Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
TOM IN FLORIDA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, SIR?

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
HELLO.

PETER KESSLER
HELLO TOM.

JOANNE CARNER
HI TOM.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL, SIR.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
PETER, ANOTHER GOOD SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
I WANTED TO ASK JOANNE, JOANNE AND I PLAYED IN THE 1979 JC PENNY PRO-AM WITH LEE TREVINO AND TIP O'NEAL.

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS)

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
AND THEN, AND THEN THREE YEARS LATER SHE WON IT WITH JOHN MAHAFFEY.

JOANNE CARNER
RIGHT.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
AND EVERY YEAR WE PLAYED, WE HAD A DOLLAR BET, PETER, IN PRO-AMS WE WERE AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND SHE, AND I NEVER BEAT HER, BY THE WAY, BUT I'D LIKE TO ASK HER HOW SHE LIKED THE MIXED TEAM FORMAT AS AGAINST PLAYING BY HERSELF ON THE, WITH THE, ON THE LPGA TOUR.

JOANNE CARNER
WELL I THINK... IT WAS HARD, TOM. AS YOU KNOW, I THINK JUDY DICKINSON DESCRIBED IT CORRECTLY WHEN SHE SAID THIS IS GOLF 101. (LAUGHING) SHE SAID, YOU GET OUT

THERE AND YOU'RE PLAYING AND YOU'RE... TRYING TO PUT EVERYTHING IN A PERFECT POSITION FOR YOUR PARTNER, AND YOU, AND YOU JUST TRY SO HARD THAT YOU PLAY TERRIBLE, YOU KNOW, AND, YOU DON'T WANT TO BE ABOVE THE PIN ON THIS HOLE AND YOU HIT IT ABOVE THE PIN. YOU WANT, IF YOU MISS THE

BALL YOU WANT TO MISS IT ON THE LEFT SIDE AND YOU'RE ON THE RIGHT, YOU KNOW, AND ALL THIS AND IT'S JUST AN EXTREMELY HARD FORMAT AND, YOU KNOW, THE, THE DIFFERENCE I FOUND WITH THE MEN OVER THERE IS I LIKE TO PLAY LITTLE SHORT WEDGE SHOTS AND

AS YOU KNOW, TOM, WHEN, WHEN WE WERE OVER THERE, THEY, THEY HATED THOSE LITTLE SHORT SHOTS, YOU KNOW, GIVE THEM, THEY USED TO TELL ME, LAY ME UP 110 TO 130 AND I'D SAY BUT I CAN,
I CAN GET EITHER ON THE PAR 5 IN TWO

OR IN THE BUNKER, YOU KNOW, AND THEY SAID NO, LAY ME UP, 130 TO 110 AND I'M SAYING, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS BECAUSE A BAD BUNKER SHOT IS TEN FEET, YOU KNOW, AND A VERY GOOD 130 YARD SHOT IS TEN FEET SO IT NEVER MADE SENSE TO ME BUT I, I DID WHAT THEY WANTED.

PETER KESSLER
I KNOW THAT IT TOOK YOU ABOUT FOUR YEARS BEFORE YOU BECAME THE BEST PLAYER ON TOUR, WHICH, WHICH YOU OF COURSE THOUGHT WOULD TAKE FOUR MINUTES, TELL ME HOW FORMER YANKEE MANAGER, YANKEE GREAT, BILLY MARTIN, SORT OF SHOOK UP AND HELPED YOU WITH YOUR ATTITUDE.

JOANNE CARNER
OH BILLY WAS, HE BECAME A VERY GOOD FRIEND BUT WE HAD A MUTUAL FRIEND THAT INVITED US OVER TO DINNER. IT WAS RIGHT NEAR THE CLUBHOUSE THERE AT PALM BEACH NATIONAL AND, SO WHEN WE GOT THERE BILLY MARTIN WAS THERE AND HE WAS UP THERE, HE WANTED TO

GET AWAY FROM, FROM THE DECISION MAKING OF THE END OF SPRING TRAINING WHEN HE HAD TO CUT CERTAIN PLAYERS AND HE HAD TO DO IT THE NEXT DAY AND HE WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM THAT, SO, HE CAME UP TO HAVE DINNER WITH THEM, AND, AND DON AND I WERE INVITED OVER TO JOIN THEM, SO WHEN WE WERE SITTING AROUND THE DINNER TABLE, DON

SAID, YOU KNOW BILLY, YOU'RE SUCH A GREAT MANAGER OF PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES HE SAID, JOANNE IS, IS JUST PLAYING TERRIBLE RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, AND, MAYBE YOU COULD HELP HER OUT, AND SO HE TURNED TO ME AND HE SAID, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, AND I SAID

WELL I HAVE, WHAT WE REFER TO AS ANALYSIS PARALYSIS. YOU'RE THINKING HOW TO DO EVERYTHING AND CONSEQUENTLY YOU, YOU'RE SO MECHANICAL YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING PROPERLY, SO HE SAID EXPLAIN TO ME YOUR DAY, AND UM.. SO, WELL, BUT

PREVIOUS TO THAT, DON STARTED SAYING NOW, JOANNE WON THIS AND, AND SHE'S THIS AND BILLY MARTIN SAID WELL DON, WHAT'S SHE DOING NOW? AND HE SAID, WELL SHE'S PLAYING TERRIBLE. SHE'S SHOOTING 80, AND HE SAID, WELL THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. WHAT SHE'S

DOING NOW NOT WHAT SHE USED TO DO, YOU KNOW. HE SAID LET'S DEAL WITH TODAY, SO HE SAID WHAT'S, WHAT DO YOU DO? WHAT'S YOUR NORMAL DAY, AND I SAID WELL I GET TO THE GOLF COURSE TWO HOURS AHEAD, I HAVE SOME COFFEE, CIGARETTES AND THEN I UH GO

TO THE PRACTICE TEE ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AHEAD AND I HIT BALLS ON THE RANGE. HE SAID HOW LONG? AND I SAID I HIT BALLS FOR AN HOUR, YOU KNOW, AND THEN I GO TO THE PUTTING GREEN AND I CHIP A FEW BALLS AND THEN I PUTT AND THEN I GO TEE OFF AND HE SAID, WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE

HITTING BALLS FOR THAT HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO THE PUTTING GREEN HE SAID, ARE YOU, ARE YOU WORKING ON WHAT YOU'RE DOING? AND I SAID OH YEAH. I SAID IF I'M SLICING I'M TRYING TO CORRECT THE SLICE. IF I'M HOOKING, OR

THE TIMINGS OFF, YOU KNOW, I SAID I'M, I'M, HE SAID IN OTHER WORDS YOU'RE WATCHING EVERY BALL YOU HIT? AND I SAID YEAH. HE SAID AND THEN YOU WANT TO GO TO THE FIRST TEE AND SHUT IT OFF WHEN YOU JUST SPENT AN HOUR TRAINING YOURSELF TO ANALYZE EVERY

SINGLE BALL YOU HIT AND I SAID, WELL, WHEN YOU PUT IT THAT WAY (CHUCKLES) I SAID, IT DOES SOUND PRETTY STUPID. HE SAID, I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER WARM
UP IS WARM UP AND THAT'S IT. HE SAID

JUST LOOSEN UP, GO TO THE, TO THE PUTTING GREEN AND HIT A FEW PUTTS, HIT A FEW CHIPS AND THEN TEE OFF. HE SAID NOW WHEN YOU FINISH, HE SAID, YOU DON'T LEAVE THE DRIVING RANGE, AND EVEN IF YOU

HAVE TO GO TO A LIGHTED DRIVING RANGE TO FINISH, YOU DON'T LEAVE UNTIL YOU GET IT CORRECTED. HE SAID THAT'S WHEN YOU DO YOUR CORRECTION.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WORKED DIDN'T IT?

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH. GOT ME RIGHT OUT OF THE SLUMP.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE BACK TO SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH JOANNE CARNER.

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Honda leaders face daunting final day

By Randall MellFebruary 25, 2018, 12:46 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The winner may need a cut man in his corner more than he needs a caddie on his bag in Sunday’s finish to the Honda Classic.

Smelling salts might come in handy, too.

“It just feels like you are getting punched in the face every single hole here,” Daniel Berger said of the test PGA National’s Champion Course offers. “Every single shot is so hard.”

Final rounds have been especially rough and tumble since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National in 2007.

That usually makes Sundays here as much about who can figuratively take a punch as who can throw one.

Luke List will have his jaw tested after taking sole possession of the lead Saturday with a second consecutive round of 4-under-par 66, but he can take comfort in the fact that punishment is doled plentifully around here.

“Just realizing that everyone is facing the same obstacles out there is huge,” List said. “You're not alone out there, if you make a bogey or a bad swing here or there.”

At 7-under 203, List is one shot ahead of a pair of major championship winners, Justin Thomas (65) and Webb Simpson (66). He is two ahead of Tommy Fleetwood (67), the reigning European Tour Player of the Year, and Jamie Lovemark (68).

List, 33, is seeking his first PGA Tour title in his 104th start. He will have to hold off some heavyweights, including Tiger Woods (69), who is seven shots back but feeling like he has a chance again. Woods closed with a 62 here six years ago when he finished second to Rory McIlroy.

“You never know what can happen the last few holes here,” Woods said. “A lot of things can happen and have happened in the past.”

Amen.


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Crazy things have happened here.

Three years ago, Padraig Harrington was five shots down with eight holes to play and won. He made two double bogeys in the final round but ended up beating Berger in a playoff.

Berger, by the way, was nine shots back entering the final round.

That was the year Ian Poulter took a share of lead into Sunday, hit five balls in the water and still finished just a shot out of the playoff.

Last year, Rickie Fowler made four bogeys and a double bogey in the final round and still won by four shots.

List will have a heavyweight playing alongside him in the final pairing, with 24-year-old Justin Thomas looking to claim his eighth PGA Tour title. Thomas was last season’s PGA Tour Player of the Year.

List has never held a 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event.

“You guys build up certain players,” List said. “I know I'll be an underdog going against Justin Thomas and guys like that, which is fine.”

There is some inspiration for List in what Ted Potter Jr. did two weeks at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Potter, largely unknown even though he already had a PGA Tour title to his credit, held off stars Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day in the final round to win. 

Thomas earned the right to play alongside List in the final pairing Sunday with his 65, which equaled the low round of the tournament.

Thomas makes his home in nearby Jupiter and knows the punishment the Champion Course can dish out.

“It's a difficult course,” Thomas said. “If you let it get to you, it can be frustrating, but if you go into it understanding and realizing it's difficult, you just kind of embrace it and deal with it.”

Thomas played the Bear Trap’s trio of daunting holes (Nos. 15-17) in 2 under on Saturday. He birdied the 15th and 17th holes.

Fleetwood got in contention Saturday with a pair of eagles. He’s a four-time European Tour winner.

“I would love to get my first win on the PGA Tour this week,” he said. “It’s just great to be out here. It's great to be playing on courses like this that are such a test of every part of your game.”

Alex Noren, a nine-time European Tour winner, is also seeking his first PGA Tour title. He is three shots back. He lost in a playoff to Day at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.

Though this is just Noren’s second start at the Honda Classic, he knows how wildly momentum can swing on the Champion Course. He shot 65 Saturday after shooting 75 on Friday.

“I’m a few back, but anything can happen,” Noren said.

That’s the theme around here.

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Thomas: Winning hometown Honda would 'mean a lot'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is trying to join Rickie Fowler as a winner of his hometown event.

Thomas will play in the final group alongside Luke List on Sunday at the Honda Classic after matching the low round of the week with a 5-under 65. He is at 6-under 204, one shot back of List.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is one of several residents of nearby Jupiter. After Fowler won last year, Thomas (who missed the cut) returned to the course to congratulate his neighbor on his fourth Tour title.

“I hope I give him the opportunity or the choice to come back,” Thomas said. “But I’ve got a lot of golf in front of me before I worry about him coming here.”


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More important to Thomas, however, is winning this event, which is played at PGA National, one of the most difficult non-major courses on Tour.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It means a lot to win any golf tournament, but it would mean more because of how prestigious this golf tournament is and the list of winners that have won this event, how strong of a field it is, how difficult of a golf course.

“A decent number of my wins have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

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Woods paired with hotshot rookie Burns at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:38 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rookie Sam Burns will be in the biggest spot of his career Sunday – playing alongside Tiger Woods.

Burns, the reigning Nicklaus Award winner who turned pro after two standout years at LSU, will go off with Woods at 12:45 p.m. at the Honda Classic.

Burns, 20, who earned his Web.com Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the Web.com money list this year, after a tie for second two weeks ago in Colombia.


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Burns and Woods are tied for 11th, at even-par 210.

Sunday is an important round for Burns, who can earn a spot into the Valspar Championship with a top-10 finish here.

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List leads Honda; Thomas one back

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Luke List, one of a legion of PGA Tour players who live in Jupiter, just two exits up I-95 from PGA National, shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Honda Classic. Here's how things stand going into the final round at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Luke List (-7), Justin Thomas (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Tommy Fleetwood (-5), Jamie Lovemark (-5), Alex Noren (-4) 

What it means: Leader List has played well this season, with no finish lower than T-26 in six starts. Thomas, of course, is the reigning Player of the Year. The next best pedigree among the leaders belongs to Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour titles.

Round of the day: Thomas and Noren both shot 5-under 65s. Thomas made two of his six birdies in the Bear Trap (at the par 3s, Nos. holes 15 and17), while Noren played that stretch (15-17) in 1 over. Noren made his hay elsewhere, including an eagle at the last that canceled out his two bogeys.


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Best of the rest: List, Simpson and Kelly Kraft all shot 66.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 76, Jimmy Walker probably thought he was back on track with a 68 that allowed him to make the cut. Alas, the improvement was temporary, as he ballooned back to a 74 on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Tommy Fleetwood hit a fairway wood from 282 yards to within 8 feet of the cup on the 18th hole. He then made the putt for his second eagle of the day.

Quote of the day: "The course played a fair bit easier with not as much wind." - Thomas

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: List may be in the lead, but most eyes will be on Thomas, a five-time winner last year who has yet to lift a trophy in 2018. And of course, more than a few people will be keeping tabs on Tiger Woods. He'll begin the day seven shots back, trying to channel Tiger of 2012 - when he posted a 62 on Sunday at PGA National (which was good only for a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy).