Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT, HERE'S A QUESTION SUBMITTED TODAY TO OUR WEBSITE FOR JOANNE. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE RIVALRY AS AN AMATEUR AND WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE RIVALRY AS A PROFESSIONAL, JENNIFER STANTON WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

JOANNE CARNER
UM... AS AN AMATEUR PROBABLY AGAINST ANN COISANDER. WE GREW UP MAYBE 30, 40 MILES APART AND WE WOULD END UP FLYING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND END UP PLAYING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER IN THE QUARTER FINALS OR SEMI FINALS OR FINALS OF THE U.S. AMATEUR EVERY YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
NOW ISN'T SHE THE ONE THAT WHEN YOU WERE TEENAGERS AND SHE WAS PRACTICING PUTTING BEFORE A FINAL AGAINST YOU, YOU SAID WHAT ARE YOU PRACTICING FOR, YOU AFRAID I'M GOING TO BEAT YOU?

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS YOUR BUDDY, ANN, RIGHT?

JOANNE CARNER
I USED TO, I USED TO RIB HER ALL THE TIME.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID SHE DO BACK?

JOANNE CARNER
SHE, UM... SHE JUST

YOU KNOW

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

JOANNE CARNER
OH GUNDY, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT AS A PROFESSIONAL, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE OR BEST RIVALRY?

JOANNE CARNER
UM... I WOULD SAY PROBABLY LOPEZ. FAVORITE. WE... THEY ALWAYS TRIED TO GET US FIGHTING, YOU KNOW, TO GET A FEUD GOING, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN THE TWO OF US AND WE BOTH LIKED ONE ANOTHER AND YOU KNOW, LIKED TO PLAY AGAINST ONE ANOTHER AND WHEN YOU

PLAYED NANCY YOU KNEW YOU HAD TO PLAY WELL. YOU JUST KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO PLAY REALLY WELL, SO IT WAS ALWAYS EXCITING WHENEVER YOU ENDED UP GOING HEAD TO HEAD WITH HER.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU TURN PRO RELUCTANTLY OUT OF A SENSE THAT YOU HAD ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD IN AMATEUR GOLF AND THAT WAS THE LOGICAL NEXT PLACE TO TEST YOUR GAME?

JOANNE CARNER
YES, I FOUND MYSELF, WELL I WON THE BURDINES AS AN AMATEUR

PETER KESSLER
IN '69.

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH AND IT WAS SO MUCH MORE EXCITING. YOU COULD SHOW EMOTION WHEN I, WHEN YOU PLAY AMATEUR GOLF YOU CAN'T SHOW ANY EMOTION. YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T SAY

OH TOO BAD YOU HIT IT OUT OF BOUNDS

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

JOANNE CARNER
YOU KNOW, I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING PRO GOLF YOU'RE, YOU'RE JUST PLAYING THE GOLF COURSE, YOU KNOW, SO YOU, YOU CAN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION REALLY TO WHO YOU'RE, YOU'RE, WHAT YOUR PLAYING PARTNERS ARE DOING.

YOU, YOU'RE PLAYING THE GOLF COURSE UNTIL YOU GET TO THE LAST NINE HOLES, YOU KNOW, BUT I FORGOT THE QUESTION (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
I ASKED YOU IF YOU TURNED PRO RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE YOU'D RUN OUT OF ALL THE

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH, I, I

PETER KESSLER
AMATEUR GOLFS

JOANNE CARNER
I UH

PETER KESSLER
I FORGOT THE QUESTION

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH I, I ENDED UP, WHEN I WON THE BURDINES, MY HUSBAND SAID, YOU KNOW YOU'VE RUN OUT OF GOALS AS AN AMATEUR AND YOU NEED TO GO UP A STEP, WHICH IS PROFESSIONAL GOLF, SO HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT AND I

SAID WELL, I SAID YOU KNOW I LOVE GOLF MORE THAN ANYTHING, SO YOU KNOW, I COULD PLAY GOLF ANYTIME, BUT IT'S A MATTER OF WHETHER HE LIKED IT, SO, BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST MET HIM, HE BELONGED TO UH TWO ALL MEN'S CLUBS

AND, AND NEVER PLAYED GOLF WITH WOMEN. HE THOUGHT THEY WERE TERRIBLE PLAYERS, YOU KNOW, UNTIL HE MET ME, THEN HE FINALLY, YOU KNOW, MET SOME OF THE OTHER TOP WOMEN AMATEURS BUT HE, SO IT WAS A MATTER

OF WHETHER DON CAN GO OUT THERE WITH JUST A FEW HUSBANDS THAT WE HAD IN THOSE DAYS AND BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THESE WOMEN, SO, I SAID WE'LL, WE'LL GIVE IT A GO AND IF YOU'RE DISSATISFIED THEN WE'LL, WE'LL QUIT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO MICKIE WRIGHT AND KATHIE WHITWORTH AND CAROL MANN?

JOANNE CARNER
MICKIE I THOUGHT HAD THE BEST GOLF SWING I'VE EVER SEEN. WHITWORTH HAD THE BEST ATTITUDE FOR DRIVING HERSELF TO WIN. REALLY, REALLY DRIVING HARD. YOU KNOW, I MEAN SHE'D, SHE'D

'RRRRR' 'RRRRR' YOU KNOW ALL THE WAY AROUND THE GOLF COURSE AND YOU'D SAY JEEPERS SHE'S, WHAT IS SHE 76 AND YOU'RE ADDING HER SCORE, OH, 67

YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, BUT YOU NEVER KNEW WHAT, WHAT SHE WAS SHOOTING, BUT SHE'D JUST DRIVE HERSELF, DRIVE HERSELF AND, AND PLAYED I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRABLE THINGS WAS

IN 8 OUT OF 9 YEARS SHE WAS LEADING MONEY WINNER AND HOW HARD THAT IS TO FOLLOW A GOOD YEAR WITH ANOTHER GOOD YEAR. YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO SEE TIGER WOODS GOING INTO THIS SHORTLY AND, AND WHEN YOU THINK OF HER RECORD OF HOW MANY TIMES SHE
CAME BACK AND WAS LEADING MONEY WINNER AGAIN, IT'S PRETTY FANTASTIC.

PETER KESSLER
AND WHAT ABOUT CAROL?

JOANNE CARNER
CAROL, UH... WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST SHORT IRON PLAYERS I EVER SAW. I MEAN, WHEN I THINK OF HER I THINK WHAT A WASTE OF HEIGHTH AND NO ACCELERATION, YOU KNOW, TO HER SWING. SHE HAD THIS SORT OF OLD

FASHIONED SWING. IT WAS SORT OF UP AND THEN DOWN AND WHAT NOT BUT DEADLY SHORT IRON PLAYER, YOU KNOW, AND A GOOD STRATEGIST.... ON THE GOLF COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF OUR VIEWERS, RIGHT THERE. WE HAVE VALERIE FROM NORTH CAROLINA. GO AHEAD VALERIE.

VALERIE, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA (FEMALE):
HI MRS. CARNER. HI PETER.

PETER KESSLER
HELLO

JOANNE CARNER
HI VALERIE.

VALERIE, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA (FEMALE):
CAN YOU TELL ME IF THERE WAS ONE PERSON WHO WAS MEMORABLE OR UNFORGETTABLE, MAYBE NOT FAMOUS, BUT YOU PLAYED GOLF WITH. THANKS.

JOANNE CARNER
UM... I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE UH YOU KNOW, NOT MANY PEOPLE EVER GET TO PLAY WITH HIM AND, AND HE ALMOST

PETER KESSLER
WHICH ONE?

JOANNE CARNER
TOOK, HE ALMOST TOOK THE HEADS OFF (LAUGHING) TWO PEOPLE THERE THAT I, I PLAYED WITH THEM THREE TIMES AND, AND UH, YOU KNOW, UM... HE, UH, GERALD FORD, EXCUSE ME, BUT HE WAS
WILD, BUT A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL MAN.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR JOANNE CARNER SCHOOL FOR WOMEN, WHY DON'T WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WOMEN DO WRONG THAT YOU HELP THEM DO RIGHT, INCLUDING THAT HIT A HALF INCH BEHIND THE WEDGE SHOT. I WANT TO LEARN THAT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.

It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:

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The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.

Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.

The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.

Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.

On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.


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''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.

''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''

Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.

''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.

''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''

Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.