Golf Talk Live - Janice Moodie Transcript Segment 1
SCOTLAND'S JANICE MOODIE HAD A DREAM. SHE WANTED TO PLAY ON THE LPGA TOUR. THE REALITY HAS TURNED OUT TO BE BETTER THAN A DREAM. SHE PLAYS ON TOUR. SHE'S WON ON TOUR, AND NO PLAYER ON THE WINNING 2000 EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP TEAM HAD MORE POINTS THAN JANICE MOODIE. MEET HER, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
JANICE MOODIE IS FROM GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. THE COUNTRY WHERE GOLF BEGAN IN THE EARLY FOURTEEN HUNDREDS. GOLF IS IN HER BLOOD. GOLF IS IN HER HEART AND HAS BEEN SINCE JANICE WAS AN 11 YEAR OLD GIRL. SHE EVIDENCED HER TALENT AND SKILL BY
WINNING JUNIOR EVENTS. THE '92 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP, BY SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTING SCOTLAND ON TWO WINNING CURTIS CUP TEAMS.
IN 1993, SHE MOVED TO CALIFORNIA, TO LEARN, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HER GOLF SCHOLARSHIP AT SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY. THE FOUR YEARS AT SAN JOSE HELPED HER REFINE HER SKILLS AND ACCLUMATE HERSELF TO PLAYING CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES, WHERE HER DREAM OF JOINING THE LPGA TOUR, SEEMED TO BE AND WAS, WELL WITHIN HER GRASP. SHE JUST MISSED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS IN 1998 AND HER MOVE UP THE MONEY LIST HAS BEEN ACHIEVED AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE. IN THE EARLY SUMMER OF 2000, JANICE WON HER FIRST LPGA TOUR EVENT. A SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC, BY TWO SHOTS.
IN THE LATE SUMMER OF 2000, SHE WAS SELECTED FOR THE WINNING EUROPEAN SOLHEIM CUP TEAM, AND IN SEPTEMBER, AFTER TIEING TEAM MATES CARIN KOCH AND KATRIN NEILSMARK, FOR THE HIGHEST POINT TOTALS ON THE TEAM, SHE CELEBRATED HER WILDEST GOLF DREAMS, ALL OF WHICH HAD COME TRUE.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST AND FASTEST RISING STARS IN THE GAME, JANICE MOODIE. WHAT A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU AND YOUR PARENTS HERE TONIGHT.
WITH YOUR FOLKS HERE, IT'S TRUE THAT, WHEN MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME VISIT US WITH KIDS, THEY WERE EXPOSED TO GOLF BUT YOU WERE GIVEN A RATHER FIRM PUSH BY YOUR LOW HANDICAP CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
WINNING MOM. DID YOU HATE IT AT FIRST?
YEAH, I WASN'T TOO KEEN ON IT. YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY BEING IN HIGH SCHOOL, MY MOM WANTED SOMEBODY TO PLAY WITH AND NOBODY ELSE WOULD REALLY PLAY WITH HER, SHE SAYS OH COME ON OUT AND PLAY WITH ME, SO IT WAS, IT WAS A FUN TIME THOUGH ONCE I KIND OF GOT INTO IT.
WHEN DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH GOLF?
JUST LIKE A BUG, YOU KNOW, IT'S, I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND I GOT A HANDICAP AND THEN , WE HAD A COUPLE OF HANDICAP, OR TOURNAMENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COCA COLA CHALLENGE I THINK IT WAS, YOU KNOW AND WE ALL WENT OFF AND I WON THEM, I WON THE
BRONZE METAL THEN YOU KNOW THE NEXT SHOW I WON THE SILVER AND THEN THE GOLD AND IT, THAT KIND OF SPURRED ME ON AND THEN, THAT WAS IT, YOU KNOW. PEOPLE WERE LIKE, OH YOU KNOW, YOU'RE 16, YOU'RE PLAYING OFF SCRATCH, TURN PRO AND I'M LIKE, NO
I'LL, I'LL JUST WAIT TO (???) GLAD I DID.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAD A UNIQUE GIFT TO PLAY THE GAME IN ADDITION TO YOUR LOVE AND ENTHUSIASM FOR PLAYING THE GAME?
WELL I MEAN I WORKED HARD AT IT. I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY I HAVE A GIFT AT IT, BUT THE WORK THAT I REALLY PUT IN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER AND KEN STEVEWAY (???) WAS MY GOLF COACH BACK IN COTTER (???) GOLF CLUB, AND, BACK IN SCOTLAND.
WE PUT IN A LOT OF RANGE TIME. ACTUALLY, RANGE WHERE YOU HIT THE BALLS, YOU KNOW, YOU HIT ABOUT A HUNDRED OF THEM AND THEN YOU GO FIND THEM, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM
AND PICK THEM UP AND BRING THEM BACK AGAIN, SO IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN JUST BEATING BALLS OUT HERE, YOU KNOW, WHERE YOU, YOU DON'T REALLY CARE HOW MANY YOU HIT. YOU HIT 500. YOU HIT 600. YOU KNOW, THE BALL PICKER UP GOES AND GETS THEM.
WHETHER YOU'VE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH, AT HOME OR ON THE GOLF COURSE, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'VE ALWAYS RESPONDED PARTICULARLY WELL TO PRESSURE. WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT ABILITY TO RESPOND SO WELL STARTING AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE TO PRESSURE ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE?
YEAH, I. YOU KNOW I MEAN, GOLF COURSE WISE IT'S JUST I'M IN THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT. LOVE PLAYING GOLF, LOVE TO WIN AND HATE LOSING SO I THINK YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF, THEN THAT DRIVES YOU, BUT PERSONALLY, I'M JUST A VERY CALM PERSON. NOTHING REALLY BOTHERS ME, JUST KIND OF GO ON WITH IT.
YOU'VE ALSO GOT A STRONG SENSE OF PRIORITY TOO IT SEEMS THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU SKIPPED THE LAST MAJOR OF THE YEAR SO THAT YOU COULD BE IN ATTENDANCE AT WINDY HILL, WHERE YOU LEARNED TO PLAY GOLF, FOR THE JANICE MOODIE TROPHY. WAS THAT AN EASY DECISION TO MAKE?
NO. IT WAS TOUGH, AND UH I GOT MY HANDS SCALPED BY LAURIE KANE FOR DOING SO. SHE'S LIKE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY, AND I'M LIKE YOU KNOW, I'D PLAYED 5 IN A ROW. IT JUST WORKED OUT THAT'S WHERE IT WAS IN THE SCHEDULE AND LAURIE, I'M VERY, VERY SORRY BUT
THE TROPHY THAT I HAD, I'D ALREADY PLANNED THAT FOR LIKE THE LAST YEAR AND THAT WAS A FANTASTIC THING FOR ME TO DO.
IN MEETING YOUR PARENTS JUST BEFORE THE SHOW, THEY STILL ACT LIKE YOU'RE 10 YEARS OLE. IS THERE LOTS OF LOVE AND KIDDING AROUND IN YOUR FAMILY?
UM, I DON'T GET SEE THEM MUCH BUT MY MOM'S ALWAYS A JOKER AND A PRANKSTER AND SINGS EVERYWHERE, EVEN IN THE BATHROOM, SO UH, NO. YOU KNOW SHE'S GOT A REALLY GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR AND I THINK THAT KEEPS HER GOING.
WHAT KIND OF PLAYER WAS SHE?
UM, VERY GOOD PLAYER. PLAYED OFF, SHE WAS A CHAMPION AT THE GOLF COURSE FOR 3 YEARS AND THEN I WASN'T ALLOWED TO PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS SO THAT'S WHY SHE WAS A CHAMPION FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS THERE AND THEN, ONCE I WAS 18, THEN I WAS ALLOWED TO PLAY IN IT AND I WON IT. ASKED TO DEFEND IT AND I SAID, NO, ONCE IS ENOUGH, SO
IF I HAD ASKED YOU WHEN YOU WERE 12 OR 13 YEARS OLD, IN ADDITION TO GOLF, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE AND WHAT ELSE MIGHT YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE SAID TO ME?
UM. BE A POLICE WOMAN.
UM, I, I LIKE THE OUTDOORS AND I PLAYED ON THE BOY'S SOCCER TEAM WHEN I WAS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL, SO, THAT WAS, THAT WAS A FUN THING. I WAS A, I WAS A TOMBOY. I JUST LIKED OUTDOORSY THINGS.
WAS IT HARD FOR YOU TO WAIT TO TURN PRO? TO WAIT TO GO TO COLLEGE? YOU DIDN'T START JOSE STATE UNTIL YOU WERE 20. WHAT MADE YOU WAIT THAT LONG?
WELL, I LEFT SCHOOL WHEN I WAS 16. I WENT OUT INTO THE WORKING FORCE, AND YOU KNOW, BASICALLY, I'D WORK IN THE WINTERTIME. PLAY GOLF IN THE SUMMERTIME.
WORK IN THE WINTER TIME AND KIND OF GO INTO THAT, LIKE, YOU KNOW, IT'S A CATCH 22 IN ORDER TO AFFORD TO PLAY IN THE SUMMER, I HAD TO WORK IN THE WINTERTIME, SO, THAT'S WHAT I DID FOR FOUR YEARS AND THEN A FRIEND OF MINE, YOU KNOW, WAS TALKING ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS AND STUFF AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, I, I'D LIKE TO DO THAT, AND IT WAS EITHER THAT OR TURN PROFESSIONAL, AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU'RE 20 YEARS OLD AND THE EUROPEAN TOUR ISN'T LOOKING TOO HOT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE EASY SITUATIONS WHEN MARK, GAIL, THE COACH, YOU KNOW I, SENT MY S-A-T IN AND HE GIVES ME A PHONE CALL AND IS LIKE, OK, FULL RIGHT TO SAN JOSE AND I'M LIKE, WONDERFUL. WHERE'S SAN JOSE? YOU KNOW (LAUGHS), SO UH IT WAS, IT WAS A FUN THING.
I'M GLAD THAT I DID IT. I MEAN I HAD, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY FOUR YEARS OF BACKGROUND THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE, YOU KNOW. I, ON THE TOUR ANYWAY, YOU KIND OF GO TO COLLEGE AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY'RE 18 AND THEN COME OUT ON THE TOUR AND EVERYTHING'S AUTOMATIC, WHERE AS I'D, I'VE BEEN IN THE WORK FORCE YOU KNOW. I, I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE. I WOULDN'T GO BACK.
SO IT TURNED OUT THAT SAN JOSE HAPPENED TO BE JUST ABOUT THE GARDEN SPOT OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE YOU COULD PLAY GOLF EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR.
WELL, JANUARY, FEBRUARY GETS A LITTLE BIT RAINY, BUT APART FROM THAT IT'S DEFINITELY THE GARDEN SPOT. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE, YOU KNOW, I WENT THERE, AND, YOU KNOW, I WENT, I WAS, STAYED IN THE DORMS. GOT TO THE 12TH FLOOR BY MY FOURTH YEAR AND VERY FORTUNATE, LOU AND HEIDI WOODWORTH KIND OF TOOK ME IN SO IT WAS, IT WAS TOUGH AT THE WEEKENDS, YOU KNOW, I HAD TO GO DOWN TO SPANISH BAY AND KIND OF HANG OUT THERE, SO, THEY HAVE A CONDO DOWN THERE, SO, IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS TOUGH FOR SATURDAY.
YEAH SPANISH BAY'S REALLY ROUGH.
WHEN WE COME BACK, LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS WHOLE BUSINESS AT THE MOST RECENT SOLHEIM CUP. YOU WERE ON THE WINNING TEAM. THERE WAS AN UNFORTUNATE MOMENT THAT HAS LINGERED. LET'S KICK THAT AROUND AND, UNTIL IT GOES AWAY AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT. DON'T GO AWAY.
(Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko
LOS ANGELES - A player eager for her first win and a rookie top the leaderboard at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Lurking two shots back is a Hall of Famer.
Winless Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie rookie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday at Wilshire Country Club.
Ko shot a 66 in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member after a successful run on the Korean LPGA circuit.
''I'm ready for win or top 10, so maybe tomorrow I will really focus on shot by shot,'' said Ko, who added an exclamation point to her golf bag for each of her wins on the KLPGA. ''I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12. I need more, I need every time motivation.''
Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.
Usually when one of the Thai sisters is in the lead, the other will watch when her round is finished.
''If she's not too lazy, she is probably going to come out,'' Moriya said about Ariya.
Playing in an all-Korean threesome, Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole. The group drew a large contingent of Korean fans.
''I kind of started off a little bad. I was able to come back strong, so I'm really happy with that,'' Park said. ''I left a few putts out there. The greens around this golf course are just really tough. You just don't know what's going to happen.''
Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.
''Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and like trying to come back,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I just try to play my game and be patient out there I think is the key.''
Jutanugarn, the second-round leader, read the break perfectly on a long putt to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.
Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th from 180 yards. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled after three bogeys and a double bogey. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.
''It was like one bounce and then it like trickled in,'' Inglis said.
Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.
Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.
Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 under.
Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.
Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead
RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.
Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.
''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''
Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.
''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''
Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.
''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''
Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.
Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.
Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.
''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''
Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.
''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''
Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.
John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.
Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win
After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.
Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.
But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.
"I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."
Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.
For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.
"I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.
"Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."
Z. Johnson, Landry share 54-hole Texas Open lead
SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax.
Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67.
Johnson won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is trying to win for the first time since the 2015 British Open.
''I've got 18 holes to get to that point,'' Johnson said. ''I've got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole. I'm putting great, I'm seeing the lines well, my caddie's reading the greens well, so it's just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.''
The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour.
''I'm a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today,'' Landry said. ''I'll be looking forward to tomorrow.''
Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11.
''It's probably one of the best rounds I've ever had,'' Mullinax said. ''To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.''
Johnson played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 on the back nine.
''Different wind today early on, misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above,'' Johnson said. ''But truthfully, my short game was actually pretty good, my putting was great. I missed some putts, but I hit some really good ones, hit some lines and I gave myself opportunities especially on the back side.''
Landry had a bogey-free round.
''I just did everything really good,'' Landry said. ''I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.''
Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O'Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under.
''I just feel like I'm getting closer and closer to playing better and better golf, more solid golf, putting rounds together,'' Walker said. ''I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow.''
Mullinax has made 42 of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week.
''They just kind of remind me of greens from home,'' Mullinax said. ''My caddie, David (Flynn), has been reading them really well. We trusted each other on our reads and I've been hitting good putts. Been working hard on putting on the weeks off that I've had so it's good to see some results.''
The 25-year-old former Alabama player chipped in for the eagle on 14 and the birdie on the par-3 16th.
''It was just a little bit down the hill,'' he said about the 16th. ''All you had to do was just land it just past that little light grass spot. My caddie told me just read it like a putt, so I tried to just read it like a putt and it went in.''
On 18, he hit a 3-iron from 255 yards to 15 feet to set up his eagle putt. He broke the course record of 63 set by Matt Every in 201 and matched by Laird in 2013. The tournament record is 60 at LaCantera, by Bart Bryant in 2004 and Johnson in 2009.