KNOW THE WEATHER WAS GOOD ENOUGH.
SO, IT'S JUST, IT'S EASY TO, TO PLAY AND IT'S INEXPENSIVE LIKE YOU SAID AND, I WOULDN'T SAY THAT IT DOESN'T COST ANYTHING AT ALL IF YOU GET BETTER BUT YOUR CLUB USUALLY WILL HELP YOU, LIKE THEY HELP ME, WITH GAS MONEY FOR, TO GO TO TOURNAMENTS AND THE ENTRANCE FEE, SO MY PARENTS DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY ALL OF IT.
WHAT ABOUT THE SWEDISH GOLF FEDERATION, DON'T THEY, AT SOME POINT, IF YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH, TAKE YOU UNDER THEIR WING AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE COST OF WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE SO THAT YOU CAN WORK ON YOUR GAME AND TRAVEL A LITTLE BIT TO PLAY IN TOURNAMENTS?
YEAH, THEY, YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL TEAM IF YOU'RE A GOOD PLAYER, AND, WHAT WE DID, WE WENT TO SPAIN, FOR EXAMPLE, ON TRAINING CAMPS, IN THE WINTER TIME. THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY PAID FOR THAT, AND THEN MY, MY CLUB STILL HELPED ME AS WELL WITH, STILL WITH THE GAS MONEY AND THE ENTRY FEES AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SO ALTOGETHER, YOU KNOW, THOSE TWO HELPED TO PAY A LOT OF IT.
HOW DID YOU AND ANNIKA SORENSTAM BECOME FRIENDLY?
WE'VE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR YEARS. WE PLAYED TOGETHER WHEN WE WERE QUITE YOUNG. SHE DIDN'T START AS EARLY AS I DID BECAUSE SHE WAS PLAYING TENNIS AT THE TIME AND SHE LIVED IN ENGLAND WHEN SHE WAS REAL YOUNG, SO, BUT WE WERE PROBABLY 14 OR SO, THE FIRST TIME WE PLAYED TOGETHER AND WE PLAYED ON THE NATIONAL TEAM TOGETHER AND THOSE TRIPS TO SPAIN WE'VE DONE TOGETHER AND ALL THAT KIND OF THINGS.
IF YOU COULD ADOPT ONE OF HER PERSONALITY TRAITS OR ONE OF HER DISCIPLINES THAT YOU PARTICULARLY APPRECIATE AND ADOPT IT FOR YOUR OWN, WHAT MIGHT THAT BE?
I'D LIKE TO ADOPT IT ALL IF I COULD
(PETER AND CARIN LAUGH)
EVERYTHING ON THE GOLF COURSE I'D LOVE TO HAVE. DEFINITELY HER MENTAL STRENGTH. YOU KNOW, SHE, SHE HAS A GREAT GOLF GAME, A GREAT GOLF SWING AND EVERYTHING IS, YOU KNOW, PERFECT, BUT HER MENTAL ABILITIES ARE JUST INCREDIBLE. I THINK SHE'S SO STRONG AND SHE DOESN'T GET DOWN ON HERSELF TOO MUCH, OR IF SHE DOES SHE COMES BACK UP RIGHT AWAY, AND YOU KNOW, I, I TRY TO LEARN A LOT FROM HER.
HAS SHE ALWAYS BEEN LIKE THAT OR WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD SEE DEVELOPING OVER TIME WITH HER?
I THINK IT DEVELOPED OVER TIME. I, I WAS JUST TALKING TO OUR COACH THAT WE BOTH HAD PIA NILSON ON THE NATIONAL TEAM AND WE WERE JUST MEM... JUST REMEMBERING WHEN WE PLAYED AND WON THE 1990 EUROPEAN TEAM, JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS IN IRELAND AND ONE, I THINK IT WAS ONE PLAYER COULDN'T PLAY THE LAST DAY, OR, OR SOMETHING AND ANNIKA ASKED THAT SHE DIDN'T PLAY, AND THAT'S KIND OF FUNNY NOW, YOU KNOW THAT, MOST OF THOSE GIRLS ARE NOT EVEN REALLY PLAYING THAT MUCH ANYMORE AND HERE'S ANNIKA'S WHO'S, YOU KNOW, NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD, AND SHE DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY, SO I THINK, I THINK IT CAME OVER TIME AND, AND WHEN SHE WON HE OPEN, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT WAS JUST A HUGE THING FOR ME BECAUSE I'D GROWN UP WITH HER AND HERE, ALL OF A SUDDEN, YOU KNOW, SHE'S THE OPEN CHAMPION.
WE'LL TAKE A BREAK
20:AND BE RIGHT BACK WITH CARIN KOCH. SOME ODDS AND ENDS FROM HER GREAT 2000 SEASON AS WE LEAVE YOU.
CARIN KOCH - 2000 SEASON
-WON THE CHRYSLER OPEN ON THE EVIAN LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR.
-FIRST EUROPEAN PLAYER TO PLAY MORE THAN ONE MATCH AND GO UNDEFEATED AND UNTIED (3-0-0) IN HER DEBUT SOLHEIM CUP PERFORMANCE
-WON 2000 LADIES' WORLD CUP OF GOLF WITH PARTNER SOPHIE GUSTAFSON
-PLAYED IN LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 1ST TIME AFTER HIGHEST CAREER MONEY LIST FINISH (28TH)
Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders
PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.
She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.
Her confidence is high.
“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”
Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.
Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.
“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”
Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.
“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”
Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.
“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”
That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.
Returning Park grabs 54-hole Founders lead
PHOENIX – In the long shadows falling across Wildfire Golf Club late Saturday afternoon, Inbee Park conceded she was tempted to walk away from the game last year.
While healing a bad back, she was tempted to put her clubs away for good and look for a second chapter for her life.
But then . . .
“Looking at the girls playing on TV, you think you want to be out there” Park said. “Really, I couldn't make my mind up when I was taking that break, but as soon as I'm back here, I just feel like this is where I belong.”
In just her second start after seven months away from the LPGA, Park is playing like she never left.
She’s atop a leaderboard at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, looking like that’s exactly where she belongs.
With a 9-under-par 63 Saturday, Park seized the lead going into the final round.
At 14 under overall, she’s one shot ahead of Mariajo Uribe (67), two ahead of Ariya Jutanugarn (68) and three ahead of 54-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies (63) and Chella Choi (66).
Park’s back with a hot putter.
That’s not good news for the rest of the tour. Nobody can demoralize a field with a flat stick like Park. She’s one of the best putters the women’s game has ever seen, and on the front nine Saturday she looked as good as she ever has.
“The front nine was scary,” said her caddie, Brad Beecher, who was on Park’s bag for her long run at world No. 1, her run of three consecutive major championship victories in 2013 and her gold medal victory at the Olympics two years ago.
“The front nine was great . . . like 2013,” Park said.
Park started her round on fire, going birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie. She was 6 under through five holes. She holed a wedge from 98 yards at the third hole, making the turn having taken just 10 putts. Yeah, she said, she was thinking about shooting 59.
“But I'm still really happy with my round today,” she said.
Park isn’t getting ahead of herself, even with this lead. She said her game isn’t quite where she wants it with the ANA Inspiration, the year’s first major championship, just two weeks away, but a victory Sunday should go a long way toward getting her there.
Park is only 29. LPGA pros haven’t forgotten what it was like when she was dominating, when she won 14 times between 2013 and ’15.
They haven’t forgotten how she can come back from long layoffs with an uncanny ability to pick up right where she left off.
Park won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in her first start back after missing two months because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She took eight months off after Rio and came back to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship last year in just her second start. She left the tour again in the summer with an aching back.
“I feel like Inbee could take off a whole year or two years and come back and win every week,” said Brittany Lincicome, who is four shots behind Park. “Her game is just so consistent. She doesn't do anything flashy, but her putting is flashy.
“She literally walks them in. It's incredible, like you know it's going in when she hits it. It's not the most orthodox looking stroke, but she can repeat it.”
Park may not play as full a schedule as she has in the past, Beecher said, but he believes she can thrive with limited starts.
“I think it helps her get that fight back, to get that hunger back,” Beecher said. “She knows she can play 15 events a year and still compete. There aren’t a lot of players who can do that.”
Park enjoyed her time away last year, and how it re-energized her.
“When I was taking the long break, I was just thinking, `I can do this life as well,’” Park said. “But I'm glad I came back out here. Obviously, days like today, that's the reason I'm playing golf.”
Joh on St. Patrick's ace: Go broke buying green beers
PHOENIX – Tiffany Joh was thrilled making a run into contention to win her first LPGA title Saturday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she comically cracked that her hole-in-one might have been ill-timed.
It came on St. Patrick’s Day.
“This is like the worst holiday to be making a hole-in-one on,” Joh said. “You'll go broke buying everyone green beers.”
Joh aced the fifth hole with a 5-iron from 166 yards on her way to an 8-under-par 64. It left her four shots behind the leader, Inbee Park (63).
One of the more colorful players on tour, Joh said she made the most of her hole-in-one celebration with playing partner Jane Park.
“First I ran and tackled Jane, then I high-fived like every single person walking to the green,” Joh said.
Joh may be the LPGA’s resident comedian, but she faced a serious challenge on tour last year. Fourteen months ago, she had surgery to remove a malignant melanoma. She won the LPGA’s Heather Farr Perseverance Award for the way she handled her comeback.
Davies, 54, still thinks she can win, dreams of HOF
PHOENIX – Laura Davies limped around Wildfire Golf Club Saturday with an ache radiating from her left Achilles up into her calf muscle at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
“Every step is just misery,” Davies said after. “It’s just getting older. Don’t get old.”
She’s 54, but she played the third round as if she were 32 again.
That’s how old she was when she was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year and won two major championships.
With every sweet swing Saturday, Davies peeled back the years, turning back the clock.
Rolling in a 6-foot birdie at the 17th, Davies moved into a tie for the lead with Inbee Park, a lead that wouldn’t last long with so many players still on the course when she finished. Still, with a 9-under-par 63, Davies moved into contention to try to become the oldest winner in LPGA history.
Davies has won 20 LPGA titles, 45 Ladies European Tour titles, but she hasn’t won an LPGA event in 17 years, since taking the Wegmans Rochester International.
Can she can surpass the mark Beth Daniel set winning at 46?
“I still think I can win,” Davies said. “This just backs that up for me. Other people, I don’t know, they’re always asking me now when I’m going to retire. I always say I’m still playing good golf, and now here’s the proof of it.”
Davies knows it will take a special day with the kind of final-round pressure building that she hasn’t experienced in awhile.
“The pressure will be a lot more tomorrow,” she said. “We'll see, won’t sleep that well tonight. The good news is that I’ll probably be four or five behind by the end of the day, so the pressure won’t be there as much.”
Davies acknowledged confidence is harder to garner, as disappointments and missed cuts pile up, but she’s holding on to her belief she can still win.
“I said to my caddie, `Jeez, I haven't been on top of the leaderboard for a long time,’” Davies said. “That's nice, obviously, but you’ve got to stay there. That's the biggest challenge.”
About that aching left leg, Davies was asked if it could prevent her from challenging on Sunday.
“I’ll crawl around if I have to,” she said.
Saturday’s 63 was Davies’ lowest round in an LPGA event since she shot 63 at the Wendy’s Championship a dozen years ago.
While Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in ’01. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.
Davies said she still dreams about qualifying.
“You never know,” she said.