Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 6
HERE'S A HAPPY MOMENT.
THAT WAS PRETTY NICE. PEBBLE BEACH. ... WHOOPS. (LAUGHS) OH WELL (LAUGHS).
THAT'S ALRIGHT. IT'S OKAY TO MAKE A DOUBLE BOGIE AFTER THE LAST SHOT
HAS BEEN (?)
THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT THE (?)
HOW DO YOU, HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS FUN AND INTERESTING AS OPPOSED TO OVERWHELMING AND CHAOTIC GIVEN THE INCREASING AND EXPONENTIALLY INCREASING RATE OF SUCCESS YOU'VE HAD LATELY?
WELL YOU'RE RIGHT. A LOT HAS KIND OF COME MY WAY. IT'S KIND OF BEEN CHAOTIC BUT IT'S BEEN REALLY FUN. PETER, MY FAITH REALLY KIND OF HELPS ME STAY GROUNDED AND JUST MY FAMILY AND SUPPORT HAS REALLY HELPED ME KIND OF KEEP A LEVEL HEAD
SO TO SPEAK I THINK. ALSO, AS FAR AS KEEPING IT FUN, EARLY ON, WHEN MY DAD AND I, WE'D GO OUT AND PLAY GOLF, WE'D REALLY, YOU KNOW, HE'D, HE'D GO THE EXTRA DISTANCE TO MAKE SURE WE'D LAUGH AND HAVE A GOOD TIME
OUT THERE. HE'D LET ME DRIVE THE CART EARLY ON WHEN I WAS 8 AND 9 AND HE'D LET ME PLAY FROM THE 200 YARD SIGN AS HE WOULD PLAY FROM THE, THE BLUES INSTEAD OF HAVING TO, YOU KNOW, HIT IT THREE TIMES TO REACH WHERE HE WAS
AND WE JUST WOULD REALLY HAVE A GOOD TIME. WE WEREN'T ALWAYS COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER TRYING TO BEAT EACH OTHER BUT HE WAS, YOU KNOW, ENCOURAGING AND, AND JUST, JUST HAVING A BALL, REALIZING IT'S A
GAME AND JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER.
ANDY MARTINEZ CADDIED FOR JOHNNY MILLER AND JOHNNY'S PRIME WAS WITH HIM FOR BOTH HIS OPEN VICTORIES, U.S. AND BRITISH OPEN WIN WITH TOM LEHMAN IN HIS BRITISH OPEN VICTORY
AND OF COURSE CADDIED FOR YOU IN A OFF WEEK DURING THE U.S AMATEUR THAT YOU TWO HAD AGREED BECAUSE YOU HAD STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION AND FRIENDSHIP AND HE DESCRIBED THAT WEEK OF HIS LIFE. GIVEN ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN
WHEN YOU WON THE U.S. AMATEUR AT PEBBLE BEACH AFTER ALMOST NOT EVEN GETTING THROUGH THE QUALIFYING STAGE OF THE THING AS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING EXPERIENCES OF HIS ENTIRE CAREER. HOW DO YOU CHARACTERIZE
THAT PARTICULAR WEEK?
WELL I REALLY CHERISH THE EXPERIENCE I HAD AT PEBBLE BEACH NOT ONLY WINNING THE TROPHY BUT THE FRIENDSHIP THAT I REALLY HAVE IN ANDY MARTINEZ. HE IS A FINE BROTHER AND, AND IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL HOW IT ALL WORKED OUT. YOU KNOW, WE MET IN
MEMPHIS AND WE STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION AND, AND TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT WE JUST STARTED TALKING. HE SAID HEY I THINK YOU CAN GET YOU A CADDIE FOR THE, THE U.S AMATEUR. I LIVE NOT TOO FAR FROM THERE. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT
AND I SAID OH GREAT. YOU KNOW, WELL I STILL HAVE TO QUALIFY IN CHICAGO AND PLAY 36 HOLES TO GET IN AND I GOT IN AND, AND WE TALKED ON THE PHONE A FEW TIMES AND HE WAS CALLING FROM FLINT MICHIGAN ONE TIME. HE SAID
WELL, WELL, IT MIGHT WORK OUT WHERE I COULD CADDIE. I'VE BEEN AROUND THAT COURSE A FEW TIMES AND
NEEDLESS TO SAY HE'S BEEN AROUND
THERE A LOT, SO IT, HE WAS VERY HELPFUL THAT WEEK AND WE HAD A GOOD TIME JUST TALKING ABOUT GOLF AND LIFE AND IT, IT WAS NICE THAT I WAS ABLE TO PLAY SO WELL AND, AND WIN THE TOURNAMENT.
WE OUGHT TO SAY THAT WE LEARN MORE FROM THE BAD GOLF THAT WE PLAY THAN FROM THE HAPPY EXPERIENCES THAT WE HAVE AND
YOU HAD AN 80 AT PEBBLE BEACH
IN THE FIRST OF 36 HOLES QUALIFYING AND KNEW THAT YOU NEEDED TO SHOOT 70 OR 71 AT THE MORE DIFFICULT SPY GLASS HILL. SHOT THE 71. QUALIFIED BY A SHOT. WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT YOU DURING THAT ROUND OF 71 THAT DAY?
I LEARNED, I LEARNED A LOT AND YOU KNOW MY BACK WAS OBVIOUSLY UP AGAINST THE WALL. HAD, YOU KNOW, NOTHING TO LOSE. EVERYTHING TO GAIN. I KNEW I HAD TO GO OUT AND REALLY BE FOCUSED AND PLAY A GOOD ROUND OF GOLF. YOU KNOW, I SPENT A GOOD WEEK
AT MEMPHIS THE WEEK BEFORE PREPARING FOR THE EVENT AND I FELT VERY PREPARED AND TO OPEN UP WITH AN 80 WAS A, VERY HUMBLING SCORE, LET ME SAY AND I WAS VERY DETERMINED TO GO OUT THERE THE NEXT DAY AND TO STICK WITH MY GAME PLAN AND, AND TO
REALLY BE FOCUSED ON, ON SHOOTING A GOOD SCORE BECAUSE I NEEDED IT BUT ANDY WAS OUT THERE. HE, WE WERE HELPFUL. HE WAS HELPFUL AND TO SHOOT 71 AT SPYGLASS WITH THE, THE WAY THEY HAD THE ROUGH UP
PARTICULARLY FOR THAT EVENT AT SPY GLASS WAS VERY THICK. IT WAS FUNNY PLAYING IN THE PRACTICE ROUND, ANDY WAS MENTIONING MAN THEY REALLY GROWN IT IN HERE. THIS IS REALLY THICK,.
YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT LIKE THIS DURING THE AT&T SO IT WAS NICE TO GO OUT AND SHOOT THAT 71 AND GET IN.
THE AMATEUR'S CHAMPIONSHIP.
IT SURE IS.
BETWEEN THE SUMMER OF '99 WHEN YOU WON AT PEBBLE AND THEN WINNING RECENTLY AT JOHN DEERE, YU DIDN'T HAVE ANY VICTORIES
ON ANY TOUR ANYWHERE BTU YET YOU HAD AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF EXPERIENCES
PLAYING WITH TIGER IN A MAJOR. PLAYING WITH JACK AT BOTH THE MASTERS AND THE U.S. OPEN LAST YEAR. PLAYING WITH TIGER, ACTUALLY, AT THE OLD COURSE LAST YEAR
WHEN HE WON THAT CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'VE GAINED IN THAT INTERIM PERIOD THAT YOU SORT OF TAKE WITH YOU NOW? THE EXPERIENCE WITH TIGER, THE EXPERIENCE WITH JACK?
I THINK PETER, AFTER WINNING THE U.S. AMATEUR AT PEBBLE , A PLACE LIKE PEBBLE BEACH, I WENT BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND JUST WAS REALLY WELCOMED THERE AND THEY
REALLY EMBRACED THAT WIN AND, AND SO SUPPORTIVE. I REALLY ENJOYED MY, MY TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. COACH JOHN FIELDS HAS JUST, A GREAT COACH AND A GOOD FRIEND AND THEY
HAVE A, A WONDERFUL PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, BUT PLAYING IN THE MASTERS, STAYING IN THE CROWS NEST, PLAYING WITH JACK NICKLAUS ON SUNDAY AT AUGUSTA, THOSE EXPERIENCES YOU TALK ABOUT, I MEAN,
IT WAS, IT WAS GREAT KIND OF LEARNING TIME FOR ME TO, TO LOOK AT WHAT I WANTED TO DO IN MY GAME. I KNEW THAT THE AMATEUR OPENED UP DOORS IS PLAYING IN THE U.S OPEN AND JACK'S POSSIBLY HIS LAST U.S. OPEN AND MY FIRST. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT
EXPERIENCE. WE'RE PLAYING AT PEBBLE BEACH. THAT WAS PRETTY FUN AND TO PLAY WITH TIGER AND NICK PRICE AT THE HOME OF GOLF WAS A VERY SPECIAL. I, I ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE AND IT WAS A
TIME FOR ME TO MATURE AND TO REALLY KIND OF GROW UP IN MY GAME AND CONTINUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY GAME. TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OUT HERE ON THE, ON THE TOUR GOLF, WORLD GOLF HERE SO, I WON A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. JOHN DEERE AND, AND GOLF
IS A FICKLE GAME. WHAT CAN I SAY? I, I DIDN'T WIN BUT THE EXPERIENCES I HAD WERE, WERE AWESOME.
AT THE MASTERS LAST YEAR, YOU NOT ONLY MADE THE CUT BUT YOU WERE LOW AMATEUR AND THAT MEANS YOU'RE PART OF THE GREEN JACKET
CEREMONY AND OF COURSE BOBBY JONES WHO CREATED THE TOURNAMENT AND BUILT THE GOLF COURSE WAS A LIFELONG AMATEUR
AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM THE AMATEUR ELEMENT IN THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT. WHAT DID YOU FEEL
INSIDE AS YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN THINKING OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS DURING THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY?
MOST DEFINITELY. THE ENTIRE WEEK, PETER. JUST STAYING IN THE CROW'S NEST AND THINKING ABOUT HOW MANY GREAT PLAYERS HAVE STAYED OUT THERE. WALKING THROUGH THE
CHAMPION'S LOCKER ROOM EACH, EACH MORNING AND SEEING ALL THE CHAMPIONS FROM MR. BYRON NELSON TO TIGER TO, TO ALL THE CHAMPIONS THERE AND I JUST, I JUST WANTED TO LET IT SOAK IN AND, AND TO, TO DREAM A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, AND TO HAVE FUN AND, AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE AND I DID AND I
THINK I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT AND I HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR WHAT BOBBY JONES AND THE MEMBERS THERE HAVE DONE WITH
THAT EVENT AND HOW THEY HONOR THE, YOU KNOW, THE GAME AND THE GOLF AND
THEIR JUST, IT'S A FABULOUS TOURNAMENT.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND LOOK AT THAT COOL PUTT AND WE'LL LOOK RIGHT NOW AT A VERY COOL STATUE OF BOBBY JONES FROM RIGHT HERE AT THE ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB AS WE TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK.
McIlroy making big statement in first start of 2018
Rory McIlroy marched the fairways of Abu Dhabi Golf Club Saturday with that fighter pilot stride of his, with that confident little bob in his step that you see when he is in command of his full arsenal of shots.
So much for easing into the new year.
So much for working off rust and treating these first few months of 2018 as a warmup for the Masters and his bid to complete the career Grand Slam.
McIlroy, 28, is poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
With back-to-back birdies to close his round, McIlroy put up a 7-under-par 65, leaving him just one shot off the lead going into the final round.
“It’s good,” McIlroy said. “I probably scored a bit better today, short game was needed as well, but I hit the ball very well, so all in all it was another great round and confidence builder, not just for this week but obviously for the rest of the season as well.”
McIlroy can make a strong statement with a win Sunday.
If he claims the title in his first start of the year, he sends a message about leaving all the woes of 2017 behind him. He sends a message about his fitness after a nagging rib injury plagued him all of last year. He sends a message about his readiness to reassert himself as the game’s best player in a world suddenly teeming with towering young talent.
After his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro, McIlroy is eager to show himself, as well as everyone else, that he is ready to challenge for major championships and the world No. 1 title again.
“It feels like awhile since I’ve won,” McIlroy said. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”
A victory would be all the more meaningful because the week started with McIlroy paired with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and reigning European Tour Player of the Year Tommy Fleetwood.
McIlroy acknowledged the meaning of that going into Saturday’s round.
“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent healthy,” he said. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and one of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”
It’s worth repeating what 2008 Masters champ Trevor Immelman said last month about pairings and the alpha-dog nature of the world’s best players. He was talking about Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge, when Immelman said pairings matter, even in off season events.
“When you are the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Immelman said. “They want to show this guy, `This is what I got.’”
A victory with Johnson in the field just two weeks after Johnson won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in an eight-shot rout will get the attention of all the elite players.
A victory also sets this up as a January for the ages, making it the kind of big-bang start the game has struggled to create in the shadow of the NFL playoffs.
Johnson put on a tour-de-force performance winning in Hawaii and the confident young Spaniard Jon Rahm is just a shot off the lead this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour. Sergio Garcia is just two off the lead going into the final round of the Singapore Open. Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines next week.
To be sure, McIlroy has a lot of work to do Sunday.
Yet another rising young talent, Thomas Pieters, shares the lead with Ross Fisher. Fleetwood is just two shots back and Johnson five back.
McIlroy has such a good history at Abu Dhabi. Over the last seven years, he has finished second four times and third twice. Still, even a strong finish that falls short of winning bodes well for McIlroy in his first start of the year.
“I have never won my first start back out,” McIlroy said.
A strong start, whether he wins or not, sets McIlroy up well for the ambitious schedule he plans for 2018. He’s also scheduled to play the Dubai Desert Classic next with the possibility he’ll play 30 times this year, two more events than he’s ever played in a year.
“I’m just really getting my golf head back on,” McIlroy said. “I’ve been really pleased with that.”
A victory Sunday will make all our heads spin a little b it with the exciting possibilities the game offers this year.
Garcia 2 back in weather-delayed Singapore Open
SINGAPORE - Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat built a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack that includes Sergio Garcia and Ryo Ishikawa midway through the third round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.
The Thai golfers were locked together at 9 under when play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Club for the third day in a row because of lightning strikes in the area.
Masters champion Garcia and former teen prodigy Ishikawa were among seven players leading the chase at 7 under on a heavily congested leaderboard.
Garcia, one of 78 players who returned to the course just after dawn to complete their second rounds, was on the 10th hole of his third round when the warning siren was sounded to abruptly end play for the day.
''Let's see if we can finish the round, that will be nice,'' he said. ''But I think if I can play 4-under I should have a chance.''
The Spanish golfer credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his first major championship title at Augusta National because of the stifling humidity of southeast Asia and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore in 2017, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the subsequent week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. He is feeling confident of his chances of success this weekend.
''I felt like I hit the ball OK,'' Garcia said. ''My putting and all went great but my speed hasn't been great on this green so let's see if I can be a little more aggressive on the rounds this weekend.''
Ishikawa moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage after firing a second round of 5-under 66 that featured eight birdies. He birdied the first two holes of his third round to grab the outright lead but slipped back with a double-bogey at the tricky third hole for the third day in a row. He dropped another shot at the par-5 sixth when he drove into a fairway bunker.
''It was a short night but I had a good sleep and just putted well,'' Ishikawa said. The ''greens are a little quicker than yesterday but I still figured (out) that speed.
Ishikawa was thrust into the spotlight more than a decade ago. In 2007, he became the youngest player to win on any of the major tours in the world. He was a 15-year-old amateur when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.
He turned pro at 16, first played in the Masters when he was 17 and the Presidents Cup when he was 18. He shot 58 in the final round to win The Crowns in Japan when he was 19.
Now 26, Ishikawa has struggled with injuries and form in recent years. He lost his PGA Tour card and hasn't played in any of the majors since 2015. He has won 15 times as a professional, but has never won outside his homeland of Japan.
Chapchai was able to sleep in and put his feet up on Saturday morning after he completed his second round on Friday.
He bogeyed the third but reeled off three birdies in his next four holes to reach 9-under with the back nine still to play.
Danthai was tied for 12th at the halfway stage but charged into a share of the lead with seven birdies in the first 15 holes of his penultimate round.
McIlroy (65) one back in Abu Dhabi through 54
Rory McIlroy moved into position to send a powerful message in his first start of the new year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Closing out with back-to-back birdies Saturday, McIlroy posted a 7-under-par 65, leaving him poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion after a winless year in 2017.
McIlroy heads into Sunday just a single shot behind the leaders, Thomas Pieters (67) and Ross Fisher (65), who are at 17-under overall at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
Making his first start after taking three-and-a-half months off to regroup from an injury-riddled year, McIlroy is looking sharp in his bid to win for the first time in 16 months. He chipped in for birdie from 50 feet at the 17th on Saturday and two-putted from 60 feet for another birdie to finish his round.
McIlroy took 50 holes before making a bogey in Abu Dhabi. He pushed his tee shot into a greenside bunker at the 15th, where he left a delicate play in the bunker, then barely blasted his third out before holing a 15-footer for bogey.
McIlroy notably opened the tournament playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who started the new year winning the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in an eight-shot rout just two weeks ago. McIlroy was grouped in the first two rounds with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood, the European Tour’s Player of the Year last season. McIlroy sits ahead of both of them going into the final round, with Johnson (68) tied for 12th, five shots back, and Fleetwood (67) tied for fourth, two shots back.
Those first two rounds left McIlroy feeling good about his off season work.
“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent health,” he said going into Saturday. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”
Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.
The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.
Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.
''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''
First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.
''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''
David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.
Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.
The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.
''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''