Golf Talk Live - Lorie Kane Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 10, 1999, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
ON GOLF TALK LIVE, WE SELECT A QUESTION EACH WEEK THAT HAS BEEN E-MAILED TO US. AND HERE'S THE QUESTION FOR LORIE TONIGHT.

WHAT RESPONSIBILITY COMES WITH BEING CANADA'S 1997 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR? OR FOR THAT MATTER, BEING IN THE PUBLIC SPOT LIGHT AS AN ATHLETE?

LORIE KANE
WELL THAT'S A VERY GOOD QUESTION. I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF IT. UM, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT MY IDEA OF BEING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE IS SOMEWHAT LIKE BEING AN ENTERTAINER.

UM, I'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT UH . PEOPLE PAY TO COME AND WATCH ME PLAY GOLF. AND I FEEL THAT IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO ALLOW THEM TO . TO COME INSIDE THE ROPES AND TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY.

UH, IT DOESN'T COME EASY TO EVERYBODY. BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT I TRY TO DO. UM, I ALSO, WHEN I'M AT HOME, UH, I FIND . YOU KNOW, IT'S PART OF MY JOB TO TRY TO, UH, TO TELL KIDS THAT SPORT IS A GREAT IS PLACE TO BE.

AND . AND IT'S A GOOD EXPERIENCE. AND UH, WHETHER OR NOT YOU WANT TO DO - PLAY SOCCER, BASEBALL OR BASKETBALL, UM, JUST TO GIVE IT A SHOT AND TO TRY IT. AND IT'S A VERY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. SO I WOULD SAY THAT THAT'S PROBABLY MY MOST RESPONSIBILITY.

PETER KESSLER
AS YOU STARTED TO FIND YOURSELF IN THE PUBLIC EYE, DID YOU EVER SIT DOWN AND SAY, HERE'S A COUPLE OF OTHER SIDES I WANT TO PRESENT OF ME TO ME OR TO THE CROWDS

LORIE KANE
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT NECESSARILY PICK UP ON SO THAT THEY HAVE A SENSE OF WHO I AM AND WHAT SOME OF THE OPTIONS ARE TO CHOSE WHO THEY MIGHT BE.

LORIE KANE
WELL, YOU KNOW, I LOOK AT THAT THING ABOUT BEING A ROLE MODEL. AND I'M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS. UM, ALL I TRY TO DO IS PUT MY BEST FOOT FORWARD.

AND I THINK . YOU KNOW, I WATCHED . I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING ARNOLD PALMER LAST SUMMER. UH, I'M BECOMING GREAT FRIENDS WITH NANCY LOPEZ. IN MY SPORT, THOSE ARE TWO PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW, I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM JUST WATCHING

BEFORE I EVEN HAD A CHANCE TO MEET EITHER ONE OF THEM. UM, I WATCHED NANCY, THE WAY SHE GOES ABOUT THE CROWD, AND . AND ALLOWS . YOU KNOW, TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE AND UH TAKES THE TIME.

UH, I TRY TO DO THAT. AND, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I FEEL IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY.

PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE TALK TO ONE OF YOUR BUDDIES FROM THE TOUR, LPGA PLAYER, BARB MUCHA. HELLO BARB.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
HI PETER. HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
I AM WELL. HOW ARE YOU?

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
SURE. I THOUGHT I'M IN TOWN. I MIGHT AS WELL GIVE YOU GUYS A CALL.

PETER KESSLER
APPRECIATE THAT.

LORIE KANE
HEY BARB.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
HI LORIE.

LORIE KANE
HOW ARE YA?

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
DOING WELL, THANKS.

LORIE KANE
GOOD TO HEAR THAT.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE YOU TWO GONNA TALK ABOUT?

LORIE KANE
(CHUCKLE)

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
WELL, I JUST WANNA, UH . I'VE BEEN WATCHING THE SHOW AND KNEW IT WAS ON TONIGHT. AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT LORIE IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE, UH, THE BRIGHT PROMISING STARTS ON OUR TOUR. AND SHE REALLY HAS SOME .

SOME UH GOOD COMMENTS, YOU KNOW, TO BE SAYING TONIGHT. AND UH, SHE REALLY . EVERYTHING THAT SHE SAYS, I THINK, IS VERY GENUINE. AND I ADMIRE HER AND I KNOW THAT SHE'S GONNA BE IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE NOT ONCE BUT SEVERAL TIMES.

AND UH, I WISH HER ALL THE BEST. AND UM, SHE'S . SHE'S GREAT FRIEND OUT THERE. AND SHE'S GOOD FOR THE . FOR THE GAME AND REALLY HAS A . HAS A GOOD ATTITUDE ON HER SHOULDERS, HEAD ON HER SHOULDERS, AND GREAT ATTITUDE, AND UH,

REALLY ADDS A LOT TO OUR TOUR. AND I . I'M . I'M GLAD SHE'S PART OF THE TOUR WITH US.

PETER KESSLER
LET ME ASK THE TWO OF YOU A QUESTION. SO OFTEN WE SEE NOW THIS PHENOMENON OF TEACHERS OR COACHES BEING WITH PLAYERS SORT OF EVERYWHERE THAT THE PLAYERS GO INCLUDING MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS.

IT SEEMS ODD TO SOME OF US THAT YOU WOULD BRING A COACH AND WORK ON NEW THINGS AT A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

LORIE KANE
WELL, I KNOW FOR MYSELF AND I'M NOT QUITE SURE ABOUT BARB, BUT UH . I ... IF I'M GOING TO DO ANY WORK, I'D DO IT IN THE OFF-SEASON. AND IF I NEED SOME FINE TUNING, AGAIN, I MENTIONED DANNY EARLIER,

UH, DANNY SHARP'S A .. A TOUR PLAYER AND HAS PLAYED AND HAS GREAT EYES AS FAR AS THE GAME'S CONCERNED. AND WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY LIKE THAT CARRYING YOUR BAG AROUND EVERY WEEK, UM, I CAN LEAN ON HIM IF I'VE GOT SOME PROBLEMS. UM,

MY SWING'S PRETTY SIMPLE SO IT . IT NEVER . YOU KNOW, I TRY NOT TO BE TOO TECHNICAL WITH IT. AND UH, I WOULD THINK AT A MAJOR, FOR MYSELF AND I CAN ONLY SPEAK FOR MYSELF,

THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT . THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE UH . YOU KNOW, WORKING ON NEW THINGS, UH, THE WEEK OF A MAJOR.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU WANT TO BE THINKING ABOUT MECHANICS, BARB?

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
MECHANICS? NO, I TRY (LAUGH) .

LORIE KANE
(LAUGH)

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
I'M REALLY NOT EVEN PRACTICING THESE DAYS. I'M JUST GOING OUT THERE AND HITTING THE BALL AND FINDING IT. (LAUGH)

LORIE KANE
AND YOU'RE DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF IT.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
WELL I . I'M TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH YOU, LORIE.

LORIE KANE
(LAUGH)

BARB?

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
YEAH?

LORIE KANE
YOU DO A FINE JOB OF IT.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
(LAUGH)

LORIE KANE
AND I'M TRYING TO GET TO WHERE YOU'VE BEEN.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
WELL I KNOW YOU'LL BE THERE SHORTLY. YOU'RE . YOU'RE ONE OF THE BETTER PLAYERS, ONE OF THE GREAT PLAYERS OUT THERE. AND IT'S UH, IT'S FUN TO HAVE YOU ALONGSIDE . SIDE ME WHEN I'M WALKING THE FAIRWAYS. AND UH,

I JUST WISH YOU ALL THE BEST THIS YEAR. AND I KNOW I'LL BE SHAKING YOUR HAND SHORTLY IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE.

LORIE KANE
WELL, WHEN ARE YOU OUT AGAIN?

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
I'M PLAYING NEXT WEEK NASHVILLE. I'M GOTTA DEFEND MY TITLE

WHICH I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO.

LORIE KANE
OH, THAT'S RIGHT. I'M SORRY. I APOLOGIZE ABOUT THAT. I KNEW THAT. I'M GONNA MISS YOU IN NASHVILLE. I'M GONNA SPEND SOME TIME ON THE BEACH WITH MY SISTERS.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
WELL HOW ABOUT THAT? YOU'RE NOT PLAYING YOUR 35 IN A ROW, HUH?

LORIE KANE
(LAUGH)

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
YOU'RE GONNA TAKE A LITTLE TIME OFF.

LORIE KANE
A LITTLE BIT OF TIME.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
(LAUGH) GOOD FOR YOU. YOU DESERVE IT.

PETER KESSLER
SO BARB, YOU .

LORIE KANE
THANKS, BARB.

PETER KESSLER
SO YOU . YOU'RE JUST GONNA HIT IT HARD, FIND IT, AND HIT IT HARD AGAIN, RIGHT?

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
YUP. THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO DO AND AS LONG AS IT'S IN THE SHORT STUFF AND I GET IN THE HOLE, IT'S . LEAST POSSIBLE STROKES, THEN I'M . I'M DOING THE RIGHT THING.

PETER KESSLER
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
ALL RIGHT. YOU TOO, PETER, THANKS.

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
SEE YOU, LORIE.

LORIE KANE
PLAY WELL, BARB.

BARB MUCHA, LPGA PLAYER
OKAY, BYE-BYE.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WHAT SHE JUST SAID REMINDS ME OF THE COMMENT THAT I READ ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE, UH, NIECE, CHARLOTTE ,WAS 4 YEARS OLD AND SHE HAD THE BEST ADVICE I EVER HEARD TO A GOLFER WHICH WAS . JUST PUT THE

BALL IN THE HOLE

LORIE KANE
BALL IN THE HOLE.

IT WAS . IT WAS INCREDIBLE. I MEAN, I HAD SHOT, I THINK . I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE WE WERE. WE WERE IN PHOENIX AND I SHOT 77 OR 8 THE FIRST ROUND. AND BECAUSE OF THE TIME CHANGE, I COULD GET A HOLD OF THEM BEFORE I TEED OFF EARLIER THE NEXT MORNING.

UH, AND I TALKED TO CHARLOTTE, AND I CALL HER 'CHUCK', AND . AND HER SISTER, MARCIA, AND WE HAD A CHAT. AND, CHARLOTTE AT THE END OF THE CONVERSATION, SHE JUST SAID TO ME,

'LORIE, JUST PUT THE BALL IN THE HOLE.' AND, AS SIMPLE AS THAT, I WENT OUT AND SHOT 68 OR 9. AND THAT'S .

YOU KNOW, LOOKING THROUGH CHILD'S EYES, THAT UH, THE GAME IS (LAUGH) . THE GAME CAN BE PRETTY SIMPLE.

PETER KESSLER
AND IF GO TO THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUMS, 97 YEAR OLD GENE SARAZEN SAYS, 'MISS'EM QUICK.'

LORIE KANE
(LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE SEE WHAT MARY ELLEN IN NEW YORK WANTS TO ASK YOU. HELLO MARY ELLEN.

MARY ELLEN FROM NEW YORK
HI PETER.

PETER KESSLER
HOW ARE YOU?

MARY ELLEN FROM NEW YORK
I'M REALLY GLAD THAT YOU TOOK MY CALL. WE ENJOY YOUR SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU.

MARY ELLEN FROM NEW YORK
AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY TO LORIE THAT WE REALLY HAVE BENEFITED BY YOUR . YOUR PERSONALITY . THAT THE FACT THAT YOU WANT TO TALK TO PEOPLE IN THE CROWD `CAUSE WE BROUGHT OUR SON TO SEE YOU WHEN WE WERE IN NEW JERSEY.

LORIE KANE
OKAY.

MARY ELLEN FROM NEW YORK
AND HE'S EIGHT YEARS OLD. AND HE HAS DEVELOPED MENTAL DELAYS, BUT YOU TOOK 5 MINUTES OUT OF YOUR BUSY PRACTICE DAY TO COME AND SPEND WITH US. AND YOU PUT HIM ON CLOUD NINE.

YOU GAVE HIM A BALL. YOU SPENT A COUPLE OF MINUTES SHOWING HIM A SWING. IT JUST MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD TO US. AND WE WANTED TO YOU TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. AND WE'RE OUT THERE ROOTING FOR YOU.

LORIE KANE
WELL THANK YOU MARY ELLEN.

PETER KESSLER
YOU COULD TELL THAT THAT WAS A HEART THAT WAS FULL AND EYES THAT WERE FULL OF TEARS.

LORIE KANE
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CALL. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(BREAK)

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McIlroy gets back on track

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 21, 2018, 3:10 pm

There’s only one way to view Rory McIlroy’s performance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

He is well ahead of schedule.

Sure, McIlroy is probably disappointed that he couldn’t chase down Ross Fisher (and then Tommy Fleetwood) on the final day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. But against a recent backdrop of injuries and apathy, his tie for third was a resounding success. He reasserted himself, quickly, and emerged 100 percent healthy.

“Overall, I’m happy,” he said after finishing at 18-under 270, four back of Fleetwood. “I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience and comfort level were really good all week.”

To fully appreciate McIlroy’s auspicious 2018 debut, consider his state of disarray just four months ago. He was newly married. Nursing a rib injury. Breaking in new equipment. Testing another caddie. His only constant was change. “Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place,” he said, “and that was because of where I was physically.”

And so he hit the reset button, taking the longest sabbatical of his career, a three-and-a-half-month break that was as much psychological as physical. He healed his body and met with a dietician, packing five pounds of muscle onto his already cut frame. He dialed in his TaylorMade equipment, shoring up a putting stroke and wedge game that was shockingly poor for a player of his caliber. Perhaps most importantly, he cleared his cluttered mind, cruising around Italy with wife Erica in a 1950s Mercedes convertible.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


After an intense buildup to his season debut, McIlroy was curious about the true state of his game, about how he’d stack up when he finally put a scorecard in his hand. It didn’t take him long to find out. 

Playing the first two rounds alongside Dustin Johnson – the undisputed world No. 1 who was fresh off a blowout victory at Kapalua – McIlroy beat him by a shot. Despite a 103-day competitive layoff, he played bogey-free for 52 holes. And he put himself in position to win, trailing by one heading into the final round. Though Fleetwood blew away the field with a back-nine 30 to defend his title, McIlroy collected his eighth top-5 in his last nine appearances in Abu Dhabi.

“I know it’s only three months,” he said, “but things change, and I felt like maybe I needed a couple of weeks to get back into the thought process that you need to get into for competitive golf. I got into that pretty quickly this week, so that was the most pleasing thing.”

The sense of relief afterward was palpable. McIlroy is entering his 11th full year as a pro, and deep down he likely realizes 2018 is shaping up as his most important yet.

The former Boy Wonder is all grown up, and his main challengers now are a freakish athlete (DJ) and a trio of players under 25 (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm) who don’t lack for motivation or confidence. The landscape has changed significantly since McIlroy’s last major victory, in August 2014, and the only way he’ll be able to return to world No. 1 is to produce a sustained period of exceptional golf, like the rest of the game’s elite. (Based on average points, McIlroy, now ranked 11th, is closer to the bottom of the rankings, No. 1928, than to Johnson.)

But after years of near-constant turmoil, McIlroy, 28, finally seems ready to pursue that goal again. He is planning the heaviest workload of his career – as many as 30 events, including seven more starts before the Masters – and appears refreshed and reenergized, perhaps because this year, for the first time in a while, he is playing without distractions.

Not his relationships or his health. Not his equipment or his caddie or his off-course dealings.

Everything in his life is lined up.

Drama tends to follow one of the sport’s most captivating characters, but for now he can just play golf – lots and lots of golf. How liberating.

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Crocker among quartet of Open qualifiers in Singapore

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

Former amateur standout Sean Crocker was among four players who qualified for the 147th Open via top-12 finishes this week at the Asian Tour's SMBC Singapore Open as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

Crocker had a strong college career at USC before turning pro late last year. The 21-year-old received an invitation into this event shortly thereafter, and he made the most of his appearance with a T-6 finish to net his first career major championship berth.

There were four spots available to those not otherwise exempt among the top 12 in Singapore, but winner Sergio Garcia and runners-up Shaun Norris and Satoshi Kodaira had already booked their tickets for Carnoustie. That meant that Thailand's Danthai Boonma and Jazz Janewattanond both qualified thanks to T-4 finishes.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


Crocker nabbed the third available qualifying spot, while the final berth went to Australia's Lucas Herbert. Herbert entered the week ranked No. 274 in the world and was the highest-ranked of the three otherwise unqualified players who ended the week in a tie for eighth.

The next event in the Open Qualifying Series will be in Japan at the Mizuno Open in May, when four more spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs. The 147th Open will be held July 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.

Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.

It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.

While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.

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McIlroy (T-3) notches another Abu Dhabi close call

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:08 pm

Rory McIlroy's trend of doing everything but hoist the trophy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is alive and well.

Making his first start since early October, McIlroy showed few signs of rust en route to a tie for third. Amid gusty winds, he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the week at 18 under, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood who rallied to win this event for the second consecutive year.

The result continues a remarkable trend for the Ulsterman, who has now finished third or better seven of the last eight years in Abu Dhabi - all while never winning the tournament. That stretch includes four runner-up finishes and now two straight T-3 results.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy is entering off a disappointing 2017 in which he was injured in his first start and missed two chunks of time while trying to regain his health. He has laid out an ambitious early-season schedule, one that will include a trip to Dubai next week and eight worldwide tournament starts before he heads to the Masters.

McIlroy started the final round one shot off the lead, and he remained in contention after two birdies over his first four holes. But a bogey on No. 6 slowed his momentum, and McIlroy wasn't able to make a back-nine birdie until the closing hole, at which point the title was out of reach.