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Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOW WHEN NANCY LOPEZ WAS HERE I ASKED HER WHY IT IS, THAT IT'S EASIER TO BE PATIENT OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR FAMILY THEN IT IS WITH YOUR FAMILY, AND SHE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT SHE WAS 2 DIFFERENT PEOPLE. MUCH MORE SHORT
TEMPERED AT HOME AND MUCH MORE GIVING AND GRACIOUS IN PUBLIC.

YOU AND YOUR SISTER CHARLOTTA, AS I UNDERSTAND IT WHEN YOU WERE BOTH MUCH YOUNGER HAD AN INCREDIBLY SOLID RELATIONSHIP WHICH SEEMINGLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS HAS BECOME LESS SOLID, TO THE POINT WHERE IT

APPEARS AS THOUGH YOU DON'T GET ALONG, WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I JUST THINK IT'S A LITTLE SAD SITUATION AND THE SITUATION HAS BEEN A LITTLE BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION I THINK. MY SISTER AND I WE STILL GET ALONG IT'S JUST THAT WERE IN THE SAME BUSINESS TO PLAY GOLF, AND WE PLAY
AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND IT'S NOT THAT EASY ALWAYS. AND YOU KNOW MY

SISTER HAS A LOT OF TALENTS, BUT WHEN THEY COME UP AND TALK TO HER THEY ASK ABOUT ME SO I FELT A LITTLE SORRY FOR HER, BECAUSE SHE HAS HER OWN IDENTITY, AND SHE HAS A GREAT SWING, AND A GREAT GAME AND ONE DAY SHE'S

GOING TO BEAT ME SO YOU KNOW I JUST WISH HER ALL THE BEST AND IT'S JUST REALLY HARD SOMETIMES WHEN WE GET COMPARED YOU KNOW WHOSE THE BETTER ONE, WHOSE THE STRONGEST AND SO FORTH AND SOMETIMES I WISH WE

WERE NOT IN THE SPORT AND I THINK THINGS WOULD OF BEEN A LITTLE EASIER BUT I KNOW THAT ONE DAY YOU KNOW WHEN WE DON'T TALK ABOUT GOLF, WERE GOING TO BE THE BEST OF FRIENDS AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE BOTH LOOK

FORWARD TO.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU FIND IT IN YOU WHEN YOUR TOGETHER AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE OR JUST A MOMENT ALONE, AS THE OLDER SISTER AS THE ONE WITH THE INCREDIBLE RECORD TO BE THE BIGGER PERSON AND TRY TO MAKE IT OKAY, DO YOU MAKE THAT EFFORT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE PEACE MAKER IN OUR FAMILY. DOESN'T, COULD BE MY SISTER, COULD BE MY PARENTS, I WAS ALWAYS THE ONE THAT WANTED PEACE SO I GUESS BEING THE OLDER SISTER I FEEL THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP OUT.

BUT SHE DOESN'T NEED MY HELP, AND IT'S TAKEN ME AWHILE TO REALIZE THAT. YOU KNOW SHE HAS 2 FEET ON THE GROUND AND SHE DOESN'T NEED MY HELP SO BUT AS LONG AS SHE KNOWS I'M THERE, AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS.

PETER KESSLER

WE HAVE ANOTHER 11 YEAR OLD, WHO I THINK WANTS TO BE A GREAT PLAYER SOME DAY, RIGHT KELLY?

CALLER- KELLY

YUP.

PETER KESSLER

TELL US EVERYTHING KELLY AND SAY HI TO ANNIKA.

CALLER- KELLY

HI, I WAS WONDERING WHAT I COULD DO FOR PRACTICING, SINCE WE CAN'T PRACTICE UP HERE IN THE WINTER.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

OH YOUR IN ONTARIO, OH I GUESS THAT'S LIKE SWEDEN ALMOST.

PETER KESSLER

IT IS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

OH IT IS, WELL I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY INDOOR FACILITIES, MAYBE YOU CAN SWING A LITTLE BIT INSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE, DON'T HIT ANY GOLF BALLS. BUT JUST SWING, JUST GET THE FEEL FOR THE GRIP AND THE RHYTHM. IF YOU CAN GET
A CHANCE TO PUTT INSIDE ON A CARPET

I THINK IT'S GREAT, PUT UP A LITTLE COFFEE MUG AND TRY AND MAKE THE BALL IN THE CUP, I THINK THAT'S GREAT.

CALLER- KELLY

OKAY

PETER KESSLER

ONE OF THESE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS IS WELL YOU'VE DONE IT ACTUALLY FOR A LONG TIME EVER SINCE I SUPPOSE YOU WENT TO COMPUTER CAMP AS A 12 YEAR OLD IN THE SUMMER. USING STATISTICS TO POINT OUT YOUR WEAKNESSES SO THAT YOU CAN

WORK ON THEM. AND YOU REALLY SORT OF MADE AN ART OUT OF THIS. IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN LAST YEAR FOR EXAMPLE, OR A YEAR AGO YOU DETERMINED THAT INSIDE OF 6 FEET THAT YOU WERE MISSING 2 PERCENT OF YOUR PUTTS AND YOU WERE

GOING TO KNOCK THAT DOWN TO, 1 OR 1 AND I THINK IN THIS PAST CALENDAR YEAR YOU GOT IT UNDER 1 WHICH IS AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER. AS YOU LOOK AT 1998 STATISTICALLY, WHAT WEAKNESSES
DO YOU PERCEIVE THAT YOU OUGHT TO WORK ON.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I STILL BELIEVE IT IS MY SHORT GAME AND MOSTLY PUTTING AND YOU KNOW GOING BACK TO THE SWEDISH PHILOSOPHY HITTING 54. I BELIEVE THAT I CAN HIT EVERY GREEN AND HAVE ONE PUTTER ON EVERY HOLE. AND THAT'S WHAT I KIND OF WHAT I WORK TOWARDS

AND MY PUTTING STATS ARE GETTING BETTER BUT IT'S NOT REALLY EXACTLY WHERE I WANT IT TO BE. ESPECIALLY LOOKING BACK AT LAST WEEK, I DID NOT PUTT AS WELL AS I'D LIKE TO SO I STILL HAVE A LOT TO IMPROVE RIGHT THERE.

AND I THINK YOU KNOW WE CAN ALL
HIT THE BALL TO THE GREEN BUT IT'S A

MATTER OF PUTTING THE BALL IN THE HOLE, AND I THINK I CAN IMPROVE THAT.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN GARY PLAYER USE TO FIND HIMSELF OUT OF CONTENTION, HE WAS ONE OF THE GUYS WHO WOULD DO EVERYTHING HE COULD, TO PLAY THE BEST GOLF THAT HE COULD DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE REALIZED HE NO LONGER HAD A CHANCE

TO WIN. OTHER PLAYERS ONCE THEY WERE OUT OF IT WOULD RELAX A LITTLE BIT AND NOT TRY TO SCORE TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITY AND SAVE IT FOR THE NEXT TIME THEIR IN CONTENTION. THIS WEEKEND WHEN YOU CAME CLOSE TO CONTENTION ON SATURDAY AND DIDN'T MAKE THE BIRDIE PUTTS YOU WANTED.

AND THEN CLEARLY AT SOME POINT ON SUNDAY, YOU HAD TO HAVE LOOKED AT THE LEADER BOARD AND SAID, WELL UNLESS I EAGLE EVERY HOLE OR DO SOMETHING YOU KNOW, THAT'S NOT DOABLE I'M NOT GOING TO WIN. HOW

HARD IS IT FOR YOU TO BARE DOWN AND TO PLAY THE BEST YOU CAN, WHEN YOU KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

IT'S VERY HARD, I MEAN I COME TO TOURNAMENTS AND I WANT TO WIN AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME. IN A SITUATIONS WHERE I FEEL LIKE, LIKE YOU SAID YOU HAVE TO EAGLE EVERY HOLE. YOU KNOW YOUR STILL GOING TO KEEP

TRYING TO PUT A GOOD SCORE. AND SOMETIMES I GO OUT THERE AND I JUST TRY THINK A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY TRY AND MAYBE HIT ANOTHER TYPE OF SHOT INSTEAD. YOU KNOW I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING, YOU KNOW GET AWAY FROM FOCUSING ON WINNING THE

TOURNAMENT. I STILL WANT TO, LIKE I SAID PUT DOWN A GOOD SCORE SO IT'S YOU KNOW YOU ALWAYS GOT TO KEEP THE ATTENTION THERE YOU CAN'T JUST SAY OKAY I'M DONE WITH IT LET'S JUST GO IN. YOU KNOW I STILL DON'T WANT TO

MAKE A FOOL OUT OF MYSELF I WANT TO CONTINUE UNTIL I PUTT THE LAST HOLE ON 18.

PETER KESSLER

WE'LL TAKE ANOTHER BREAK AND WE WILL RETURN WITH ANNIKA SORENSTAM AND AS WE LEAVE YOU LET'S JUST TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE INCREDIBLE STATISTICS, JUST A FEW AND SHE HAS GENERATED SINCE SHE WON THE US WOMEN'S OPEN IN THE SUMMER OF 1995.

17 WINS OUT OF 17 EVENTS. I'LL DEFY ANYBODY OVER THAT TIME PERIOD TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS APPROACHED THAT INCREDIBLE NUMBER. EXCEPT MAYBE ?HANDLER? WON ON THE SENIOR TOUR, RIGHT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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