Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
RETIEF, HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS FOR YOU TODAY, HOW DOES THIS GOLF COURSE, THE ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB, AND THE SET-UP COMPARE TO THE ONE AT

SOUTHERN HILLS DURING THE U.S. OPEN
WHERE YOU OF COURSE WON, JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL IT'S A, DEFINITELY A LOT LONGER GOLF COURSE. THERE'S JUST ABOUT A NEED FOR YOU TO DRIVE ON EVERY HOLE WHILE AT SOUTHERN HILLS YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH HITTING A LOT OF IRONS. THE

DIFFERENCE IS THE GREENS, REALLY, AT SOUTHERN HILLS THE GREENS ARE VERY SEVERE, WHILE OVER HERE THEY'RE QUITE NORMAL FOR AVERAGE GREENS I WOULD SAY. THEY'RE NOT SEVERE

SLOPES ON THEM, SO I LIKE THIS GOLF COURSE. IT'S VERY FAIR SET UP, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE GOING TO PLAY WELL

YOU'RE GOING TO SCORE WELL, THERE'S NOTHING, NOTHING SILLY ABOUT THE COURSE AT ALL AND, IT, IT'S GOING TO SUIT THE LONG HITTERS. THE END OF THE WEEK THEY WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A WINNER THAT HITS IT A LONG WAY.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT GOING TO BE TO KEEP IT IN PLAY RELATIVE TO THE NOTION THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ADVANCE IT FROM THE ROUGH TO THE GREEN, OR CAN YOU IN FACT GO AHEAD AND ADVANCE IT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE GREEN FROM THE ROUGH SO THAT THE PENALTY ISN'T QUITE SEVERE?

RETIEF GOOSEN
MAYBE ON SOME OF THE SHORTER PAR 4'S YOU MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING TO THE GREEN BUT THE LONG ONES, IF YOU MISS THE FAIRWAY, UNLESS YOU GET, GET LUCKY WITH A VERY GOOD LIE IN THE ROUGH, YOU CAN GET THERE

BUT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THE STRONGER HITTERS LIKE TIGER AND DAVID, THEY CAN, AND PHIL MICKELSON CAN MAYBE GET IT OUT THERE CLOSE TO THE GREEN OR MAYBE ON THE GREEN BUT THE BACK NINE, A LOT OF THE SECOND SHOTS ARE

UPHILL SO IT WILL BE DIFFICULT OUT OF THE ROUGH TO CARRY IT TO THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER
HOW YOU PLAYING?

RETIEF GOOSEN
I DIDN'T PLAY TOO WELL LAST WEEK BUT I SPENT A GOOD, YOU KNOW, FOUR HOURS A DAY ON THE RANGE, YOU KNOW, LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND I FEEL LIKE I'M STARTING TO PLAY. MY SWING IS COMING BACK A LITTLE BIT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT YOU COULDN'T WIN HERE TOO?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK I COULDN'T WIN AT SOUTHERN HILLS SO IT'S NO

PETER KESSLER
YOU DON'T CARE WHAT THEY THINK. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

RETIEF GOOSEN
NO I THINK I CAN WIN THIS WEEK. I LIKE THE COURSE, THE WAY IT'S SET UP AND YOU KNOW YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO JUST KEEP IT ON THE FAIRWAYS FROM THE TEE AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE KEY, IRON PLAY WON'T BE QUITE AS IMPORTANT AS IT WAS AT SOUTHERN HILL.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU FEEL INSIDE ABOUT THE REALITY THAT THE THREE FELLOWS WHO WON THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SO FAR THIS YEAR, TIGER WOODS, DAVID DUVAL,

AND RETIEF GOOSEN WILL TEE OFF TOGETHER ON THURSDAY, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT WHERE YOU'VE ARRIVED TO?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, IT'S SOMETHING NEW FOR ME, YOU KNOW TO SUDDENLY JUST COME AND PLAY WITH THOSE BIG PLAYERS BUT IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ME AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING WITH THEM. IF I'M GOING TO PLAY MORE OVER HERE NOW I NEED TO GET USED TO PLAYING WITH TIGER. I PLAYED WITH

TIGER A COUPLE OF TIMES, SO, I'VE NEVER PLAYED WITH DAVID SO IT'S GOING TO BE NICE TO HAVE A ROUND OF GOLF WITH HIM.

PETER KESSLER
WILL WE SEE MORE OF YOU IN THE UNITED STATES NOW?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, DEFINITELY. I'LL, THIS YEAR I'LL KEEP FOCUSING ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR AND FINISH THE TOUR HOPEFULLY AND THEN NEXT YEAR I'LL PROBABLY PLAY BOTH TOURS. I WANT TO KEEP SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN TOUR AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, IT HAS JUST BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE. CONGRATULATIONS

RETIEF GOOSEN
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
ON AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR OF MARRIAGE, OPEN CHAMPION OF SCOTLAND, OPEN CHAMPION OF THE UNITED STATES AND ANOTHER SHOT THIS WEEK, AND THANKS. YOU WERE FUNNY,

AND YOU WERE INTERESTING, AND YOU DID LAUGH, AND I APPRECIATE IT AND OUR AUDIENCE DID TOO.

RETIEF GOOSEN
OKAY, THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DAVID GOSSETT.

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DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

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Hot Seat: Rory jumps into the fire early

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 2:11 pm

The world’s top tours head to desert regions this week, perfect locales for The Hot Seat, the gauge upon which we measure the level of heat the game’s top personalities are facing ...

Sahara sizzle: Rory McIlroy

McIlroy won’t have to look far to see how his form measures up to world No. 1 Dustin Johnson at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

McIlroy will make his 2018 debut with Johnson in his face, literally.

McIlroy will be grouped with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood in the first two rounds.

Players like to downplay pairings early in a tournament, but it’s hard to believe McIlroy and Johnson won’t be trying to send each other messages in this European Tour event in the United Arab Emirates. That’s the alpha-dog nature of world-class players looking to protect their turf, or in the case of McIlroy, take back his turf.

“When you are at the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Trevor Immelman said about pairings during Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge last month.

And that was an offseason event.

“They want to show this guy, ‘This is what I got,’” Immelman said.

As early season matchups go, Abu Dhabi is a heavyweight pairing that ought to be fun.

So there will be no easing into the new year for McIlroy after taking off the last three months to regroup from the stubborn rib injury that plagued him last season. He is coming off a winless year, and he will be doing so alongside a guy who just won the first PGA Tour event of 2018 in an eight-shot rout. Johnson’s victory in Hawaii two weeks ago was his fifth since McIlroy last won.

“Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place, and that was because of where I was physically,” McIlroy said of 2017. “I feel prepared now. I feel ready, and I feel ready to challenge. I feel really good about where I’m at with my health. I’ve put all that behind me, which has been great.”



Sonoran Smolder: Phil Mickelson

Mickelson will turn 48 this summer.

His world ranking is sliding, down to No. 43 now, which is the lowest he has ranked in 24 years.

It’s been more than four years since he last won, making him 0 for his last 92 starts.

There’s motivation in all of that for Mickelson. He makes his 2018 debut at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the Palm Springs area this week talking like a man on a renewed mission.

There’s a Ryder Cup team to make this season, which would be his 12th straight, and there’s a career Grand Slam to claim, with the U.S. Open returning to Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson finished second in ’04.

While Mickelson may not feel old, there are so many young stars standing in his way that it’s hard not to be constantly reminded that time isn’t on his side in these events anymore.

There has only been one player in the history of the game to win a major championship who was older than Mickelson is right now. Julius Boros won the PGA Championship when he was 48 back in 1968.



Campaign fever: Jordan Spieth

Spieth’s respect in the game’s ranks extends outside the ropes.

He was just selected to run for the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council’s chairman position. He is facing Billy Hurley III in an election to see who will succeed Davis Love III on the Tour’s Policy Board next year.

Spieth, just 24, has already made Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People.” He made that back in 2016, with the magazine writing that “he exemplifies everything that’s great about sports.” Sounds like a campaign slogan.

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CareerBuilder Challenge: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 1:10 pm

The PGA Tour shifts from Hawaii to Southern California for the second full-field event of the year. Here are the key stats and information for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch (all rounds on Golf Channel):

Thursday, Rd. 1: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Sunday, Rd. 4: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream


Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to winner)

Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,113); PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,159); La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,060) NOTE: All three courses will be used for the first three rounds but only the Stadium Course will be used for the final round.

Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20) - defeated Adam Hadwin by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour win.


Notables in the field

Phil Mickelson

* This is his first start of 2018. It's the fourth consecutive year he has made this event the first one on his yearly calendar.

* For the second year in a row he will serve as the tournament's official ambassador.

* He has won this event twice - in 2002 and 2004.

* This will be his 97th worldwide start since his most recent win, The Open in 2013.


Jon Rahm

* Ranked No. 3 in the world, he finished runner-up in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

* In 37 worldwide starts as a pro, he has 14 top-5 finishes.

* Last year he finished T-34 in this event.


Adam Hadwin

* Last year in the third round, he shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club. It was the ninth - and still most recent - sub-60 round on Tour.

* In his only start of 2018, the Canadian finished 32nd in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.


Brian Harman

* Only player on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.

* Ranks fifth in greens in regulation this season.

* Finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T-4 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.


Brandt Snedeker

* Making only his third worldwide start since last June at the Travelers Championship. He has been recovering from a chest injury.

* This is his first start since he withdrew from the Indonesian Masters in December because of heat exhaustion.

* Hasn't played in this event since missing the cut in 2015.


Patrick Reed

* Earned his first career victory in this event in 2014, shooting three consecutive rounds of 63.

* This is his first start of 2018.

* Last season finished seventh in strokes gained: putting, the best ranking of his career.

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)