Golf Talk Live - Matt Kuchar Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
WELCOME BACK. THIS IS 1997. MATT, I KNOW YOU REMEMBER THIS MOMENT. THE HAVERMYER TROPHY THERE BEING HANDED TO YOU IN YOUR FIRST EVER U.S. AMATEUR ATTEMPT.

MATT KUCHAR
THESE WILL BE SOME GREAT CLIPS. THESE ARE THINGS I HAVEN'T SEEN IN A LONG TIME. IT'S BRINGING A BIG SMILE TO MY FACE SEEING THESE, THESE THINGS AGAIN.

JENNIFER MILLS
117 HOLES AFTER YOU STARTED THAT EVENT YOU ENDED UP BEATING JOEL KRIBEL IN THE FINALS. REMARKABLE. IT WAS A GOOD FINISH. TWO AND ONE I THINK WAS THE VICTORY, YEAH?

MATT KUCHAR
TWO AND ONE. TURNED OUT TO BE A GREAT MATCH.

IT WAS

JENNIFER MILLS
YEAH, TALK ABOUT THAT EVENT.

MATT KUCHAR
OH MAN, THE U.S. AMATEUR IS SO NERVE WRACKING. MATCH PLAY TO ME IS, IS THE MOST NERVE WRACKING THING YOU COULD DO AND THAT, THAT WEEK, I THINK YOU GET THERE ON A FRIDAY. PRACTICE ROUND SATURDAY. SUNDAY THE, THE QUALIFYING STARTS MONDAY. YOU PLAY MONDAY, TUESDAY BEFORE MATCH PLAY

ON WEDNESDAY AND THEN YOU'RE JUST THERE FOR WHAT SEEMS FOREVER BEFORE, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO GO HOME AND THEN FINALLY IT WAS, THE,

SEMI FINAL MATCH, THE NIGHT BEFORE I KNEW IF I WON THE SEMI FINAL MATCH I WAS IN THE MASTERS AND DAD DIDN'T KNOW THIS TILL A REPORTER TOLD HIM THAT NIGHT AND

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
WE'RE STAYING IN THE SAME ROOM AND HE, WE'RE KIND OF TOSSING AND TURNING. IT GETS TO BE LIKE MIDNIGHT AND DAD'S LIKE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU WIN TOMORROW, WE GO TO MASTERS. I WAS

LIKE, YES DAD, I KNOW. SO WE, WE TOSSED AND TURNED ALL NIGHT. I DON'T THINK WE GOT A WINK OF SLEEP AND FORTUNATELY I CAME OUT ON GOOD FORM AND WON THAT SEMI FINAL MATCH.

I WAS PSYCHED GOING TO THE MASTERS AND NOW I HAD A CHANCE TO WIN THE AMATEUR AND SUNDAY'S A 36 HOLE MATCH AND IT JUST, IT'S FOREVER. I WIN IT AND IT'S MY FIRST TIME PLAYING A U.S. AMATEUR. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE U.S. AMATEUR MEANS. I'M JUST EXHAUSTED

AT THIS POINT. I'M, I'M SO THRILLED TO HAVE THE TROPHY BUT I'M JUST RELIEVED TO BE DONE NOW AND WHAT CAME WITH IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. I MEAN, NOW THAT I KNOW THE HISTORY AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO BE AN AMATEUR
CHAMPION. I MEAN, IT, IT'S AWESOME.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHAT DID IT DO FOR YOUR CAREER? ACTUALLY FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND FOR YOUR GOLF CAREER? CAN YOU

CAN YOU PUT THAT IN

MATT KUCHAR
IT, IT CHANGED MY LIFE. IT, IT TOTALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. HERE I GO TO BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND NOW I GO TO TOURNAMENTS, PEOPLE KNOW ME, PEOPLE RECOGNIZE ME. I'M, I'M THE MAN TO BEAT NOW, AND THEN I GET THESE, THESE EXEMPTIONS. I HAVE THE, THE, THIS

TITLE, THIS CROWN. MATT KUCHAR, THE AMATEUR CHAMPION AND IT WAS EVERYWHERE I WENT. PEOPLE WERE CONGRATULATING ME. IT, IT JUST, IT CHANGED MY LIFE AND THEN JUST LIKE, THE MASTERS TOOK IT TO THAT NEXT
LEVEL.

JENNIFER MILLS
DO YOU LIKE THAT SPOTLIGHT? YOU SEEM TO RELISH IT.

MATT KUCHAR
I LOVE IT. I THINK IT'S GREAT. FOR A WHILE, THINGS GOT CRAZY WITH LIKE, DEALING WITH AGENTS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF GOING PRO. THAT GOT CRAZY, BUT BEING ABLE TO, TO OPEN UP

THE PAPER AND SEE YOUR FACE THERE AND SEE YOUR NAME THERE. I THINK THAT'S GREAT AND YOU KNOW, BEING ON A SHOW LIKE THIS. BEING HERE WITH YOU, I, I REALLY ENJOY DOING THINGS LIKE THIS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN YOU WON THE U.S. AMATEUR, IT WAS THE FIRST WIN AFTER TIGER'S THREE PEAT

MATT KUCHAR
MMM

JENNIFER MILLS
WHICH MAKES IT ESPECIALLY NICE.

MATT KUCHAR
I FOLLOWED IN SOME BIG FOOTSTEPS

JENNIFER MILLS
MMM

MATT KUCHAR
I WAS FORTUNATE. I WAS LUCKY TO BE THE GUY WHO WON RIGHT AFTER TIGER. HE, HE KIND OF MADE THE AMATEUR WHAT IT WAS, I MEAN, THEY'RE SO MANY GREAT NAMES ON IT I CAN'T SAY THAT TIGER MADE THE AMATEUR, BUT HE

BROUGHT SO MUCH ATTENTION TO IT, AT THIS TIME, AND, I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE THE GUY THAT FOLLOWED HIM AND IT WAS GREAT. SO MANY GREAT THINGS CAME OF IT, YOU KNOW. TIGER, WHEN I FIRST MET HIM WAS DOWN AT ISLESWORTH, AND I DIDN'T THINK HE'D KNOW WHO I WAS, BUT SURE ENOUGH

HE SAID 'HEY MATT, CONGRATULATIONS. WAY TO GO' AND THAT, THAT WAS REALLY COOL FOR ME. FOR TIGER WOODS TO KNOW WHO I WAS AND TO KNOW WHAT I'VE DONE AND THEN TO BE ABLE TO PLAY WITH HIM IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE MASTERS.

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT HAD TO BE SPECIAL AND I KNOW WHEN YOU GOT TO THE MASTERS, THE OVATION, YOU'RE WITH TIGER WOODS, THE DEFENDING CHAMPION. THE OVATION AND THE WALK THROUGH THE TUNNEL ON TO THE, TO THE FIRST TEE WAS, WAS SOMETHING YOU SAID YOU'D ALWAYS REMEMBER.

MATT KUCHAR
YEAH IT PROBABLY, THE TWO PARTS I'LL REMEMBER MOST IS, IS FIRST THAT, FIRST DAY WALKING FROM THE PUTTING GREEN TO THE FIRST TEE AND THE PEOPLE LINED

THIS, MAYBE 20 YARDS THAT, OF DISTANCE THERE IS BETWEEN THE PUTTING GREEN AND FIRST TEE AND IT GETS TO BE 5, 6, PEOPLE DEEP AND IT FORMS A TUNNEL AND YOU MAKE THIS RIGHT HAND TURN UNDER THE TEE BOX

AND TIGER WENT FIRST AND A BIG OVATION FOR HIM AND I WALKED OUT ONTO THAT TEE, MADE THAT RIGHT HAND TURN AND THE CROWD ERUPTED. I HADN'T DONE ANYTHING YET. I DIDN'T KNOW, I WAS JUST THE AMATEUR KID, BUT

THEY ERUPTED AND, AND THE SUPPORT THEY GAVE ME. I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT, AND THEN OF COURSE, WALKING UP SUNDAY, THE 18TH HOLE, WALKING UP WITH DAD. YOU KNOW, WE FINALLY MAKE THAT WALK TOGETHER. THAT WAS REALLY SPECIAL. HE, HE KIND OF STOPPED

ME HALF WAY UP THE FAIRWAY AND SAID MATT, REMEMBER THIS, THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

JENNIFER MILLS
YES

MATT KUCHAR
YEAH, THOSE ARE TWO SPECIAL MOMENTS FOR ME.

JENNIFER MILLS
SOMETHING YOU CAN TELL THE KIDS AND THE GRAND KIDS ABOUT,

NO DOUBT.

MATT KUCHAR
I KNOW.

JENNIFER MILLS
AS FAR AS TIGER WOODS AND, AND HIS PLAY, DO YOU SEE HIM VERY MUCH? HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH HIM MUCH SINCE THEN?

MATT KUCHAR
I DON'T. HE SEEMS TO BE A TOUGH MAN TO KEEP

UP WITH AND GET TO.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
YOU KNOW HE'S, HE'S KIND OF MY AGE AND, AND FOR A MOMENT THERE I FELT LIKE I WAS REALLY FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS. SO HE WAS, HE WAS GREAT. I SAW HIM FOR A BIT AS AMATEUR CHAMPION, AND, AND SAW HIM AT LIKE OPENING OF ALL STAR CAF AND, AND

WE KIND OF TALKED AND, AND DISCUSSED SOME THINGS BUT I MEAN, HE'S ALL OVER THE PLACE. I DON'T THINK MANY PEOPLE CAN KEEP UP WITH HIM.

JENNIFER MILLS
AS THE, AS THE U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION, I KNOW ONE THING ABOUT AUGUSTA NATIONAL IS IT CELEBRATES AMATEURS AND AMATEUR PLAY AND, AND THEY DO

MAKE YOU FEEL VERY SPECIAL THERE BECAUSE THAT'S, AFTER ALL, I GUESS WHAT BOBBY JONES WAS SO, WAS SO INTERESTED IN PROMOTING WAS GOOD AMATEUR PLAY.

MATT KUCHAR
OH ABSOLUTELY. FROM STAYING IN THE CROW'S NEST TO THE AMATEUR DINNER ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, CHARLIE H LEADS IT WHO HAS BECOME A GREAT BUDDY OF MINE, BEING A GEORGIA TECH GRADUATE. A GUY IN ATLANTA. I'VE SPENT A LOT OF

TIME WITH HIM. HE ALWAYS TAKES THE GEORGIA TECH GOLF TEAM TO PLAY AUGUSTA NATIONAL. SO HE'S THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES AT THE AMATEUR DINNER AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT HE, HE GIVES HIS SPEECH AND, AND

HAS A FEW OTHER GUESTS SPEAK, AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU COULD CONQUER THE WORLD WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF THAT DINNER. I MEAN THE, THE CELEBRATION AND IT'S, AND IT'S, THERE'S SO MUCH HISTORY THERE. IT'S AMAZING THAT, THEY MAKE YOU FEEL SO WARM AND I, I

WENT OUT OF THERE AND I WANTED, IT'S PROBABLY 10:30, 11:00 AND I JUST WANTED TO CONQUER THE WORLD. I WANTED TO GO TEE IT UP RIGHT THEN

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
BUT UNFORTUNATELY YOU GOT TO SLEEP AND WAIT ON IT.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL SERGIO GARCIA WAS ONE OF THOSE WITH YOU, THAT YEAR, WAS HE NOT?

MATT KUCHAR
HE WAS THE SECOND YEAR I PLAYED.

JENNIFER MILLS
THE SECOND YEAR YOU PLAYED

MATT KUCHAR
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
OKAY

MATT KUCHAR
YEAH, WE STAYED UP IN THE CROW'S NEST A COUPLE OF NIGHTS THAT YEAR OF '99.

JENNIFER MILLS
A PRETTY INTERESTING PLACE THAT IS, I IMAGINE.

MATT KUCHAR
OH, IT'S, IT'S PRETTY NEAT. THE FUN THING IS, IS, YOU, YOU WALK UP THE STEPS THAT ARE ALMOST FLATTER LIKE. STRAIGHT UP AND IT'S PROBABLY ONLY, JUST WIDER THAN MY SHOULDERS, TO, TO

THIS, THIS HALLWAY UP, TO THE CROW'S NEST, AND THEY'RE I THINK, 6 BEDS AND 4 LITTLE CORNER ROOMS, A LIVING ROOM. IT'S VERY SPARSE, YET, AS COOL AS YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. YOU WALK DOWN IN THE MORNING. YOU WALK DOWN

THESE STAIRS AND YOU ROUND OUT, GO AROUND THE TELE, YOU FEEL LIKE YOU COME OUT OF A TELEPHONE BOOTH. IT'S JUST, YOU COME OUT OF NOWHERE AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU'RE IN THE DINING ROOM WHICH OVERLOOKS THE 18TH GREEN AND THE FIRST TEE AND THE

PUTTING GREEN, AND ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE UP EATING THEIR BREAKFAST AND YOU WALK OUT AND THEY'RE LIKE, WHERE DID HE JUST COME FROM? BECAUSE YOU COME OUT OF ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE AND THEY REALIZE, OH THAT'S WHERE THE CROW'S NEST COMES FROM

AND THAT'S THAT AMATEUR KID. IT'S REALLY SPECIAL TO WALK DOWN THOSE STAIRS IN THE MORNING AND HAVE BREAKFAST IN THAT LITTLE DINING ROOM AREA.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL TWO MONTHS AFTER THAT OR SHORTLY AFTER THAT YOU HAD ANOTHER REMARKABLE, MAGICAL WEEK, IF YOU WILL AT THE U.S. OPEN. WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT WHEN WE COME BACK.

WE'RE TALKING WITH MATT KUCHAR ON GOLF TALK LIVE. WE'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE U.S. OPEN IN '98. ANOTHER TERRIFIC WEEK.

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.

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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.