Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 7
HOW DOES BEING MARRIED AND HAVING A SON HELP YOU PUT GOLF INTO IT'S PROPER PERSPECTIVE AND PRIORITY?
IT'S DEFINITELY HELPED ME A LOT. I'M MUCH MORE IN HARMONY AND I'M HAPPIER. I CAN HAVE A LOUSY DAY ON THE GOLF COURSE, AND I, YOU KNOW, GO PICK UP MY SON FROM DAY CARE AND I FORGET ABOUT GOLF. BEFORE I COULD SIT AND THINK ABOUT IT ALL NIGHT LONG.
HOW GREAT IS THE DAY CARE CENTER, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY A LITTLE EACH WEEK, BUT I KNOW THAT
SMUCKERS SUBSIDIZES THE REST. HOW IMPORTANT HAS THAT BEEN TO ALLOW YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE PROPERLY?
YEAH, IT'S ACTUALLY SMUCKERS AND STATE FARM, STATE FARM IS THE PRIME SPONSOR FOR IT NOW. IT IS, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. TONY, WHO'S THE HEAD GUY AND RUTH AND THE KIDS JUST LOVE THEM, AND, AND OLIVER, MY SON, LOVES GOING THERE AND HE CAN'T WAIT TO GO SEE THE OTHER KIDS AND, AND THEY LEARN SO MUCH AND THEY PLAY. I'D LIKE TO HANG OUT THERE JUST TO, TO KNOW WHAT THEY DO ALL DAY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T, BUT, IT'S, IT'S WONDERFUL. I MEAN, BECAUSE THEY COULD BE A DAYCARE THAT WAS JUST A DAYCARE, BUT IT'S A DAYCARE THAT'S WONDERFUL FOR THEM.
ARE YOU TOUGHER ON YOU THAN ANYBODY ELSE IS?
YEAH... I THINK I AM. I THINK MY HUSBAND HELPS ME A LOT, YOU KNOW, WITH JUST ASKING ME QUESTIONS, NOT MAYBE BEING HARD ON ME OR TOUGH ON ME, BUT JUST ASKING QUESTIONS ON WHAT I WANT TO DO AND HOW I WANT TO DO IT.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU'D LIKE TO GET BETTER AT AND OR CHANGE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS?
UM... I THINK IT
IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE GOLF
YEAH UM, EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, I THINK I CAN IMPROVE ON A LOT OF THINGS, ESPECIALLY WITH GOLF. I LOOK UP TO SOME PEOPLE ON TOUR AND I WANT TO, YOU KNOW, I LOOK AT THEM, LIKE YOU HAD LORIE KANE HERE A WEEK AGO.
I THINK HER ATTITUDE AND THE WAY SHE IS ON THE GOLF COURSE, AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE IS GREAT. YOU KNOW, I, I, I, I HAVE A LOT OF THE SAME PHILOSOPHIES AS SHE DOES WHEN IT COMES TO THE FANS. I'VE NEVER SAID NO TO AN AUTOGRAPH SO FAR AND I, I WON'T EVER DO THAT, SO I, I... I THINK I, YOU KNOW, I JUST NEED TO IMPROVE ON A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. NOT GET DOWN ON MYSELF, NOT LOOSE IT AND GET MY TEMPER GOING AND JUST REALLY, JUST ENJOY WHAT I DO AND REALIZE WHAT A LUCKY PERSON I AM TO BE TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH MY HUSBAND AND MY CHILD AND PLAY GOLF FOR A LIVING. I MEAN I COULDN'T REALLY HAVE IT MUCH BETTER THAN THAT.
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS MAKE OF YOU THESE DAYS? THE SUCCESS THAT YOU'VE BEEN, THE CELEBRITY THAT YOU'VE BECOME, THE SUCCESSFUL MOM, THE SUCCESSFUL WIFE?
THEY LOVE IT, YOU KNOW, I, I HOPE THEY DON'T DRIVE THEIR FRIENDS CRAZY TALKING ABOUT IT (LAUGHS) BUT THEY THEY'RE REALLY HAPPY. THEY, THEY WAITED 12 YEARS BEFORE, BEFORE HAVING ME. THEY TRIED FOR 12 YEARS, I WAS KIND OF A LAST MINUTE DEAL FOR THEM, AND, AND YOU KNOW, MY, I WAS MY DADDY'S LITTLE GIRL, AND THEY, THEY JUST LOVED FOLLOWING AND, YOU KNOW UNFORTUNATELY I CAN'T SEE THEM ALL THAT MUCH BECAUSE THEY'RE BACK IN SWEDEN BUT NOW WITH THE INTERNET AND THEM BEING ABLE TO FOLLOW THE SCORES, IT'S REALLY NEAT AND THEY'RE JUST, THEY COULDN'T BE HAPPIER FOR ME.
SO THEY WOULD SAY THAT YOU WERE WELL WORTH THE WAIT.
THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY, YUP. THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD BE THEIR WORDS.
AND IT WAS WELL WORTH OUR WAIT FOR YOU TO COME HERE AND WE APPRECIATE
SO MUCH THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME
THANK YOU. I ENJOYED IT. THANKS PETER.
GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
THANK YOU EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT.
Tour still focused on security after death of suspected Austin bomber
AUSTIN, Texas – Although the suspect in the wave of Austin-area bombings was killed early Wednesday, the PGA Tour plans to continue heightened security measures at this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.
According to various news outlets, Mark Anthony Conditt has been identified as the bombings suspect, and he was killed by an explosion inside his car in Round Rock, Texas, which is 19 miles north of Austin Country Club.
“We do not comment on the specifics of our security measures, but we are continuing to work in close collaboration with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Austin to ensure the safety of our players and fans at this week’s tournament,” the Tour said in a statement. “Regardless of the recent developments, our heightened security procedures will remain in place through the remainder of the week.”
Authorities believe Conditt is responsible for the five explosions that killed two people and injured five others in Austin or south-central Texas since March 2.
Play began Wednesday at the Match Play.
Monahan addresses alcohol, fan behavior at events
AUSTIN, Texas – Fan behavior has become a hot-button topic on the PGA Tour in recent weeks, with Rory McIlroy suggesting on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational the circuit should “limit alcohol sales on the course.”
The Tour’s policy is to stop selling alcohol an hour before the end of play, which is normally around 5 p.m., and on Wednesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play commissioner Jay Monahan said it’s something the Tour is monitoring.
“When you have people who aren’t behaving properly and they’ve had too much alcohol, then I agree [with McIlroy],” Monahan said. “In those incidences those people who are making it uncomfortable for a player alcohol sales should be cut off.”
Fan behavior became an issue with some players when Tiger Woods returned to competition at last month’s Genesis Open. During the final round of the Honda Classic Justin Thomas had a fan removed when he yelled for Thomas’ tee shot at the par-4 16th hole to “get in the bunker.”
Monahan declined to address Thomas’ situation at PGA National specifically, but he did seem to suggest that as interest grows and the Tour continues to attract more mainstream sports crowds, vocal fans will continue to be the norm.
“I believe that there was more that went into it that preceded and in a situation like that we’re hopeful our players will reach out to our security staff and they can handle that,” Monahan said. “[But] yelling, ‘get in the bunker,’ that’s part of what our players have to accept. In any sport, you go to an away game, in any other sport, and people aren’t rooting for you. Sometimes out here you’re going to have fans that aren’t rooting for you, but they can’t interfere with what you’re trying to do competitively.”
Senden playing first event since son's brain tumor
John Senden is back inside the ropes for the first time in nearly a year at this week's Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web.com Tour.
Senden took a leave of absence from professional golf in April, when his teenage son, Jacob, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He didn't touch a club for nearly four months as Jacob endured six rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, a gauntlet that stretched from April until mid-November.
But Senden told PGATour.com that his son's tumor has shrunk from the size of a thumbnail to the size of a pinky nail, and after a promising MRI in January he decided to plan his comeback.
"I haven't really played in 12 months, but in that time Jacob has really, really hung tough," Senden said. "His whole body was getting slammed with all these treatments, and he was so strong in his whole attitude and his whole body. Just really getting through the whole thing. He was tough."
Senden was granted a family crisis exemption by the Tour, and he'll have 13 starts to earn 310 FedExCup points to retain his playing privileges for the 2018-19 season. He is allowed five Web.com "rehabilitation" starts as part of the exemption, but will reportedly only make one this week before returning to the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage, followed by starts in San Antonio, Charlotte and Dallas.
Senden, 46, has won twice on Tour, most recently the 2014 Valspar Championship.
Added videos shed light on Reed rules controversy
Additional fan videos shed some light on a rules controversy involving Patrick Reed during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when Reed suggested that Jordan Spieth would have gotten free relief after he was denied a favorable ruling.
Reed had sailed the green with his approach on the 11th hole Sunday at Bay Hill, coming to rest under a palm tree. As the below thread of videos from fan Tyler Soughers illustrates, Reed wanted a free drop because he believed a nearby television tower was in the way of the shot he planned to play.
The initial rules official didn't "see" the shot Reed planned to attempt given the tight confines, and his decision to deny Reed a free drop was upheld by a second rules official. Reed eventually tried to play the ball, moving it a few feet, before being granted relief from the tower from the ball's new position. He ultimately made double bogey on the hole and tied for seventh.
After finally taking his free drop away from the tower, Reed was heard muttering to nearby fans, "What a crock of s---."
Reed and Spieth will have plenty of time to discuss their favorite rulings Friday, when the two players face off on the final day of round-robin play in Group 4 during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin.