Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 5
22 YEAR OLD DAVID GOSSETT HAS ENOUGH DATA POINTS ON THE GRAPH TO EVIDENCE THAT HE'S HEADED TO THE TOP OF THE GOLF WORLD. HE STUDIED AND LEARNED AT THE LEADBETTER ACADEMY. HE WAS THE A.J.G.A. PLAYER OF THE YEAR
IN 1997. HE WON THE U.S. AMATEUR IN 1999 AND SHOCKINGLY FAILED AT Q-SCHOOL, DESPITE THROWING A 59 AT THE FIELD. HE'S PLAYED ALL THE MAJORS EXCEPT THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. HE CROSSES
THAT OFF HIS LIST THIS WEEK. AT THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC A FEW WEEKS AGO, HE TOOK CARE OF THE WHOLE TOUR CARD
ISSUE BY WINNING AND NOW HE'S READY TO REALLY GET SERIOUS.
WELCOME BACK, IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO PGA TOUR WINNER, DAVID GOSSETT. THAT HAS TO SOUND GOOD, RIGHT?
IT SURE DOES, PETER. THANK YOU.
GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.
GLAD TO BE HERE.
AS OPPOSED TO
ODESSA, TEXAS. NEVER BEEN OUT THERE. WENT TO UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FOR TWO YEARS BUT PLEASED TO BE HERE IN ATLANTA THIS WEEK PLAYING IN THE, THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP.
WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU WERE VOTED MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR CLASSMATES SAW IN YOU THAT YOU PROBABLY SECRETLY APPRECIATED ABOUT YOURSELF ALREADY?
WELL PETER I THINK THEY, THEY RECOGNIZED THAT OBVIOUSLY I, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE GOLF COURSE AND LOVED THE GAME AND SAW THAT I HAD SOME SUCCESS IN JUNIOR GOLF BUT REALLY JUST ENJOYED PLAYING IT AND, AND I REALLY ENJOYED HIGH SCHOOL.
I HAVE SOME GOOD FRIENDS AND I TRAVELED. WENT TO THREE DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS, ACTUALLY AND, AND, IN MEMPHIS THERE AND WENT TO THE LEADBETTER ACADEMY IN FLORIDA BUT I
THINK THEY, THEY JUST RECOGNIZED THAT I HAD A BURNING DESIRE TO IMPROVE MY GOLF GAME AND ENJOY THE GAME.
A LOT OF PLAYERS, EVEN VERY GREAT ONES HAVE STOOD OVER SIX FOOT PUTTS, AND THE FEELING THEY HAD INSIDE WAS THAT THEY WANTED TO THROW UP AND THAT THEY WERE NERVOUS AS OPPOSED TO EXCITED AT THE OPPORTUNITY.
NICKLAUS WAS EXCITED AND EXHILARATED AT THE OPPORTUNITY. TIGER GETS EXCITED AND EXHILARATED AT THE OPPORTUNITY AND IT SEEMS LIKE YOU DO TOO. I MEAN EVEN GOING BACK
TO BEING A KID 10 YEARS OLD AND PITCHING A NO HITTER IN YOUR FIRST PITCHING START IN LITTLE LEAGUE TO
WINNING ON TOUR IN ONLY YOUR 12TH START. WHERE DO YOU THINK THIS LOVE OF THE PRESSURE AS YOU'RE PERFORMING YOUR CRAFT COMES FROM FOR YOU?
I THINK MY, MY DAD EARLY ON INSTILLED IN ME A COMPETITIVE NATURE FOR, FOR, IT WENT BACK TO JUST KIND OF THROWING PITCH BACK IN THE, THE BACK YARD. WE PLAYED A LOT OF BASEBALL TOGETHER AND, AND HE PLAYED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY. HE PITCHED
BASEBALL AND, MY WHOLE FAMILY JUST REALLY SUPPORTIVE. WE LOVE SPORTS. LOVE HAVING A GOOD TIME. I PLAYED COMPETITIVE LITTLE LEAGUE LIKE YOU SAID. PLAYED BASKETBALL, I PLAYED HOCKEY. I PLAYED, I JUST LOVED SPORTS
AND WHEN I GOT PLAYING GOLF FOR A WHILE AND THEN, AS I BECAME MORE AND MORE SERIOUS WITH IT, AND, STARTING TO WIN TOURNAMENTS I JUST LOVE THE CHANCE TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THAT SIX FOOTER YOU WERE
REFERRING TO AT THE JOHN DEERE, I MEAN, I JUST WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, BEFORE I PUTT, I GO THIS IS, WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. ENJOY IT, AND I DIDN'T WANT TO, YOU KNOW, MISS IT BECAUSE I WAS NERVOUS OR ANYTHING, SO I JUST KIND OF TRIED TO SMILE AND ENJOY IT
AND WHATEVER HAPPENED HAPPENED AND HAPPENED TO GO RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE WITH GOOD SPEED AND IT WORKED OUT WELL.
WE ONCE ASKED NICK FALDO AS HE WAS WINNING HIS FIRST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP, THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
AT MUIRFIELD IN 1987, HE WAS MAKING 18 STRAIGHT PARS IN THE LAST ROUND TO WIN AND AS HE HIT
THE FINAL IRON TO THE GREEN AND WAS WATCHING IT IN THE AIR, HIS THOUGHT WAS... COOL. WHICH WAS EXACTLY THE REACTION I READ YOU HAD AFTER YOU HIT THAT SIX FOOT PUTT.
WELL PETER, NO QUESTION, IT WAS VERY COOL. I HAD MY, MY GOOD BUDDY MATT BROST ON THE BAG AT THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC AND WE JUST REALLY HAD A FUN WEEK, AND, YOU KNOW THE, PLAYING ON
THE BUY.COM TOUR THIS YEAR IT WAS VERY GOOD FOR ME. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT I GOT TO PLAY OUT THERE AND GET TO LEARN THAT THOSE GUYS OUT THERE
ARE REALLY GOOD AND IT'S VERY COMPETITIVE AND PLEASED THAT I WAS ABLE TO HANG ON AT THE JOHN DEERE AND GET THE JOB DONE AND WIN IT, BUT I
JUST HAD FUN AND JUST KIND OF LETTING GO AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT THE OUTCOME SO MUCH AND THAT'S ALL YOU COULD DO.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU WANTED TO BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, GOING BACK IN TIME, WHEN DID THAT FIRST OCCUR TO YOU AS, AS YOUR LIFE'S WORK GOAL?
WELL LIKE I MENTIONED BEFORE, I PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS GROWING UP, AND, AND I STARTED TO PLAY GOLF WHEN I WAS ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE AND PLAYED PRETTY WELL LOCALLY AND, AND
SLOWLY PLAYED IN SOME NATIONAL JUNIOR EVENTS AND STUFF AND WHEN I BECAME ABOUT 15 YEARS OLD, PETER, I, I STOPPED PLAYING OTHER SPORTS. REALLY WANTED TO FOCUS IN ON GOLF AND SEE IF I COULD PLAY WELL IN JUNIOR GOLF, GET A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AND
ABOUT 15 I REALLY DECIDED THAT I WANTED TO GIVE GOLF MY ALL IN, IN SPORT AND, AND I'D LOVE TO BECOME A PART OF THE HISTORY OF THE GAME OF GOLF AND THAT'S BEEN A BURNING DESIRE SINCE THEN FOR MY GOLF GAME.
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TIGER HAD NO CONTROL OVER BUT THAT HE WAS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HAPPEN WAS THE COMBINATION OF STRENGTHS IN HIS PARENTS. HIS DAD BRINGING THE DISCIPLINE FROM THE MILITARY AND HIS
MOM BRINGING THE EASTERN MYSTICISM TO HIM TO FORM A GREAT COMBINATION. YOU HAD THE SAME KIND OF LUCK, TOO, DID YOU NOT? YOUR
I SURE DID.
YOUR MOM BEING A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR .
YOUR DAD AT ONE POINT FLYING F-4 FIGHTER PLANES.
WHAT DID THOSE TWO DISCIPLINES, DO YOU THINK, MELT TOGETHER TO DO FOR YOU?
WELL, I'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH WONDERFUL PARENTS. MY DAD, LARRY, AND MY MOM PAM, JUST HAVE BEEN FABULOUS TO SUPPORT ME IN MY GOLF AND, AND JUST IN LIFE TOO. THEY'VE TAUGHT ME, INSTILLED GOOD VALUES
AND MORALS AND YOU KNOW, MY SISTER, JONI, TOO, WE'RE REALLY CLOSE AND SHE'S GOING TO BE A FRESHMAN AT VANDERBILT AND PLAY ON THE GOLF TEAM AND WE'VE GROWN CLOSER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND LAYING GOLF AND
JUST HAVING FUN BUT THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, I'M EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A LOVING FAMILY AND, AND THAT IS A HUGE REASON I'M, WHY I'M HERE TODAY.
YOU CAN DO THE SAME THING SERGIO DID LAST YEAR. PLAY WITH YOUR SISTER AT THE PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM?
WELL I DON'T KNOW. WE'LL HAVE TO SEE, BUT I DO ENJOY PLAYING TOGETHER. WE, WE HAVE SOME GOOD PUTTING CONTESTS TOGETHER LAST WEEK.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT
AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. AS WE LEAVE YOU, A LITTLE GRAPHIC ON DAVID GOSSETT.
-WON HIS 2ND TOURNAMENT PLAYED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.
-WON U.S. AMATEUR IN HIS 2ND APPEARANCE 9&8 MARGIN TIED LARGEST IN FINAL SINCE 1949.
-1ST PLAYER TO SHOOT 59 AT PGA TOUR QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT.
-1ST PLAYER TO WIN ON PGA TOUR WITH A SPONSOR'S EXEMPTION SINCE TIGER WOODS IN 1996.
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.