Golf Talk Live - JoAnne Carner Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
TOM IN FLORIDA, HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, SIR?

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
HELLO.

PETER KESSLER
HELLO TOM.

JOANNE CARNER
HI TOM.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL, SIR.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
PETER, ANOTHER GOOD SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
I WANTED TO ASK JOANNE, JOANNE AND I PLAYED IN THE 1979 JC PENNY PRO-AM WITH LEE TREVINO AND TIP O'NEAL.

JOANNE CARNER
(LAUGHS)

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
AND THEN, AND THEN THREE YEARS LATER SHE WON IT WITH JOHN MAHAFFEY.

JOANNE CARNER
RIGHT.

TOM, CALLER FROM FLORIDA (MALE):
AND EVERY YEAR WE PLAYED, WE HAD A DOLLAR BET, PETER, IN PRO-AMS WE WERE AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND SHE, AND I NEVER BEAT HER, BY THE WAY, BUT I'D LIKE TO ASK HER HOW SHE LIKED THE MIXED TEAM FORMAT AS AGAINST PLAYING BY HERSELF ON THE, WITH THE, ON THE LPGA TOUR.

JOANNE CARNER
WELL I THINK... IT WAS HARD, TOM. AS YOU KNOW, I THINK JUDY DICKINSON DESCRIBED IT CORRECTLY WHEN SHE SAID THIS IS GOLF 101. (LAUGHING) SHE SAID, YOU GET OUT

THERE AND YOU'RE PLAYING AND YOU'RE... TRYING TO PUT EVERYTHING IN A PERFECT POSITION FOR YOUR PARTNER, AND YOU, AND YOU JUST TRY SO HARD THAT YOU PLAY TERRIBLE, YOU KNOW, AND, YOU DON'T WANT TO BE ABOVE THE PIN ON THIS HOLE AND YOU HIT IT ABOVE THE PIN. YOU WANT, IF YOU MISS THE

BALL YOU WANT TO MISS IT ON THE LEFT SIDE AND YOU'RE ON THE RIGHT, YOU KNOW, AND ALL THIS AND IT'S JUST AN EXTREMELY HARD FORMAT AND, YOU KNOW, THE, THE DIFFERENCE I FOUND WITH THE MEN OVER THERE IS I LIKE TO PLAY LITTLE SHORT WEDGE SHOTS AND

AS YOU KNOW, TOM, WHEN, WHEN WE WERE OVER THERE, THEY, THEY HATED THOSE LITTLE SHORT SHOTS, YOU KNOW, GIVE THEM, THEY USED TO TELL ME, LAY ME UP 110 TO 130 AND I'D SAY BUT I CAN,
I CAN GET EITHER ON THE PAR 5 IN TWO

OR IN THE BUNKER, YOU KNOW, AND THEY SAID NO, LAY ME UP, 130 TO 110 AND I'M SAYING, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS BECAUSE A BAD BUNKER SHOT IS TEN FEET, YOU KNOW, AND A VERY GOOD 130 YARD SHOT IS TEN FEET SO IT NEVER MADE SENSE TO ME BUT I, I DID WHAT THEY WANTED.

PETER KESSLER
I KNOW THAT IT TOOK YOU ABOUT FOUR YEARS BEFORE YOU BECAME THE BEST PLAYER ON TOUR, WHICH, WHICH YOU OF COURSE THOUGHT WOULD TAKE FOUR MINUTES, TELL ME HOW FORMER YANKEE MANAGER, YANKEE GREAT, BILLY MARTIN, SORT OF SHOOK UP AND HELPED YOU WITH YOUR ATTITUDE.

JOANNE CARNER
OH BILLY WAS, HE BECAME A VERY GOOD FRIEND BUT WE HAD A MUTUAL FRIEND THAT INVITED US OVER TO DINNER. IT WAS RIGHT NEAR THE CLUBHOUSE THERE AT PALM BEACH NATIONAL AND, SO WHEN WE GOT THERE BILLY MARTIN WAS THERE AND HE WAS UP THERE, HE WANTED TO

GET AWAY FROM, FROM THE DECISION MAKING OF THE END OF SPRING TRAINING WHEN HE HAD TO CUT CERTAIN PLAYERS AND HE HAD TO DO IT THE NEXT DAY AND HE WANTED TO GET AWAY FROM THAT, SO, HE CAME UP TO HAVE DINNER WITH THEM, AND, AND DON AND I WERE INVITED OVER TO JOIN THEM, SO WHEN WE WERE SITTING AROUND THE DINNER TABLE, DON

SAID, YOU KNOW BILLY, YOU'RE SUCH A GREAT MANAGER OF PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES HE SAID, JOANNE IS, IS JUST PLAYING TERRIBLE RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, AND, MAYBE YOU COULD HELP HER OUT, AND SO HE TURNED TO ME AND HE SAID, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, AND I SAID

WELL I HAVE, WHAT WE REFER TO AS ANALYSIS PARALYSIS. YOU'RE THINKING HOW TO DO EVERYTHING AND CONSEQUENTLY YOU, YOU'RE SO MECHANICAL YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING PROPERLY, SO HE SAID EXPLAIN TO ME YOUR DAY, AND UM.. SO, WELL, BUT

PREVIOUS TO THAT, DON STARTED SAYING NOW, JOANNE WON THIS AND, AND SHE'S THIS AND BILLY MARTIN SAID WELL DON, WHAT'S SHE DOING NOW? AND HE SAID, WELL SHE'S PLAYING TERRIBLE. SHE'S SHOOTING 80, AND HE SAID, WELL THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW. WHAT SHE'S

DOING NOW NOT WHAT SHE USED TO DO, YOU KNOW. HE SAID LET'S DEAL WITH TODAY, SO HE SAID WHAT'S, WHAT DO YOU DO? WHAT'S YOUR NORMAL DAY, AND I SAID WELL I GET TO THE GOLF COURSE TWO HOURS AHEAD, I HAVE SOME COFFEE, CIGARETTES AND THEN I UH GO

TO THE PRACTICE TEE ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AHEAD AND I HIT BALLS ON THE RANGE. HE SAID HOW LONG? AND I SAID I HIT BALLS FOR AN HOUR, YOU KNOW, AND THEN I GO TO THE PUTTING GREEN AND I CHIP A FEW BALLS AND THEN I PUTT AND THEN I GO TEE OFF AND HE SAID, WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE

HITTING BALLS FOR THAT HOUR BEFORE YOU GO TO THE PUTTING GREEN HE SAID, ARE YOU, ARE YOU WORKING ON WHAT YOU'RE DOING? AND I SAID OH YEAH. I SAID IF I'M SLICING I'M TRYING TO CORRECT THE SLICE. IF I'M HOOKING, OR

THE TIMINGS OFF, YOU KNOW, I SAID I'M, I'M, HE SAID IN OTHER WORDS YOU'RE WATCHING EVERY BALL YOU HIT? AND I SAID YEAH. HE SAID AND THEN YOU WANT TO GO TO THE FIRST TEE AND SHUT IT OFF WHEN YOU JUST SPENT AN HOUR TRAINING YOURSELF TO ANALYZE EVERY

SINGLE BALL YOU HIT AND I SAID, WELL, WHEN YOU PUT IT THAT WAY (CHUCKLES) I SAID, IT DOES SOUND PRETTY STUPID. HE SAID, I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER WARM
UP IS WARM UP AND THAT'S IT. HE SAID

JUST LOOSEN UP, GO TO THE, TO THE PUTTING GREEN AND HIT A FEW PUTTS, HIT A FEW CHIPS AND THEN TEE OFF. HE SAID NOW WHEN YOU FINISH, HE SAID, YOU DON'T LEAVE THE DRIVING RANGE, AND EVEN IF YOU

HAVE TO GO TO A LIGHTED DRIVING RANGE TO FINISH, YOU DON'T LEAVE UNTIL YOU GET IT CORRECTED. HE SAID THAT'S WHEN YOU DO YOUR CORRECTION.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WORKED DIDN'T IT?

JOANNE CARNER
YEAH. GOT ME RIGHT OUT OF THE SLUMP.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE BACK TO SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH JOANNE CARNER.

NEXT SEGMENT
Getty Images

Asia offers chance for players to get early jump on season

By Rex HoggardOctober 17, 2018, 6:00 pm

When the field at this week’s CJ Cup tees off for Round 1 just past dinner time on the East Coast Wednesday most golf fans will still be digesting the dramatic finish to the 2017-18 season, which wrapped up exactly 24 days ago, or reliving a Ryder Cup that didn’t go well for the visiting team.

Put another way, the third event of the new season will slip by largely unnoticed, the victim of a crowded sports calendar and probably a dollop of burnout.

What’ll be lost in this three-event swing through Asia that began last week in Kuala Lumpur at the CIMB Classic is how important these events have become to Tour players, whether they count themselves among the star class or those just trying to keep their jobs.

The Asian swing began in 2009 with the addition of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, although it would be a few years before the event earned full status on Tour, and expanded in 2010 with the addition of the CIMB Classic. This week’s stop in South Korea was added last season and as the circuit transitions to a condensed schedule and earlier finish next year there are persistent rumors that the Tour plans to expand even more in the Far East with sources saying an event in Japan would be a likely landing spot.

Although these events resonate little in the United States because of the time zone hurdles, for players, the Asian swing has become a key part of the schedule.

Consider that seven of the top 10 performers last year in Asia advanced to the Tour Championship and that success wasn’t mutually exclusive to how these players started their season in Asia.

For players looking to get a jump on the new season, the three Asian stops are low-hanging fruit, with all three featuring limited fields and no cut where players are guaranteed four rounds and FedExCup points.

For a player like Pat Perez, his performances last October virtually made his season, with the veteran winning the CIMB Classic and finishing tied for fifth place at the CJ Cup. All total, Perez, who played all three Asian events last year, earned 627 FedExCup points - more than half (53 percent) of his regular-season total.

Keegan Bradley and Cameron Smith also made the most of the tournaments in Asia, earning 34 and 36 percent, respectively, of their regular-season points in the Far East. On average, the top 10 performers in Asia last year earned 26 percent of their regular-season points in what was essentially a fraction of their total starts.

“It's just a place that I've obviously played well,” Justin Thomas, a three-time winner in Asia, said last week in Kuala Lumpur. “I'm comfortable. I think being a little bit of a longer hitter you have an advantage, but I mean, the fact of the matter is that I've just played well the years I played here.”

Perhaps the biggest winner in Asia last season was Justin Rose, who began a torrid run with his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions, and earned 28 percent of his regular-season points (550) in the Far East on his way to winning the FedExCup by just 41 points.

But it’s not just the stars who have made the most of the potential pot of Asian gold.

Lucas Glover finished tied for seventh at the CIMB Classic, 15th at the CJ Cup and 50th in China in 2017 to earn 145 of his 324 regular-season points (45 percent). Although that total was well off the pace to earn Glover a spot in the postseason and a full Tour card, it was enough to secure him conditional status in 2018-19.

Similarly, Camilo Villegas tied for 17th in Kuala Lumpur and 36th in South Korea to earn 67 of his 90 points, the difference between finishing 193rd on the regular-season point list and 227th. While it may seem like a trivial amount to the average fan, it allowed Villegas to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals and a chance to re-earn his Tour card.

With this increasingly nuanced importance have come better fields in Asia (which were largely overlooked the first few years), with six of the top 30 players in the Official World Golf Ranking making the trip last week to Malaysia and this week’s tee sheet in South Korea featuring two of the top 5 in world - No. 3 Brooks Koepka and No. 4 Thomas.

“I finished 11th here last year and 11th in China the next week. If I can try and improve on that, get myself in contention and possibly win, it sets up the whole year. That's why I've come back to play,” Jason Day said this week of his decision to play the Asian swing.

For many golf fans in the United States, the next few weeks will be a far-flung distraction until the Tour arrives on the West Coast early next year, but for the players who are increasingly starting to make the trip east, it’s a crucial opportunity to get a jump on the season.

Getty Images

Watch: Woods uses computer code to make robotic putt

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 3:10 pm

Robots have been plotting their takeover of the golf world for some time.

First it was talking trash to Rory McIlroy, then it was making a hole-in-one at TPC Scottsdale's famous 16th hole ... and now they're making putts for Tiger Woods.

Woods tweeted out a video on Tuesday draining a putt without ever touching the ball:

The 42-year-old teamed up with a computer program to make the putt, and provided onlookers with a vintage Tiger celebration, because computers can't do that ... yet.

Getty Images

Woods admits fatigue played factor in Ryder Cup

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 12:35 pm

There was plenty of speculation about Tiger Woods’ health in the wake of the U.S. team’s loss to Europe at last month’s Ryder Cup, and the 14-time major champ broke his silence on the matter during a driving range Q&A at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Woods, who went 0-4 in Paris, admitted he was tired because he wasn’t ready to play so much golf this season after coming back from a fourth back surgery.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

The topic of conversation then shifted to what's next, with Woods saying he's just starting to plan out his future schedule, outside of "The Match" with Phil Mickelson over Thanksgiving weekend and his Hero World Challenge in December.

“I’m still figuring that out,” Woods said. “Flying out here yesterday trying to look at the schedule, it’s the first time I’ve taken a look at it. I’ve been so focused on getting through the playoffs and the Ryder Cup that I just took a look at the schedule and saw how packed it is.”

While his exact schedule remains a bit of a mystery, one little event in April at Augusta National seemed to be on his mind already.

When asked which major he was most looking forward to next year, Woods didn't hesitate with his response, “Oh, that first one.”

Getty Images

Podcast: Fujikawa aims to offer 'hope' by coming out

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 17, 2018, 12:03 pm

Tadd Fujikawa first made golf history with his age. Now he's doing it with his recent decision to openly discuss his sexuality.

Last month Fujikawa announced via Instagram that he is gay, becoming the first male professional to come out publicly. Now 27, he has a different perspective on life than he did when he became the youngest U.S. Open participant in 2006 at Winged Foot at age 15, or when he made the cut at the Sony Open a few months later.

Joining as the guest on the latest Golf Channel podcast, Fujikawa discussed with host Will Gray the reception to his recent announcement - as well as some of the motivating factors that led the former teen phenom to become somewhat of a pioneer in the world of men's professional golf.

"I just want to let people know that they're enough, and that they're good exactly as they are," Fujikawa said. "That they don't need to change who they are to fit society's mold. Especially in the golf world where it's so, it's not something that's very common."

The wide-ranging interview also touched on Fujikawa's adjustment to life on golf-centric St. Simons Island, Ga., as well as some of his hobbies outside the game. But he was also candid about the role that anxiety and depression surrounding his sexuality had on his early playing career, admitting that he considered walking away from the game "many, many times" and would have done so had it not been for the support of friends and family.

While professional golf remains a priority, Fujikawa is also embracing the newfound opportunity to help others in a similar position.

"Hearing other stories, other athletes, other celebrities, my friends. Just seeing other people come out gave me a lot of hope in times when I didn't feel like there was a lot of hope," he said. "For me personally, it was something that I've wanted to do for a long time, and something I'm very passionate about. I really want to help other people who are struggling with that similar issue. And if I can change lives, that's really my goal."

For more from Fujikawa, click below or click here to download the podcast and subscribe to future episodes: