Golf Talk Live - Janice Moodie Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 30, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

DID YOU KNOW THAT A YEAR AGO, WHEN YOU PLAYED WITH PAT BRADLEY THAT SHE SAID TO THE PRESS AFTERWARDS THAT SHE WAS GOING TO BE VERY SURPRISED IF YOU DIDN'T TURN OUT TO BE THE STAR ON THE PGA TOUR?

JANICE MOODIE

UH YEAH. I MEAN I ENJOYED PLAYING WITH HER. YEAH, WE, WE HAD, WE USED TO HAVE A COUPLE OF, WE PLAYED A COUPLE OF TIMES AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S, BY THE EN.. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROUND THE TAPE ROPE (???), YOU KNOW, I HATE THAT, YOU KNOW SO AND THEN AT THE END IT'S OK JANICE, SEE YOU LATER, SEE YOU LATER. SO SHE'S, SHE'S REAL NICE TO PLAY WITH.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT YOU THEY TALK ABOUT YOUR ENORMOUS SELF CONFIDENCE AND YOUR SORT OF WANTING THE BALL UNDER PRESSURE IN CRITICAL MOMENTS, I THINK OF, WHEN YOU PLAYED IN THE '94 CURITS CUP, IN THE FINAL SINGLES MATCH WITH CAROL SEMPLE THOMPSON, WHO OF COURSE WAS TWO, YOU WERE TWO MONTHS OLD WHEN SHE WON

JANICE MOODIE

(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER

HER FIRST U.S. AMATEUR AND YOU HAD TO PLAY GREAT COMING DOWN THE STRETCH. KNEW THAT YOU DID, KNEW YOU NEEDED TO WIN FOR A HALVE, FOR THE ENTIRE MATCHES WHICH MEANT RETENTION OF THE CUP. TELL ME ABOUT THAT.

JANICE MOODIE

UNBELIEVABLE, IT WAS ON OF THE BEST, STILL IS, ONE OF THE BEST TOURNAMENTS IN MY LIFE. WE HAD FOUR HOLES, JUST ME AND CAROL, THAT WAS IT AND IT WAS LIVE AND WE HAD EVERYBODY FROM SCOTLAND AND AMERICA FOLLOWING US AND, IS THIS THE 18TH HOLE, HERE?

PETER KESSLER

YES

JANICE MOODIE

18TH HOLE I HIT THIS LEFT SIDE OF THE GREEN AND KATRINA MATHEW AND I, I PULLED IT IN PRACTICE AND HIT IT HERE INTENTIONALLY. NOW THIS SHOT WILL NEVER EVER BE HIT AGAIN.

I GUESS MR. LOPTON DECIDED TO FLATTEN THE GREEN, SO, THE MINUTE WE LEFT, THAT SIDE OF THE GREEN IS NO LONGER IN THAT SHOT WILL NEVER BE RECREATED OR HIT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER

NOW YOU WERE ONE UP AT THIS POINT IN THE MATCH, WERE YOU NOT? AND THIS WAS

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH

PETER KESSLER

THE BIRDIE PUTT THAT WAS ULTIMATELY CONCEDED?

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH, MHMM.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO PLAY WITH SOMEBODY WITH THAT KIND OF A RECORD, THAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE?

JANICE MOODIE

CAROL IS ONE OF MY FRIENDS. I MEAN EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE A PRO EVENT I'LL ALWAYS GIVE HER HALF AN HOUR OF MY TIME AND JUST GO AND HAVE A CHAT. GET THE GOSSIP OF WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE AMATEUR SCENE AND SHE'S JUST A FANTASTIC LADY. SHE'S GREAT.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT KIND OF A SPORT WAS SHE, WHEN SHE KNEW THIS MATCH WAS OVER?

JANICE MOODIE

SHE'S JUST LIKE, PICK IT UP. IT'S ALL YOURS. SHE WAS, SHE WAS A FANTASTIC LADY AND SHE, SHE ALWAYS WILL BE. SHE'S GREAT.

PETER KESSLER

NOW A FEW YEARS LATER WHEN YOU FINALLY REALIZED YOUR DRAM OF JOINING THE LPGA TOUR, I KNOW THAT ON THE VERY FIRST HOLE, OF THE VERY FIRST ROUND YOU MADE AN 8 IN YOUR DEBUT, SO GOING TO THE SECOND TEE WHERE YOU THINKING

JANICE MOODIE

(LAUGHING)

PETER KESSLER

WHAT ELSE YOU MIGHT DO WITH YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU GREW UP?

JANICE MOODIE

IT WAS THE BIZAREST THING AND THANKS FOR BRINGING THAT UP. I

PETER KESSLER

MY PLEASURE

JANICE MOODIE

TOTALLY AND UTTERLY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THAT. I WAS ACTUALLY UNDER THIS TREE AND IT WAS LIKE A PINE TREE, AND IT WAS ONLY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE BRANCHES WERE UP ABOUT THIS AND I TOOK LIKE ONE WHIF AT IT AND I ACTUALLY WHIFFED IT.

I MEAN I MISSED IT COMPLETELY AND I'M LIKE, OH MY GOODNESS, SO I, I HACK OUT DOWN THIS ROUGH AND I JUST COULDN'T GET OUT OF THE ROUGH, AND THEN I MADE 8, BUT I DID MAKE THE CUT

PETER KESSLER

MADE THE CUT. I KNEW THAT. I KNEW THERE WAS A HAPPY ENDING.

JANICE MOODIE

I DID MAKE THE CUT SO IT WAS MY FIRST CUT.

PETER KESSLER

NOW WE TALKED ABOUT CAROL SIMPLE THOMSON, WHO, OF COURSE YOU WERE TWO MONTHS OLD WHEN SHE WON HER FIRST U.S. AMATEUR. WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU PLAYED THE NABISCO THIS YEAR WITH SOMEBODY WHO WAS LESS THAN HALF YOUR AGE, ARI WAN GLUKIET

JANICE MOODIE

YOU KNOW, SHE HITS IT GREAT. THE, THE TWO OF THEM. I'VE PLAYED WITH NARI AND THEN ARI. I'VE PLAYED WITH THEM BOTH AND THEY ARE, THEY HAVE EVERY SHOT IN THE BAG, AND, AND THEY DON'T HIT IT WITH A BIG HUGE HOOK. THEY HIT IT WITH A FADE, AND YOU KNOW, THERE NOT AS LONG MAYBE OFF THE TEE BUT I'LL TELL YOU, THEY HIT, THEY HIT IT OUT THERE.

THEY'VE GOT ALL THE SHOTS IN THE BAG, BUT THE THING IS FUNNY BECAUSE WHEN, WHEN I LOOK AT IT, YOU KNOW, THEY, THEY HAVE THESE TEN FOOT PUTTS AND THEY HIT THEM LIKE I USED TO HIT THEM WHEN I WS 14. THERE'S, THERE'S NOTHING ELSE APART FROM THE HOLE GETTING IN THE WAY, SO ONCE THEY'RE OLDER, MAYBE MY AGE, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT HOLE WILL BE AS BIG.

PETER KESSLER

FUNNY, THEY ASKED JOHNNY MILLER WHEN WAS THE BEST PUTTING STREAK OF HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HE SAID WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD HE SAID AND I DIDN'T KNOW THAT PUTTS COULD BE MISSED, OR, THAT THEY COULD, YOU, YOU

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH

PETER KESSLER

COULD THINK THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW THEY WOULDN'T GO IN. HE SAID I DIDN'T FIND THAT OUT UNTIL YEARS LATER.

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH. THERE IS, THERE IS NO FEAR, BUT, YOU KNOW THEY'RE TWO GREAT LITTLE KIDS. I PLAYED WITH ARI IN THE U.S. OPEN AND WE GO INTO THE CLUBHOUSE AND I'M LIKE, PLEASE TELL ME YOUR FEET DO NOT FIT INTO THOSE SHOES.

THEY, THEY CAN'T! I MEAN, THEY'RE LIKE THIS BIG. I MEAN LOOK AT THE SHOES! AND SHE'S LIKE, SHE'S LIKE, YEAH THEY DO, AND I SAID I'M TALLER THAN YOU ARE. I SAID


I'M FIVE NINE. I SAID YOU'RE LIKE FIVE FOUR AND YOUR FEET DO NOT FIT INTO THOSE SHOES. I SAID TAKE THAT SHOE, YOU KNOW, YOUR FOOT OUT OF THAT SHOE. SO WE'RE IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND SHE'S LIKE WELL I'LL TAKE MY SHOE, OR MY SHOE OFF, AS LONG AS YOU TAKE
YOURS OFF AND LET ME SEE YOUR FOOT, AND I WAS LIKE, SURE. SHE'S LIKE, BUT YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR SOCK OFF SO WE'RE, WE'RE IN THERE MEASURING FEET AND I'LL TELL YOU, HER TOES ARE AS LONG AS MY FINGERS. MASSIVE TOES. HER FEET ARE LONG AND NARROW, AND TOES LIKE THIS (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER

I WONDER IF THAT MEANS SHE STILL GOING TO GROW.

JANICE MOODIE

I REALLY DON'T KNOW. THEY'RE BIG FEET.

PETER KESSLER

AND WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE BIG TOES MEAN EITHER. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A CALL FROM BENJI IN SOUTH CAROLINA. GO AHEAD BENJI.

BENJI, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

HI PETER. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'RE WELCOME, SIR.

BENJI, CALLER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

JANICE, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU, HOW, HOW MUCH HAS YOUR GAME IMPROVED SINCE YOU GOT ON THE LPGA?

JANICE MOODIE

BENJI, UNBELIEVABLE. YOU KNOW I THINK IT'S, ACTUALLY BECAUSE WE, WE PLAY SO MUCH, WE'RE PLAYING DAY IN, DAY OUT AND YOU KNOW EVEN WHEN I PLAYED IN COLLEGE WE WOULD HAVE A RUN OF MAYBE TWO EVENTS THEN, A MONTH OR SIX WEEKS OFF AND, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT CONSTANT RATE, DEFINITELY CHANGES HOW YOU PERFORM. WHAT I'M FINDING NOW BENJI IS THE FACT THAT I HAVE TO TAKE BREAKS OFF AND KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THOSE BREAKS OFF AND HOW LONG SHOULD I TAKE A BREAK OFF.


IS ONE WEEK LONG ENOUGH? IS TWO WEEKS LONG ENOUGH? I MEAN, ALL I KNOW IS THREE'S TOO MANY, SO, PLAYING OUT HERE ON THE TOUR, DAY IN, DAY OUT DEFINITELY SHARPENS UP YOUR GAME. I MEAN WE DON'T HAVE A DAY OFF.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'VE BEEN OVER HERE A LONG TIME BETWEEN COLLEGE AND PLAYING THE TOUR, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE A LITTLE BIT AMERICANIZED AT THUS POINT?

JANICE MOODIE

CAN YOU NOT TELL BY THE ACCENT?

PETER KESSLER
45:03
OH YEAH THE ACCENT'S, YES, VERY NEW YORK IS WHAT MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS.

JANICE MOODIE
45:03
(LAUGHING)

JANICE MOODIE

YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY I GO BACK HOME AND, YOU KNOW, ONCE I ACTUALLY GO BACK HOME AND I'M TALKING TO SOMEBODY THAT'S SCOTTISH, IT'S AMAZING, IT COMES BACK. IT DOES, WELL.

PETER KESSLER

WELL YOU THINK YOU DON'T HAVE ONE NOW?

JANICE MOODIE

NO.

PETER KESSLER

OH JUST FLAT.

JANICE MOODIE

JUST FLAT.

PETER KESSLER

WELL, (??) YOU'RE FROM OHIO, THEN, WITH NO ACC. MIDWEST ACCENT.

JANICE MOODIE

CLOSE. CLOSE.

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT.

JANICE MOODIE

BUT UM, NO, I MEAN THE ACCENT'S GONE, BUT THAT'S OKAY. I TRY AND KEEP IT. I MADE MY VISIT, IT WAS BACK HOME TO TRY AND KEEP THE ACCENT.

PETER KESSLER

I'M SURE A LOT OF AMERICANS ARE FOOLED BY THAT VERY FLAT SOUND. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

PETER KESSLER

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Berger more than ready to rebound at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:54 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Daniel Berger hopes that this year he gets to be on the other end of a viral moment at the Travelers Championship.

Berger was a hard-luck runner-up last year at TPC River Highlands, a spectator as Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot to defeat him in a playoff. It was the second straight year that the 25-year-old came up just short outside Hartford, as he carried a three-shot lead into the 2016 event before fading to a tie for fifth.

While he wasn’t lacking any motivation after last year’s close call, Berger got another dose last week at the U.S. Open when he joined Tony Finau as a surprise participant in the final group Sunday, only to shoot a 73 and drift to a T-6 finish.


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“It was one of the best experiences of my professional golf career so far. I feel like I’m going to be in such a better place next time I’m in that position, having felt those emotions and kind of gone through it,” Berger said. “There was a lot of reflection after that because I felt like I played good enough to get it done Sunday. I didn’t make as many putts as I wanted to, but I hit a lot of really good putts. And that’s really all you can do.”

Berger missed the cut earlier this month to end his quest for three straight titles in Memphis, but his otherwise consistent season has now included six top-20 finishes since January. After working his way into contention last week and still with a score to settle at TPC River Highlands, he’s eager to get back to work against another star-studded field.

“I think all these experiences you just learn from,” Berger said. “I think last week, having learned from that, I think that’s even going to make me a little better this week. So I’m excited to get going.”

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Rory tired of the near-misses, determined to close

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CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy has returned to the Travelers Championship with an eye on bumping up his winning percentage.

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“I feel like I’ve had five realistic chances to win this year, and I’ve been able to close out one of them. That’s a bit disappointing, I guess,” McIlroy said. “But at least I’ve given myself five chances to win golf tournaments, which is much more than I did last year.”


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The most memorable of McIlroy’s near-misses is likely the Masters, when he played alongside Patrick Reed in Sunday’s final group but struggled en route to a T-5 finish. But more frustrating in the Ulsterman’s eyes were his runner-up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, when he led by two shots with eight holes to go, and a second-place showing behind Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship in May.

“There’s been some good golf in there,” he said. “I feel like I let Dubai and Wentworth get away a little bit.”

He’ll have a chance to rectify that trend this week at TPC River Highlands, where he finished T-17 last year in his tournament debut and liked the course and the tournament enough to keep it on his schedule. It comes on the heels of a missed cut at the U.S. Open, when he was 10 over through 11 holes and never got on track. McIlroy views that result as more of an aberration during a season in which he has had plenty of chances to contend on the weekend.

“I didn’t necessarily play that badly last week. I feel like if I play similarly this week, I might have a good chance to win,” McIlroy said. “I think when you play in conditions like that, it magnifies parts of your game that maybe don’t stack up quite as good as the rest of your game, and it magnified a couple of things for me that I worked on over the weekend.”

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Sunday run at Shinnecock gave Reed even more confidence

By Will GrayJune 20, 2018, 9:08 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While many big names are just coming around to the notion that the Travelers Championship is worth adding to the schedule, Patrick Reed has been making TPC River Highlands one of his favorite haunts for years.

Reed will make his seventh straight appearance outside Hartford, where he tied for fifth last year and was T-11 the year before that. He is eager to get back to the grind after a stressful week at the U.S. Open, both because of his past success here and because it will offer him a chance to build on a near-miss at Shinnecock Hills.

Reed started the final round three shots off the lead, but he quickly stormed toward the top of the leaderboard and became one of Brooks Koepka’s chief threats after birdies on five of his first seven holes. Reed couldn’t maintain the momentum in the middle of the round, carding three subsequent bogeys, and ultimately tied for fourth.


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It was a bittersweet result, but Reed is focusing on the positives after taking a couple days to reflect.

“If you would have told me that I had a chance to win coming down Sunday, I would have been pleased,” Reed said. “I felt like I just made too many careless mistakes towards the end, and because of that, you’re not going to win at any major making careless mistakes, especially on Sunday.”

Reed broke through for his first major title at the Masters, and he has now finished fourth or better in three straight majors dating back to a runner-up at the PGA last summer. With another chance to add to that record next month in Scotland, he hopes to carry the energy from last week’s close call into this week’s event on a course where he feels right at home.

“It just gives me confidence, more than anything,” Reed said. “Of course I would have loved to have closed it out and win, but it was a great week all in all, and there’s a lot of stuff I can take from it moving forward. That’s how I’m looking at it.”

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Koepka back to work, looking to add to trophy collection

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CROMWELL, Conn. – Days after ensuring the U.S. Open trophy remained in his possession for another year, Brooks Koepka went back to work.

Koepka flew home to Florida after successfully defending his title at Shinnecock Hills, celebrating the victory Monday night with Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky, swing coach Claude Harmon III and a handful of close friends. But he didn’t fully unwind because of a decision to honor his commitment to the Travelers Championship, becoming the first player to tee it up the week after a U.S. Open win since Justin Rose in 2013.

Koepka withdrew from the Travelers pro-am, but he flew north to Connecticut on Wednesday and arrived to TPC River Highlands around 3 p.m., quickly heading to the driving range to get in a light practice session.

“It still hasn’t sunk in, to be honest with you,” Koepka said. “I’m still focused on this week. It was just like, ‘All right, if I can get through this week, then I’m going to be hanging with my buddies next week.’ I know then maybe it’ll sink in, and I’ll get to reflect on it a little bit more.”


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Koepka’s plans next week with friends in Boston meant this week’s event outside Hartford made logistical sense. But he was also motivated to play this week because, plainly, he hasn’t had that many playing opportunities this year after missing nearly four months with a wrist injury.

“I’ve had so many months at home being on the couch. I don’t need to spend any more time on the couch,” Koepka said. “As far as skipping, it never crossed my mind.”

Koepka’s legacy was undoubtedly bolstered by his win at Shinnecock, as he became the first player in nearly 30 years to successfully defend a U.S. Open title. But he has only one other PGA Tour win to his credit, that being the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his goal for the rest of the season is to make 2018 his first year with multiple trophies on the mantle.

“If you’re out here for more than probably 15 events, it gives you a little better chance to win a couple times. Being on the sidelines isn’t fun,” Koepka said. “Keep doing what we’re doing and just try to win multiple times every year. I feel like I have the talent. I just never did it for whatever reason. Always felt like we ran into a buzzsaw. So just keep plugging away.”