Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 26, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT, NICE ABOUT JAY AT THIS POINT/

CURTIS STRANGE
I DO, I, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME AS I'VE SAID WE WERE ROOMIES FOR A LONG TIME AT WAKE IN AMATEUR GOLF, BUT YOU KNOW, JAY'S BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OVER THE

YEARS AND HE'S BEEN, HE'S BEEN THROUGH A LOT WITH ME AND I THINK OUR FRIENDSHIP HAS, WITH, YOU KNOW WITHSTOOD A LOT OF THINGS, YOU KNOW,

DINNER, DINNERS AND PEOPLE AUTOGRAPH MY, I'M ASKED TO AUTOGRAPH AND IGNORE HIM AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND THINGS THAT COULD HAVE TURNED HIM OFF SO TO JAY,

YOU KNOW, THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE IT'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS PLAYING REAL WELL THERE FOR A TIME IT WAS TOUGH ON HIM I'M SURE AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT ONCE

IN A WHILE BUT HEY YOU KNOW FRIENDSHIPS ARE THERE TO SURVIVE ALL THE TOUGH TIMES SO

PETER KESSLER
AND ONE OF YOU NEEDED TO HAVE PATIENCE.

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL THAT'S TRUE. HE HAS TOO MUCH. I TELL YOU. HE, HE MAKE ME SO MAD SOMETIMES BECAUSE HE HAS SO MUCH TALENT AND HE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH

YOU KNOW, KICK AND, AND SO WE, YOU KNOW, I'D GO AFTER HIM ONCE IN A WHILE BUT HE'S DONE ALRIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE '85 MASTERS THAT YOU FIGURE IN YOUR HEAD YOU SHOULD HAVE WON BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH YOU STARTED WITH AN 80 IN THE FIRST ROUND

CURTIS STRANGE
THANKS FOR BRINGING UP THIS.

PETER KESSLER
NOT A PROBLEM

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND 65 IN THE SECOND AND A FOUR SHOT LEAD WITH NINE HOLES TO PLAY AND DIDN'T WIN. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM NOT WINNING THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO APPLY LATER WHEN YOU GOT INTO A SIMILAR SITUATION?

CURTIS STRANGE
THAT IT HURTS SO MUCH THAT I REALLY IN ALL MY POWER WAS NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. SIMPLE AS THAT. YEAH YOU MISS HIT SHOTS, YOU MISS PUTTS

I MADE SOME MISTAKES AND UH IT WAS A TOUGH, TOUGH TIME AFTER THAT... THE, THE BEST THING I COULD EVER DO WAS IMMEDIATELY GET BACK IN CONTENTION AND HOPEFULLY WIN AND IT TOOK A WHILE BUT I, I WON A, A BIG TOURNAMENT AGAINST NORMAN AND NICKLAUS HEAD TO HEAD AT CANADA LATER THAT YEAR

IN AUGUST AND I WON AND, AND AS WE SEE THE FOUR WOOD SHOT, IT WAS, PEOPLE HAVE SECOND GUESSED THE DECISION AND I GUESS MAYBE HINDSIGHT THERE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE COULD HAVE LAID UP, BUT YOU KNOW, I GOT BACK

IN CONTENTION IN CANADA AND WON AND IT KIND OF ERASED SOME OF THE HURT AND SOME OF THE MEMORIES BUT IT'S ALWAYS THERE. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THAT GOT AWAY THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE MISTAKES YOU MADE WERE INTELLECTUAL MISTAKES OR PHYSICAL MISTAKES COMING DOWN

CURTIS STRANGE
BOTH

PETER KESSLER
THE STRETCH?

CURTIS STRANGE
BOTH. THE FOUR WOOD IS PROBABLY A TIME THAT I COULD HAVE LAID UP AT THE TIME BUT YOU KNOW YOU GOT TO REMEMBER, AUGUSTA NATIONAL, EVERYBODY'S MAKING BIRDIES ON THE BACKSIDE. I FELT LIKE I HAD TO MAKE

BIRDIES. I'M DOING WHAT I THINK I, YOU KNOW, I'M DOING WHAT I THINK IS BEST UNDER THE HEAT OF COMPETITION, YOU KNOW, I'M MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS. I'M NOT OUT THERE TRYING TO LOOSE THIS DAMN THING, OKAY? I MEAN IT WAS

THE FIRST TIME I GOT, I GOT ONE ARM IN THE GREEN JACKET AND I CAN'T GET THE OTHER ONE IN AND IT'S JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT IT, I MEAN EVERYTHING ABOUT AUGUSTA NATIONAL. WE ALL GREW UP, YOU KNOW, DREAMING ABOUT THERE AND THE OPEN AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT,

YOU KNOW, I BOGIED 13 AND THEN WENT ON AND PLAYED PRETTY SOLID. I HIT A GOOD SHOT INTO 15 AND IT DIDN'T CARRY FAR ENOUGH, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT HAPPENS, BUT IT WAS A, IT WAS A TOUGH PILL.

PETER KESSLER
NOW THERE'S ONE SHOT THAT A LOT OF US THINK OF AS BEING THE EPITOME OF GREAT INTELLECTUAL AND PHYSICAL CONTROL AND THAT WAS YOUR BUNKER SHOT AT THE COUNTRY CLUB, 72ND HOLE,

TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT IT UP AND DOWN TO GET IN A PLAY OFF WITH NICK FALDO, WHICH YOU WON THE NEXT DAY AT A TIME WHEN YOU WERE THE TWO BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. AS WE GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOU GETTING READY TO HIT THAT SHOT,

TELL US HOW CLOSE TO YOUR ROUTINE YOU WERE ABLE TO STAY GIVEN THE SITUATION YOU WERE IN.

CURTIS STRANGE
EVERYTHING. EXACTLY THE SAME ROUTINE. HAD TO. THE ROUTINE GAVE ME TIME TO COLLECT MYSELF, AND I'M NOT, I'M NOT BLOWING SMOKE AT YOU NOW BECAUSE IT TURNED OUT OKAY, BUT

WHEN YOU GO THROUGH YOUR ROUTINE, WHAT IT DOES IS GIVE YOU TIME TO COLLECT YOURSELF. YOU DON'T THINKING ABOUT I'M NOT AT THIS POINT IN THIS BUNKER SAYING OH MY GOD, THIS IS FOR THE U.S. OPEN. I'M IN THERE SAYING, I'VE DONE THIS A MILLION TIMES,

YES THIS IS A BIG SHOT. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE SHOT. JUST PULL IT OFF. AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I HAD PRESSURE BECAUSE I JUST THREE PUTTED THE HOLE BEFORE AND I HAD THAT EATING AT ME TOO, BUT THIS WAS A SIMPLE SHOT, JUST

DO IT. YOU KNOW, THAT'S PART OF BEING A COMPETITOR, THAT'S PART OF BEING GOOD IS THAT, YOU KNOW, PHYSICAL ABILITY DOESN'T MAKE YOU GOOD, IT'S BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THE SITUATION, HANDLE YOUR NERVES, HANDLE THE ADRENALIN AND, AND VINEGAR RUNNING

THROUGH YOUR VEINS AND, AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I MEAN IT'S ALL THE ABOVE. IT'S NOT JUST THE ABILITY TO HIT GOLF SHOTS. IT'S ALL THE ABOVE TO GET IT IN THE HOLE AND WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THERE ANY SENSE OF RELIEF AFTER THE SHOT CAME OUT OF THE BUNKER AND NESTLED DOWN RIGHT NEXT TO THE HOLE?

CURTIS STRANGE
YOU SAW THE SMIRK DIDN'T YOU?

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) YEAH BUT I ALWAYS SEE THE SMIRK AND I NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS.

CURTIS STRANGE
THAT ONE WAS OKAY AND THEN, YOU KNOW, JUST A, IT WAS A MOST IMPORTANT SHOT OF MY LIFE, THE BUNKER SHOT, BECAUSE IT GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO IN THE PLAY OFF HERE THE NEXT DAY AND TO BEAT NICK. IF I DON'T PULL

THAT SHOT OFF, THEN I'M DEAD. THIS WAS AT 13. WE WERE, I THINK I WAS ONE UP AT THIS POINT, BUT THIS WAS A TOUGH PUTT DOWN THE HILL AND IT, I CAN'T SAY I READ ABOUT THE EIGHT BREAKS IN IT BUT IT WENT RIGHT IN THE HEART.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

CURTIS STRANGE
AND UH YOU KNOW I WENT THREE UP AT THIS TIME AND NOW, NOW THERE'S PRESSURE BECAUSE IT'S MINE UNLESS I STEP ON MY FOOT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH NOW HERE'S NICK PUTTING FOR PAR WHICH HE DOESN'T MAKE AND THAT GIVES YOU THE THREE SHOT LEAD.

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH

IT'S FUNNY, I REMEMBER MOST OF THE SHOTS IN THE PLAY OFF. I REMEMBER EVERY SHOT ON SUNDAY. THAT ALWAYS JUST, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST, IT'S JUST KIND OF WHAT YOU DO, AND, AND WE PLAY WELL. THIS, THIS IS COMING UP 18

WINNING AND THE FIST YOU'LL SEE, TI... YOU DON'T SEE IT THERE BUT I, DAVE MARR WHO WAS A FAN OF EVERYONE'S AND HE MADE EVERYONE FEEL VERY SPECIAL AND HE WAS IN THE BOOTH AND

I WENT UP AND SHOOK MY FIST OF SUCCESS AT HIM, RIGHT THERE AND DAVE CAME OUT OF THE WINDOW AND SHOOK IT BACK AND SAID WELL DONE. AND UH

PETER KESSLER
THINKING ABOUT YOUR DAD A LITTLE BIT

CURTIS STRANGE
THIS ONE WAS SPECIAL.

PETER KESSLER
COMING UP THIS HOLE?

CURTIS STRANGE
UH, AFTER THE FACT. IMMEDIATELY WHEN THE LAST PUTT WENT IN, YES. GOSH WE'RE ALL IN TEARS. I WAS IN TEARS, SARAH WAS IN TEARS, ROSSIE WAS IN TEARS TRYING TO INTERVIEW ME AND MY

BROTHER WHO WAS RIGHT THERE CAME IN OVER NIGHT. WHEN HE WALKED OFF THE GREEN HE YELLED AT ME, AND, AND I COULDN'T HEAR HIM. HE SAYS WELL...

HE'S OKAY NOW.

PETER KESSLER
AND HE WENT HOME AFTER THAT. HE DIDN'T STICK AROUND FOR THE EVENING FESTIVITIES.

CURTIS STRANGE
HE CAME, HE SAID THAT HE NEEDED ME IF HE'D LOST.

PETER KESSLER
PRETTY GREAT RELATIONSHIP. YOU'RE A LUCKY FELLOW. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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Honda leaders face daunting final day

By Randall MellFebruary 25, 2018, 12:46 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The winner may need a cut man in his corner more than he needs a caddie on his bag in Sunday’s finish to the Honda Classic.

Smelling salts might come in handy, too.

“It just feels like you are getting punched in the face every single hole here,” Daniel Berger said of the test PGA National’s Champion Course offers. “Every single shot is so hard.”

Final rounds have been especially rough and tumble since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National in 2007.

That usually makes Sundays here as much about who can figuratively take a punch as who can throw one.

Luke List will have his jaw tested after taking sole possession of the lead Saturday with a second consecutive round of 4-under-par 66, but he can take comfort in the fact that punishment is doled plentifully around here.

“Just realizing that everyone is facing the same obstacles out there is huge,” List said. “You're not alone out there, if you make a bogey or a bad swing here or there.”

At 7-under 203, List is one shot ahead of a pair of major championship winners, Justin Thomas (65) and Webb Simpson (66). He is two ahead of Tommy Fleetwood (67), the reigning European Tour Player of the Year, and Jamie Lovemark (68).

List, 33, is seeking his first PGA Tour title in his 104th start. He will have to hold off some heavyweights, including Tiger Woods (69), who is seven shots back but feeling like he has a chance again. Woods closed with a 62 here six years ago when he finished second to Rory McIlroy.

“You never know what can happen the last few holes here,” Woods said. “A lot of things can happen and have happened in the past.”

Amen.


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Crazy things have happened here.

Three years ago, Padraig Harrington was five shots down with eight holes to play and won. He made two double bogeys in the final round but ended up beating Berger in a playoff.

Berger, by the way, was nine shots back entering the final round.

That was the year Ian Poulter took a share of lead into Sunday, hit five balls in the water and still finished just a shot out of the playoff.

Last year, Rickie Fowler made four bogeys and a double bogey in the final round and still won by four shots.

List will have a heavyweight playing alongside him in the final pairing, with 24-year-old Justin Thomas looking to claim his eighth PGA Tour title. Thomas was last season’s PGA Tour Player of the Year.

List has never held a 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event.

“You guys build up certain players,” List said. “I know I'll be an underdog going against Justin Thomas and guys like that, which is fine.”

There is some inspiration for List in what Ted Potter Jr. did two weeks at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Potter, largely unknown even though he already had a PGA Tour title to his credit, held off stars Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day in the final round to win. 

Thomas earned the right to play alongside List in the final pairing Sunday with his 65, which equaled the low round of the tournament.

Thomas makes his home in nearby Jupiter and knows the punishment the Champion Course can dish out.

“It's a difficult course,” Thomas said. “If you let it get to you, it can be frustrating, but if you go into it understanding and realizing it's difficult, you just kind of embrace it and deal with it.”

Thomas played the Bear Trap’s trio of daunting holes (Nos. 15-17) in 2 under on Saturday. He birdied the 15th and 17th holes.

Fleetwood got in contention Saturday with a pair of eagles. He’s a four-time European Tour winner.

“I would love to get my first win on the PGA Tour this week,” he said. “It’s just great to be out here. It's great to be playing on courses like this that are such a test of every part of your game.”

Alex Noren, a nine-time European Tour winner, is also seeking his first PGA Tour title. He is three shots back. He lost in a playoff to Day at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.

Though this is just Noren’s second start at the Honda Classic, he knows how wildly momentum can swing on the Champion Course. He shot 65 Saturday after shooting 75 on Friday.

“I’m a few back, but anything can happen,” Noren said.

That’s the theme around here.

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Thomas: Winning hometown Honda would 'mean a lot'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is trying to join Rickie Fowler as a winner of his hometown event.

Thomas will play in the final group alongside Luke List on Sunday at the Honda Classic after matching the low round of the week with a 5-under 65. He is at 6-under 204, one shot back of List.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is one of several residents of nearby Jupiter. After Fowler won last year, Thomas (who missed the cut) returned to the course to congratulate his neighbor on his fourth Tour title.

“I hope I give him the opportunity or the choice to come back,” Thomas said. “But I’ve got a lot of golf in front of me before I worry about him coming here.”


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More important to Thomas, however, is winning this event, which is played at PGA National, one of the most difficult non-major courses on Tour.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It means a lot to win any golf tournament, but it would mean more because of how prestigious this golf tournament is and the list of winners that have won this event, how strong of a field it is, how difficult of a golf course.

“A decent number of my wins have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

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Woods paired with hotshot rookie Burns at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:38 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rookie Sam Burns will be in the biggest spot of his career Sunday – playing alongside Tiger Woods.

Burns, the reigning Nicklaus Award winner who turned pro after two standout years at LSU, will go off with Woods at 12:45 p.m. at the Honda Classic.

Burns, 20, who earned his Web.com Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the Web.com money list this year, after a tie for second two weeks ago in Colombia.


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Burns and Woods are tied for 11th, at even-par 210.

Sunday is an important round for Burns, who can earn a spot into the Valspar Championship with a top-10 finish here.

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List leads Honda; Thomas one back

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Luke List, one of a legion of PGA Tour players who live in Jupiter, just two exits up I-95 from PGA National, shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Honda Classic. Here's how things stand going into the final round at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Luke List (-7), Justin Thomas (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Tommy Fleetwood (-5), Jamie Lovemark (-5), Alex Noren (-4) 

What it means: Leader List has played well this season, with no finish lower than T-26 in six starts. Thomas, of course, is the reigning Player of the Year. The next best pedigree among the leaders belongs to Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour titles.

Round of the day: Thomas and Noren both shot 5-under 65s. Thomas made two of his six birdies in the Bear Trap (at the par 3s, Nos. holes 15 and17), while Noren played that stretch (15-17) in 1 over. Noren made his hay elsewhere, including an eagle at the last that canceled out his two bogeys.


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Best of the rest: List, Simpson and Kelly Kraft all shot 66.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 76, Jimmy Walker probably thought he was back on track with a 68 that allowed him to make the cut. Alas, the improvement was temporary, as he ballooned back to a 74 on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Tommy Fleetwood hit a fairway wood from 282 yards to within 8 feet of the cup on the 18th hole. He then made the putt for his second eagle of the day.

Quote of the day: "The course played a fair bit easier with not as much wind." - Thomas

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: List may be in the lead, but most eyes will be on Thomas, a five-time winner last year who has yet to lift a trophy in 2018. And of course, more than a few people will be keeping tabs on Tiger Woods. He'll begin the day seven shots back, trying to channel Tiger of 2012 - when he posted a 62 on Sunday at PGA National (which was good only for a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy).