Golf Talk Live - Charlotta Sorenstam Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR SISTER, WHAT'S THE KIND OF QUESTION OR ATTITUDE THAT YOU MOST RESENT WHEN SOMEBODY ASKS YOU?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
OH YOU HIT A BETTER SHOT THAN YOUR SISTER ON THIS HOLE, OR, LIKE, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO BEAT YOUR SISTER? THOSE QUESTIONS COME UP VERY OFTEN AND IT'S OBVIOUS THAT, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO BEAT HER AND EVERYBODY EVERYDAY

OF THE WEEK, AND, BUT, I'M NOT INTERESTED IN WHERE SHE HITS HER BALL, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHERE MY BALL ENDED UP.

PETER KESSLER
STRAIGHT AT THE TARGET.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
20:YOU EVER TALK TO JESPER PARNEVIK ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS DAD, WHO OF COURSE IS, I SUPPOSE STILL THE MOST FAMOUS COMEDIAN IN SWEDEN AND HOW HE'S DEALT WITH THAT PARTICULAR PART OF HIS LIFE?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
ACTUALLY I HAVEN'T TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THAT AT ALL. THERE'S JUST SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO COPE WITH. IT'S NOT A BIG DEAL FOR ANYBODY, REALLY. IT'S, FOR ME, IT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS AND I HAVE TO ACCEPT IT AND LIVE WITH IT AND JUST NOT THINK OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU STUDIED PSYCHOLOGY WHEN YOU WERE IN SCHOOL. DOES THAT HELP YOU SORT OUT OF ANY OF THIS? IS THERE ANY OF THAT THAT YOU PAID ENOUGH ATTENTION TO AT THE TIME THAT YOU
CAN SAY NOW THAT OH YEAH I MEAN THIS

FALLS UNDER THAT HEADING AND HERE'S WHERE I SHOULD BE RELAXED, OR NOT, ABOUT A PARTICULAR SITUATION WHEN THEY BRING UP YOUR SISTER?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL MAYBE IF I'D PAID MORE ATTENTION IN SCHOOL I WOULD

PETER KESSLER
I HAD THAT FEELING

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH...NO, I JUST, JUST COMMON SENSE. I USE IT, AND TAKE WHAT'S GOOD. THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD THINGS TOO THAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US AND JUST TAKE THAT TOWARDS YOUR HEART AND FORGET THE REST.

PETER KESSLER
SO THAT WAS A CLASS THAT YOU WERE ENROLLED IN BUT NEEDED DIRECTIONS TO EVEN FOR THE FINAL EXAM.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL THAT'S NOT THE ONLY CLASS, NO.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT IN TERMS OF GOAL SETTING FOR YOU TO PLAY IN THE SOLHEIM CUP AGAIN IN THE NEXT GO AROUND, NEXT YEAR?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
IT'S IN THE BACK OF MY MIND EVERYDAY BUT IT'S A YEAR AND A HALF TO GO AND I JUST HAVE TO DO MY BEST AND TAKE ONE TOURNAMENT AT A TIME AND HOPEFULLY I'LL EITHER BE ON THE TEAM BY

QUALIFYING ON POINTS OR HOPEFULLY I'LL HAVE PLAYED ENOUGH TO GET VOTED IN AND IT WAS JUST A PLEASURE PLAYING FOR EUROPE THE YEAR I PLAYED AND IT WAS A LOT OF FUN AND EXCITEMENT AND

JUST BEING ON THAT FACILITY, MUIRFIELD VILLAGE. IT'S THE BEST GOLF COURSE I'VE EVER BEEN TO AND THE CROWDS WERE AMAZING AND IT'S JUST AN ATMOSPHERE YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF EVERY WEEK.

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU ANGRY AND DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU DIDN'T GET SELECTED LAST TIME ? IT WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY APPEARED FROM YOUR RECORD THAT YOU WERE A LOCK TO BE PICKED FOR THE TEAM.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH I THINK MY RECORD SAID THAT I SHOULD PLAY BUT THERE WERE SOME OTHER THINGS THAT I'VE BEEN, I EXPLAINED TO WHY I WASN'T IN THE TOURN, UH THE TEAM AND THE, THOSE

ARE VERY ACCEPTABLE THINGS AND I JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT AND GO ON AND I KNOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED NOW FOR ME SO I WON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM ANYMORE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW REALISTIC DO YOU THINK YOU ARE WITH KNOWING THAT YOU'RE WORKING ON YOUR GAME, TRYING TO GET BETTER BUT DOING IT AT YOUR PACE, NOT AT ANYBODY ELSE'S PACE RELATIVE TO THE

GOALS THAT YOU SET FOR YOURSELF? HOW DO YOU PUT THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING NOW TOGETHER WITH A PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE THAT WORK TO ACCOMPLISH?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN PACES TO ACHIEVE THINGS AND I THINK THE MORE YOU RUSH IT YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO REACH YOUR GOALS SO JUST TAKE IT AS IT GOES AND JUST TO WORK, EVEN HARDER, IF IT DOESN'T WORK ONE WEEK, JUST START OVER AND DO IT AGAIN AND REMEMBER TO TAKE TIME OFF AS WELL

AND GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS AND GATHER YOUR GAME, NOT JUST TO PLAY, JUST TO PRACTICE SO HARD ON YOUR GAME. JUST HIT BALLS, AS MANY AS YOU CAN. SOMETIMES IT, IT HELPS. IT'S FUN TOO AND HOPEFULLY IF YOU ARE PATIENT ENOUGH RESULTS WILL COME.

PETER KESSLER
DID IT TAKE A WHILE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BALANCE THE SCHEDULE OF PLAYING VERSUS NOT PLAYING AND NOT PLAYING EVERY SINGLE WEEK JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH IT'S, IT'S TOUGH TO TAKE WEEK, WEEKS OFF. LAST WEEK I DIDN'T PLAY IN TEXAS AND I WENT TO SCHOOL THERE SO IT WAS REALLY HARD NOT TO PLAY, BUT THE TIMING, WITH MY COACH, HE LIVES IN SWEDEN, AND SO IT'S HARD TO TIME IT AND FOR HIM TO COME OVER AND IT JUST WAS THE GOOD TIME TO TAKE OFF AND IT'S TOUGH.

I WANT TO PLAY EVERY WEEK BECAUSE IT'S A LOT OF FUN TO PLAY AND YOU WANT TO BE THERE AT THE ATMOSPHERE. INSIDE THE ROPES AND FEEL THE CROWDS CHEERING OR JUST HIT GOOD SHOTS NOW AND THEN, IT'S, THAT'S WHAT YOU, I PLAY FOR.

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S MORE GOOD PLAYERS PLAYING THE TOUR NOW THEN THERE'S EVER BEEN PLAYING THE TOUR. DO YOU HAVE THAT SENSE OR ARE YOU TOO CLOSE TO IT TO HAVE A GOOD FEEL FOR THE DEPTH OF THE TOUR RELATIVE TO WHAT IT'S HISTORY MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH I THINK THE TOUR IS REALLY HEALTHY PLAYING WISE. I THINK WE'RE GETTING BETTER EVERY YEAR. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN AROUND TO SEE HOW IT WAS 40 OR 50 YEARS AGO WHEN THEY

STARTED JUST TO SEE HOW THEY PLAYED AND HOW IT WAS. JUST THE TOURNAMENTS, HOW THEY PLAYED AND HOW THEY WERE ORGANIZED AND THE COURSES AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN FUN TO WATCH.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN LISELOTTE NEUMANN WON THE U.S. OPEN, DID YOU HAVE A REACTION TO THAT? YOU, YOU WERE CLEARLY PLAYING. YOU, TELL US.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I REMEMBER IT. I EVEN REMEMBER SHE HAD A LITTLE SCARF ON HER UM, AROUND HER NECK AND MAKING THAT LAST PUTT ON THE HOLE, LAST HOLE AND I THINK EVERY GIRL IN SWEDEN WHO'S PLAYING

GOLF, OR DIDN'T PLAY GOLF WAS JUST AMAZED ON WHAT SHE DID. HERE COMES THIS LITTLE SWEDISH GIRL FROM A LITTLE TOWN IN SWEDEN DOING THIS AMAZING THING AND AT THE SAME TIME THE U.S. OPEN WAS NOT AS BIG AS IT IS OVER HERE BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T HAD ANYBODY DO ANYTHING IN THAT TOURNAMENT BEFORE

AND, BUT AFTER THAT THE U.S. OPEN STATUS GREW A LOT AND JUST, IT WAS AMAZING TO SEE HER WIN.

PETER KESSLER
DID THAT HELP YOUR DREAM A LITTLE BIT OR GIVE IT A LITTLE FUEL?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, MY DREAM AND I THINK A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS AND THE GIRLS OR BOYS IN SWEDEN GROWING UP, THAT, IF SHE CAN DO IT, WE CAN DO IT TOO.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU'RE RIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CHARLOTTA AND HERE IS A LITTLE GRAPHIC ABOUT HER AND HER SISTER AND SISTER ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

(WRITTEN TEXT)
SORENSTAM SISTERS:
SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS BY ANNIKA AND CHARLOTTA:
ONLY MEMBERS OF THE SAME FAMILY TO:
-WIN THE NCAA WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP
- EARN OVER $1 MILLION ON THE LPGA TOUR
- PLAY IN THE SOLHEIM CUP

(BREAK)

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.