Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

THERE'S A HAPPY MOMENT. WINNING HIS FIRST OF MANY PGA TOUR EVENTS AT THE AGE OF 22 IN HIS 12TH START. YEAH, YOU DIDN'T DROP ANY PART OF THAT TROPHY ACTUALLY.

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT WAS A PRETTY HEAVY TROPHY TOO.

PETER KESSLER

SAT ON THE LEAD FOR A COUPLE OF NIGHTS. ANY PARTICULAR THOUGHTS ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT ABOUT THE NEXT DAY, NOT HAVING WON ON THE BUY.COM TOUR WHERE YOU WERE PLAYING


REGULARLY, AND HERE YOU ARE GOING INTO SUNDAY WITH THE LEAD AT A PGA TOUR EVENT.

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL THAT'S, THAT'S TRUE BUT YOU KNOW IT WAS KIND OF, IT WAS KIND OF FUNNY. I FELT COMFORTABLE. YOU KNOW I WAS PLAYING WELL. I HAD BEEN PLAYING CONSISTENTLY WELL IN THE


BUY.COM. I DID FOUR TOP TENS IN A ROW, WAS SHOOTING REALLY GOOD SCORES AND JUST, YOU KNOW, I KNEW I WAS PLAYING GOOD GOLF AND OBVIOUSLY I


WAS IN A GOOD POSITION. I WAS LEADING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND IT WAS VERY COMPETITIVE. THESE GUYS ARE REALLY GOOD OUT HERE, SO I FELT CONFIDENT IN THE LEAD BUT CERTAINLY, I KNEW, 18 HOLES OF GOLF, A LOT CAN


HAPPEN AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, PETER, I JUST TRY TO GO OUT AND NOT ALLOW IT TO BECOME OVERWHELMING. TO REALLY FOCUS IN ON THAT PARTICULAR ROUND, NOT SO MUCH THE ACCUMULATION OF MY SCORES.


YOU KNOW, IF I WENT OUT AND BIRDIED THE FIRST HOLE I WANTED TO SAY, YOU KNOW, I'M ONE UNDER TODAY, NOT, YOU KNOW, 16 UNDER PAR FOR THE TOURNAMENT. SO I THINK THAT HELPED


ME AND JUST KIND OF STAY CALM AND COOL BUT IT WASN'T ALWAYS SO EASY BUT IT WAS NICE TO HANG IN THERE AND MAKE 5 BIRDIES ON SUNDAY AND NOT A BOGIE.

PETER KESSLER

SO THERE IS SOMETHING TO THAT ONE SHOT AT A TIME THEORY.

DAVID GOSSETT

THERE'S SOMETHING. WHAT, ONE SHOT AT A TIME, I, I'VE HEARD THAT BEFORE.

PETER KESSLER

(LAUGHING)


LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE 18TH HOLE. YOU GOT A ONE SHOT LEAD. GO AHEAD AND WALK US

DAVID GOSSETT

OKAY

PETER KESSLER

THROUGH THE HOLE AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT TAPE OF THE JOHN DEERE FINAL ROUND OF THE LAST HOLE


TOGETHER.

DAVID GOSSETT

ALRIGHT


72ND HOLE

PETER KESSLER

ANY EXTRA WAGGLES OR ANYTHING GOING ON?

DAVID GOSSETT

LEADING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT.


NO I FELT PRETTY CONFIDENT HERE. I'VE JUST HIT A LITTLE 3 WOOD. TRYING TO HIT A LITTLE CUT OFF THE TEE AND, LET'S SEE. FELT GOOD HERE.


HIT IT A LITTLE RIGHT OF WHERE I WANTED TO AND I'M

PETER KESSLER

YOU MEAN LIKE A FOOT?

DAVID GOSSETT

SAYING COME ON GET LEFT AND IT JUMPED, KICKED RIGHT THERE IN THE ROUGH AND.... OH WELL, THE LIE AS YOU CAN SEE WASN'T TOO BAD BUT I HAD SOME TREES IN MY WAY AND WITH THE


WATER THERE ON THE LEFT AND THE BALL WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE MY FEET. HAD LIKE A 186. 186. SO, I WAS JUST TRYING TO HIT A 7 IRON HERE. JUST KIND OF ON THE MIDDLE OF THE GREEN AND I WAS ANTICIPATING IT TO FLY A LITTLE BIT


CATCH A LITTLE JUMPER AND JUST TRYING TO KIND OF PUNCH, HOLD, CUT IT A LITTLE BIT, WATER. HIT IT OUT THERE. SAW WHAT HAPPENED,

PETER KESSLER

ARE YOU ALLOWED TO HIT A PUNCH HOLD CUT ALL IN ONE SHOT?

DAVID GOSSETT

AND UH HAVEN'T SEEN THIS YET.


YEAH. WO4KED OUT PRETTY GOOD. ROLLED OFF THE BACK THERE.


PETER KESSLER

A LITTLE UNLUCKY EVEN REALLY.

DAVID GOSSETT

YEAH, NOT TOO BAD THOUGH. ALL IN ALL I'M PLEASED.

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT AT THE FLAG.

DAVID GOSSETT

IT WAS DRY.


RIGHT AT IT. IT WAS A GOOD SHOT.

PETER KESSLER

REMINDS ME OF THE SHOT THAT JERRY PATE HIT HERE TO WIN IN 1976


BY ADMIRING THE FLAG.

DAVID GOSSETT

WORKED OUT HERE.


A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ME, WHY DIDN'T YOU PUTT IT DAVE, WHY DIDN'T YOU PUTT? UM, THE GRASS THERE I THOUGHT WAS JUST A LITTLE TOO BUMPY, A LITTLE DIVOT IN FROM ME, AND I JUST, I JUST FELT COMFORTABLE WITH


THE WEDGE HERE AND I GOT OUT THERE AND, AND LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE BUTTERFLY WENT IN THE OLE THERE, THAT WAS PRETTY COOL I THOUGHT, BUT ANYWAY, CHIPPED IT UP THERE. GOOD, A LITTLE, LITTLE LONG. GOES BY ABOUT 6 AND A HALF FEET, SO I'M THINKING MAN,


THAT'S NOT A, TOO BAD OF A,


TOUGH CHIP THERE AND, AND I GET IT SIX AND A HALF FEET.

PETER KESSLER

IT'S A PRETTY DELICATE SHOT THAT YOU PLAYED THERE. A HIGH SOFT LITTLE LOB

DAVID GOSSETT

YEAH

PETER KESSLER

FROM BEHIND THE GREEN.

DAVID GOSSETT

OH WELL.

PETER KESSLER

GOOD NERVES.

DAVID GOSSETT

UPHILL, SIX AND A HALF FOOTER FOR THE WIN. I WAS, CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE TAKEN THAT STARTING ON THURSDAY MORNING.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DID BRINY SAY TO YOU WHO WAS A SHOT BEHIND YOU AT THIS POINT?

DAVID GOSSETT

BRINY DID MENTION, BEFORE I PUTTED THIS PUTT HE SAID HEY DAVID, ROLL IT IN. HE, HE REALLY SHOWED SOME GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP AND HE PLAYED WELL. HE, I'M SURE HE'S GOING TO WIN HERE


PRETTY SOON, HE'S... A GOOD MAN. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. THAT WAS FUN. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN IT ON TELEVISION. IT WAS

PETER KESSLER

GLAD YOU'RE DOING IT WITH US.

DAVID GOSSETT

GOOD SPEED AND I JUST, IT WAS FUN. IT'S NICE TO GET THAT FIRST WIN. MATT ROW (??)

PETER KESSLER

HOW DOES THIS CHANGE THE PLAN? OBVIOUSLY NOW YOU'VE GOT AN EXEMPTION THROUGH A COUPLE OF YEARS

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

ON THE PGA TOUR. YOU'RE HERE AT THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP INSTEAD OF ODESSA, TEXAS.

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

NO KNOCK ON ODESSA, BUT MORE FUN

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL SURE

PETER KESSLER

TO PLAY IN THE PGA.

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL CERTAINLY I KNOW THAT I'll BE ABLE TO PLAY ON THE PGA TOUR HERE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS AND, AND

PETER KESSLER

IT'S NICE TO KNOW.

DAVID GOSSETT

AND IT DOES, DON'T, WON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH Q-SCHOOL IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER SO THAT, THAT'S KIND OF NICE TO BE ABLE TO SPEND SOME TIME TO RELAX AND WORK ON MY GOLF GAME AND, AND GEAR UP FOR 2002 ON THE PGA TOUR. THAT SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD TO ME.

PETER KESSLER

AND THIS WEEK YOU'VE GOT A CHAMPIONSHIP TO PLAY IN.

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT.


PETER KESSLER

IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT YOU COULDN'T WIN YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP HERE?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL I DON'T THINK THERE'S A REASON FOR WHY I SHOULDN'T BELIEVE I CAN'T WIN. I MEAN I'M PLAYING VERY WELL, AND, YOU KNOW, BUT, YOU KNOW, PETER I'M A ROOKIE HERE. I'M LEARNING SOMETHING EVERY DAY AND I'M JUST


LOVING IT, AND, AND I'M PLEASED TO BE HERE. SURE I', GOING TO GO OUT AND TRY TO GIVE MY BEST EFFORT THIS WEEK AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS BUT I DID FEEL, I'M PLAYING WELL AND I DO LIKE THIS GOLF


COURSE. IT'S A REALLY GOOD TEST. YOU HAVE TO DRIVE THE BALL WELL, AND, HITTING A LOT OF FAIRWAYS RIGHT NOW AND I FEEL COMFORTABLE OUT HERE SO, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I'M GOING TO ENJOY IT.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOU HAVE PLAYED WITH TIGER, OF COURSE HE WAS PLAYING BRILLIANT GOLF AND WINNING HIS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

DAVID GOSSETT

RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

AT ST. ANDREWS, THE OLD COURSE LAST YEAR, THEN YOU PLAYED WITH JACK, AND JACK IS STILL JACK

DAVID GOSSETT

SURE

PETER KESSLER

EVEN IF HE'S NOT WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP. WHEN YOU HAVE THOSE EXPERIENCES, OR DID HAVE THEM, WHAT DID YOU DECIDE YOU NEEDED TO WORK ON IF ANYTHING SO THAT YOU COULD MEASURE UP TO THE BEST OF WHAT TIGER CAN THROW AT YOU?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL, YOU KNOW, PETER, I JUST SAW THAT THEY'RE OBVIOUSLY TREMENDOUS COMPETITORS AND, AND I SAW THAT CERTAIN AREAS OF MY GAME, LIKE A WEDGE AND CHIPPING AREA MAYBE NEED SOME WORK, BUT JUST REALLY TO KEEP


AT IT, KEEP PLUGGING ALONG. I FEEL CONFIDENT IN THE PEOPLE AROUND ME. MY TEAM, SO TO SPEAK AND, AND I FEEL LIKE I'M DOING THE RIGHT THING, SO I'M JUST GOING TO TRY TO TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME AND I'M COMPETITIVE

PETER KESSLER

WHAT A CLICH

DAVID GOSSETT

IT IS BUT YOU KNOW I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE HERE. I THINK THIS'LL BE FUN AND, AND THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING BETTER. I, I JUST LOVE THIS GAME. I'VE GOT A PASSION


FOR IT AND I DON WANT TO BECOME COMPETITIVE SO, OUT HERE REGULARLY, SO I'M JUST GOING TO ENJOY IT.

PETER KESSLER

SO MANY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE SO QUICKLY. WHEN YOU'RE ALONE WITH YOUR FAMILY, SHARE WITH ME A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU SAY TO EACH OTHER ABOUT WHERE YOU ALL ARE IN THIS THING BECAUSE OF YOUR GREAT PLAY.

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW AND, AND JUST EXCITED REALLY. I MEAN, I LOVE GOLF. I HOPE I NEVER HAVE TO HAVE A REAL JOB AND, YOU KNOW, I JUST

PETER KESSLER

ME TOO

DAVID GOSSETT

I, (LAUGHS) I JUST LOVE IT. I'VE GOT A TRUE PASSION FOR IT. I LOVE COMPETING. I LOVE THE PEOPLE OUT HERE AND, AND TRAVELING, AND, THEY'RE SO MANY GOOD PLAYERS OUT HERE AND REALLY SO


MANY NICE PEOPLE I'VE MET AND I JUST LOOK FORWARD TO IMPROVING AND WORKING ON MY GAME AND, AND GETTING IN THERE.

PETER KESSLER

WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER

THIS WEEK WITH YOUR


CAREER WITH YOUR LIFE.

DAVID GOSSETT

I APPRECIATE IT. THANKS.


THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

AND YOU'RE A FINE FELLOW AND IT'S JUST BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEND TIME WITH YOU AND TO WATCH THIS FIRST EARLY BURST OF WHAT SHOULD BE A LONG AND


HAPPY CAREER.

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL I THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

DAVID GOSSETT

THANKS.

PETER KESSLER

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE.

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Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.


11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.


1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.