Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 6
NOW HERE'S A QUESTION, CURTIS, SUBMITTED TO YOU TODAY ON OUR WEBSITE. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU THINK NICK FALDO IS A REALISTIC CAPTAIN'S PICK FOR THIS YEAR'S
EUROPEAN SQUAD IF HE DOESN'T QUALIFY AND WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT
THIS GREAT COMPETITOR WHO'S CAREER IS SO CLOSELY ENTWINED WITH YOURS? TODD UNGER WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.
WELL TODD, I TELL YOU, IT'S, IT'S SAM TORRANCE WILL DO THE SAME THING I'M GOING TO DO WITH HIS TWO CAPTAIN'S PICKS. HE WILL TRY TO FIND THE TWO BEST PLAYERS HE CAN FIND. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.
WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO IMPROVE OUR TEAM WITH THOSE LAST TWO PICKS. IF NICK FALDO'S CLOSE AND IF SAM THINKS THAT NICK FALDO CAN HELP ENHANCE THE TEAM IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM,
HE'LL BE A CONSIDERATION, BUT IF NOT, HE WON'T BE.
HAVE YOU AND SAM TORRANCE HAD ANY KIND OF A CHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 17TH GREEN AT BROOKLINE AND WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS ARE OR ARE NOT NECESSARY AS WE LOOK AT NICK FALDO HERE?
IN '95, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE BRINGING UP ALL OF THE GREAT TIMES
I HAVEN'T EVEN ASKED YOU ABOUT THE '95 RYDER CUP. I'M SAVING THAT.
OKAY. UH, WE HAVE. SAM AND I HAVE TALKED. WE TALK JUST TO GET ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. YOU KNOW WE DO HAVE A LOT OF COMMON, YOU KNOW, JOBS IN THE NEXT, OR HAVE AND WILL IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS. WE WILL BE ON
OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE COIN HERE IN SEPTEMBER BUT WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS. HAVE BEEN FOR 25 YEARS AND WE WANT TO ALWAYS KEEP THE COMPETITIVENESS THERE IN THE RYDER CUP. WE WANT TO KEEP THE, THE EDGE BUT WE WANT TO
KEEP IT IN A VERY SPORTSMAN LIKE MANNER, RESPECTING EACH OTHER'S PLAYERS AND WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE, IT'S, IT'S SPONTANEOUS EMOTION IS THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD.
WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING FOR YOUR FLAG AND YOU'RE PLAYING FOR A TEAM, IT'S WONDERFUL. DID WE CROSS THE LINE? YES. I THINK MOST OF THE PLAYERS IF NOT ALL OF THEM KNEW THEY WERE CROSSING... A LINE, BY RUNNING OUT ON THE GREEN, BUT, YOU KNOW, EMOTION IS
WONDERFUL. NOBODY CAME CLOSE TO JOSE MARIA'S LINE. I WILL SAY THAT. AND LOOK AT JUSTIN NOW. HE KNOWS THAT SOMETHING'S UP AND SO WE'RE GOING TO CALM DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT YOU KNOW IT'S, IT'S FUNNY. THEY SAY WE'RE NOT A TEAM, THEN WE BECOME A TEAM AND SO WE GET CRITICIZED BOTH WHICH WAYS, BUT I
WILL SAY THIS, I'VE BEEN ON 5 RYDER CUP TEAMS. WE HAVE BEEN A TEAM EVERY TIME. WE HAVE ROOTED FOR EACH OTHER LIKE CRAZY. WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, CRIED TOGETHER AND LAUGHED TOGETHER AND, AND HAD COKES TO TOGETHER.
AND THIS NEXT TEAM WILL BE THE SAME WAY. EVERYBODY CHECKS THEIR EGO AT THE DOOR AND SO DON'T THINK, YOU KNOW IT'S A, IT'S A TOUGH DEAL BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT, YOU HAVE 12 WORLD CLASS PLAYERS COMING TOGETHER AND GOING THROUGH A DOOR
IN A MATTER OF MINUTES AND PLAYING FOR A TEAM, SO THAT'S PART OF MY JOB IS TO GET THESE GUYS TO ROOT AND LIKE EACH OTHER FOR, FOR SIX DAYS AND UH, AND, AND SO I, I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT VERY MUCH, BUT IT'S A, WE ARE A TEAM ALWAYS.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOUR TEAM IS SHAPING UP TO BE ON PAPER. LET'S GO AHEAD AND CHECK OUT THE TEN NAMES RIGHT NOW AND OF COURSE THERE CAN BE SOME FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES DOWN AT THE BOTTOM. GO AHEAD.
YEAH, VERY NICE. I MEAN IT'S, OBVIOUSLY, I'M (?) DOC TIGER AND PHIL AND DAVIS AND TOM AND DAVID AND CALCAVECCHIA'S PLAYING GREAT GOLF. HE'S A BIRDIE MACHINE. I'M GLAD ALL OF THEM ARE ON THE TEAM. BRAD FAXON IS A BIRDIE MACHINE IF HE CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL HE CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE HE
WILL BE CLOSE, AND WILL MAKE THE TEAM, I THINK. FURYK IS A STRAIGHT DRIVER AND A WONDERFUL PUTTER. YOU LIKE HIM. LOREN ROBERTS IS A GREAT ALTERNATE SHOT GUY. YOU LIKE HIM. GOOD DRIVER, GREAT PUTTER.
JOHN HUSTON IS A, IS A BIRDIE MAKING MACHINE. I LIKE EVERYTHING I SEE RIGHT THERE.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FELLOWS THAT MIGHT END UP WORKING THEIR WAY ONTO THE TEAM. 11, 12 AND SOME NOTABLES, INCLUDING YOU.
YOU MAKE ME LAUGH.
WHAT... YOU GOT A
SARAH, EASY. SHE'S, SARAH'S LAUGHING OVER THERE. HAL SUTTON, YOU KNOW, HE WAS REALLY THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR THIS LAST RYDER CUP WITH HIS SPIRIT AND, AND, AND POSITIVE, YOU KNOW ATTITUDE AND STEVE LOWERY IS A
WONDERFUL PLAYER. NOTAH BEGAY PLAYED IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP. I MEAN YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, AND JUSTIN WAS, WAS THE HERO LAST YEAR. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. I CAN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT
THIS GROUPING OF PLAYERS UNTIL IT COMES DOWN THE END OF THE SUMMER. WHO'S IN THE MIX. YOU KNOW, WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE THEY HAVE. WHAT KIND OF GAME THEY HAVE. HOW BIG A HEART THEY HAVE. HOW CAN THEY HANDLE THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THERE?
AND THEN HOW GOOD A GAME THEY REALLY DO HAVE. ALL OF THAT MAKES A PLAYER, SO, AND I WILL FIND, I MEAN (??52:28) AND I WILL FIND THE TWO BEST PLAYERS I CAN HAVE.
BASED ON THEIR FORM HEADING INTO THE RYDER CUP?
YOU KNOW, I'M NOT A BIG BELIEVER IN THAT. I, IT WILL BE SOME OF, IT WILL BE A FACTOR, BUT I'M NOT A BELIEVER IF A GUY'S, IF A GUY'S EVEN CLOSE TO MAKING THE TOP TEN THEN HE'S BEEN PLAYING PRETTY DOG GONE GOOD FOR, FOR 18
MONTHS, SO, YOU KNOW, THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP I DON'T BELIEVE WILL BE A BIG FACTOR. THE LAST TOURNAMENT OF QUAL... QUALIFYING UH YOU KNOW, LEADING UP TO IT MAYBE BUT THEY HAVE A MONTH TO, TO G THEIR GAMES IN SHAPE AFTER THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE
THE RYDER CUP SO, YOU KNOW TALENT IS THE UNDERLYING THING THERE. YOU KNOW, WHO CAN REALLY PLAY?
ARE YOU GOING TO CHECK YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR?
OH I HAVE TO. THAT'S NUMBER ONE. I ALWAYS DO, BUT THE CAPTAIN HAS TO. THIS, THIS IS NOT MY SHOW. YOU KNOW A LOT IS WRITTEN ABOUT THE CAPTAIN BUT I THINK A LOT OF TIMES IT'S OVERBLOWN.
IT'S VERY IMPORTANT ORGANIZING, PREPARING AND GETTING YOUR TEAM READY TO PLAY, BUT THE BEST CASE SCENARIO AND I TRULY MEAN THIS, SARAH AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT.
THE BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR ME TO GO OVER TO THE BELFRY IN SEPTEMBER IS THAT WE PLAY WELL, WE WIN, AND MY NAME IS NEVER MENTIONED, BECAUSE IT'S THEIR SHOW. IT'S THE 12 PLAYERS AND
THEIR WIVES SHOW. IT'S NOT MY SHOW. ALL I'M DOING IS ROOTING LIKE HELL, HOPING THEY PLAY WELL TO MAKE ME LOOK GOOD
BUT (LAUGHS) IT'S, IT'S NEITHER GOING TO BE CREDIT IF I DON'T GET CREDIT IF WE WIN AND I'LL GET SOME CREDIT IF WE LOOSE BUT, WHICH I DON'T THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I JUST, IT'S THEIR SHOW, IT'S THE PLAYERS SHOW.
WHEN YOU LOST TO NICK IN THE '95 RYDER CUP IN A PIVOTAL MATCH AND THE TEAM ENDED UP LOOSING, DID IT HURT MORE BECAUSE YOU WERE LOOSING FOR SOMETHING BESIDES YOUR OWN RECORD?
THAT THERE WAS A TEAM AT STAKE THAT YOU SOMEHOW FELT A RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS?
MY RECORD NEVER ENTERED INTO IT AT ALL. I, I, I LET MY TEAMMATES DOWN. I MEAN I LET, I LET EVERYBODY DOWN, AND, AND I KNOW A LOT OF GUYS DIDN'T PLAY WELL ON SUNDAY BUT I WAS THE
PIVOTAL MATCH, I WAS THE GUY. I WAS PICKED TO DO ALL THIS STUFF. IT TURNS OUT THAT NICK AND I WERE THE SWING MATCH OF ALL THINGS. I MEAN IT'S FUNNY. AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING PEOPLE. THIS, THESE, THESE MATCHES ARE NOT MADE. THEY'RE DRAWN OUT OF THE HAT, SO
NOT OUT OF THE HAT BUT THEY'RE DRAWN SO, UH I LET, I LET A LOT OF PEOPLE DOWN AND UH IT WAS NEVER ABOUT I, ME AND MY. IT WAS ABOUT THE TEAM, AND I WAS, I WAS , I WAS UPSET BUT IT WAS, IT WAS A WONDERFUL WEEK NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED. WE ALWAYS
HAVE A GREAT WEEK IN THE RYDER CUP AND I'LL MENTION MY KIDS AGAIN IS THAT, THEY WERE THERE THAT WEEK AND IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF THEIR LIVES AND THEY
DON'T KNOW THAT BUT THEY SAW DAD AND THEY SAW 12, UH 11 OTHER PLAYERS LOSE. LOSE A TOUGH MATCH AND THEY SAW THAT WE, WE HE HOLD OUR HEAD HIGH, WE, WE SAW, THEY SAW THAT
WE LOSE WITH RESPECT. SHAKE THE OTHER GUY'S HAND. SAY CONGRATULATIONS, WELL DONE, AND THEN WE GO BACK IN THE ROOM AND, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, FEEL DISAPPOINTED, BUT THEY SAW THAT YOU, YOU WIN WITH GRACE AND YOU ALSO LOSE WITH GRACE.
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The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.
It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:
Breaking news. In addition to limited flight balls, the USGA plans to ban working out, proper diet and swinging faster than 105mph. They are also planning on removing the 3 point shot in the NBA.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 23, 2018
If we were playing a match, would you rather hit 7 iron to my 9 iron OR hit hybrid to my 5 iron? Oh and by the way, I can still hit par 5s in two with 3 wood. You can't.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 25, 2018
Hahn, who has two career PGA Tour wins and lost in a playoff last month at the Sony Open, ranks 55th on Tour this season in driving distance with an average of 301.2 yards off the tee.
Na fires back over slow play criticism from cricketer
Kevin Na fired back over recent criticism he received about his purported slow play at last week's Genesis Open.
Kevin Pietersen is a retired English cricketer with more than 3.6 million followers on Twitter. He tweeted a video of Na, known as one of the slower players on the PGA Tour, taking more than a minute to line up and hit what he described as a "Tap In" during the final round at Riviera:
SERIOUSLY, Kevin Na?!?!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) February 18, 2018
That Is A Tap In, MATE! pic.twitter.com/YMmNT6m5H7
He then added another video of himself on a green in Dubai, where he again called out Na and showed how long he believed it should take for a player to brush in a short putt:
Na has faced his fair share of slow play criticism, but this time he decided to defend himself. Na isn't on Twitter, but he took to Instagram to tell Pietersen to "stick to your own sport," pointing out both the length of the putt in question and the stakes that were involved during the final round, when Na went on to tie for second behind Bubba Watson:
@kp24 lets get some facts straight. Shot tracker shows what u call “tap in” 3ft 4in. Since when is 3’4’’ on green speed 12 a “tap in.” FYI 1 shot for me on Sunday was 300k. Difference between T2 and T4. Yes, I did back off because the line didn’t feel right. So what! BTW that was the only putt I backed off all day. Also our group was on pace all day! We waited if anything. @pgatour @golfdigest @golf_com @golfchannel #getyourfactstraight #sticktoyourownsport #everyshotcounts
Pepperell wins his first European Tour title in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar - Eddie Pepperell survived a tense finish to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title.
The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.
Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.
Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.
The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.
Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.
On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.
''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.
''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''
Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.
''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.
''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''
Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.