Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 5
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NEXT YEAR'S U.S. OPEN. YOU'RE, YOU'RE GOING FOR BACK TO BACK. YOU HAD SHOT A 73 IN THE THIRD ROUND TO PUT YOURSELF A FEW SHOTS BEHIND TOM KITE WHO WAS AWFULLY STEADY IN THOSE DAYS.
AND OF COURSE HE, WHAT DID I SAY?
THREE SHOTS BEHIND.
YOU, YOU WERE THREE?
NO, I THOUGHT YOU SAID A COUPLE.
OH YEAH, THREE, AND THEN HE OF COURSE MADE TRIPLE AS YOU'RE MAKING PAR AFTER PAR AFTER PAR. TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BREAK THROUGH BIRDIE WHICH CAME LATE IN THE ROUND, WHICH LET YOU SEE IF YOU HAD A CHANCE HERE.
WELL, YOU KNOW JUST TO BACK UP JUST FOR A SECOND. I, I WASN'T PLAYING THAT GREAT. ONE ROUND WON THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR ME. THAT WAS THE SECOND ROUND. I SHOT 64 AT OAK HILL. NEVER THOUGHT OAK HILL HAD 64 IN IT BUT I SHOT 64.
I PLAYED A DECENT FIRST ROUND AND A VERY, VERY SUSPECT THIRD ROUND. I GOT THREE BACK AND THEN I WENT TO THE PRACTICE TEE AT DARK, MADE THE PRESS WAIT, MADE EVERYBODY WAIT, I HAD WORK TO DO. WENT RIGHT TO DARK. TILL
9:15 AT NIGHT IN ROCHESTER AND WORKED AND FOUND A BAND-AID. I FOUND A WAY TO CUT EVERY SHOT OUT THERE THE NEXT DAY. AND I SAID WELL I'VE GOT TO TRUST IT. I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING ELSE. I'VE GOT A CHANCE TO WIN, LET'S TRY TO DO IT, AND SO, YOU KNOW, I WENT OUT THERE AND I , THE
LAST COUPLE OF SHOTS ON THE PRACTICE TEE THE NEXT MORNING WERE PRETTY GOOD. I SAID WELL I'M GOING TO, I'M GOING TO GO WITH THIS. I'VE GOT NOTH... YOU KNOW I'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOOSE.
KITE'S NOT GOING TO GIVE IT TO ME I DON'T THINK SO AND UH I WENT OUT THERE AND STARTED MAKING PARS AND PARS AND PARS KNOWING FULL WELL THAT PARS MIGHT WIN. I MEAN IT'S
NOTHING. I'M THINKING TO MYSELF I NEED HELP FROM TOM KITE. IT'S NOT MUCH OF A SLIP FOR HIM TO SHOOT 2 OR 3 OVER PAR AT THIS HARD GOLF COURSE, AND HE HELPED ME OUT A GREAT DEAL.
HE HAD ONE OF HIS WORSE ROUNDS OF HIS CAREER AND, BUT WHEN YOU'RE BEHIND, YOU NEED HELP SOMETIMES AND I PARED IT AND PARED IT AND PARED IT AND THEN CAME TO 16 AND JUST HIT A GOOD DRIVE OR 6 IRON AND FINALLY MADE A PUTT, AND NOW, NOW THE HEAT'S ON. HERE
HE IS AT 16. I MEAN HE COULDN'T HAVE AN EASIER PUTT IN THE WORLD. I MEAN, ME AS A PLAYER ARE THINKING, OKAY, YOU IDIOT, YOU KNOW, RIGHT CENTER, GIVE IT SOME SPEED, AND HIT IT SOLID.
AND UM, AND I'M THINKING YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS COULD BE A BIG PUTT.
SARAH TOLD US LATER THAT'S WHAT SHE WAS THINKING, TOO.
YEAH, PROBABLY, YEAH.
HIT IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOLE, YOU IDIOT, AND HIT IT HARD ENOUGH.
AND NOW ALL I GOT TO DO IS KEEP BREATHING. NOW I JUST DON'T MAKE A MISTAKE AND I CAN WIN.
THE NEXT YEAR YOU GO TO MEDINA AND YOU'VE GOT A CHANCE TO WIN AND YOU DON'T, BUT I HAVE READ IN PRINT THAT YOU SAID THAT THE LIFE WENT OUT OF YOU AND THAT IT WENT OUT OF YOUR GAME AND THAT YOU SENSED THAT YOU WERE NEVER GOING TO QUITE BE THE SAME.
WHEN THE LIFE GOES OUT OF YOU, IT GOES OUT OF EVERYTHING ELSE. SO, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S A SNOWBALL EFFECT AND ALAN AND HIS WIFE, AND, MY BROTHER ALAN AND HIS WIFE AND SARAH AND I WERE IN THE CAR GOING TO THE AIRPORT AND I JUST
THERE WAS SUCH A RELIEF. I MEAN I SUNK DOWN IN THIS, IN THIS BACK SEAT AND JUST, AND I JUST, I'LL NEVER FORGET IT AS LONG AS I LIVE. IT WAS A HUGE WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS. YOU KNOW
I DIDN'T HAVE THIS, I DIDN'T HAVE THIS LITTLE BOY, MY BUDDY THERE FOR TWO YEARS, HE WAS GONE ALL OF A SUDDEN AND UH THAT'S WHAT I CALLED HIM TOO. UH, UH DRANK PLENTY OF BEER OUT OF THAT BUDDY TOO. LET ME TELL YOU.
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU BROKE THE TOP OFF, RIGHT?
THAT'S RIGHT, BUT IT WAS JUST, I DON'T KNOW, IT WAS, IT WAS, I GUESS A, A FEELING OF RELIEF THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ANYMORE BUT I ALSO FELT THAT I GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TO WIN THREE IN A ROW AND I THINK I WASN'T FOOLING MYSELF, I THINK
A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TOO AND, AND I JUST, I CAME CLOSE, YOU CAN COME CLOSE A LOT OF TIMES, PLAY WELL AND NOT WIN AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME AND HALE PLAYED WONDERFUL GOLF AND
AND UM, JUST, IT WAS JUST NOT THE SAME AFTER THAT.
WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU
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Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore
SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.
Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.
He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.
Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.
The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.
''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''
Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.
He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.
Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.
''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''
13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest
Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.
Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.
“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”
Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood after the opening round.
Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings.
McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi
It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.
Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson.
Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.
“I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”
Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.
“Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.
This was his first competitive round in four months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."