Golf Talk Live - Karrie Webb Transcript Segment 3
HI KARRIE. IT'S KEL. HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD NIGHT TONIGHT. I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU, NOT ONLY TO BE YOUR COACH, BUT BEING ONE OF YOUR BEST FRIENDS. UM, ALL THE BEST, HAVE A GOOD TIME.
HAS HE BECOME LIKE A SECOND DAD TO YOU IN A WAY?
YEAH, HE HAS. UM, YOU KNOW UH, I'VE KNOWN KEL PRETTY MUCH ALL MY LIFE. UM, HE WAS UH, WELL, STILL IS FRIENDS OF MOM AND DAD. AND THAT'S HOW HE BECAME MY COACH BECAUSE WE NEVER HAD UM, A CLUB PROFESSIONAL UM AT THE AYR GOLF CLUB AT THE TIME.
AND YOU KNOW, HE WAS A - A GOOD AMATEUR. AND UM, MOM AND DAD ASKED HIM IF, YOU KNOW, HE COULD JUST KEEP AN EYE ON ME UH TO MAKE SURE I DIDN'T GET INTO ANY BAD HABITS AND - AND THAT'S HOW HE STARTED COACHING ME.
IT'S AMAZING. YOU WERE HIS FIRST STUDENT. HE IS YOUR FIRST AND ONLY TEACHER. YET HE DOESN'T GET THE KIND OF CREDIT THAT BUTCH AND DAVID LEADBETTER AND JIM MCCLEAN GET. BUT HE'S ENTITLED TO IT, ISN'T HE?
HE IS. UM, AND UH, YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T UM, NECESSARILY UM, ISN'T WORLD RENOWNED. BUT UM, I THINK I LIKE IT THAT WAY A LITTLE BIT. UM, YOU KNOW, HE'S COACHING A LOT MORE NOW THAN HE EVER HAS,
WHICH I THINK IS GREAT. AND UH, BUT UM, THE FACT THAT UM, WHEN I GO BACK TO AYR, YOU KNOW, I HAVE HIM ALL TO MYSELF AND I LOVE THAT. UM, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S HOW HE WAS GROWING UP. UM, YOU KNOW, HE WOULD SIT THERE AND WATCH ME HIT BALLS FOR TWO OR THREE HOURS.
AND UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MUCH TIME WITH A COACH UM, IT'S - IT'S SO MUCH MORE BENEFICIAL. BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE A LESSON FOR AN HOUR WITH A COACH AND THEN HE LEAVES YOU TO WORK ON IT BY YOURSELF.
AND YOU REALLY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. I MEAN, WITH KEL (CHUCKLE) . UM, YOU KNOW, HE - HE WOULD SIT THERE UNTIL I GOT IT. AND UM, AND I THINK I WAS JUST VERY FORTUNATE THAT HE HAD THE TIME TO GIVE ME.
WELL, YOU DO HAVE IT. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING FIRST. WE'LL TAKE LOOK AT YOUR PRE-SHOT ROUTINE AND A FEW SWINGS. TELL US WHAT'S GOING ON THAT WE CAN'T SEE IN TERMS OF THE THOUGHT PROCESS,
AND WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO TO GET READY TO HIT THE SHOT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK.
OKAY UM, IN MY NORMAL PRE-SHOT ROUTINE UM, AND - AND KEL TAUGHT ME AT - AT A FAIRLY A YOUNG AGE THAT, YOU KNOW, I NEEDED TO REPEAT UM, THAT - AS - AS MANY THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. UM, I THINK THAT UH - AND HE SAID,
'THE MORE TIMES THAT YOU REPEAT IT, THE EASIER IT IS TO REPEAT THE ACTUAL GOLF SWING.' UM, SO I ALWAYS HAVE A - A SWING BEHIND THE BALL. UM, I PICK A SPOT JUST IN FRONT OF THE BALL AND WALK INTO THE BALL AND SET MY ALIGNMENT UP TO THAT SPOT AND UH,
DO THE WAGGLE. AND SOON AS I PUT THE CLUB BACK DOWN, I PRETTY MUCH GO.
HOW CONSCIOUSLY DURING THAT WAGGLE ARE YOU WAGGLING TO THE PLACE THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO PREVIEW FOR YOUR REAL SWING?
(CHUCKLE) UH, PROBABLY NOT AS MUCH AS KEL WOULD LIKE. (BOTH LAUGH)
UM, SOMETIMES BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A HABIT TO ME NOW THAT IT SORT OF - IT CAN WING ANYWHERE IT WANTS TO, JUST AS LONG AS I DO IT SOMETIMES. UH,
BUT UH, THERE ARE TIMES THAT I KNOW THAT MY TAKEAWAY IS BAD AND THEN I REALLY DO CONCENTRATE ON IT. AND UM, I - I PROBABLY DON'T CONCENTRATE ON IT, LIKE I SAID, AS MUCH AS KEL WOULD LIKE. BUT UM, IT'S GETTING THERE.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CONSCIOUS THOUGHTS ON THE GOLF COURSE OR JUST WHEN YOU PRACTICE WITH REGARD TO YOUR POSITION AT THE TOP? YOU SEEM TO SET THE CLUB SO BEAUTIFULLY EVERY TIME SO THAT YOUR DOWNSWING LOOKS - REFLECTS IT.
HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT AND WORK ON IT?
UM, NOT A - NOT A WHOLE LOT. UH, YOU KNOW, I TRY AND UH, NOT GET MY SWING PAST PARALLEL. UM, I DO TEND - GET THE TENDENCY TO DO THAT EVERY NOW AND THEN.
BUT UH, YOU KNOW, I - I FEEL LIKE IF I GET MY TAKEAWAY IN THE RIGHT SLOT, THE REST IS - IS . FEELS SIMPLE BECAUSE IT JUST GOES BACK TO WHERE I WANT IT TO. AS LONG AS I DON'T GET IT PAST PARALLEL UM, THINGS GO PRETTY SMOOTHLY FROM THERE.
NOW AS WE WATCH ONE MORE SHOT .
NOW THE PART OF YOUR GAME THAT HADN'T QUITE CAUGHT UP UNTIL PROBABLY A YEAR OR SO AGO WAS YOUR PUTTING. TELL ME HOW THAT EVOLVED SO THAT IT CAUGHT UP BEFORE WE GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT IT.
UM, WELL UH, I NEVER FELT LIKE I WAS A BAD PUTTER UM, AND THIS IS LEADING UP TO THE END OF '98, UM, END OF MY THIRD YEAR ON TOUR. UH, I NEVER FELT LIKE I WAS A BAD PUTTER. BUT, YOU KNOW, I HIT SO MANY GREENS THAT I - AND HIT THEM CLOSE, HIT - HIT IT CLOSE TO THE PIN THAT
I FELT LIKE I WAS LEAVING A FEW OUT THERE AND I - AND I COULD GIVE MYSELF MORE CHANCE, YOU KNOW, REALISTICALLY, MAKE A FEW MORE PUTTS.
UM, AT THE END OF '98, I WENT AND UM, I WAS OUT AT - UH, IN CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, UM AT THE TITLEIST TEST CENTER AND - AND ALSO UH VISITING SCOTTY CAMERON WHO UM, UH, AS MOST PEOPLE KNOW, MAKE TITLEIST PUTTERS.
SO UM, HE HAS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING FACILITIES AND - AND JUST, YOU KNOW, WE WERE JUST DOING A NUMBER OF TESTS. AND ON ONE OF THE TESTS WITHOUT TELLING HIM, I PUTTED CROSS-HANDED.
AND UM, HE GOES, 'THAT WAS MUCH BETTER.' AND UH, I SAID, 'WELL, I PUTTED CROSS-HANDED.' SO WE DID ALL THE TESTS AGAIN CROSS-HANDED AND THEY ALL TURNED OUT TO - TO JUST GIVE ME A MUCH BETTER, MORE CONSISTENT ROLL ON THE BALL.
SO, YOU KNOW UM . YOU KNOW, REALIZING THAT I ONLY AM REALLY YOUNG INTO MY CAREER, I DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO LOSE, AND I THOUGHT I'D GIVE IT A GOOD SIX MONTHS LAST YEAR TO SEE HOW IT WORKED.
AND FROM THE FIRST TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR UH, THE PUTTS STARTED GOING IN AND I FELT VERY COMFORTABLE WITH - WITH IT STRAIGHTAWAY. SO UM, YOU KNOW, I HAVEN'T LOOKED BACK SINCE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK. LET'S - LET'S LOOK BACK JUST FOR A MOMENT AT SOME OF THOSE SUCCESSFUL STROKES. I NOTICE THAT YOU DON'T TAKE A PRACTICE STROKE WHEN YOU GET OVER THE PUTT BUT JUST BEFORE. HOW DID THAT EVOLVE?
UM, WELL AS MOST PEOPLE KNOW, FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, I HAD UM EVAN, MY CADDIE, LINING ME UP ON MY PUTTS. AND UH, IT JUST EVOLVED BECAUSE UM ONCE I HAD A PRACTICE STROKE AT THE BALL,
I COULDN'T FIND THE SPOT THAT I WANTED TO HIT MY PUTT OVER. SO I HAD MY PRACTICE PUTTS BEHIND THE BALL AND THEN, BEFORE I WALKED IN, FOUND THE SPOT AND LOOKED AT THAT UNTIL I, YOU KNOW, ALIGNED MYSELF UP OVER THE BALL.
AND YOU KNOW, SINCE UH, YOU KNOW, FOR THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS, EVAN HASN'T LINED ME UP. AND I REALLY FELT THAT . NOW, THAT I DON'T THINK I'D EVER HAVE HIM LINE ME UP AGAIN BECAUSE I - I REALLY FEEL LIKE IT TOOK A LOT OF FEEL OUT OF MY PUTTING.
UM, IT WAS TOO MECHANICAL AND UM, YOU KNOW, WE WERE TOO SET ON ONE SPOT. AND YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES I'D GET OVER THE BALL WHEN HE WAS LINING ME UP AND NOT REALLY FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE I SHOULD AIM A LITTLE BIT MORE BUT,
YOU KNOW, WE WERE ALREADY SET ON ONE SPOT. SO I - I REALLY FEEL LIKE PUTTING CROSS-HANDED AND HAVING HIM NOT DO THAT HAS REALLY CREATED A LOT MORE FEEL FOR ME.
HAS IT CHANGED THE WAY THAT YOU HIT THE PUTT TOO? I MEAN, SOMETIMES WHEN WE HOPE THAT THEY GO IN, AS OPPOSED TO KNOWING THAT THEY WILL, THE BALL SORT OF TRICKLES UP TO THE HOLE. BUT YOUR BALLS ARE DIVING INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE NOW.
YEAH, I'VE - I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A PRETTY AGGRESSIVE PUTTER. UM, AND YOU KNOW, I JUST DON'T BELIEVE THAT UM, LEAVING A PUTT SHORT - I MEAN, I'LL LEAVE PUTTS SHORT EVERY NOW AND THEN, BUT UM,
YOU KNOW, I'D LIKE TO GET THEM TO THE HOLE. I'D RATHER HAVE A 4-FOOTER PAST THE HOLE THAN A 3-FOOTER SHORT, UM, JUST BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU'VE GIVEN IT A CHANCE.
AND YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S GONNA DO 'CAUSE YOU'VE JUST SEEN IT BREAK.
WE'RE GONNA TAKE SHORT BREAK. AND AS WE GO, WE'VE GOT A - A GRAPHIC OF YOU AND TIGER, WHO STARTED AT VERY CLOSE TO THE SAME TIME, A SORT OF AN UP-TO-DATE STUDY,
104 EVENTS FOR YOU AND 4 MISSED CUTS VERSUS 78 AND 1 FOR HIM, 20 WINS, 18, 2 MAJORS. LOOK AT YOUR TOP-3'S, 48 VERSUS 32. AND TIGER SAID THAT HE WOULD SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR 4.9 AND HIS 14.7 AND SEND YOU A CHECK.
KARRIE VS. TIGER
PRO CAREER STATS (LPGA & PGA TOUR)
EVENTS/MC 104/4 78/1
WINS 20 (19%) 18 (23%)
MAJORS 2 2
TOP-3'S 48 32
EARNINGS $4.90M $14.73M )
WELL, THAT'S PRETTY GENEROUS OF HIM. (CHUCKLE)
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm
Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:
Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff
Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.
While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.
0 words— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
The issue is I don’t want to make you a bit relaxed or comfortable. High pressure, good.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you watch the end of the NFL games yesterday ? Enough said.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
I didn’t say you couldn’t be friends and competitive. But in a playoff, 1 tiny mistake and you lose, and that devastated me. Friends before and after, competitors during play.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
Did you win ? It’s all about surviving the competition to test yourself.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.
Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over
The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.
As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.
Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.
And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.
And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.
McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.
The Ryder Cup topped his list.
Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.
When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.
“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”
McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.
Or similar assertions from TV analysts.
“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”
European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.
And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.
The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.
Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.
And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.
Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.
The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.
The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.
More bulletin board material, too.
Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.
Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions
Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.
The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.
It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.
The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”
Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.