Golf Talk Live - Jan Stephenson Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 24, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK AS YOU SEE THESE SHOTS WHICH I'M SURE YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT PROBABLY SINCE YESTERDAY?

JAN STEPHENSON
(GIGGLE) OH NO, THESE ARE CUT - YOU GUYS GOT THESE OUT OF THE ARCHIVES.

PETER KESSLER
YOUR ARCHIVES.

JAN STEPHENSON
WOW .

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S NOT MARILYN, BUT IT IS YOU. IS THAT FUN?

JAN STEPHENSON
YOU KNOW HOW MANY - YOU KNOW HOW MANY HOURS IT TOOK TO WORK OUT TO GET TO BE THAT SKINNY? LOOK HOW SKINNY I WAS.

PETER KESSLER
HERE'S ANOTHER GREAT SHOT.

JAN STEPHENSON
YEAH, I WAS LIKE 14 YEARS OLD. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

PETER KESSLER
THE MOST CLOTHES BUT THE SEXIEST SHOT.

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, I WAS LIKE 14.

PETER KESSLER
HOW OLD WERE YOU?

JAN STEPHENSON
I WAS - I WAS ABOUT 14 OR 15.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE. NOBODY LOOKS LIKE THAT AT 14 OR 15.

JAN STEPHENSON
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, WHEN THE LADIES WHO STARTED THE TOUR STARTED IT, THEY UNDERSTOOD, JUST LIKE YOU UNDERSTOOD INSTINCTIVELY, THAT IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE PLAYING OF THE GAME,

THAT YOU ALSO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE ENTERTAINERS SO THAT YOU ATTRACT FANS AND SPONSORS AND MORE MONEY.

BABE ZAHARIAS UNDERSTOOD THAT. PATTY BERG UNDERSTOOD IT. YOU UNDERSTOOD IT. JOANNE CARNER UNDERSTOOD IT. PATTY SHEEHAN, NANCY LOPEZ .

BUT TODAY'S PLAYERS THINK THAT IT'S ENOUGH, A NUMBER OF THEM THINK IT IS ENOUGH TO SIMPLY SHOW UP, TO HIDE BEHIND SHADES, PLAY A GREAT GAME OF GOLF,

AND THEN BE INCREDIBLY PRIVATE FROM THAT MOMENT FORWARD AND NOT GIVE THE PUBLIC A SENSE OF WHO THEY ARE OR AN OPPORTUNITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH

ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE QUALITY OF THEIR GOLF GAME. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT?

JAN STEPHENSON
IT'S - IT'S A HARD LINE TO TAKE. I MEAN, I UNDERSTAND PERFECTLY THEIR ATTITUDE. IN FACT, I LOOK BACK NOW AND I ALMOST WISH I HADN'T DONE WHAT I'VE DONE - WHAT I DID.

PETER KESSLER
WHY?

JAN STEPHENSON
WELL, FOR SEVERAL REASONS, ONE, YOU - YOU . I THINK PEOPLE GET THIS UNPOPULARITY BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE UNPOPULAR BECAUSE YOU'RE PROMOTING YOURSELF AND NOT THE TOUR.

BUT I WAS ACTUALLY DOING IT FOR THE TOUR. BUT I LOOK BACK NOW AND I WASN'T REALLY APPRECIATED FOR ALL THE WORK I DID. I THINK OF THE TIMES THAT I FLEW - DID 'RED EYES',

SAY, FROM HAWAII TO NEW YORK TO MEET POTENTIAL SPONSORS OR TO DO A PHOTO-SHOOT TO HELP THE LPGA. AND THAT MAY BE THE REASON I'M NOT IN THE HALL OF FAME .

BECAUSE I WORKED SO HARD TO PROMOTE THE LPGA AND MYSELF. NOW, THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT I MADE A LOT OF MONEY FROM PROMOTIONS BECAUSE OF IT. AND IN THOSE DAYS, THE MONEY ON THE TOUR WASN'T THERE.

I MEAN, I WAS GETTING AS MUCH AS SECOND PLACE IN A TOURNAMENT TO GO HAVE A ONE DAY PHOTO-SHOOT OR DO A ONE DAY CORPORATE OUTING TO ENTERTAIN CUSTOMERS.

NOW IF YOU HAD SAID . YOU KNOW, NOW IF YOU TAKE SECOND PLACE, WHICH WOULD BE 100,000 TO GO DO IT, THEN I BET SOME OF THOSE GIRLS WOULD DO IT.

BUT WHEN YOU THINK THAT - THAT IF YOU DO A CORPORATE OUTING NOW, IT'S ONLY ONE PUTT OR ONE HOUR OF REST EXTRA COULD MAKE THAT MONEY, AND IT COULD ALSO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM MAKING HALL OF FAME .

I MEAN, I THINK NOW NOBODY APPRECIATES THE WORK I DID, NO ONE. UH, IF - EVERYONE IN THE LPGA IN THOSE DAYS KEPT SAYING,

'OH, EVERYONE IS GONNA THANK YOU. THEY'RE GONNA THINK YOU'RE THE GREATEST FOR DOING THAT.' NOBODY CARES.

PETER KESSLER
NOW, DIDN'T YOU APPRECIATE WHAT NANCY LOPEZ WAS DOING AT THE TIME? DIDN'T SHE TAKE A LITTLE PRESSURE OFF OF YOU? SHE CAME OUT WITH HER GREAT GOLF GAME.

SHE HAD A DIFFERENT WAY OF ATTRACTING FANS. YOU WERE MORE PROVOCATIVE. SHE WAS MORE ALL-AMERICAN. AND BOTH OF THEM WORK AND WORKED. DID YOU APPRECIATE OR RESENT THE INTRUSION ON YOUR TERRITORY AT THE TIME?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH, NOT AT ALL. NANCY AND I WORKED TOGETHER. BUT AGAIN, WE WERE - WE DON'T REALLY - WE WEREN'T REALLY WORKING THE SAME KIND OF CROWD. I MEAN, SHE HAD HER FANS AND I HAD MINE.

AND THEY WERE TOTALLY DIFFERENT. I MEAN, THEY ALWAYS PUT US AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE TEE TIMES. IF I HAD A MORNING TEE TIME, SHE HAD AN AFTERNOON TEE TIME AND VICE VERSA .

BECAUSE WE DID HAVE DIFFERENT GALLERIES. AND - AND UH, NANCY WAS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT DRAW. SHE WAS A, YOU KNOW, A - A MOTHER AND UH, AND A GREAT PLAYER.

BUT SHE ALSO WOULDN'T DO A LOT OF THE PROMOTIONS. I MEAN, I STILL HAD TO DO SOME OF HER PRESS DAYS BECAUSE SHE WOULDN'T DO IT. SHE WANTED TO BE WITH HER FAMILY.

SO IT WAS JUST A DIFFERENT WAY OF GIVING TO THE GAME.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED KARRIE WEBB A FEW MINUTES AGO, WHAT A GREAT HEAD SHE HAS ON HER SHOULDERS. AND OF COURSE, SHE'S GOT ONE OF THE GREATEST GAMES EVER TO PLAY THE LADIES TOUR.

WERE YOU SURPRISED AND DISAPPOINTED WHEN A FELLOW COUNTRYMAN WASN'T REALLY AWARE OF YOU IN TERMS OF YOUR - THE QUALITY OF YOUR PLAYING RECORD AND THE LENGTH OF THAT PLAYING RECORD AND THE DEPTH OF THAT RECORD?

JAN STEPHENSON
I WAS TERRIBLY DISAPPOINTED AT THAT. AND WE HAD A TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE I THINK SHE WAS QUITE SURPRISED AT THE REACTION UH OF THE - OF THE FANS.

I KNOW IN AUSTRALIA WHEN IT HAPPENED, WE HAD - THERE WERE RADIO CALL-INS AND PEOPLE WERE MAD WITH HER. AND - AND THERE LIKE VOTES ON 'WHO'S SIDE YOU WERE ON?' IN AUSTRALIA, IT WAS HUGE NEWS.

AND I WAS REALLY HURT AT FIRST. I MEAN, WE'RE ACTUALLY GOOD FRIENDS NOW. IN FACT, I INVITED HER TO BE MY PARTNER IN A FISHING TOURNAMENT IN THE KEYS. AND SHE ACCEPTED. AND .

AND WE'VE PLAYED A FEW TOURNAMENTS. IN FACT, WE'RE HAVING A JUNIOR-SENIOR TOURNAMENT AT THE END OF THE YEAR FOR OUR SENIORS. AND SHE'S GONNA BE MY PARTNER.

SO WE HAVE ACTUALLY WELL AND TRULY BURIED THE HATCHET. BUT UH, SHE KNOWS THAT I WAS HURT ABOUT THAT. BUT IT - AGAIN, YOU'VE GOT TO REMEMBER THAT

IN AUSTRALIA THE MEDIA WERE SO MUCH ON MY CALENDARS AND, YOU KNOW, WHETHER I WAS GOING TO POSE NAKED FOR PLAYBOY, IT DIDN'T EVEN MATTER THAT I'D WON.

I THINK THAT THE REASON I WAS GETTING SO MUCH PUBLICITY WAS BECAUSE I HAD WON A U.S. OPEN, AN LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP, AND A DU MAURIER. BUT IT WAS UM, I THINK .
SHE REALIZES NOW THAT I'VE WON THOSE EVENTS, THAT SHE'S BEEN TRYING TO WIN A U.S. OPEN, THAT IT'S PRETTY TOUGH TO DO. AND I THINK THINGS HAVE CHANGED NOW THOUGH. BUT I WAS UPSET AT FIRST.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU GRATEFUL OR ARE YOU A LITTLE BIT RELUCTANT THAT YOU BEGIN TO LET GO OF THAT SIDE OF YOUR IMAGE AND CONCENTRATE MORE ON GOLF? IS IT EASIER TO BE YOU NOW THAN IT WAS THEN?

JAN STEPHENSON
(CHUCKLE) NO. I TELL YOU, IT . (LAUGH)

IT'S TOUGH LOOKING IN THAT MIRROR. I DON'T LIKE SEEING . I MEAN, I . I MEAN UH, IT'S - IT'S TOUGH NOT BEING THE GLAMOUR GIRL ANYMORE. I MEAN, IT'S - IT'S REALLY HARD WHEN PEOPLE KNOW YOU FOR THAT.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THEY CALL AND ASK YOU TO DO A CORPORATE OUTING. I'M LIKE, 'ARE YOU AWARE THAT I'M - HOW OLD I AM? I MEAN, I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE DISAPPOINTED WHEN I SHOW UP. I'M NOT A GLAMOUR GIRL ANYMORE.'

BUT THE GOOD THING IS THAT NOW PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO - TO RECOGNIZE . I'M - I'M BEING RECOGNIZED FOR OTHER THINGS. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I'M DESIGNING GOLF COURSES. AND .

AND THEY'RE NOT DOING IT BECAUSE I POSED, YOU KNOW, IN A - IN A TUB OF GOLF BALLS. THEY'RE DOING IT BECAUSE I'M TALENTED WHICH IS PRETTY NEAT.

PETER KESSLER
IT IS PRETTY WONDERFUL. WE'RE GONNA TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH JAN STEPHENSON.

(BREAK)
 
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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.