Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 2
TELL ME ABOUT THE TICKER PARADE AFTER YOU WON THE NATIONAL JUNIOR.
OH I, I.... FLEW INTO SEATTLE AND THEY HAD A TICKER TAPE PARADE FROM THE AIRPORT THROUGH DOWNTOWN SEATTLE AND ACROSS THE LAKE WASHINGTON BRIDGE, WHICH IS A HUGE BRIDGE AND,
OVER INTO MY HOMETOWN, BUT IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, JUST A YOUNGSTER AND, AND YOU KNOW, I THINK I'M JUST OUT PLAYING ON MY OWN OUT THERE, NOT REALIZING THAT AT HOME EVERYBODY IN THE AREA WAS AWARE OF WHAT I WAS DOING.
NOW WERE YOU SITTING IN THE BACK OF A CONVERTIBLE WAVING TO EVERYBODY?
OH YEAH. YEAH.
FAMILY IN THE CAR?
JUST, JUST AS IF YOU WERE IN NEW YORK CITY, YOU KNOW, WITH THE TICKER TAPE PARADE.
LIKE BOBBY JONES AND BEN HOGAN.
WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE BIGGEST THRILL EVER WAS WINNING THE FIRST NATIONAL AMATEUR?
UH... YES, IT, WELL... IT, YOU, YOU KIND OF GET ON STAGES. YOU WIN AMATEURS AND, AND THE FIRST ONE OF COURSE IS, IS VERY THRILLING, BUT, THEN EACH ONE GOT MORE IMPRESSIVE, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU DO IT AGAIN?
CAN YOU REPEAT? ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO REPEAT, YOU KNOW.
IS THAT WHEN YOU STARTED TO, IF YOU DID AT ALL, A SENSE OF SELF IMPOSED PRESSURE TO KEEP DOING AS WELL AS YOU HAD BEEN? DID YOU FEEL SOMETHING INSIDE THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WERE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS UPON YOU AND YOU FELT THE WEIGHT OF THAT TOO?
OH I REMEMBER COMING BACK ONE YEAR AND EVERYBODY SAID, OH TOO BAD, TOO BAD. WELL I, I WAS RUNNER UP, LIKE IN... FIVE GOLF TOURNAMENTS. WELL I NEVER PLAYED THAT MANY GOLF TOURNAMENTS TO BEGIN WITH, BUT I WAS RUNNER UP LIKE IN EVERYTHING. MAYBE WON ONE,
MAYBE I DIDN'T. I DON'T REMEMBER BUT THEY ALL SAID I HAD A BAD YEAR, YOU KNOW, AND I SAID WELL IT CAN'T BE THAT
BAD, YOU KNOW, BUT, SO I REALIZED THAT THEY EXPECTED ME TO WIN AND I, I CAN'T SAY I WORKED AT IT ANY HARDER,
BUT I CONCENTRATED BETTER IS PROBABLY A BETTER DESCRIPTION.
AS YOU WENT ALONG IN MATCH PLAY, HOW DID YOUR PHILOSOPHY ABOUT HOW TO PLAY MATCHES EVOLVE?
I THINK IT STARTED FROM THE, FROM THE PLAYING WITH THE KIDS, AT... AFTER SCHOOL AND YOU KNOW, WHEN WE WERE 12, 13, 14 ALL THE NEIGHBOR KIDS WOULD GET OUT AND PLAY AND, AND THEY'D BE YELLING IN YOUR EAR, AND SCREAMING AND LAUGHING AND TELLING JOKES AND ALL THIS, AND YOU, THE OBJECT WAS TO SEE IF YOU COULD BEAT ALL OF THEM,
YOU KNOW, SO, AND WE'D PLAY AS MANY HOLES AS WE COULD GET IN BEFORE DARK, BEFORE TOTAL DARKNESS, OR WE HAD TO GET HOME, AND SEE WHO HAD THE LOWEST SCORE, SO IT STARTS OUT
THAT WAY AND THEN IT JUST PROGRESSES I THINK TO WHERE YOU, YOU GET SO YOU LIKE IT. YOU KNOW YOU REALLY THRIVE ON IT.
WHEN YOU WOULD LOOK AT AN OPPONENT TO TRY TO ANALYZE THEIR GAME OR THEIR WEAKNESSES OR A CHANGE IN HABITS DURING THE COURSE OF THE ROUND, WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU'D LOOK FOR?
WELL I'D ALWAYS LOOK TO SEE HOW NERVOUS THEY WERE ON THE FIRST TEE, YOU KNOW, WERE THEIR TEETH, THEIR LIPS STICKING TO THEIR TEETH?
YOU KNOW, WERE THEIR, WAS THEIR PALMS SWEATY WHEN I WISHED THEM GOOD LUCK? YOU KNOW, HOW THEY TEED IT UP, WHETHER THEIR BALL'S A LITTLE SHAKY AND... AND I KNEW, AFTER A WHILE YOU GET SO YOU KNOW THE
PLAYERS LIKE, THERE WERE SEVERAL PLAYERS THAT I KNEW IF I OUT DROVE THEM ON THE FIRST HOLE, I HAD THEM. YOU KNOW I HAD TO HIT IT REALLY LONG AND REALLY STRAIGHT ON THE FIRST HOLE, AND THEN THEY'D, THEY'D LIKE GIVE UP, AND OTHER PLAYERS I KNEW I HAD TO SHOOT UNDER PAR TO BEAT THEM
BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST REALLY GOOD PLAYERS BUT THEY NEVER SOMEHOW MADE THAT EXTRA JUMP, YOU KNOW, THAT MADE THEM WIN. THEY WERE, THEY WERE GOOD ENOUGH, YOU KNOW, TO, TO WIN, BUT NEVER, NEVER DID IT.
DID YOU FIND THAT SOMETIMES THAT YOU WOULD SORT OF LET UP WHEN YOU KNEW THAT YOU WERE WILDLY FAVORED OVER AN OPPONENT AND THEN LOOSE BECAUSE OF OVER CONFIDENCE?
UH YEAH WELL I, I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT'S OVER CONFIDENCE, PETER, OR LACK OF ENTHUSIASM. YOU KNEW YOU COULD BEAT THE PERSON, AND, AND YOU, YOU WERE NEVER UP, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT INTENTIONAL, BUT, WHEN YOU REALLY HAVE AN EXCITING MATCH YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING READY TO GO, YOU
KNOW, AND IF THE MATCH, YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO WIN AND, YOU KNOW, I'D LOOSE SOMETIMES TO PEOPLE I COULD PLAY ONE HANDED AND BEAT BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST ME, I JUST COULDN'T
GET UP. I COULDN'T GET GOING.
AS WE CHECK OUT FOR JUST A MINUTE WE, WE'RE GOING TO PUT, WE PUT A FEW ACHIEVEMENTS OF YOUR CAREER, WE COULD ONLY FIT A FEW ON THE LITTLE SPACE THAT WE'VE GOT SO WE SELECTED
A COUPLE AND LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THEM.
Z. Johnson looks to end victory drought at Valero
Nearly three years after his most recent victory, Zach Johnson has a chance to get back into the winner's circle at the Valero Texas Open.
Johnson started the third round at TPC San Antonio with a share of the lead, and he maintained that position after closing out a 4-under 68 with a birdie on the final hole. At 13 under, he is tied for the lead with Andrew Landry and one shot clear of Trey Mullinax as he looks to win for the first time since The Open in 2015.
"Different wind today. Misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above," Johnson told reporters. "But truthfully, I mean 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."
Johnson started slowly, making the turn in even-par 36, before carding four birdies on the inward half. It was a microcosm of his week at TPC San Antonio, where Johnson is even through three trips across the front nine but has played the back nine in 13 under while picking up more than six strokes on the field in strokes gained: putting.
Johnson won this event in both 2008 and 2009 when it was held at nearby La Cantera, but he has only cracked the top 10 once since it shifted venues in 2010. But facing off in the final group against two players who have yet to win on the PGA Tour, the veteran hopes to capitalize on his back-nine prowess this week in order to deliver career win No. 13.
"I've got to do exactly what I did on the back side, and that was give myself opportunities on every hole," Johnson said. "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."
Mullinax fires course-record 62 at Valero
Trey Mullinax surged into contention during the third round of the Valero Texas Open, shooting a 10-under 62 that set a new course record on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
Mullinax started the day seven shots off the pace, but his sizzling round left him alone in third place through 54 holes, one shot off the lead. The former Alabama standout caught fire on the back nine, shooting a 7-under 29 despite a bogey after chip-ins for eagle on No. 14 and birdie on No. 16 to go along with an eagle on the home hole.
"It's probably one of the best rounds I've ever had," Mullinax told reporters. "To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good."
Mullinax appeared headed for a missed cut after a 74 in the opening round, but he bounced back with a second-round 68 to earn a weekend tee time and his third-round score broke the previous course record of 63 held by multiple players.
The 25-year-old finished 137th in FedExCup points last season, leaving him with only conditional status this season. His lone top-10 finish of the year came at the Valspar Championship, where he survived a Monday qualifier and went on to tie for eighth, and this marks only his third start since the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.
"Obviously I would like to play a little more, but the tournaments I get in, I'm really excited about playing golf," Mullinax said. "I've loved every start I've gotten, and I'm very thankful to be in the position I'm in."
Mullinax holed a putt to clinch a national title for the Crimson Tide in 2014, and he finished T-9 at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills. But success has been fleeting among the professional ranks, meaning Sunday's opportunity to notch a career-best finish or breakthrough victory is nothing short of enticing.
"I'm sure you'll be nervous," Mullinax said. "To have a chance to win or just go play good golf is what I came here for, so that's what I'm going to do."
Quiros maintains one-shot lead through 54 in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco - A birdie on the last hole gave Alvaro Quiros a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Trophee Hassan II.
Quiros' birdie on No. 18 allowed the Spanish golfer to sign for an even-par 72 on Saturday to stay at 7-under par overall and clear of four players in second place.
South African pair Erik van Rooyen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, France's Alexander Levy, and Finland's Mikko Ilonen were just a shot behind at 6 under heading into the final day at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat.
Quiros is a seven-time winner on the European Tour, but went six years without a victory until last year with his triumph at the Rocco Forte Open in Italy.
He's seeking a wire-to-wire victory in Morocco after sharing the first-round lead with Bradley Dredge before taking it outright on Day 2.
Quiros had an on-off day in the third round - he said it was ''suddenly great shot, suddenly not so good'' - and carded four birdies and four bogeys to come out even and still hold on to his lead.
Van Rooyen shot 71, Bezuidenhout 68, Levy a 69, and Ilonen the best round of the week so far with his 6-under 66.
Ilonen had seven birdies and just a single bogey - on his first hole - to leap 23 places up the leaderboard and into contention for a first tour title since 2014 when he won the World Match Play Championship.
M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead
LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.
Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.
Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.
Marina Alex was second after a 68.
So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.
Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.
Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.