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Golf Talk Live - Karrie Webb Transcript Segment 5

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(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
KARRIE AND OTHER GREATS
FIRST 5 YEARS ON LPGA TOUR
WINS MAJORS
NANCY LOPEZ 23 1
KARRIE WEBB 20 2
BETSY RAWLS 16 3
ANNIKA SORENSTAM 16 2
MICKEY WRIGHT 13 2
KATHY WHITWORTH 10 0 )

PETER KESSLER
YOU TALKED ABOUT ALL THE GREAT PLAYERS THAT WERE AHEAD OF YOU BUT YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE AND YOU HAVE. HERE'S YOU AND SOME OF THE OTHER GREATS, FIRST FIVE YEARS ON TOUR.

YOU'RE NOT IN HORRIBLE SHAPE AFTER FIVE YEARS. ANY REACTION TO THAT LIST?

KARRIE WEBB
IT'S LOOKING ALRIGHT. YEAH, IT'S LOOKING - IT'S LOOKING ALRIGHT. I . YOU GUYS - YOU GUYS SHOW ME SO MANY DIFFERENT STATS THAT I WOULD NEVER EVEN THINK OF, THAT WHEN I COME HERE, I LEARN SOMETHING EVERY TIME.

PETER KESSLER
WELL GOOD. NOW WILL YOU COME BACK HERE EVERY YEAR? WE'VE MISSED YOU. IT'S BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE YOU WERE HERE LAST. AND AS I TOLD YOU AT THE BREAK, THERE'S TOO MANY WINS FOR ME TO GO OVER ALL TWENTY, WHICH IS WHY WE'VE PICKED TWO.

SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NABISCO WHICH, OF COURSE, YOU WON BY TEN SHOTS. AND AS WE'RE LOOKING AT IT, IS IT EASY TO KEEP YOUR CONCENTRATION WHEN YOU HAVE THE KIND OF LEAD THAT YOU ULTIMATELY BUILT OR DOES YOUR MIND WANDER A LITTLE BIT?

KARRIE WEBB
WELL . WELL, IT - IT . I TRIED NOT TO WANDER UH AT ALL. BUT UM, PLAYING WITH UH AREE WONGLUEKIET UM, YOU KNOW, I WAS TOTALLY UH WATCHING HER GAME ON - ON SUNDAY. IT ACTUALLY PROBABLY MIGHT HAVE ADDED ME A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE UH,

AND IF SHE'S WATCHING THIS, THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GONNA LET HER BEAT ME, A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD. AND UH (LAUGH) . SO THAT PROBABLY - THAT PROBABLY GOT ME GOING ON UH, ON SUNDAY.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU'RE HER IDOL.

KARRIE WEBB
SO UH, AND SHE'S AN AWESOME PLAYER. AND UH, YOU KNOW UM, I'M JUST GLAD WE'VE GOT FIVE YEARS BEFORE HER AND HER SISTER, NAREE, ARE OUT ON TOUR BECAUSE UH, THEY'RE GONNA MAKE A LOT OF MONEY AND WIN A LOT OF TOURNAMENTS.

PETER KESSLER
IF WE ASK TIGER WHAT HIS REACTION IS TO THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE FANS AND THE MEDIA, HE SAYS IT'S NOT A PROBLEM BECAUSE HIS EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGHER FOR HIMSELF THAN EVERYBODY ELSE'S. DO YOU FELL THAT WAY ABOUT YOU?

KARRIE WEBB
YEAH, DEFINITELY. I THINK UM, YOU KNOW UH, I'M VERY HARD ON MYSELF, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. AND YOU CAN ASK A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT KNOW ME AS FAR AS MY GOLF GAME, UM, I'M VERY HARD ON MYSELF.

AND - AND . YOU KNOW, I'M NEVER HAPPY WITH UH, YOU KNOW, SECOND RATE GOLF. AND UM, YOU KNOW, A T THE NABISCO CHAMPIONSHIP, I - I PLAYED EXTREMELY WELL FOR FOUR DAYS IN A ROW. AND UH, YOU KNOW,

I HELD UP THE TROPHY ON SUNDAY SO I CAN'T BE MORE - ANY MORE HAPPY THAN THAT.

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU REMEMBERED TO DO THAT SMILE THING IN THIS SHOT THAT WE JUST SAW WHICH WAS A 'SEE I HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN'.

KARRIE WEBB
RIGHT, RIGHT, THAT I'VE BEEN TAUGHT TO DO. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
EVERYBODY TALKS TOO ABOUT THE SOUND THAT YOUR CLUB MAKES AGAINST THE BALL, THAT YOU CAN CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THERE'S AN UNMISTAKABLE SOUND OF WHAT A BALL DOES WHEN IT'S GONNA END UP A COUPLE OF FEET FROM THE HOLE. AND YOU JUST DO ANOTHER 'HO-HUM' AFTER IT.

(KARRIE LAUGHS)

(SCORE BOARD SHOWN:
START LEADERS
12 WEBB
4 PEPPER
2 MALLON
1 REDMAN M.
EVEN JOHNSTON-FORBES
2 WONGLUEKIET A.
3 DOBSON
2 JOHNSON C
1 SAIKI
3 JONES )

HAVE YOU BEGUN TO BE IMPRESSED WITH YOU YET?

KARRIE WEBB
UH, YOU KNOW, I STILL - I STILL HAVE TO UH, TO PINCH MYSELF EVERY NOW AND THEN TO LOOK UP ON THAT BOARD AND KNOW THAT THAT'S ACTUALLY . THAT WEBB IS ACTUALLY ME.

PETER KESSLER
WAS YOUR DREAM THIS BIG?

KARRIE WEBB
IT THINK IT WAS THE - THE ULTIMATE OF ULTIMATE DREAMS. I THINK UH, YOU KNOW, I DID UH, I THINK, FANTASIZE THAT ONE DAY I COULD BE IN THIS POSITION. BUT UH, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST NEVER KNOW IF YOU CAN EVER - EVER ACTUALLY GET HERE.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT THIS NEXT PART AS WE .

KARRIE WEBB
WELL UH, BACK ON SIXTEEN WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT DAY THAT I TALKED TO EVAN ABOUT UH GOING IN THE LAKE. AND I TOLD HIM HE HAD TO COME IN WITH ME. AND UH, YOU KNOW, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. BUT UH,

I SAID THAT I WANTED TO RUN IN WITH HIM AND DO TWO BIG CANNONBALL DIVES INTO THE WATER. BUT I DIDN'T KNOW IF IT WAS DEEP ENOUGH. SO AS DOTTIE PUSHED ME IN, I WAS RUNNING IN THERE THINKING THIS MIGHT NOT - I WAS GONNA DO A BIG CANNONBALL BUT .

I WAS LIKE, COULD YOU IMAGINE IF I INJURED MYSELF DOING THAT AND NOT KNOWING IT WAS - AND YOU KNOW, HITTING THE - HITTING THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE DOING THAT?

SO AS I WAS IN MIDAIR ON THAT JUMP, I JUST TOTALLY, LIKE, SPREAD MY LEGS OUT AND LANDED ON MY BACK.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGH) VERY ELEGANT AND CLASSIC.

KARRIE WEBB
YEAH, IT WAS VERY ELEGANT.

PETER KESSLER
NEXT TIME YOU HAVE EVAN GO IN FIRST TO THE SPOT.

KARRIE WEBB
ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT (LAUGH).

PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN LET HIM CHECK. HE CAN LIMP AROUND THE GOLF COURSE. IT WON'T BE A PROBLEM. STUART IN VIRGINIA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT?

STUART, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA
WONDERFUL. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE WELCOME.

STUART, CALLER FROM VIRGINIA
UM, KARRIE UM, I WAS CURIOUS AS TO WHAT YOU THINK OF YOUR FAMILY?

KARRIE WEBB
OH, I LOVE MY FAMILY. UH, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE - THEY'RE THE - ONE OF BIGGEST PARTS OF MY LIFE. AND UH, YOU KNOW UM . YOU KNOW, I - I WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM WITHOUT THEM. UM, THEY'RE VERY SPECIAL TO ME.

AND UM, THE ONLY THING THAT, YOU KNOW UH, IS UNFORTUNATE FOR ME IS THAT THEY LIVE IN AUSTRALIA AND UM, I DON'T GET TO SEE THEM PROBABLY AS OFTEN AS I WOULD LIKE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW GOOD ARE YOU ABOUT KEEPING THE RELATIONSHIP AS ACTIVE AS POSSIBLE THROUGH PHONE CALLS?

KARRIE WEBB
OH, VERY ACTIVE. I THINK UM, YOU KNOW, I CALL THEM, YOU KNOW, NOT - NOT - UH, ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK. BUT UM, YOU KNOW WHEN I - WHEN I DO CALL MY - WELL, AND PLUS MY SISTERS ARE, YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T LIVE AT HOME ANYMORE .

SO I MAKE THREE PHONE CALLS TO - TO THEM A WEEK. AND UM, ACCUMULATED, IT PROBABLY ADDS UP TO ABOUT FOUR HOURS OF - OF TALKING TIME. SO I ALLOW MYSELF A - A GOOD UM, A GOOD SPACE OF TIME THERE TO - TO TALK TO THEM BECAUSE UH,

YOU KNOW, I HAVE A LOT TO TELL THEM BUT UM, MOST IMPORTANTLY I LIKE TO HEAR WHAT'S HAPPENED AT HOME.

PETER KESSLER
AS EACH YEAR HAS CONTINUED TO GET BETTER IN TERMS OF YOUR PERFORMANCE ON THE COURSE, DO YOU FIND YOURSELF FINE TUNING MORE YOUR SCHEDULE TO BUILD IT TO PEAK AROUND THE MAJORS,

SPECIFICALLY 'THIS TOURNAMENT, DON'T PLAY THAT TOURNAMENT, TAKE A WEEK OFF HERE'?

KARRIE WEBB
I THINK UH, YOU KNOW, EVEN FROM MY ROOKIE YEAR UM, I ALWAYS TRIED TO DO THAT. BUT UM, YOU KNOW, YOU LEARN UM DIFFERENT THINGS. AND SOME OF THE MAJORS . LIKE THE U.S. OPEN IS A DIFFERENT DATE EVERY YEAR.

SO THE TOURNAMENTS LEADING UP TO THAT, TO THE U.S. OPEN, ARE DIFFERENT EVERY YEAR. UM, AND YOU KNOW, ALL I KNOW IS THAT I DON'T LIKE TO PLAY TOO MANY TOURNAMENTS, YOU KNOW, TWO AT THE MOST, LEADING UP TO A - TO A MAJOR.

AND DEPENDING ON THE SCHEDULE, WHETHER I PLAY AFTER A MAJOR. AND IF I DO PLAY AFTER A MAJOR, I JUST KNOW THAT I COULD BE TIRED AND NOT TO EXPECT TOO MUCH THAT WEEK, UM, YOU KNOW, AND OBVIOUSLY GET MYSELF READY FOR A MAJOR.

I THINK, I DON'T NECESSARILY LIKE GOING INTO A MAJOR UM WITHOUT PLAYING A TOURNAMENT THE WEEK BEFORE. BUT IF I DON'T NECESSARILY THINK THAT UM, THE COURSE THE WEEK BEFORE SETS UP, YOU KNOW, TO BE SIMILAR TO THE COURSE I'M PLAYING THE NEXT WEEK, THEN I WON'T PLAY.

PETER KESSLER
IS IT TRUE THAT YOU ARE SUPERSTITIOUS TO THE EXTENT THAT ON THURSDAY THE BALL HAS A NUMBER FOUR, AND ON FRIDAY, THREE, AND TWO AND ONE ON SATURDAY, SUNDAY?

KARRIE WEBB
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
WITHOUT FAIL EVERY WEEK?

KARRIE WEBB
OH, EVERY WEEK, EVERY WEEK. I THINK UM . UH, BEFORE I DID - UH, BEFORE I DID THAT, I NEVER USED TO USE THE NUMBER THREE'S BUT UM, BECAUSE THAT - THAT COULD MEAN A THREE-PUTT. SO .

BUT WHEN I WAS IN EUROPE UM, MY BALLS WERE LIMITED AND UH, I DECIDED THAT, YOU KNOW, I COULDN'T THROW AWAY THE THREE'S. I NEEDED TO USE THEM. SO I HAD TO COME UP WITH A BETTER - A BETTER SUPERSTITION THAN 'THREE MEANS A THREE-PUTT ' AND THAT JUST THREE MEANT JUST PLAYING ON FRIDAY.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, THREE MEANS LIKE, NINE THREE'S ON YOUR SCORE CARD IS WHAT IT MEANS NOW. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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