Golf Talk Live - Karrie Webb Transcript Segment 6
ALRIGHT HERE'S THE QUESTION FOR YOU TONIGHT, KARRIE, THAT WAS POSTED TO OUR WEB SITE: 'I'VE READ THAT YOU'VE SAID THAT JULI INKSTER IS YOUR FAVORITE PERSON ON TOUR. IS THAT AS IN BEST FRIEND OR AS IN ROLE MODEL?' FROM JENNIFER SCANLON.
UH WELL, JENNIFER, I THINK UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S UM, IT'S - IT'S . IT'S A BIT OF BOTH. I JUST HAVE UM, SO MUST RESPECT FOR JULI AS A PERSON AND AS A PLAYER. UM, YOU KNOW, UH,
JULI IS THE FIRST PERSON THAT UM HAS WON TO GET INTO THE HALL OF FAME SINCE I'VE BEEN ON TOUR. AND SHE DID IT LAST YEAR, AND WE BOTH HAD GREAT YEARS. AND UH, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST GREAT TO - TO SEE HER DO THAT BECAUSE UM,
YOU KNOW, SHE WORKS HARD AT HER GAME. SHE LOVES THE GAME OF GOLF. BUT UH, SHE HAS UH, SHE HAS ANOTHER LIFE. SHE HAS TWO GREAT KIDS AND - AND A GREAT HUSBAND, BRIAN. AND UM, SHE JUST HAS SUCH A WELL BALANCED LIFE.
AND UM, SHE - SHE HANDLES EVERYTHING SO WELL.
IN YOUR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, YOU'VE BEEN BLESSED BY HAVING SO MUCH GO SO WELL, ALMOST LIKE A FAIRY TALE. BUT YET, YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THE SIDE OF LIFE THAT'S A LOT LESS FUN AND IS EQUALLY REAL,
UM, KEL BECOMING A PARAPLEGIC AND, OF COURSE, LOSING YOUR GREAT FRIEND, RENEE APPLEBY, WHO I KNOW GAVE YOU YOUR FIRST FAKE ID WHEN YOU WERE PROBABLY WHAT, FOURTEEN YEARS OLD .
SIXTEEN, SURE. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND TELL US HOW THIS HIT YOU.
WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY YOU ASK THAT BECAUSE UH TODAY I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING THROUGH A FEW OF MY OLD AMATEUR GOLF PHOTOS BEFORE I CAME UP HERE. AND UH, YOU KNOW, RENEE WAS UM A PART OF THAT. SHE WAS UH ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS UH THROUGH MY AMATEUR GOLF.
AND UH, YOU KNOW, SHE - WE PLAYED ON THE SAME STATE TEAM AND UH, SAME AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. SHE WAS - SHE WAS A VERY GOOD GOLFER IN - IN HER OWN RIGHT BEFORE SHE MET STUART.
AND UH, YOU KNOW UM . YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT IT'S ONLY TWO YEARS SINCE SHE DIED. AND UH, YOU KNOW UM, IT'S - IT'S REALLY HARD FOR ME TO TALK ABOUT, BUT I DO MISS HER.
WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR YOU TO CARRY THE OLYMPIC TORCH IN AUSTRALIA THIS SEPTEMBER? AND GREG NORMAN IS ALSO BEING HONORED BY BEING ASKED TO DO THAT.
UM, I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I THINK UH, IT'S NOT TO A (???) - OKAY (CHUCKLE) . UM, IT - IT'S A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY, UM, TO - TO DO THAT. AND UH, THE FACT THAT I CAN DO IT IN SYDNEY, UM, IT'S NOT THE OPENING CEREMONY BUT UH,
IT'S UH RUNNING THROUGH UM, THROUGH SYDNEY ITSELF UM A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY. AND YOU KNOW, I'M GONNA STAY THERE FOR - FOR THE OLYMPICS. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I'M JUST SO GLAD THAT I CAN BE A PART OF IT.
HAVE YOU FOUND EACH YEAR WHEN YOU'VE GONE HOME TO AUSTRALIA, GIVEN THAT YOU HAVE CONTINUED TO DO THINGS TO BUILD YOUR LEGEND AND YOUR RECORD,
THAT YOU NOTICE A CHANGE IN THE REACTION TO YOU, THAT IT TOO IS GROWING AS THE QUALITY OF YOUR CAREER DOES?
YEAH UM, THIS UH - THIS LAST - THIS LAST TRIP THAT I MADE BACK THERE IN FEBRUARY UM, WAS UH DEFINITELY . UH, YOU KNOW, I HAVEN'T PLAYED TWO TOURNAMENTS IN A ROW DOWN THERE FOR A WHILE,
AND UH, WINNING THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN UH THE FIRST WEEK DOWN THERE UM, YOU KNOW THAT, JUST BEING BACK THERE AFTER THE YEAR I HAD LAST YEAR UM, WAS UH OVERWHELMING IN ITSELF.
BUT THEN UH WINNING THAT WEEK IN THE FASHION THAT I DID AND UH GOING TO DEFEND THE AUSTRALIAN MASTERS THE NEXT WEEK UM, YOU KNOW, IT - I REALLY UM . IT HAS CHANGED A LOT FOR ME. UM,
I'M A LOT MORE UM WELL KNOWN DOWN THERE NOW. AND I THINK, NOT NECESSARILY FOR ME IS A GOOD THING, BUT FOR WOMEN'S GOLF IN AUSTRALIA, I THINK THAT JUST SHOWS A LOT, THAT UM, YOU KNOW, AS MUCH AS THE AUSTRALIAN GIRLS ARE DOING OVER HERE, WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF PUBLICITY BACK THERE.
AND UM, YOU KNOW, I JUST HOPE THAT ALL THE PUBLICITY THAT I GET AND - AND THE OTHER AUSTRALIAN GIRLS GET, THAT WE CAN GET A FEW MORE TOURNAMENTS DOWN THERE.
LET'S CHECK IN WITH FOURTEEN YEAR OLD JOHN. HOW ARE YOU, JOHN?
JOHN, CALLER FROM INDIANA
HI, HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING TONIGHT?
JOHN, CALLER FROM INDIANA
OKAY UM, GOOD. UM, WELL MY QUESTION IS UM, KARRIE, WHEN YOU'RE IN A PRESSURE SITUATION UM, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH, LIKE, THE PRESSURE? DO YOU, LIKE, UH SWING SLOWER OR DO YOU, LIKE, SAY STUFF - SAY SOMETHING TO YOURSELF? WHAT DO YOU DO?
WELL, JOHN, I THINK THAT UM, I TRY NOT TO GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF MYSELF. I TRY - TRY ONLY TO THINK ABOUT THE SHOT THAT - THAT I HAVE AT THAT MOMENT. I DON'T - I DON'T THINK ABOUT WHERE THE SHOT'S GONNA GO.
I DON'T THINK ABOUT THE NEXT TEE SHOT ON THE NEXT HOLE OR WHERE THE PIN POSITION IS ON THE NEXT HOLE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I THINK, YOU KNOW, ABOUT THAT SHOT AT HAND.
AND I THINK EARLIER WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT PRE-SHOT ROUTINE, I TRY AND REPEAT THAT. I THINK UM, WHEN YOU GO BACK TO BASICS AND THINK ABOUT UM, YOU KNOW, SIMPLE THINGS, I THINK YOU TOTALLY FORGET ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW IMPORTANT THAT SHOT IS AT THAT TIME.
AND UM, YOU JUST - YOU KNOW, FOR ME UM, I - I LOVE THAT - THAT PART OF THE GAME. I LOVE THAT SORT OF PRESSURE. AND UH, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU DON'T - YOU DON'T PULL IT OFF. UM, AND IT'S JUST NOT MEANT TO BE.
BUT UM, YOU KNOW, THE MORE THINGS THAT YOU CAN REPEAT AND - AND SINGLE OUT JUST ONE - THAT ONE SHOT AND NOT GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF YOURSELF, THE BETTER OFF YOU'RE GONNA BE.
DO YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO WELCOME THAT FEELING AND THEN LEARN TO LOVE THAT FEELING?
YEAH, IT THINK UM, SOME PLAYERS UH CAN DEAL WITH THAT A LOT EASIER THAN OTHER - OTHER PLAYERS. I THINK, FOR ME UM, THAT SORT OF PRESSURE TO - TO HIT A SHOT TO - TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT, TO ME, IS . I REVEL IN THAT.
I LOVE THAT MORE THAN . I - I FIND THAT EASIER TO DEAL WITH THAN FRIDAY AFTERNOON, YOU'RE ON THE BUBBLE OF THE CUT, YOU GOT TO MAKE A PAR ON EIGHTEEN AND YOU HAVEN'T HIT A FAIRWAY ALL DAY,
AND YOU GOT TO STAND OUT ON THE TIGHTEST DRIVING HOLE ON THE COURSE AND - AND HIT THE FAIRWAY. UM, I THINK IN THAT SITUATION, BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT PLAYING THAT WELL, THAT'S HARDER TO PULL OFF THOSE SHOTS THAN IT IS
WHEN YOU'RE IN CONTENTION TO WIN A TOURNAMENT. YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY PLAYING WELL, AND I FEEL LIKE 'JUST DO IT.' YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO IT. UM, YOU KNOW, GO AHEAD AND FIRE AWAY.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH KARRIE.
Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.
Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.
''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''
First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.
''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''
David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.
The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''
The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros
Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.
Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.
I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.
One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.
So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?
You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?
Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?
I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.
This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.
Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:
Once we give 'em a lesson, we are faced with:— Trackman Maestro (@TrackmanMaestro) January 16, 2018
A. Will they do what we asked them to do
B. Can they do what we asked them to do
C. Will they put in the practice time
D. The fact that golf is a hard game
We face multiple barriers as golf instructors.
On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.
The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:
“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”
Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.
Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.
Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.
Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field
Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.
Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.
Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.
After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth.
Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation.
Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.
“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”
After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).
Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129.
The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.