Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
RETIEF GOOSEN HANDLED THE FIELD, THE COURSE, AND THE PRESSURE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN WINNING THE U.S. OPEN AT SOUTHERN HILLS. HE THEN TRAVELED TO THE HOME OF GOLF AND

DISPLAYED THE SAME TRAITS IN WINNING THE SCOTTISH OPEN. 22 YEAR OLD DAVID GOSSETT WON THE U.S. AMATEUR IN 1999 AND ON A SPONSOR'S EXEMPTION, JUST ONE, THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC WHICH IN

TURN MADE HIM ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WEEKS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. WE'VE GOT GOOSEN AND WE'VE GOT GOSSETT, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.

JUST BEFORE 15 YEAR OLD RETIEF GOOSEN WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTENING WHILE PLAYING GOLF IN 1985 NEAR HIS HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA, HE WAS THINKING THAT IF THE BREWING STORM WOULD PASS BY, THEY COULD PLAY UNTIL THE LAST FLIGHT BATED (?).

A WEEK AFTER HIS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, HE WAS BACK ON THE FORCE, COMPETING AGAINST OTHER YOUNG STARS LIKE ERNIE ELS.

FIVE YEARS LATER HE WON THE SOUTH AFRICAN AMATEUR. TURNED PROFESSIONAL SHORTLY THERE AFTER AND IN 1992 WON THE EUROPEAN TOUR'S QUALIFYING SCHOOL TOURNAMENT. HE HAD BECOME TEMPERAMENTAL AND

WITHDRAWN SINCE HIS ACCIDENT AND HE WORKED DILIGENTLY ON HIS PERSONALITY AND HIS GOLF GAME.

IN 1995, BOTH CAME HAPPILY TOGETHER. HE WON THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN, AND PLAYING WITH ERNIE ELS, EAGLED THE FINAL HOLE TO WIN BY FIVE, AND HIS TEMPER WAS NO LONGER IN EVIDENCE. HE WON FOUR TIMES IN EUROPE THROUGH

2000 AND WON TEN CONSECUTIVE DUNHILL CUP SINGLES MATCHES. IN 2001, THE GOOSE MARRIED HIS LONG TIME LOVE AND CONTINUED TO PLAY THE EUROPEAN TOUR WHERE HE'S MOST COMFORTABLE, AND AFTER ONE SMALL
MISUNDERSTANDING WITH HIS PUTTER

ON THE 72ND HOLE OF THE U.S. OPEN, HE WON AN 18 HOLE PLAY OFF OVER MARK BROOKS, WITH A MERE 11 PUTTS OVER THE FIRST NINE HOLES.

FOLLOWING THE BRILLIANCE OF HIS U.S. OPEN WIN, RETIEF WON THE SCOTTISH OPEN AT LOCH LOMAN OVER AN INTERNATIONAL STAR STUDDED FIELD, AND THIS TIME, HIS PUTTER COOPERATED FULLY FOR ALL 72 HOLES, ERASING ALL TRACES OF HIS FORMER TEMPERAMENTAL SELF, JUST LIKE IT'S OWNER.

FROM THE ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB, SIGHT OF THE 2001 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE FIRST OF OUR TWO GUESTS THIS EVENING, HE IS THE CURRENT SCOTTISH

NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPION, THE CURRENT UNITED STATES OPEN CHAMPION, RETIEF GOOSEN. GREAT TO SEE YOU.

RETIEF GOOSEN
PETER, THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S THE KIND OF SUMMER THAT THE REST OF US CAN ONLY DREAM ABOUT. CONGRATULATIONS.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, I KNOW IT'S BEEN AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR. SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED, YOU KNOW, WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND GETTING MARRIED, IT'S BEEN A VERY EXCITING YEAR FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN YOU'RE EXCITED?

NOW YOU PROMISED YOU WERE GOING TO BE FUNNY, FASCINATING AND LONG WINDED TONIGHT SO I EXPECT ALL THOSE THINGS FROM YOU.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I THINK MY WIFE KNOWS WHEN I'M EXCITED BUT IN GENERAL, IT, YOU KNOW, I'M EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING IN LIFE BUT MIGHT NOT SHOW IT ON THE OUTSIDE BUT ON THE INSIDE I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT AND LIFE'S BEEN GREAT FOR ME, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN GIVEN A

SECOND CHANCE, IN A WAY, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE LIGHTENING STRUCK, BUT, I MEAN, LIKE YOU KNOW, I'M REALLY ENJOYING MY GOLF AND JUST TRYING TO ENJOY WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU MENTIONED THE LIGHTENING RIGHT AWAY, YOUR FAMILY AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO YOU HAVE SAID THAT WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO YOU, LITERALLY, HALF A LIFETIME AGO JUST BEFORE YOU TURNED

16 YEARS OLD, THAT YOUR PERSONALITY CHANGED, THAT YOUR DEMEANOR CHANGED, BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK, IF ANYTHING CHANGED ABOUT YOU THE WAY THAT YOU THINK OR FEEL SINCE THE LIGHTENING STRUCK YOU 16 YEARS AGO?

DAVID GOSSETT
WELL I DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW, AS A KID, EVERYBODY'S A BIT OUT GOING AND WILD. WHEN I GOT HIT BY LIGHTENING I DON'T THINK IT CHANGED ME AT ALL, REALLY. I THINK, YOU KNOW, GOLF IS A

QUIET GAME. YOU'RE OUT ON A GOLF COURSE EVERYDAY, PLAYING. I'VE PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF ON MY OWN, YOU KNOW, NOT PLAYING WITH ANYBODY ELSE, OR SOME OF THE JUNIORS I'VE

PLAYED WITH SOME NOW AND THEN BUT IN GENERAL IT'S A QUIET GAME AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY I GOT QUIET, BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I ENJOYED PLAYING WITH THE FEW JUNIOR GUYS I HAD THAT, THE CLUB WASN'T VERY BIG, SO THERE WASN'T A LOT OF JUNIORS AROUND, BUT

THEY WERE MOSTLY ENGLISH AND WHILE I WAS AFRICAN (?) SPEAKING, I COULDN'T REALLY, THEY DIDN'T REALLY LIKE FOR ME TO FORGET(??) THEIR REALLY AFRICANS (???),

YOU KNOW, SO, THEY KEPT THEMSELVES AND I KEPT ME ON MY SIDE AND WELL, HERE I AM NOW, 16 YEARS LATER GOING ON WINNING MAJORS. IT'S GREAT.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU THINK IT'S THE ATTITUDE THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED ABOUT BEING QUIET, BEING A QUIET GAME AND ATTENDING TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS. IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY, IN HEAD TO HEAD PLAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DUNHILL CUP, WHERE

YOU WON TEN CONSECUTIVE SINGLES MATCHES. YOU DIDN'T LOSE A MATCH IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, YOU BEAT MARK BROOKS IN THE PLAY OFF, IS THAT WHY YOU THINK, TO A LARGE DEGREE, OTHER THAN THE QUALITY OF YOUR GOLF, OF COURSE, THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO BE

SUCCESSFUL AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND IGNORE THE DISTRACTIONS, IN HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITION, LIKE THAT?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I HAVE TO LEARN THAT REALLY, I THINK, AS A JUNIOR, I HAD QUITE A TEMPERAMENT ON THE COURSE. YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER BREAKING THREE CLUBS IN NINE HOLES ONCE, BUT IT GOT A BIT EXPENSIVE WHEN I HAD TO PAY IT OUT

OF MY POCKET MONEY TO RESHAFT THE CLUBS SO, I, I LEARNED TO BECOME A LOT MORE CALM ON THE COURSE. MY WIFE HAS HELPED ME A LONG TO RELAX AS WELL AND WORKING THREE YEARS AGO WITH A SPORT'S PSYCHOLOGIST TO TRY AND YOU KNOW, GET MY FOCUSING MORE

ON WHAT'S LYING AHEAD AND NOT WORRY TOO MUCH WHAT'S JUST BEEN YOU KNOW, AND, I THINK THAT'S HELPED ME THROUGH IN A U.S. OPEN, COMING BACK ON A MONDAY TO FORGET WHAT'S HAPPENED AND JUST CARRY ONWARDS.
WITH WHAT'S COMING UP.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND TAPING TOURNAMENTS AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO MAKE THE GOLF SWING WORK, AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE GAME, WHO WERE THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR IDOLS THEN?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL IN THOSE DAYS THE ONLY TOURNAMENTS I REALLY WATCHED ON TV WAS THE MASTERS AND THE BRITISH OPEN. TV COVERAGE WASN'T THAT EARLY IN SOUTH AFRICA AS IT WAS OVER HERE,

BUT, I REMEMBER, PROBABLY, BALLESTEROS, NICK FALDO, JACK NICKLAUS, THOSE WERE MY HEROES GROWING UP. I LEARNED MY GOLF FROM BEN HOGAN, IT'S FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF AND JACK NICKLAUS GOLF MY WAY.

MY DAD WAS A PRETTY GOOD GOLFER AT ONE STAGE. A TWO HANDICAP PLAYER. SO HE TAUGHT ME A LOT, AND MY TWO OLDER BROTHERS PLAY GOLF AS WELL,

BUT MAINLY I LEARNED MY GOLF MYSELF, JUST FROM LOOKING AT GOLF BOOKS AND TRYING COPY WHAT'S IN GOLF BOOKS.

PETER KESSLER
IT HASN'T WORKED FOR THE REST OF US. TELL ME ABOUT THE PRACTICE AREA. THE UNIQUE PRACTICE AREA THAT YOUR DAD CONSTRUCTED FOR YOU AT HOME WHEN YOU WERE A KID.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH WE HAD JUST A BIG PRACTICE NET IN THE BACKYARD AND MY MOM GOT VERY UPSET, ME EATING (?) ALL THE GRASS OUT. YOU KNOW, WE HAD LIKE A BIG HOLE THERE AT ONE STAGE, YOU KNOW, AND HAD TO KEEP FILLING IT UP WITH SAND. I REMEMBER PRACTICING

AT NIGHT AT 10:00 AT NIGHT HITTING BALLS AGAINST THE PRACTICE NET, BUT YOU KNOW AS A KID THAT'S FUN. YOU ENJOYED IT, AND IT WAS GOOD FUN STANDING THERE AND HITTING BALLS AND SEE HOW HARD YOU CAN HIT IT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU STILL DO THAT.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I WAS PROBABLY A MUCH LONGER HITTER WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT I WAS A BIT WILDER BUT I WORKED HARD WITH SAM FROST TO TRY AND SHORTEN MY

SWING A LITTLE BIT, MAKE IT A BIT MORE COMPACT AND TRY AND KEEP IT
UNDER CONTROL A LITTLE BIT AND HE'S HELPED ME A LOT WITH THAT.

PETER KESSLER
THEY SHOULD GIVE HIM A MEDAL. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH RETIEF GOOSEN.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship


It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

CareerBuilder Challenge: Articles, photos and videos


''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.