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.
Kang (69) wins Buick LPGA Shanghai by two
SHANGHAI - Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title.
Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to finish at 13-under 275 and hold off a late charge by Lydia Ko, who had the day's lowest score of 66.
Ko, who had seven birdies and a lone bogey, tied for second at 11 under with a group of seven players that included Brittany Altomare (71), Ariya Jutanugarn (71) and overnight co-leader Sei Young Kim (72).
Carlota Ciganda, who also held a share of the lead after the third round, shot a 73 to fall into a tie for ninth with Bronte Law and local favorite Lu Liu.
Paula Creamer carded three birdies against a pair of bogeys for a 71 to finish in sole possession of 12th place.
The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.
New world No. 1 Koepka already wants more
If there is a knock on Brooks Koepka, it’s that he’s a little too cool.
Gary Woodland, who threw 11 birdies at Koepka on Sunday and still finished four shots back, inadvertently captured that exact sentiment after Saturday's third round.
“You know," he said, "Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much."
In context, Woodland meant that there was little anyone in the field could do to rattle the 54-hole leader. (He proved himself right, by the way.)
And out of context, the comment speaks to the general narrative surrounding Koepka. That he’s just detached enough for fans to have trouble attaching themselves to him. That he’s just a jock here to cash checks and collect trophies, to kick ass and chew bubblegum.
But for a few moments Sunday in South Korea, it became clear that Brooks Koepka does care. Crouched on the 72nd green with some time to stop and think as Ian Poulter lagged a bit behind, Koepka finally let a moment get to him. Cameras caught the three-time major champion appearing unusually emotional.
Of course, less than a minute later, those same cameras caught him yawning. The contrast was almost too perfect. It was as if he knew he had just been found out and needed to snap back into character – which he did.
He promptly poured in an eagle putt to cap off a final-round 64, to win the CJ Cup by four, and to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
“To be world No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said on the 18th green, moments after closing out his fifth PGA Tour victory and third this year. “I don't think this one's going to sink in.”
What is beginning to sink in is that Koepka now unequivocally belongs in the conversation, the one golf fans and analysts have been having over and over since Tiger Woods fell from golf's greatest heights.
Who’s the best at their best?
In the two years between his first PGA Tour win and his first U.S. Open victory, Koepka was touted as having the kind of talent to compete with the game's elites. It took him a little while for him to get here, but Koepka has taken over as the latest player to look like he’ll never lose again. Just as it was for Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas before him, this is Koepka's moment. This is his run of dominance.
It’s a run that will have to end at some point. Every one of the guys just mentioned did cool off eventually. Koepka will, too. Maybe it will be fatigue, maybe it will be injury, and maybe it’ll just be golf. This talent pool is simply too deep for anyone to remain on top for too long.
But what Koepka has done this year – in defending his U.S. Open title, in staring down Tiger at the PGA, in claiming the Player of the Year Award, in ascending to the top of the world rankings – is put his name at the forefront of the conversation. If he was unappreciated at times before, those days are behind him. He's already accomplished too much, proven himself too good, to be overlooked any longer.
And he’s far from done.
“For me, I just need to keep winning,” the new world No. 1 said Sunday. “I feel like to win a few more regular Tour events and then keep adding majors. I feel like my game's set up for that. I've gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where, it's incredible, every time I tee it up, I feel like I really have a good chance to win whether I have my A-game or not. It's something I'm so excited [about] right now, you have no idea. I just can't wait to go play again.”
Watch: Koepka holes out from off the green at 16
Brooks Koepka faced a stiff challenge from Gary Woodland on Sunday in South Korea, but eventually it came time to end the suspense.
Having clung to a slim lead for much of the back nine, Koepka looked as though he was going to have to scramble just to save par when he missed the green at 16.
Instead, caddie Ricky Elliott was able to leave Koepka's putter in the bag.
That holeout combined with a bogey from Woodland at 17 put Koepka ahead by three, allowing him to walk to victory and to the top of the world rankings.
Koepka wins CJ Cup, ascends to world No. 1
Brooks Koepka eagled the 72nd hole Sunday to cap off a final-round 64, win the CJ Cup and supplant Dustin Johnson as the new No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here's how Koepka took over the golf world Sunday in South Korea.
Leaderboard: Koepka (-21), Gary Woodland (-17), Ryan Palmer (-15), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-15), Jason Day (-12), Scott Piercy (-12)
What it means: This is Koepka's fifth career PGA Tour victory but only his second in a non-major, following his maiden win back at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Up four to start the day, Koepka saw his lead evaporate as Woodland rocketed up the leaderboard and kept pace with him for much of the back nine. But every time Sunday's result appeared in doubt, Koepka reclaimed his lead in dramatic fashion. He nearly aced the par-3 13th to go ahead by two and later holed out for birdie at the par-4 16th to go up three with two to play. He finished par-eagle at 17 and 18 to shoot a back-nine 29 and close out his third victory in the last five months. With the win, Koepka ascends to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
Round of the day: Ryan Palmer set a Nine Bridges course record when he birdied his final seven holes in a row en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 62 and a solo third-place finish.
Best of the rest: Woodland played his first 16 holes in 9 under par to storm from five back and catch Koepka atop the leaderboard. But his furious Sunday charge finally came to an end when he failed to get up and down for par from the back bunker at 17. He carded his 11th birdie of the round at the 18th hole to sign for 63 and finish solo second.
Biggest disappointment: In retrospect, Woodland called it correctly on Saturday when he said: "You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can. You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number." Woodland put as much pressure on Koepka as he could. He went out and posted that number. Koepka never blinked.
Shot of the day: Koepka's holeout at the par-3 16th, which put him ahead by three, unofficially ending the proceedings:
Quote of the day: "To be world No. 1 is something I dreamed of as a kid. I don't think this one is going to sink in." - Koepka