Golf Talk Live - Matt Kuchar Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
MATT KUCHAR, (MIKED FOR PLAY)
BOY THAT FELT GOOD. BE RIGHT.... I THINK THAT ONE'S OK CARL. I MADE ANOTHER GOOD CLUB SELECTION NO HELP TO YOU.

(JENNIFER AND MATT LAUGHING)

JENNIFER MILLS
DISHING YOUR CADDIE. YOU WERE DISHING YOUR CADDIE.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S A RIOT... THAT'S A RIOT. OH I THINK THAT'S FUNNY. YEAH MY CADDIE AND I HAD A GREAT TIME DOING THAT. CARLTON FORESTER WAS A ROOMMATE OF MINE, A TEAMMATE AT GEORGIA TECH AND HE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO COME AND CADDIE

FOR ME AT MYRTLE BEACH. ANYWAY, YOU KNEW WHEN YOU WERE ON TV AND WHEN YOU WEREN'T AND SO WE HAD A LOT OF FUN WITH THE MIKES AND ANY OF THE PRODUCERS. WE'D, WE'D SAY STUFF WHEN WE WEREN'T ON MIKE AND I'D BE

LIKE 'CARLTON' (LAUGHS) I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN SAY THIS

STUFF NOW THAT WE'RE ON AIR

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHING)

MATT KUCHAR
BUT I'D BEEN GIVING CARLTON

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU'RE ALREADY INTO IT SO YOU MINE AS WELL TELL US THE STORY.

MATT KUCHAR
I YELL FOWL, BUT ANYWAY, WE'D SAY LITTLE STUFF TO ONE ANOTHER. I, I'D, I'D SAY CARLTON FORESTAR BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH AND THEN HE'D, HE'D GET RIGHT IN MY MIKE AND HE'D BE LIKE

MATT KUCHAR THIS, THIS, THIS AND THE PRODUCERS WOULD COME OUT OF THE BOOTHS JUST LAUGHING AT THE END OF THE ROUND BECAUSE WE COULD TELL WHEN WE WERE, YOU KNOW, REALLY GOING TO BE LIVE AND ON CAMERA AND WHEN WE WEREN'T AND WE JUST HAD A BLAST WITH IT.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU'RE OBVIOUSLY HAVING A GOOD TIME. YOU PLAYED A COUPLE OF CANADIAN TOUR EVENTS, TOO, IN, IN MYRTLE BEACH.

IS THAT RIGHT?

MATT KUCHAR
YES, YES. THEY WERE FUN. WE HAD SOME NASTY WEATHER THERE,

UNFORTUNATELY, BUT

JENNIFER MILLS
YEAH, YEAH

MATT KUCHAR
THERE ARE GREAT COURSES THERE IN MYRTLE BEACH. I ENJOY THEM ALL THE TIME.

JENNIFER MILLS
NOW YOU ALMOST GOT YOUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL WIN IN MEXICO THIS YEAR AT THE MEXICAN, MEXICO MASTERS, I THINK IT IS, YEAH?

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S RIGHT. THAT'S RIGHT. WHAT HE, I WENT 5 HOLES INTO A PLAYOFF AND UNFORTUNATELY I LOST ON THAT 5TH PLAYOFF HOLE, BUT I WAS THINKING ABOUT THAT. THAT COULD HAVE BEEN

MY FIRST INTERNATIONAL VICTORY I COULD HAVE CHALKED UP, BUT, IT WAS GREAT EXPERIENCE. I WENT TO, I KNEW I WAS PLAYING WELL, HOWEVER I WAS AT PEBBLE BEACH, I MISSED THE CUT THERE,

AND EVERYBODY SAID MATT, YOU'VE GOT TO JUST KEEP PLAYING, KEEP PLAYING, SO THE VERY NEXT WEEK, SURE ENOUGH THE THING WORKED OUT, I WENT DOWN TO MEXICO AND LOST IN A PLAYOFF. IT WAS JUST, I NEEDED I THINK THAT LITTLE MORE

COMPETITION TO KIND OF PUT ME OVER THE EDGE AND, AND IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU NEED TO KEEP PLAYING.

JENNIFER MILLS
BEING IN THE, PUT YOURSELF IN THE SITUATION AND, AND

IT WILL HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S RIGHT.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHY DON'T WE TAKE A PHONE CALL. WE HAVE JOHN ON THE PHONE FROM OHIO WHO WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. JOHN, HI.

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
HI.

JENNIFER MILLS
HOW YOU DOING?

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
(UNINTELLIGIBLE) JENNIFER.

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD. HOW YOU DOING?

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
PRETTY GOOD. YOURSELF?

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD.

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
YEAH, I WAS WONDERING IF MATT, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A YOUNG PLAYER TRYING TO REACH THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL?

MATT KUCHAR
OH BOY, IT, IT'S BEEN A LOT OF HARD WORK FOR ME, JOHN, BUT IT'S BEEN A THING I'VE LOVED DOING AND I THINK THAT FOR A YOUNG PLAYER YOU HAVE TO

ENJOY DOING IT. IF YOU DON'T ENJOY DOING IT I THINK YOU, YOU NEED TO TAKE UP SOMETHING ELSE, BUT FOR ME, AROUND THE AGE OF FOURTEEN I WAS PLAYING THE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF AND WAS JUST STARTING TO GET COMPETITIVE. I MOVED INTO SOME LITTLE LOCAL

JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS. BEFORE YOU KNOW IT I GO INTO SOME AJGA EVENTS AND I THINK THOSE ARE THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO BECAUSE THE COLLEGIATE THING IS SO GOOD. WE HAVE SUCH A GOOD PROGRAM OVER HERE IN THE STATES THAT THERE'S SUCH GREAT COMPETITION. YOU WANT TO GET SEEN

BY THE COLLEGE COACHES TO GET RECRUITED AND THAT'S WHAT THE AJGA ALLOWS YOU TO DO, SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO JUST, TO COMPETE, TO START MAYBE AT YOUR, YOUR LOCAL JUNIOR SECTIONS AND, AND WORK YOUR WAY INTO SOME AJGA EVENTS.

JENNIFER MILLS
HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING?

MATT KUCHAR
I THINK I FIRST REALLY PLAYED A ROUND OF GOLF WHEN I WAS 12 AND TOOK IT SERIOUSLY AT 13. I WAS LUCKY, I WENT TO A PRIVATE MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND I PLAYED VARSITY GOLF 7TH AND 8TH GRADE, SO I GOT A LOT OF GREAT EXPOSURE, A LOT OF GREAT

COMPETITION AT AN EARLY AGE.

JENNIFER MILLS
SO YOU REALLY GOT 6 YEARS WORTH OF

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF (UNINTELLIGIBLE).

MATT KUCHAR
RIGHT. THAT'S RIGHT.

JENNIFER MILLS
SPEAKING OF HIGH SCHOOL GOLF, JEREMY ANDERSON IS ON THE LINE. HI JEREMY.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
HEY JENNIFER. HOW ARE YOU?

JENNIFER MILLS
WE'RE DOING GREAT.

I THINK YOU GUYS KNOW EACH OTHER.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S, THAT'S MY OLD BUDDY. MR. ANDERSON.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
WHAT'S GOING ON DUDE?

MATT KUCHAR
HOW ARE YOU?

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
I'M DOING ALRIGHT, MAN. HOW ABOUT YOU?

MATT KUCHAR
DOING VERY GOOD. I WISH WE HAD PICTURE HERE OF JEREMY ANDERSON BECAUSE NOW, MY BUDDY JIM TATHLE, WHO'S CADDIED FOR ME A COUPLE OF TIMES HAD DUBBED HIM THE WHITE

SHIJEKI (?) AND I WISH WE COULD HAVE, I WANT SO BADLY TO GET A PICTURE OF
SHIJEKI AND MY BUDDY JEREMY ANDERSON TOGETHER.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
IS THIS BECAUSE OF MY CHUNKY CHEEKS?

MATT KUCHAR
YOU'VE GOT THE PERFECT JAW FOR SHIJEKI.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
AND THEN, THEN WE HAVE TO GET BRYCE MOLDER AND COLIN MONTGOMERIE TOGETHER.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
RIGHT

MATT KUCHAR
BECAUSE BRYCE IS KNOWN AS MONTY WHEREVER HE GOES.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHY IS THAT?

MATT KUCHAR
(LAUGHS)
BRYCE, BRYCE KIND OF LOOFS AROUND A LITTLE BIT AND HE HAD, HE HAD THE HAIR AT ONE STAGE. HIS HAIR GREW UP KIND OF POOFY AND HE HAD THIS STAGE. FOR A WHILE HE WAS PLAYING, HE WAS PLAYING A BIG CUT AND SO WE CALLED HIM MONTY AND IT STUCK WITH HIM FOREVER.

JENNIFER MILLS
JEREMY, DID YOU WANT TO ASK ANYTHING OR WERE YOU JUST CALLING TO GET RAZZED?

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
ACTUALLY I JUST WANTED TO CALL TO SAY HELLO AND ALSO I WANT TO COMPLIMENT MATT. THAT IS A VERY NICE SUIT YOU HAVE ON.

JENNIFER MILLS
HE'S DOING, HE'S ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE OCCASION.

MATT KUCHAR
THANK YOU MY BUDDY.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
YOU LOOK VERY GOOD. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT DOING ANY RUNWAY MODELING?

(MATT AND JENNIFER LAUGHING)

MATT KUCHAR
I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE WITH WILEMINA MODELING AGENCIES AS MY, AS MY AGENT AND THEY'VE HOOKED ME UP WITH HUGO BOSS (?). I'D LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR THE WONDERFUL SUIT.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
IT, IT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU. I THINK YOU'VE FOUND A NEW CAREER.

MATT KUCHAR
WELL THANK YOU. I TRY TO, I'M TRYING TO TAKE THIS VERY PROFESSIONALLY AND SO I COME HERE TONIGHT LOOKING, IN A SUIT AND TIE, TRYING TO BE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND, AND I TRY TO CARRY THIS OVER TO WHEN I PLAY, WHEN I TRAVEL, I ALWAYS WANT TO LOOK NICE.

I THINK THERE'S NOTHING BETTER THAN LOOKING BACK AT THE OLD FILMS, OF LIKE BOBBY JONES AND, AND THE WAY THEY USED TO LOOK. THE WAY THEY USED TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES AND EVEN NOW BASEBALL PLAYERS AND

BASKETBALL PLAYERS I THINK HAVE A CLASS TO THEM WHEN THEY'RE, WHEN THEY'RE OFF THE COURT AND SO I TRY TO CARRY THIS OVER BUT I'D ALSO LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE COMPLIMENT.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
OH YOU, YOU LOOK GOOD AND I DON'T WANT TO TAKE UP TOO MUCH MORE OF YOUR TIME SO YOU GUYS TAKE IT EASY.

JENNIFER MILLS
ALRIGHT

MATT KUCHAR
MR. ANDERSON, GOOD HEARING FROM YOU.

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD TALKING TO YOU JEREMY. TAKE CARE.

JEREMY ANDERSON, MATT'S HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATE (MALE):
YOU TOO.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. AS WE GO WE'VE GOT A LITTLE MORE OF A SNIPPET FROM YOUR CANADIAN TOUR.

MATT KUCHAR
GOOD

JENNIFER MILLS
ON ENTRE, ENTRE, WE SHOULD SAY, EARLIER THIS YEAR. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS.

(MUSIC)

MATT KUCHAR (MIKED FOR PLAY)
COME ON. COME ON. GO!... THANKS... THANK YOU... THANK YOU. ALRIGHT. PRETTY GOOD... NICE. MEANS WE GET TO SLEEP IN A LITTLE LATER TOMORROW.

MATT'S CADDIE
COULD BE.

MATT KUCHAR (MIKED FOR PLAY)
YEAH, GET ANOTHER TEN MINUTES SLEEP.

(BREAK)

NEXT SEGMENT
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.