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.
Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion
Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.
Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.
“While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.
It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.
“What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”
The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.
“I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”
Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey
Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:
Tiger sighting on the range! pic.twitter.com/rcJYLCes7R— Morning Drive (@GCMorningDrive) January 23, 2018
Back on TOUR.pic.twitter.com/OPmjaXFo1l— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 23, 2018
Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open
The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.
Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.
Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:
1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.
2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.
3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.
4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.
5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.
6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.
7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.
8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.
9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.
10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.
Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'
It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.
Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.
"The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."
Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.
That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.
"You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.
"But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."