Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 1
MIKE WEIR HAS BEEN PLAYING SUCH SOLID GOLF ON THE PGA TOUR THAT IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE HE STOPS BEING CALLED CANADIAN MIKE WEIR. AFTER ALL, WE DON'T CALL TIGER, AMERICAN TIGER WOODS.
ONCE EVERYONE DROPS THE IDENTIFYING WORD, CANADIAN, SOME FANS WON'T KNOW WHERE HE'S FROM, BUT EVERYONE WHO LOVES GOLF CAN CLEARLY SEE WHERE HE'S HEADED. HE'S ON HIS WAY TO BEING CALLED ALL WORLD MIKE WEIR, OR WHAT PLANET IS WEIR FROM.
MEET MIKE WEIR, NOW ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
MIKE WEIR HAS PLAYED WELL ENOUGH IN AMERICA TO BE COMPARED TO CANADA'S TWO MOST FAMOUS MALE GOLFERS, MO NORMAN, ONE OF THE GAME'S ALL TIME BEST BALL STRIKERS AND THE LATE GEORGE KNUDSEN, WHO ONE EIGHT TIMES ON THE PGA TOUR.
WEIR HAS TWO PGA TOUR VICTORIES AND THE SENSE IS, HE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN TO DEMONSTRATE HIS CONSIDERABLE POWERS. MIKE LOVED HOCKEY, BUT WHEN HE GOT PUSHED AROUND BY PLAYERS BOTH BIGGER AND STRONGER,
HE TURNED HIS FOCUS TO GOLF, AND NOW ONLY GREAT COURSES CAN PUSH HIM AROUND, AND EVEN THOSE DAYS ARE NEARLY OVER. HE WAS THE ORDER OF MERIT LEADER IN 1997 ON THE CANADIAN TOUR, WHICH WAS A NATURAL EVOLUTION OF THE DATA POINTS FROM HIS EVER INCLUDED PLAY. HE WON THE
1986 CANADIAN JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP AND THE 1988 ONTARIO JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP. MIKE WON THE 1990 ONTARIO AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP AND WAS SECOND TEAM ALL AMERICAN AT BRIGHAM YOUNG IN 1992. THE 1993 CANADIAN TOUR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
QUALIFIED FOR THE PGA TOUR IN '98, SHOWED PROMISE AND BECAME Q-SCHOOL MEDALLIST AT THE END OF THE YEAR. MIKE WASTED NO TIME BEFORE ANNOUNCING HIS DEFINITE ARRIVAL
AND WINNING THE AIR CANADA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR HIS FIRST PGA TOUR WIN IN 1999, AND HIS SECOND IN 2000 AND THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP AMERICAN EXPRESS CHAMPIONSHIP OVER THE WORLD'S OTHER BEST PLAYERS AT VALDERAMA PUSHED HIM PAST THE PROMISING STAGE. HE HAS OFFICIALLY
ARRIVED. AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS AT 30, AFTER 17 YEARS OF HARD WORK ON HIS GAME. WE EXPECT MORE NOW, BUT MIKE WEIR EXPECTS EVEN MORE OF HIMSELF, AND CANADA'S MIKE WEIR IS CERTAINLY BECOMING EVERYONE'S MIKE WEIR.
WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE, I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, MIKE WEIR. GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE.
THANKS PETER. GLAD TO BE HERE.
THANKS MIKE. YOU KNOW, NOT EVERYBODY IS COMFORTABLE WHEN THEY BECOME A CELEBRITY. HOW MUCH DO YOU LIKE YOUR INCREASING VISIBILITY IN THE WORLD?
WELL, UM, I GUESS, YOU KNOW, I JUST WANT TO BE MYSELF, AND, AND THAT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY OF PLAYING
SOME BETTER GOLF AND AS VISIBLE AS THE GAME IS NOW, AND AS POPULAR AS THE GAME IS NOW, I GET TO BE RECOGNIZED MORE, ESPECIALLY IN CANADA AND, UM, YOU KNOW, I TAKE IT ALL IN STRIDE, AND I JUST, I KNOW WHO I AM SO I DON'T, I DON'T PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO IT.
WHO ARE YOU?
I'M JUST A REGULAR GUY FROM, FROM BRIGHTSGROVE. SMALL TOWN IN CANADA THAT'S, YOU KNOW, PAYS IT'S DUES, HAS WORKED HARD AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK HARD AND TRY TO SEE HOW GOOD I CAN GET AT THIS GAME.
YOUR POPULARITY IS SO INTENSE AT HOME IN CANADA THAT IT SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE CARRYING AROUND THE CANADIAN FLAG WHEREVER YOU GO. HOW GREAT IS THE HONOR TO DO THAT, AND HOW GREAT IS THE PRESSURE TO PLEASE?
WELL, YEAH, IT'S DEFINITELY A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. I, I THINK EARLIER IN MY CAREER I FELT MORE PRESSURE OF THAT EXPECTATION THAT PEOPLE HAD OF ME BEING THE NEXT GREAT CANADIAN PLAYER. YOU KNOW, FOLLOWING IN THE
FOOTSTEPS OF, OF MO AND, AND GEORGE KNUDSEN AND UM SOME OTHER GREAT PLAYERS, STAN LEONARD AND YOU KNOW, EARLIER IN MY CAREER THAT DID, THAT DID KIND OF HINDER ME, YOU KNOW, KIND
OF PLAYED ON ME A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WHAT IT DOES NOW. NOW, I'VE GOTTEN ONTO THE PGA TOUR AND I'VE HAD SOME SUCCESS AND NOW IT'S, IT'S A GREAT FEELING THAT, I FEEL MORE SUPPORT NOW THAN FEEL IT AS A BURDEN.
WHEN I DO GO TO, YOU KNOW, CITIES AROUND THE COUNTRY, JUST PLAYING IN MIAMI, THIS PAST WEEK, THERE'S A LOT OF CANADIANS DOWN, YOU KNOW, WINTERING DOWN HERE IN FLORIDA, AND YOU KNOW THEY COME OUT IN FULL
FORCE AND IT'S A FANTASTIC FEELING TO
HAVE THAT KIND OF SUPPORT.
YOU'RE EVEN MORE POPULAR AT HOME. IS THERE SOMEBODY YOU'D LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO?
YES, DEFINITELY, I WANT TO SAY HELLO TO MY WIFE, BRICIA, AND MY DAUGHTER, ELLE. HI ELLE. DADDY WILL BE HOME IN ONE MORE SLEEP.
THAT'S HOW KIDS RELATE, YOU KNOW, ONE MORE SLEEP, SO... HI
WHAT DOES SHE THINK ABOUT SEEING YOU ON TELEVISION, GENERALLY? IS SHE OLD ENOUGH? SHE'S THREE YEARS OLD NOW?
SHE'S THREE YEARS OLD, YEAH.
DOES SHE GOT TO, HAVE YOU GOTTEN A REACTION FROM HER SEEING YOU ON TELEVISION?
WELL SHE GETS ON THE PHONE WITH ME WHEN I'M AWAY AND, AND SHE TELLS ME, DADDY I SAW YOU ON TV AND THEN SHE JUST HANGS UP, QUICKLY. SHE DOESN'T TELL ME, YOU KNOW, ELABORATE ON IT, YET, SHE JUST TELLS ME I SAW YOU ON THE PHONE, UH, I PLAYED IN THE SAND BOX. HANGS UP AND UH, BUT I THINK SHE KNOWS A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT'S GOING
ON. YOU KNOW, TRAVELING OUT THERE AND COMING OUT TO THE EVENTS AND, AND WAITING FOR ME ON 18 A FEW TIMES. I THINK SHE KNOWS THAT DADDY DOES SOMETHING GOLF WISE, ANYWAYS.
WHEN YOU WERE NOT MUCH OLDER THAN SHE IS NOW AND YOU WERE PLAYING HOCKEY, THEY CALLED YOU AN AGGRESSIVE HOCKEY PLAYER. WHEN YOU PITCHED, THEY CALLED YOU A DOMINANT PITCHER. WHAT ADJECTIVE DO YOU THINK
BEST DESCRIBES THE KIND OF GOLF GAME THAT YOU PLAY?
UM... I WOULD SAY, WELL, DETERMINED, MORE THAN ANYTHING. IN THOSE OTHER SPORTS, YEAH, I WAS, I THINK, JUST BEING A SMALLER GUY, JUST, ESPECIALLY IN HOCKEY, YOU HAD TO, YOU HAD TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AND I LOVED THAT ASPECT
OF THE GAME AND IN GOLF, I, I THINK I'VE JUST I, I DIDN'T HAVE THAT MUCH NATURAL ABILITY. I HAD A LITTLE BIT I THINK. I HAD A GOOD SHORT GAME, AND KNEW HOW TO SCORE BUT MY SWING WAS KIND OF A WRECK, REALLY, WHEN I WAS
YOUNGER I JUST KNEW HOW TO SCORE AND SO IT'S COME THROUGH A LOT OF DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK SO I, I'D SAY DETERMINED IS... THE BEST WORD.
WHEN YOU HAVE A DAY LIKE YOU DID YESTERDAY AT THE GENUITY CLASSIC DOWN AT DORAL, WHEN YOU DON'T WIN, WHEN YOU HAVE THE LEAD, BUT PLAY A DECENT LAST ROUND, DO YOU LOOK AT IT AS THOUGH JOE DURANT PLAYED A BRILLIANT ROUND OF 65 IN THE WIND TO WIN, OR DO YOU LOOK AT IT THAT YOU
DIDN'T DO WHAT YOU NEEDED TO DO, FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW, TO BE ABLE TO OVERTAKE THAT AND WIN?
WELL, A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. YOU KNOW, MY HAT'S OFF TO JOE FOR PLAYING A GREAT ROUND, UH, YOU KNOW, HE DID, HE PLAYED A WONDERFUL ROUND IN, IN THOSE CONDITIONS THAT PLAYED VERY DIFFICULT YESTERDAY, BUT AS I SAID, A LITTLE BIT OF BOTH. I DIDN'T GET MUCH
OUT OF MY ROUND YESTERDAY. I FELT LIKE I DID WHAT I NEEDED TO DO STARTING OUT AND THAT WAS DRIVE THE BALL WELL, PUT THE BALL IN POSITION OFF THE TEE WHICH I DID ALL DAY AND GIVE MYSELF SOME OPPORTUNITIES ON THE GREENS WHICH I DID. I JUST DIDN'T
CONVERT THEM. I HAD CHANCES AND, AND UH FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, IS DISAPPOINTING THAT I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T MAKE A FEW MORE PUTTS. DIDN'T GET ANYTHING GOING ON THE BACK NINE AT ALL, AND FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, YEAH, IT WAS DISAPPOINTING.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN FIERCELY COMPETITIVE?
ALWAYS, YEAH, VERY, VERY FIERCE COMPETITOR. ESPECIALLY WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. YEAH, I THINK I'VE, I'VE TEMPERED THAT OFF QUITE A BIT. AS I'VE GOTTEN OLDER I STILL LOVE TO COMPETE AND I'M STILL VERY, VERY COMPETITIVE I THINK.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER THOUGH, I DID, I DID, I WASN'T A GOOD COMPETITOR AND BY THAT I MEAN, WHEN I GUESS I WASN'T A GOOD LOSER, AND, AND IF THERE WAS SOMEONE ON MY TEAM, BECAUSE I PLAY A LOT OF TEAM SPORTS, THAT WASN'T UP TO MY EXPECTATION OR, OR PLAYING THEIR GAME UP TO THEIR EXPECTATIONS OR WHAT I FELT LIKE SHOULD, THEY SHOULD BE PLAYING, I LET THEM KNOW THAT, EVEN IF IT WAS JUST IN A STREET HOCKEY
GAME AGAINST ONE, ONE BLOCK OF KIDS AGAINST OUR BLOCK, PLAYING A STREET HOCKEY GAME. IT WOULD BE VERY INTENSE AND THERE'D BE FIGHTS AND ALL KINDS OF STUFF GOING ON SO, IN THAT REGARD I'VE TEMPERED THAT BACK QUITE A BIT, BUT UM, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY COMPETITIVE.
WHEN YOU WROTE TO JACK NICKLAUS WHEN YOU WERE EITHER 12 OR 13 AND ASKED HIM IF YOU SHOULD STAY PLAYING GOLF FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE GOLF BALL, DID YOU WRITE TO JACK BECAUSE HE WAS THE BEST PLAYER OR DID YOU
WRITE TO JACK BECAUSE IF HE WROTE YOU BACK YOU KNEW THAT YOU WOULD GET A THOUGHTFUL, GRACIOUS, INSIGHTFUL KIND OF AN ANSWER?
I THINK, YOU KNOW, MY HEAD PRO AT MY GOLF CLUB AT HERON OAKS WAS STEVE BENNETT AND HE WAS ALWAYS ENAMORED BY JACK AND LOOKED UP TO JACK AND YOU KNOW, HAD PICTURES IN HIS OFFICE AND IN 1980 CAME TO DO AN EXHIBITION AT HERON OAKS AND I WENT UP THERE AND WATCHED HIM FOR NINE HOLES,
AND YOU KNOW, WAS JUST TAKEN BY HIM AS WELL, AND THE WAY HE HANDLED HIMSELF AND YOU KNOW HE WAS BIGGER THAN LIFE FOR A TEN YEAR OLD. THAT'S FOR SURE, AND WHEN I WAS THINKING, ABOUT THIS GAME AS A CAREER AT A YOUNG AGE I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, NOT A BETTER GUY TO ASK, ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, BEING INFLUENCED BY STEVE
WHO, WHO YOU KNOW LIKED JACK SO MUCH AND THEN MY DAD HELPED ME DRAFT UP A LETTER AND SEND IT OFF AND THAT WAS GREAT, YOU KNOW, FOR A 14 YEAR OLD KID TO GET THAT LETTER BACK. IT WAS, IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL.
AND FOR A TEN YEAR OLD KID OR A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD KID, THAT'S NOT THE ONLY AGE THAT PEOPLE FELT THAT JACK WAS BIGGER THAN LIFE. A LOT OF PEOPLE OLDER THAN JACK
FELT THE SAME WAY ABOUT HIM.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MIKE WEIR.
Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo
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.
In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.
Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys
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?
Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'
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
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.
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.