Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 4
DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT, NICE ABOUT JAY AT THIS POINT/
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
AND ONE OF YOU NEEDED TO HAVE PATIENCE.
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.
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
THANKS FOR BRINGING UP THIS.
NOT A PROBLEM
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?
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.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE MISTAKES YOU MADE WERE INTELLECTUAL MISTAKES OR PHYSICAL MISTAKES COMING DOWN
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.
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.
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.
WAS THERE ANY SENSE OF RELIEF AFTER THE SHOT CAME OUT OF THE BUNKER AND NESTLED DOWN RIGHT NEXT TO THE HOLE?
YOU SAW THE SMIRK DIDN'T YOU?
(LAUGHS) YEAH BUT I ALWAYS SEE THE SMIRK AND I NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS.
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.
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.
YEAH NOW HERE'S NICK PUTTING FOR PAR WHICH HE DOESN'T MAKE AND THAT GIVES YOU THE THREE SHOT LEAD.
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
THINKING ABOUT YOUR DAD A LITTLE BIT
THIS ONE WAS SPECIAL.
COMING UP THIS HOLE?
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.
AND HE WENT HOME AFTER THAT. HE DIDN'T STICK AROUND FOR THE EVENING FESTIVITIES.
HE CAME, HE SAID THAT HE NEEDED ME IF HE'D LOST.
PRETTY GREAT RELATIONSHIP. YOU'RE A LUCKY FELLOW. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18