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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Monday Scramble: Just getting started

By Will GrayJanuary 22, 2018, 4:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood dazzles, Jon Rahm outlasts, Phil Mickelson falters, Rory McIlroy starts the year on the right foot and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble:

He didn't hit a single shot on Sunday, but the biggest winner of the weekend may have been Thomas Bjorn.

That's because the burly Dane watched one potential European Ryder Cup stud after another either lift a trophy or show significant signs of promise.

First it was Sergio Garcia cruising to victory in Singapore, then Tommy Fleetwood's stirring rally in Abu Dhabi. By the time Jon Rahm finished off the CareerBuilder Challenge in the waning daylight, the European skipper likely had a grin plastered from ear to ear.

There will be countless ebbs and flows of momentum before the first shot is struck at Le Golf National, but this week proved once again that the Americans won't be the only ones sporting some serious depth at the biennial matches.


1. The most dazzling display Sunday came from Fleetwood, who successfully defended his title in Abu Dhabi thanks to an absolutely unconscious back nine.

The Englishman was five shots back when he made the turn, but six birdies over his final nine holes turned that deficit into a two-shot win.

It was in Abu Dhabi last year that he sparked a career turnaround, winning the event en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. He turned up once again this year with ample confidence and a new wedding ring, and the results were much the same.

He doesn't have the star power of some of his contemporaries, but it's becoming increasingly clear that Fleetwood can more than hold his own against even the best in the game.

2. Hours before Fleetwood caught fire, it was Garcia rolling to a five-shot win in Singapore to complete the transition from tournament headliner to tournament champion.

Garcia was just days removed from his 38th birthday and making his first start with a full bag of Callaway clubs. But he showed no signs of offseason rust or equipment adjustment while capturing his second worldwide win since slipping into his green jacket.

The Spaniard has certainly enjoyed the fruits of his Masters victory nine months ago, but it's apparent that he has no plans to rest on the laurels of last spring.



3. He didn't leave Abu Dhabi with the trophy, but McIlroy may have found something more lasting: confidence.

It was in his first start last year that McIlroy injured his rib and plummeted into a vicious cycle of attempted rehabs and ill-fated comebacks. This time around, he came out of the gates with a relaxed swagger en route to a tie for third.

As Ryan Lavner wrote, it was an ideal beginning to a big year for McIlroy, who has already offered up the notion that 2018 could be the busiest season of his career as he chases the final leg of the career Grand Slam and a return to golf's upper echelon.

After the first leg of a two-week stay in the Middle East, that plan is off to a promising start.

4. Let's take a moment to marvel at McIlroy's record in Abu Dhabi, where he has done everything but win the tournament.

In his last nine appearances, McIlroy has finished fifth or better eight times. That stretch includes four runner-up results and now two straight T-3 finishes.

There remain two equally remarkable factors to McIlroy's run: the fact that he somehow hasn't managed to lift the trophy (yet), and the lone outlier: a missed cut in 2013 after his celebrated switch to Nike.



5. With darkness rapidly encircling the Coachella Valley, Rahm managed to shake off Andrew Landry and capture his second career PGA Tour victory.

Rahm's 20-foot birdie on the fourth playoff hole proved the difference in Palm Springs, where he entered as the highest-ranked player in the field and supported that status with his stout play.

Rahm barely took his foot off the gas, both across the difficult closing stretch at PGA West and during the playoff when he sent one approach after the next hurtling toward the pin. It's the fourth worldwide win in less than a year for Rahm, who continues to outpace even the rosiest of projections for his burgeoning career.

6. The win moves Rahm past Jordan Spieth to world No. 2, making him the fourth-youngest player to ever reach such heights.

One year ago, the Spaniard was ranked 137th in the world. His win at the Farmers Insurance Open the following week altered his trajectory, and he now finds himself only one rung away from the top of the ladder.

While so much focus has been (deservedly) heaped upon players like Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, perhaps it's Rahm who has the best chance to eventually unseat world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. He'll have a chance to chip into that deficit this week as he defends his title at Torrey Pines.



7. Speaking of Torrey Pines, it's officially Farmers Insurance Open week which means that Tiger Woods watch is about to kick off in earnest.

It's something of a tradition to see Woods strolling the fairways of the South Course, where he has won eight times including the 2008 U.S. Open. But this week will bring heightened expectation following Woods' better-than-anticipated return from injury last month at the Hero World Challenge.

Granted, Torrey Pines is a far cry from the forgiving fairways of Albany. But if Woods is able to put together two solid rounds and make the cut, it should be seen as a step in the right direction.

Of course, for all of Woods' success in San Diego, it's also the place where he struggled with chipping yips prior to a withdrawal in 2015 and missed the cut last year in his final official PGA Tour start of the year. So his results this time around might be anyone's guess.

Ken Duke is one of the bona fide nice guys on Tour, and he proved it this weekend in Palm Springs.

Duke is playing off past champion status this season, and he unsuccessfully petitioned tournament officials at the CareerBuilder Challenge for a sponsor invite. With 156 players in the field, Duke was the odd man out at No. 157 and relegated to first alternate status.

He didn't get into the tournament proper, but Duke was willing to step in when Corey Pavin's first Tour start since 2015 ended with a withdrawal after just 17 holes. Because of the tournament's pro-am format, Pavin's amateur partner was left without a pro for the next two rounds.

So in came Duke to play what amounted to a 36-hole pro-am, an effort of good faith to help an event that couldn't find room for him at the start of the week:

It's not often you see a pro compete where his score only counts for his amateur partner. But such was Duke's situation this week, and kudos to him for handling it with class.

This week's award winners ...


Unusually Short Stay: Phil Mickelson. Lefty has become a regular in Palm Springs, but three shaky rounds left him with his first missed cut in this event since 1994 - a few months before Rahm was born.

Nice Job, Kid: Sungjae Im. The 19-year-old Korean joined Jason Day as the only two teenagers to win on the Web.com Tour, as Im shot a final-round 65 to win the season opener in the Bahamas.

A for Effort: Andrew Landry. Landry put up a stellar fight in Palm Springs, holing a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff and going shot-for-shot with Rahm for nearly an hour. He came up short in his effort to win for the first time, but Landry certainly has plenty of positive takeaways from his week in the desert.



On the Disabled List: Brooks Koepka. The reigning U.S. Open champ is out for the next couple months because of a torn ligament in his wrist, with hopes of returning before the Masters. The diagnosis comes after Koepka finished last at both the Hero World Challenge and Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Still the Bridesmaid: Ross Fisher. The Englishman now has 14 runner-up finishes on the European Tour after he coughed up a late lead to Fleetwood. It's been a resurgent year for Fisher, including nine top-10s and three runner-ups in his last six starts. But he's still looking for his first win in nearly four years.

More Euro Momentum: Not to be outshone by Fleetwood and McIlroy, Matthew Fitzpatrick (T-3) and Thomas Pieters (T-5) both started the year on the right foot in Abu Dhabi. Both men were at Hazeltine two years ago, and expect one (or both) to factor on the team in Paris this fall.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Bill Haas. A two-time winner and the all-time leading money-winner in Palm Springs, Haas never factored and eventually missed the cut. Honorable mention here goes to 2014 champ Patrick Reed who also stayed home on Sunday.

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Rosaforte Report: Landry's grit born in a Pea Patch

By Tim RosaforteJanuary 22, 2018, 3:40 pm

In this week's Rosaforte Report: The birthplace of Andrew Landry's grit, Tiger's former coach invites instruction debate, downtime may be good for Brooks Koepka, Stacy Lewis is amped for 2018, and a "very boring" birthday gift for Jack Nicklaus.

The beauty and drama of tournament golf played out in the California desert on Sunday when Andrew Landry, a journeyman who learned the game on a shabby nine-hole course called the Pea Patch in Port Groves, Texas, took the hottest young player in the game, Jon Rahm, to four holes of a sudden death playoff before finally succumbing. It was riveting drama in a yard-for-yard, stride-for-stride and putt-for-putt contrast that ended with the sun setting over the Santa Rosa Mountains.

With it, the 23-year-old Rahm went to No. 2 in the world and the 30-year-old Landry, a grinder finally off the Web.com Tour, moved from 184th to a career high 102nd in the world ranking.

The 5-foot-7 Landry, who had his “Tin Cup” moment in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he held the first-round lead and hung with the big boys until a T-15 finish, never backed off in the shadow of the 6-foot-2 Rahm, just as he never backed away from bets in the Tuesday and Saturday games at the Pea Patch. That’s where he would write his name on the chalkboard for the “Dog Fights” that were the club’s version of the SWAT competition that is an Oakmont tradition.

“Those money games are what made us,” Andrew’s brother, Adam, told me the day his sibling became the proverbial no-name leader after shooting the lowest opening round (66) in U.S. Open-Oakmont history.

Andrew Landry lost his money game to Rahm, but his second-place finish still paid out $637,200, putting him over the $1 million mark for the season, and sending him off to the Farmers Insurance Open with a message that this isn’t the last time we’ll hear from him.

“We’ll take it and move on to Torrey Pines,” Landry said before exiting Palm Springs. “It’s obviously a great course for me. I’m driving the ball really well and I’m doing everything really good, so we’ll try again next week.”



GREAT(S) DEBATES: Chris Como may not be Tiger Woods’ teacher anymore, but he was recently appointed director of instruction at Dallas National, one of the plush practice environments in golf. He is also architect of an interesting forum on the mental game and the philosophy of instruction Tuesday at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., which features Claude Harmon III, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Mike Adams, Fran Pirozzolo, Hal Sutton, Brad Faxon and Brandel Chamblee.

“It’s an event that invited open dialog and debate about all the topics of golf instruction,” Como said in a text message. “The goal is to put a bunch of smart people in the same room together to move our industry forward in a positive direction.”

This should be entertaining dialog, especially coming two days before Tiger makes his comeback at the Farmers.


Stacy Lewis at the 2017 LPGA Cambia Portland Classic


STACY'S SPARK: On the week when she was named winner of the Ben Hogan Award for overcoming scoliosis, Stacy Lewis did what Hogan epitomized – she doggedly continued to work on her game.

Heading into her 10th season on the LPGA tour and facing her 33rd birthday on Feb. 16, Lewis flew from Houston to Florida, on her way to the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, for checkups with instructor Joe Hallett and performance coach Dave Donatucci.

After workouts and an evaluation at his gym, Donatucci noted the veteran’s vertical leap was 2 inches higher than she’s ever jumped before. “Physically, she’s in a great place,” Donatucci said. Mentally, she is in a great place as well, breaking a 39-month winless streak in September with a victory in the Cambia Portland Classic. After playing lessons at Old Palm and The Floridian, Hallet told me, “There’s an energy there that she’s always had.”

Other than Cristie Kerr, who is 40, the top 10 players in the Race to the CME Globe were all in their 20s. Lewis, who was 13th, told the Houston Chronicle she played some of her best golf the last six to seven tournaments of 2017. “Honestly it doesn’t feel like that start to a new year,” she said. “It just feels like a little bit of a break and I’m starting up again.”



KOEPKA'S HEALING TIME: Claude Harmon III had an interesting take on the torn wrist tendon that will sidelineU.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka until the Masters. “To be honest, the time off for the injury part of it doesn’t worry me,” Harmon said, using last year as his point of reference.

Looking back to the start of 2017, Koepka missed cuts at the Farmers Insurance Open, was T-42 as defending champion of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, missed cuts at the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic, finished T-48 in the no-cut WGC Mexico Championship, and didn’t play on the weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Three months later, Koepka overpowered Erin Hills and tied Rory McIlroy’s U.S. Open scoring record of 16 under par. Harmon used McIlroy’s third-place finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in his return “as something to look at and emulate.”

The hard part is that Koepka closed out the 2017 season with a second-place finish in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and a nine-stroke win over Xander Schauffele in the Dunlop Phoenix, rising to a career high seventh in the world. But between cardio at Joey D’s gym and putting practice (once he gets doctor’s clearance), Harmon doesn’t think Koepka will look at the next three months as down time.



BIG-TIME PERFORMER: Thomas Pieters was back in the top-five of a premier tournament again, finishing T-5 in Abu Dhabi after a run of nine events at the end of 2017 that did not match the first eight months of his rookie year.

Coming off a Ryder Cup performance in 2016 that set European records for most points (4) and wins (4) by a rookie, Pieters was T-2 at the Genesis Open, T-5 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, T-4 at the Masters and solo fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational.

In a news conference after his opening-round 67, Pieters admitted it was nice having fun again and attributed the lack of enjoyment to some struggles he was having off the golf course.

“With a lot of players these days, it’s more off the course than on the course; life in general sometimes causes problems,” swing instructor Pete Cowen told me Monday morning from Dubai, without getting into specifics. “Pieters is looking a lot better. I think he’s now in a great frame of mind.”

After winning the NCAA Championship as a sophomore for Illinois in 2012, the now 25-year-old Belgian is 34th in the world, 33 spots behind his goal.

“Tom Pieters doesn’t want to be a superstar, he just wants to be the best player,” Cowen said. “That’s what drives him … what I like about him. He wants to be the best, and will do whatever it takes to be the best.”



GIFT OF LOVE: What do you give a man that has everything for his 78th birthday? For Barbara Nicklaus it was classified in a text message with a smiley face emoji as a “Very boring!!!!!” gift of two pairs of pants and a shirt.

As you can see from the above photo, just being together with his family and bride of 57 years at The Bears Club was enough.

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Golf Channel to Deliver Worldwide Coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show, "The Major of Golf Business," Tueday-Friday, Jan. 23-26

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJanuary 22, 2018, 2:45 pm

Morning Drive, Golf Central to Give Viewers Insider Access to the PGA Show with Nearly 20 Hours of Live Coverage; Golf Channel’s School of Golf Instruction Program to Originate From On-Site

Golf Channel’s Portfolio of Lifestyle Brands – GolfNow, Golf Channel Academy, Revolution Golf and World Long Drive On-Site at the PGA Show Contributing to the Network’s Comprehensive Coverage

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Golf Channel announced plans for its comprehensive coverage of the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show – the largest golf convention and business gathering in the world – with nearly 20 hours of news and instruction coverage Tuesday, Jan. 23 – Friday, Jan. 26. Golf Channel’s coverage will span across the four days, beginning Tuesday with the “PGA Show Demo Day” from the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge driving range in Winter Garden, Fla., and continuing Wednesday-Friday at the PGA Merchandise Show from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

With an insider look at the PGA Merchandise Show – a golf industry event that is not open to the public – Golf Channel’s coverage via Morning Drive and Golf Central will be delivered to a worldwide audience in more than 36 countries. Coverage will provide viewers live interviews with industry leaders, professional golfers from the world’s major tours, PGA of America members and a comprehensive overview of the latest products and trends for 2018 from some of the nearly 1,100 golf brands exhibiting on-site.

PGA Merchandise Show Week Programming Schedule: Jan. 23-26 (All Times Eastern)

Tuesday

Morning Drive

7-11 a.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Tuesday

School of Golf

8-9 p.m.

 

Wednesday

Morning Drive

7-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Wednesday

Golf Central

5-6 p.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Thursday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Morning Drive

8:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

 

Friday

Golf Central

7-8 p.m. (Live)

 

 

BROADCAST TEAM

Golf Channel’s expansive coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show will utilize several on-air personalities from the network’s news division, beginning with Charlie Rymer and Lauren Thompson offering coverage of the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day on Tuesday. In addition to Rymer and Thompson, Wednesday-Friday coverage from the PGA Show Floor will include Matt Adams, Cara Banks, Lisa Cornwell, Matt Ginella, Damon Hack, Bailey Mosier and Gary Williams.

DIGITAL & STREAMING COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s PGA Merchandise Show on-air coverage will be available to stream via Golf Channel Digital Tuesday-Friday. Comprehensive online editorial coverage also will be available throughout the week, with contributions from writers Jay Coffin and Will Gray. Golf Channel’s social media platforms will keep viewers engaged in the conversation about what’s generating buzz at the #PGASHOW throughout the week via the network’s social media channels – @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Twitter, @GolfChannel and @GCMorningDrive on Instagram and GolfChannel and GCMorningDrive on Facebook. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will host Golf Channel’s digital and social media coverage throughout the week.

PGA SHOW DEMO DAY COVERAGE

Golf Channel’s coverage of “Demo Day” will begin Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. ET with Morning Drive airing live and on-site to highlight the latest in golf equipment from the expansive driving range at Orange County National. Rymer and Thompson will host Morning Drive on-site, featuring interviews and product demonstrations.

PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW FLOOR COVERAGE

Coverage of the PGA Show will transition indoors to the Orange County Convention Center, Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 24-26 to give viewers an all-access tour of the PGA Show. Morning Drive and Golf Central will provide on-site reports throughout the week, with featured interviews and segments originating from the PGA Show Floor. Coverage from the Convention Center will originate from a large, multi-purpose space elevated above the PGA Show Floor, with three set configurations for interviews, along with a putting green and a golf simulator for product demonstrations. Golf Channel also will feature a “Fly Cam,” a unique camera technology made popular in televising football and other sports. Suspended above the PGA Show Floor, the Fly Cam will span more than 700 feet, giving viewers an aerial viewpoint of the vast floor and the exhibitors. New for 2018 will be a “Jib Cart,” a mobile cart with a camera jib affixed allowing high shots of the booths throughout the Show Floor.

SCHOOL OF GOLF KICKS OFF EIGHTH SEASON WITH ONE-HOUR SPECIAL FROM DEMO DAY

School of Golf, Golf Channel’s signature instruction program that airs on Tuesday nights, will kick off its eighth season with a one-hour special at Demo Day on Tuesday, Jan. 23, airing in primetime from 8-9 p.m. ET. Originating from the Cleveland Golf/Srixon/XXIO booth on the Orange County National driving range and hosted by Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal, the show will include special guests and interactions with a live audience.

GOLF CHANNEL’S PORTFOLIO OF LIFESTYLE BRANDS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

In addition to Golf Channel’s on-air and digital coverage, the network’s lifestyle brands – GolfNow, World Long Drive, Golf Channel Academy and Revolution Golf will showcase their services at the PGA Show with special clinics, product demonstrations and on-site activations.

GOLFNOW EXHIBITING AT BOOTH #2173

GolfNow, the industry’s leader in golf-related technology and services, will be exhibiting Wednesday-Friday from Booth #2173. In addition to showcasing advanced technologies that have created the largest tee-time marketplace in golf, GolfNow also will be educating course owners and operators about innovations and services designed to help them run their businesses more efficiently and successfully. GolfNow Business experts will be on hand at GolfNow’s 2,400-square-foot booth, offering its course partners technology demonstrations, as well as consultation on any of the GolfNow Services: Plus, a top-line focused consultative performance system for golf courses, including marketing, sales and automated pricing; Answers, a call center for golf courses, answering customer calls day and night; and Ride, a no-cost purchasing program that saves course operators from 6-35 percent on items they buy day-to-day, such as food, office supplies and agricultural products.

WORLD LONG DRIVE BRACKET CHALLENGE

Thursday at 2 p.m. ET, World Long Drive competitors will be at the PGA Show to compete in a World Long Drive Bracket Challenge. Hosted by Golf Channel’s social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin and airing live via Golf Channel’s Facebook Live, the competition will take place at Golf Channel’s simulator on the Show Floor featuring eight men and four women, including World No. 2 Ryan Reisbeck, No. 3 Maurice Allen, No. 5 Trent Scruggs and 2017 Volvik World Long Drive Women’s Champion Sandra Carlborg.

GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY INSTRUCTION

Wednesday-Friday, Golf Channel Academy coaches will provide on-site instruction clinics at Golf Channel’s simulator set on the Show Floor. Wednesday’s clinics will feature driving, full swing, wedge play and putting clinics. Thursday’s clinic will include the full swing and Friday’s clinic will feature the short game, all streamed live via Golf Channel Academy’s Facebook page.

REVOLUTION GOLF TO SHOOT DIGITAL INSTRUCTION SEGMENTS ON-SITE AT PGA SHOW

Revolution Golf, the industry’s largest direct-to-consumer digital platform delivering high-quality video-based instruction, travel content and integrated e-commerce will have a significant presence at the PGA Show. Golf Channel’s newest digital acquisition, Revolution Golf will be shooting digital segments at Demo Day and throughout the PGA Show Floor, including segments with its team of instructors.

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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974