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.
After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time
Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.
On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...
Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).
Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.
It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard
On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...
There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.
He sure looks like the real deal, though.
His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.
Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner
Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2
With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.
He picked up one more No. 2, too.
The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.
In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.
Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.
“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”
Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.
Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.
He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.
Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title
Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.
Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.
His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.
“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.
Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.
Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder
Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:
Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)
What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.
Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.
Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.
Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.
Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.
Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:
Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry