Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT, HERE'S A QUESTION SUBMITTED TODAY TO OUR WEBSITE FOR JOANNE. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE RIVALRY AS AN AMATEUR AND WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE RIVALRY AS A PROFESSIONAL, JENNIFER STANTON WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

JOANNE CARNER
UM... AS AN AMATEUR PROBABLY AGAINST ANN COISANDER. WE GREW UP MAYBE 30, 40 MILES APART AND WE WOULD END UP FLYING ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND END UP PLAYING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER IN THE QUARTER FINALS OR SEMI FINALS OR FINALS OF THE U.S. AMATEUR EVERY YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
NOW ISN'T SHE THE ONE THAT WHEN YOU WERE TEENAGERS AND SHE WAS PRACTICING PUTTING BEFORE A FINAL AGAINST YOU, YOU SAID WHAT ARE YOU PRACTICING FOR, YOU AFRAID I'M GOING TO BEAT YOU?

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS YOUR BUDDY, ANN, RIGHT?

JOANNE CARNER
I USED TO, I USED TO RIB HER ALL THE TIME.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID SHE DO BACK?

JOANNE CARNER
SHE, UM... SHE JUST

YOU KNOW

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

JOANNE CARNER
OH GUNDY, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT AS A PROFESSIONAL, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE OR BEST RIVALRY?

JOANNE CARNER
UM... I WOULD SAY PROBABLY LOPEZ. FAVORITE. WE... THEY ALWAYS TRIED TO GET US FIGHTING, YOU KNOW, TO GET A FEUD GOING, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN THE TWO OF US AND WE BOTH LIKED ONE ANOTHER AND YOU KNOW, LIKED TO PLAY AGAINST ONE ANOTHER AND WHEN YOU

PLAYED NANCY YOU KNEW YOU HAD TO PLAY WELL. YOU JUST KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO PLAY REALLY WELL, SO IT WAS ALWAYS EXCITING WHENEVER YOU ENDED UP GOING HEAD TO HEAD WITH HER.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU TURN PRO RELUCTANTLY OUT OF A SENSE THAT YOU HAD ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING THAT YOU COULD IN AMATEUR GOLF AND THAT WAS THE LOGICAL NEXT PLACE TO TEST YOUR GAME?

JOANNE CARNER
YES, I FOUND MYSELF, WELL I WON THE BURDINES AS AN AMATEUR

PETER KESSLER
IN '69.

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH AND IT WAS SO MUCH MORE EXCITING. YOU COULD SHOW EMOTION WHEN I, WHEN YOU PLAY AMATEUR GOLF YOU CAN'T SHOW ANY EMOTION. YOU KNOW YOU CAN'T SAY

OH TOO BAD YOU HIT IT OUT OF BOUNDS

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

JOANNE CARNER
YOU KNOW, I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING PRO GOLF YOU'RE, YOU'RE JUST PLAYING THE GOLF COURSE, YOU KNOW, SO YOU, YOU CAN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION REALLY TO WHO YOU'RE, YOU'RE, WHAT YOUR PLAYING PARTNERS ARE DOING.

YOU, YOU'RE PLAYING THE GOLF COURSE UNTIL YOU GET TO THE LAST NINE HOLES, YOU KNOW, BUT I FORGOT THE QUESTION (LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
I ASKED YOU IF YOU TURNED PRO RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE YOU'D RUN OUT OF ALL THE

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH, I, I

PETER KESSLER
AMATEUR GOLFS

JOANNE CARNER
I UH

PETER KESSLER
I FORGOT THE QUESTION

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH I, I ENDED UP, WHEN I WON THE BURDINES, MY HUSBAND SAID, YOU KNOW YOU'VE RUN OUT OF GOALS AS AN AMATEUR AND YOU NEED TO GO UP A STEP, WHICH IS PROFESSIONAL GOLF, SO HE STARTED TALKING ABOUT IT AND I

SAID WELL, I SAID YOU KNOW I LOVE GOLF MORE THAN ANYTHING, SO YOU KNOW, I COULD PLAY GOLF ANYTIME, BUT IT'S A MATTER OF WHETHER HE LIKED IT, SO, BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST MET HIM, HE BELONGED TO UH TWO ALL MEN'S CLUBS

AND, AND NEVER PLAYED GOLF WITH WOMEN. HE THOUGHT THEY WERE TERRIBLE PLAYERS, YOU KNOW, UNTIL HE MET ME, THEN HE FINALLY, YOU KNOW, MET SOME OF THE OTHER TOP WOMEN AMATEURS BUT HE, SO IT WAS A MATTER

OF WHETHER DON CAN GO OUT THERE WITH JUST A FEW HUSBANDS THAT WE HAD IN THOSE DAYS AND BE COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THESE WOMEN, SO, I SAID WE'LL, WE'LL GIVE IT A GO AND IF YOU'RE DISSATISFIED THEN WE'LL, WE'LL QUIT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO MICKIE WRIGHT AND KATHIE WHITWORTH AND CAROL MANN?

JOANNE CARNER
MICKIE I THOUGHT HAD THE BEST GOLF SWING I'VE EVER SEEN. WHITWORTH HAD THE BEST ATTITUDE FOR DRIVING HERSELF TO WIN. REALLY, REALLY DRIVING HARD. YOU KNOW, I MEAN SHE'D, SHE'D

'RRRRR' 'RRRRR' YOU KNOW ALL THE WAY AROUND THE GOLF COURSE AND YOU'D SAY JEEPERS SHE'S, WHAT IS SHE 76 AND YOU'RE ADDING HER SCORE, OH, 67

YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, BUT YOU NEVER KNEW WHAT, WHAT SHE WAS SHOOTING, BUT SHE'D JUST DRIVE HERSELF, DRIVE HERSELF AND, AND PLAYED I THINK, ONE OF THE MOST ADMIRABLE THINGS WAS

IN 8 OUT OF 9 YEARS SHE WAS LEADING MONEY WINNER AND HOW HARD THAT IS TO FOLLOW A GOOD YEAR WITH ANOTHER GOOD YEAR. YOU KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO SEE TIGER WOODS GOING INTO THIS SHORTLY AND, AND WHEN YOU THINK OF HER RECORD OF HOW MANY TIMES SHE
CAME BACK AND WAS LEADING MONEY WINNER AGAIN, IT'S PRETTY FANTASTIC.

PETER KESSLER
AND WHAT ABOUT CAROL?

JOANNE CARNER
CAROL, UH... WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST SHORT IRON PLAYERS I EVER SAW. I MEAN, WHEN I THINK OF HER I THINK WHAT A WASTE OF HEIGHTH AND NO ACCELERATION, YOU KNOW, TO HER SWING. SHE HAD THIS SORT OF OLD

FASHIONED SWING. IT WAS SORT OF UP AND THEN DOWN AND WHAT NOT BUT DEADLY SHORT IRON PLAYER, YOU KNOW, AND A GOOD STRATEGIST.... ON THE GOLF COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF OUR VIEWERS, RIGHT THERE. WE HAVE VALERIE FROM NORTH CAROLINA. GO AHEAD VALERIE.

VALERIE, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA (FEMALE):
HI MRS. CARNER. HI PETER.

PETER KESSLER
HELLO

JOANNE CARNER
HI VALERIE.

VALERIE, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA (FEMALE):
CAN YOU TELL ME IF THERE WAS ONE PERSON WHO WAS MEMORABLE OR UNFORGETTABLE, MAYBE NOT FAMOUS, BUT YOU PLAYED GOLF WITH. THANKS.

JOANNE CARNER
UM... I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE UH YOU KNOW, NOT MANY PEOPLE EVER GET TO PLAY WITH HIM AND, AND HE ALMOST

PETER KESSLER
WHICH ONE?

JOANNE CARNER
TOOK, HE ALMOST TOOK THE HEADS OFF (LAUGHING) TWO PEOPLE THERE THAT I, I PLAYED WITH THEM THREE TIMES AND, AND UH, YOU KNOW, UM... HE, UH, GERALD FORD, EXCUSE ME, BUT HE WAS
WILD, BUT A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL MAN.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR JOANNE CARNER SCHOOL FOR WOMEN, WHY DON'T WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WOMEN DO WRONG THAT YOU HELP THEM DO RIGHT, INCLUDING THAT HIT A HALF INCH BEHIND THE WEDGE SHOT. I WANT TO LEARN THAT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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Casey comes up short (again) to Bubba at Travelers

By Will GrayJune 25, 2018, 12:07 am

CROMWELL, Conn. – Staked to a four-shot lead entering the final round of the Travelers Championship, Paul Casey watched his opening tee shot bounce off a wooden wall and back into the middle of the fairway, then rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt off the fringe.

At the time, it appeared to be a not-so-subtle indicator that Casey was finally going to get his hands on a trophy that has barely eluded him in the past. Instead it turned out to be the lone highlight of a miserable round that left the Englishman behind only Bubba Watson at TPC River Highlands for the second time in the last four years.

Casey shot the low round of the tournament with a third-round 62 that distanced him from the field, but that opening birdie turned out to be his only one of the day as he stalled out and ultimately finished three shots behind Watson, to whom he lost here in a playoff in 2015.

Casey’s score was 10 shots worse than Saturday, as a 2-over 72 beat only five people among the 73 others to play the final round.


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“I mean, I fought as hard as I could, which I’m proud of,” Casey said. “Not many times you put me on a golf course and I only make one birdie. I don’t know. I’d be frustrated with that in last week’s event, but it is what it is.”

Casey led by as many as five after his opening birdie, but he needed to make a 28-foot par save on No. 10 simply to maintain a one-shot edge over a hard-charging Watson. The two men were tied as Casey headed to the 16th tee, but his bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 combined with a closing birdie from Watson meant the tournament was out of reach before Casey even reached the final tee.

Casey explained that a “bad night of sleep” led to some neck pain that affected his warm-up session but didn’t impact the actual round.

“Just frustrating I didn’t have more,” he said. “Didn’t have a comfortable swing to go out there and do something with.”

Casey won earlier this year at the Valspar Championship to end a PGA Tour victory drought that dated back to 2009, but after being denied a second victory in short succession when he appeared to have one hand on the trophy, he hopes to turn frustration into further success before turning the page to 2019.

“I’m probably even more fired up than I was post-Tampa to get another victory. This is only going to be more fuel,” Casey said. “I’ve got 12 events or something the rest of the year. So ask me again in November, and if I don’t have another victory, then I will be disappointed. This is merely kind of posturing for what could be a very good climax.”

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Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

Watch the video below.

The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”


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But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”