Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 3
DO YOU THINK, AND I, I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY THAT YOU'RE THE FIRST WOMAN WHO EVER WENT TO COLLEGE ON A GOLF SCHOLARSHIP?
AS FAR AS I KNOW I WAS THE FIRST. SOME HAD GONE ON DIFFERENT SCHOLARSHIPS BUT THEY WERE NOT ACTUAL GOLF SCHOLARSHIPS AND I GOT THE FIRST ONE IN 1957 (LAUGHS).
NOW THE NEXT YEAR WHEN YOU PLAYED IN THE WESTERN OPEN, DIDN'T FAY CROCKER AND MARILYN SMITH GIVE YOU THE BUSINESS PRETTY GOOD AFTER YOU SHOT A 72 IN THE OPENING ROUND?
OH... THEY PLAYED IN, THEY PLAYED IN SEATTLE AND SO I WAS OVER THERE AND... I SHOT 72 AND THEN I, I GO TO THE PRACTICE TEE THE NEXT MORNING BEFORE I PLAY AND HERE'S FAY CROCKER OVER UM YOU KNOW AND SHE'S TRYING TO RAZZLE ME, YOU KNOW. HOW MANY TIMES SHE THOUGHT SHE'D CLUB BEFORE YOU TAKE IT AWAY AND ALL, YOU KNOW, ALL THIS.... STUFF, BUT SEE WITH
ALL THE KIDS THAT I GREW UP PLAYING, I, I WAS RAISED ON THAT SEE, SO I TURNED AROUND AND I SAID FAY, WHERE'S YOUR BAG? YOU KNOW, I SAID, SHE SAID, OH RIGHT DOWN THERE... AT THE END OF THE LINE AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, I'VE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT YOU BUT I'VE NEVER
SEEN YOU PLAY. I SAID COULD I SEE YOU SWING SOME? (LAUGHS) YOU KNOW, AND I WENT DOWN THERE, AND I GAVE IT TO HER (LAUGHING). I RAZZED HER, YOU KNOW, PUT THAT NEEDLE IN THERE, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT SHE SHOT THAT DAY BUT IT WAS A LOT (LAUGHS)
MORE THAN 72.
YEAH SO THEN FROM THEN ON, I, I WARMED UP AT MY HOME COURSE, THE LITTLE NINE HOLE COURSE AND THEN I'D HOP IN THE CAR AND DRIVE THE HOUR OR SO OVER TO THE GOLF COURSE AND GET THERE AND GO TO THE PUTTING GREEN AND THEY SAID WELL AREN'T YOU GOING TO HIT BALLS, I SAID NO (LAUGHS) SO
THEY, THEY DIDN'T KNOW I HAD WARMED UP, YOU KNOW FOR AN HOUR PREVIOUS TO DRIVING OVER THERE, BUT, SO I WAS GETTING TO THEM.
WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLEGE, DID YOU GO TO CLASSES? WERE YOU A GOOD STUDENT?
I WAS A VERY GOOD STUDENT.
NOT SMART, YOU KNOW, I MEAN I HAD A PRETTY GOOD AVERAGE, BUT UH, I ALSO WORKED... AND SO I, I PUT IN A LOT OF HOURS AND, AND, AND WANTED TO COMPLETE IN FOUR YEARS BECAUSE ALL
THE AMATEURS IN MY TIME TOOK FIVE YEARS. THEY PLAYED THE, THE WINNERS CIRCUIT AND TAKE A QUARTER OFF AND GO PLAY THAT, SO THEY'D GRADUATE IN FIVE YEARS AND I SAID I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. I WANT TO GO THROUGH IN FOUR, SO I TOOK A HEAVY LOAD PLUS WORKED AND FINALLY MY,
THE SECOND HALF OF MY SENIOR YEAR I REALLY HAD A VERY, VERY EASY SCHEDULE. I ONLY HAD LIKE TEN HOURS TO GO TO GRADUATE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR LATE HUSBAND, DON?
WELL I MET HIM MY SENIOR YEAR AT THE, MIAMI... THEY USED TO PLAY A TOURNAMENT CALLED THE TRIANGLE MIXED AND, AND THEY TOOK THE TOP WOMEN AMATEURS AND, AND MEN AMATEURS AND THEY PAIRED THEM UP AND YOU, AND YOU PLAYED THEM, ALTERNATE SHOT TOURNAMENT AND UH SO THE PRO THAT PUT THE TEAMS
TOGETHER AND WHAT NOT, EDDIE BUSH UH... MY HUSBAND, DON, WAS A MEMBER OF HIS CLUB DOWN IN FLORIDA, SO, HE SAID, AND DON WAS A THREE HANDICAP OUT OF RHODE ISLAND AND HE SAID WELL, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT THIS PLAYER.
WOULD YOU PLAY WITH HER AND HE SAID SURE, YOU KNOW, SO.. CALLED ME UP AND I SAID YEAH, I'VE, I'VE, YOU KNOW, ONLY HAVE TEN HOURS OF CLASSES TO, TO GO THIS, THIS LAST SEMESTER, SO IT'S FINE, I CAN TAKE TIME OFF... FLY DOWN THERE AND, AND PLAY, SO WE DID, AND THAT'S WHEN I FIRST MET HIM.
WHAT WAS THE SECRET TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR GREAT RELATIONSHIP?
UM... WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER. DON WAS POSSESSIVE SORT OF. HE UH... YOU KNOW, WANTED TO BE AWARE OF EVERYTHING AND BE A PART OF EVERYTHING AND I KNEW THAT AND I WAS VERY HAPPY IF I WAS JUST WITH DON. I MEAN I COULD, I COULD GO ANYWHERE
AND I'D BE HAPPY AS A CLAM IF I WERE JUST WITH DON, SO BEING TOGETHER WAS WONDERFUL FOR BOTH OF US, YOU KNOW, IT MADE HIM HAPPY AND IT MADE ME HAPPY SO, SO WE CLICKED. WE USED TO GET LECTURES THERE, OR I'D GET LECTURES ALL THE TIME. YOU GOT TO TAKE A SEPARATE VACATION, YOUR MARRIAGE WON'T LAST, YOU KNOW, AND
WE LASTED 34 YEARS UNTIL DON PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR, SO WE HAD A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL TIME AND UH WE, WE ENJOYED ONE ANOTHER THOROUGHLY.
WHAT WERE HIS GREATEST TRAITS?
UM... HE HAD MANY. FIRST OF ALL HE WAS FINANCIALLY GOOD, AND THAT
AND THAT WAS TRUE WHEN YOU MET HIM.
UH YES, YES. HE HAD FIVE VERY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES THAT HE HAD RUN AND, BUT HE'D HAD LIKE 32 JOBS IN HIS LIFE OR, OR BUSINESSES OF SOME SORT THAT HE HAD HAD ALL HIS LIFE SO HE, HE KNEW A LOT ABOUT EVERYTHING, YOU KNOW, SO BUT HE WAS, HE WAS A GOOD...
CONSERVATIVE BUSINESS MAN, YOU KNOW, NEW ENGLAND STYLE WHERE UH, SO HE DID ALL THE INVESTING AND EVERYTHING AND I... PLAYED GOLF.
WHAT ABOUT THE THINGS THAT YOU LIKED ABOUT HIM APART FROM THE BUSINESS. SENSE OF HUMOR?
OH HE WOULD, HE WOULD BE HARD ON ME, YOU KNOW, AND, AND OF COURSE I, I ALWAYS TELL THE STORY OF, I WON THE PETER JACKSON, WHICH, BECAME THE CANADIAN OPEN FOR US, FOR THE WOMEN
UM, AND I SHOT 64 THE LAST DAY, I'D COME FROM 8 SHOTS BACK OR SOMETHING TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT AND HE COMES OUT ON THE 18TH GREEN TO KISS ME CONGRATULATIONS AND BEFORE HE EVEN DOES THAT HE SAYS YOU KNOW YOU'RE
STANDING HOOKED, AND I SAID, WELL (LAUGHING) IS IT ALL RIGHT IF I CELEBRATE THE WIN FIRST AND HE SAID WELL BUT YOU GOT TO PLAY NEXT WEEK, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S THE WAY DON
WAS, AND HE'D, HE'D YOU KNOW, STAY ON TOP OF YOU WHICH KEPT ME SHARP BUT JUST ABOUT THE TIME YOU WERE READY TO BEAN HIM HE'D SAY, OKAY WE'VE HAD ENOUGH, WE'RE GOING OUT PARTYING,
WE'RE GOING OUT DANCING, WE'RE, WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, YOU KNOW, AND NEVER TALKED GOLF OR ANYTHING, SO, AND WHEN WE'D GO ON VACATIONS, ALL THE VACATIONS WERE WHATEVER DON WANTED TO DO BECAUSE
HE GAVE UP EVERYTHING FOR ME TO PLAY THE TOUR SO I SAID ALRIGHT, WHEN WE'RE OFF, YOU DECIDE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO AND WHERE WE'RE GOING AND ALL THIS, SO, SO YOU KNOW, AND, MOST OF THE TIME IT WAS NEVER GOLF ORIENTED.
WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK, JOANNE, AND AS WE LEAVE WE'LL JUST TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT YOU DID UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE USGA. MOST WINS, JONES, CARNER, NICKLAUS, WOODS, VARE. NICE GROUP.
After Further Review: Woods wisely keeping things in perspective
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On Tiger Woods' career comeback ...
Tiger Woods seems to be the only one keeping his comeback in the proper perspective. Asked after his tie for fifth at Bay Hill whether he could ever have envisioned his game being in this shape heading into Augusta, he replied: “If you would have given me this opportunity in December and January, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.” He’s healthy. He’s been in contention. He’s had two realistic chances to win. There’s no box unchecked as he heads to the Masters, and no one, especially not Woods, could have seen that coming a few months ago. – Ryan Lavner
On Tiger carrying momentum into API, Masters ...
Expect Jordan Spieth to leave Austin with the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play trophy next week.
After all, Spieth is seemingly the only top-ranked player who has yet to lift some hardware in the early part of 2018. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas have all gotten it done, as have Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and most recently Rory McIlroy.
Throw in the sudden resurgence of Tiger Woods, and with two more weeks until the Masters there seem to be more azalea-laden storylines than ever before.
A Spieth victory in Austin would certainly add fuel to that fire, but even if he comes up short the 2015 champ will certainly be a focus of attention in a few short weeks when the golf world descends upon Magnolia Lane with no shortage of players able to point to a recent victory as proof that they’re in prime position to don a green jacket. – Will Gray
Davies not giving up on win, HOF after close call
PHOENIX – Laura Davies knows the odds are long now, but she won’t let go of that dream of making the LPGA Hall of Fame.
At 54, she was emboldened by her weekend run at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She tied for second, five shots behind Inbee Park.
“The more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again,” Davies said. “I'm not saying I will ever win, but today was close. Maybe one day I can go closer.”
Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, but 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 2001. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.
Over her career, she has won 20 LPGA titles, four of them major championships. She was the tour’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996. She probably would have locked up Hall of Fame status if she hadn’t been so loyal to the Ladies European Tour, where she won 45 titles.
Though Davies didn’t win Sunday in Phoenix, there was more than consolation in her run into contention.
“Now people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.
Davies impresses, but there's no catching Park
PHOENIX – Inbee Park won the tournament.
Laura Davies won the day.
It was a fitting script for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on Sunday, where nostalgia stirs the desert air in such a special way.
Two of the game’s all-time best, LPGA Hall of Famer Inbee Park and World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies, put on a show with the tour’s three living founders applauding them in the end.
Park and Davies made an event all about honoring the tour’s past while investing in its future something to savor in the moment. Founders Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork and Marlene Hagge Vossler cheered them both.
For Park, there was meaningful affirmation in her 18th LPGA title.
In seven months away from the LPGA, healing up a bad back, Park confessed she wondered if she should retire. This was just her second start back. She won feeling no lingering effects from her injury.
“I was trying to figure out if I was still good enough to win,” Park said of her long break back home in South Korea. “This proved to me I can win and play some pain-free golf.”
At 54, Davies kept peeling away the years Sunday, one sweet swing after another. She did so after shaking some serious nerves hitting her first tee shot.
“It’s about as nervous as I’ve ever felt,” Davies said. “I swear I nearly shanked it.”
Davies has won 45 Ladies European Tour events and 20 LPGA titles, but she was almost 17 years removed from her last LPGA title. Still, she reached back to those times when she used to rule the game and chipped in for eagle at the second hole to steady herself.
“It calmed me down, and I really enjoyed the day,” Davies said.
With birdies at the ninth and 10th holes, Davies pulled from three shots down at day’s start to within one of Park, sending a buzz through all the fans who came out to root for the popular Englishwoman.
“People were loving it,” said Tanya Paterson, Davies’ caddie. “We kept hearing, `Laura, we love you.’ It was special for Laura, showing she can still compete.”
Davies relished giving all the young players today, who never saw how dominant she once was, some flashes from her great past.
“Yesterday, after I had that 63, a lot of the younger girls came up and said, `Oh, great playing today,”’ Davies said. “It was nice, I suppose, to have that. I still am a decent player, and I actually used to be really good at it. Maybe that did give them a glimpse into what it used to be like.”
She also relished showing certain fans something.
“Now, people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.
Davies was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996, when she won two of her four major championships. She was emboldened by the way she stood up to Sunday pressure again.
In the end, though, there was no catching Park, who continues to amaze with her ability to win coming back from long breaks after injuries.
Park, 29, comes back yet again looking like the player who reigned at world No. 1 for 92 weeks, won three consecutive major championships in 2013 and won the Olympic gold medal two years ago.
“The reason that I am competing and playing is because I want to win and because I want to contend in golf tournaments,” Park said.
After Davies and Marina Alex mounted runs to move within one shot, Park pulled away, closing ferociously. She made four birdies in a row starting at the 12th and won by five shots. Her famed putting stroke heated up, reminding today’s players how nobody can demoralize a field more with a flat stick.
“I just felt like nothing has dropped on the front nine,” Park said. “I was just thinking to myself, `They have to drop at some point.’ And they just started dropping, dropping, dropping.”
Yet again, Park showed her ability to win after long breaks.
In Rio de Janeiro two years ago, Park the Olympic gold medal 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 upon returning.
“I'm really happy to have a win early in the season,” Park said. “That just takes so much pressure off me.”
And puts it on the rest of the tour if she takes her best form to the year’s first major at the ANA Inspiration in two weeks.
Rose: 'Never' has Rory putted as well as Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose didn’t need to ponder the question for very long.
The last time Rory McIlroy putted that well was, well …?
“Never,” Rose said with a chuckle. “Ryder Cup? He always makes it look easy when he’s playing well.”
And the Englishman did well just to try and keep pace.
After playing his first six holes in 4 over par, Rose battled not just to make the cut but to contend. He closed with consecutive rounds of 67, finishing in solo third, four shots back of McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Rose said this weekend was the best he’s struck the ball all year. He just didn’t do enough to overtake McIlroy, who finished the week ranked first in strokes gained-putting and closed with a bogey-free 64.
“Rory just played incredible golf, and it’s great to see world-class players do that,” Rose said. “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me, but when he is, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”