Golf Talk Live - Lorie Kane Transcript Segment 1
May 10, 1999 - Lorie Kane
CANADA'S LORIE KANE IS A NORTHERN STAR BURNING HOT AND WITH A CONSTANT TWINKLE IN HER EYE. SHE'S CANADA'S ANSWER TO NANCY LOPEZ. SHE'S A ROLE MODEL, ONE WHO NEVER FORGETS WHERE HOME IS OR HOW TO PUT UP HER FEET WHEN SHE GETS THERE.
MEET LORIE KANE NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
NO ONE EVER SAID THAT GOLF IS FAIR. AND NO ONE HAS SUGGESTED THAT IT WOULD BE MORE FUN IF IT WERE FAIR.
PART OF THE GAME'S CHARM IS ITS ELUSIVENESS. BUT LORIE KANE WOULD LIKE THE WINNING OF HER FIRST LPGA EVENT TO BE A LITTLE LESS OF A SLIPPERY AFFAIR, PARTICULARLY, WHEN SHE KNOWS THAT ONCE THE FIRST ONE IS TUCKED SAFELY AWAY, SHE MAY NEED A NEW TROPHY ROOM TO HOUSE THE EVIDENCE OF THE WINS THAT WILL QUICKLY FOLLOW.
LORIE KANE ISN'T SO SURE SHE'S A HUGE FAN OF THE MAN WHO SUGGESTED THAT 'ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT.'
BEN HOGAN WAS A PRO FOR THE HEALTHIEST PART OF A DECADE BEFORE HE WON HIS FIRST TOUR EVENT. TOM WATSON HAD TO LEARN TO CONTROL HIS TEMPO AND IMPATIENCE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS BEFORE HE BECAME HIS ERA'S BEST PLAYER. THERE WAS A TIME NOT LONG PAST WHEN DAVID DUVAL WAS SIMPLY THE BEST PLAYER TO HAVE NEVER WON A TOUR EVENT LET ALONE THE BEST NOT TO WIN A MAJOR.
LORIE KANE IS FROM CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND IN CANADA. AND IT SEEMS THAT ALL 40 THOUSAND CITIZENS OF HER HOME TOWN WISH FOR HER EVERYTHING THAT SHE DREAMS OF FOR HERSELF.
SHE WAS ONLY 4 OR 5 WHEN HER FATHER, JACK, WAS NAMED HEAD PROFESSIONAL AT BRUDENELL RIVER RESORT. AND WITH 18 HOLES JUST OUTSIDE HER FRONT DOOR, SHE WAS HOOKED ON THE BEAUTY OF THE GOLF COURSE, AND THE DEMANDS OF THE GREAT GAME. FOLLOWING A FICKLE PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY ABOUT HER LOVE FOR THE GAME, SHE BEGAN A SINCERE AND PERMANENT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GAME,
A RELATIONSHIP BASED ON LOVE. AS A WORLD CLASS AMATEUR, LORIE SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED HER ISLAND AND HER FAMILY WHEREVER GOLF WAS PLAYED.
NOW, SHE'S ONE OF THE BEST PROFESSIONALS IN THE WORLD. AND SHE'S WINNING . WINNING THE BATTLE AGAINST COMPLACENCY, WINNING THE BATTLE OF PATIENCE ON THE GOLF COURSE, WINNING FANS AND FRIENDS FOR GOLF AND THE LPGA TOUR. AND SOON HER GROWING COLLECTION OF SECOND PLACE FINISHES WILL BE BALANCED BY A PROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF FIRST PLACE FINISHES.
AND YET, SHE HAS PERSPECTIVE. SHE APPRECIATES EACH NEW OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY. AND SHE WORKS WITH ENTHUSIASM, ENERGY AND ETHIC TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS SO CLOSE TO HER GRASP.
AND SHE DOES IT WITH A SPECIAL SMILE THAT LIGHTS UP THE FAIRWAYS AND THE FACES OF EVERY YOUNG FAN EVERY TIME SHE PLAYS.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. I'M DELIGHTED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE PRINCESS OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA, LORIE KANE. SO NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE.
THANKS FOR HAVING ME, PETER.
I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU NEVER HIT A BAD SHOT. YOU NEVER MAKE A BAD DECISION OR A MISTAKE OF ANY KIND, THAT . YOU LEAVE ALL OF THOSE THINGS TO YOUR ALTER EGO, JUDITH.
TELL ME ABOUT THAT.
WELL, MY NAME IS JUDITH LORIE KANE. UM, I'M NAMED AFTER MY AUNT JUDY. AND, THIS ALL HAPPENED UH A FEW YEARS BACK AT THE DU MAURIER CLASSIC IN EDMONTON.
WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A . A TORRENTIAL RAIN DELAY. AND JIM NELFORD WAS ASKED TO BRING A COUPLE OF CANADIANS OUT ONTO THE 18TH FAIRWAY, WHICH WAS A POND, TO DO SOME INTERVIEWS.
AND, I HAD PLAYED 7 HOLES AND NOT VERY WELL. AND, HE HAD ASKED ME HOW I FELT ABOUT COMING OFF THE GOLF COURSE.
AND . AND I SAID, 'WELL I'M VERY PLEASED THAT WE HAD A CHANCE TO GET OFF THE GOLF COURSE. I NEEDED TO GET JUDITH SOME LUNCH SO SHE WOULD GO LAY DOWN SOMEWHERE AND GO TO SLEEP.'
AND, THAT'S WHERE IT STARTED. AND IT'S . IT'S KIND OF JUST A . A FUN THING FOR ME. I MEAN, I'M ENJOYING GOLF AND BEING PART OF THE LPGA TOUR. AND . UM, PLAYING PROFESSIONAL GOLF IS . IS REALLY EXCITING AND I TRY NOT TO PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON MYSELF AND EXPECT TOO MUCH OF MYSELF.
SO WHEN THINGS DON'T GO WELL, I TEND TO BLAME IT ON SOMEBODY ELSE OTHER THAN ME.
I UNDERSTAND THAT AFTER YOU WATCH GOLF TALK LIVE ON MONDAY NIGHTS, YOU WATCH ALLY MCBEAL, A SHOW ON ANOTHER NETWORK. AND ALLY'S PSYCHIATRIST SAID TO HER,
'TO GET OVER THE ROUGH SPOTS OF YOUR DAY, THINK OF A SONG THAT YOU LOVE AND LET IT PLAY INSIDE YOUR HEAD AS YOUR THEME SONG.' I UNDERSTAND YOU NOW HAVE A THEME SONG.
I CERTAINLY DO.
AND WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
IT'S EARTH, WIND AND FIRE'S 'SEPTEMBER'.
DO YOU WANT ME TO SING IT?
COULD YOU JUST GIVE US A LITTLE SNATCH OF IT, PLEASE?
(SINGING) DO YOU REMEMBER . THE 21ST NIGHT OF SEPTEMBER .
THERE YOU GO. (CHUCKLE)
SO WHEN WE SEE YOU WALKING DOWN THE FAIRWAY AND SHAKING LIKE THAT, WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE.
YEAH, UM, I'M GONNA TELL YOU THOUGH, I LISTEN A LOT LATELY TO CHER'S NEW UH CD AND . AND 'BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER LOVE' IS . IS A NEW TUNE THAT WE'RE SINGING OUT ON TOUR ACTUALLY.
I SPENT SOME TIME YESTERDAY WHEN WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A RAIN DELAY AGAIN WITH UH NANCY LOPEZ, A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, SINGING IT IN THE PARKING LOT.
SO, IT'S UH . YOU KNOW, SEPTEMBER'S BEEN A SONG THAT I'VE REALLY LOVED A LOT. AND UM . BUT, YOU KNOW, ANY . ANY SONG THAT HAS LITTLE BEAT IS . IS SOMETHING I'M ALWAYS SINGING.
ISN'T IT AMAZING ABOUT NANCY THAT SIMULTANEOUSLY SHE CAN BE LARGER THAN LIFE, A HUGE STAR, BUT ALSO INCREDIBLY LIFE-LIKE AND REAL AT THE SAME TIME.
A UNBELIEVABLE PERSON. UM, YOU KNOW, I . I MET NANCY IN '96 AT THE FIRST MEETING OF . OF THE LPGA WHERE THE ROOKIES WERE INTRODUCED. AND, WHAT IMPRESSED ME THE MOST ABOUT BOTH SHE AND AMY ALCOTT AT THE END OF THE MEETING,
THEY CAME OVER TO US AS ROOKIES AND . AND INTRODUCED THEMSELVES, UH, WELCOMED US TO THE TOUR, ASKED IF WE HAD ANYTHING THAT WE WANTED, QUESTIONS ANSWERED,
TO COME TO THEM. UM, AMY NOTED, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE EVER SIGNING WITH AN AGENT, MAKE SURE YOU COME TALK TO ME FIRST. AND UM .
BUT NANCY HAS UH .HAS OPENED HER ARMS TO ME AND . AND HAS DONE SOME GREAT THINGS IN HELPING ME JUST MANAGE MYSELF. AND . AND I PLAY A LOT OF PRACTICE ROUNDS WITH HER.
I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM HER. UM, SHE HAS PUT THE LPGA TOUR ON THE MAP. AND . AND I'M JUST HONORED TO HAVE HER AS A FRIEND.
WHEN YOU LOST THE PLAYOFF FOR THE CHICK-FIL-A RECENTLY TO RACHEL HETHERINGTON,
NANCY ALSO TOOK THAT TIME TO COME COMFORT YOU ON SOME LEVEL. TELL US ABOUT THAT.
SHE DID. UM, MY FRIENDS WERE ON THE 18TH GREEN, AS A LOT OF PLAYERS WHO WERE WATCHING THE PLAYOFF, AND UH, NANCY HARVEY, CHRIS GREATREX, WHO ARE CANADIAN FRIENDS OF MINE, AND LIZ EARLEY WERE THERE.
BUT, NANCY LOPEZ WAS THERE AS WELL. AND I HAD MADE A GREAT 5-WOOD SHOT INTO THE GREEN. I THOUGHT IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. AND IT GOT SOME BAD LUCK AND WENT UP THE SLOPE.
UH, I HAD A DIFFICULT CHIP SHOT. IN FACT, I DON'T KNOW IF I'VE EVER PLAYED THAT TYPE OF SHOT EVER. I KNOW I'VE PRACTICED IT A FEW TIMES BUT NEVER UNDER THE GUN.
AND I TURNED AND HAPPENED TO SEE NANCY STANDING TO MY LEFT. AND SHE'S GIVING ME THE 'TAKE DEEP BREATHS' AND . (LAUGH)
I WAS LAUGHING. I WAS SAYING, 'ALL RIGHT LOPEZ, I CAN HANDLE IT.' SO I PITCHED DOWN AND . AND PUT IT 4 FEET FROM THE HOLE ,WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A GREAT SHOT, AND ENDED UP MISSING THE PUTT AS EVERYBODY KNOWS. UM .
TURNED AND SHE WAS THERE OPEN ARMS TO TELL ME THAT I HAD A LOT OF WINS LEFT IN MY HEART AND UH, THAT MY TIME WAS COMING AND NOT . NOT TO WORRY. AND THAT FELT UH .
IT WAS . IT WAS COMFORTING. AND I THINK I . THE DRIVE FROM ATLANTA TO MYRTLE BEACH WAS A LITTLE EASIER KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE PEOPLE LIKE NANCY LOPEZ IN YOUR CORNER.
LOT'S OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY IN CANADA THAT YOU ARE CANADA'S NANCY LOPEZ ON THE CANADIAN TOUR, THAT YOU'RE ITS BEST PLAYER AND ONE OF ITS GREAT PEOPLE ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE.
HOW HARD IS IT TO GO FROM BEING THE BEST PLAYER THERE TO WORKING YOUR WAY UP TO BEING ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS ON THIS TOUR.
WELL, YOU KNOW, I . I GUESS . IN PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE, I DON'T SEE MYSELF REALLY ANY DIFFERENT IN PLAYING THE GAME AT HOME IN CANADA. THE DU MAURIER SERIES WAS PROBABLY THE BOOST THAT HELPED MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER GET GOING. UM, .
WHEN YOU SPEND TIME WITH JOCELYN BOURASSA WHO IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE DU MAURIER CLASSIC AND HAS PUT THE SERIES PROGRAM TOGETHER, UM, WE LEARNED A LOT THERE.
AND, I THINK I TOOK THE SKILLS I LEARNED FROM DU MAURIER AND THE SERIES WITH ME ONTO THE TOUR. UM, ALSO BEING A LITTLE BIT OLDER, I THINK, HAS HELPED IN GETTING ME . YOU KNOW, I WASN'T 21.
I HAD LIVED MY LIFE AS A . AS A YOUNG PERSON LEARNING TO GROW, EXPERIENCING LIFE. AND SO WHEN I CAME OUT HERE ON TOUR, I WAS READY TO BE HERE. I WAS COMMITTED TO PUTTING ALL THE TIME IN, THAT I NEEDED TO, TO PLAYING THE GAME.
AND, I THINK, UM . YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT TO MY FAMILY. UH, ESPECIALLY DANNY SHARP, WHO CADDIES FOR ME, MY COACH ANNE CHOUINARD,
WHO . WHO HELPED MANAGE ME AND LET ME DO WHAT I NEEDED TO DO AND THAT'S TO PLAY GOLF.
IT SEEMS LIKE YOUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS, THE ONES BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR SISTERS AND THE ONES THAT YOU AND YOUR SISTERS HAVE WITH YOUR PARENTS, ARE ALMOST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.
WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THE HARMONY THAT MAKES TEAM OR FAMILY KANE AS
TOGETHER AS IT IS?
WELL, LIKE ANY FAMILY, I MEAN, WE'RE NOT PERFECT. UM, BUT WE DO HAVE 6 DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES THAT TEND TO UH .(SOFT KNOCK-KNOCK SOUND) BANG HEADS EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. BUT WE DO GET OVER THE ROUGH STUFF AND WE ARE A FAMILY.
AND WE WORK VERY HARD AT STAYING A FAMILY. AND I WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT THEM. UM, YOU KNOW, MY OTHER 3 SISTERS HAVE SACRIFICED THINGS FOR ME TO BE HERE.
UM, MOM AND DAD HAVE . HAVE MADE EVERYTHING AVAILABLE TO ME THAT I NEEDED TO BE . TO GET ME HERE. UH, I PLAYED EVERY SPORT IN THE WORLD GOING - GROWING UP AS . AS MY -- REST OF MY SISTERS DID.
AND, MOM AND DAD JUST GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY. AND I THINK EVEN NOW, UH HAVING THEM HERE THIS WEEK WITH ME AND . AND HOPEFULLY LEARNING TO BE MORE UH, IN CONTROL
AND . AND LOVING HAVING FAMILY AROUND, UH, IS SOMETHING THAT I'M LEARNING TO DO. UM, WHEN I PLAY A GOLF TOURNAMENT, I LIKE TO JUST BE ME AND NOT REALLY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE.
BUT AS THEY'LL TELL YOU, I WORRY ABOUT THEM AND WHERE THEY ARE AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE OKAY. AND SOMETIMES THAT TAKES ME AWAY FROM THE GAME.
YOU'RE JUST WORRIED THAT THEY'RE NOT GONNA BEHAVE THEMSELVES IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT.
SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL THEM THAT AGAIN, WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. AND WE'LL RETURN WITH LORIE KANE AND SOME OF YOUR CALLS AFTER THIS.
Watch: You have to see this golf swing to believe it
Ho-sung Choi is a 44-year-old South Korean touring pro who plays primarily on the Japan Golf Tour. This week he's competing in the Asian Tour's Kolon Korea Open, where he is in second place, two shots off the lead, after three rounds. This is especially significant because the Korea Open is an Open Qualiffying event, meaning he could qualify for this year's Open Championship.
That, however, is not why we're writing about Mr. Choi. The video above is why:
We're with Charlie here: We can't wait for Brandel's take on this swing.
Lopez fires flawless 63 for lead in Arkansas
ROGERS, Ark. – Since its first year on the LPGA Tour in 2007, the crowds at the NW Arkansas Championship have belonged to Stacy Lewis.
Another former University of Arkansas star staked her claim as the hometown favorite Friday when Gaby Lopez shot a career-low 8-under 63 to take the first-round lead at Pinnacle Country Club.
Like Lewis, the two-time winner of the tournament, Lopez starred as a three-time All-American for the Razorbacks before joining the LPGA Tour in 2016. Despite flashes of potential, Lopez had yet to join Lewis among the ranks of the world's best - missing the cut in her last two tournaments and entering this week ranked 136th in the world.
For a day, at least, the Mexican standout felt right at home atop the leaderboard in her adopted home state.
''I feel like home,'' Lopez said. ''I feel so, so comfortable out here, because I feel that everyone and every single person out here is just rooting for us.''
Moriya Jutanugarn was a stroke back along with Minjee Lee, Catriona Matthew, Nasa Hataoka, Lizette Salas, Mirim Lee and Aditi Ashok. Six others finished at 6 under on a day when only 26 of the 144 players finished over par, thanks to some mid-week rain that softened the greens and calm skies throughout the day.
Jutanugarn finished second at the tournament last year and is trying to win for the second time on the LPGA Tour this year. Her younger sister, Ariya, is already a two-time winner this year and shot an opening-round 66.
Lewis, the former world No. 1 who won the event in 2007 in 2014, finished with a 66. She's expecting her first child in early November
Defending champion So Yeon Ryu, coming off a victory Sunday in Michigan, shot a 67.
Friday was Lopez's long-awaited day to standout, though, much to the delight of the pro-Arkansas crowd.
After missing the cut her last two times out, Lopez took some time off and returned home to Mexico City to rest her mind and work on her game. The work paid off with two straight birdies to open her round and a 6-under 30 on her front nine.
Lopez needed only 25 putts and finished two shots off the course record of 61, and she overcame a poor drive on the par-5 18th to finish with a par and keep her place at the top of the leaderboard. Her previous low score was a 64 last year, and she matched her career best by finishing at 8 under.
''(Rest) is a key that no one really truly understands until you're out here,'' Lopez said. ''... Sometimes resting is actually the part you've got to work on.''
Harman rides hot putter to Travelers lead
CROMWELL, Conn. – There are plenty of big names gathered for the Travelers Championship, and through two rounds they’re all chasing Brian Harman.
Harman opened with a 6-under 64, then carded a 66 during Friday’s morning wave to become the only player to finish the first two rounds in double digits under par. The southpaw is currently riding a hot putter, leading the field in strokes gained: putting while rolling in 12 birdies and an eagle through his first 36 holes.
“Putted great today,” said Harman, who ranks 22nd on Tour this season in putting. “Got out of position a couple of times, but I was able to get myself good looks at it. I started hitting the ball really well coming down the stretch and made a few birdies.”
Harman, 31, has won twice on the PGA Tour, most recently at last year’s Wells Fargo Championship. While he doesn’t have a win this year, he started his season in the fall by reeling off five straight finishes of T-8 or better to quickly install himself as one of the leaders in the season-long points race.
Now topping a leaderboard that includes the likes of Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy, he realizes that he’ll have his work cut out for him if he’s going to leave Connecticut with trophy No. 3.
“The putter has been really good so far, but I’ve been in position a lot. I’ve had a lot of good looks at it,” Harman said. “I’m just able to put a little pressure on the course right now, which is nice.”
10-second rule costs Zach Johnson a stroke
CROMWELL, Conn. – Zach Johnson heads into the weekend one shot back at the Travelers Championship, but he was a matter of seconds away from being tied for the lead.
Johnson had an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 3 at TPC River Highlands, his 12th hole of the day, but left the ball hanging on the lip. As Johnson walked up to tap the ball in, it oscillated on the edge and eventually fell in without being hit.
Was it a birdie, or a par?
According to the Rules of Golf, and much to Johnson’s chagrin, the answer was a par. Players are afforded “reasonable” time to walk to the hole, and after that they are allowed to wait for 10 seconds to see if the ball drops of its own accord. After that, it either becomes holed by a player’s stroke, or falls in and leads to a one-shot penalty, resulting in the same score as if the player had hit it.
According to Mark Russell, PGA Tour vice president of rules and competitions, Johnson’s wait time until the ball fell in was between 16 and 18 seconds.
“Once he putts the ball, he’s got a reasonable amount of time to reach the hole,” Russell said. “Then once he reaches the hole, he’s got 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, the ball is deemed to be at rest.”
Johnson tried to emphasize the fact that the ball was oscillating as he stood over it, and even asked rules officials if marking his ball on the edge of the hole would have yielded a “bonus 10 seconds.” But after signing for a 2-under 68 that brought him within a shot of leader Brian Harman, the veteran took the ruling in stride.
“The 10-second rule has always been there. Vague to some degree,” Johnson said. “The bottom line is I went to tap it in after 10 seconds and the ball was moving. At that point, even if the ball is moving, it’s deemed to be at rest because it’s on the lip. Don’t ask me why, but that’s just the way it is.”
While Johnson brushed off any thoughts of the golf gods conspiring against him on the lip, he was beaming with pride about an unconventional par he made on No. 17 en route to a bogey-free round. Johnson sailed his tee shot well right into the water, but after consulting his options he decided to drop on the far side of the hazard near the 16th tee box.
His subsequent approach from 234 yards rolled to within 8 feet, and he calmly drained the putt for an unexpected save.
“I got a great lie. Just opened up a 4-hybrid, and it started over the grandstands and drew in there,” Johnson said. “That’s as good of an up-and-down as I’ve witnessed, or performed.”