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Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER

ALL RIGHT, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE OTHER ANNIKA SORENSTAM, THE ONE WHO SAYS ABOUT SE RI PAK I WANT TO KICK HER BUTT. AND THE ONE WHO HAS A PUNCHING BAG WITH DOTTIE PEPPER'S FACE ON IT AND GIVES IT A COUPLE OF WHACKS. TELL ME ABOUT THAT YOU, THAT COMPETITIVE THING THAT WE KNOW

EXISTS BECAUSE WE SEE YOU ON THE GOLF COURSE AND WE SEE HOW YOU WIN AND WE SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT INSIDE BUT THAT'S SORT OF A ACTIVE SIDE OF YOU THAT WE GET HEAR TELL ME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK THE INSIDE LOOKS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OUTSIDE. I THINK YOUR RIGHT, I MEAN I'M VERY COMPETITIVE IT'S ACTUALLY IN ANYTHING I DO, IT'S WHEN I PLAY CARDS WITH MY HUSBAND OR WE PLAY CHESS I
MEAN SOMETIMES THE PIECES WILL FLY

ALL OVER THE PLACE IT'S, I WAS JUST BORN TO COMPETE AND I DON'T LIKE LOSING, BUT I THINK THAT JUST STRIVES ME TO PERFORM THE BEST SO I THINK IT'S GOOD TO HAVE THAT SIDE.

PETER KESSLER

DOES THAT COME FROM EITHER OF YOUR PARENTS OR DO YOU THINK THAT, THAT WAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL THING WHERE YOU GREW UP, THE SWEDISH GOLF FEDERATION, THE FACE, THE FEAR THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED ALONG THE WAY OR THINGS THAT HAPPEN AT HOME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I THINKS IT'S PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, SWEDEN IS THE COUNTRY WHERE YOUR SUPPOSE TO KIND OF JUST BE YOU, YOUR NOT SUPPOSE

SHOW EMOTIONS, JUST BE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE BUT THEN ON THE INSIDE I DO HAVE EMOTIONS, SO I GUESS I'M TRYING TO HIDE THEM BUT STILL TRYING TO PERFORM AS GOOD AS I CAN SO IT'S I THINK JUST A COMBINATION OF BEING SWEDISH BUT THEN ALSO BEING

VERY COMPETITIVE.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU SOMETIMES SAY TO YOURSELF I'M TIRED OF ANNIKA SORENSTAM THE WORLD FAMOUS GOLFER AND PERSONALITY AND JUST WANT TO BE THE ANNIKA SORENSTAM THAT I THINK OF ME AS WHICH IS DOING THE THINGS THAT I LIKE TO DO, AND NOT BEING RECOGNIZED AND NOT HAVING TO DO INTERVIEWS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK I DO BOTH, YOU KNOW WHEN I'M ON THE GOLF COURSE I CONSIDER THAT AS MY JOB AND THAT'S I DO THE THINGS I GOT TO DO THAT I THINK IS A GOOD IMAGE FOR MYSELF BUT WHEN I DO LEAVE THE COURSE THEN I'M JUST ME

YOU KNOW I GO HOME AND I PUT JEANS ON, I PUT A HAT BACKWARDS, I JUST RELAX AND JUST BE ME. I THINK I HAVE 2 ROLES IN LIFE.

PETER KESSLER

WELL WERE REALLY GLAD I AM IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE YOUR HOME HERE IN ORLANDO AND I HOPING THAT WERE GOING TO SEE A LOT

MORE OF YOU THAN ONCE EVERY 4 YEARS. LET'S TALK TO ERIC IN NEW YORK, HELLO ERIC.

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

HI PETER THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR WELCOME

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

HI ANNIKA HOW ARE YOU DOING?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M GOOD HOW ARE YOU?

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

GOOD, COUPLE QUICK QUESTIONS FOR YOU. NUMBER 1, I SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TO TRAVEL TO ASIA, WHERE GOLF IS I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO PLAY, AND PLACE TO PRACTICE GOLF. AND YOU HAVE GROWN UP IN SWEDEN, WHERE THE WEATHER IS THE RELATIVELY COLD TO

SAY THE LEAST AND WHAT DO YOU TELL YOURSELF OF DISCIPLINE YOURSELF TO PRACTICE TO BE PERSISTENT AND PERSIRVER, AND TO GET TO WORLD NUMBER 1. MY QUESTION NUMBER 2 IS, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST LESSON THAT YOU
LEARNED IN GOLF THAT YOU COULD APPLY TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. AND

THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL AND I WILL HANG UP AND LISTEN TO YOU.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

OKAY WELL I THINK THE ANSWER TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION IS, THAT YOU KNOW IN SWEDEN WE TRY AND PRACTICE AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT WE HAVE AND IN THE WINTERS WE GO TO INDOOR FACILITIES.

WE HIT BALLS FROM MATS INTO A NET PROBABLY 10 TO 50 YARDS DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU WOULD GO, YOU KNOW IT WASN'T A LOT OF FUN BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T SEE WHERE THE BALL WENT BUT WHAT CAN DO WHEN THAT'S ALL YOU GOT. SO IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GRINDING TECHNIQUE IN THE WINTER AND THEN

WHEN THE SUMMER COMES WE WOULD BE SO ANXIOUS TO PLAY THAT WE WOULD PLAY YOU KNOW, NOT 24 HOURS A DAY BUT SINCE IT DOESN'T GET DARK UNTIL 8 WE'D BE OUT THERE ALL DAY LONG, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT I WORKED ON MY

TECHNIQUE IN THE WINTER, IN THE SUMMER I JUST KIND OF WENT OUT THERE AND PLAYED.

PETER KESSLER

WE HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL KRISTINA WHO I THINK WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU WHEN SHE GROWS UP, RIGHT KRISTINA, ARE YOU THERE?

CALLER-KRISTINA

HI ANNIKA HOW ARE YOU?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M GOOD AND YOU?

CALLER-KRISTINA

I WATCH YOU EVERY YEAR AT THE BIG APPLE CLASSIC AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW, HOW AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF BECAUSE I'M VERY INSPIRED BY YOU.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANK YOU, I STARTED PLAYING GOLF WHEN I WAS 12. I PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS BEFORE GOLF BUT THEN I REALIZED HOW MUCH FUN IT WAS. SO

THEN I QUITE ALL THE OTHER SPORTS AND CONTINUED WITH GOLF.

PETER KESSLER

THE PREVIOUS CALLER HAD ONE OTHER QUESTION WHICH I JUST REMEMBERED. WHICH IS WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED ABOUT PLAYING GOLF THAT YOU COULD APPLY TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I WOULD SAY HAVING PATIENCE. ESPECIALLY ON THE GOLF COURSE. YOU KNOW WHEN THE SHOTS DON'T GO WHERE YOU WANT, OR THE PUTTS DON'T GO IN, YOU JUST GOT TO BE PATIENT I THINK IT'S SAME THING IN LIFE, BE PATIENT, IT'S JUST

THINGS CAN GO WRONG BUT JUST MOVE ON THERE'S ANOTHER DAY SO.

PETER KESSLER

NOW THERE WERE A LOT OF CLUB THROWERS, WHO TURNED INTO PERFECT ANGELS LATER LIKE ARNOLD, AND JACK, AND BOBBY JONES, AND ANNIKA SORENSTAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WAS A TIME THAT YOU USE TO GRIND

SOME WOODEN HEADED RIGHT INTO THE GROUND AND THAT THINGS USE TO LEAVE YOUR HAND AND BECOME AIRBORNE. WHO EXPLAINED TO YOU THAT, THAT WASN'T GOING TO BE HAPPENING ANYMORE.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK THE OCCASION WHERE I REALIZED IT WAS WRONG, IS I GOT SUSPENDED FROM A GOLF TOURNAMENT AT HOME.

PETER KESSLER

THAT WOULD DO IT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH, THAT WOULD DO IT, AND I REALIZED THAT I WANTED TO PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT SO BADLY SO AFTER THAT, THAT WAS IT. BUT THERE WAS ALSO A MOMENT WHERE I GOT A LITTLE ANGRY WITH A 5 WOOD, I REMEMBER HITTING IT

IN THE WATER AND I BANGED THE CLUB
INTO THE BAG AND IT BROKE. THESE

WERE THE BRAND NEW CLUBS I GOT FROM MY PARENTS FROM CHRISTMAS, SO I FELT REALLY BAD I DIDN'T WANT TO TELL THEM ANYTHING AND I KIND OF HIDE THE CLUB FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER. BUT I DID FEEL BAD ABOUT IT AND AFTER THAT

I HAVEN'T DONE IT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER

SAME THING HAPPEN TO BOBBY JONES, DID YOU KNOW THAT HE GOT A LETTER FROM THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION WHEN HE WAS NOT QUITE 20, THEY SAID, IF YOU WANT TO PLAY IN ANY MORE OF OUR EVENTS YOU'LL STOP THROWING CLUBS,
YOU'LL STOP USING BAD LANGUAGE , AND YOU'LL START TO BEHAVE YOURSELF.

AND OF COURSE NOW THE HIGHEST AWARD YOU CAN GET AS A GOLFER IS THE BOBBY JONES AWARD FOR SPORTSMANSHIP, SO IT HAPPENS TO EVERYBODY. WERE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE FOR A MOMENT, I WANT TO SETUP YOUR

FIRST US WOMEN'S OPEN VICTORY, A PARTICULAR PUTT THE 5 FOOTER ON 17, PAT BRADLEY I THINK HAD JUST MADE A PUTT TO PULL WITHIN 1 THAT HAD NOT BEEN YOUR FINEST HOLE TEE TO GREEN OF YOUR CAREER THIS WAS A KEY PAR PUTT.

JUST BEFORE WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT TELL US WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE, WERE YOU ABLE TO STAY WITH YOUR ROUTINE ON THAT OR WAS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PUTT SOMETHING THAT WAS RIGHT IN

FRONT OF YOUR HEAD.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THINKING BACK RIGHT NOW I DON'T REALLY REMEMBER PLAYING 17 OR 18 I MEAN I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING OUT THERE, I KNEW I WAS ON TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD AND ALL I WAS THINKING IS JUST PUT IT IN THE HOLE YOU KNOW LET'S FINISH THIS ROUND AND THAT PUTT

I DON'T REMEMBER PUTTING AT ALL, I REMEMBER MY CADDIE HELPING ME WITH THE LINE AND I SAID, THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO NOW AND IT'S AMAZING WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR REALLY DOING UNTIL YOU THINK ABOUT IT A FEW DAYS LATER.

PETER KESSLER

AND HERE IT IS 4 YEARS LATER, YOU LOOK PRETTY COOL TO US.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH BUT DIFFERENT FROM THE INSIDE.

PETER KESSLER

NOW HERE YOU ARE WATCHING MEG MALLON IF SHE MAKES IT THERE'S A PLAYOFF, IF NOT YOUR THE CHAMP.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

SOME BIG EYES
PETER KESSLER

BIG EYES AND THAT'S WHEN YOU KNEW THAT YOU WEREN'T GOING TO STICK TO YOUR STATEMENT OF, IF I WIN THE US OPEN I'M QUITTING GOLF FOREVER BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

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