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.
Garcia leads as Valderrama Masters extends to Monday
Weather continues to be the enemy at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where Sergio Garcia remains in front as the tournament heads for a Monday finish.
European Tour officials had already ceded the fact that 72 holes would not be completed this week in Spain, but players were not even able to finish 54 holes before another set of thunderstorms rolled in Sunday afternoon to once again halt play. Garcia remains in front at 10 under, having played seven holes of the third round in even par, while Lee Westwood is alone in second at 7 under.
Officials had previously stated an intention to play at least 54 holes, even if that meant extending the tournament to Monday, given that this is the final chance for many players to earn Race to Dubai points in an effort to secure European Tour cards for 2019. Next week's WGC-HSBC Champions will be the final event of the regular season, followed by a three-event final series.
Garcia, who won the tournament last year, started the third round with a four-shot lead over Ashley Chesters. He balanced one birdie with one bogey and remains in position for his first worldwide victory since the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in January.
Westwood, who has his son Sam on the bag this week, made the biggest charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first eight holes. He'll have 10 holes to go when play resumes at 9:10 a.m. local time Monday as he looks to win for the first time since the 2015 Indonesian Masters.
Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied for third at 6 under, four shots behind Garcia with 10 holes to play, while Chesters made two double bogeys over his first four holes to drop into a tie for sixth.
Austin wins Champions tour's playoff opener
RICHMOND, Va. -- Woody Austin knew Bernhard Langer was lurking throughout the final nine holes, and he did just enough to hold him off.
Austin shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Langer, the defending tournament champion and series points leader, made the turn one shot off the lead, but eight straight pars kept him from ever gaining a share of the lead. Austin's birdie from 6 feet on the closing hole allowed him to hang on for the victory.
''It seemed like he couldn't quite get it over the hump,'' Austin said about Langer, who also birdied No. 18. ''I'm not going to feel bad for the guy. The guy's kind of had things go his way for the last 12 years. Now he sees what it's like to have it happen.''
The 54-year-old Austin finished with an 11-under total for three rounds at The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. He won his fourth senior title and first since 2016, and said windy and cool conditions that made scoring difficult played to his advantage.
''I was happy to see it. I really enjoy a difficult test,'' he said. ''... I enjoy even par meaning something. That's my game.''
Langer closed with a 70. The winner last week in North Carolina, the 61-year-old German star made consecutive birdies to finish the front nine, but had several birdie putts slide by on the back.
''I made a couple important ones and then I missed a couple important ones, especially the one on 16,'' Langer said. ''I hit three really good shots and had about a 6-footer, something like that, and I just didn't hit it hard enough. It broke away.''
Austin dropped a stroke behind Jay Haas and Stephen Ames with a bogey on the par-3 14th. He got that back with a birdie from about 5 feet on the par-4 15th and then got some good fortune on the final hole when his firmly struck chip hit the flag and stopped about 6 feet away.
''I always say usually the person that wins gets a break on Sunday,'' he said. ''That was my break.''
The 64-year-old Haas, the second-round leader after a 65, had a 74 to tie for third with Fran Quinn (69) and Kent Jones (70) at 9 under. Haas was bidding to become the oldest winner in the history of the tour for players 50 and older.
''Disappointed, for sure,'' Haas said. ''Not going to get many more opportunities like this, but it gives me hope, too, that I can still do it.''
The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 move on to the Invesco QQQ Championship next week in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.
After Further Review: American success stories
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the global nature of Koepka's rise to No. 1 ...
Brooks Koepka is an American superstar, and a two-time winner of his national open. But his rise to world No. 1 in, of all places, South Korea, emphasizes the circuitous, global path he took to the top.
After winning the CJ Cup by four shots, Koepka was quick to remind reporters that he made his first-ever start as a pro in Switzerland back in 2012. He cracked the top 500 for the first time with a win in Spain, and he broke into the top 100 after a good week in the Netherlands.
Koepka languished on the developmental Challenge Tour for a year before earning a promotion to the European Tour, and he didn’t make a splash in the States until contending at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
It’s a testament to Koepka’s adaptability and raw talent that he can handle the heights of Crans-Montana as well as the slopes of Shinnecock Hills or rough of Nine Bridges. And as the scene shifts to China next week, it highlights the global nature of today’s game – and the fact that the best in the world can rise to the occasion on any continent. - Will Gray
On the resurgence of American women ...
American women are on a nice roll again. Danielle Kang’s victory Sunday at the Buick LPGA Shanghai was the third by an American over the last five events. Plus, Annie Park and Marina Alex, emerging American talents looking for their second victories this season, tied for second. So did American Brittany Altomare. Two years ago, Americans won just twice, their fewest victories in a single season in LPGA history. Overall, women from the United States have won seven times this season.
The Americans are making their move with Stacy Lewis on maternity leave and with Lexi Thompson, the highest ranked American in the world, still looking for her first victory this year. Yes, the South Koreans have won nine times this season, but with four LPGA events remaining in 2018 the Americans actually have a chance to be the winningest nation in women’s golf this year. With all the grief they’ve received the last few years, that would be a significant feat. - Randall Mell
In Buick win, Kang overcame demons of mind and spirit
Danielle Kang beat three of the most formidable foes in golf Sunday to win the Buick LPGA Shanghai.
Kang overcame these demons of mind and spirit to win for the second time on tour, backing up her KPMG Women’s PGA Championship victory last year.
“I’ve been going through a lot mentally,” Kang said.
Kang birdied four of the last eight holes to close with a 3-under-par 69, coming from one shot back in the final round to win. At 13-under 275, she finished two shots ahead of a pack of seven players, including world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and former world No. 1 Lydia Ko (66).
It hasn’t been easy for Kang trying to build on her major championship breakthrough last year. She started the fall Asian swing having missed three cuts in a row, five in her last six starts.
“I had to go through swing changes,” Kang said. “I had the swing yips, the putting yips, everything possibly you could think of.
“I was able to get over a lot of anxiety I was feeling when I was trying to hit a golf ball. This week I just kept trusting my golf game.”
Through her swoon, Kang said she was struggling to get the club back, that she was getting mentally stuck to where she could not begin her takeaway. She sought out Butch Harmon, back at her Las Vegas home, for help. She said tying for third at the KEB Hana Bank Championship last week felt like a victory, though she was still battling her demons there.
“Anxiety over tee balls,” Kang said. “People might wonder what I'm doing. I actually can't pull the trigger. It has nothing to do with the result. Having to get over that last week was incredible for me. Even on the first round, one shot took me, I think, four minutes.”
Kang, who turned 26 on Saturday, broke through to win last year under swing coach David Leadbetter, but she began working with Harmon while struggling in the second half this year.
“I was actually very frustrated, even yesterday,” Kang said. “Things just weren't going my way. The biggest thing that Butch tells me is to stay out of my own way. I just couldn't do that. If I had a short putt, I just kept doubting myself. I couldn't putt freely.”
Kang said her anger and frustration built up again on the front nine Sunday. She made the turn at 1 over for the round. She said her caddie, Oliver Brett, helped her exorcise some anger. After the ninth hole, he pulled her aside.
This is how Kang remembered the conversation:
Brett: “Whatever you need to do to let your anger out and restart and refresh, you need to do that now.”
Kang: “Cameras are everywhere. I just want to hit the bag really hard.”
Brett: “Here's a wedge. Just smash it.”
“Honestly, I thank him for that,” Kang said. “He told me there are a lot birdies out there. I regrouped, and we pretended we started the round brand new on the 10th hole. Then things changed and momentum started going my way. I started hitting it closer and felt better over the putts.”
Kang said the victory was all about finding a better place mentally.
“I'm just so happy to be where I'm at today,” Kang said. “I'm just happy that I won.
“More so than anything, I'm finally at a place where I'm peaceful and happy with my game, with my life . . . . I hope I win more. I did the best I can. I'm going to keep working hard and keep giving myself chances and keep putting myself in contention. I'll win more. I'll play better.”