Golf Talk Live - Jan Stephenson Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
I RECENTLY ASKED THIS QUESTION OF TOMMY BOLT AND HE LOOKED AT ME LIKE I JUST GOT OFF THE SHUTTLE FROM VENUS. BUT I'LL - I'LL TRY IT ON YOU.

DO YOU REGRET MORE THE THINGS THAT YOU DID THAT PERHAPS YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE OR DO YOU REGRET THE THINGS THAT YOU DIDN'T DO THAT YOU WISH YOU HAD DONE?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH MY GOSH, THAT - NO WONDER HE LOOKED AT YOU LIKE THAT. (LAUGH)

YOU KNOW, IT . IT'S - IT'S HORRIBLE. YOU DON'T - YOU TRY NOT TO REGRET THINGS THAT YOU'VE DONE. UM .

BUT THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT I REGRET A LOT OF THINGS I'VE DONE . MORE.

PETER KESSLER
IS IT EASIER FOR YOU TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP NOW AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE?

JAN STEPHENSON
OH, MUCH EASIER, MUCH EASIER BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND HOW WONDERFUL LIFE IS. AND UH . AND - PLUS, YOU KNOW, I HAVE A BOYFRIEND RIGHT NOW THAT'S REALLY INTO GOLF.

AND I NEVER DID THAT BEFORE. AND IT'S GREAT `CAUSE WE HAVE - WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM. YOU KNOW, WE - WE WORK REALLY WELL TOGETHER. AND UH, HE UNDERSTANDS HOW IMPORTANT GOLF IS.

AND SO I'M NOT FIGHTING THAT THE WHOLE TIME. THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT MY WHOLE LIFE'S IS INVOLVED WITH GOLF. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE GOLF TOURNAMENTS, BUT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE GAME OF GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS HEAR THIS EXPRESSION THAT 'IT'S A GAME FOR A LIFETIME.' BUT IT TRULY IS. I MEAN, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE FACT THAT YOU SEEM AS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT GOLF NOW

AS YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL AND YOUR DAD TOOK YOU TO HIT GOLF BALLS?

JAN STEPHENSON
IT'S JUST - IT JUST GETS LIKE THAT. IT'S JUST LIKE I HAD SAID TO YOU. I MEAN, I FEEL LIKE I LEARN EVERY TIME I GO PLAY. I JUST - I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE WONDERFUL IT IS. AND YOU KNOW, I USED TO ALWAYS SAY THAT .

I MEAN, I - I REMEMBER WHEN I - I WAS STAYING UP - UP WHERE ARNOLD WAS AT BAYHILL. AND I WATCHED HIM . IT WAS A THANKSGIVING DAY, AND I WAS JUMPING DOWNSTAIRS, AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL HOT DAY AND I WAS GONNA GO WATER-SKI.

AND THERE WAS ARNOLD CHANGING THE GRIPS ON HIS CLUBS. AND I SAID, 'ARNIE, IT'S THANKSGIVING DAY. YOU CAN JUST HAVE SOMEBODY DO THAT.'

AND HE'S LIKE, 'NO, I LOVE CHANGING MY GRIPS.' AND IT WAS LIKE, 'WOW.' AND THAT WAS WAY BACK WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG AND I WAS INTO WATER-SKIING, AND NO WAY, I'M - I'M GONNA TAKE THE DAY OFF AND WATER-SKI.

AND NOW, I UNDERSTAND PERFECTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING.

PETER KESSLER
HOW HAPPY ARE YOU ON THE ONE TO TEN SCALE THESE DAYS?

JAN STEPHENSON
(LAUGH) WELL UM, I'M PRETTY HAPPY WITH MY CAREER. I MEAN, I - I WOULD REALLY LIKE A WIN, I MEAN, A REAL WIN, A REAL LPGA WIN.

UM, THAT WOULD KIND OF TOP OFF . I KEEP SAYING I WANT TO DO A BOOK AND - AND I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH WITH A NICE HIGH NOTE.

PETER KESSLER
A WIN IN 2000, YOU GUARANTEED IT, DID YOU NOT?

JAN STEPHENSON
YES I DID.

PETER KESSLER
WILL YOU COME BACK AFTER YOU'VE HAD THE VICTORY?

JAN STEPHENSON
ABSOLUTELY. THANKS PETER.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL . WE'LL CELEBRATE IT RIGHT HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

JAN STEPHENSON
THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.