Golf Talk Live Transcript - Lorie Kane - January 15 2001 - Part 1

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2001, 5:00 pm
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LORIE KANE KEPT HER GOAL OF WINNING FIRMLY SET IN HER SIGHTS, AND SHE WORKED AT IT, AND REFUSED TO BE DISCOURAGED BY A STRING OF SECOND PLACE FINISHES. SHE REALIZED THAT SUCCESS, AS SUGGESTED BY THOMAS EDISON, IS 99% PERSPIRATION AND 1% INSPIRATION. MEET LORIE KANE NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

LORIE KANE WAS THE 2000 CANADIAN FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR. SHE'D LIKE TO BE THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ON THE LPGA TOUR IN 2001. SHE KNOWS SHE HAS WHAT IT TAKES. WEBB AND SORENSTAM KNOW IT TOO, AND NOW THAT'S SHE'S SNAPPED HER STRING OF NINE 2ND PLACE FINISHES ON TOUR WITH HER THREE WIN SEASON IN 2000, EVERY GOLF FAN KNOWS IT AS WELL.

THE MEDIA IS HUNGRY FOR THE NEXT NANCY LOPEZ. SOMEONE WHO CAN DOMINATE WITH HER GAME AND WITH HER PERSONALITY. THE NEXT NANCY LOPEZ MAY JUST TURN OUT TO BE THE FIRST LORIE KANE. FUNNY HOW WINNING CHANGES ALL THE QUESTIONS. HOW ABOUT THAT FIRST MAJOR. CAN YOU WIN 5 TIMES IN A YEAR? WILL YOU BE THE BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET SOME DAY?

HAPPY QUESTIONS THAT GET ASKED OF SUCCESSFUL WINNING PLAYERS. HER SMILE DAZZLES, HER ATTITUDE IS INFECTIOUS AND LORIE KANE IS A WINNER.

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME TO OUR SHOW TONIGHT, A WONDERFUL PLAYER WHO LAST YEAR PROVED THAT SHE'S A WINNER. SHE PROVED IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. LORIE KANE, A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU HERE.

LORIE KANE
THANKS FOR HAVING ME BACK, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT SEASON.

LORIE KANE
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WON FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR IN EARLY AUGUST, YOU SAID I THINK I WAITED FOR THIS MY WHOLE LIFE. TELL US WHY IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT.

LORIE KANE
WELL... I DON'T KNOW. WINNING IS EXCITING AND NOW THAT I'VE WON, NOT ONLY ONCE BUT THREE TIMES, I DON'T KNOW THAT WORDS REALLY CAN EXPLAIN WHAT I WAS FEELING IN ST. LOUIS THAT DAY.

PETER KESSLER
IS THE, IF YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE THREE WINS IN TERMS OF THE REACTION, IS IT REASONABLE FOR ME TO GUESS THAT THE FIRST ONE IN MANY WAYS IS A RELIEF AND THAT THE SECOND AND THIRD ARE FLAT OUT THRILLS?

LORIE KANE
YOU'RE PROBABLY VERY RIGHT. I WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THE FIRST ONE AND AFTER THAT I THINK I WAS, I WAS VERY CONFIDENT WITH THE FACT THAT I, I NOW KNEW HOW TO WIN AND THAT I COULD WIN AND THE OTHER TWO IN PLAY OFFS. I MEAN, SOME THINGS HAD TO HAPPEN TO GET ME INTO THOSE PLAY OFFS.

OTHER PLAYERS HAD TO STUMBLE A LITTLE BIT LIKE I PROBABLY HAD IN THE 9 SECONDS I HAD, BUT, YOU KNOW, THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON AND NOW THAT I'VE WON 3 TIMES I WANT TO WIN 4TH VERY QUICKLY.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'VE LEARNED ABOUT HOW TO WIN TO THE EXTENT THERE WERE CERTAIN THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONTROL?

LORIE KANE
WELL I THINK, AND I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT THIS A LOT, BECAUSE I AM ASKED WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINISHING 2ND AND WINNING, AND IT'S BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED THAT I SAW MARK MESSIER'S INTERVIEW ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE RANGERS FROM VANCOUVER AND HE SAID WINNING WAS AN ATTITUDE AND I ALWAYS FELT THAT WINNING WAS AN ATTITUDE AND THAT I HAD THAT ATTITUDE, BUT WHEN I JOINED THE TOUR IN '96 I STOPPED SAYING IT TO MYSELF, I THINK BECAUSE I HAD SUCH A HIGH RESPECT FOR THE PLAYERS THAT WERE PLAYING ON THE TOUR AND I JUST STOPPED SAYING IT AND SO THEREFORE, MAYBE I STOPPED BELIEVING THAT I COULD WIN, AND I WAS AT HOME AND I JUST SAID, YOU KNOW, THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I SAID I'M THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN, CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT WINNING AND I WAS ENCOURAGED EVERY WEEK.

SOMEONE WOULD SAY THIS IS YOUR WEEK, THIS IS YOUR WEEK, AND A WOMAN IN ST. LOUIS SAID TO ME, THIS IS YOUR WEEK, AND I LOOKED HER RIGHT IN THE EYE AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, IT IS, AND I'M THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND WE WENT OUT AND WON.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU WORK ON ENHANCING OR IMPROVING YOUR POWERS OF CONCENTRATION?

LORIE KANE
UM WELL I RELY ON DANNY SHARP, MY CADDIE. HE DEFINITELY HELPS OUT IN, IN MANAGING ME ON THE GOLF COURSE AND KEEPING ME IN THE PRESENT AND NOT TRYING TO GO TOO FAR AHEAD AND DEFINITELY NOT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT HAS JUST HAPPENED IF I'VE HIT A GOOD SHOT OR A BAD SHOT, THAT WE JUST KEEP BUILDING. YOU KNOW, I TRY TO READ A LITTLE BIT, A FEW BOOKS ON, ON WHAT IT IS TO BE POSITIVE AND HOW SELF POSITIVE TALK CAN BE SO GOOD FOR YOU WHETHER YOU'RE A GOLFER OR NOT A GOLFER, IN BUSINESS, WHATEVER. THAT IS JUST A HEALTHY WAY TO LIVE AND THAT YOU SHOULD CHERISH EVERY DAY
THAT YOU HAVE ON THIS EARTH AND I'M SO LUCKY I GET TO PLAY GOLF THAT YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T BE NEGATIVE. IT'S A WASTE OF TIME.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU STILL CHECK IN AT HOME EVERY DAY?

LORIE KANE
EVERY DAY, AND LATELY A COUPLE OF TIMES A DAY. I SPENT TEN DAYS AT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AND IT WAS TEN DAYS WELL SPENT. I SHOVELED SNOW THREE TIMES AND (LAUGHS) DID ALL THAT KIND OF FUN STUFF. I DO MISS HOME A LOT AND YOU KNOW WHEN I CAN TALK TO THEM REGULARLY I DO.

PETER KESSLER
WELL YOU HAVE A CONTINGENCY OF FRIENDS FROM HOME WITH YOU TONIGHT. LAST TIME THAT WE GOT TOGETHER

LORIE KANE
THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
IN '99 YOU SAID TO ONE OF OUR CALLERS, AND HOW ABOUT INVITING ME INTO THE REGULAR TUESDAY GAME, WELL YOUR TUESDAY GAME HAPPENS TO BE IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT ON MONDAY.

LORIE KANE
YES

PETER KESSLER
DID THEY LET YOU PLAY?

LORIE KANE
THEY DID AND AS WE TALKED BEFORE WE CAME ON THE AIR, THE GROUP THAT PLAYS AT BELVEDERE GOLF COURSE, MY HOME CLUB, THERE'S A GROUP OF GREAT YOUNG GUYS THAT PLAY ON TUESDAYS AND THEY'RE HERE IN THE STUDIO AND THEY, I DID PLAY ON TUESDAY, AND THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY CAN, THEY REALLY BEAT ME UP ON TUESDAYS BUT I ALWAYS HAVE TO TELL THEM, YOU KNOW, THEY PLAY AS WELL ON TUESDAY AS I DO ON SUNDAY, SO, IT'S ALRIGHT. THEY LET ME OFF THE HOOK SOMETIMES.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU FIND YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE AS YOU HAVE BEEN FINDING THEM COME TRUE, PARTICULARLY IN THE LAST 6 MONTHS, DO YOU FIND YOURSELF HAVING TO DREAM BIGGER DREAMS?

LORIE KANE
YES I DO, AND IT'S FUNNY. MY DAD SENDS ME A FAX, USUALLY AT THE BEGINNING OF A SEASON AND SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE AND JUST WHEN HE THINKS I NEED A LITTLE BIT OF A BOOST AND HE TOLD ME, HE SAID DREAM BIG DREAMS, AND I AM, AND I'M TRYING TO DREAM THE DREAM OF BEING NUMBER ONE, AND HAVING GOALS THAT ARE REALISTIC TO GET ME THERE, BUT YOU HAVE TO DREAM BIG BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T THEN, YOU KNOW, WHERE, WHERE CAN YOU GO, AND, I'M A BIG DREAMER.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOU WORK ON TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU DID IN THE LITTLE BIT OF OFF SEASON THERE NOW IS IN GOLF? WHAT WAS THE WEAKNESS THAT YOU IDENTIFIED THAT YOU PAID SOME ATTENTION TO, IF ANY?

LORIE KANE
WELL, I'VE BEEN ASKING MYSELF THE QUESTION, YOU KNOW, WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE MYSELF BETTER, AND DANNY AND I SPEND A LOT OF TIME GOING THROUGH THAT, AND, AND DANNY'S THEORY IS THAT THERE'S REALLY NOTHING WRONG WITH MY GOLF GAME AND THERE'S REALLY NO WEAKNESS THAT'S TOO WEAK AND THAT MY STRENGTHS PROBABLY OVERCOME MY WEAKNESSES. I, I WAS A REAL GOOD LONG IRON PLAYER. I REMEMBER, AS, IN MY AMATEUR DAYS THAT LONG IRONS WERE SOMETHING THAT I, I PLAYED VERY WELL. I WASN'T THE GREATEST WEDGE PLAYER SO I SPENT A LOT OF TIME SINCE I'VE BEEN ON TOUR, WITH MY WEDGES, AND I THINK THAT, FOR SOME REASON, I'M NOT THE GREATEST LONG IRON PLAYER. I READ THE ARTICLE THAT LISA MICKEY WROTE IN GOLF WORLD THIS WEEK, AND ANNIKA SORENSTAM WAS QUOTED AS SAYING: IMPROVE LONG IRON AND PLAY AND CONTINUED WORK ON HER SHORT GAME AND SHE WILL MAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL AND I HAVE TO AGREE WITH ANNIKA IN THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE, AND I AM WORKING ON MY LONG IRONS, TO TRY TO HIT THEM BETTER.

I CARRY A 7 WOOD, WHICH IS A GREAT CLUB TO HAVE IN YOUR BAG. YOU WERE ON THE RANGE, THIS WEEK, AT GRAND CYPRESS AND SAW ME HITTING SOME LONG IRONS AND I, YOU KNOW, I HIT THE GREATEST SHOT INTO NUMBER 17 YESTERDAY WITH A 5 IRON, AND IT WAS A TOUGH SHOT AND I PUT IT THREE FEET FROM THE HOLE, AND, SO YOU KNOW, IT COMES AND GOES BUT DEFINITELY MY LONG IRON PLAY IS WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, TIGHTEN THAT UP A LITTLE BIT.

PETER KESSLER
AND WHERE THEY HAD THAT PIN ON 17 YESTERDAY. THERE WAS ONLY THREE FEET TO WORK WITH AROUND THE HOLE. WE'LL TALE A LITTLE ONE AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
(BREAK)

PETER KESSLER
SO WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO BEING NAMED CANADA'S FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR FOR 2000?

LORIE KANE
VERY EXCITED, HOWEVER, IN SAYING THAT, SOMETIMES I HAVE DIFFICULTY ACCEPTING AWARDS LIKE THAT, PARTICULARLY ON AN OLYMPIC YEAR. I HAVE SOME FRIENDS WHO I'VE MET ALONG THE ROAD THAT, FEMALES ATHLETES WHO ARE, YOU KNOW, ANN MOMINY, WHO'S A DIVER, AND I DON'T THINK A CANADIAN HAS EVER WON A MEDAL IN PLATFORM DIVING AND SHE DID. I KNOW I NEVER WON A GOLF TOURNAMENT UP UNTIL THE 2000 SEASON AND I PROBABLY DESERVE THE AWARD BUT IF I COULD SHARE IT I WOULD, YOU KNOW, I, I THINK OLYMPIC ATHLETES WORK SO HARD TO, TO PEAK FOR ONE WEEK EVERY FOUR YEARS AND, WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING, THERE'S A NICE BIG POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW, AND, AND SOMETIMES FOR THOSE FOLKS THERE ISN'T, AND I JUST HAVE A GREAT RESPECT FOR WHAT THEY DO AS ATHLETES AND, BUT I AM HONORED THAT I GOT THE AWARD.

PETER KESSLER
SPEAKING OF THE POT OF GOLF, DOES WINNING BRING WITH IT A SLEW OF NEW ENDORSEMENT OPPORTUNITIES?

LORIE KANE
WELL, NOT REALLY, AND I SAY THAT, THAT THE FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN WITH ME FROM THE BEGINNING ARE STILL WITH ME NOW, AND I THINK THAT THEIR SUPPORT IN THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER IS AS IMPORTANT AS ANY NEW, NEW ENDORSEMENT THAT I'LL EVER HAVE, YOU KNOW, CONTRACTS I WOULD SAY ARE GETTING BETTER BECAUSE OF, OF THE SUCCESS I'VE HAD, BUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT I REPRESENT ARE JUST FANTASTIC AND THE THING I LOVE ABOUT THEM IS THAT THEY WERE THERE WHEN
I REALLY NEEDED THEIR HELP, AND, YOU KNOW, LIKE JERRY MAQUIRE SAYS, LET ME HELP YOU HELP ME, WELL, I WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH COMPANIES THAT I CAN HELP, YOU KNOW THEM DO THEIR BUSINESS THROUGH ME, AND I DEFINITELY HAVE THAT WITH THE COMPANIES THAT I REPRESENT.

PETER KESSLER
THE PHONE LINES ARE BURNING WITH CALLS FROM CANADA, SO WHY DON'T WE START TO TAKE A FEW

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT

PETER KESSLER
14: WE'LL CHECK IN WITH MICHAEL IN ONTARIO. GO AHEAD MICHAEL.

MICHAEL FROM ONTARIO
HI PETER.

PETER KESSLER
HELLO SIR.

MICHAEL FROM ONTARIO
14: I'D LIKE TO FIRST COMMEND YOU ON A FANTASTIC PROGRAM.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

MICHAEL FROM ONTARIO
LORIE, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR RECENT SUCCESS.

LORIE KANE
THANK YOU, MICHAEL.

MICHAEL FROM ONTARIO
AS A CANADIAN I JUST WANTED TO GET YOUR POSITION ON CANADIANS AND ON WOMEN'S GOLF, LOOSING THE DU MAURIER AS THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU'D COMMENT ON THAT.

LORIE KANE
WELL, WE HAVE LOST THE DU MAURIER, MICHAEL, BUT WE HAVE GAINED THE BANK OF MONTREAL, CANADIAN OPEN AND I THINK THAT THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON. UNFORTUNATELY IT ISN'T A MAJOR BUT IT WILL BE AN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AND I THINK WE'LL HAVE A REAL STRONG FIELD TO PLAY IN TORONTO AND I KNOW THAT THE GIRLS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO COMING BACK TO CANADA.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT WAS YOUR FEELING INSIDE WHEN YOU WERE CLEARLY AWARE THAT YOU WERE THE LAST PLAYER TO HIT THE LAST SHOT IN THE LAST DU MAURIER?

LORIE KANE
IT WAS A GUT WRENCHING FEELING. FIRST OF ALL, TO HAVE PLAYED THE WEEK THAT I DID, COMING OFF ST. LOUIS AND I WAS PUMPED FOR THE WHOLE WEEK AND I PROBABLY DID MORE THAN, THAN WHAT I SHOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF PLAYING IN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP AND I BASICALLY RAN OUT OF GAS ON SUNDAY, AND IT'S MY FAULT THAT I DID, BUT I, I ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT, BUT I HAD TO DO IT MY WAY OR AT LEAST TRY TO AND TO KNOW THAT I WAS THE LAST PLAYER TO PUTT IN, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ONLY ABOUT THIS LONG BUT, IT WAS STILL, I HAD A TEAR IN MY EYE, AND IT TOOK A LOT OF COMPOSURE TO MAKE THAT PUTT, AND TO HAVE IT END THE WAY IT DID, DU MAURIER AND DON BROWN AND JOSTIN BRASEN AND THE WHOLE CREW HAVE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE OF WOMEN'S GOLF AND THE LPGA TOUR AND I JUST FELT I OWED THEM A LOT AND I'M SAD TO SEE THEM GO BUT I AM EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW EVENT.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU'RE IN THE PUBLIC EYE AND YOU START TO HAVE SOME OF THOSE DREAMS COME TRUE, MORE PEOPLE WANT MORE OF YOUR TIME, AND I'M GUESSING, FOR YOU, IT'S NOT EASY FOR YOU TO SAY, NO, I CAN'T DO THAT.

LORIE KANE
NO IT ISN'T. THAT IS (LAUGHS) THAT'S ONE OF UH THE THINGS THAT I GUESS I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD CALL IT A FAULT BUT IN ORDER TO REACH YOUR GOALS, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO SAY, I NEED TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR ME AND I HAVE A REAL DIFFICULT TIME DOING THAT.

I HAVE A HARD TIME PUTTING SOMEBODY AHEAD OF ME, BUT I'M LEARNING HOW AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE TIMES, YOU KNOW, WITH THE MEDIA, THEY HAVE A JOB AND I HAVE TO HELP THEM DO THEIR JOB AND IN RETURN THEY HELP ME, YOU KNOW, PUBLICIZE THE COMPANIES I REPRESENT AND ALL OF THAT KIND OF THING, SO, YOU KNOW YOU CAN ORGANIZE YOUR TIME AND I THINK I'M GOING TO LEARN TO ORGANIZE MY TIME A LITTLE BETTER THIS YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
IF IT'S A FAULT IT'S A HAPPY FAULT.

LORIE KANE
(LAUGHS) WELL, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN QUESTIONED AS TO WHETHER OR NOT I'VE DONE TOO MUCH, AND MY PERSONAL FEELING IS THAT I CAN'T DO ENOUGH, THAT I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY AND I'M, I'M TRYING TO MANAGE BOTH MY CAREER AT A HIGH LEVEL AND MAKING THE TOUR THE BEST IT CAN BE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH DAVID WHO'S CALLING FROM ONTARIO. HOW ARE YOU DAVID?

DAVID FROM ONTARIO
GREAT PETER. HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL, THANKS. THANKS FOR CALLING IN.

DAVID FROM ONTARIO
THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE WELCOME

DAVID FROM ONTARIO
LORIE HOW ARE YOU?

LORIE KANE
GREAT DAVID.

DAVID FROM ONTARIO
I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU HOW PROUD WE ARE OF YOU, UP HERE IN CANADA. YOU AND A.J. WE'RE PULLING FOR YOU EVERY WEEK AND

LORIE KANE
THANK YOU

DAVID FROM ONTARIO
MY QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO WE HAVE REALLY SHORT GOLF SEASONS UP HERE AND I'M JUST WONDERING WHAT SET YOU APART, MAYBE FROM THE REST OF US AND WHAT DID YOU DO MAYBE TO GET THAT MUCH BETTER TO MAKE THE TOUR?

LORIE KANE
WELL, I THINK, BOY I DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION OTHER THAN TO TELL YOU THAT I ENJOYED PLAYING GOLF AS AN AMATEUR FOR THE TIME THAT WE HAD AND THEN I WAS GLAD TO PUT THE CLUBS AWAY BECAUSE I DIDN'T GO TO SCHOOL IN THE STATES . I STAYED AT HOME IN CANADA AND WENT TO SCHOOL, SO I PLAYED BASICALLY FROM MAY UNTIL OCTOBER AND DIDN'T PLAY AGAIN UNTIL MAY, BUT I THINK YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, OF WHAT YOU HAVE AND NOT BE AFRAID TO, TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF THROUGH THE SHORT SEASON THAT WE DO HAVE IN CANADA AND DREAM BIG DREAMS.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK, WHY DON'T WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE REALIZATION OF A COUPLE OF THOSE DREAMS

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT

PETER KESSLER
FROM LAST YEAR ON TAPE. WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

(BREAK)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MOMENTS THAT I KNOW THAT ARE INDELIBLY DEEP, INDELIBLY PRINTED ON THAT BRAIN OF YOURS. SO LET'S START OFF WITH THE MICHELOB LIGHT. WE'LL GO TO THE 10TH HOLE AND TAKE A LOOK AT A 10 FOOT BIRDIE PUTT THAT YOU HAVE

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT

PETER KESSLER
AND WE'LL START RIGHT FROM THERE. AND GIVE US A SENSE, GIVEN HOW MANY TIMES YOU'VE BEEN CLOSE OR NEAR TO THIS POSITION OF WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE SO THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO KEEP IT TOGETHER.

LORIE KANE
A LOT. ROSIE HAD JUST MADE A BIRDIE, JUST PRIOR TO ME MAKING THIS PUTT AND FOR SOME REASON, IT, I, I READ, SAW THE LINE REALLY WELL AND I SAID I NEEDED TO MAKE THAT PUTT TO GET THINGS ROLLING ON THE BACKSIDE, AND I WAS QUITE NERVOUS ON THE FRONT NINE SO THIS WAS A, A GOOD THING TO HAPPEN.

PETER KESSLER
SO A THREE SHOT LEAD, YOU COME TO A PAR 3, YOU'RE THINKING MIDDLE OF THE GREEN AT THIS POINT?

LORIE KANE
I'M THINKING THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN AND AS THE VIEWERS WILL SEE AND I REMEMBER QUITE CLEARLY, IT DOES NOT GO TO THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER
IT'S IN A GUY'S POCKET

LORIE KANE
YES, CLOSE.

PETER KESSLER
ACTUALLY

LORIE KANE
AND I THOUGH IT, WELL, THAT LOOKS LIKE I'M AIMING THERE FROM WHERE I SEE IT, BUT ANYWAY, THIS, THIS SHOT... OH I DIDN'T REALIZE IT LANDED

PETER KESSLER
IT IS

LORIE KANE
IN THAT LADIES POCKET, YOUR RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
WHAT DO YOU TELL YOURSELF WALKING UP TO THE GREEN AT THIS POINT? I'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.

LORIE KANE
BEEN HERE BEFORE, AND LIKE AMY ALCOTT SAID, THESE ARE THE TYPES OF SHOTS THAT YOU REMEMBER. NOT THE BRILLIANT ONES BUT THE GREAT SAVES AND THIS WAS THE TOURNAMENT RIGHT HERE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU TRIED TO LOB IT INTO THE HEAVY STUFF?

LORIE KANE
YES, I HAD TO HIT IT IN THERE BECAUSE THE GREEN KIND OF SLOPED AWAY FROM ME AND I, I WAS VERY FORTUNATE THAT I GOT AWAY WITH IT.

PETER KESSLER
AND THIS IS AN EMINENTLY MISABLE PUTT.

LORIE KANE
YES, BECAUSE ROSIE AGAIN, AND SHE'S THE ONE THAT'S PUSHING ME, SHE WAS, SHE HAD A GOOD SHOT AT BIRDIE THERE AND I JUST HAD TO TAP IT IN AND AWAY WE WENT.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU COULD DO AWAY WE WENT ALL THE TIME, THERE WOULD BE NEVER BE A BAD MOMENT, AWAY WE WENT.

LORIE KANE
THERE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN 9 SECONDS.

(PETER AND LORIE LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK NOW, WE'RE AT NUMBER 12, AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE YOUR APPROACH, WHICH ACTUALLY WORKS OUT REASONABLY WELL IF YOU REMEMBER.

LORIE KANE
I DO, AND I REMEMBER THIS SWING, AND YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TELL YOU TO REMEMBER THE BEST SWINGS AND YOU CAN CARRY THEM WITH YOU A LONG TIME. THIS SWING RANKS RIGHT UP THERE.

PETER KESSLER
VERY THREE QUARTERISH BACKSWING. WASN'T IT?

LORIE KANE
YEAH I, IT WAS NOT A FULL SHOT. I THINK I HAD 8 IRON THERE, BUT IT WASN'T A FULL 8 IRON.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WE'RE CATCHING YOU WALKING UP 18.

LORIE KANE
I GRABBED DANNY BECAUSE I FELT I WAS WALKING BY MYSELF AND I SAID WHERE HE IS, BECAUSE HE AND I HAVE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS, AND IF HE WAS TO LIFT THOSE GLASSES I KNOW THERE WAS A COUPLE OF TEARS IN HIS EYES.

PETER KESSLER
PROBABLY WHY HE KEPT THEM ON.

LORIE KANE
YEAH I THINK SO.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND AT THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT? DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU EXPECTED?

LORIE KANE
UM I THINK, I THINK I, I HAD THE FEELING I KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT WITH THE FANS CHEERING, IT WAS A GREAT STADIUM GREEN WITH, WITH ALL THE PEOPLE THERE. IT SURPRISED ME THAT AS MANY PLAYERS STAYED AROUND TO DOUSE ME IN SOME GREAT COLD MICHELOB LIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S SORT OF THE GREATEST HONOR IN A WAY, ISN'T IT?

LORIE KANE
IT IS

PETER KESSLER
THAT YOUR PEERS SAY GREAT

LORIE KANE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND THEY STICK AROUND TO TELL YOU SO.

LORIE KANE
WELL SO MANY PLAYERS HAD APOLOGIZED FOR WINNING WHEN I HAD FINISHED 2ND AND FOR THEM TO BE WITH ME, AND, NOW THAT PUTT, I DON'T REALLY KNOW. MY HANDS WERE SHAKING ON THAT PUTTER SO I JUST SAID JUST HIT IT AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL HIT THE HOLE AND GO IN.

PETER KESSLER
THIS ONE DID.

LORIE KANE
THAT ONE DID.

(GALLERY CHEERING)

PETER KESSLER
AND HOW GREAT IS IT FOR THESE PLAYERS AND, AND PARTICULARLY FOR ANNIKA, WHO WITH KARRIE, HAS BEEN THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD THE LAST 5, 6 YEARS, TO STICK AROUND AND LET YOU KNOW.

LORIE KANE
WELL IT SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THEM PETER, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE OUT THERE WORKING AS INDIVIDUALS BUT WE'RE ALL PULLING FOR EACH OTHER AND, AND WANTING THE TOUR TO BE THE BEST IT CAN BE AND I THINK THAT THAT SHOWS A LOT TO THE LADIES THAT STAYED BEHIND TO, YOU KNOW, TO CELEBRATE WITH ME IN THE VICTORY, AND ANNIKA'S BECOME A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND I'VE LEARNED A LOT FROM HER AND I KNOW I WILL CONTINUE TO LEARN A LOT FROM HER. SHE'S A DEFINITE TRUE CHAMPION, BUT FOR HER TO STAY AROUND, THAT TOURNAMENT WAS HER TOURNAMENT AND WE BOTH NOW HAVE GREAT FRIENDS IN ST. LOUIS AND PARTICULARLY WITH THE ANHEISER BUSCH FOLKS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE BEEN WITH DANNY SHARP SINCE YOU'VE BEEN ON THIS TOUR, GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT THAT PARTNERSHIP MEANT AND FELT LIKE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS TOURNAMENT THAT YOU'D FINALLY GOTTEN THERE TOGETHER.

LORIE KANE
WELL, WE, WE I DON'T KNOW, WE WAITED A LONG TIME. WE WORKED SO HARD AND HE'S BEEN SO POSITIVE AND AS DISAPPOINTED AS I WOULD HAVE BEEN, OF ALL THE SECONDS, HE NEVER SHOWED ANY SIGN OF DISAPPOINTMENT. HE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT HOW, THE GOOD THINGS THAT WE DID AND THAT WE'RE BUILDING AND I THINK THE PLAN WAS, YOU KNOW, THE SCRIPT WAS WRITTEN THAT WE NEEDED TO FINISH SECOND NINE TIMES BEFORE WE WON AND THAT WE WILL WIN A LOT MORE BECAUSE WE HAVE A STRONG FIRM FOUNDATION THAT WE BUILT TOGETHER AND WE KNOW ON THE GOLF COURSE THAT THERE'S NOTHING THAT EITHER ONE OF US CAN'T HANDLE
AND HE'S A GREAT GUY.

YOU KNOW HE WAS A GOOD PLAYER AND PROBABLY COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT BETTER HAD I NOT STOLEN FROM HIS GAME, BUT HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME SURPRISES ME EVERYDAY WITH THE THINGS THAT HE COMES UP WITH FOR ME TO WORK ON OR THE THINGS THAT HE SAYS TO ME TO REAFFIRM THAT EVERYTHING I'M DOING IS, WE'RE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND HE'S JUST AN ALL AROUND GREAT GUY.

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT AFTER THE TOURNAMENT, THE SAME WEEK, AFTER YOU WON, OF COURSE WAS YOUR MOM'S BIRTHDAY.

LORIE KANE
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOU GIVE HER?

LORIE KANE
I GAVE HER MY ROLEX. ROLEX SPONSORS THE FIRST TIME WINNERS. WE RECEIVE A ROLEX, SO, I TOLD MY MOM WHEN I JOINED THE TOUR IN 1996 THAT THE FIRST ROLEX I GOT WOULD BE HERS AND IT JUST SO HAPPENED THAT IT WAS VERY CLOSE TO HER BIRTHDAY AND WE PHONED FROM THE GREEN AND I SAID HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM. SHE'S WEARING A ROLEX. I ALSO BOUGHT MYSELF A ROLEX BECAUSE LAURA DAVIES TOLD ME, SHE SAID LORIE, IT'S A GREAT GESTURE, YOU GIVING YOUR WATCH TO YOUR MOM, BUT THERE'S NOTHING, NOT A BETTER FEELING THAN TO LOOK AT YOUR WRIST AND KNOW WHAT YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED AND I AGREED WITH HER A HUNDRED PERCENT, SO, WE BOTH HAVE ONE.

PETER KESSLER
THE RUMOR IS YOUR MOM WEARS IT IN THE SHOWER, EVEN.

LORIE KANE
WELL, MOM, NO, NOT, I DON'T THINK SO. SHE'LL BE VERY, SHE'S VERY CAUTIOUS WITH HER WATCH.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK

LORIE KANE
ALRIGHT

PETER KESSLER
AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK, DON'T GO AWAY.

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(Not that) Jutanugarn shares lead with (not that) Ko

By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 1:58 am

LOS ANGELES - A player eager for her first win and a rookie top the leaderboard at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Lurking two shots back is a Hall of Famer.

Winless Moriya Jutanugarn overcame a poor start and birdied the 18th for a hard-earned 1-under 70 to tie rookie Jin Young Ko at 9 under on Saturday at Wilshire Country Club.

Ko shot a 66 in her bid to become the year's first two-time LPGA winner. She won the Women's Australian Open in February, her first victory as an official tour member after a successful run on the Korean LPGA circuit.

''I'm ready for win or top 10, so maybe tomorrow I will really focus on shot by shot,'' said Ko, who added an exclamation point to her golf bag for each of her wins on the KLPGA. ''I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12. I need more, I need every time motivation.''

Jutanugarn is trying to match younger sister Ariya as a tour champion. Seven-time winner Ariya was tied for 27th after a 72 in the third round.

Usually when one of the Thai sisters is in the lead, the other will watch when her round is finished.

''If she's not too lazy, she is probably going to come out,'' Moriya said about Ariya.

Playing in an all-Korean threesome, Hall of Famer Inbee Park was two shots back in third after a 69. Her birdie putt for a share of the lead on 18 slid just by the hole. The group drew a large contingent of Korean fans.


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''I kind of started off a little bad. I was able to come back strong, so I'm really happy with that,'' Park said. ''I left a few putts out there. The greens around this golf course are just really tough. You just don't know what's going to happen.''

Moriya Jutanugarn's round included a double bogey on the par-4 first hole and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. She eagled the par-4 14th after holing out from the fairway 93 feet away. The ball took once bounce and went in, eliciting a stunned look from Jutanugarn before she high-fived her caddie.

''Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and like trying to come back,'' Jutanugarn said. ''I just try to play my game and be patient out there I think is the key.''

Jutanugarn, the second-round leader, read the break perfectly on a long putt to make birdie on 18 and share the lead with Ko.

Playing two groups ahead of Jutanugarn, Caroline Inglis also eagled the 14th from 180 yards. She briefly jumped up and down and smiled after three bogeys and a double bogey. She shot a 69 and was four shots back in a tie for sixth with Minjee Lee.

''It was like one bounce and then it like trickled in,'' Inglis said.

Aditi Ashok eagled 14 early in the round.

Ko did some scrambling of her own. Her ball found a sandy hazard on the 17th with a scoreboard and a winding creek in between her and the green 190 yards away. Her approach landed just off the green and she made par. Her round included six birdies and a bogey on 16.

Eun-Hee Ji (70) and American Marina Alex (72) were tied for fourth at 6 under.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng shot a 70 and was in a six-way tie for 12th at 2 under.

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Defending champs Singh, Franco take senior lead

By Associated PressApril 22, 2018, 12:15 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

''It was a tough day,'' Singh said. ''The wind was swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts. Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.''

Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course.

''We just paired well together,'' Toms said. ''I don't think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there.''

Wind and rain is expected Sunday when the teams finish at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

''Make as many birdies as possible and see what happens,'' Singh said. ''That's all we can do.''

Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.


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Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

''It's great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,'' Olazabal said. ''We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it's always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.''

Langer took the final-round forecast in stride.

''We've done it hundreds of times before and we'll probably do it again,'' Langer said. ''We'll make the best of it. We both have a good attitude. We're known to play in all sorts of weather and I just look forward to playing one more day with my partner here.''

Wisconsin neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.

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Landry shares Valero lead, eyes first career win

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 11:15 pm

After coming up just short of a breakthrough win earlier this season, Andrew Landry has another chance to earn his maiden victory at the Valero Texas Open.

Landry came within inches of winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, ultimately losing to Jon Rahm in a four-hole playoff. He struggled to find form in the wake of his close call, missing the cut in each of his four starts following his runner-up finish in Palm Springs.

But Landry took some time off to welcome his first child, Brooks, last month and he made it to the weekend in his first start back last week at the RBC Heritage, where he finished T-42. He made a move up the standings Saturday at TPC San Antonio with a bogey-free 67, and at 13 under shares the lead with Zach Johnson heading into the final round.

"I just did everything really good," Landry told reporters. "I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat, and I had a couple bad putts that I didn't really make. I'm happy with it, it's a good 5-under round. Gets me in the final group tomorrow and we'll see what happens."


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Landry started the day one shot off the pace and in the final group with Johnson and Ryan Moore, and at one point he took sole possession of the lead after birdies on three of his first six holes. Now he'll have another chance in the day's final tee time where he's grouped with Johnson and Trey Mullinax, who sits one shot back after firing a course-record 62 in the third round.

For Landry, it's another opportunity to break into the winner's circle, and it's one for which he feels prepared after coming so close three months ago.

"I mean, I don't want to go too deep into it because I don't want to sound cocky or anything, but I just believe in myself. There's no other explanation for it," Landry said. "You can totally get out here and play with Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, two top players in the world, and you can go out there and fold under pressure or you can learn a lot.

"Zach's always been a role model to me the way he plays golf, I feel like we have very similar games, and it's just going to be fun tomorrow getting to play with him again."

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Z. Johnson, Landry share 54-hole Texas Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 10:56 pm

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax.

Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio's AT&T Oaks. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67.

Johnson won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is trying to win for the first time since the 2015 British Open.

''I've got 18 holes to get to that point,'' Johnson said. ''I've got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole. 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.''

The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour.

''I'm a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today,'' Landry said. ''I'll be looking forward to tomorrow.''

Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11.

''It's probably one of the best rounds I've ever had,'' Mullinax said. ''To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.''

Johnson played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 on the back nine.


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''Different wind today early on, misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above,'' Johnson said. ''But truthfully, 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.''

Landry had a bogey-free round.

''I just did everything really good,'' Landry said. ''I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.''

Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O'Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under.

''I just feel like I'm getting closer and closer to playing better and better golf, more solid golf, putting rounds together,'' Walker said. ''I'm excited for the opportunity tomorrow.''

Mullinax has made 42 of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week.

''They just kind of remind me of greens from home,'' Mullinax said. ''My caddie, David (Flynn), has been reading them really well. We trusted each other on our reads and I've been hitting good putts. Been working hard on putting on the weeks off that I've had so it's good to see some results.''

The 25-year-old former Alabama player chipped in for the eagle on 14 and the birdie on the par-3 16th.

''It was just a little bit down the hill,'' he said about the 16th. ''All you had to do was just land it just past that little light grass spot. My caddie told me just read it like a putt, so I tried to just read it like a putt and it went in.''

On 18, he hit a 3-iron from 255 yards to 15 feet to set up his eagle putt. He broke the course record of 63 set by Matt Every in 201 and matched by Laird in 2013. The tournament record is 60 at LaCantera, by Bart Bryant in 2004 and Johnson in 2009.