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Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 5

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V/O PETER KESSLER

EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE WE SELECT A QUESTION THAT YOU E-MAIL TO US DURING THE WEEK FOR OUR GUEST AND THE QUESTION TONIGHT IS, HOW APPROPRIATE IS THIS THANK YOU FRED STERNER. HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT

PLAYING WITH YOUR HUSBAND DAVID AS YOUR PARTNER IN THE JC PENNY CLASSIC? WE'LL ASK ANNIKA FIRST AND THEN WE'LL FIND OUT FROM DAVID WHAT REALLY WENT ON, TELL US EVERYTHING ANNIKA.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANKS FRED FOR THE QUESTION.

PETER KESSLER

AND FIRST GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.

DAVID ESCH

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GLAD TO BE HERE.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL IT WAS A LOT OF FUN TO PLAY WITH DAVID, IT WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT TYPE A TOURNAMENT THAT I'M USE TO AND A DIFFERENT PARTNER. I ENJOY PLAYING WITH DAVID IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT LIKE I SAID, A LITTLE PRESSURE AND FROM BOTH SIDES. WE MANAGED AND WERE STILL MARRIED.

PETER KESSLER

SO WAS THE FIELD GENERAL TOUGH ON YOU?

DAVID ESCH

THE WHAT?

PETER KESSLER

THE FIELD GENERAL, ANNIKA SORENSTAM.

DAVID ESCH

OH THE FIELD GENERAL YEAH SHE WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT, SHE'S USE TO WINNING AND WE WERE PUT INTO A POSITION VERY QUICKLY , WHERE WE KNEW WE WEREN'T GOING TO WIN.

PETER KESSLER

THAT WOULDN'T OF BEEN YOUR GOLF GAME BY ANY CHANCE, WOULD IT?

DAVID ESCH

COULD OF BEEN, COULD OF BEEN.

PETER KESSLER

HOW'D YOU PLAY?

DAVID ESCH

IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY INTERESTING. I'VE BEEN IN DIFFERENT MONEY GAMES AND FELT DIFFERENT KINDS OF PRESSURE ON A GOLF COURSE. AS I TEED IT UP IN

THE JC PENNY I FELT LIKE EVERYTHING WAS FINE, BUT EVERY TIME I TOOK THE CLUB BACK THE BALL WENT SIDEWAYS.

PETER KESSLER

WERE YOU THINKING YOUR WAY THROUGH YOUR GOLF SWING.

DAVID ESCH

I THINK I PROBABLY WAS YOU KNOW KIND OF TRYING TO GUIDE THINGS YOU KNOW WHEN I REALLY WENT AFTER IT OCCASIONALLY I'D PULL OFF A GOOD SHOT, BUT MANY TIMES I DIDN'T. WHAT I FOUND INTERESTING WAS THE 2 DAYS OF
INDIVIDUAL PLAY WHERE I'D THOUGHT I'D HELP OUT HERE THERE WITH A BIRDIE

WERE THE DAYS I WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE, THE DAYS THAT WE DID THE ALTERNATE SHOT. I ACTUALLY SCRAPPED IT AROUND DECENTLY SO SHE DIDN'T GET TO UPSET AT ME.

PETER KESSLER

I THINK PEOPLE WERE REAL INTERESTED IN WATCHING THOSE SCORES IN THE PAPER EVERY DAY. I KNOW THAT I WAS LOOKING TO SEE IF YOU HAD BLOWN THINGS UP FOR THE TEAM BUT THERE WAS NO SCORE WORSE THAN PAR EVEN THOUGH YOUR

LOOKING TO DO VERY MUCH BETTER THAN THAT RIGHT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK

DAVID ESCH

TEST AMOUNT TO HOW GOOD ANNIKA REALLY IS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

NO I DON'T KNOW IT'S

PETER KESSLER

ALL RIGHT I NEED, GIVE ME SOME INSIDE STUFF HERE ON WHAT HAPPEN DURING THIS ?LITTLE TOURNAMENT?.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I HAVE TO TELL YOU A LITTLE FUNNY STORY.

PETER KESSLER

THERE WE GO

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL DAVID HAD TOLD ME TO PROMISE THAT I WOULD SMILE FOR 4 DAYS, IT DIDN'T MATTER WHERE THE BALL WENT, JUST KEEP SMILING. AND AFTER ABOUT 5 HOLES BEING IN THE BUSHES IT WAS A LITTLE HARD TO SMILE. SO IN THE

EVENING I DREW A LITTLE PICTURE OF MYSELF WITH THIS BIG SMILE AN PUT MY NAME ON IT AND LOTS OF HEARTS AND I SAID, PUT THIS PICTURE IN YOUR

YARDAGE BOOK AND EVERY TIME YOU HIT IN THE TREES JUST LOOK AT THIS BECAUSE I AM SMILING ON THE INSIDE.

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

SO THAT WAS KIND OF OUR ?STANDING? JOKE, I SAID JUST LOOK AT THE PICTURE AND SO WE MANAGED AROUND.

DAVID ESCH

I GOT TO LOOK AT THE PICTURE A LOT.
PETER KESSLER

I'LL BET LIKE EVERY TIME YOU TOOK THE CLUB BACK. DID YOU GET AN APPRECIATION OF A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT SHE HAS TO FEEL UNDER PRESSURE, EVEN THOUGH SHE'S BEEN DOING IT LONGER, IS USE TO IT AND HAS FIGURED OUT HOW TO CONTROL IT.

DAVID ESCH

VERY MUCH SO, ANYBODY AT THE PINNACLE OF WHAT THEY DO REGARDLESS OF IT BEING GOLF OR MEDIA OR ANYTHING ELSE IT'S REALLY INCREDIBLE THAT THEY CAN FOCUS AND ATTAIN THE LEVELS THAT THEY ATTAIN WITH ALL THE PERIPHERY

AND DISTRACTIONS AND THINGS GOING ON AROUND THEM. I MEAN I STOOD ON THE RANGE AND HIT BALLS NEXT TO
YOU KNOW SEVERAL DIFFERENT PGA

TOUR PROS AND HIT IT JUST AS GOOD. WALKED OVER TO THE FIRST TEE AND WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE AND TO DO THAT 4 DAYS IN A ROW, DAY IN, DAY OUT, WEEK AFTER WEEK, WITH THE TRAVEL WITH YOU KNOW LIKE YOU TALKED ABOUT NANCY

LOPEZ WITH KIDS OR WITH DIFFERENT SPONSOR OBLIGATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT IT'S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AFTER A ROUND, NO PRIVATE TIME FOR YOURSELF WHILE YOUR ON A GOLF COURSE, IT'S REALLY

AMAZING WHAT THEY DO AND HOW WELL THEY DO IT.

PETER KESSLER

HAVE THE 2 OF YOU BEEN TOGETHER IN SWEDEN? HOW BIG A HERO IS SHE IN HER HOME TOWN?

DAVID ESCH

SHE'S WELL LIKED, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S IT, WELL LIKED

DAVID ESCH

I'M DOWN PLAYING A LITTLE BIT.

PETER KESSLER

WELL UP PLAY IT.

DAVID ESCH

SHE'S BIG IN SWEDEN. IT'S NEAT TO SEE THOUGH ESPECIALLY WHAT WERE EXPERIENCING IN THIS SHOW IS I'VE NOTICED WITH A LOT OF HER CORRESPONDENCE LATELY, SHE'S GETTING A LOT OF LETTERS FROM

YOUNGER KIDS. WHICH I THINK IS NEAT, YOU SEE IT IN SWEDEN ALL THE TIME. THEY'LL GATHER AROUND 30 TO 100 AROUND THE 18TH GREEN, JUST A LOT OF CHILDREN JUST GOING CRAZY.

PETER KESSLER
FOR YOUR MARRIAGE TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOUR HUSBANDS GOT TO BE REALLY

SECURE AND REALLY STRONG IN HIS OWN IDENTITY.

DAVID ESCH

WHY THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

I DIDN'T SAY YOU WERE I'M GOING TO ASK YOUR WIFE IF YOU ARE. TELL US ABOUT THAT SIDE OF HIM.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK WHEN WE MET, IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS MAYBE A LITTLE HARD FOR DAVID BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS ME, IT WAS MY CAREER, IT WAS LETTERS FOR

ANNIKA, IT WAS TELEPHONE FOR ANNIKA, EVERYTHING WAS ME. BUT I THINK IT WAS A LITTLE TOUGH IN THE BEGINNING BUT HE REALIZED QUICKLY THAT THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO DO AND HE WANTED TO BE A PART OF IT AND AFTER THAT, I MEAN

WE'VE HAD A GOOD TIME DOING IT TOGETHER. YOU KNOW, NOW HE HELPS ME OFF THE GOLF COURSE. HE DOES MOST OF THE CORRESPONDENCE KIND OF THE PAPER WORK, AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND I THINK HE'S FOUND

HIS OWN IDENTITY IN THERE KNOWING THAT HE CAN HELP ME DO GOOD FOR US. SO I THINK IT'S JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER WERE JUST GETTING USE TO IT, AND LIKE I SAID EARLIER, WE LOVE IT.

PETER KESSLER

SO ANNI I SHOULD BET MONEY NOW ON WHERE YOU'LL FINISH IN THIS YEARS JC PENNY RIGHT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK IT WAS A 1 TIME, 1 TIME ONLY.

PETER KESSLER

HOW SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT, WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AS WE GO AWAY WE'VE GOT A GRAPHIC OF A COUPLE OF OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND JUST TO READ THEM IS ABSOLUTELY CONTINUED TO BE IMPRESSED BY YOUR BRILLIANCE. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MR. AND MRS. ESCH AFTER THIS.

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