Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO YOU, CARIN, BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS WHO SAYS THAT YOU HIT TWO THIRDS OF THE GREENS IN REGULATION ON THE LPGA TOUR LAST YEAR. COULD YOU SHARE YOUR IRON PLAY KEYS WITH US? STEPHANIE CHAMBERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. SO WOULD THE REST OF US.

CARIN KOCH
OKAY. I ACTUALLY CARRY 5 WOODS IN MY BAG SO I GUESS, I THINK, A LOT OF THOSE TIMES I HIT THE GREENS I HIT MY 11 OR MY 9 WOOD AND THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BE ONE OF MY SECRETS IS TO, EVEN FOR BIG STRONG GUYS, NOT TO BE SO TOUGH, BUT TRY TO, YOU KNOW, TRY THOSE 9 WOODS, BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF THEM ARE A LITTLE TOO MACHO TO EVEN DO IT.

PETER KESSLER
SO 6 IRON'S YOUR LONGEST IRON, OR 5 IRON?

CARIN KOCH
I HAVE A 5 IRON. YUP. I HAVE A 5 IRON. AND THEN I HAVE 11 WOOD, 9 WOOD, 5 WOOD, 3 WOOD AND, AND DRIVER.

PETER KESSLER
AND HOW FAR DO YOU HIT YOUR 5 IRON?

CARIN KOCH
I HIT MY 5 IRON ABOUT 155.

PETER KESSLER
AND IF, IF YOU HAVE AN ACCESSIBLE PIN AND A GOOD LIE IN THE FAIRWAY FROM 155

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WITH YOUR 5 IRON, WHAT DISTANCE FROM THE HOLE ARE YOU HAPPY WITH, YOU KNOW, GIVEN THAT, NOT AN UNDULATING GREEN, AND FAIRLY CALM CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT'S THE GOAL?

CARIN KOCH
TO GET IT TO WHERE I CAN MAKE A PUTT AND MAKE BIRDIE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN DO THAT FROM ANYWHERE.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU DO IN TERMS OF YOUR KEYS FOR GOOD IRON PLAY. IS SET UP, SWING THOUGHTS

CARIN KOCH
YUP, I, I TRY TO HAVE GOOD FUNDAMENTALS. TRY TO HAVE A GOOD... I TRY TO CHECK MY BALL POSITION OFTEN AND

PETER KESSLER
GO AHEAD AND, AND SHOW US WHERE THE BALL, WHERE DO YOU

CARIN KOCH
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
LIKE TO KEEP IT?

CARIN KOCH
WELL THIS IS AN 8 IRON. I WOULD KEEP IT A LITTLE BIT IN FRONT OF THE MIDDLE. RIGHT HERE. IT'S EASY TO GET IT A LITTLE TOO FAR BACK, AND NOT, AND THAT PROHIBITS YOU TO SWING THROUGH IT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE IT A LITTLE MORE IN FRONT SO YOU CAN SWING THROUGH IT OKAY, AND THEN, I THINK THE MAIN THING IS TO REALLY MAKE SURE YOU HIT DOWN ON THE BALL, AND HIT THE BALL FIRST AND THEN THE GROUND, AND NOT TRY SO MUCH, I SEE SO MANY AMATEURS TRYING TO LIFT THE BALL UP AND KIND OF FINISH ON THE RIGHT SIDE, AND THAT, SAME FOR ME, I NEED TO REALLY FOCUS ON SWINGING THROUGH IT AND GET TO A GOOD POSITION AT THE END OF THE SWING.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR POWER DO YOU FEEL LIKE ON A TYPICAL IRON SHOT IF YOU'RE GOING TO HIT AN 8 IRON LIKE THAT

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU'RE USING RELATIVE TO WHAT YOU HAVE AT YOUR DISPOSAL TO USE?

CARIN KOCH
UM... IT DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION, I GUESS, BUT AGAIN, BUT, I PROBABLY, MOST OF THE TIME, TAKE A PRETTY FULL SWING. I, I'M NOT ONE OF THE LONG HITTERS SO I DON'T HAVE ALL THAT MUCH TO, YOU KNOW I KIND OF HAVE TO USE ALL THAT I HAVE

PETER KESSLER
KEEP IT IN RESERVE.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT POSTURE. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR BEST GOLF SWING AND SOMETHING ISN'T BREAKING DOWN BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT SET-UP?

CARIN KOCH
UM, FOR ME IT'S, I TEND TO GET TOO UPRIGHT, SO I REALLY NEED TO TRY AND BEND FROM THE HIPS AND GET A LITTLE MORE BENT, A LITTLE MORE DOWN LIKE THIS. MORE ANGLES. WHEN I GET TOO UPRIGHT, I SWING TOO MUCH AROUND MYSELF, SO I NEED TO GET GOOD ANGLES SO I CAN SWING MORE UP, AND GET, LIKE I SAID, GOOD ANGLES, AND, FROM THERE, GET MORE DIRECTLY DOWN ON THE BALL. I TEND TO, LIKE I SAID, BE, MAYBE A LITTLE UPRIGHT AND THEN SWING AROUND MYSELF AND GET INSIDE, AND FROM HERE I'M STUCK SO I HAVE TO KIND OF FLIP MY HANDS TO GET THE BALL TO GO STRAIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WE SEE GOOD PLAYERS ALMOST ALWAYS WHEN THEY'RE HALF WAY BACK, YOU CAN TELL THAT THE PLAYER IS A GOOD PLAYER, THAT THE BUTT END OF THE CLUB IS POINTING SOMEWHERE ONTO THE TARGET LINE

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT THE BUTT OF THE CLUB IS DOWN AND THE TOE IS UP. WHAT DO YOU DO EARLY IN THE SWING WHEN YOU'RE WORKING ON THE SWING TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE ON PATH AND YOU'RE ON PLANE. YOU KNOW, WE SEE KARRIE IN

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
HER PRACTICE MOVE TAKE IT BACK TO HALF WAY TO REMIND HERSELF OF THAT MOVE.

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU DO IN PRACTICE OR OTHERWISE TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT IT RIGHT?

CARIN KOCH
I, I JUST TRY, I , I TRY NOT TO GET TOO MUCH INTO POSITIONS. TO ME, I'M A FEEL PLAYER. I TRY TO THINK OF THE BIG, BIG SCENE AND THE BIG MOVES. SO I JUST KIND OF, MY FEELING IS TO TAKE EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THAT I DON'T GO INSIDE TOO MUCH WHICH IS ALWAYS MY, MY PROBLEM, SO I JUST TRY REALLY TO FEEL LIKE I TAKE EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU SAY TOGETHER YOU MEAN, YOU MEAN YOUR, YOUR, THE TRIANGLE THAT YOU SET AT ADDRESS?

CARIN KOCH
YEAH AND BASICALLY THAT I'M TURNING AND NOT LIFTING. I DON'T WANT TO LIFT MY ARMS UP, I WANT TO TURN MY BODY AND GET MY ARMS UP THAT WAY.

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S EASY OF COURSE TO JUST PICK UP YOUR ARMS AND THINK YOU'RE TURNING, ISN'T IT?

CARIN KOCH
VERY. VERY.

PETER KESSLER
TILL YOU SEE THE RESULT OF THE SHOT.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN WE SEE THAT FAMOUS TEMPER. WE'VE GOT DONALD FROM MICHIGAN WHO'S RIGHT IN THAT CAMERA WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION, GO AHEAD DONALD.

DONALD FROM MICHIGAN
HI PETER. HI CARIN.

PETER KESSLER
HOW ARE YOU SIR?

CARIN KOCH
HI

DONALD FROM MICHIGAN
UH JUST FINE. CARIN, I'D LIKE TO HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, YOU'RE PHENOMENAL OFF THE TEE IN ACCURACY, YOU'RE LEADING THIS YEAR AND YOU WERE LIKE LAST YEAR, 80%. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, AT THIS YEAR, ARE YOU DEVOTING YOUR GAME TO ANY ONE CERTAIN PART, LIKE IRON PLAY, PUTTING, POSITIONING OFF THE TEE AND ALSO WHAT COURSES ON THE TOUR FIT YOUR GAME WELL THAT YOU FEEL YOU CAN WIN ON RELATING TO OTHER COURSES?

CARIN KOCH
THAT WAS A FEW QUESTIONS.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS LIKE SEVEN.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
I UM, I'LL TRY TO ANSWER THEM ALL. I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO GET MY SHORT GAME BETTER BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ME A BETTER PLAYER. SO I'M ALWAYS WORKING ON MY SHORT GAME.

ALWAYS WORKING ON MY IRON PLAY, AND LIKE YOU SAID, MY, MY STRONGEST PART OF MY GAME IS PROBABLY MY ACCURACY OFF THE TEE, SO I WOULD MAYBE LIKE TO GET, TRY TO GET A LITTLE LONGER OFF THE TEE, BUT I'D LIKE TO STAY ACCURATE AND, WHAT WERE THE OTHER QUESTIONS?

PETER KESSLER
COURSES.

CARIN KOCH
COURSES! I DEFINITELY LIKE THE TOUGH COURSES. I LIKE THE, I GUESS YOU WOULD CALL THEM KIND OF OLD STYLE COURSES WITH THE NARROW FAIRWAYS, LOTS OF TREES AND SMALL GREENS. I LIKE ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES ACCURACY.

PETER KESSLER
AND OF COURSE, VERY RECENTLY AT GRAND CYPRESS YOU HAD A CHANCE TO WIN, OF COURSE YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING WHEN SE RI PUCK OR SOMEBODY ELSE SHOOTS 64 IN THE LAST ROUND.

CARIN KOCH
WELL I COULD HAVE SHOT 64 TOO.

PETER KESSLER
YOU COULD HAVE?

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
I WISH I WOULD HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S RIGHT YOU WEREN'T

OKAY, BECAUSE WHAT DID YOU END UP SHOOTING LAST DAY, 68 OR 69. IT WASN'T LIKE YOU GAVE THE TOURNAMENT AWAY.

CARIN KOCH
NO

PETER KESSLER
BUT IF YOU'D MADE 5 OR 6 MORE PUTTS, RIGHT?

CARIN KOCH
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU, HERE'S ONE OF THOSE GREAT SHOTS FROM GRAND CYPRESS EARLIER THIS YEAR, FROM YOUR LIFE VITAMINS LPGA CLASSIC. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PAR 5 15TH TO ME.

CARIN KOCH
MHMM. YUP.

PETER KESSLER
20:AND THAT'S A TOUGH LITTLE SHOT. THAT GREEN'S SMALLER THAN OUR STAGE IT SEEMS LIKE.

DOESN'T IT?

CARIN KOCH
IT'S VERY SMALL. YEAH, AND THERE'S A LOT OF TROUBLE IF YOU MISS IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
 
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M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:50 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.

Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.

Marina Alex was second after a 68.


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So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

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Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.


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Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''


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Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.