Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 2
YOU TOLD PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULDN'T BEGIN TO WIN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS UNTIL YOU WERE IN YOUR 30'S AND THAT YOU WOULD BE A LATE BLOOMER. HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT?
I DON'T KNOW. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY. IF ANYTHING I THINK I FELT LIKE THE GAME WAS THERE BUT THE MENTAL SIDE WASN'T STRONG ENOUGH AND I DIDN'T BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND I WORKED FOR YEARS OF JUST (??), TO TRY AND GET MY MENTAL SIDE STRONGER AND THEN I
SORT OF YOU KNOW STARTED FEELING THAT MAYBE I COULD WIN. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES AROUND TO WIN A TOURNAMENT I, YOU KNOW I NORMALLY TRY AND TAKE IT.
LAST WEEK WE WERE IN A SOCIAL SITUATION WITH OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, PGA TOUR WINNER AND YOUR FELLOW COUNTRY MAN, FULTON ALLEM AND FULTON IN A NICE WAY TRIED TO PICK A
FIGHT WITH YOU ABOUT QUALITY OF FIELDS, ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING, ABOUT ALL KINDS OF THINGS AND YOUR RESTING PULSE STATED TEN, YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DIDN'T GO UP AT ALL AND ALL YOU DID WAS LOOK AT HIM JUST LIKE YOU'RE LOOKING AT ME NOW. DO YOU EVER GET MAD?
OH YEAH I GET MAD. I'M UP AND DOWN. I'M SURE MY WIFE KNOWS ABOUT IT, BUT, AND I KNOW FULTY'S WAY OF TEASING PEOPLE AND I KNOW HIM FOR A LONG TIME, EVEN WHEN I WAS AN AMATEUR, YOU KNOW, I ,
I ACTUALLY FOLLOWED HIM AROUND A GOLF COURSE AS AN AMATEUR TO WATCH HOW HE PLAYED AND WISH I WONDER I CAN PLAY LIKE HIM, AND, HE WAS SORT OF AN IDOL IN MY TIME, YOUNG DAYS AS WELL WATCHING FULTON PLAY AND
I WAS HAVING AND I WAS HAVING A GAME WITH YOU GUYS SO I WON'T PLAY YOU FOR A LIVING THOUGH, BUT, YOU PLAYED VERY WELL THAT DAY BUT HEY, HE'S A GREAT GUY AND YOU KNOW, I HAVE MY UP AND DOWNS ON A COURSE BUT I'M WORKING ON IT TO GET RID OF IT.
WELL WE'VE SEEN NONE OF THOSE BUT EVEN YOU HAD TO, WHO KEEPS IT PRETTY WELL HIDDEN, HAD TO FEEL A LOT OF DIFFERENT EMOTIONS ON THIS 72ND HOLE
OF THE U.S. OPEN. AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT MOST OF THE PLAY ON THAT HOLE, LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU WERE FEELING AND WHAT YOU WERE THINKING, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE
A LOOK AT SOME OF THE KEY MOMENTS OF THE 72ND HOLE OF THE U.S. OPEN WHERE AT THIS POINT A PAR WINS THE GOLF TOURNAMENT.
YEAH I COULDN'T HIT A BETTER DRIVE DOWN THERE AND I JUST HIT A 6 IRON IN AND
DO YOU PUSH THAT A LITTLE, THE 6 IRON?
YEAH, I WAS TRYING TO HIT IT TWO YARDS LEFT OF THE HOLE. I ENDED UP HITTING IT A YARD RIGHT OF THE HOLE, SO, YEAH IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A BETTER SHOT, I SUPPOSE. STEWART CINK PULLED HIS SHOT AND FROM THERE'S A TOUGH CHIP AND THAT GREEN BEING SO SLOW, HE
OBVIOUSLY THOUGHT IT WOULD RUN DOWN THE HILL A LOT MORE AND, HIT A GREAT PUTT, IT JUST TURNED LEFT AND ON HIM IN FRONT OF THE HOLE. HE PROBABLY THOUGHT HE MADE IT BUT
THE HOLE WAS CUT ON A DOUBLE
. PUTT THERE, IT FIRST TURNS, FROM WHERE I WAS PUTTING TO THE LEFT AND THEN TO THE RIGHT.
NOW WHEN HE HIT THIS, LET ME GET OUT OF YOUR WAY PUTT AND, SO YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND KNOCK YOUR PUTT IN OR TWO PUTT AND BECOME THE OPEN CHAMPION, ARE YOU HAVING ANY PARTICULAR THOUGHTS?
WELL, I SUPPOSE I WAS A BIT SHOCKED FOR HIM MISSING IT.
WERE YOU EVEN PAYING ATTENTION?
THIS PUTT GOES STRAIGHT UP THE HILL AND THAT GREEN BEING SO SLOW LIKE I SAID I JUST HIT IT TOO HARD AND
NOW ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE IT OR JUST PUT IT ON, JUST UP TO THE LIP OR
WHAT WAS THE THOUGHT?
I WAS TRYING TO ROLL IT JUST CLOSE, SO I JUST OVER RUN IT AND I WS JUST TRYING TO HIT IT OFF CENTER RIGHT COMING IN AND IT WENT RIGHT ON ME AND LIPPED OUT. I WAS UPSET. I COULDN'T BELIEVE
WHAT HAPPENED THERE, AND SO COULD EVERY, EVERYBODY ELSE, YOU KNOW, BUT THE TOUGH PUTT WAS REALLY THE PUTT COMING BACK. THAT'S JUST THE PUTT STEWART JUST MISSED AND WELL I HIT A GOOD PUTT HERE, IT WAS JUST THE INSIDE LEFT PUTT AND WENT RIGHT IN, BUT, YOU KNOW IT'S A SHAME THAT ALL
THREE OF US HAD TO THREE PUTT ON THAT LAST HOLE. STEWART, MYSELF AND MARK AND I PLAYED WITH MARK BROOKS ON A SATURDAY IN THE THIRD ROUND SO I SORT OF KNEW HIS GAME A LITTLE BIT SO , I WAS UPSET, YOU KNOW, WALKING BACK
UP TO THE CLUBHOUSE I THOUGHT THERE WAS A, THERE WAS A FUNERAL GOING ON THERE. EVERYBODY WITH THEIR RED EYES, YOU KNOW.
THAT'S BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAD TO CHANGE THEIR PLANE RESERVATIONS TILL THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS WORKING.
YEAH, I, I KNOW, I'M, GOD I MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE CROSS, BUT, AND THERE IS A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WORSE OFF IN THIS LIFE THAN ME, SO, IT WASN'T THE END OF THE WORLD.
HOW TOUGH WERE YOU, IF YOU WERE TOUGH ON YOURSELF THAT SUNDAY NIGHT AS YOU GOT READY TO GO TO SLEEP KNOWING YOU HAD A CHANCE TO STILL WIN THE U.S. OPEN THE NEXT DAY IN AN 18 HOLE PLAYOFF?
YEAH I GOT BACK ABOUT QUARTER PAST NINE TO THE HOTEL AFTER ALL THE PRESS INTERVIEWS AND SO ON, BUT, I FELT FINE. JOSH (?) CAME INTO MY MIND AND HE JUST
ASKED ME HOW DO I FEEL. I SAID I FEEL GREAT. IT'S NOTHING TO BE UPSET ABOUT. I PLAYED WELL FOR 71 HOLES AND 71 AND A HALF HOLES AND JUST LET MY FIRST THREE PUTT OR SECOND THREE PUTT AT A TOURNAMENT, SO IT WAS
IT WAS DISAPPOINTING NOT TO PULL IT OFF THERE BUT I FELT CONFIDENT THE NEXT DAY THAT, IF I KEEP MY GAME UP THE WAY I'VE BEEN PLAYING I'VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING. JUST
HAD SOME ROOM SERVICE AND WENT TO
SLEEP AT 11:00 AND GOT UP SOMEWHERE AROUND 8:00 IN THE MORNING AND HAD A NICE
FAST AND WAS AT THE COURSE QUITE EARLY.
SO WHEN WE COME BACK FROM THIS LITTLE
, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED AND AFTER
FAST, AND AFTER YOU GOT TO THE GOLF COURSE AND PUT THE BALL IN THE AIR AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.
AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A SECOND, A LITTLE INFORMATION ON A GRAPHIC FOR YOU. SOME FACTS ABOUT THE GOOSE:
-WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF FRANCE, SCOTLAND, SOUTH AFRICA AND THE UNITED STATES.
- WON 10 CONSECUTIVE MATCHES IN THE DUNHILL CUP DURING SOUTH AFRICA'S BACK-TO-BACK WINS IN 1997 AND 1998.
- 2-0-0 IN FOUR-BALL COMPETITION AT 2000 PRESIDENT'S CUP.
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."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.