Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 3
DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY REASON TO THINK AFTER WARMING UP AND WALKING TO THE FIRST TEE OF THE PLAYOFF THAT YOUR LONG GAME WASN'T GOING TO BE UNDER THE USUAL CONTROL THAT YOU'RE ACCUSTOMED TO?
WELL I UH, I STARTED OFF A LITTLE BIT SHAKY. ACTUALLY ON THIS FIRST HOLE, I HAD A VERY GOOD TEE SHOT, AND A VERY GOOD SECOND SHOT. I JUST UNDER CLUBBED REALLY. THE SECOND HOLE I HAD A BAD DRIVE.
WELL HANG ON, BEFORE YOU GO, BEFORE. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, THE BUNKER SHOT WHICH YOU LEFT OUT WHICH IS MAYBE ONE OF THE BEST SHOTS ANY OF US HAD EVER SEEN HIT SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND, AND PICK IT UP FROM THAT FIRST HOLE OF THE PLAY OFF.
IT WASN'T REALLY THAT DIFFICULT BUNKER SHOT, FUNNY ENOUGH. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS JUST GET IT OUT OF THE BUNKER AND IT WAS GOING TO JUST FEED DOWN THE SLOPE. I'M GOING TO LOOK, PROBABLY AROUND TEN YARDS TO GET TO THE HOLE. I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING IN AND SOME REASON IT JUST MISSED... BUT
UM, YOU KNOW THE SECOND HOLE I DROVE IT IN THE ROUGH AND I CHIPPED OUT AND HIT A VERY GOOD 8 IRON AND THAT'S MY THIRD AND HOLED A GOOD PUTT FOR PAR, AND THEN I SORT OF STARTED SETTLING DOWN AND FELT VERY COMFORTABLE.
YOU KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT NOTHING'S MORE UNSETTLING TO YOUR OPPONENT IN MATCH PLAY THAN IF YOU MISS EVERYTHING TEE TO GREEN A LITTLE BIT FOR A WHILE AND MAKE EVERY SINGLE PUTT FOR EITHER PAR OR BIRDIE.
DOESN'T THAT REALLY UPSET THE BALANCE OF THE OTHER FELLOWS INSIDES?
YEAH, THE THING ABOUT MATCH PLAY, YOU GOT TO ALWAYS EXPECT YOUR OLD PARTNER TO MAKE HIS SHOT AND ALWAYS EXPECT HIM TO MAKE A BETTER SCORE THAN YOU AND JUST TRY AND HANG ON
TO THAT AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO WIN A HOLE THAN YOU, YOU KNOW, THEN, THEN IT'S GREAT, BUT, YOU KNOW, IF YOU HIT A BAD SEVEN IRON IN ON THE THIRD PLUGGED LIE AND HIT A PRETTY GOOD SHOT OUT, PROBABLY (??) BE NOT A GOOD PUTT SO, BUT MARK MADE A GREAT BIRDIE THERE SO HE WENT ONE AHEAD.
BUT I KNEW, YOU KNOW, I HAD A LONG WAY TO GO AND THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE INVOLVED.
IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE YOU FELT ANY PRESSURE ON THE GREENS. I THINK YOU HAD ELEVEN PUTTS THE FIRST NINE HOLES, DIDN'T YOU?
AND THEY WERE ALL GOING IN PRETTY MUCH LIKE THAT ONE AS THOUGH THE HOLE WAS A CIRCLE AND NOT A HOLE WHEN IT STOPPED IN THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE.
ON THE INSIDE YOU'RE NERVOUS. IT'S, IT'S ALL PART OF THE GAME, YOU KNOW, BUT YOU KNOW, I MADE A FEW VERY GOOD UP AND DOWNS, SO I MUST ADMIT BUT YOU KNOW THAT'S PART OF WINNING GOLF
TOURNAMENTS. YOU DON'T WIN GOLF TOURNAMENTS IF YOU DON'T HAVE GOOD CHIP AND PUTTS HERE AND THERE AND, IT WAS NICE TO HANG IN THERE YOU KNOW AND REALLY THE TURNING HOLES WAS NINE AND TEN WHEN, WHEN
HE MADE TWO BOGIES AND THIS WAS A TOUGH PUTT. I HIT IT ABOUT TWO YARDS LEFT OF THE HOLE AND JUST LET IT SOMEHOW GET DOWN TO THE HOLE. IT WAS SIMILAR PUTT I HAD AT NUMBER TEN TO MAKE.
WERE YOU STARTING TO FEEL AT THAT POINT THAT YOU'D GOTTEN YOUR SWING UNDER CONTROL, WHATEVER MECHANICAL MISFUNCTION WAS GOING ON EARLY WAS NOW GONE AND YOU WERE YOURSELF AGAIN?
YEAH, I, I SORT OF, YOU KNOW, FELT LIKE I GOT INTO THE GROOVE THAT I WAS THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT AND IF I CAN JUST PLAY THE WAY I PLAYED THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT I'LL BE ABLE TO PULL IT OFF.
DID YOU GET TO A POINT WHEN YOU GOT A PRETTY DECENT LEAD DOWN THE BACK NINE WHERE YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF AND THOUGHT ABOUT TROPHIES AND THAT YOU'VE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP? DID YOU HAVE TO FIGHT THAT AT ALL COMING DOWN THE STRETCH?
NO NOT REALLY. I WAS, I WAS TRYING TO KEEP MY MIND ON THE GAME AND TRYING NOT TO THINK AHEAD WHAT, YOU KNOW, IS COMING UP. 16, THAT PUTT I HAD TO MAKE THERE, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE
MOST DIFFICULT PUTT I HAD TO MAKE THE WHOLE, WHOLE ROUND. I RECKON IT WAS A DOUBLE
ING PUTT, STRAIGHT DOWN THE HILL , FIRST GOING RIGHT ON ME AND THEN COMING BACK TO THE LEFT,
SO THAT WAS A KEY PUTT TO MAKE AND STAY, KEEP THAT LEADER AHEAD, YOU KNOW.
WAS THERE A PARTICULAR PUTTING KEY OR ANYTHING GOING ON THAT DAY THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE SUCH PHENOMENAL RESULTS INSIDE 15 FEET ALL THE WAY AROUND THE GOLF COURSE?
WELL FOR SOME REASON I PUTT BETTER ON FAST GREENS SO I LIKE TO JUST STROKE THE BALL, GET A SMOOTH ROLL ON IT. I DON'T LIKE REALLY SLOW GREENS WHERE I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO REALLY HIT THE BALL.
IS THERE ANY OTHER CHOICE BESIDES THE PUTTER HERE, IN YOUR VIEW, YOU PULLED THE PUTTER OUT OF THE BAG PRETTY QUICK ON THIS SHOT.
WELL I KNEW, YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD THE COMMENTATORS WERE SAYING, YOU KNOW IF, HE CAN CHUNK IT, HE CAN DO THIS, HE CAN DO THAT, THEN, THAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY MIND AS WELL, AND I, AND I SUPPOSE WHAT I'VE
LEARNED AT THE OUTFIT DOWN HERE, I'VE COPIED (?) ENOUGH PUTTING FROM LONG RANGE OFF THE GREENS, HELPED ME
A LOT WITH THAT SORT OF SHOT. I KNEW, YOU KNOW, ALL I HAVE TO DO IS MAKE FIVE AND I WIN THE TOURNAMENT.
HOW MUCH FUN WAS THIS?
IT WAS, IT WAS A RELIEF MORE THAN FUN I THINK. I COULDN'T REALLY, I DON'T THINK I HAD ANY, ANY ENERGY TO JUMP UP AND DOWN OR ANYTHING BUT, LATER THAT NIGHT, THEN IT REALLY SORT OF STARTED TO SINK IN.
WHAT DID YOUR WIFE TRACY HAVE TO SAY WHEN YOU SPOKE TO HER FIRST AFTER WINNING THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ?
WELL I COULDN'T REALLY GET MUCH IN. THERE WAS SUCH A NOISE BACK HOME. SHE HAD SO MANY FRIENDS AROUND THE HOUSE AND I COULD JUST HEAR IN THE BACKGROUND, EVERYBODY GOING
WILD SO IT WAS, IT WAS NICE, YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT I WOULD JUST RING YOU IN THE MORNING OR SEE YOU IN THE MORNING. I TRIED TO RING MY DAD BUT HE COULDN'T, HE COULDN'T SPEAK, HE WAS JUST TOTAL TEARS, YOU KNOW.
THERE WAS JUST NO WAY OF GETTING WORDS OUT OF HIM.
PERFECT, JUST WHAT YOU WANTED.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.
Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.
Rahm (62) fires career low round
The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:
Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)
What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.
Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.
Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.
Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.
Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.