Golf Talk Live - Jesper Parnevik Transcript Segment 3
LET'S FIND OUT THE QUESTION THAT WAS POSTED TO OUR WEB SITE FOR YOU TODAY, JESPER. AT THE NISSAN OPEN THIS YEAR, WHAT WERE YOU FEELING ON THE FINAL DAY ON THE 18TH HOLE WHEN YOU WERE ABOUT TO MAKE THAT AMAZING PUTT?
HOW DID YOU CALM YOURSELF FOR A HUGE PUTT LIKE THAT? THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION JUDE.
UH, I MEAN, YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO CALM YOURSELF BECAUSE UH WHEN YOU'RE RIGHT THERE, YOUR ADRENALINE IS FLOWING SO HARD, I MEAN, AND YOUR HEART IS PUMPING.
BUT IF - AS LONG AS YOU CAN TAKE ALL THAT NERVOUSNESS OR ENERGY AND, YOU KNOW, PUT IT TOWARDS THE PUTT, I THINK IT REALLY MAKES YOU FOCUS EVEN MORE.
AND SO YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO CALM YOURSELF DOWN. YOU JUST WANT TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD SELF-TALK RIGHT NOW AND JUST MAKE YOURSELF THINK 'THIS IS GOING IN. THIS IS GOING IN.' THAT'S ALWAYS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND.
AND BECAUSE THIS GREEN IS SO HARD TO READ ANYWAY SO, I MEAN, IT'S PRETTY MUCH IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLE A PUTT FROM ANYWHERE.
THAT'S WHAT KIRK TRIPLETT WAS HOPING.
SO I MEAN, I WAS JUST UM ...HELL, IT'S AN AMAZING FEELING. ANYTIME YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT ON THE 18TH HOLE, IT'S VERY SPECIAL.
AND UH, BUT KIRK, I'D HAVE TO SAY HE LOOKED SO CALM ALL DAY. I MEAN, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY HE HANDLES IT ON THE GOLF COURSE. EVEN WHEN I - WHEN I HOLED THAT PUTT, HE CAME OVER TO ME, KIND OF TAPPED ME ON THE BACK AND SAID,
'WELL, GOOD PUTT, JESPER.' AND THEN HE STEPPED UP AND KNOCKED IT RIGHT IN, WHICH IS AN AMAZING THING TO DO BECAUSE HIS PUTT WAS REALLY, REALLY TOUGH. I MEAN, HE HAD 6 FEET, STRAIGHT DOWN THE HILL.
AND IF HE MISSED THAT, HE DIDN'T ... IT SEEMS LIKE HE DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT, BUT IT GOES 6 FEET BY, NO PROBLEM. AND UH, IT WAS VERY STRONG, I HAVE TO SAY.
I KNOW THAT THEY DON'T MAKE THOSE PANTS IN 'MEDIUM DUMPY' WHICH IS MY SIZE.
OH, I'LL GET A PAIR FOR YOU.
DO THEY MAKE THEM IN YOUR BUDDY DARREN CLARKE'S SIZE OR DO YOU STITCH TWO PAIR TOGETHER TO FIT HIM?
(LAUGH) THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I HAVE TO CHECK THAT. BUT I'M SURE WE CAN GET SOMETHING FOR DARREN.
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT HIS BEATING TIGER IN THE FINALS OF THE MATCH PLAY?
OH, I MEAN I'LL ... YOU KNOW, I KNOW - I KNOW DARREN FROM EUROPE. I'VE PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF WITH HIM. MAYBE NOT ALL THE AMERICANS AROUND HERE, YOU KNOW, HAVE SEEN HIM PLAY THAT MUCH.
BUT HE'S A GREAT, GREAT PLAYER. I MEAN, HE'S PROBABLY THE CLOSEST CHALLENGER WITH LEE WESTWOOD TOO, BEAT, YOU KNOW, UH COLIN MONTGOMERIE OVER THERE IN EUROPE,
UH, EVEN THOUGH MONTY HAS WON 7 YEARS IN A ROW NOW WHICH IS UNBELIEVABLY IMPRESSIVE. BUT DARREN IS A GREAT PLAYER.
SO I NEVER HAD ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT HE COULD DO IT. IT WAS A CASE OF HOW GOOD COULD TIGER PLAY. BECAUSE WHEN TIGER PLAYS WELL, HE'S HARD TO BEAT.
DARREN LOOKED LIKE HE JUST WANTED TO TAKE A NAP A COUPLE TIMES AND THAT HIS BIGGEST FEAR WAS THAT HE WASN'T GONNA BE ABLE TO WALK ALL OF THE HOLES. TYPICAL DARREN?
WELL ... UH YEAH. AND UH, THAT WAS EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE THAT HE DID IT IN 36 HOLES. I MEAN, OVER 18 HOLES, LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT ALL LAST WEEK, I MEAN, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
I MEAN, IF YOU TAKE THE TOP 64 GUYS IN THE WORLD, PRETTY MUCH ANYONE CAN BEAT ANYONE ON ANY GIVEN DAY. BUT TO DO IT OVER 36 HOLES AGAINST TIGER, WHEN YOU KNOW HOW TIGER CAN COME BACK FROM ...
ANY - ANY... YOU KNOW, WHEN HE'S BEHIND HE CAN COME BACK FROM ANY PLACE, AND STILL BEAT HIM WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE.
ALMOST A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, BERNARD DARWIN SORT OF INVENTED GOLF JOURNALISM.
AND IN TALKING ABOUT THE 3 GREAT PLAYERS OF A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, VARDON, TAYLOR AND BRAID, ...
HE WROTE THE FOLLOWING: 'THERE'S A NATURAL LAW IN GAMES BY WHICH PERIODICALLY A GENIUS ARISES AND SETS THE STANDARD OF ACHIEVEMENT PERCEPTIBLY HIGHER THAN EVER BEFORE.
HE FORCES THE PACE. THE REST HAVE TO FOLLOW AS BEST THEY CAN AND END UP BY SQUEEZING OUT OF THEMSELVES JUST A YARD OR TWO MORE THAN THEY WOULD HAVE BELIEVED POSSIBLE.'
IS TIGER THAT GENIUS WHO HAS COME ALONG, DO YOU THINK?
YEAH, I WOULDN'T SAY A YARD OR TWO THOUGH. IT'S MORE LIKE 30 YARDS. (LAUGH)
I FIGURED THAT PART.
BUT HE DEFINITELY - I MEAN UH, I PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF WITH HIM LAST YEAR, UH ESPECIALLY IN THE SUMMERTIME. AND I - YOU COULD TELL THAT SOMETHING WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE BECAUSE HE PLAYED SO WELL,
YOU KNOW, IT WAS NOT LIKE HE HOLED A LOT OF PUTTS, HE GOT LUCKY OR, YOU KNOW, HE GOT ON A ROLL OR WHATEVER. IT'S JUST THAT EVERY SHOT WAS PERFECT.
AND WHEN YOU DO THAT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, YOU'RE GONNA WIN A LOT OF TOURNAMENTS. AND UM, YOU KNOW, AS I TOLD YOU PROBABLY ...
I DON'T KNOW IF I TOLD YOU LAST TIME I WAS ON THE SHOW, WHEN I PLAYED WITH HIM THE FIRST TIME ...
YOU DID TELL US.
I DIDN'T - WAS NOT VERY IMPRESSED WITH HIM AT ALL. I MEAN, I THOUGHT HE - THIS GUY IS GONNA STRUGGLE. HE HAS NOTHING TO DO ON THE PGA TOUR. AND THEN HE COMES OUT AND DOES UNBELIEVABLY WELL.
AND HE DEFINITELY HAS RAISED THE BAR FOR EVERYONE ELSE NOW BECAUSE IF YOU GO ON TOUR NOW, YOU CAN SEE MORE AND MORE GUYS ARE WORKING OUT. THE FITNESS TRAILER IS PRETTY MUCH BUSY 24 - 24 HOURS A DAY.
AND UH, GUYS ARE GETTING STRONGER BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH A GUY THAT HITS IT 30, 40 YARDS PAST YOU ALL THE TIME AND HITS 3, 4 CLUBS LESS THAN YOU'RE DOING TO EVERY GREEN.
AND BEING AS STRAIGHT AS HE IS, YOU KNOW, IT'S PRETTY AMAZING. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, I - I SAW YOUR GOLF UH VIEWERS FORUM YESTERDAY, WHERE YOU TALKED ABOUT IF GUYS WERE SCARED OF HIM IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE AND SO ON.
I DON'T THINK THEY ARE SCARED OF TIGER HIMSELF THAT MUCH. IT'S JUST THAT HIS GAME IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. I MEAN, HE'S SO TALENTED THAT ... YOU CAN ALWAYS COME UP TO GUYS ...
I WILL SEE GUYS THAT CAN HIT THE 1-IRON, YOU KNOW, 250 IN THE AIR, COME DOWN VERY SOFTLY AND THAT'S HIS SHOT, YOU KNOW. AND YOU THINK, 'WELL, I HAVE A TOUGH TIME HITTING THAT SHOT.'
NOW YOU GIVE ME ANOTHER GUY WHO CAN KNOCK IT 300 YARDS DOWN THE MIDDLE. AND YOU SAY, 'WELL, THAT'S THIS GUY, YOU KNOW, HE CAN DO IT.' AND YOU'LL GET A GUY THAT CAN PUTT REAL WELL.
BUT TIGER DOES EVERYTHING SO WELL. THAT - I MEAN, THAT'S THE UNBELIEVABLE THING. I MEAN, EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT HIS DRIVING AND SO ON, BUT THIS SHORT GAME IS REALLY GOOD.
I MEAN, IT'S PRETTY MUCH AS GOOD AS MICKELSON'S RIGHT NOW. YOU KNOW THAT FLOP SHOT MICKELSON HAS? TIGER HAS THE SAME SHOT.
DARREN CLARKE WANTED ME TO TELL YOU THAT HE WAS TRYING TO GET INTO THE FITNESS TRAILER TOO, BUT IT WAS SO FULL THAT HE DECIDED TO GO HAVE A DRINK INSTEAD.
ALEX IN NORTH CAROLINA, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR JESPER?
ALEX, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA (MALE):
UH, GOOD EVENING PETER AND JESPER. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESPER.
ALEX, CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA (MALE):
UH, I KNOW YOU'RE PLAYING WELL SO FAR THIS YEAR AND YOU GOT TO BE THINKING ABOUT THE MAJORS. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO TO PREPARE FOR THOSE THIS YEAR?
UH MAJORS, ALEX, I MEAN UM, OF COURSE, IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO PLAY WELL IN. I, AS YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN VERY CLOSE AT THE BRITISH OPEN UH, 3 OR 4 TIMES NOW.
SO YOU TRY TO GEAR UP BY BEING FRESH GOING INTO THE EVENT. I THINK THAT'S THE KEY POINT. I MEAN ESPECIALLY A PLACE LIKE AUGUSTA THAT CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY,
BECAUSE UH, YOU KNOW, AS YOU - HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE GREENS THERE? THEY'RE VERY SLICK AND THEY CAN DRIVE YOU MAD. SO IF YOU GO IN THERE WITH A VERY, VERY FRESH MIND AND GOOD FOCUS, THAT'S ALWAYS GONNA HELP.
SO THAT'S THE WAY I TRY TO GEAR UP, JUST BEING VERY, VERY FULL OF ENERGY AND VERY, YOU KNOW, FOCUSED GOING INTO THE TOURNAMENT. THAT SEEMS TO HELP ME THE MOST.
DON'T YOU HAVE TO WIN THE OPEN AT PEBBLE BEACH FOR YOUR DAUGHTER, PEBBLE PEACH?
THAT WOULD BE NICE. GOOD IDEA. I MEAN UH, THAT ONE AND THE BRITISH OPEN AT ST. ANDREWS, I WOULD NOT SAY 'NO' TO.
I HAD A FEELING THAT WOULD BE THE CASE. WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK. AS WE LEAVE, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE ABSOLUTELY RIVETING STATISTICS OF THIS YEAR SO FAR OF JESPER PARNEVIK ON TOUR.
FIRST, TIED FOR SECOND, SECOND, FIRST, SECOND, THAT'S NOT BAD. WRITE THAT SWING THOUGHT DOWN ...
AND HOLD ONTO IT. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
YEAH, WELL ...
2000 PGA TOUR STATISTICS
TOP-10'S 5 1
WINS 1 T2
MONEY $1.23M 2
ALL-AROUND 137 1
BIRDIE AVG. 4.95 2
*played in 6 events through
Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59
Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.
While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.
He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.
"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."
Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.
"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."
Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot
When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.
Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.
"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"
The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.
"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."
DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.
Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.
"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."
Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.
Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.
"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."
Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.
"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."
LPGA lists April date for new LA event
The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.
When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.
The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.
The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.