Golf Talk Live - Charlotta Sorenstam Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK TO K-U WHO'S CALLING FROM NEW JERSEY. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, SIR?

K-U, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
GREAT. HOW ARE YOU GUYS?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL THANKS.

K-U, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
FIRST I WANTED TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN LAST YEAR, CHARLOTTA.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANK YOU

K-U, CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY (MALE):
AND MY QUESTION IS REALLY, I GUESS, YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA TO SAY ABOUT YOU AS A PERSON, YOUR GOLF GAME, YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

SORT OF, IF YOU COULD SORT OF MOLD SORT OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT, SORT OF RETROSPECTIVELY FOR THE MEDIA TO SAY ABOUT YOU AS A PLAYER AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
AS A PLAYER I WOULD THINK THAT I LOVE THE GAME AND THAT I PLAYED IT WITH MY HEART AND AS A PERSON, TO BE FRIENDLY AND, AND THAT'S WHAT I TRY TO DO AND ALSO THAT THE AUDIENCE OR THE FANS THAT THEY ENJOY WATCHING ME PLAY GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S A NICE WAY TO HAVE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT YOU. LET'S SEE WHAT JACQUIE WANTS TO ASK YOU. GO AHEAD JACQUIE.

JACQUIE, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
HI CHARLOTTA. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A LOT OF BIG FANS HERE IN TORONTO AND MY QUESTION TO YOU, TO YOU IS THAT THE DU MAURIER IS GONE FROM, AS ONE OF THE MAJORS, WHAT'S YOUR FEELING ON THE BRITISH OPEN BECOMING THE 4TH MAJOR?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
IT WAS SAD THAT WE LOST THE DU MAURIER TOURNAMENT BECAUSE I LIKED GOING UP THERE IN CANADA. IT'S A LOVELY COUNTRY TO PLAY. IT'S ACTUALLY A LOT LIKE ENGLAND SO IT'S,

IT'S SAD THAT WE'RE GOING THERE TO PLAY BUT I THINK THE BRITISH OPEN COULD MAYBE BE AS GOOD, BUT WE'LL SEE WHEN WE GET THERE AND PLAY THE BRITISH OPEN THIS YEAR AT SUNNINGDALE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU, WHEN ONE LOOKS AT THE SCORES ON THE LPGA TOUR RELATIVE TO, PARTICULARLY THE SENIOR TOUR AND THE BUY.COM TOUR, THE SCORES ARE HIGHER ON THE LPGA TOUR. DO YOU

THINK PEOPLE APPRECIATE HOW DIFFICULT THE COURSES ARE BEING SET
UP SO THAT SHOOTING LOW SCORES IS USUALLY FAIRLY DIFFICULT ON THE LPGA TOUR?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL TO BE HONEST I DON'T THINK THE COURSES ARE SET UP DIFFICULTLY. I THINK JUST THE CONDITIONS BETWEEN THE COURSES WE PLAY IS DIFFERENT. SOME GREENS ARE FASTER THAN THE NEXT WEEK OR THE OTHER WEEK.

MIGHT BE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SAND OR THE AMOUNT OF SAND AND THE FAIRWAYS MIGHT BE SOFTER OR HARDER ON DIFFERENT WEEKS AND THAT, I THINK THAT CHANGES THE SCORE A LOT. I THINK IF THEY TRY TO MAKE IT MORE

CONSISTENT WE COULD SHOW BETTER SCORES. I JUST DON'T THINK THE LENGTH, MAYBE WE COULD EVEN PLAY LONGER COURSES, THEN, IF WE HAVE IT MORE CONSISTENT. THAT, I THINK A LOT OF PLAYERS WOULD LIKE THAT.

PETER KESSLER
BUT ISN'T THAT PART OF THE ADJUSTMENT, TOO, THAT THE DIFFERENT CONDITIONS AS YOU TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY AND REALLY AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE THE LPGA IS REALLY A WORLD TOUR MORE SO THAN

THAN ANY OTHER ONE.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
THAT PART OF BEING A GREAT PLAYER IS SAYING, OKAY, THIS WEEK WE HAVE THIS SET OF CONDITIONS AND HERE'S HOW I'M GOING TO MANAGE MY GAME TO ADAPT AS OPPOSED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE FROM LAST WEEK'S TOURNAMENT?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THAT'S TRUE AS WELL. I JUST THINK SOME DIFFERENCES ARE TOO BIG THAT WE HAVE AND MAKE THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE CONSISTENT AND, SO THAT WE CAN ENJOY THE COURSE AND NOT JUST HAVE REALLY TOUGH SHOTS BECAUSE OF BAD LIES, SOMETIMES, AND THAT WILL CHANGE THE SCORES IF WE LIKE THE COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW PROUD ARE YOU PARENTS?

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
I CAN'T SAY BUT I DON'T THINK... IT'S A LOT. THEY'RE REALLY PROUD AND THEY LOVE COMING OVER AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. SINCE THEY LIVE IN SWEDEN THEY CAN'T DO IT THAT OFTEN BUT THEY LOVE WATCHING US PLAY.

PETER KESSLER
AND PEOPLE LOVE WATCHING YOU BE HERE TONIGHT.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
WELL THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT SUCCESS.

CHARLOTTA SORENSTAM
THANKS

PETER KESSLER
GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.


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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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The Open 101: A guide to the year's third major

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 8:30 am

Take a look at some answers to frequently asked questions about The Open:

What's all this "The Open" stuff? I thought it was the British Open.

What you call it has historically depended on where you were. If you were in the U.S., you called it the British Open, just as Europeans refer to the PGA Championship as the U.S. PGA. Outside the U.S. it generally has been referred to as The Open Championship. The preferred name of the organizers is The Open.

How old is it?

It's the oldest golf championship, dating back to 1860.

Where is it played?

There is a rotation – or "rota" – of courses used. Currently there are 10: Royal Birkdale, Royal St. George's, Royal Liverpool and Royal Lytham and St. Annes, all in England; Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Muirfield, all in Scotland. Muirfield was removed from the rota in 2016 when members voted against allowing female members, but when the vote was reversed in 2017 it was allowed back in.

Where will it be played this year?

At Carnoustie, which is located on the south-eastern shore of Scotland.

Who has won The Open on that course?

Going back to the first time Carnoustie hosted, in 1931, winners there have been Tommy Armour, Henry Cotton (1937), Ben Hogan (1953), Gary Player (1968), Tom Watson (1975), Paul Lawrie (1999), Padraig Harrington (2007).

Wasn't that the year Hogan nearly won the Slam?

Yep. He had won the Masters and U.S. Open that season, then traveled to Carnoustie and won that as well. It was the only time he ever played The Open. He was unable to play the PGA Championship that season because the dates conflicted with those of The Open.

Jean Van de Velde's name should be on that list, right?

This is true. He had a three-shot lead on the final hole in 1999 and made triple bogey. He lost in a playoff to Lawrie, which also included Justin Leonard.

Who has won this event the most?

Harry Vardon, who was from the Channel Island of Jersey, won a record six times between 1896 and 1914. Australian Peter Thomson, American Watson, Scot James Braid and Englishman J.H. Taylor each won five times.

What about the Morrises?

Tom Sr. won four times between 1861 and 1867. His son, Tom Jr., also won four times, between 1868 and 1872.

Have players from any particular country dominated?

In the early days, Scots won the first 29 Opens – not a shocker since they were all played at one of three Scottish courses, Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. In the current era, going back to 1999 (we'll explain why that year in a minute), the scoreboard is United States, nine wins; South Africa, three wins; Ireland, two wins; Northern Ireland, two wins; and Sweden, one win. The only Scot to win in that period was Lawrie, who took advantage of one of the biggest collapses in golf history.

Who is this year's defending champion?

That would be American Jordan Spieth, who survived an adventerous final round to defeat Matt Kuchar by three strokes and earn the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

What is the trophy called?

The claret jug. It's official name is the Golf Champion Trophy, but you rarely hear that used. The claret jug replaced the original Challenge Belt in 1872. The winner of the claret jug gets to keep it for a year, then must return it (each winner gets a replica to keep).

Which Opens have been the most memorable?

Well, there was Palmer in 1961and '62; Van de Velde's collapse in 1999; Hogan's win in 1953; Tiger Woods' eight-shot domination of the 2000 Open at St. Andrews; Watson almost winning at age 59 in 2009; Doug Sanders missing what would have been a winning 3-foot putt at St. Andrews in 1970; Tony Jacklin becoming the first Briton to win the championship in 18 years; and, of course, the Duel in the Sun at Turnberry in 1977, in which Watson and Jack Nicklaus dueled head-to-head over the final 36 holes, Watson winning by shooting 65-65 to Nicklaus' 65-66.

When I watch this tournament on TV, I hear lots of unfamiliar terms, like "gorse" and "whin" and "burn." What do these terms mean?

Gorse is a prickly shrub, which sometimes is referred to as whin. Heather is also a shrub. What the scots call a burn, would also be considered a creek or stream.

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Thirty players have drivers tested by R&A

By Tim RosaforteJuly 17, 2018, 1:00 am

Thirty players, including seven major champions, arrived at the 147th Open and received a letter from the R&A notifying them to bring their respective drivers to the equipment standards office located on Carnoustie’s practice ground by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Keegan Bradley, Brendan Steele and Brooks Koepka all confirmed that their drivers all passed the COR test (coefficient of restitution, or spring-like effect) administered by the R&A.


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This was the first time the R&A took measures that were not part of the distance insight project being done in conjunction with the USGA.

The PGA Tour has been testing club for approximately five years but has not done random testing to this point.  The Tour’s rules department works in conjunction with manufacturers and tests clubs from manufacturer fans at tournaments on a voluntary basis. The USGA assists the PGA Tour in this process.