Golf Talk Live - Charlotta Sorenstam Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK TO K-U WHO'S CALLING FROM NEW JERSEY. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, SIR?

K-U, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
GREAT. HOW ARE YOU GUYS?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL THANKS.

K-U, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
FIRST I WANTED TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN LAST YEAR, CHARLOTTA.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANK YOU

K-U, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
AND MY QUESTION IS REALLY, I GUESS, YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA TO SAY ABOUT YOU AS A PERSON, YOUR GOLF GAME, YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

SORT OF, IF YOU COULD SORT OF MOLD SORT OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT, SORT OF RETROSPECTIVELY FOR THE MEDIA TO SAY ABOUT YOU AS A PLAYER AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
AS A PLAYER I WOULD THINK THAT I LOVE THE GAME AND THAT I PLAYED IT WITH MY HEART AND AS A PERSON, TO BE FRIENDLY AND, AND THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO DO AND ALSO THAT THE AUDIENCE OR THE FANS THAT THEY ENJOY WATCHING ME PLAY GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S A NICE WAY TO HAVE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT YOU. LET'S SEE WHAT JACQUIE WANTS TO ASK YOU. GO AHEAD JACQUIE.

JACQUIE, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
HI CHARLOTTA. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A LOT OF BIG FANS HERE IN TORONTO AND MY QUESTION TO YOU, TO YOU IS THAT THE DU MAURIER IS GONE FROM, AS ONE OF THE MAJORS, WHAT'S YOUR FEELING ON THE BRITISH OPEN BECOMING THE 4TH MAJOR?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
IT WAS SAD THAT WE LOST THE DU MAURIER TOURNAMENT BECAUSE I LIKED GOING UP THERE IN CANADA. IT'S A LOVELY COUNTRY TO PLAY. IT'S ACTUALLY A LOT LIKE ENGLAND SO IT'S,

IT'S SAD THAT WE'RE GOING THERE TO PLAY BUT I THINK THE BRITISH OPEN COULD MAYBE BE AS GOOD, BUT WE'LL SEE WHEN WE GET THERE AND PLAY THE BRITISH OPEN THIS YEAR AT SUNNINGDALE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU, WHEN ONE LOOKS AT THE SCORES ON THE LPGA TOUR RELATIVE TO, PARTICULARLY THE SENIOR TOUR AND THE BUY.COM TOUR, THE SCORES ARE HIGHER ON THE LPGA TOUR. DO YOU

THINK PEOPLE APPRECIATE HOW DIFFICULT THE COURSES ARE BEING SET
UP SO THAT SHOOTING LOW SCORES IS USUALLY FAIRLY DIFFICULT ON THE LPGA TOUR?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL TO BE HONEST I DON'T THINK THE COURSES ARE SET UP DIFFICULTLY. I THINK JUST THE CONDITIONS BETWEEN THE COURSES WE PLAY IS DIFFERENT. SOME GREENS ARE FASTER THAN THE NEXT WEEK OR THE OTHER WEEK.

MIGHT BE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SAND OR THE AMOUNT OF SAND AND THE FAIRWAYS MIGHT BE SOFTER OR HARDER ON DIFFERENT WEEKS AND THAT, I THINK THAT CHANGES THE SCORE A LOT. I THINK IF THEY TRY TO MAKE IT MORE

CONSISTENT WE COULD SHOW BETTER SCORES. I JUST DON'T THINK THE LENGTH, MAYBE WE COULD EVEN PLAY LONGER COURSES, THEN, IF WE HAVE IT MORE CONSISTENT. THAT, I THINK A LOT OF PLAYERS WOULD LIKE THAT.

PETER KESSLER
BUT ISN'T THAT PART OF THE ADJUSTMENT, TOO, THAT THE DIFFERENT CONDITIONS AS YOU TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND REALLY AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE THE LPGA IS REALLY A WORLD TOUR MORE SO THAN

THAN ANY OTHER ONE.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
THAT PART OF BEING A GREAT PLAYER IS SAYING, OKAY, THIS WEEK WE HAVE THIS SET OF CONDITIONS AND HERE'S HOW I'M GOING TO MANAGE MY GAME TO ADAPT AS OPPOSED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE FROM LAST WEEK'S TOURNAMENT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THAT'S TRUE AS WELL. I JUST THINK SOME DIFFERENCES ARE TOO BIG THAT WE HAVE AND MAKE THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE CONSISTENT AND, SO THAT WE CAN ENJOY THE COURSE AND NOT JUST HAVE REALLY TOUGH SHOTS BECAUSE OF BAD LIES, SOMETIMES, AND THAT WILL CHANGE THE SCORES IF WE LIKE THE COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW PROUD ARE YOU PARENTS?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I CAN'T SAY BUT I DON'T THINK... IT'S A LOT. THEY'RE REALLY PROUD AND THEY LOVE COMING OVER AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. SINCE THEY LIVE IN SWEDEN THEY CAN'T DO IT THAT OFTEN BUT THEY LOVE WATCHING US PLAY.

PETER KESSLER
AND PEOPLE LOVE WATCHING YOU BE HERE TONIGHT.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT SUCCESS.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANKS

PETER KESSLER
GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x