Golf Talk Live - Charlotta Sorenstam Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU GOT READY TO TEE OFF ON THE FRIDAY OF LAST YEAR'S WIN, YOU'RE 8 SHOTS BEHIND THE LEADER AND THEN OF COURSE, THREW A LITTLE 64 AT THE FIELD AND FOUND YOURSELF TIED FOR THE LEAD GOING INTO SATURDAY, PLAYING

WITH KARRIE WEBB, OH EXCUSE ME, PLAYING WITH ANNIKA ON THE SATURDAY, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SATURDAY ROUND AND OBVIOUSLY YOU WERE AWARE OF WHO YOU WERE PLAYING WITH AND WHO THE OTHER PERSON WAS IN THIS

TRIUMVIRATE THAT YOU NEEDED TO BEAT, AND THIS IS A GOOD, AWFULLY GOOD WAY TO START THE THIRD ROUND, WITH A BIRDIE ON NUMBER ONE.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH IT'S KIND OF NICE TO MAKE THE FIRST ONE.

PETER KESSLER
IS THAT A NERVE SETTLER WHEN YOU MAKE A PUTT EARLY?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
NOT REALLY, IT'S JUST THE THIRD DAY SO IT'S A LONG WAY TO GO.

PETER KESSLER
AND IS THAT GENERALLY YOUR ATTITUDE? IT'S A LONG WAY TO GO, I'M JUST GOING TO STAY CALM

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND NOT LET TOO MUCH AIR IN MY BRAIN

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I THINK THAT'S ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE TO THINK OF.

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS YOU AT THE 9TH.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
9TH HOLE. OH YEAH THAT WAS PAR, I GUESS.

PETER KESSLER
NO THAT WAS BIRDIE AND THEN NOW YOU HAD THREE PUTTED 12 I THINK AND THEN, SO YOU NEEDED A LITTLE UP AND DOWN HERE ON 13 TO SORT OF KEEP THINGS GOING

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL PARTICULARLY COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR SHORT GAME?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THAT WEEK I DID. YES. AND ACTUALLY MY LONG GAME TOO, MY DRIVER, IT WENT REALLY WELL, AND I JUST, THAT COURSE SUITED MY GAME, IT WAS

JUST PERFECT FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
YOU LIKE, YOU LIKE STRAIGHT SHOTS

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES

PETER KESSLER
HIT AT THE TARGET?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS ON NUMBER 14, A LITTLE PAR SAVED. NOW HERE'S ONE THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU GET RATTLED IN THIS SITUATION OR DO YOU JUST SAY THEY DON'T ALL GO IN?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, WELL I JUST SAW ANNIKA MISS THAT PUTT SO, I TRIED TO DO IT RIGHT BUT I JUST COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBB SITE FOR YOU

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE IT INVOLVES YOUR FEELINGS ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK... AND THE QUESTION IS, AFTER 54 HOLES OF THE 2000 STANDARD REGISTERED PING YOU WERE

TIED FOR THE LEAD WITH KARRIE AND ANNIKA. WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS GOING INTO THE FINAL ROUND AND WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT THE NIGHT BEFORE? WAS THAT A TOUGH NIGHT OR A HAPPY NIGHT KNOWING YOU HAD A CHANCE TO PULL IT OFF?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL I'M SURPRISED BECAUSE I WAS REALLY CALM AND ALL MY THOUGHT WAS, I CAN REALLY WIN THIS AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME I THOUGHT, OH IT WOULD BE A LOT OF FUN IF I DID WIN AND JUST HAVING THOSE THOUGHTS MADE ME CALM, I THINK, AND I THINK THAT'S WHY I
PULLED IT OFF.

PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKE IT FELT LIKE YOU WERE READY TO WIN.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES I DID.

PETER KESSLER
AS OPPOSED TO JUST BEING GRATEFUL FOR BEING IN AT THE POSITION.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
OKAY. LET, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM SUNDAY

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
AND GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS AS THIS THING MOVES ALONG. NOW HERE'S A LITTLE BIRDIE ON TWO. A LITTLE DOWNHILL SLIDER.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT HOLES BECAUSE IT WAS LONG. JUST MAKING A BIRDIE FELT LIKE AN EAGLE ALMOST.

PETER KESSLER
SURE WAS WORKING WELL, THE LITTLE SHOTS.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH THAT WAS... A LITTLE EAGLE CHIP.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU GO FOR THE STRAIGHTEST FACED CLUB WHEN YOU'RE ON THE EDGE THAT YOU CAN HIT? GET THE BALL IN THE GROUND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, TRY TO LAND IT ON THE GREEN AND ROLL IT UP THERE.

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS A LONG BIRDIE PUTT ON EIGHT AND THEN

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THE 11TH PAR 3. THE PIN WAS TUCKED UP THERE A LITTLE BIT TO THE LEFT, I REMEMBER. I HIT A FAIRLY GOOD SHOT. JUST PULLED IT A LITTLE BIT.

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU STILL FEELING THE NICE SENSE OF CALM THIS DEEP IN THE ROUND ON THE FINAL DAY?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, AND I WAS LOOKING UP AT THE LEADERBOARD NOW AND THEN AND I SAW THAT KARRIE AND I JUST KEPT A COUPLE SHOTS AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE SO I WAS TRYING TO PLAY MATCH

PLAY AGAINST KARRIE AND HOPING NOBODY WOULD CATCH UP BUT, AND MY PUTTER WAS HOT, I JUST MADE EVERYTHING, AND THAT REALLY HELPED BUT ALSO I THOUGHT THAT, SAME TIME, KARRIE, SHE'S GOING TO MAKE EVERYTHING SHE SEES. I JUST HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN SHE DOES.

PETER KESSLER
NOW SHE HAD HIT IT STIFF HERE ON 15, AND HERE'S YOUR BUNKER SHOT

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, I KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO MAKE BIRDIE SO I JUST TRIED TO GET IT CLOSE AND I DID

PETER KESSLER
AND SO YOU DID.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
(LAUGHS)

YEAH THAT WAS, I THINK, ONE OF THE BEST SHOTS I'VE HIT, EVER.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU'RE AT THE POINT NOW WHERE YOU KNOW THAT YOU NEED EVERY STROKE

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
SO A PAR SAVING PUTT LIKE THAT IS HUGE

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
IT WAS, AND SHE JUST MADE A BOGIE THERE I THINK, OH YEAH, WE'RE THE SECOND SHOT ON 18.

PETER KESSLER
HOW GOOD DID YOU HIT THIS

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO GO ON THE GREEN THOUGH

PETER KESSLER
I THINK YOU'RE A LITTLE

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THAT'S, THAT'S MY REACTION (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
I THINK YOU'RE A LITTLE UNLUCKY NOT TO HAVE IT GO ON THE GREEN

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT? I MEAN IT HIT SO SOFT.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH IT DID. I COULDN'T SEE IT BECAUSE OF THE SUN JUST IN MY EYES, BUT KARRIE HIT A GREAT DRIVE THERE, AND I KNEW SHE'S JUST HAD A SHORT MIDDLE WOOD IN AND, OH THIS IS THE LAST PUTT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW WAS THE BREATHING OVER THAT ONE?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
IT WAS CALM

PETER KESSLER
YEAH?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH SINCE I, OH IT WAS JUST AN AMAZING FEELING, AND THERE'S MY DAD BEHIND TOM. I WAS TEARING UP.

PETER KESSLER
HOW AMAZING TO HAVE HIM THERE THAT PARTICULAR WEEK.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES IT WAS, AND OUR COACH HENRY RICE WAS THERE AS WELL.

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT'S THE HENRY WHO WAS OVER AT ANNIKA'S TONIGHT

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YES

PETER KESSLER
OKAY. HOW GOOD, HOW DELICIOUS WAS THIS MOMENT FOR THE TWO OF YOU?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
OH WE BOTH STARTED CRYING WITH HAPPINESS. ME OF RELIEF, TOO. I FINALLY DID IT, AND I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SHE WAS HAPPY. I FINALLY BEAT HER, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU GET IT NOW?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
TEEL ME.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THE FEELING?

PETER KESSLER
WHY SHE, WHY SHE WAS SO HAPPY FOR YOU.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
NO I WOULDN'T, THAT WAS A JOKE (LAUGHS)

BUT SHE JUST KNOWS I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD AND TRYING TO, SHE KNOWS I'M KIND OF IN HER SHADOW AND I HAVE TO, TO, I'M NEVER GOING TO BE AS FAMOUS AS SHE IS BECAUSE SHE DID IT FIRST. NO

MATTER HOW TOURNAMENTS I WIN SHE KNOWS THAT I HAVE TO DO BETTER TO GET NOTICED. SHE JUST APPRECIATES EVERYTHING I DO.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WA S A GOOD SHADOW BUSTER.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
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Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.

Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.

It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.

While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.

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McIlroy (T-3) notches another Abu Dhabi close call

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:08 pm

Rory McIlroy's trend of doing everything but hoist the trophy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is alive and well.

Making his first start since early October, McIlroy showed few signs of rust en route to a tie for third. Amid gusty winds, he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the week at 18 under, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood who rallied to win this event for the second consecutive year.

The result continues a remarkable trend for the Ulsterman, who has now finished third or better seven of the last eight years in Abu Dhabi - all while never winning the tournament. That stretch includes four runner-up finishes and now two straight T-3 results.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy is entering off a disappointing 2017 in which he was injured in his first start and missed two chunks of time while trying to regain his health. He has laid out an ambitious early-season schedule, one that will include a trip to Dubai next week and eight worldwide tournament starts before he heads to the Masters.

McIlroy started the final round one shot off the lead, and he remained in contention after two birdies over his first four holes. But a bogey on No. 6 slowed his momentum, and McIlroy wasn't able to make a back-nine birdie until the closing hole, at which point the title was out of reach.

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Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

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

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''