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Peter Kessler
THIS HAS BEEN ANOTHER SO-SO YEAR FOR ANNIKA SORENSTAM. SHE WAS TRYING TO SHOOT FIFTY-FOUR BUT COULD ONLY EEK-OUT A FIFTY-NINE. SHE HOPED FOR TEN WINS BUT CAME UP TWO SHY OF HER TARGET.

THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR. MEET THE SENSATIONAL ONE NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM PRODUCED IN 2001 ONE OF THE GREATEST SEASONS OF GOLF EVER PLAYED, AND WE DO MEAN EVER. FOR ALMOST ANYONE ELSE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BRILLIANT CAREER SQUEEZED INTO THE CONFINES OF A SINGLE SEASON.

SHE WON THE MONEY TITLE AGAIN. SHE WAS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AGAIN. ANNIKA TOOK HOME THE BAYER TROPHY FOR LOWEST SCORING AVERAGE AGAIN.

SHE WON EIGHT EVENTS, THE MOST SINCE NANCY LOPEZ WON NINE IN 1978. ANNIKA WON FOUR OF THESE IN A ROW INCLUDING THE NABISCO, A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE ONE WOMAN DREAM TEAM FROM SWEDEN BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN OVER TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN A SINGLE SEASON. DID WE MENTION THAT SHE MISSED A BIRDIE FOR FIFTY-EIGHT AND SETTLED FOR FIFTY-NINE WHILE WINNING THE STANDARD REGISTER PING,

WHILE SETTING THE ALL-TIME 72-HOLE LPGA SCORING RECORD? SHE MADE UP A MERE TEN SHOTS IN THE FINAL ROUND OF THE OFFICE DEPOT HOSTED BY AMY ALCOTT TO TIE MICKEY WRIGHT FOR THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN LPGA HISTORY.

IN THE LAST ROUND OF THE LAST EVENT OF THE YEAR, THE TYCO/ADT CHAMPIONSHIP AT CHAMPIONSHIP READY TRUMP INTERNATIONAL, ANNIKA THOUGHT SHE NEEDED TO SHOOT SIXTY-FIVE TO BREAK THE ALL-TIME SEASON SCORING AVERAGE BY ONE-ONE HUNDREDTH OF A STROKE.

ANNIKA PLAYED THE LAST TEN HOLES IN SIX UNDER PAR TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. SHE THINKS SHOOTING FIFTY-FOUR IS POSSIBLE. WE BELIEVE HER. SHE THINKS TEN WINS IN A SEASON IS WITHIN HER GRASP. WE BELIEVE HER.

SHE THINKS SHE CAN CONTINUE TO GET BETTER. WE BELIEVE HER. SHE THINKS WE CAN GET BETTER TOO IF WE WORK HARD, WORK SMART AND PUSH OURSELVES TO THE LIMIT. FOR ONCE, SHE MAY BE DREAMING.

WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE CHAMPION GOLFER OF THE YEAR, ANNIKA SORENSTAM. IT'S SO NICE TO SEE YOU ... AGAIN.

Annika Sorenstam
THANK YOU. GOOD TO SEE YOU.

Peter Kessler
IS IT REALLY TRUE THAT YOU DIDN'T, UNTIL THE LITTLE BIOGRAPHY THAT WE JUST RAN, THAT YOU HAD NOT SEEN YOUR PUTT FOR FIFTY-EIGHT BEFORE?

Annika Sorenstam
NO. I, I REMEMBER IT IN MY HEAD BUT UH, IT LOOKED MUCH CLOSER THAN I REMEMBER, SO I'D LIKE TO SEE IT AGAIN.

Peter Kessler
NOW HOW COME YOU - IT DIDN'T OCCUR TO YOU AT SOME POINT BETWEEN THEN AND NOW TO CHECK THAT OUT?

Annika Sorenstam
I HAVEN'T HAD TIME. I'VE BEEN BUSY. UH, BUT I'VE GOT SOME TIME OFF NOW AND HOPEFULLY I CAN WATCH THE TAPE. AND UH, I'D LIKE TO SEE IT FROM THE BEGINNING.

Peter Kessler
A LOT OF ARTISTS WILL FINISH A PROJECT AND GO ON TO THE NEXT PROJECT AND NEVER REFER TO IT AGAIN, NEVER LOOK AT IT AGAIN. ARE YOU THAT WAY A LITTLE BIT WITH YOUR TOURNAMENTS?

DO YOU WIN THE TOURNAMENT AND NOW WE JUST GO ON TO THE NEXT THING BECAUSE THERE ISN'T TIME OR REASON TO THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE JUST ACCOMPLISHED?

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, I THINK MOVE ON, UH, SOMETIMES TOO QUICKLY, UH, CAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, THE GOOD TOURNAMENTS AND NOT GET DOWN ON YOURSELF WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A GOOD TOURNAMENT.

UH, BUT IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SUCH A BUSY SCHEDULE THAT I WANT TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT TOURNAMENT. I WANT TO WIN THAT ONE.

UH, BUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN I DO HAVE TIME OFF, YOU KNOW, I LOOK AT TROPHIES. I LOOK AT MY STATS. UM, THAT'S WHEN I REMEMBER EVERYTHING, AND THAT'S WHEN IT KIND OF SINKS IN.

Peter Kessler
SO WHO ARE YOU NOW, SUPERWOMAN?

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

Annika Sorenstam
FAR FROM IT. UM, BUT I'VE HAD, UH, A SUPER YEAR, AND I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT OBVIOUSLY. UH, BUT UH, I'M JUST TESTING MYSELF, SEE HOW GOOD, HOW GOOD OF A GOLFER I CAN BE.

Peter Kessler
DO YOU FEEL UNDER-APPRECIATED SOMETIMES BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT A BRILLIANT STAND-UP COMEDIAN?

Annika Sorenstam
(GIGGLE) WELL, I KNOW I NEVER WILL BE ONE. SO UH ... BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I DO WHAT I LOVE TO DO. I MEAN, I LOVE TO PLAY THE GAME. UM, FOR ME, IT'S A LOT OF FUN.

UM, I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE SO ... I MEAN, THERE'S NOT A DAY IN MY LIFE WHERE I COMPLAIN ABOUT WHAT I DO BECAUSE I JUST WANT TO WAKE UP AND GO PLAY GOLF.

Peter Kessler
BUT I MEANT THE QUESTION FROM THE STANDPOINT OF SOMETIMES THE FANS DON'T GET THE SENSE OF THE FUN THAT YOU JUST SAID THAT YOU HAVE WHEN YOU PLAY. AND ...

AND WHEN YOU GET CRITICIZED FOR A PERSONALITY DEFECT, THAT DEFECT IS SUPPOSEDLY 'WELL, SHE DOESN'T MAKE JOKES, AND SHE DOESN'T REALLY INTERACT WITH THE FANS.'

Annika Sorenstam
UH-HUH.

Peter Kessler
BUT YET, ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, I'VE SEEN YOU ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT YOU GIGGLE AND THAT YOU POKE FUN AT PEOPLE AND THAT YOU LIKE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. HOW HARD IS IT TO COMMUNICATE THAT WHEN YOU'RE DOING YOUR JOB?

Annika Sorenstam
I FIND IT VERY HARD BECAUSE I'M FOCUSING. I MEAN, I, I'VE GOT SOMETHING TO DO. I WANT TO KEEP MY MIND ON THAT AND NOT LET MY, MY MIND WANDER ON OTHER THINGS.

AND UM, I MEAN, I'M A PRACTICAL JOKER. I HAVE BEEN SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID AND YOU CAN ASK A LOT OF MY FRIENDS. IN THE NATIONAL TEAM, I DID A LOT OF JOKES ON THE COACHES AND SOME OF THE PLAYERS. SOME WERE FUNNY AND SOME WERE NOT SO FUNNY, MAYBE. BUT UM,

I DO IT WHEN I DON'T PLAY GOLF. I MEAN, I TRY TO BE RELAXED ON THE GOLF COURSE. I'M VERY, VERY FOCUSED.

Peter Kessler
TELL US ONE OF THE FUNNY PRACTICAL JOKES THAT WORKED.

Annika Sorenstam
(GIGGLE) UH, THIS WAS AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN, UH, NEW ZEALAND IN '92, I REMEMBER. AND UH, PIA NELSON, WHO WAS THE COACH AT THAT TIME, UH, WE WENT TO A LITTLE FUNNY STORE AND BOUGHT SOME ITCHING POWDER.

AND UH, (CHUCKLE) ... MAYBE IT'S NOT SO FUNNY FOR HER, BUT AT THE TIME IT WAS.

Peter Kessler
(CHUCKLE) NOW IT'S FUNNY.

Annika Sorenstam
UH, AND WE PUT IT, UM, IN HER, UM, IN HER UNIFORMS. AND WE HAD AN OPENING CEREMONY AND UH, PIA COULDN'T STAND STILL. SHE WAS ITCHING EVERYWHERE.

AND WE WERE JUST STANDING BEHIND HER WATCHING AND SHE COULDN'T FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG, YOU KNOW, CAUSE SHE WAS ITCHING HERE AND THERE AND DOWN. IT WAS A LONG CEREMONY TOO AND WE HAD A LOT OF FUN. AND WE DIDN'T TELL HER UNTIL AFTER THE WEEK. UH, AND UH,

I'M GLAD WE TOLD HER AFTERWARDS, COULD HAVE BEEN A LONG WEEK OTHERWISE.

Peter Kessler
DID YOU EVER SEE THE THREE STOOGES WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP, THE AMERICAN COMEDY SHOW WITH THREE GUYS FROM THE 30'S AND 40'S WHO DID THINGS LIKE THROW PIES IN EACH OTHER'S FACES AND DID THE ITCHING POWDER?

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

Annika Sorenstam
NO, I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT, BUT I SHOULD.

Peter Kessler
WE, WE'VE - I'VE BEEN LAUGHING ABOUT THAT SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY. ITCHING POWDER IS STILL FUNNY AND THAT IS A GOOD PRACTICAL JOKE.

THE ONLY THING THAT YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO FIX ALL BY YOURSELF WAS YOUR TEETH. THE FIRST TIME THAT YOU CAME HERE YOUR TEETH WERE WHITE AND PERFECT AND STRAIGHT, JUST LIKE THEY ARE NOW. AND THEN THE LAST TIME YOU CAME IN, YOU HAD BRACES ON.

AND I SAID, 'WELL, WHAT'S WITH THE BRACES?' AND YOU SAID, 'WELL, DIDN'T YOU NOTICE? LAST TIME I WAS HERE, THEY WERE MOVING ALL OVER THE PLACE.'

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, MAYBE IT'S AN AMERICAN THING. I'VE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. UM ... NO, IT'S JUST THAT I FELT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I NEEDED TO DO FOR THE FUTURE. AND UH, THE TIMING PROBABLY WASN'T THE BEST WHEN I HAD THEM.

I MEAN, I WAS PLAYING REALLY WELL. I WAS IN THE MEDIA A LOT AND I WAS ON TV A LOT. AND I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO SMILE, I MEAN, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. UH, I FELT LIKE I HAD SO MUCH METAL IN MY MOUTH. I JUST COULDN'T MOVE.

BUT UH, NOW I SMILE MORE, AND I'M HAPPY I DID IT. IT WAS WORTH IT.

Peter Kessler
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU TO BE THIS GREAT?

Annika Sorenstam
I DON'T KNOW BUT IT'S ... THIS IS SOMETHING I'VE HAD INSIDE FOR, FOR SO LONG. IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT'S GROWN THE LAST FEW YEARS. I MEAN, IT'S ...

WHEN I PROBABLY CAME ON THE SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME, I PROBABLY TOLD YOU I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT. AND HERE I AM, WON THIRTY-ONE TIMES. AND UH, I THINK I JUST ...

LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MY GOLF GAME. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT MYSELF, KNOWING WHAT I COULD DO, AND THAT I ENJOY PUSHING MYSELF, SEEING THE CHALLENGES. AND UH, THAT'S WHAT'S ... UM, DRIVES ME TODAY, JUST TO SEE HOW GOOD I COULD BE AND SEE HOW MUCH I CAN HANDLE.

Peter Kessler
IS IT IMPORTANT AS A LONG TERM GOAL TO ULTIMATELY BE RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST PLAYER WHO EVER DREW BACK A CLUB?

Annika Sorenstam
I DON'T THINK THAT'S MY NUMBER ONE GOAL. UM, I THINK I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED AS SOMEBODY WHO, WHO LOVED THE GAME AND SOMEBODY WHO HAD A LOT OF SPORTSMANSHIP.

UH, THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. UH, BUT, IF I WILL BE REMEMBERED AS SOMEBODY WHO IS A REALLY GOOD GOLFER, THAT'D BE A BONUS.

Peter Kessler
WHEN WE GOT TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU HADN'T WON YOUR FIRST TOURNAMENT IN AMERICA YET, IN '95. OF COURSE, THE U.S. OPEN IS THE ONE THAT YOU WON JUST AFTER WE GOT TOGETHER.

IS WINNING STILL AS BIG A THRILL NOW AS IT WAS IN 1995 WHEN YOU JUST BEGAN TO WIN?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK SO, MAYBE EVEN MORE. UH ...

Peter Kessler
HOW COME?

Annika Sorenstam
I DON'T KNOW. I STILL GET THE BUTTERFLIES ON THE FIRST TEE. UM, I STILL GET A LITTLE SWEATY HANDS AND MY HEART PUMPS A LOT GOING DOWN THE EIGHTEENTH. UM, I MEAN, I KNOW WHAT WINNING IS ALL ABOUT NOW, AND THAT'S THE FEELING THAT I LIKE.

AND UM, WHO KNOWS HOW MANY TIMES YOU CAN WIN AGAIN? I MEAN, I, I ENJOY EVERY ONE OF THEM. THEY ALL, THEY'VE ALWAYS HAPPENED IN DIFFERENT WAYS. YOU KNOW, I'VE COME FROM, MAYBE, TEN SHOTS BEHIND. I'VE, I'VE BEEN LEADING, I HAVE A FIVE SHOT LEAD AND, AND HAD TO, YOU KNOW, WIN IN A PLAYOFF.

OR, IT'S BEEN A MAJOR. AND ... I DON'T KNOW, THEY ALL MEAN SO MUCH. AND, I MEAN, I, I LOVE THE THRILL. AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOUR HEART BEATS AND, UH, YOU GET SO MUCH ADRENALINE, YOU'RE GONNA HIT ONE OR TWO CLUBS LESS. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.

Peter Kessler
YOU SAID A MINUTE AGO 'YOU NOW KNOW WHAT WINNING IS ALL ABOUT'. WHAT IS WINNING ALL ABOUT?

Annika Sorenstam
TO ME, IT'S UM ... GOING OUT THERE, KNOWING THAT, FIRST OF ALL, THAT YOU'RE PREPARED, YOU'VE PRACTICED A LOT, AND GOING OUT THERE PLAYING AGAINST THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, UH, PROBABLY ON A REALLY TOUGH GOLF COURSE, PEOPLE WATCHING. AND UH, IT'S A TEST ...

UM, TO SEE IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT. AND UH, COMING DOWN THE STRETCH KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE BEAT THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, THAT MEANS A LOT. I MEAN, THAT'S, FOR ME, IT'S THE SATIS - SATISFACTION.

Peter Kessler
WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT A LITTLE SNIPPET FROM YOUR FIRST APPEARANCE ON THIS SHOW

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

IN THE SPRING OF 19 -- YOU LOOKED FABULOUS -

Annika Sorenstam
ALRIGHT.

Peter Kessler
IN THE SPRING OF 1995. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CLIP FROM GTL SHOW 4/24/95)
Peter Kessler
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF TEN YEARS FROM NOW? WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING?

Annika Sorenstam
I'D LIKE TO BE PLAYING GOLF AND ENJOYING IT AS MUCH AS I DO TODAY. UM, I LIVE IN PHOENIX RIGHT NOW. I'D LIKE TO STAY THERE FOR A WHILE.

I HOPE, JUST THINGS ARE GOING, YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT WAY AND MY - I'VE SET UP MY GOALS TO ACHIEVE THEM AND, BUT NUMBER ONE, TO JUST TO ENJOY WHAT I DO.

Peter Kessler
DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A FAMILY AT SOME POINT?

Annika Sorenstam
I'D LOVE TO HAVE A FAMILY ONE DAY.

(CURRENT SHOW)
I WAS WEARING JEANS?

Peter Kessler
YES, YOU WERE. SO WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THAT?

Annika Sorenstam
THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO.

Peter Kessler
WELL, THAT PART I KNEW.

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, EITHER I LOOK REALLY OLD NOW OR I LOOKED REALLY YOUNG THEN.

Peter Kessler
YOU DID LOOK ABOUT TEN THERE, DON'T YOU?

Annika Sorenstam
(LAUGHS) THAT'S TRUE.

Peter Kessler
YOU'RE MORE COMFORTABLE NOW DOING THIS, RIGHT, THAN YOU WERE THEN. WERE YOU MORE NERVOUS THEN OR UNCOMFORTABLE THEN THAN YOU ARE NOW TO SIT DOWN AND DO THESE THINGS?

Annika Sorenstam
HMM, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT. I'VE, I'VE HAD A LITTLE PRACTICE.

Peter Kessler
AFTER ALL THIS TIME WE'VE DONE THESE THINGS TOGETHER?

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, WELL, YOU'RE LIKE MY FRIENDS. I FEEL, I FEEL EASY ABOUT IT.

Peter Kessler
I APPRECIATE THAT. TELL ME, AS MY FRIEND, OF ALL THE INCREDIBLE THINGS YOU DID OUT ON THE GOLF COURSE THIS YEAR, WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENT MAKES YOU THE MOST EXCITED TO THINK ABOUT IT AS YOU LOOK BACK?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, IT'S DEFINITELY GONNA BE THE FIFTY-NINE. I MEAN, THAT DAY WAS INCREDIBLE. THAT WHOLE TOURNAMENT REALLY WAS INCREDIBLE. UM, I GUESS I SET A LOT OF RECORDS THAT PARTICULAR WEEK. AND, UH, ACTUALLY THE WHOLE MONTH I WAS IN A ZONE.

BUT UH, THAT DAY, I'LL NEVER FORGET. I MEAN, IT WAS, UH, OBVIOUSLY A CAREER ROUND, BUT IT WAS ... I MEAN, I'VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT SHOOTING FIFTY-FOUR. AND HERE I WAS VERY, VERY CLOSE.

Peter Kessler
YOU STARTED OFF WITH EIGHT BIRDIES IN A ROW.

Annika Sorenstam
UH-HUH.

Peter Kessler
WHEN YOU DIDN'T MAKE THE NINTH, EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE TRYING TO SHOOT FIFTY-FOUR, WAS THERE SOME PART OF YOU INSIDE THAT WAS ACTUALLY RELIEVED TO BREAK THE STRING OF PERFECTION ON SOME LEVEL?

Annika Sorenstam
VERY, VERY MUCH SO. UM, TO BE HONEST, I ACTUALLY TOLD MY CADDIE ON THE NINTH, UH, TEE, I SAID, 'I NEED A PAR NOW BECAUSE I AM SO NERVOUS. I NEED TO JUST COME, COME DOWN TO WHERE I KNOW I BELONG AND THEN UH, WE GO FROM THERE.'

AND, I MEAN, I HIT THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN AND JUST, UM, I WASN'T AGGRESSIVE AT ALL. I JUST... I NEEDED A PAR. I WAS JUST, I WAS SO NERVOUS AT THE TIME, SO IT WAS, THAT WAS THE ONLY PAR I WISHED FOR, I THINK.

Peter Kessler
WHAT DO YOU LEARN FROM A NEARLY PERFECT ROUND LIKE THAT, IF YOU LEARN ANYTHING AT ALL?

Annika Sorenstam
THAT IT'S POSSIBLE. YOU KNOW, DON'T BE AFRAID. UM, IT WAS AN ORDINARY DAY. I HIT BALLS - ACTUALLY I DIDN'T HIT THE BALL VERY WELL THERE ON, THAT DAY ON THE RANGE. UM, BUT THEN I JUST GOT OFF TO SUCH AN INCREDIBLE START.

I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT. I DIDN'T EAT ANYTHING DIFFERENT. I JUST KNOW IT'S POSSIBLE. AND THAT'S WHAT I LEARNED FROM THAT DAY.

Peter Kessler
WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THAT CLIP OF YOURSELF FROM 1995, BESIDES THINKING THAT YOU'RE EITHER OLD NOW OR THAT YOU WERE YOUNG THEN, HOW DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DIFFERENT?

SETTING ASIDE YOUR GOLF GAME, WHAT ABOUT ANNIKA IS DIFFERENT THAN THE YOUNGER WOMAN WHO WAS HERE THAT NIGHT?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I THINK I'VE MATURED A LITTLE BIT. I THINK, UM ... I KNOW I'VE LEARNED A LOT OF LESSONS IN MANY WAYS, UM ...

Peter Kessler
LIKE?

Annika Sorenstam
UH, WELL, WE TALKED ABOUT INTERVIEWS. UM, I LEARNED, UM, MAYBE TO BITE YOUR TONGUE SOMETIMES, WHEN YOU SHOULD OR WHEN YOU SHOULDN'T. UM ...

I DON'T KNOW, I THINK ... I THINK I DO APPRECIATE NOW, MAYBE MORE, WHAT I DO NOW THAN I DID THEN. UH, I KNOW IT'S MORE OF A BUSINESS, WHAT I DO TODAY.

UM, WHEN I WAS HERE LAST TIME, IT WAS JUST A GAME. BUT I STILL ENJOY IT AS MUCH, BUT ITS ON A LITTLE DIFFERENT LEVEL.

UH, BUT I THINK I HAVE MY LIFE UNDER ... I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO IN LIFE NOW. THEN, I WAS JUST KIND OF TAKING EVERY DAY AS IT CAME AND ENJOYED IT.

Peter Kessler
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I HAVE, STILL, A FEW MORE GOALS IN GOLF I'D LIKE TO ACHIEVE, UH, BUT THEN I WANT TO MOVE ON. I WANT TO, I KNOW THAT GOLF IS NOT SOMETHING I WILL DO FOREVER.

UM, AND UM, I THINK MY INTERESTS, I'VE NARROWED THEM DOWN A LITTLE BIT. UH, I STILL HAVE A LOT OF INTERESTS, BUT A LITTLE MORE OF WHAT DIRECTION I WANT TO GO AND, UM,

MAYBE WHERE I WANT TO LIVE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. UM, IT'S MORE ... IT'S CLOSER TO MY HEART NOW THAN IT WAS THEN. THEN, IT WAS VERY SPONTANEOUS.

Peter Kessler
OKAY, LET'S BREAK THAT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. IN TERMS OF THE GOLF GOALS THAT YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH BEFORE YOU DON'T PLAY COMPETITIVELY ANYMORE, SHARE WITH US WHAT THEY MIGHT BE.

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I WANT TO WIN MORE MAJORS. UM, A TOURNAMENT THAT I REALLY WANT TO WIN IS THE BRITISH OPEN, UH, COMING FROM EUROPE. I'VE FINISHED SECOND THREE TIMES.

UM, THAT IS A TOURNAMENT THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. I THINK IT'S GOT SO MUCH HISTORY. AND THE COURSES THAT WE'RE GONNA PLAY ON NOW ARE JUST INCREDIBLE COURSES. SO... COURSES WHERE THE GUYS PLAY AND ...

I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO TEE IT UP. I WANT TO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN.

Peter Kessler
ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH YOUR RECORD IN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS? YOU'VE WON THREE OUT OF THE THIRTY-ONE LPGA TITLES.

Annika Sorenstam
NO, NOT REALLY CAUSE I KNOW I'M GONNA PLAY MORE GOLF. I MEAN, IF THIS, IF I WAS SITTING HERE TELLING YOU I'M GONNA RETIRE, I PROBABLY WOULD BE. BUT UH, I'M NOT, I'M NOT DONE YET. I KNOW I'M GONNA PLAY IN LOTS MORE MAJORS.

SO, UM, I FEEL VERY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE MAJORS THAT ARE COMING UP. UH, I MEAN, I KNOW I CAN PLAY IN MAJORS. I JUST THINK ... YOU JUST GOT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY IN THEM, BE VERY PATIENT. AND THAT'S SOMETHING, I DIDN'T HAVE PATIENCE FIVE YEARS AGO.

UH, BUT NOW, I THINK I'M LEARNING THAT PART OF THE GAME. I GET SO ANXIOUS ON THURSDAY THAT I THROW THE WHOLE THING AWAY. UM, NOW I DON'T. SO, UH, I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO SOME MORE MAJORS.

Peter Kessler
WHEN JACK NICKLAUS WAS WINNING HIS MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, HE COULD HOLD AS MANY AS FIVE SWING THOUGHTS IN HIS HEAD DURING THE ROUNDS AND STILL WIN THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

Annika Sorenstam
UH-HUH.

Peter Kessler
SOMEBODY LIKE BOBBY JONES HAD TO HAVE NO SWING THOUGHTS, OR SO HE FELT, IN ORDER TO WIN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. WHERE DO YOU FALL BETWEEN THOSE TWO?

Annika Sorenstam
SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN. UM, I THINK ONE IS ENOUGH. UH, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I CAN HAVE IN MY HEAD. UH, BUT UM ... YEAH, THAT'S PROBABLY IT, JUST BEING PATIENT. AND I HAVE A TENDENCY TO TRY TOO HARD. AND MY CADDIE ALWAYS SAYS, 'DON'T TRY SO HARD, JUST PLAY.'

AND THAT'S, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH ALL I THINK ABOUT. IT'S NOT A SWING THOUGHT, BUT IT'S MORE OF A, A MENTAL THOUGHT. I MEAN, I DON'T REALLY THINK TOO MUCH ABOUT MY SWING WHEN I PLAY.

I WORK ON MY SWING ON THE RANGE. AND UH, IF I'M NOT SWINGING THAT WELL, I PLAY WITH THAT. YOU KNOW, IF I SLICE IT ALL DAY, I, I PLAY A SLICE. AND THEN I DEAL WITH IT WHEN I COME BACK TO THE RANGE.

Peter Kessler
WE HAVEN'T SEEN YOU PLAY WITH A SLICE.

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

WE'RE GONNA TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AND WE WILL BE BACK.

Peter Kessler
SO YOU'VE GOT THIS NEW INTERVIEW TREK. YOU GIVE ME THE 'WELL, I STILL HAVE SOME GOLF GOALS AND ...', BUT JUST DON'T TELL ME WHAT THEY ARE, AND 'I'VE ALSO SQUISHED DOWN MY PERSONAL INTERESTS.' WHAT HAVE WE SQUISHED THEM DOWN TO AND WHAT ARE THEY NOW?

Annika Sorenstam
I DIDN'T KNOW IF YOU WERE GONNA ASK THAT QUESTION OR NOT. UH, NO, BUT UH, I REALIZE I REALLY ENJOY BEING AT HOME AND WORKING IN THE GARDEN AND BEING A HOUSEWIFE. IT'S KIND OF NICE ...

UH, CAUSE WE - WE'RE ON THE ROAD SO MUCH. AND I'M GETTING REALLY TIRED OF RESTAURANTS, HOTELS. AND IT'S KIND OF NICE TO BE HOME AND COOK AND TAKE CARE OF THE HOUSE A LITTLE BIT.

AND I KNOW FOR A FACT I DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL WHEN I'M DONE PLAYING. I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF TRAVELING. SO, IT'D BE NICE TO BE IN ONE PLACE AND BE AT HOME AND ... AND JUST ENJOY LIFE A LITTLE BIT, SETTLE DOWN.

Peter Kessler
SO IN '95 YOU SAID, 'IN TEN YEARS, I WANT TO BE PLAYING GOLF.' WELL, SO HERE WE ARE SIX YEARS LATER. ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT FOUR MORE YEARS? DO YOU HAVE KIND OF A NUMBER IN YOUR HEAD THAT YOU'RE THINKING ABOUT?

Annika Sorenstam
I KNOW FOR A FACT I WANT TO PLAY, UM, THE SOLHEIM CUP IN SWEDEN, 2004. AND I ALSO KNOW THAT, UH, 2003, I WILL BE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME. SO THOSE ARE DATES AND YEARS I HAVE IN MY MIND.

AND AFTER THAT, WE'LL SEE. IF I STILL ENJOY THE GAME AND STILL FEEL VERY COMPETITIVE, I WANT TO CONTINUE. BUT UH, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A PERSON THAT GIVES EVERYTHING. I GIVE A HUNDRED PERCENT; IF NOT, I WALK AWAY FROM IT. AND I THINK I'LL BE THE SAME IN GOLF.

Peter Kessler
DO YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND, DAVID, TALK ABOUT HAVING BABIES AT THAT POINT? IS THAT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO?

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, WE'VE, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IT, UH, VERY BRIEFLY. UM ...

(PETER GIGGLES)

Peter Kessler
WHY IS IT ...

Annika Sorenstam
CAN WE MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE?

Peter Kessler
WHY IS IT SO BRIEF?

Annika Sorenstam
OH ... CAUSE I DON'T THINK WE'RE READY. UM, I MEAN, I MIGHT BE THIRTY-ONE AND HE'S THIRTY-TWO, BUT I STILL FEEL LIKE A BABY MYSELF THAT IT'S, UM ... I DON'T THINK I'M READY.

Peter Kessler
IF YOU'RE STILL THINKING OF YOURSELF AS A BABY, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN REACTING TO THE FACT THAT OUR WORLD IS AT WAR RIGHT NOW, SOMETHING THAT'S DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TAKING A LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE AROUND YOU?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I THINK, UM, SEPTEMBER 11 REALLY KIND OF WOKE US ALL UP. UM, I MEAN, I REMEMBER I WAS HERE IN ORLANDO ACTUALLY. AND UM, I WAS PRETTY MUCH FROZEN FOR FOUR DAYS. I WAS GLUED IN FRONT OF THE TV. AND I JUST COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS SEEING AND HEARING.

UM, I THINK IT PUT, UM, GOLF IN PERSPECTIVE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE DON'T CRY FOR A BOGEY. UM, YOU APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO AND YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAMILY. AND UM, BUT THEN AFTER THAT, AFTER A WEEK, YOU REALIZE LIFE GOES ON.

AND YOU CAN'T LET THE TERRORISTS TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE AND WHAT YOU DO. SO UH, I MEAN, I'M TRYING TO JUST LIVE MY NORMAL LIFE. BUT, OF COURSE, I'M A LITTLE MORE CAUTIOUS.

I MEAN, I LOOK AROUND MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR SUSPICIOUS THINGS OR UM ... I MEAN, I COME FROM A COUNTRY WHERE IT'S KNOWN TO BE PRETTY SAFE. AND WHEN YOU COME OVER HERE AND YOU SEE THESE THINGS, I MEAN, IT'S REALLY SCARY.

Peter Kessler
WHAT KIND OF THINGS DO YOU READ, WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE TO, THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH GOLF?

Annika Sorenstam
I LIKE TO READ A LOT OF MOTIVATIONAL BOOKS. UM, THE LATEST I'VE READ UH ... MIGHT - ACTUALLY IT WAS QUITE A WHILE AGO, BUT ... WAS LANCE ARMSTRONG'S, HIS BOOK, UH, ABOUT HIS CAREER, HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER.

I MEAN, THAT WAS REALLY INSPIRING, UH, WHAT A GREAT ATHLETE HE IS AND WAS AND WHAT HE HAS ACHIEVED. I MEAN, THOSE ARE THINGS I LIKE TO READ, YOU KNOW, STORIES WITH A GOOD ENDING.

Peter Kessler
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THAT YOUR LIFE IS BALANCED ENOUGH THAT DESPITE THE CHAOS THAT SORT OF SURROUNDS YOUR CAREER, AT WHICH YOU'RE SORT OF THE CALM EYE IN THE CENTER OF THAT HURRICANE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE STILL LIVING A PARTICULARLY BALANCED LIFE WHEN YOU COMBINE THE PROFESSIONAL AND THE PERSONAL TOGETHER?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK SO. I MEAN, I, I FEEL VERY BALANCED, UH, WITH MY LIFE. I FEEL LIKE, MAYBE SOMETIMES A LITTLE SUE (???) ON THE GOLF COURSE. BUT THEN I COME HOME. IT'S VERY MELLOW, WHICH I LIKE. UM,

NO, I THINK, PRETTY MUCH, I GOT EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL. I DO WHAT I WANT TO DO. UM, SOMETIMES I JUST WISH I COULD BUY SOME MORE TIME. YOU KNOW, TIME GOES SO QUICKLY. AND I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THE THINGS I LIKE TO DO OR JUST ...

HAVE MORE TIME FOR THE THINGS I WANT TO DO. I DON'T WANT THE TIME TO JUST FLY BY. UH, THAT'S THE ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE.

Peter Kessler
WHAT STUFF DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MIGHT NOT BE MAKING ENOUGH TIME TO DO?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I GO TO A TOURNAMENT AND SUDDENLY IT'S THURSDAY. AND THEN SUDDENLY IT'S SUNDAY AND IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON. IT'S, I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO ENJOY, MAYBE, WHAT I DO AS MUCH OR SEE FRIENDS OR ...

I DON'T KNOW. MY MOM ALWAYS TOLD ME, 'THE OLDER YOU GET, THE QUICKER TIME GOES.' MAYBE THAT'S A SIGN I'M GETTING OLDER CAUSE IT'S REALLY FLYING BY.

Peter Kessler
THE REALLY BAD NEWS FOR YOU IS THAT WHATEVER TWENTY TO THIRTY FELT LIKE, THIRTY TO FORTY FEELS LIKE ABOUT A HUNDRED TIMES MORE -- GOES BY MUCH MORE QUICKLY THAN TWENTY TO THIRTY DOES.

(ANNIKA CHUCKLES AND SIGHS)

Annika Sorenstam
OH, I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT.

Peter Kessler
SO THERE'S THAT INCREASING SENSE OF 'I WISH THERE WAS MORE TIME.'

Annika Sorenstam
UH-HUH.

Peter Kessler
WHEN, WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING YOUR BEST GOLF AND YOU GET INTO THE ZONE THAT YOU'VE BEEN LARGELY MOST OF YOUR CAREER, WHAT DOES THAT EXPERIENCE FEEL LIKE IN TERMS OF TIME? DOES TIME GO MORE SLOWLY, OR ARE THINGS IN REAL TIME WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING YOUR BEST GOLF, OR DOES THE WHOLE THING QUIET DOWN?

Annika Sorenstam
IT'S KIND OF QUIET AROUND ME, BUT IT'S REALLY HAPPENING FAST AROUND ME. UH ...

IT'S REALLY TOUGH TO EXPLAIN, BUT IT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE IN KIND OF A BUBBLE AND THAT NOTHING CAN, CAN AFFECT YOU. NOBODY CAN POKE A HOLE IN, IN YOUR LITTLE, IN THE BUBBLE.

UH, THINGS GO YOUR WAY. UH, YOU FEEL HAPPY. EVERYTHING IS JUST SO SMOOTH, UM, OBVIOUSLY, ESPECIALLY ON THE GOLF COURSE. UM, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG.

YOU CAN LOOK AT A PUTT AND YOU, YOU READ IT RIGHT. UH, YOU HIT - YOU CHOSE A CLUB AND YOU KNOW IT'S THE RIGHT CLUB.

IT'S JUST A LOVELY LITTLE ZONE.

Peter Kessler
THAT IS A LOVELY LITTLE ZONE. THE REST OF US WOULD LIKE TO FEEL THAT BUBBLE THAT NOTHING CAN PENETRATE.

(ANNIKA CHUCKLES)

AS WE GO TO A LITTLE BREAK, WE PUT TOGETHER A GRAPHIC OF PLAYERS AND HOW THEY DID IN THEIR FIRST EIGHT YEARS ON TOUR, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN PLAYING, AND WE PUT DOWN NUMBER OF WINS FIRST EIGHT YEARS

AND THEN, OF COURSE, THEIR TOTALS. AND WE'VE GOT YOU HIGHLIGHTED IN THE MIDDLE. YOU'RE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE THERE.

First 8 Years On Tour
LPGA Wins Total Wins
(Tour began in 1950)
WRIGHT 40 82
BORG 34 60
SUGGS 33 58
SORENSTAM 31 31
ZAHARIAS (6 YRS) 31 41
LOPEZ 29 48
WHITWORTH 28 88
RAWLS 26 55
WEBB (THRU 6 YRS) 26 26 )

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I, I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS, UH ...

Peter Kessler
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THAT?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I'M THE ONLY SWEDE. I CAN SEE THAT.

(BOTH ANNIKA AND PETER CHUCKLE)

Peter Kessler
AND THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF YOU.

Annika Sorenstam
NO, THAT'S TRUE TOO.

Peter Kessler
THAT EIGHTY-EIGHT IS GONNA BE TOUGH TO CATCH THOUGH.

Annika Sorenstam
I WAS GONNA SAY 'WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?' I NEED TO STEP UP A LITTLE BIT.

Peter Kessler
YOU DO IF YOU'RE GONNA CATCH KATHY WHITWORTH. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(1998 TV COMMERCIAL BEGINS)
Annika Sorenstam
KARRIE AND I HAVE BEEN ONE AND TWO FOR THE PAST COUPLE YEARS.

KARRIE WEBB, TOUR PLAYER (FEMALE):
BUT WE DON'T THINK OF IT AS A RIVALRY.

Annika Sorenstam
WE'RE ACTUALLY VERY GOOD FRIENDS.

KARRIE WEBB, TOUR PLAYER (FEMALE):
IT'S NOT LIKE WE COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER ANYWAY.

Annika Sorenstam
WE JUST PLAY AGAINST THE GOLF COURSE.

KARRIE WEBB, TOUR PLAYER (FEMALE):
WHENEVER SHE WINS, I'M VERY HAPPY FOR HER.

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, WE ALWAYS PULL FOR EACH OTHER. NICE ROUND, KARRIE.

KARRIE WEBB, TOUR PLAYER (FEMALE):
THANKS, ANNIKA.

TV COMMERCIAL COMMENTATOR (FEMALE):
LPGA ... HEY, WE CAN PLAY.

(TV COMMERCIAL ENDS)

Peter Kessler
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THAT?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. BUT ...

Peter Kessler
IT IS.

Annika Sorenstam
BUT IT'S OLD TOO. (CHUCKLE)

Peter Kessler
BUT THE RIVALRY IS IN FULL BLOOM, ISN'T IT?

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, IT'S UH, STILL GOING.

Peter Kessler
WHEN PALMER AND NICKLAUS WERE IN THEIR PRIME ON THE GOLF COURSE, THEY USED EACH OTHER'S GREATNESS TO SPUR THEM ON TO SEE HOW MUCH GREATER THEY COULD BE. HOW MUCH DOES HER EXISTENCE,

UM, AND THE QUALITY OF HER GOLF FACTOR INTO HOW YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR GAME AND IMPROVING YOUR SCORING SKILLS?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK QUITE A BIT. I MEAN, KARRIE IS, UM, SUCH A GREAT PLAYER IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT IT REALLY HAS PUSHED ME TO, TO PRACTICE. UM, I MEAN, FOR ME TO BE THE BEST PLAYER OUT HERE, I MEAN, I HAVE TO GET BETTER CAUSE I KNOW SHE IS TRYING TO. UM,

SHE'S SO SOLID THAT I GOT TO PLAY MY BEST TO HAVE A CHANCE TO BEAT HER. SO UM, I MEAN, I FIND IT AS, REALLY, A FRIENDLY RIVALRY. BUT IT, YOU KNOW, THERE IS SOMETHING THERE, AT LEAST FROM MY SIDE. I MEAN ...

I MEAN, I RESPECT HER A LOT. BUT UM, ONCE I'M ON THE FIRST TEE, I MEAN, I WANT TO BEAT HER, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S A HUNDRED AND, YOU KNOW, FORTY-THREE OR WHATEVER WE HAVE EVERY WEEK. UM,

I MEAN, SHE'S THE ONE THAT, YOU KNOW, IF YOU BEAT HER, YOU KNOW YOU'RE UP, UP ON TOP OF THE, OF THE MONEY LIST OR THE MONEY - OR THE LEADERBOARD.

SO, I THINK IT'S A GREAT THING. I MEAN, ACTUALLY THE WAY THAT SE RI PAK HAS PLAYED THIS YEAR HAS, IT'S KIND OF THE THREE OF US, A LITTLE BIT, PUSHING EACH OTHER WHICH, I THINK, MAKES IT A LOT OF FUN BECAUSE IT BRINGS OUT THE BEST, UH, IN OUR GAMES.

Peter Kessler
HOW DO YOU THINK THE TWO OF THEM PERCEIVE YOU?

Annika Sorenstam
(CHUCKLE) UH, THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION. UM ...

I, I THINK THEY KNOW THAT I'M VERY COMPETITIVE, UH, THAT ONCE I'M OUT THERE THAT I'M GONNA GIVE IT MY BEST, UM, THAT UH, I DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR THEM, THAT I'M GOING TO ... I WANT TO WIN THE EVENT.

UM, BUT HOPEFULLY THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY THINK I'M FAIR AND THAT, YOU KNOW, I PLAY ACCORDING TO THE RULES.

Peter Kessler
HOW DO YOU THINK THE HUNDREDTH PLAYER ON THE MONEY LIST PERCEIVES YOU?

Annika Sorenstam
(SIGH) THIS IS A SENSITIVE QUESTION. UH, BUT UH, I REALLY DON'T KNOW ... I REALLY HAVEN'T ASKED. UM, BECAUSE IT'S ...

Peter Kessler
WHY IS IT SENSITIVE THEN?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, IT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S A VERY COMPETITIVE GAME. UH, I MEAN, WE PLAY EVERY WEEK FOR A LOT OF MONEY. AND UH, I MEAN, I KNOW I'VE WON A LOT OF TOURNAMENTS. AND I'VE, YOU KNOW, I'VE TAKEN SOME MONEY AWAY FROM THE GIRLS. AND I'M SURE THEY DON'T APPRECIATE THAT.

BUT HOPEFULLY I BRING A LOT BACK TO THE GAME ITSELF AND MAKE THE TOUR MORE POPULAR AND UH, THAT WILL HELP THEM TOO. SO UM, AGAIN, I WANT TO BE PERCEIVED AS SOMEBODY WHO LOVES THE GAME AND THAT I DO THE BEST FOR THE TOUR IN, IN ANY WAY I CAN.

Peter Kessler
VERY DIPLOMATIC.

(ANNIKA AND PETER BOTH LAUGH)

DON'T YOU THINK?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, IT'S, IT'S A TOUGH QUESTION.

Peter Kessler
YOU DANCED AROUND THAT ONE.

Annika Sorenstam
UH-HUH, I'M, I GOT, GOT A FEW MOVES.

Peter Kessler
DO YOU AND KARRIE LIKE EACH OTHER AS PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE? DO YOU LIKE WHO SHE IS?

Annika Sorenstam
I DO, YEAH. I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW HER VERY WELL BECAUSE ALL I SEE IS ON THE GOLF COURSE OR IN THE LOCKER ROOM OR, YOU KNOW, JUST AROUND GOLF.

BUT UM, I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS YEAR, SHE HAS BEEN, UM, VERY SUPPORTIVE. UH, WHEN I, UM, SHOT FIFTY-NINE, SHE WROTE A REALLY NICE LETTER AND PUT IT IN MY LOCKER, WHERE SHE CONGRATULATED ME AND, YOU KNOW, SAID HOW GOOD OF A ROUND IT WAS AND HOW GREAT IT WOULD BE FOR THE GAME.

AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN I GOT THAT NOTE AND WHEN I READ IT, UM, I MEAN, I ALMOST PRETTY MUCH GOT TEARS BECAUSE IT HAS COME FROM SOMEBODY WHO IS THAT GOOD OF A PLAYER TO KIND OF RESPECT WHAT I DID AND LET ME KNOW.

I THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY... THAT WAS FIRST CLASS.

Peter Kessler
WHEN ARNIE AND JACK'S RIVALRY CONTINUED TO FLOURISH AND GROW, THEY WEREN'T JUST RIVALS ON THE GOLF COURSE. IF ONE WENT INTO THE FURNITURE BUSINESS, THE OTHER GUY WENT INTO FURNITURE BUSINESS.

(ANNIKA CHUCKLES)

ONE GUY WAS DESIGNING GOLF COURSES. THE OTHER GUY WENT INTO DESIGNING GOLF COURSES. DO YOU SEE AN EXTENSION OF YOUR RIVALRY NOW AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE? AND I DON'T JUST MEAN ENDORSEMENTS OR THOSE KINDS OF THINGS,

BUT ANY KIND OF ATTENTION-INDUCING KIND OF A RIVALRY AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE.

Annika Sorenstam
I DON'T THINK SO. UM, AT LEAST, I'M NOT GONNA TRY. UH, I MEAN, I'M VERY COMPETITIVE, BUT I THINK I'LL LEAVE IT TO THE GOLF COURSE, UM, CAUSE WE'RE VERY DIFF - DIFFERENT PEOPLE. I MEAN, SHE'S MUCH YOUNGER THAN I AM AND WE HAVE DIFFERENT FRIENDS. AND ...

I MEAN, I ENJOY THE RIVALRY ON THE GOLF COURSE. BUT, UH, IF I WOULD DO ANYMORE, THAT'D PROBABLY WEAR ME OUT. SO THAT'S ALRIGHT.

Peter Kessler
WHAT'S THE THING THAT YOU APPRECIATE OR MAYBE EVEN ENVY THE MOST ABOUT HER GOLF SWING OR GAME?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK SHE DRIVES THE BALL VERY WELL. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY I DO. BUT I THINK SHE'S, SHE MIGHT BE A LITTLE, A STEP BETTER THAN I AM THERE. AND UM, HER ... LET'S SEE, LIKE A THREE-WOOD OR FIVE-WOOD FROM THE FAIRWAY, SHE'S VERY, VERY SOLID THERE.

UM, SHE HAS A GREAT SWING.

IT'S TOUGH TO SINGLE SOMETHING OUT. I MEAN, SHE'S SOLID EVERYWHERE. UM, BUT HER DRIVING, I FIND, VERY, VERY SOLID.

Peter Kessler
SHE SAID YOU WERE SOLID EVERYWHERE TOO.

(ANNIKA AND PETER LAUGH)

AND WE SHOWED HER THE SAME COMMERCIAL, AND SHE HAD THE SAME REACTION YOU DID. YOU TWO MUST HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER QUIETLY.

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

I'LL ASK YOU ONE MORE QUESTION BEFORE WE GO TO THIS BREAK. WITH ARNIE AND JACK, THERE WAS ENOUGH STUFF IN TERMS OF FAN APPEAL OR PERSONALITY THAT PEOPLE SENSED THAT THEY WERE SEEING BOTH SIDES OF ARNIE AND JACK, BOTH THE, THE PLAYER AND THE PERSONAL SIDE.

NOW BOTH YOU AND KARRIE ARE SIMILAR IN THE SENSE THAT YOU'RE NOT PARTICULARLY, UH, CHATTY OR TRY TO BE A COMEDIAN OR ENTERTAIN THE CROWD WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE QUALITY OF YOUR PLAY.

DO YOU SOMETIMES WISH THAT ONE OF YOU WAS MORE OUTGOING TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF OF BOTH OF YOU TAKING THE HEAT FOR 'YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ALSO BE FUNNY OR SILLY OR ENGAGING WITH THE CROWD' ?

(ANNIKA CHUCKLES)

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, WE HEAR THAT A LOT, YOU KNOW, THAT BOTH, BOTH OF US ARE SO QUIET AND WE'RE QUITE BORING AND ... BUT, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS SAID, I MEAN, WE'RE HERE TO PLAY GOLF AND YOU CAN ONLY BE THE ONE YOU, THAT YOU ARE.

AND I THINK WE'RE VERY SIMILAR OFF THE GOLF COURSE. WE'RE KIND OF MELLOW. WE'RE KIND OF LAID BACK. UH, WE KIND OF ENJOY JUST BEING, BEING ON OUR OWN AND DOING WHAT WE LIKE TO DO. AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS NEVER BROUGHT UP TO, TO BE IN THE LIME LIGHT.

THAT'S NOT WHY I PLAY GOLF. I MEAN, I PLAY CAUSE I LOVE IT. SO UH ... BUT, YOU KNOW, IF KARRIE WAS KIND OF THE CLOWN AND WANTED TO BE, YOU KNOW, DO THE SHOW, I'LL BE ALL FOR IT.

UH, I'LL BE IN THE BACKGROUND, UH, CHEERING HER ON. BUT I WOULD WANT TO PLAY HER AND TRY TO BEAT HER, THAT'S FOR SURE.

Peter Kessler
I NEVER SAID YOU WERE BORING, AND I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY WHO SAID YOU'RE BORING.

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

HERE'S ... AND HERE'S ANOTHER NON-BORING MOMENT WE'RE GONNA SHOW YOU WITH A PERFECT TEN DIVE INTO THAT DISGUSTING WATER AT THE NABISCO WHEN YOU WON YOUR THIRD MAJOR EARLIER THIS YEAR. THAT WAS A PRETTY GOOD MOVE THERE.

Annika Sorenstam
THANKS. I, I PRACTICED, UH ... BUT YOU'RE, YOU'RE RIGHT. IT WAS A DISGUSTING LAKE, BUT IT'S PROBABLY THE ONLY LAKE I WANT TO GO INTO.

Peter Kessler
SO, YOU KNEW YOU WERE GONNA WIN AND THAT'S WHY YOU PRACTICED.

Annika Sorenstam
NO, BUT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO WIN. I'VE WALKED THAT WALK TO THE EIGHTEENTH GREEN, AND I'VE ALWAYS DREAMT ABOUT GOING IN THAT LAKE.

Peter Kessler
AND SO YOU DID AND YOU WILL AGAIN. WE'LL BE BACK.

Peter Kessler
YOUR BUDDY, JESPER PARNEVIK - OF COURSE, IN THE SKINS GAME THIS PAST WEEKEND - BIRDIED SIXTEEN SO HE NEEDS TO TIE SEVENTEEN. AND, OF COURSE, HE WEARS HIS HAT FLIPPED UP IN THE FRONT.

BUT I THOUGHT WHEN GREG NORMAN BIRDIED SEVENTEEN TO DENY JESPER OF, LIKE, THREE-QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS, THAT THE HAT WAS ACTUALLY GONNA SPIN AROUND HIS HEAD.

(ANNIKA CHUCKLES)

DID IT FEEL LIKE IT WAS GONNA SPIN AROUND, JESPER?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
HELLO?

Peter Kessler
ARE YOU THERE?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
HEY, YEAH. HOW ARE YOU GUYS?

Peter Kessler
HOW YOU DOING?

Annika Sorenstam
HELLO.

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
(CHUCKLE) HEY, ANNIKA.

Annika Sorenstam
HEY.

Peter Kessler
SO ...

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
UH, IF I FELT LIKE SPIN - I DON'T KNOW IF I WAS SPINNING AROUND, THROWING UP WAS MORE LIKE IT, I GUESS.

(PETER AND ANNIKA CHUCKLE)

Peter Kessler
TELL US MORE.

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
NO, I MEAN, IT WAS A, A GREAT WEEKEND. BUT UH ... YEAH, I, I DON'T, I DIDN'T REALLY LIKE WHAT, UH, GREG DID THERE TO ME. I MEAN, HE DID INVITE ME FOR DINNER THOUGH AND UH, I'M CALLING EVERYBODY I KNOW RIGHT BACK CAUSE I'M GONNA EAT UP EVERY ONE OF THOSE MILLION DOLLARS THAT HE TOOK FROM ME. SO ...

Annika Sorenstam
HOW WAS THAT FORMAT, BY THE WAY?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
UH, IT WAS UH ... I THINK IT ... AS A PLAYER, I THINK IT BROUGHT IT BACK TO WHERE THE SKINS GAME USED TO BE, WHERE THE PLAYERS ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE TENSE AND NERVOUS, UH, BECAUSE OF THE VALIDATION FACTOR. BUT UH,

UH, I MEAN, WE ARE NOT THE ONES WHO DECIDE. I THINK THE, THE CROWDS AND THE, THE PUBLIC HAVE TO DECIDE WHICH FORMAT THEY LIKE THE BEST.

Peter Kessler
TO WHAT DO WE OWE THE PLEASURE OF THIS PHONE CALL?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
I WANTED TO CALL ANNIKA AND CONGRATULATE HER ON AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR.

Annika Sorenstam
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
I MEAN, I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU FOR A WHILE SINCE -- WE USED TO PLAY THOSE, UH, J.C. PENNEY EVENTS TOGETHER. AND UH ...

(BOTH ANNIKA AND JESPER CHUCKLE)

I REMEMBER, ACTUALLY, ONE OCCASION ... THERE WE WERE, STANDING ON A PAR-THREE, AND I WAS TALKING TO MY CADDIE, WHAT SHOT DID HE PREFER, SHOULD I HIT A LOW DRAW OR HIGH FADE OR A, YOU KNOW, A SMOOTH SHOT OR A HARD SHOT?

AND ANNIKA TURNS TO ME AND GOES 'WELL, HOW ABOUT JUST A NORMAL, STRAIGHT SHOT?' AND UH, SOMEHOW THAT SHOT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND.

Annika Sorenstam
OH, I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT. THAT WAS SO FUNNY. BUT WE HAD A GOOD TIME TOGETHER. AND WE DID PRETTY GOOD TOO. DIDN'T WE FINISH SECOND ONE YEAR?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
YEAH, I THINK WE FINISHED SECOND ONE YEAR OR THIRD THE OTHER YEAR.

SO, UH, YEAH, IT WAS PRETTY GOOD.

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH.

Peter Kessler
DO YOU FIND THAT THAT'S A TYPICAL SITUATION FOR BOTH OF YOU, TO, TO OVERCOMPLICATE THE WHOLE THING INSTEAD OF JUST 'WELL, WHY DON'T I JUST HIT SEVEN-IRON SORT OF STRAIGHT AT THE FLAG'?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK SO. I MEAN, IT, LIKE JESPER SAID, IT MIGHT BE EASIER SAID THAN DONE. BUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU'RE OUT ON THE COURSE YOU TRY TO THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. AND SOMETIMES YOU MAKE IT MORE COMPLICATED, AND MAYBE JUST GO FOR THE OBVIOUS.

Peter Kessler
HOW'D THAT ONE WORK OUT WHERE SHE DECIDED THAT YOU SHOULD HIT IT STRAIGHT, JESPER?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
UM, STRAIGHT CAN SOMETIMES BE TOO CONFUSING FOR ME.

(PETER AND ANNIKA GIGGLE)

I MEAN, ANNIKA PLAYS, I GUESS, AS SIMPLE AS YOU CAN PLAY THE GAME, I FEEL IN A WAY. I DEFINITELY FEEL I CAN CONFUSE MY GAME A LOT BY TRYING TO HIT, UH, TOO MANY SHOTS SOMETIMES. UM, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING I COULD TAKE AFTER ANNIKA ACTUALLY CAUSE,

I MEAN, I REMEMBER A FEW TIMES THAT, WHEN I'VE, LIKE I ALWAYS AM OFF THE TEE, UH, OFF-LINE. AND UH, SHE HAD SOME SHOTS WHERE SHE WANTED TO CHIP OUT. AND I THOUGHT ...

NO, YOU ... YOU KNOW, TAKE THAT THREE-WOOD AND DUCK HOOK AROUND THAT TREE, AROUND THE NEXT TREE, AND WE COULD, YOU KNOW, HAVE A BIRDIE PUTT.

(PETER AND ANNIKA LAUGH)

AND UM, BUT I'D MUCH RATHER PLAY LIKE SHE DOES, HIT IT STRAIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE EVERY TIME.

Peter Kessler
HOW DO YOU PUT HER YEAR INTO PERSPECTIVE FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW, DOING WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
UH, I MEAN, IT'S JUST IN RECENT YEARS NOW WHEN, UH, ... I MEAN, I REMEMBER NOT ONLY FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO, WHEN IF YOU WON ONE TOURNAMENT PER YEAR, YOU HAD AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR. NOW, SINCE ANNIKA AND TIGER AND KARRIE WEBB CAME AROUND, YOU KNOW,

ONE OR TWO WINS ARE NOT THAT SPECIAL ANY MORE. BUT UM, I MEAN, EIGHT, NINE WINS PER YEAR, THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE, I THINK. I MEAN, IT'S SO HARD TO DO IN GOLF BECAUSE, UH, I MEAN, YOU CAN PLAY REALLY WELL IN A TOURNAMENT AND, AND STILL NOT WIN.

SO, TO COME THROUGH THAT MANY TIMES IN ONE YEAR, I THINK, IS AMAZING.

Peter Kessler
ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY TO JESPER BEFORE WE LET HIM GO?

Annika Sorenstam
(CHUCKLE) WELL, I'M GLAD YOU CALLED. I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN A WHILE. WE ...

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
YEAH, HAVE A GOOD, UH, TIME OFF AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE, A LITTLE BIT EARLY, YES, BUT WE'RE ACTUALLY STARTING TO CELEBRATE IT TODAY HERE SO...

Peter Kessler
HEY, JESPER, ARE YOU GOING TO ... OUR BIRTHDAYS ARE, UH, STILL A DAY APART, I SUPPOSE. SO ARE YOU GOING TO COME BACK IN FEBRUARY, WE'LL DO THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY THING AGAIN?

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
ALRIGHT, WE CAN DO THAT. YEAH, I ...

Peter Kessler
I LOOK ...

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
I GOT TO WORK ON MY VOICE TILL THEN THOUGH.

Peter Kessler
NOBODY SINGS HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIKE YOU DO.

(ANNIKA AND JESPER LAUGH)

LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN. HAPPY,

HEALTHY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
OKAY.

THANKS.

Annika Sorenstam
THANK YOU.

Peter Kessler
TAKE GOOD CARE.

JESPER PARNEVIK, TOUR PLAYER AND CALLER (MALE):
BYE.

Annika Sorenstam
BYE.

Peter Kessler
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I KNOW THAT HE'S GOT TO BE MARVELING ABOUT THAT YOU DID THIS YEAR ARE - IS ONE THAT THE REST OF US ARE, WHICH IS THE SIXTY-FIVE THAT YOU SHOT IN THE LAST ROUND OF THE LAST TOURNAMENT ON ARGUABLY AS TOUGH A COURSE AS YOU'VE ALL PLAYED THIS YEAR.

SHOOTING SIXTY-FIVE KNOWING YOU NEEDED THAT NUMBER TO SHOOT THE ALL-TIME SEASON
SCORING AVERAGE RECORD, IS THAT THE BEST PRESSURE ROUND THAT YOU'VE EVER PLAYED KNOWING WHAT YOU NEEDED TO DO BEFOREHAND?

Annika Sorenstam
I THINK SO, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE, UM, WHEN I GO OUT AND PLAY, I DON'T HAVE A SCORE IN MIND. I ALWAYS GO OUT WITH ... YOU KNOW, I TRY AND BE FOCUSED ON WHAT I ALWAYS SAY, 'HIT ONE SHOT AT A TIME AND ADD THEM UP WHEN YOU'RE DONE'.

UM, THIS PARTICULAR ROUND, IT WAS ALREADY ADDED UP. I MEAN, I KNEW WHAT I HAD TO SHOOT. UM, THAT WAS ONE OF MY GOALS THIS YEAR, WAS TO, YOU KNOW, BREAK THE SCORING AVERAGE.

SO, IT CAME DOWN TO THE LAST ROUND, LIKE YOU SAID, ON A VERY DIFFICULT GOLF COURSE. UM, IT WAS WINDY THAT DAY. YOU KNOW, I, I THOUGHT MY CHANCES WERE, WERE VERY SMALL. BUT UM,

YOU KNOW, I WAS SO FIRED UP ALL WEEK. I, I KNEW WHAT I HAD TO DO AND ... FOR SOME REASON, I MEAN, I'VE ... I HAD SOME TRACK - UH, YOU KNOW, SOME HAT TRICKS AND PLAYED SIX-UNDER THE LAST TEN HOLES.

IT WAS KIND OF A MIRACLE ROUND REALLY BECAUSE IT'S, LIKE I SAID, IT WAS SO DIFFICULT. AND THE LOWEST ROUND ALL WEEK HAD BEEN, I THINK, SIXTY-SEVEN. SO HERE I COME FROM, FROM NOWHERE TO SHOOT, YOU KNOW, SIXTY-FIVE.

AND UH, YOU KNOW, I KNOW I DIDN'T WIN THE TOURNAMENT BUT, UM, SIXTY-FIVE WAS, WAS ON MY MIND ALL DAY.

Peter Kessler
IT WAS A MIRACLE ROUND. IT'S BEEN A MIRACLE YEAR AND WE'VE GOT ... WE DON'T HAVE PAGES AND PAGES OF GRAPHICS TO SHOW EVERYBODY. SO WE PICKED JUST A FEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO SHARE WITH EVERYBODY ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CALENDAR YEAR.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
ANNIKA SORENSTAM
Selected 2001 Achievements
Tied or set 30 LPGA records including:
* Lowest Scoring Average (69.42)
* First player to break the $2M mark
* Set the LPGA's 72, 36 and 18 hole scoring records, tied the 54 and 9 hole marks
* Tied marks for largest come from behind win (10 strokes) and most consecutive wins in scheduled events (4) )

TIED OR SET THIRTY, THAT'S NOT A TYPO, THIRTY LPGA RECORDS INCLUDING LOWEST SCORING AVERAGE, FIRST PLAYER TO WIN MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN A SEASON, THE SEVENTY-TWO, THIRTY-SIX AND EIGHTEEN HOLE SCORING RECORDS,

TYING THE FIFTY-FOUR AND NINE HOLE MARKS, AND TIED WITH MICKEY WRIGHT FOR LARGEST COMEBACK, TEN STROKES ON THE FINAL DAY, AND MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS IN SCHEDULED EVENTS.

WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE ROOM FOR MORE. THERE WAS MORE. WE'LL BE BACK.

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

Peter Kessler
ALRIGHT, HERE'S A QUESTION, ANNIKA, THAT WAS SUBMITTED FOR YOU TODAY: 'EXACTLY WHAT DOES YOUR FITNESS REGIMEN CONSIST OF AND WHAT IS ITS DURATION?' MARY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

(GRAPHIC SHOWN:
Exactly what does your fitness regimen consist of and what is its duration?
Mary Uhlich
Dublin, Ohio )

Annika Sorenstam
OKAY. WELL, IT VARIES A LITTLE BIT. UH, ESPECIALLY BEING ON THE ROAD SO MUCH, IT'S TOUGH TO FIND A GYM OR SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE TO WORK OUT. UH, ESPECIALLY OUT LATE, YOU DON'T REALLY GO OUT AND RUN SOMEWHERE IN THE FOREST. IT COULD BE A LITTLE DANGEROUS. SO ...

BUT I DO WORK OUT, UM, A LOT WHEN I'M AT HOME, PROBABLY FIVE TIMES A WEEK. AND I ALWAYS START WITH SOME CARDIO TO KIND OF GET WARMED UP AND THEN I LIFT SOME WEIGHTS AND, UH, FINISH UP WITH STRETCHING.

AND ON THE ROAD, I JUST DO A SMALLER VERSION OF THAT, UH, JUST TO KIND OF KEEP - MAINTAIN WHAT I HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT ALL YEAR. UH, I FIND IT TOUGH TO JUST KEEP ON LIFTING HEAVY WEIGHTS ON THE ROAD DURING TOURNAMENT TIME. I WANT TO STAY MORE LOOSE AND FLEXIBLE.

Peter Kessler
I HEARD YOU WERE DOING TAE KWON DO, KICKBOXING AND

(ANNIKA LAUGHS)

750 SIT-UPS EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK. COULD YOU DISPEL OR CONFIRM ALL OF THAT?

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH ... WELL, FIRST OF ALL, LET'S JUST SAY I TRY TO DO TAE KWON DO AND I TRY TO DO KICKBOXING. I'M NOT VERY GOOD AT IT, BUT IT'S JUST A LITTLE FUN, A LITTLE VARIETY IN THE WORKOUT, TRYING TO GET SOME FLEXIBILITY AND SOME STRENGTH IN MY LEGS,

AND MORE, LIKE, EXPLOSIVENESS KIND OF PRACTICE. UM, THE SIT-UPS, UH, I STARTED OUT EARLY IN THE SEASON. I DID A TON OF SIT-UPS EVERYDAY, A LOT OF CRUNCHES. UM, THAT KIND OF GOT ME GOING FOR THE SEASON. I WAS VERY MOTIVATED.

UM, I HAVE TO ADMIT I'M NOT DOING AS MANY NOWADAYS, UH, MAYBE CAUSE I'M GETTING TIRED AND I'VE DONE A LOT DURING THE SEASON. UH, I STILL DO SOME. I THINK IT'S VERY GOOD FOR GOLF. I'D LIKE TO GET STRONGER IN MY STOMACH AND MY BACK, THAT'S WHY I DO THEM, BUT I DON'T DO 700 EVERYDAY, IN MY DREAMS BUT NOT, NOT REAL.

Peter Kessler
NOW YOUR HUSBAND, DAVID, IS HERE IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT, AND I'VE NEVER SEEN HIM LOOKING MORE FIT THAN HE DOES. IS HE, RUNS IT (???), PARTICIPATING IN THESE WORKOUTS THIS YEAR?

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, HE ... HE'S STILL ...

Peter Kessler
WILLINGLY OR DRAGGED?

Annika Sorenstam
UH, A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. (CHUCKLES) BUT NO, HE, HE WANTS TO GET IN BETTER SHAPE. UM, I MEAN, I, I LIKE TO WORK OUT. AND I THINK HE LIKES, HE LIKES IT AS WELL. IT'S JUST SOMETIMES TOUGH TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF.

UH, BUT IT'S A GREAT THING TO DO ON THE ROAD. AND I REALLY THINK IT'S HELPED ME THIS YEAR TO STAY, YOU KNOW, IN ... TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE FOR SO LONG, YOU KNOW, FOR NINE TO TEN MONTHS, UH, ON SUCH A HIGH LEVEL.

I THINK IT'S REALLY HELPED ME WITH THE TRAVEL. UH, I MEAN, I WAS A LITTLE TIRED, THE LAST EVENT, BUT IF I WOULDN'T HAVE WORKED OUT, I PROBABLY WOULD BE EXHAUSTED.

Peter Kessler
LET'S TAKE A CALL FROM A FELLOW WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER AND HER FUTURE GAME. LAYNE IN ARKANSAS, YOU'RE UP, SIR.

LAYNE, CALLER FROM ARKANSAS (MALE):
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANNIKA, A PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU.

Annika Sorenstam
LIKEWISE.

LAYNE, CALLER FROM ARKANSAS (MALE):
I HAVE A YOUNG GIRL WHO'S SIX YEARS OLD, AND I WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH FOR HER TO GET INVOLVED IN GOLF. SHE PLAYS, YOU KNOW, A COUPLE OF HOLES AND WE RIDE AROUND IN THE CART. WHAT DIRECTION CAN I TAKE TO MAKE SURE THAT I DON'T BURN HER OUT EARLY AND THAT SHE, SHE STILL ENJOYS GOLF ALL THROUGH HER LIFE?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT IF SHE WANTS TO GO OUT, GO OUT WITH HER AND PLAY, UH, NEVER PUSH HER. I THINK IT'S, IT SHOULD COME SPONTANEOUSLY. I MEAN, UH, IT'S NEVER GOOD TO PUSH ANYBODY. IF THEY WANT TO PLAY, TAKE THEM OUT, LET THEM ENJOY AND ...

BUT I DO RECOMMEND, YOU KNOW, TO GO TO A TEACHING PRO SOMEWHERE AND GIVE THEM, LEARN THE BASICS, THE GRIP, THE SETUP, SO THEY HAVE GOOD FUNDAMENTALS. AND THEN LET THEM PLAY AND LET THEM EXPERIMENT.

UM, THAT'S HOW YOU LEARN, YOU KNOW, LEARN, PLAY WITH FEEL, AND NOT TAKE TOO MANY LESSONS AND GET TOO TECHNICAL. I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOOD AT AN EARLY AGE.

Peter Kessler
SO HE SHOULDN'T STAY ON HIS DAUGHTER'S CASE UNTIL SHE SHOOTS FIFTY-FOUR?

Annika Sorenstam
UH, NO, GIVE HER A LITTLE BREAK.

Peter Kessler
OKAY. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Peter Kessler
HEY, YOU WANT TO SEE THAT PUTT AGAIN, ANNIKA?

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, LET ME SEE IT.

Peter Kessler
TELL US ABOUT IT.

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, IT'S A LOT DOWNHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO BE TOO, YOU KNOW, TOO AGGRESSIVE. BUT I WANTED, I WANTED IT, AS YOU CAN SEE.

Peter Kessler
YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY TOLD TIGER THAT YOU SHOT FIFTY-NINE, HIS FIRST QUESTION WAS 'DID SHE HAVE A PUTT FOR A FIFTY-EIGHT?',

(ANNIKA CHUCKLES)

WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT I, WHAT I'VE, WOULD HAVE EXPECTED YOU TO ASK IF I HAD TOLD YOU THAT HE HAD SHOT FIFTY-NINE.

NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO POSSIBLY DO THIS WINTER TO FURTHER IMPROVE YOUR SCORING SKILLS AFTER ALL OF THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE THIS YEAR AND JUST SET THE SCORING AVERAGE OF ALL TIME?

Annika Sorenstam
WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I'M JUST GOING TO TAKE A BREAK CAUSE I THINK I, I NEED ONE. I'M A LITTLE TIRED, UH, LOTS, LOTS BEEN HAPPENING THIS YEAR. BUT UM, YOU KNOW, WHEN I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MORE ENERGY AND FEEL READY TO START GOING AGAIN, I'M, I'M GONNA CONTINUE WHAT I DID THIS YEAR. I MEAN,

IT OBVIOUSLY WORKED SO ... BUT UM, I MEAN, I'M NOT STEPPING DOWN OR ANYTHING. I MEAN, I HAD SUCH A FUN YEAR LAST YEAR THAT I, OR THIS YEAR, THAT I WANT TO CONTINUE. I'M GONNA SEE, UH, SEE HOW MORE I, HOW MUCH MORE I CAN DO.

I'M GONNA CONTINUE TO WORK OUT, HOPEFULLY GET A LITTLE STRONGER, AND THEN UM, CONTINUE TO PRACTICE. AND UH, I MEAN, I LOOKED AT MY STATS. THEY'RE MUCH BETTER THIS YEAR THAN THEY'VE BEEN IN THE PAST. BUT UH, I SEE A LITTLE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, SO ...

Peter Kessler
YOU ALWAYS DO.

(ANNIKA AND PETER LAUGH)

OUT OF A HUNDRED PERCENT, HOW MUCH WOULD YOU SAY IS GOD GIVEN TALENT AND HOW MUCH WOULD YOU SAY IS HARD WORK ... FOR YOU, YOUR HUNDRED PERCENT?

Annika Sorenstam
I, I KNOW I WORK PRETTY HARD. AND I'M VERY STUBBORN. UH, IF I WANT SOMETHING, I GO GET IT. SO I THINK DETERMINATION IS A BIG FACTOR. UM ...

AND MAYBE I HAVE A LITTLE TALENT. UM, I KNOW I LOVE SPORTS AND I THINK GROWING PLAYING ALL SPORTS THAT I DID, THAT HAS REALLY HELPED ME IN, IN GOLF. UM, IT'S A GREAT GAME FOR ME BECAUSE I LOVE TO PRACTICE ON MY OWN. I'M VERY INDEPENDENT. AND GOLF IS A GREAT GAME FOR THAT. SO IT'S JUST A GOOD COMBINATION, I GUESS.

Peter Kessler
HOW WONDERFUL IS YOUR HUSBAND?

Annika Sorenstam
HE'S, UH, VERY WONDERFUL, UH, IN MANY WAYS. UM, I DON'T THINK I COULD HAVE MET ANYBODY THAT'S MORE SUPPORTIVE OF WHAT I DO. AND UH, HE'S JUST, HE'S ALWAYS THERE FOR ME.

UM, HE DOES EVERYTHING. HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT I NEED. UM, I CAN GO ON AND ON BUT, YOU KNOW, I'M JUST GLAD I MET HIM AND, I MEAN, I'M GLAD HE PLAYS GOLF TOO. HE UNDERSTANDS, YOU KNOW, IF I THREE-PUTT, YOU KNOW, HE WON'T ASK ME TOO MUCH ABOUT IT. HE KNOWS WHAT THAT FEELS LIKE.

Peter Kessler
HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE SIXTY-FOUR HE SHOT LAST YEAR.

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, I KNOW.

Peter Kessler
HE'S A PRETTY GOOD PLAYER HIMSELF.

Annika Sorenstam
YEAH, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Peter Kessler
A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE WITH YOU ...

Annika Sorenstam
LIKEWISE ... THANKS.

Peter Kessler
GREAT, GREAT PLEASURE. THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE GREAT YEAR AND GREAT CAREER.

Annika Sorenstam
THANKS.

Peter Kessler
THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. GOODNIGHT EVERYBODY.