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Golf Talk Live - Karrie Webb Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT HERE'S THE QUESTION FOR YOU TONIGHT, KARRIE, THAT WAS POSTED TO OUR WEB SITE: 'I'VE READ THAT YOU'VE SAID THAT JULI INKSTER IS YOUR FAVORITE PERSON ON TOUR. IS THAT AS IN BEST FRIEND OR AS IN ROLE MODEL?' FROM JENNIFER SCANLON.

KARRIE WEBB
UH WELL, JENNIFER, I THINK UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S UM, IT'S - IT'S . IT'S A BIT OF BOTH. I JUST HAVE UM, SO MUST RESPECT FOR JULI AS A PERSON AND AS A PLAYER. UM, YOU KNOW, UH,

JULI IS THE FIRST PERSON THAT UM HAS WON TO GET INTO THE HALL OF FAME SINCE I'VE BEEN ON TOUR. AND SHE DID IT LAST YEAR, AND WE BOTH HAD GREAT YEARS. AND UH, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST GREAT TO - TO SEE HER DO THAT BECAUSE UM,

YOU KNOW, SHE WORKS HARD AT HER GAME. SHE LOVES THE GAME OF GOLF. BUT UH, SHE HAS UH, SHE HAS ANOTHER LIFE. SHE HAS TWO GREAT KIDS AND - AND A GREAT HUSBAND, BRIAN. AND UM, SHE JUST HAS SUCH A WELL BALANCED LIFE.

AND UM, SHE - SHE HANDLES EVERYTHING SO WELL.

PETER KESSLER
IN YOUR TWENTY-FIVE YEARS, YOU'VE BEEN BLESSED BY HAVING SO MUCH GO SO WELL, ALMOST LIKE A FAIRY TALE. BUT YET, YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THE SIDE OF LIFE THAT'S A LOT LESS FUN AND IS EQUALLY REAL,

UM, KEL BECOMING A PARAPLEGIC AND, OF COURSE, LOSING YOUR GREAT FRIEND, RENEE APPLEBY, WHO I KNOW GAVE YOU YOUR FIRST FAKE ID WHEN YOU WERE PROBABLY WHAT, FOURTEEN YEARS OLD .

KARRIE WEBB
SIXTEEN (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
SIXTEEN, SURE. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND TELL US HOW THIS HIT YOU.

KARRIE WEBB
WELL, YOU KNOW, IT'S FUNNY YOU ASK THAT BECAUSE UH TODAY I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING THROUGH A FEW OF MY OLD AMATEUR GOLF PHOTOS BEFORE I CAME UP HERE. AND UH, YOU KNOW, RENEE WAS UM A PART OF THAT. SHE WAS UH ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS UH THROUGH MY AMATEUR GOLF.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, SHE - WE PLAYED ON THE SAME STATE TEAM AND UH, SAME AUSTRALIAN TEAMS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. SHE WAS - SHE WAS A VERY GOOD GOLFER IN - IN HER OWN RIGHT BEFORE SHE MET STUART.

AND UH, YOU KNOW UM . YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THAT IT'S ONLY TWO YEARS SINCE SHE DIED. AND UH, YOU KNOW UM, IT'S - IT'S REALLY HARD FOR ME TO TALK ABOUT, BUT I DO MISS HER.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR YOU TO CARRY THE OLYMPIC TORCH IN AUSTRALIA THIS SEPTEMBER? AND GREG NORMAN IS ALSO BEING HONORED BY BEING ASKED TO DO THAT.

KARRIE WEBB
UM, I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I THINK UH, IT'S NOT TO A (???) - OKAY (CHUCKLE) . UM, IT - IT'S A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY, UM, TO - TO DO THAT. AND UH, THE FACT THAT I CAN DO IT IN SYDNEY, UM, IT'S NOT THE OPENING CEREMONY BUT UH,

IT'S UH RUNNING THROUGH UM, THROUGH SYDNEY ITSELF UM A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY. AND YOU KNOW, I'M GONNA STAY THERE FOR - FOR THE OLYMPICS. AND UH, YOU KNOW, I'M JUST SO GLAD THAT I CAN BE A PART OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU FOUND EACH YEAR WHEN YOU'VE GONE HOME TO AUSTRALIA, GIVEN THAT YOU HAVE CONTINUED TO DO THINGS TO BUILD YOUR LEGEND AND YOUR RECORD,

THAT YOU NOTICE A CHANGE IN THE REACTION TO YOU, THAT IT TOO IS GROWING AS THE QUALITY OF YOUR CAREER DOES?

KARRIE WEBB
YEAH UM, THIS UH - THIS LAST - THIS LAST TRIP THAT I MADE BACK THERE IN FEBRUARY UM, WAS UH DEFINITELY . UH, YOU KNOW, I HAVEN'T PLAYED TWO TOURNAMENTS IN A ROW DOWN THERE FOR A WHILE,

AND UH, WINNING THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN UH THE FIRST WEEK DOWN THERE UM, YOU KNOW THAT, JUST BEING BACK THERE AFTER THE YEAR I HAD LAST YEAR UM, WAS UH OVERWHELMING IN ITSELF.

BUT THEN UH WINNING THAT WEEK IN THE FASHION THAT I DID AND UH GOING TO DEFEND THE AUSTRALIAN MASTERS THE NEXT WEEK UM, YOU KNOW, IT - I REALLY UM . IT HAS CHANGED A LOT FOR ME. UM,

I'M A LOT MORE UM WELL KNOWN DOWN THERE NOW. AND I THINK, NOT NECESSARILY FOR ME IS A GOOD THING, BUT FOR WOMEN'S GOLF IN AUSTRALIA, I THINK THAT JUST SHOWS A LOT, THAT UM, YOU KNOW, AS MUCH AS THE AUSTRALIAN GIRLS ARE DOING OVER HERE, WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF PUBLICITY BACK THERE.

AND UM, YOU KNOW, I JUST HOPE THAT ALL THE PUBLICITY THAT I GET AND - AND THE OTHER AUSTRALIAN GIRLS GET, THAT WE CAN GET A FEW MORE TOURNAMENTS DOWN THERE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH FOURTEEN YEAR OLD JOHN. HOW ARE YOU, JOHN?

JOHN, CALLER FROM INDIANA
HI, HOW ARE YOU GUYS DOING TONIGHT?

PETER KESSLER
DOING FINE.

KARRIE WEBB
HI JOHN.

JOHN, CALLER FROM INDIANA
OKAY UM, GOOD. UM, WELL MY QUESTION IS UM, KARRIE, WHEN YOU'RE IN A PRESSURE SITUATION UM, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH, LIKE, THE PRESSURE? DO YOU, LIKE, UH SWING SLOWER OR DO YOU, LIKE, SAY STUFF - SAY SOMETHING TO YOURSELF? WHAT DO YOU DO?

KARRIE WEBB
WELL, JOHN, I THINK THAT UM, I TRY NOT TO GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF MYSELF. I TRY - TRY ONLY TO THINK ABOUT THE SHOT THAT - THAT I HAVE AT THAT MOMENT. I DON'T - I DON'T THINK ABOUT WHERE THE SHOT'S GONNA GO.

I DON'T THINK ABOUT THE NEXT TEE SHOT ON THE NEXT HOLE OR WHERE THE PIN POSITION IS ON THE NEXT HOLE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. I THINK, YOU KNOW, ABOUT THAT SHOT AT HAND.

AND I THINK EARLIER WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT PRE-SHOT ROUTINE, I TRY AND REPEAT THAT. I THINK UM, WHEN YOU GO BACK TO BASICS AND THINK ABOUT UM, YOU KNOW, SIMPLE THINGS, I THINK YOU TOTALLY FORGET ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HOW IMPORTANT THAT SHOT IS AT THAT TIME.

AND UM, YOU JUST - YOU KNOW, FOR ME UM, I - I LOVE THAT - THAT PART OF THE GAME. I LOVE THAT SORT OF PRESSURE. AND UH, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES YOU DON'T - YOU DON'T PULL IT OFF. UM, AND IT'S JUST NOT MEANT TO BE.

BUT UM, YOU KNOW, THE MORE THINGS THAT YOU CAN REPEAT AND - AND SINGLE OUT JUST ONE - THAT ONE SHOT AND NOT GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF YOURSELF, THE BETTER OFF YOU'RE GONNA BE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO WELCOME THAT FEELING AND THEN LEARN TO LOVE THAT FEELING?

KARRIE WEBB
YEAH, IT THINK UM, SOME PLAYERS UH CAN DEAL WITH THAT A LOT EASIER THAN OTHER - OTHER PLAYERS. I THINK, FOR ME UM, THAT SORT OF PRESSURE TO - TO HIT A SHOT TO - TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT, TO ME, IS . I REVEL IN THAT.

I LOVE THAT MORE THAN . I - I FIND THAT EASIER TO DEAL WITH THAN FRIDAY AFTERNOON, YOU'RE ON THE BUBBLE OF THE CUT, YOU GOT TO MAKE A PAR ON EIGHTEEN AND YOU HAVEN'T HIT A FAIRWAY ALL DAY,

AND YOU GOT TO STAND OUT ON THE TIGHTEST DRIVING HOLE ON THE COURSE AND - AND HIT THE FAIRWAY. UM, I THINK IN THAT SITUATION, BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT PLAYING THAT WELL, THAT'S HARDER TO PULL OFF THOSE SHOTS THAN IT IS

WHEN YOU'RE IN CONTENTION TO WIN A TOURNAMENT. YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY PLAYING WELL, AND I FEEL LIKE 'JUST DO IT.' YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO IT. UM, YOU KNOW, GO AHEAD AND FIRE AWAY.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH KARRIE.

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