Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WE ONCE HAD JOHN MAHAFFEY, THE GREAT U.S. PLAYER ON OUR SHOW AND I ASKED HIM ABOUT HOW NERVOUS HE WAS DURING THE RYDER CUP AND HE SAID HE WAS SO NERVOUS ON THE FIRST TEE THE FIRST DAY THAT HE WONDERED HOW YOU MOVED THE CLUB BACK AND THEN HE ALSO WONDERED HOW YOU MOVE IT BACK DOWN, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE SENSE OF PRESSURE AS YOU TEED IT UP ON YOUR FIRST SOLHEIM CUP?

CARIN KOCH
WELL WHEN I, MY FIRST TEE SHOT, I, I WAS VERY NERVOUS BUT IT WAS A, A DRIL... ADRENALIN KIND OF NERVOUS. I HAD SO

PETER KESSLER
THE GOOD KIND

CARIN KOCH
MUCH ADRENALIN ON MY FIRST SHOT IT WAS AMAZING, AND IT WAS JUST A INCREDIBLE FEELING TO BE THERE, FINALLY, BECAUSE I, KIND OF MISSED OUT A COUPLE OF TIMES BEFORE AND I'D ALREADY, ALL, ALWAYS FELT THAT IF I JUST MAKE IT THERE I THINK I'D DO OKAY BECAUSE I ALWAYS LIKE MATCH PLAY AND TEAM PLAY SO I WAS JUST SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BE THERE.

PETER KESSLER
JACK NICKLAUS ONCE TOLD US THAT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING AFRAID AND BEING NERVOUS IS THE PREPARATION THAT YOU PUT IN. WOULD YOU BUY INTO THAT?

CARIN KOCH
DEFINITELY. DEFINITELY. IF YOU FEEL PREPARED THEN YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE PLAYING, AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK NOW AT THE, JUST TO SET THE STAGE, ON THE FINAL DAY, YOU AND CATRIN NILSMARK, WHO WAS A COUPLE OF HOLES AHEAD

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
20:HAD, WHEN YOU WON, THE TWO MATCHES THAT CLENCHED THE PIVOTAL WINNING POINTS AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK NOW AT YOU ON 16 AND YOUR MATCH AGAINST MICHELLE REDMAN AS THIS THING IS COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE AND YOU'RE GETTING READY TO HIT YOUR PITCH TO THE 16TH HOLE IN A MATCH THAT'S ALL SQUARE. GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT GOES ON INSIDE AS WE WATCH THE 16TH HOLE TOGETHER. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN FEELING AT THE TIME.

CARIN KOCH
WELL, AT THIS STAGE, I DEFINITELY REALIZED THAT MY MATCH WAS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT. EARLIER, EARLIER THAT DAY OR WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT I WAS GOING TO PLAY, YOU KNOW, NEXT TO LAST, I KIND OF THOUGHT THAT WELL, IT'LL KIND OF BE OVER BY THE TIME I REACH THE LAST FEW HOLES

PETER KESSLER
AND SO YOU HOPED

CARIN KOCH
SO I HOPED, AND AS THE DAY WENT ON I REALIZED THAT WAS NOT GOING TO BE THE CASE AND THERE WAS A LOT GOING ON. I MEAN TO HIT THAT SHOT INTO THAT HOLE WAS YOU KNOW, JUST AMAZING AND, AND TO MAKE THAT LITTLE PUTT, AND THEN WALKING FROM HERE TO THE NEXT TEE I, YOU, EVERYTHING WAS GOING THROUGH MY HEAD. I KNEW THAT IF I COULD JUST DO SOMETHING DECENT ON THIS HOLE, THAT MIGHT BE THE CUP FOR US. I KNEW THAT.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU, WERE YOU ABLE TO DO YOUR NORMAL ROUTINE OVER THIS KEY TEE SHOT?

CARIN KOCH
I THINK I WAS, BUT I DEFINITELY HAD THAT FEELING YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT HOW AM I GOING TO TAKE THE CLUB BACK. I DEFINITELY HAD THAT AND YOU KNOW, TO HIT THAT SHOT WITH A 5 WOOD RIGHT THEN WAS, IT'S, IT'S JUST AMAZING AND, YOU KNOW, I'M KIND OF TAKING MY HA... I'M LIKE OH WHAT DID I DO, AND THAT'S THE FEELING I HAD, I WAS KIND OF IN SHOCK I THINK.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU GET A VIBRATION OF WHAT'S GOING ON, OTHERWISE, AROUND THE COURSE? HERE'S THE FAMOUS SPLIT SCREEN

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
IF CATRIN TWO PUTTS AND YOU MAKE YOURS, IT'S ALL OVER.

CARIN KOCH
YEAH, WELL WHEN I WALKED TO THE GREEN ON 17 I SAW CATRIN WAS HITTING HER 2ND SHOT ON 18 AND I HEARD THE ROAR SO I KNEW THAT SHE'D DONE REALLY GOOD THERE AND I KNEW THAT IF I WOULD MAKE THAT PUTT IT WAS, IT WAS PROBABLY OVER.

PETER KESSLER
IS IT EXCITEMENT, IS IT RELIEF, WHAT'S, WHAT'S THE EMOTION THAT GOES THROUGH YOU THAT'S THE STRONGEST?

CARIN KOCH
OH I, I STILL GET GOOSE BUMPS WHEN I SEE THIS. IT WAS BOTH. YOU KNOW, IT WAS RELIEF, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID THAT DAY, IT WAS A VERY LONG DAY. IT STARTED EARLY WITH WRAPPING UP THE MATCHES FROM THE DAY BEFORE AND THEN GOING ON TO REALIZING THAT, MY, WHAT I DID WAS REALLY GOING TO BE IMPORTANT AND IT WAS, IT WAS VERY, VERY EXCITING AND VERY, JUST, I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN DESCRIBE THE FEELINGS BUT IT WAS AWESOME.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN EVERYBODY GETS BACK TOGETHER, THE TEAM, AND OF COURSE THE AMERICANS HAD BEEN FAVORED AND THE AMERICANS ARE GENERALLY FAVORED. WHAT SORT OF THE... THINGS THAT YOU SAY TO EACH OTHER, AFTERWARDS THAT YOU KNOW THE KIND OF WE SHOWED THEM SORT OF ATTITUDE THAT YOU EXPRESS AFTER IN PRIVATE.

CARIN KOCH
YEAH THERE WAS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT, A LOT OF, A LOT OF THAT SONG, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WAS PLAYING ALL NIGHT LONG AND, WHILE WE WERE DANCING ON THE TABLE SO, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A LOT OF GOOD EXCITEMENT GOING ON.

PETER KESSLER
IT WAS AN ODD INCIDENT THAT DISTRACTED THE PLAYERS AND FANS AND MEDIA FROM, YOU KNOW, A ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ENJOYMENT OF THE ENTIRE SOLHEIM CUP

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
AND THAT OF COURSE WAS THE CHIP IN BY ANNIKA AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT SOME TAPE HERE WHICH SHOWS WHAT WAS GOING ON AND SHE OF COURSE WAS PLAYING WITH JANICE MOODIE AGAINST PAT HURST AND KELLY ROBINS AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT SOME TAPE NOW AS, AS I ASK YOU ABOUT THIS AND THIS IS AN UNUSUAL ANGLE AND IT APPEARS AS THOUGH EVERYBODY HAS GIVEN ANNIKA ROOM TO PLAY HER SHOT. SHE'S TAKING HER TIME

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
20:AND OF COURSE, ULTIMATELY WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SHE HOLES THE CHIP IS THE AMERICAN PLAYERS DISCOVER THAT ANNIKA, IN FACT, MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AWAY. THE REFEREE'S GOING TO CHECK IT OUT AND AGREE WITH THE AMERICANS AND PAT BRADLEY, THE AMERICAN CAPTAIN, IS ULTIMATELY CALLED IN BY THE PLAYERS AND IT WAS HER DECISION TO ASK ANNIKA TO REPLAY A CHIP THAT CLEARLY THE OTHER PLAYERS, AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS TAPE, WERE GIVING HER THE ROOM TO DO, THERE WAS NO SENSE OF A QUICK CHIP OR A FUNNY INTENT.

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
20:NOW I RAN INTO JULI INKSTER AND BETH DANIEL AS THEY WERE BEING INDUCTED INTO THE WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME RECENTLY AND BOTH OF THEM SAID TO ME THAT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT PAT BRADLEY AS CAPTAIN, DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHOICE AT ALL BUT TO, ON BEHALF OF HER 12 PERSON TEAM, MAKE ANNIKA REPLAY THE SHOT.

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE I HAD TAKEN THE POSITION AND OTHER PEOPLE HAD THAT WE HAD NEVER SEEN THAT BEFORE AND THE PLAYERS SAID TO ME, YES, INDIVIDUALLY WOULD YOU DO THAT? NO, BUT IN A TEAM SITUATION THAT PAT HAD LITERALLY NO OTHER OPTION BUT TO ASK FOR THAT TO BE REPLAYED. WHAT'S YOUR SENSE OF THOSE STATEMENTS?

CARIN KOCH
WELL I CAN DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND BETH AND JULI SAYING THAT. THERE, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE AMERICAN TEAM AT THIS POINT TO JUST WIN A MATCH AND, AND GET A POINT. I DON'T AGREE WITH IT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I'M A LITTLE BIASED, BEING ON THE OTHER TEAM AND I JUST THINK, I JUST THINK IT'S TOO BAD THAT EVERY TIME THE SOLHEIM CUP IS TALKED OF, YOU KNOW, LIKE TONIGHT, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COMES UP, AND IT'S TOO BAD THAT IT HAD TO HAPPEN AND, YOU KNOW, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH NICER IF IT COULD HAVE BEEN, YOU KNOW, LET'S, LET'S TIE THIS HOLE AND GO ONTO THE NEXT.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE A LESSON TO BE LEARNED OR IS THERE, IS THERE SOMETHING THAT ALL OF US WHO PLAY SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT AS WE GO FORWARD? NOT JUST WATCHING THESE, YOU KNOW, BIG NAME INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS BUT IN OUR OWN PLAY, I S THERE AN ATTITUDE, A LESSON?

CARIN KOCH
HMMM. THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

PETER KESSLER
LIKE WHAT WOULD YOU THINK, SUPPOSE THE SOLHEIM CUP ROLLS AROUND AGAIN, AND OF COURSE IT WILL.

CARIN KOCH
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PETER KESSLER
20:AND WOULD YOU BE ENCOURAGING THE TWO TEAMS TO SORT OF GET TOGETHER BEFORE AND LAY OUT A FRIENDLY BUT COMPETITIVE GROUNDWORK FOR SITUATIONS LIKE THESE OR CAN YOU NOT FORESEE THESE KINDS OF THINGS?

CARIN KOCH
I DON'T THINK YOU CAN FORESEE THEM. I HOPE IT WON'T BE NECESSARY BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IN EVERYONE'S INTEREST TO HAVE THE MATCHES BE, YOU KNOW, IN, IN GOOD SPIRITS AND BE JUST A PERFECT MATCH WHICH THIS ALMOST WAS.

I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF GOOD GOLF AND A LOT OF GOOD EXCITEMENT IN THESE MATCHES AND IT WAS REALLY GOOD FOR WOMEN'S GOLF AND I JUST HOPE THAT BOTH IN SOLHEIM CUP AND IN RYDER CUP WE CAN, YOU KNOW GET A COUPLE OF THEM WITHOUT
A LOT OF CONTROVERSY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW THAT SOME TIME HAS PASSED AND, AND THE NEW SEASON HAS STARTED, HAVE THE BAD FEELINGS SUBSIDED AND IS EVERYBODY SORT OF BACK WHERE THEY WERE IN TERMS OF THE RELATIONSHIPS OR NOT?

CARIN KOCH
I THINK, AS FAR AS I KNOW, I THINK SO. I, I AM, DEFINITELY, I, I THINK MOST OF IT WAS RESOLVED THEN AND THERE. I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF FEELINGS FROM, FROM THE TEAMS, FROM OUR TEAM AT FIRST. YOU KNOW, WE WERE VERY STUNNED AND, AND DISAPPOINTED AND MAYBE THERE WERE A LITTLE MORE PERSONAL FEELINGS AT FIRST AND NOW, YOU KNOW, THOSE HAVE KIND OF GONE AWAY, AND I THINK, YOU KNOW, KELLY, KELLY COMING TO OUR PARTY AFTER THROWING IN THE WHITE TOWEL FIRST, WAS, YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF SOLVED A LOT OF IT, I THINK RIGHT AWAY.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WOULD MAKE ALMOST EVERYTHING GO AWAY WHEN SOMEBODY'S

CARIN KOCH
YEAH, THAT WAS VERY CLASSY

PETER KESSLER
ADULT ENOUGH

CARIN KOCH
20:MHMM

PETER KESSLER
20:TO WALK ACROSS THE ROOM AND SAY HEY

CARIN KOCH
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
LET'S BE FRIENDS

CARIN KOCH
20:MHMM

PETER KESSLER
20:AND IT'S JUST A GAME.

CARIN KOCH
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING AND MAYBE OUR FANS AT HOME CAN LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT HOW TO

CARIN KOCH
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
DO IT BETTER. DON'T GO AWAY.
 
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I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise

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The lawsuit, which was filed in California in early 2015, centered on the bibs caddies wear during tournaments and ongoing attempts by the caddies to improve their healthcare and retirement options.

The caddies lost their class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court and an appeal this year.

Separately, the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was not involved in the lawsuit but represents the caddies to the Tour, began negotiating with the circuit last year.

“I told the guys, if we really want a healthy working relationship with the Tour, we need to fix this and open the lines of communication,” said Scott Sajtinac, the president of the APTC.

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“It took a year and a half, but it turned out to be a good result,” Sajtinac said. “Our goal is to close that window for the guys because healthcare is such a massive chunk of our income.”

In a statement released by the Tour, officials pointed out the lawsuit and the “potential increase to the longtime caddie healthcare subsidy” are two separate issues.

“Although these two items have been reported together, they are not connected. The PGA Tour looks forward to continuing to support the caddies in the important role they play in the success of our members,” the statement said.

Caddies have received a stipend from the Tour for healthcare for some time, and although Sajtinac wouldn’t give the exact increase, he said it was over 300 percent. Along with the APTC’s ability to now negotiate healthcare plans as a group, the new stipend should dramatically reduce healthcare costs for caddies.

“It’s been really good,” said Sajtinac, who did add that there are currently no talks with the Tour to created a retirement program for caddies. “Everybody is really excited about this.”