Golf Talk Live - Matt Kuchar Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
WELCOME BACK. OUR GUEST IS MATT KUCHAR. CURTIS IS ON THE LINE FROM MARYLAND WITH A QUESTION FOR MATT. HI CURTIS.

CURTIS, CALLER FROM MARYLAND (MALE):
HI JENNIFER. THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL.

JENNIFER MILLS
SURE

CURTIS, CALLER FROM MARYLAND (MALE):
HEY MATT. QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU, I'M WONDERING WHAT COURSES OR TYPE OF ARCHITECTS REALLY FAVOR YOUR GAME AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. I'M THE GUY WHO RUNS INTO YOU UP AT WHITE MOUNTAIN OR OWLS NEST LAST COUPLE OF SUMMERS. PLEASE SAY HI TO YOUR DAD FOR ME.

MATT KUCHAR
ALRIGHT, CURTIS.

CURTIS, CALLER FROM MARYLAND (MALE):
THANKS, AND I'LL HANG UP.

MATT KUCHAR
CURTIS, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. I GO UP TO NEW HAMPSHIRE EVERY SUMMER REGARDLESS OF WHAT'S, WHAT CONFLICTS. I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THAT TRIP, BUT COURSES THAT SUIT MY GAME. U.S. OPEN STYLE COURSES I THINK BEST SUIT MY GAME, BUT IT WAS FUNNY, LEADING UP TO THE MASTERS MY FIRST

TIME, I TALKED A LOT TO COACH HEPLER ABOUT THINGS AND HE SAYS MATT, THE MASTERS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU. IT'S, IT'S

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
REQUIRES A LOT OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, A LOT OF EXPERIENCE TO PLAY IT. HE SAYS, YOUR GAME, I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED FOR YOU TO REALLY DO WELL AT THE U.S. OPEN, BUT THE MASTERS NOW, THAT, YOU KNOW, DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH THERE, AND FORTUNATELY I, I WAS LUCKY

ENOUGH TO PLAY WELL AT THE MASTERS BUT THEN SURE ENOUGH AT THE OPEN. THAT COURSE, AT THE OLYMPIC CLUB, A REAL DEMANDING COURSE WHERE PAR'S A GOOD SCORE. I FEEL, I'M NOT GREAT AT GOING 30, 40 UNDER PAR, BUT WHEN PAR'S

A GOOD SCORE I FEEL I'VE MANAGED MY GAME WELL ENOUGH TO, TO GET IT AROUND AND STAY AROUND THE LEADERBOARD. SO THOSE ARE THE COURSES I TEND TO LIKE.

JENNIFER MILLS
CURTIS MENTIONED YOUR FATHER AND TO SAY HELLO. I KNOW YOU'RE SO CLOSE WITH YOUR FAMILY. YOU HAVE ONE SISTER WHO IS A YOUNGER SISTER.

MATT KUCHAR
A YOUNGER SISTER.

JENNIFER MILLS
I BELIEVE SHE JUST, JUST TIED THE KNOT RECENTLY.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S RIGHT. MY SISTER, BECKY, JUST GOT MARRIED. I'M SURE SHE'S OUT THERE WITH HER HUSBAND, WONDERFUL GUY, MICHAEL MORRIS AND NOW IT'S BECKY MORRIS. I'D LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO THEM AND CONGRATULATIONS.

FAMILY'S GREAT. MOM AND DAD JUST MOVED UP TO PONTE VEDRA. MOM IS ECSTATIC. SHE'S ALWAYS WANTED TO BE CLOSE TO THE BEACH. DAD NOW HAS A GOLF CART IN THE GARAGE, SO HE'S HAPPY AS CAN BE WHEN HE GETS HOME.

THING, THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR THEM. I DON'T KNOW HOW MOM'S DONE IT. SHE'S PULLED OFF TWO MIRACLES. MOVING THE FAMILY UP TO PONTE VEDRA AND THEN MARRYING OFF MY SISTER. SHE'S, SHE'S AMAZING.

JENNIFER MILLS
IS THE HEAT ON YOU NOW?

MATT KUCHAR
(LAUGHS)
I'M STILL LOOKING FOR MRS. KUCHAR. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
BUT I THINK IT, I THINK IT COULD BE A WHILE.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)
AS FAR AS, AS YOUR PARENTS, DO THEY, I KNOW YOUR DAD PLAYS GOLF. DOES YOU MOM PLAY GOLF TOO?

MATT KUCHAR
NO, MOM, MOM'S A CHEERLEADER. SHE, SHE LIKES TO SPECTATE.

JENNIFER MILLS
NOW SHE DID SOME MODELING IN HER DAY.

MATT KUCHAR
SHE DID DO SOME MODELING. I, I HAD SOME GOOD GENES. MOM'S BEAUTIFUL AND JUST A, JUST A TERRIFIC LADY. I DON'T KNOW HOW DAD GOT SO LUCKY.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)
YOU'RE CALLING YOUR DAD AN OVER ACHIEVER ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY.

JENNIFER MILLS
HE'S GOING TO BE MAD AT YOU.

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY, BUT, I DON'T KNOW, THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING GOOD.

JENNIFER MILLS
AS FAR AS THIS YEAR, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED? YOU'VE, YOU'VE GOT A LIMITED NUMBER OF SPONSORS EXEMPTIONS BASED ON STATUS OR LACK OF EXEMPT STATUS. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FROM HERE? YOU'VE PLAYED FOUR TIMES ON THE PGA TOUR.

MATT KUCHAR
THREE LEFT NOW, SO I'M TRYING TO PICK AND CHOOSE THOSE. REALLY LIKE TO GO TO THE WESTERN OPEN. IT'S AT COGG HILL. I HAVEN'T BEEN TO COGG HILL SINCE THE AMATEUR VICTORY.

JENNIFER MILLS
WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE.

MATT KUCHAR
AND I'M KIND OF UP IN THE AIR ON THE OTHER TWO AT THE MOMENT. JUST TRYING TO PICK COURSES THAT SUIT MY GAME, IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND, AND THEN THOSE EXEMPTIONS ARE KIND OF TOUGH TO COME BY, SO, FEELING OUT

THE WATERS A LITTLE BIT. MAY START DOING SOME BUY.COM EVENTS. I'VE REALLY, REALLY GOTTEN BACK INTO WORKING HARD AGAIN, JENNIFER. I, I GOT SIDE TRACKED FOR A WHILE WHEN ALL

THE STUFF STARTED HAPPENING. I LOVE SO MANY THINGS AND I GOT INVITED TO DO SO MANY GREAT THINGS THAT I FELT MY GOLF GAME SLIP BECAUSE I, I ENJOY DOING OTHER THINGS BESIDES GOLF AND SO I HAD SO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES.

I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT I STOPPED PRACTICING. I STOPPED WORKING LIKE I USED TO AND FINALLY AFTER I MISSED THE CUT AT THE BELLSOUTH SOMETHING SWITCHED AND I, I WAS SO FRUSTRATED WITH MYSELF. I HATE MISSING THOSE

CUTS AND I WENT BACK TO JUST WORKING REALLY HARD LIKE I DID MY FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE YEAR IN SCHOOL AND IT'S FUNNY HOW THOSE THINGS PAY OFF. THAT, THAT HARD WORK AND I CAME

THROUGH AND PLAYED A GREAT WEEK AT GREENSBORO AND NOW, YOU KNOW, I FELT MYSELF THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER GREENSBORO, EVERY ROUND I'VE BEEN REALLY WORKING HARD ON. JUST, JUST IN PRACTICE. WORKING HARD AND IT'S PAYING OFF. I FELT TODAY I DIDN'T

EVEN PLAY THAT WELL, BUT PLAYED WELL ENOUGH TO GO ON TO THAT NEXT LEVEL.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SUCCESS YOU ENJOYED AT THE MASTERS AND THE U.S. OPEN IN '98, HAVE YOU PEAKED OR ARE YOU STILL QUITE A WAYS FROM THERE?

MATT KUCHAR
NO I'M READY, I'M READY TO KEEP GOING. I'M SO THRILLED TO BE WORKING WITH RICK SMITH. SOMETHING I WISH I HAD DONE A WHILE AGO AND NOW MY GAME IS GOOD ON, ON FEEL AND, AND I'VE GOTTEN BY WITH THAT.

I HAD, I HAD ACTUALLY A, SOME PERSON KIND OF TELL ME THAT, THAT I NEEDED TO GET A COACH AND I, I WAS LIKE COACHES ARE BAD. I KEPT HEARING STAY AWAY FROM COACHES BUT NOW THAT I'VE GOT ONE, IT'S A GUY I CAN FALL BACK ON AND, AND WE'RE ALWAYS MAKING

IMPROVEMENTS AND I FEEL MYSELF GETTING BETTER AND BETTER WITH THIS, SO I THINK WITH THIS HARD WORK AND NOW HAVING SOMEBODY THAT CAN LOOK AT ME AND TAKE ME, KIND OF TAKE ME TO THAT NEXT LEVEL. I FEEL I'M ANXIOUS TO KEEP GOING.

JENNIFER MILLS
THE GOAL IS THE PGA TOUR FULL TIME, COMPETING AND CONTENDING.

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL RIGHT NOW MATT ISN'T CHASING TIGER DAY IN AND DAY OUT BUT THERE WAS A TIGER HE DID CATCH. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK. YOU CAN ENJOY THIS.

ANNOUNCER (MALE):
NOW THAT KUCHAR HAS GRADUATED, IT LOOKS AS IF HE'S READY TO GET TO GRIPS WITH A PROFESSIONAL GOLF CAREER, AND NOW HE'LL JUST HAVE TO GET HIS CLAWS INTO FORMER COLLEGIATE PLAYERS SUCH

AS MICKELSON, DUVAL, AND OF COURSE, THE MAN HE SUCCEEDED AS AMERICA'S
AMATEUR CHAMPION.

MATT KUCHAR
OOH HOO I CAUGHT A TIGER. HA HA

(BREAK)

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.