Golf Talk Live - Colin Montgomerie Transcript Segment 1
COLIN MONTGOMERIE HAS BUILT A LONG TERM WINNING RECORD AND FOUND A BALANCE OF LIFE THAT MAKES HIM HAPPY. WHY DOESN'T THAT MAKE MONTY'S CRITICS HAPPY? MEET COLIN MONTGOMERIE NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE IS 37 YEARS OLD. AN AGE WHEN SOME PLAYERS BEGIN A FINAL BRILLIANT RUN TO CAP PHENOMENAL CAREERS. SUCCESSFUL PLAYERS CREATE OPTIONS FOR THEMSELVES. WHERE TO LIVE, HOW TO LIVE. WHERE TO PLAY. WHEN TO PLAY. COLIN HAS CREATED THESE OPTIONS FOR HIMSELF THROUGH THE SUSTAINED BRILLIANCE OF HIS PLAYING RECORD.
HE LOST A U.S. OPEN PLAYOFF TO ERNIE ELS AND A PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF TO STEVE ELKINGTON. IF HE HAD WON EITHER OF THOSE MAJORS, HIS CRITICS WOULD HAVE GONE TO PICK ON NEW TARGETS, BUT HE DIDN'T WIN, AND THE
CRITICS DIDN'T GO AWAY. HE'S BEEN THE BEST PLAYER ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, WITH NO ONE IN 2ND PLACE. HE'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE CLUTCH PERFORMER IN RYDER CUP COMPETITIONS, YET WE STILL THINK
MONTY CAPABLE OF MORE. HE COULD WIN THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK AT VALHALLA GOLF CLUB. HE HAS THE PERFECT GAME FOR THE JACK NICKLAUS DESIGN.
HE HITS FAIRWAYS WITH A LITTLE CUT, IDEAL FOR THE MAJORITY OF HOLES WHICH BEND FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. HE IS A SHOT MAKER WHO CAN FIND THE FLAGSTICK ON GREENS THAT PLAY SMALLER THAN THEY APPEAR.
WHEN HE'S ROLLING HIS BALL AT HIS BEST, NO ONE DOES IT BETTER. THIS COULD BE HIS WEEK TO WIN, AND IF HE DOESN'T HE'LL BE BACK TO TRY AGAIN. HE'LL TREAT US TO MORE BREATHTAKING GOLF, AND HE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY TO MAKE HIS LIFE WORK,
TO MAKE HIS FAMILY HAPPY, TO KEEP A HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT.
FROM VALHALLA GOLF CLUB IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, THE SIGHT OF THE 2000 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER, JOINED TONIGHT BY ONE OF THE GAME'S FINEST PLAYERS AND ONE OF IT'S MOST
FASCINATING AND COMPLEX PERSONALITIES, COLIN MONTGOMERIE. GREAT TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU.
I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOUR COMING STRAIGHT OVER TO OUR SET AFTER GETTING OFF AN AIRPLANE RIDE FROM ENGLAND. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH FOR TAKING
NOT AT ALL. NOT AT ALL. GLAD TO BE HERE.
HOW EMOTIONALLY DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU, AN EMOTIONAL GUY, TO LEAVE YOUR THREE YOUNG CHILDREN AND YOUR WIFE IN ENGLAND AND TRAVEL HERE?
VERY DIFFICULT UH THE OLDER THEY UH, THE OLDER THEY GET THE WORSE IT IS UH I MEAN OBVIOUSLY I'M THE SAME AS ANY FATHER LEAVING, LEAVING HOME FOR 2 WEEKS. I'VE GOT THE N.E.C TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEK IN AKRON AND, AND UH
I'VE GOT TWO, TWO WEEKS OVER HERE AND IT'S UH AND IT'S A STRUGGLE TO LEAVE THEM. OF COURSE IT IS. I LOVE THEM ALL VERY DEARLY AND, AND UH, OLIVIA. MY OLDEST NOW SEVEN YEARS OLD AND SHE
UNDERSTANDS AND THE OTHER TWO ARE STILL QUITE YOUNG THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE UH THE TIME IF YOU LIKE BUT UH OLIVIA DOES AND IT'S UH BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT TO LEAVE AS THEY GET OLDER.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE LATE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, DOES THAT GIVE YOU ENOUGH TIME TO ADJUST AND FEEL LIKE YOU'RE REALLY FULLY PREPARED TO PLAY THE BEST GOLF THAT YOU CAN PLAY COME THURSDAY WHEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS?
YOU'RE SAYING THAT AS IF YOU THINK I'M NOT.
UH NO, I'M, I'M, I'M NOT AT ALL. I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T MEAN IT TO COME
OUT THAT WAY IF IT DID.
UH. NO NO, NO NO UH I'VE BEEN BUSY CORPORATELY, YESTERDAY, MONDAY AT HOME AND, AND UH THE EARLIEST PLANE I COULD CATCH WAS TUESDAY MORNING. IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THAT WAY AND, AND UH AND UH COMING OVER HERE,
I'VE DONE IT BEFORE. I'VE, I'VE PLAYED AUGUSTA SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND IT HASN'T WORKED AND WHAT HAVE YOU AND I THINK THIS TIME IT MIGHT WELL DO. IT'S ONLY A 5 HOUR TIME DIFFERENCE. IT'S NOT MUCH.
IT'S NOT LIKE THE WEST COAST WHERE IT'S 8 FOR US. IT'S ONLY 5 HOURS AND, AND UH I CAN COPE WITH THAT. IT'S MUCH EASIER COMING, COMING WEST. GOING HOME IS A LOT TOUGHER UH
FOR THE AMERICANS TO COME OVER FOR THE BRITISH OPEN IS A LOT TOUGHER UH THAN IT IS FOR ME TO COME OVER HERE SO, SO I'LL BE ALRIGHT. I'LL, I'LL HAVE AN EARLY MORNING UH ROUND TOMORROW MORNING. I'LL SEE MY
COACH, PAUL MACHAND, ON THE RANGE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. I GO TO BED EARLY AND UH BE READY FOR IT THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
NOW WHEN YOU'RE ON THE PLANE TODAY, KNOWING YOU'RE COMING TO AMERICA, WHICH YOU IS ON THE PLANE? THE ONE THAT GETS ANGRY AND CLENCHES THE ARMREST AND YOUR TEETH AND SAYS
I'M ANGRY AND I'M GETTING READY TO DEAL WITH THE NONSENSE OR THE YOU THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT, RIGHT NOW I'M RELAXED. I'M PLAYING REALLY GOOD GOLF. I'M GOING TO IGNORE THE
NONSENSE AND I AM GOING TO PLAY THE BEST GOLF THAT I CAN ON A COURSE THAT ABSOLUTELY SUITS MY GAME.
WELL THE LATTER OBVIOUSLY. UH YOU KNOW THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO GOOD COMING OVER HERE WITH ANY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS UH UH IT'S LIKE OVER A SHOT. IF YOU HAVE ANY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT HIT IT UH UH
SO I'VE COME OVER HERE VERY POSITIVE. I MEAN I KNOW I HAVEN'T WON A MAJOR AND I'D LOVE TO DO SO AND MY CAREER WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE AND UH I'M GIVING IT EVERYTHING THAT I CAN UH OH YES I'VE, I'VE ONLY GOT A DAY TO DO IT BUT I FEEL THAT'S, THAT'S
OKAY. YOU KNOW SOMETIMES YOU CAN LEAVE ALL YOUR BEST SHOTS IN PRACTICE ROUNDS. I'VE DONE THAT BEFORE AND COME OUT ON THURSDAY AND LOST IT SO I HAVEN'T GOT THAT PROBLEM THIS TIME UH BUT NO I MEAN I
WAS VERY RELAXED ON THE PLANE. I FELL ASLEEP FOR ABOUT 6 HOURS OF THE, OF THE 9 HOUR FLIGHT AND, AND UH AND UH RARING TO GO.
DOES YOUR WIFE, EMER, SAY TO YOU, COLIN, THIS WEEK, MY SUGGESTION IS IN TERMS OF THE PERSONALITY YOU OUGHT TO WEAR IS
UH SHE JUST TELLS ME TO FOCUS, REALLY, ON, ON UH WHAT I'VE GOT TO DO AND, AND UH DON'T THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN TOO MUCH, DON'T THINK ABOUT ME TOO MUCH, JUST FOCUS ON WHAT YOU'RE THERE FOR, AND IT'S MY
JOB AND UH THANK GOODNESS I'M QUITE GOOD AT IT AND, AND UH..
(CLEARS HIS THROAT)
I JUST FOCUS ON EVERY SHOT, REALLY UH AND NOT THINK ABOUT UH HOME LIFE
TOO MUCH WHEN I'M OUT ON THE COURSE.
I CAN THINK ABOUT IT WHEN I'M FINISHED BUT UH FOR 6 OR 7 HOURS OF THAT DAY AND, I'M, I'M VERY VERY FOCUSED ON WHAT I'M DOING AND I'M HERE TO TRY AND WIN, OBVIOUSLY. I HAVEN'T COME THIS DISTANCE TO FINISH 2ND. I'VE DONE
THAT BEFORE AND UH IT'S NOT A VERY PLEASING UH POSITION TO BE IN. NOBODY REMEMBERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE STATES, WHO FINISHES 2ND UH VERY MUCH THIS COUNTRY IS BASED ON WINNERS AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITY WHEN I WAS OVER HERE.
ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK EVERYBODY SAYS, IN OTHER WORDS, COLIN IS ALWAYS ON SORT OF FIRST DATE BEHAVIOR, BUT BY THE END OF THE WEEK IF A FEW PEOPLE
RUB HIM THE WRONG WAY OR HE ALLOWS IT TO RUB HIM THE WRONG WAY WHEN HE IS HECKLED OR SOMEBODY MAKES A REALLY STUPID COMMENT
THAT YOUR NERVE ENDS FRAY TOO QUICKLY AND THAT YOU DON'T KEEP THE TUESDAY WEDNESDAY ATTITUDE DEEP ENOUGH INTO THE WEEKEND TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE ABLE TO WIN AND PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF ONE SHOT
AT A TIME.
SURE. I THINK UH I THINK THAT WAS TRUE AND I'LL, I'LL HOLD MY HANDS UP AND SAY YOU KNOW THAT UH THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MISTAKES IN THE PAST UH CONGRESSIONAL '97 SPRINGS TO MIND,
THE SECOND DAY, WHEN WE HAD A RAIN DELAY AND I CAME BACK TO FINISH THE LAST UH UH 8 HOLES OF THAT ROUND ALMOST IN DARKNESS AND, AND UH YES UH THAT GOT TO ME AND, AND I ALWAYS REGRET THAT BECAUSE I LOST BY A SHOT
END OF THE DAY TO ERNIE UH BUT SINCE THE RYDER CUP I THINK THINGS HAVE CHANGED AND UH I HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT OF ME AND MY GAME SINCE, SINCE RYDER CUP AT BROOKLINE AND UH
I DON'T ENVISION ANY PROBLEMS UH HERE AND HAVEN'T, HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS SINCE THAT RYDER CUP UH UH UH LAST YEAR.
YOUR PLAY WAS BRILLIANT IN THE RYDER CUP BY ANY STANDARDS. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE RESPECT IN THIS COUNTRY HAS GROWN FOR YOU SINCE THAT TIME AND THAT PEOPLE APPRECIATE YOU FOR WHAT
YOU'RE ABLE TO DO TEE TO GREEN?
I DO INDEED YES UH UH NOT JUST UH TEE TO GREEN BUT UH IT WASN'T EASY OUT THERE AND UH I GOT MORE RESPECT FOR THE WAY THAT I MANAGED TO HANDLE THE SITUATION, BEING IF YOU LIKE
THE TEAM LEADER ON THE COUR. ON THE COURSE UH YES WITH A GREAT CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN AND MARK AND SAM AND KEN BROWN, BUT I FELT THAT UH
FOR THE FIRST TIME I WAS THE, I WAS THE OLDEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM, AT 36. SO IT PROVES A VERY YOUNG TEAM AND IT WAS UP TO ME TO TRY AND TO TRY AND BE THE ON COURSE LEADER AND, AND UH
I KNEW I COULDN'T LET DOWN MY 11 OTHER COLLEAGUES ON THAT TEAM AND, AND UH AND THANK GOODNESS I DIDN'T AND, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SHOW STRENGTH AT THAT TIME AND, AND
UH COME THROUGH THAT BECAUSE IT WASN'T EASY FOR ANY OF US AND, ESPECIALLY ME, AND, AND UH WHEN I PLAY WITH PAUL LAWRIE IT'S FUNNY UH UH AND IT'S NOT LAUWREY, BY THE WAY,
IT'S LAWRIE, OKAY? UH I UH, I UH UH PLAYING WITH HIM, YOU KNOW HE, HE SAID TO ME, PLAYING TIGER AND, AND UH STEVE PATE ON THE SECOND AFTERNOON, HE SAID WELL NOW I REALIZE WHAT YOU
GO THROUGH AND UH THAT MEANT A LOT TO ME, COMING FROM THE OPEN CHAMPION IF YOU LIKE UH TO SAY THAT BECAUSE IT'S.. IT WASN'T EASY FOR HIM OR ME OUT THERE AND, AND UH WE DID OKAY,
YOU DID BETTER THAN OKAY. STICK AROUND. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE.
Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball
Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.
In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.
"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’
Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.
“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.
“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’
Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.
The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving
Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.
The major championships I'm certainly proud of, but Barbara, the kids and my grandkids are the best things to ever happen to me. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/wkma1Q9LlK— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 23, 2017
GC Tiger Tracker:
Mixing Thanksgiving and waiting for a week from today. pic.twitter.com/u9m9WxQNYx— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 23, 2017
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. #Thankful— Steve Stricker (@stevestricker) November 23, 2017
Was reading about Thanksgiving. Originally they ate waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Seems a bit tastier than Turkey!— Frank Nobilo (@FrankNobiloGC) November 23, 2017
Literally food for thought.
Tyrone Van Aswegen:
Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017
Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.
Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan
Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.
Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.
Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:
“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”
Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.
“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”
Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.
“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”
Best Greg story: coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes “Yep, caddied for her, her, her and her” Legend— Matthew Galloway (@matthewgalloway) November 23, 2017
In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.
“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”
Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.
“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”
The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time Tour caddie, Greg Sheridan. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP pic.twitter.com/QKy0YdK249— LPGA (@LPGA) November 22, 2017
Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.
“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.
Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:
Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:
Sad to hear the passning of Greg Sheridan. This photo brings back many memories. Always respected his caddy skills and devotion to womens golf. @natalie_gulbis @LPGA #RIPGreg pic.twitter.com/lHU3Ixz9Vk— Annika Sorenstam (@ANNIKA59) November 23, 2017
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:
Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:
Professional caddies are often overlooked and underrated. But they're just as often the unsung MVP of a player's success. We just lost a great one. RIP Greg Sheridan. He was the 1st to welcome me to my LPGA assignment years ago. He will be missed eternally.— Jerry Foltz (@JerryFoltzGC) November 22, 2017
Rest with the Angels now, Greg Sheridan. ❤️— Christina Kim (@TheChristinaKim) November 22, 2017
LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:
RIP Greg Sheridan. One of the most successful and great caddies of World Golf, period.— Shaun Clews (@shaunclews1973) November 22, 2017
LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:
Sad to here that long time tour caddy Greg Sheridan has passed away! RIP Greg, you will be missed. — Jonny Scott (@stixy76) November 22, 2017
LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:
The world is a sadder place today without our buddy Greg Sheridan, a caddy and a friend for lifetimes...Godspeed buddy— Kevin Casas (@TheKevinCasas) November 23, 2017
LPGA pro Jennie Lee:
So sad to hear the news of long time LPGA caddie Greg Sheridan. I️ remember sitting next to him on the plane from Walmart to the US Open one year and he gave me the best words of wisdom on player/caddie chemistry. He will be missed greatly. Thinking of you @natalie_gulbis ❤️— Jennie Lee (@JennieLeeGolf) November 23, 2017