Golf Talk Live - Annika Sorenstam Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 18, 1999, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

ALL RIGHT, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE OTHER ANNIKA SORENSTAM, THE ONE WHO SAYS ABOUT SE RI PAK I WANT TO KICK HER BUTT. AND THE ONE WHO HAS A PUNCHING BAG WITH DOTTIE PEPPER'S FACE ON IT AND GIVES IT A COUPLE OF WHACKS. TELL ME ABOUT THAT YOU, THAT COMPETITIVE THING THAT WE KNOW

EXISTS BECAUSE WE SEE YOU ON THE GOLF COURSE AND WE SEE HOW YOU WIN AND WE SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT INSIDE BUT THAT'S SORT OF A ACTIVE SIDE OF YOU THAT WE GET HEAR TELL ME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK THE INSIDE LOOKS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE OUTSIDE. I THINK YOUR RIGHT, I MEAN I'M VERY COMPETITIVE IT'S ACTUALLY IN ANYTHING I DO, IT'S WHEN I PLAY CARDS WITH MY HUSBAND OR WE PLAY CHESS I
MEAN SOMETIMES THE PIECES WILL FLY

ALL OVER THE PLACE IT'S, I WAS JUST BORN TO COMPETE AND I DON'T LIKE LOSING, BUT I THINK THAT JUST STRIVES ME TO PERFORM THE BEST SO I THINK IT'S GOOD TO HAVE THAT SIDE.

PETER KESSLER

DOES THAT COME FROM EITHER OF YOUR PARENTS OR DO YOU THINK THAT, THAT WAS AN ENVIRONMENTAL THING WHERE YOU GREW UP, THE SWEDISH GOLF FEDERATION, THE FACE, THE FEAR THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED ALONG THE WAY OR THINGS THAT HAPPEN AT HOME.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I THINKS IT'S PROBABLY A COMBINATION OF EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, SWEDEN IS THE COUNTRY WHERE YOUR SUPPOSE TO KIND OF JUST BE YOU, YOUR NOT SUPPOSE

SHOW EMOTIONS, JUST BE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE BUT THEN ON THE INSIDE I DO HAVE EMOTIONS, SO I GUESS I'M TRYING TO HIDE THEM BUT STILL TRYING TO PERFORM AS GOOD AS I CAN SO IT'S I THINK JUST A COMBINATION OF BEING SWEDISH BUT THEN ALSO BEING

VERY COMPETITIVE.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU SOMETIMES SAY TO YOURSELF I'M TIRED OF ANNIKA SORENSTAM THE WORLD FAMOUS GOLFER AND PERSONALITY AND JUST WANT TO BE THE ANNIKA SORENSTAM THAT I THINK OF ME AS WHICH IS DOING THE THINGS THAT I LIKE TO DO, AND NOT BEING RECOGNIZED AND NOT HAVING TO DO INTERVIEWS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK I DO BOTH, YOU KNOW WHEN I'M ON THE GOLF COURSE I CONSIDER THAT AS MY JOB AND THAT'S I DO THE THINGS I GOT TO DO THAT I THINK IS A GOOD IMAGE FOR MYSELF BUT WHEN I DO LEAVE THE COURSE THEN I'M JUST ME

YOU KNOW I GO HOME AND I PUT JEANS ON, I PUT A HAT BACKWARDS, I JUST RELAX AND JUST BE ME. I THINK I HAVE 2 ROLES IN LIFE.

PETER KESSLER

WELL WERE REALLY GLAD I AM IN PARTICULAR THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO MAKE YOUR HOME HERE IN ORLANDO AND I HOPING THAT WERE GOING TO SEE A LOT

MORE OF YOU THAN ONCE EVERY 4 YEARS. LET'S TALK TO ERIC IN NEW YORK, HELLO ERIC.

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

HI PETER THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR WELCOME

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

HI ANNIKA HOW ARE YOU DOING?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M GOOD HOW ARE YOU?

CALLER- ERIC IN NEW YORK

GOOD, COUPLE QUICK QUESTIONS FOR YOU. NUMBER 1, I SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME TO TRAVEL TO ASIA, WHERE GOLF IS I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO PLAY, AND PLACE TO PRACTICE GOLF. AND YOU HAVE GROWN UP IN SWEDEN, WHERE THE WEATHER IS THE RELATIVELY COLD TO

SAY THE LEAST AND WHAT DO YOU TELL YOURSELF OF DISCIPLINE YOURSELF TO PRACTICE TO BE PERSISTENT AND PERSIRVER, AND TO GET TO WORLD NUMBER 1. MY QUESTION NUMBER 2 IS, WHAT'S THE BIGGEST LESSON THAT YOU
LEARNED IN GOLF THAT YOU COULD APPLY TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. AND

THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL AND I WILL HANG UP AND LISTEN TO YOU.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

OKAY WELL I THINK THE ANSWER TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION IS, THAT YOU KNOW IN SWEDEN WE TRY AND PRACTICE AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH THE CONDITIONS THAT WE HAVE AND IN THE WINTERS WE GO TO INDOOR FACILITIES.

WE HIT BALLS FROM MATS INTO A NET PROBABLY 10 TO 50 YARDS DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU WOULD GO, YOU KNOW IT WASN'T A LOT OF FUN BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T SEE WHERE THE BALL WENT BUT WHAT CAN DO WHEN THAT'S ALL YOU GOT. SO IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GRINDING TECHNIQUE IN THE WINTER AND THEN

WHEN THE SUMMER COMES WE WOULD BE SO ANXIOUS TO PLAY THAT WE WOULD PLAY YOU KNOW, NOT 24 HOURS A DAY BUT SINCE IT DOESN'T GET DARK UNTIL 8 WE'D BE OUT THERE ALL DAY LONG, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT I WORKED ON MY

TECHNIQUE IN THE WINTER, IN THE SUMMER I JUST KIND OF WENT OUT THERE AND PLAYED.

PETER KESSLER

WE HAVE AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL KRISTINA WHO I THINK WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU WHEN SHE GROWS UP, RIGHT KRISTINA, ARE YOU THERE?

CALLER-KRISTINA

HI ANNIKA HOW ARE YOU?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I'M GOOD AND YOU?

CALLER-KRISTINA

I WATCH YOU EVERY YEAR AT THE BIG APPLE CLASSIC AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW, HOW AT WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF BECAUSE I'M VERY INSPIRED BY YOU.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THANK YOU, I STARTED PLAYING GOLF WHEN I WAS 12. I PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS BEFORE GOLF BUT THEN I REALIZED HOW MUCH FUN IT WAS. SO

THEN I QUITE ALL THE OTHER SPORTS AND CONTINUED WITH GOLF.

PETER KESSLER

THE PREVIOUS CALLER HAD ONE OTHER QUESTION WHICH I JUST REMEMBERED. WHICH IS WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED ABOUT PLAYING GOLF THAT YOU COULD APPLY TO THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

I WOULD SAY HAVING PATIENCE. ESPECIALLY ON THE GOLF COURSE. YOU KNOW WHEN THE SHOTS DON'T GO WHERE YOU WANT, OR THE PUTTS DON'T GO IN, YOU JUST GOT TO BE PATIENT I THINK IT'S SAME THING IN LIFE, BE PATIENT, IT'S JUST

THINGS CAN GO WRONG BUT JUST MOVE ON THERE'S ANOTHER DAY SO.

PETER KESSLER

NOW THERE WERE A LOT OF CLUB THROWERS, WHO TURNED INTO PERFECT ANGELS LATER LIKE ARNOLD, AND JACK, AND BOBBY JONES, AND ANNIKA SORENSTAM. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WAS A TIME THAT YOU USE TO GRIND

SOME WOODEN HEADED RIGHT INTO THE GROUND AND THAT THINGS USE TO LEAVE YOUR HAND AND BECOME AIRBORNE. WHO EXPLAINED TO YOU THAT, THAT WASN'T GOING TO BE HAPPENING ANYMORE.
ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL I THINK THE OCCASION WHERE I REALIZED IT WAS WRONG, IS I GOT SUSPENDED FROM A GOLF TOURNAMENT AT HOME.

PETER KESSLER

THAT WOULD DO IT.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH, THAT WOULD DO IT, AND I REALIZED THAT I WANTED TO PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT SO BADLY SO AFTER THAT, THAT WAS IT. BUT THERE WAS ALSO A MOMENT WHERE I GOT A LITTLE ANGRY WITH A 5 WOOD, I REMEMBER HITTING IT

IN THE WATER AND I BANGED THE CLUB
INTO THE BAG AND IT BROKE. THESE

WERE THE BRAND NEW CLUBS I GOT FROM MY PARENTS FROM CHRISTMAS, SO I FELT REALLY BAD I DIDN'T WANT TO TELL THEM ANYTHING AND I KIND OF HIDE THE CLUB FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER. BUT I DID FEEL BAD ABOUT IT AND AFTER THAT

I HAVEN'T DONE IT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER

SAME THING HAPPEN TO BOBBY JONES, DID YOU KNOW THAT HE GOT A LETTER FROM THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION WHEN HE WAS NOT QUITE 20, THEY SAID, IF YOU WANT TO PLAY IN ANY MORE OF OUR EVENTS YOU'LL STOP THROWING CLUBS,
YOU'LL STOP USING BAD LANGUAGE , AND YOU'LL START TO BEHAVE YOURSELF.

AND OF COURSE NOW THE HIGHEST AWARD YOU CAN GET AS A GOLFER IS THE BOBBY JONES AWARD FOR SPORTSMANSHIP, SO IT HAPPENS TO EVERYBODY. WERE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE FOR A MOMENT, I WANT TO SETUP YOUR

FIRST US WOMEN'S OPEN VICTORY, A PARTICULAR PUTT THE 5 FOOTER ON 17, PAT BRADLEY I THINK HAD JUST MADE A PUTT TO PULL WITHIN 1 THAT HAD NOT BEEN YOUR FINEST HOLE TEE TO GREEN OF YOUR CAREER THIS WAS A KEY PAR PUTT.

JUST BEFORE WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT TELL US WHAT WAS GOING ON INSIDE, WERE YOU ABLE TO STAY WITH YOUR ROUTINE ON THAT OR WAS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PUTT SOMETHING THAT WAS RIGHT IN

FRONT OF YOUR HEAD.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

WELL THINKING BACK RIGHT NOW I DON'T REALLY REMEMBER PLAYING 17 OR 18 I MEAN I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING OUT THERE, I KNEW I WAS ON TOP OF THE LEADER BOARD AND ALL I WAS THINKING IS JUST PUT IT IN THE HOLE YOU KNOW LET'S FINISH THIS ROUND AND THAT PUTT

I DON'T REMEMBER PUTTING AT ALL, I REMEMBER MY CADDIE HELPING ME WITH THE LINE AND I SAID, THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO NOW AND IT'S AMAZING WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR REALLY DOING UNTIL YOU THINK ABOUT IT A FEW DAYS LATER.

PETER KESSLER

AND HERE IT IS 4 YEARS LATER, YOU LOOK PRETTY COOL TO US.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

YEAH BUT DIFFERENT FROM THE INSIDE.

PETER KESSLER

NOW HERE YOU ARE WATCHING MEG MALLON IF SHE MAKES IT THERE'S A PLAYOFF, IF NOT YOUR THE CHAMP.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM

SOME BIG EYES
PETER KESSLER

BIG EYES AND THAT'S WHEN YOU KNEW THAT YOU WEREN'T GOING TO STICK TO YOUR STATEMENT OF, IF I WIN THE US OPEN I'M QUITTING GOLF FOREVER BECAUSE IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

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Twice winner Kizzire on missing U.S. Open: 'Fuel to my fire'

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 5:59 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Based on recent form, there likely wasn’t a more decorated player watching last week’s U.S. Open from home than Patton Kizzire.

Kizzire is in the midst of a breakthrough season that has already included two wins: a maiden victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November, and a marathon playoff triumph over James Hahn at the Sony Open in January. While those titles got him into the Masters and the PGA Championship, they didn’t mean an exemption to Shinnecock Hills.

Kizzire got as high as 51st in the world rankings after his win in Honolulu, but his game started to turn shortly thereafter. A T-12 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship is his lone top-25 finish in 12 starts since his Sony victory, and he missed four straight cuts from the Masters to The Players Championship.


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The U.S. Open grants exemptions to the top 60 in the world at two different cutoff points close to the tournament. But in the midst of a cold streak, Kizzire was 63rd and 65th at each of those deadlines. He attempted to earn a spot at sectional qualifying in Columbus, only to find that his score of 5 under was one shot too many.

“I guess just adding a little fuel to my fire, adding insult to injury,” Kizzire said. “Just to have narrowly missed several different ways of qualification was disappointing. But I just tried to spin it as a positive. I got two weeks off, and I did watch those guys struggle a little bit. I wasn’t struggling at home, we’ll just say that.”

Kizzire hopes to put the disappointment behind him this week at the Travelers Championship, where he finished T-53 a year ago. And while his pair of trophies didn’t get him a tee time last week – or guarantee him a berth in The Open next month – they put him in prime position to make the season-ending Tour Championship, which would mean spots in the first three majors of 2019.

The combination of two recent wins and a ranking outside the top 60 isn’t one that comes up often on Tour, but Kizzire maintains a balanced perspective as he looks to get back to playing the kind of golf that will ensure he doesn’t miss any more majors in the near future.

“If I would have played better in between the U.S. Open and my last win, I would have gotten in. So my play was the reason I wasn’t in,” Kizzire said. “You certainly could look at it and say, ‘This guy’s got two wins, he should be in.’ But I’m not making too much of it.”

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Masters, Players and U.S. Open champs grouped at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 5:50 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Fresh off a second straight U.S. Open victory, Brooks Koepka is getting right back to work at the Travelers Championship.

Koepka has stood by his commitment to tee it up at TPC River Highlands, becoming the first U.S. Open champ to play the following week on the PGA Tour since Justin Rose played the Travelers after his 2013 win at Merion. Koepka will play the first two rounds alongside Masters champ Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson, who captured The Players Championship last month.

Here’s a look at some of the other marquee, early-round groupings for a star-studded field outside Hartford (all times ET):

7:50 a.m. Thursday, 12:50 p.m. Friday: Jason Day, Xander Schauffele, Daniel Berger

Day is making his second straight Travelers appearance, having missed the cut both last year in Cromwell and last week at Shinnecock Hills. He’ll be joined by reigning Rookie of the Year Schauffele and Berger, who took home ROY honors in 2015 and last year was on the losing end of Jordan Spieth’s playoff dramatics at this event.


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8 a.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday: Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson

Koepka is making his third tournament appearance overall, but his first since a T-9 finish in 2016, before he had either of his two U.S. Open trophies. Reed has become a regular at this event and enters off a fourth-place showing on Long Island, while Simpson cruised to victory last month at TPC Sawgrass and tied for 10th last week.


12:50 p.m. Thursday, 7:50 a.m. Friday: Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Russell Knox

This was the tournament that turned things around last year for Spieth, who took home the title in his debut thanks to one of the most dramatic shots of the year in a playoff against Berger. He’ll start his title defense alongside a pair of past champs, as Leishman won here for his first Tour title back in 2012 and Knox was a winner two years ago when the tournament was played in August.


1 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday: Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas

This group should get plenty of attention in the early rounds, with Thomas entering as the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 2 and joined a pair of players who will launch drives all across TPC River Highlands. Watson has feasted on this layout, winning in both 2010 and 2015 among five top-10 finishes, while McIlroy tied for 17th last year in his tournament debut but missed the cut last week at Shinnecock.

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Travelers Championship: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 19, 2018, 5:30 pm

There will be plenty of star power this week in Hartford as the PGA Tour moves north for the Travelers Championship. Here is the key info for this week's event.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


Purse: $7 million

Course: TPC River Highlands (par 70, 6,841 yards)

Defending champion: Jordan Spieth. Defeated Daniel Berger with a birdie on the first playoff hole.


Notables in the field

Jordan Spieth

• Missed last two cuts (the Memorial, U.S. Open) entering this week

• 188th on PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting (4th in strokes gained: tee to green)

• Only player to win Travelers Championship back-to-back: Phil Mickelson (2001-02)


Brooks Koepka

• Making third career start in Travelers Championship (last start: T-9 in 2016)

• First player to play Travelers week after U.S. Open win since 2013 (Justin Rose)

• First player to win U.S. Open back-to-back since 1988-89 (Curtis Strange)


Justin Thomas

• Fifth career start in this event (MC, T-3, MC last three years)

• Second on PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: tee to green (+1.49)


Rory McIlroy

• Second career start in Travelers Championship (T-17 last year)

• Missed cut last week at U.S. Open (shot 80 in opening round)


Jason Day

• Fourth career start in Travelers Championship (best finish: T-18 in 2014)

• Leads PGA Tour in strokes gained: putting this season


Patrick Reed

• Earned second-most world ranking points of any player in 2018

• Finished fourth at U.S. Open last week (three shots behind Koepka)

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Day 'disappointed' in USGA's handling of course, Phil

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 5:16 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Jason Day had the weekend off following a missed cut at the U.S. Open, but that didn’t prevent the Aussie from keeping an eye on all the drama that unfolded at Shinnecock Hills.

The former world No. 1 found it “disappointing,” – with “it” being both the deterioration of a major championship setup and the fallout from Phil Mickelson’s putter slap during the third round.

Day is hoping to bounce back from an early exit at this week’s Travelers Championship, but before turning his attention to TPC River Highlands he shared that the brunt of his disappointment stemmed from the USGA’s inability to keep Shinnecock playable during the third round and their subsequent decision to water it down for the tournament’s conclusion.

“It’s more the course, about how they set it up. Because Saturday was a total, it was like two different golf courses, practically, on the greens Saturday versus Sunday,” Day said. “I just wish they would leave it alone and just let it go. Not saying to let the greens go and let them dry out and make it unfair, I’m just saying plan accordingly and hopefully whatever the score finishes, it finishes, whether it’s under par or over par.”


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But Day’s frustration also tied back to Mickelson’s head-turning decision to hit a moving ball on the 13th green during the third round, and the USGA’s subsequent ruling that the actions merited a two-shot penalty but not a disqualification.

“It’s obviously disappointing to see what Phil did,” he said. “I think a lot of people have mixed reviews about what he did.”

USGA officials explained over the weekend that Mickelson’s actions explicitly fell under Rule 14-5, which called for a two-shot addition and turned his score of 8 into a 10, rather than Rule 1-2 or Rule 33-7 that could have resulted in disqualification for a “serious breach” of the rules.

Day felt it was unfortunate that all of Saturday’s drama deflected attention from a world-class performance from Brooks Koepka en route to a successful title defense, but when it comes to the handling of the Mickelson controversy he believes the USGA could have made good use of a mulligan.

“It’s just unfortunate that it happened at the USGA’s tournament, where they enforce the rules, like the R&A. And I think they may have, they probably should have enforced a different outcome for Phil,” Day said. “But it is what it is. It’s done. It’s just disappointing that that is overshadowing the winner of the whole week. I think if they had it back again, they may have chosen a different outcome.”