Golf Talk Live - Janice Moodie Transcript Segment 2
THERE WAS A SENSE, AFTER THE SOLHEIM CUP WAS COMPLETED AND THE EUROPEAN TEAM, OF WHICH YOU ARE A MEMBER, WON, THAT, CERTAIN MEMBERS OF YOUR TEAM AND THE AMERICAN TEAM WOULD, PERHAPS, NEVER SPEAK AGAIN OVER AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED WHEN ANNIKA, YOUR PARTNER WAS ASKED TO REPLAY A HOLED CHIP, WHEN IT WAS DETERMINED, SUBSEQUENTLY THAT SHE, IN FACT WASN'T AWAY AT THE TIME.
IS EVERYBODY SPEAKING NOW? HAVE AMENDS BEEN MADE BETWEEN THE PARTICIPANTS?
YEAH, WE HAD A FLIGHT OVER, YOU KNOW, THIS FLIGHT, WITH, THERE WAS FOUR EUROPEANS AND THE AMERICAN TEAM, AND IT WAS A LITTLE BIT CHILLY, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT'S, THAT'S FINE. THAT'S, I THINK IT HAD TO BE THAT WAY, YOU KNOW, AND THEN WE GET TO THE TOURNAMENT SIGHT, AND THAT, YOU KNOW, I IMMEDIATELY WENT TO KELLY AND ALSO PAT HURST AND YOU KNOW, IT'S WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE NOW.
IS THAT, WOULD THAT BE TRUE FOR ANNIKA TOO? IS SHE MORE COMFORTABLE ABOUT WHERE THINGS ARE NOW?
I THINK SO, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THE MAIN THING IS AND, THERE WAS A LOT OF GOOD GOLF PLAYED AND YOU KNOW, IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT FACT (??) KIND OF BEEN MISGUARDED A LITTLE BIT, BUT UM YEAH I THINK, I THINK SHE'S FINE ABOUT IT NOW AS WELL.
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK, WE HAVE A LENGTHY PIECE OF VIDEO. IT'S ACTUALLY NOT BEEN SEEN BEFORE, THE PIECE WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE IT SHOWS A DIFFERENT ANGLE OF WHAT WENT ON AROUND THE 13TH GREEN THAT I THINK IS PERHAPS A LITTLE MORE TELLING THAN THE ONE THAT WE SAW AT THE TIME THE INCIDENT AROSE. SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, AND WHY DON'T YOU TELL US, WHAT'S GOING ON. YOU, YOU HAVEN'T CHIPPED YET
NO. KELLY'S MARKED HER BALL, OBVIOUSLY AND ANOTHER THING, UNA, SHE RECHIPPED HER BALL? NO, NOW SHE'S MARKED HER BALL, AND THEN, NOW LOOKING AT IT, I MEAN I HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN THIS VIDEO YET.
DO YOU HAVE A, THIS IS THE POINT AT WHICH EVERYBODY'S JUST APPROACHED THE GREEN AND YOU HAVEN'T CHIPPED YET
OKAY. OKAY. WELL I HAVEN'T CHIPPED YET. WE'RE NOW LOOKING, I'M OVER ON THE SIDE JUST PAST ANNIKA THERE GETTING READY TO HIT MY PITCH. I MEAN, BOTH PAT AND KELLY GO TO THE BACK END OF THE GREEN, ARMS FOLDED AND BASICALLY JUST STAND THERE. SO I MEAN, THEY'VE TAKEN THEIR SELF OUT OF THE PICTURE AND I'M NOW ASSESSING OBVIOUSLY MY CHIP WHICH THEN GOES BY. DIDN'T HOLE THIS ONE, AND YOU KNOW, I MEAN, BOTH OF THEM ARE JUST STANDING THERE. SO, I MEAN, ANNIKA AND I, I THINK THE CONFUSION REALLY IS
BECAUSE KELLY'S BALL IS FAR DOWN THAT GREEN AND YOU CAN NOT SEE THE MARKER. SO NOW I'M GOING UP. I'M GOING TO MARK IT. ANNIKA'S TAKING HER TIME. IF YOU SEE, THERE'S, THERE'S NO INTENT TO PLAY AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE THE CONFUSION, BASICALLY, I MEAN KELLY DOESN'T THINK IT'S HER SHOT.
QUITE CLEARLY EVERYBODY'S WAITING FOR ANNIKA
BUT THE THING IS, I THINK BECAUSE
SHE'S, SHE'S WALKED UP TO THE GREEN ONCE. SHE'S TAKING A NUMBER OF SHOTS.
NOW WE'LL HEAR WHAT KELLY HAS TO SAY.
KELLY ROBBINS (ON TAPE)
IT WAS A SITUATION THAT SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED. IT SHOULD'VE NEVER TAKE PLACE. WHETHER I SHOULD HAVE NOTICED, MY CADDIE, PAT, ANNIKA, ANNIKA'S CADDIE, JANICE, SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE NOTICED THAT SOMETHING WAS, WAS HAPPENING AND AS SOON AS, YOU KNOW, SHE HIT SUCH A GREAT SHOT, AS YOU START WALKING IT CHECKED OUT, BECAUSE I COULDN'T SEE HER BALL OR WHERE SHE HIT IT FROM AND I KIND OF LOOKED AND I, I MEAN RIGHT AWAY I KNEW THAT, THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG.
DID YOU SUSPECT ANYTHING AT THIS PARTICULAR POINT OR WAS IT
RIGHT THEN. SEE WHEN SHE LOOKED AT THE HOLE AND SHE LOOKS DOWN A WAY, IT WAS HER TO PLAY, AND IT WAS ONLY BECAUSE THEN I NOTICED HOW FAR DOWN SHE WAS LOOKING AT HER PUTT.
SO YOU THINK SHE REALIZED AT THE SAME TIME THAT YOU ESSENTIALLY DID
THAT SHE WAS, HAD CLEARLY BEEN AWAY
AND THERE WAS NO, AND WE COULD HAVE, WE CLEARLY SAW A MOMENT AGO THERE WAS NO QUICK CHIP BY ANNIKA OR
ANYTHING OF THE KIND. SHE
TOOK HER TIME. SHE
TOOK A NUMBER OF PRACTICE STROKES.
AND IT APPEARED AS THOUGH EVERYBODY WAS IN UNSPOKEN AGREEMENT THAT IT WAS HER PLAY.
YEAH. I MEAN CLEARLY THAT'S, THAT'S THE WAY WE, WE SAW IT AS WELL. I MEAN, YOU KNOW I THINK, YOU'VE GOT TO REALIZE THAT THERE'S FOUR PEOPLE PLAYING SHOTS HERE, AND WE'RE USED TO THREE, WE'RE USED TO STROKE PLAY AND IT WAS JUST, IT WAS JUST A CONFUSING MOMENT, YOU KNOW, I MEAN BARB'S PACING IT OUT BUT, I MEAN, THE MINUTE I, I SAW IT I JUST KNEW THAT IT WAS KELLY'S SHOT. YOU KNOW, AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION.
YOU KNOW WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT LATER ON THE SAMSON EVENT AND I SAID, PAT, I SAID YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAD GIVEN HER A CHIP AS OUR CHIP, WE WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU THAT DEEP PUTT. YOU KNOW, THAT 3 FOOTER AND SHE'S LIKE, JANICE, IF WE HAD KNOWN YOU WOULD HAVE GIVEN US A THREE FOOTER, THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY, AND I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT EXAMPLE OF, YOU KNOW, TEAM SORT OF SPORTSMANSHIP IF THAT HAD HAPPENED, BUT WE NEVER GOT TO THAT POINT.
AND OF COURSE THE WAY IT ENDED UP IS THAT THIS MOMENT IS WHAT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED AND WE ARE DISCUSSING NOW AS OPPOSED TO THE INCREDIBLY CLOSE MATCH AND THE GREAT VICTORY IN THE PLAYING OF THIS PARTICULAR TOURNAMENT IN LOCH LOMOND, SCOTLAND, YOUR HOME GOLF COURSE, AND IT'S AMAZING TO A NUMBER OF US THAT ANNIKA WAS ABLE TO CONTROL HER EMOTIONS TO THE EXTENT THAT SHE COULD PULL THE TRIGGER AGAIN AND NEARLY HOLE IT AGAIN.
I KNOW. SHE NEARLY DIDN'T. I'M SURE SHE WAS TRYING.
AND OF COURSE THIS IS PAT HURST TO NOW WIN THE HOLE WITH HER SHORT BIRDIE PUTT
IN A MATCH THAT SHE AND KELLY ROBINS ULTIMATELY WON TWO AND ONE IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A LOSING CAUSE. PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A GREAT FEEL FOR ANNIKA'S SENSE OF PATRIOTISM WHEN IT COMES TO TEAM PLAY AND HOW MUCH SHE WAS REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO
THIS CUP AND, AND HOW IMPORTANT THIS WAS TO HER. GIVE US A SENSE OF THAT.
OH IT WAS, I MEAN, RIGHT FROM THE WORD GO, YOU KNOW, EVEN, EVEN BEFORE THAT, I MEAN, WE WERE IN COLUMBUS AND SHE SAID JANICE, DO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH ME AND I WENT.
`PHOO' ( 19:28) ANNIKA SORENSTAM. SURE! I MEAN I, I'D LOVE TO PLAY WITH, YOU KNOW, IN THE FOURSOMES AND, AND I WAS JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT IT AND THEN WE GOT THERE AND SHE REALLY, SHE TOOK ME UNDER HER WING.
SHE SHOWED ME HOW SHE THINKS, YOU KNOW, WE, WE WERE LIKE 7 UNDER PAR AFTER 10 HOLES, OH NO WE WERE 5 UNDER PAR AFTER 10 HOLES AND WE BOGIE 11, AND IT WAS A BAD BOGIE, YOU KNOW I, I BLAME MYSELF BUT SHE PROBABLY BLAMES HERSELF BUT IT WAS A THREE PUTT, SO I LOOK AT HER AND I'M SO ANNOYED AT MYSELF BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A TIGHT MATCH BETWEEN BETH AND MEG AND SHE'S LIKE, RIGHT, COME ON, NOT A PROBLEM.
SHE' S LIKE THAT JUST SHOWS WE'RE HUMAN. SHE SAYS COME ON, LET'S GO AND BE MACHINES AGAIN AND I'M LIKE, `PHHH' ( 13) OKAY! YOU KNOW AND, I, WAS JUST LIKE, FOLLOWING BEHIND HER AND ANYWAY SHE WAS JUST FANTASTIC.
SO THAT WAS LEARNING THE ONE SHOT AT A TIME THEORY ACTUALLY CAN BE PUT INTO PRACTICE?
YEAHHH-OH YEAH. YEAH. IT WAS JUST FANTASTIC. UNBELIEVABLE.
WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS SURROUNDING THE SOLHEIM CUP, IN JUST A MOMENT. AS WE LEAVE, SOME CAREER STATS OF JANICE MOODIE.
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.”