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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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'


President at the Presidents Cup


Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump


Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73


Cart on the green


Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green


Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open


Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National


Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open


Trump golf properties

Vandalism

Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses

Finances


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers


Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover


Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up


Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

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.