Golf Talk Live - Charlotta Sorenstam Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR HOUR, BUT SOMEBODY WANTS TO BUTT IN SO WHY DON'T WE GO AHEAD AND SEE WHAT YOUR BIG SISTER HAS TO SAY HERE IN ORLANDO.

HELLO ANNIKA.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
HELLO

PETER KESSLER
HOW ARE YOU?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
GOOD HOW ARE YOU? HI LOTTA, HI PETER.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
HI ANNIKA

PETER KESSLER
20:SHE'S MAKING A WAVE SHE SAID. THAT'S WHAT THAT WAS.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
OH GREAT. WELL I JUST WANT TO CALL IN AND, AND TELL YOU THAT DAVID AND HENRY, WE GIVE YOU OUR SUPPORT. YOU'RE DOING GREAT. WE WERE GOING TO GIVE YOU A HARD TIME BUT YOU LOOK AWESOME SO WE JUST WANT TO SAY THAT.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, GIVE US THE HARD TIME PART.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
(LAUGHS) YEAH, WE WERE SITTING HERE FOR ABOUT AN HOUR TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO, MAKE HER BLUSH, BUT SHE'S DOING GREAT ON HER OWN.

PETER KESSLER
WELL YOU KNOW, JUST BEFORE THE SHOW STARTED, WE SAT DOWN AND WE WERE TALKING AND IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAD PLAYED GOLF TODAY. SHE WASN'T TOO THRILLED WITH HER SCORE FROM THE BACK TEES OF 80 AT
LAKE NONA. WHAT DID YOU SHOOT TODAY?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
OH I, I THOUGHT THAT STAYED AT HOME!

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
SORRY

PETER KESSLER
I BEG YOUR PARDON

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
I THOUGHT THE SCORE STAYED AT HOME.

PETER KESSLER
NOT ANY MORE

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
OH

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
WELL I, I GUESS I WON A FEW SKINS TODAY.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
20:SHE WON A FEW SKINS

PETER KESSLER
OKAY

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
20:WELL ONLY 17.

PETER KESSLER
NOW OBVIOUSLY THE TWO OF YOU ARE GETTING ALONG INCREDIBLY WELL. FAMILY STUFF IS NOT ALWAYS EASIER. IT'S EASIER TO BE NICER TO STRANGERS

SOMETIMES THAN IT IS YOUR OWN FLESH AND BLOOD. IS IT FAIR TO SAY THAT THIS IS THE BEST THAT YOU TWO HAVE HAD YOUR RELATIONSHIP IN A VERY LONG TIME? ANNIKA, YOU FIRST.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
I THINK SO, BUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE GREW UP WE WERE THE BEST OF BUDDIES FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. I MEAN WE DID EVERYTHING TOGETHER. AS SOON AS WE STARTED WALKING WE DID EVERYTHING. WE PLAYED TENNIS, WE PLAYED SOCCER, WE DID EVERYTHING, SO, BUT I THINK

NOW IS, YOU KNOW, NOW IS NOT JUST THE SPORT, IT'S MORE THE SOCIAL LIFE. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN COMMON AND YOU KNOW JUST GROWING UP TOGETHER AND HAVING THE SAME GOALS IT'S JUST A LOT OF FUN TO TALK ABOUT IT, SURE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THIS HAS TAKEN, CHARLOTTA, A LOT OF WORK FOR THE TWO OF YOU TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE AND THAT THE PROCESS WAS WORTH IT TO COME TO THIS POINT?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
OH I THINK EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
AND WHAT ABOUT CHARLOTTA

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I AGREE

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
NO IT'S A LOT OF FUN TO HAVE A SISTER AND DO THE SAME THING AND JUST HAVE PRACTICE ROUNDS TOGETHER OR WHATEVER, DINNERS TOGETHER ON TOUR. WE LIVE THE SAME LIFE AND NOT A LOT OF, MANY SISTERS CAN DO THAT THE WAY WE DO IT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOU THINK, ANNIKA, WHEN CHARLOTTA BEAT YOU AND CARRIE, THE TWO BEST PLAYERS TO WIN FOR THE FIRST TIME? WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT HER, AS A PLAYER DISTINCT FROM THE FACT THAT YOU'RE HER SISTER?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
WELL I JUST REMEMBER PLAYING THAT GOLF COURSE. IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT GOLF COURSE AND THE WAY SHE PLAYED FOR FOUR DAYS, JUST SO SOLID. SHE DIDN'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES AND TO LOOK AT THAT LEADERBOARD AND SEE

NAMES THAT HAVE WON A LOT OF TOURNAMENTS AND NOT, I MEAN IT DIDN'T SEEM LIKE IT PHASED HER AT ALL. SHE JUST PLAYED SO SOLID DOWN THE STRETCH AND LIKE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE LAST PUTT, I MEAN SHE MADE IT AND SHE WON IN STYLE. IT WAS GREAT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU THINK HER POTENTIAL IS? HOW GREAT DO YOU SUPPOSE SHE CAN BE AS A PLAYER?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
OH I HAVE TO WATCH OUT. I MEAN I KNOW SHE'S KNOCKING ON THE DOOR. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.

PETER KESSLER
YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PLAYING TOO BADLY YOURSELF, LATELY.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
(LAUGHS) THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR NEXT TOURNAMENT?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
WE'RE GOING TO ATLANTA, BOTH OF US, NEXT WEEK, OR THIS WEEK, ACTUALLY.

PETER KESSLER
NOW DURING YOUR RECENT HAPPY STREAK OF FUN ON THE GOLF COURSE, WERE YOU TWO PARTICULARLY CLOSE IN TALKING ABOUT THOSE THINGS AND IS IT EASY FOR YOU, CHARLOTTA NOW TO TALK ABOUT WHAT ANNIKA'S UP TO, WHEN SHE'S UP TO ANNIKA LIKE THINGS?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD SHOTS SHE HIT BUT I WAS THERE WHEN SHE SHOT 59 AND IT WAS PRETTY AMAZING. JUST TO WATCH HER DO EVERYTHING RIGHT. NOT MAKE A MISTAKE, AND, WELL SHE MISSED A FAIRWAY BY TWO YARDS I THINK, ONCE, AND THAT'S IT.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S WHY SHE'S BACK WORKING ON HER GAME.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
ANNIKA, THANKS FOR CHECKING IN TONIGHT. ARE YOU STILL THERE?

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
I'M HERE. THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. IT WAS VERY SWEET OF YOU TO CALL.

ANNIKA SORENSTAM, CALLER (FEMALE):
I'LL SEE YOU GUYS LATER.

PETER KESSLER
TAKE CARE.

NOW WHEN SHE LEFT FOR SCHOOL, WAS THAT A SAD TIME FOR YOU BECAUSE THAT WAS A TIME THAT YOU WERE PARTICULARLY CLOSE AS KIDS WEREN'T YOU?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH AND JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER I KIND OF MOVED AWAY FROM HOME TO GO TO SCHOOL. I WAS ABOUT 5

HOURS DRIVE AWAY FROM HOME AND, BUT, YEAH, IT WAS SAD BECAUSE SHE SPENT A LOT OF TIME STUDYING. SHE HAD, WENT TO A REALLY TOUGH SCHOOL. HER, THE SUBJECTS SHE CHOSE WAS TOUGH SO SHE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN HER ROOM. CLOSED THE DOOR AND STUDIED.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU COMMUNICATE WITH HER A LOT WHEN SHE FIRST WENT AWAY TO SCHOOL AND YOU WERE STILL HOME IN SWEDEN?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH WE DID. WE DID EVERYTHING WE COULD TOGETHER WHEN SHE WASN'T STUDYING, SO, THAT'S, AND WE DID A LOT OF PHYSICAL TRAINING TOGETHER. PLAYED VOLLEY BALL AND LOT OF WEIGHT TRAINING.

PETER KESSLER
SO WHEN PEOPLE GET YOUR RELATIONSHIP WRONG THEY, THEY REALLY GET IT WRONG. I MEAN, CLEARLY, JUST BASED ON THE CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE HAD THE LAST 5 OR 6 MINUTES THAT GROWING UP YOU WERE GREAT FRIENDS, YOU WERE TENNIS BUDDIES, YOU

WERE GOLF BUDDIES. I KNOW THAT YOU LIVED IN LONDON FOR A FEW YEARS AND HAD TO HAVE GRAVITATED TOWARDS EACH OTHER AT THAT PARTICULAR POINT, BEING AWAY FROM HOME AND YOU'RE CLOSE AGAIN NOW, SO, IS IT FAIR TO SORT

OF CHARACTERIZE THE RELATIONSHIP AS FAIRLY NORMAL IN THE SENSE THAT THERE WERE UPS AND THERE WERE DOWNS BUT THAT YOU LOVE EACH OTHER AND YOU ARE ENJOYING A PARTICULARLY CLOSE MOMENT IN THAT RELATIONSHIP?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
YEAH, IT'S FAIRLY NORMAL. I MEAN, WE DO LOVE EACH OTHER FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS BECAUSE WE'RE SISTERS AND NOT ONLY THAT, I LOVE HER AS A PERSON. SHE'S A GREAT COMPANION JUST

TO BE AROUND TO DO EVERYTHING WITH AND I JUST WISH I COULD SPEND MORE TIME WITH HER BUT WE STILL HAVE OUR LIVES SEPARATE TOO, AND WE LIVE DIFFERENT PLACES, BUT I'M HERE NOW, SO I CAN VISIT HER A LITTLE BIT HERE IN ORLANDO.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S A LOT LESS DIRT FOR THE PRESS TO DIG UP THEN THEY WOULD LIKE.

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
IT IS

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK, WELL WHY DON'T WE WANDER OVER TO THE OTHER SET WHEN WE COME BACK, AND LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU'RE WORKING ON IN YOUR GOLF SWING.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

(MUSIC)

(BREAK)

NEXT SEGMENT
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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 12:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


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It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


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“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.