Golf Talk Live - Matt Kuchar Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
WELCOME BACK. EVERY WEEK WE TAKE A QUESTION FROM THE INTERNET. THIS QUESTION COMES TO US FROM ANN THOMPSON IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. MATT, THIS IS WHAT SHE WANTS TO KNOW.

I READ THAT YOUR AGENTS DEAL MOSTLY WITH ENTERTAINMENT PEOPLE LIKE MUSIC GROUP DESTINY'S CHILD. I ALSO READ THAT THEY ARE LOOKING TO GET YOU INVOLVED IN TELEVISION AND FILM APPEARANCES AND POSSIBLY SOME MODELING. JEREMY WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT. ANY TRUTH TO THESE REPORTS?

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY, WILEMINA, WHAT A NEAT AGENCY THAT IS. I'VE BEEN TO THEIR OFFICE IN MIAMI AND IN NEW YORK AND THERE'S SO MUCH ACTIVITY GOING ON. I MEAN SO MANY PEOPLE RUNNING AROUND. I WAS IN NEW YORK AND BEN STILLER WAS IN THE OFFICE AT THE SAME

TIME DOING SOME, SOME KIND OF DEAL WITH HIM, AND, OF COURSE THEY DO HANDLE DESTINY'S CHILD AMONG MANY OTHER RECORDING ARTISTS AND ENTERTAINMENT PEOPLE. JUST A GREAT GROUP TO BE INVOLVED WITH. I MEAN

THE WAY THEY, THEY CROSSOVER AND, AND PUT YOU WITH, YOU KNOW, ASSOCIATE YOU WITH THE DESTINY'S CHILD AND THEY HAVE STEFAN MARBRI (?) AS WELL, AND THEY HAVE JUST, JUST PEOPLE FROM ALL DIFFERENT ASPECTS.

ALL DIFFERENT WALKS, AND IT'S JUST, IT'S A GREAT ORGANIZATION TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH. THEY HAVE SUCH GREAT IDEAS. THAT'S KIND OF WHAT GOT ME GOING WITH THEM.

THEY HAD KIND OF THE SAME VISIONS I DID. THEY DIDN'T WANT TO BE JUST A GOLFER AND, AND THEY KNEW I HAD POTENTIAL TO BE MORE THAN JUST A GOLFER. THEY WANTED TO, TO KIND OF CROSSOVER IN DIFFERENT AVENUES AND

THEY'VE ASSOCIATED ME WITH JUST, YOU KNOW, GREAT COMPANIES SO FAR. I'VE BEEN VERY HAPPY WITH MY DEAL WITH PRECEPT AND THEY PUT ME WITH HUGO BOSS (?) AND IT'S JUST THAT, THAT IMAGE BRANDING . GETTING THAT RIGHT IMAGE. BEING WITH THE RIGHT COMPANIES AND THEY DO A WONDERFUL JOB AT THIS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL KNOWN MODELING AGENCY WHICH NOW HAS IT'S OWN SPORTS MARKETING GROUP WHICH YOU ARE

MATT KUCHAR
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
PART OF. WE HAVE A PHONE, CALLER ON THE PHONE AND LARRY I THINK YOU GET AN AWARD FOR HANGING OUT LONG ENOUGH. (LAUGHS). YOU'VE BEEN ON THERE A WHILE I KNOW. WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

LARRY, CALLER FROM MICHIGAN (MALE):
WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
MATT I JUST WANT TO SAY WHAT A CREDIT YOU ARE TO A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE THINKING ABOUT COMING OUT OF SCHOOL TO GET INTO THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS OF PROFESSIONAL

THIS, THAT OR THE OTHER AND I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE EXAMPLE THAT YOU'RE SETTING. I'M A HUGE FAN AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT WAS THAT SINGLE MOST EXCITING MOMENT AT THAT FIRST MASTERS YOU PLAYED AND I'M GOING TO HANG UP AND LISTEN NOW.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MATT.

MATT KUCHAR
LARRY, THANK YOU. IT, IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO HEAR. I HAVE A LOT OF COMPLIMENTS OF THAT NATURE AND IT'S ALWAYS GREAT TO HEAR THEM. I KNOW IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD AND I KNOW MY MOM'S OUT THERE AND I KNOW IT MAKES HER FEEL GOOD. SO, PROBABLY THE, THE SINGLE, OOH, I, I TRIED TO MENTION TWO EARLIER IN THE SHOW. I DON'T KNOW IF I

COULD REALLY MENTION ONE. IT WAS PROBABLY THE FIRST TEE SHOT. I'VE NEVER BEEN MAYBE AS NERVOUS IN MY LIFE OTHER THAN MAYBE THE AMATEUR, BUT THE FIRST TEE SHOT AFTER TIGER WOODS HITS DRIVER MILES OVER THE

BUNKER.... AND HERE THAT, THAT HUGE BUNKER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FAIRWAY IS PERFECTLY IN PLAY FOR MY DISTANCE AND, AND I HIT, I WAS LUCKY I PULLED THE TRIGGER BUT I HIT MY SUNDAY'S BEST AND IT'S HUGGING THE LEFT EDGE OF THAT RIGHT BUNKER

AND IT SEEMED TO HANG THERE FOREVER AND I WAS LIKE, I KNOW, JUST AS, AS GOLF GOES, I KNOW THAT'S GOING IN THE BUNKER, SON OF A GUN, BUT SURE ENOUGH, I SEE IT BOUNCE. IT CLEARED

THE BUNKER AND YOU KNOW, HITTING THAT TEE SHOT, BEING ABLE TO PULL THE TRIGGER AND PUTTING IT IN THE FAIRWAY WAS, WAS A PRETTY GOOD MOMENT.

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD QUESTION, LARRY. LET'S GO BACK TO THE PHONES. MIKE FROM ARIZONA IS ON. WELCOME MIKE.

MIKE, CALLER FROM ARIZONA (MALE):
HI. THANKS A LOT. MATT, I WAS WONDERING WHO SAW YOUR GREAT COLLEGE PLAY WHEN YOU GOT TO THE MASTERS, DID YOU PUT ANY, DO YOU PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE ON YOURSELF TO GO OUT AND DO WELL OR YOU JUST GO AND LET THE, LET WHAT EVER HAPPENS HAPPEN AND JUST ENJOY THE MOMENT?

MATT KUCHAR
I HAD WORKED HARD UP TO THAT MOMENT BUT ONCE I GOT OUT THERE, I, I WAS IN AWE. I MEAN HERE I WAS AT THE MASTERS AND THE CROWDS ARE HUGE. I REMEMBER MY FIRST TIME WALKING

AROUND THE COURSE, I WAS HITTING ON THE PRACTICE RANGE AND I WAS SCARED TO TAKE A DIVOT, SO NOW HERE I AM THROWN IN THE TOURNAMENT ITSELF AND IT, IT, I, I COULDN'T PUT PRESSURE ON MYSELF. I WAS JUST SO HAPPY TO BE THERE THAT I, I KIND OF LET THINGS

HAPPEN AND I KNEW I HAD WORKED HARD UP TO THAT MOMENT BUT FROM THERE, ONCE YOU TEE OFF YOU JUST KIND OF GOT TO LET IT HAPPEN.

JENNIFER MILLS
MATT, YOU MENTIONED WORKING HARD. FOR A LONG TIME YOU DIDN'T HAVE A SWING COACH. AM I CORRECT? AND YOU'VE HOOKED UP RECENTLY WITH RICK SMITH.

MATT KUCHAR
CORRECT

JENNIFER MILLS
WHO'S ONE OF THE GURUS OF THE FEEL PLAYERS I GUESS.

MATT KUCHAR
EXACTLY

JENNIFER MILLS
TALK ABOUT THAT RELATIONSHIP. WHAT, WHAT HE'S SEEN IN YOU AND WHAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN WORKING ON.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S BEEN GREAT. I GREW UP WATCHING PEOPLE PLAY. I NEVER TOOK A LESSON, SO TO SPEAK, I KIND OF WATCHED PEOPLE PLAY, TOOK SWINGS I LIKED. TRIED TO EMULATE THEM AND SO REALLY GREW UP BY FEEL. I FINALLY GOT TO A

LEVEL WHERE I DECIDED I NEEDED, I NEEDED SOME COACHING. I NEEDED SOMEBODY TO LOOK AT ME AND TO KNOW THAT THIS IS HOW I SWING WHEN I'M SWINGING WELL AND THIS IS WHAT YOU'RE DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT SWINGING WELL. SO, I, I TALKED TO A LOT

OF PEOPLE AND PEOPLE TOLD ME RICK SMITH IS THE GUY FOR ME. THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, HE WORKS WITH FEEL PLAYERS WHICH, WHICH I FEEL I AM, AND, WE, WE'VE JUST HIT IT OFF. RICK'S A GREAT GUY. WE GET ALONG GREAT AND THE BASIC THING WE'VE DONE IS JUST

WORKED WITH MY SET UP AND SO HE HASN'T DONE A WHOLE LOT WITH MY SWING. IT'S BEEN SUCH AN EASY CHANGE AND ONE I FEEL IT'S BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL. I MEAN HE'S GOT ME STANDING WITH BETTER POSTURE, SQUARED MY ALIGNMENT UP A LITTLE BIT AND INSTEAD

OF SEEING, WE'LL WATCH SOME OF MY SWINGS NOW ON THESE, ON THESE LITTLE CLIPS, AND I USED TO SWING KIND OF INSIDE WITH A BIG HIGH FOLLOW THROUGH AND WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO

SQUARE MYSELF UP WHERE I SWING MORE AROUND AND ARE A LITTLE MORE CONSISTENT WITH SOME MORE POWER, SO IT, IT'S GONE GREAT. I'VE REALLY BEEN HAPPY WORKING WITH RICK. I TALKED TO HIM JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND HE WAS JUST GETTING OUT OF RECOVERY.

I WISH HIM THE BEST. I HOPE HE'S DOING WELL AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AGAIN.

JENNIFER MILLS
GOOD. GOOD. IT SOUNDS LIKE THE RELATIONSHIP'S GOING WELL. IT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD FIT.

MATT KUCHAR
IT SURE IS.

JENNIFER MILLS
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

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Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.

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Rahm beats Landry in playoff to win CareerBuilder

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:00 am

Jon Rahm birdied the fourth extra hole Sunday to defeat Andrew Landry in a playoff, win the CareerBuilder Challenge and move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Here’s how things played out in overtime at PGA West:

Leaderboard: Rahm (-22), Landry (-22), John Huh (-20), Adam Hadwin (-20), Martin Piller (-20), Kevin Chappell (-19), Scott Piercy (-19)

What it means: This is Rahm’s second PGA Tour win and his fourth worldwide victory in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. Rahm took the early lead Thursday with an opening 62 and after rounds of 67-70, he started the final round two back. On Sunday, he made five birdies without dropping a single shot on the intimidating Stadium Course. In the clubhouse at 22 under, Rahm watched as Landry made birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

Rahm missed birdie putts that would have ended the tournament on the final hole of regulation and on each playoff hole. Finally, on his fourth trip down 18 of the day, his birdie bid found the cup. With the victory, Rahm passes Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, trailing only Dustin Johnson. He enters next week at Torrey Pines looking to defend for the first time.

Best of the rest: A two-time Web.com winner playing his second full season on the PGA Tour, Landry shot 68 Sunday, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force extras. Once Rahm finally made birdie on the fourth playoff hole, Landry's putt to extend slid by on the right edge. This is Landry's best career finish on the PGA Tour. Had he won, he would have secured full Tour status through the 2019-20 season and earned invites to the Masters, Players, and PGA Championships.

Round of the day: Sam Saunders fired an 8-under 64 to register this best finish of the season, a tie for eighth at 18 under. The reigning Web.com Tour Championship winner was 9 under par through 12 holes before making bogey at 13 and parring his way into the clubhouse.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Austin Cook was eyeing his second win of the season but never contended. The RSM champion carded two double bogeys Sunday en route to a 3-over 75, dropping him from the 54-hole lead to a tie for 14th.

Shot of the day: Rahm's putt to win:

Quote of the day: "One of us had to do it and either one of us would have been a well-deserving champion." - Rahm on his playoff victory over Landry