Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 4
WHY DO YOU FEEL LIKE 1997 WAS THE TURNING POINT OF YOUR CAREER IN SOME WAY?
WELL, '97 WAS A, WAS A YEAR I GUESS I STARTED, THINGS STARTED COMING TOGETHER ON THE, ON THE CHANGES I WAS MAKING IN MY GAME, AND JUST STARTING THAT CANADIAN TOUR YEAR ON, I JUST HAD A NEW SELF CONFIDENCE IN ME THAT I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO, I JUST HAD THIS FEELING IT WAS GOING TO
BE THE MY TIME TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR ON THE CANADIAN TOUR AND FINALLY MAKE IT THROUGH THAT Q-SCHOOL FOR SOME REASON. I JUST FELT, I COULD FEEL MY SWING STARTING TO CHANGE FINALLY AND YOU KNOW, THE HARD WORK OF, YOU
KNOW, PROBABLY ABOUT THE PAST THREE YEARS BEFORE THAT, STARTING TO PAY OFF AND GETTING A COUPLE OF WINS UNDER MY BELT, GOING TO THE Q-SCHOOL AND HAVING
SOME SUCCESS EARLY IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF STAGES. I WON THE FIRST STAGE AND WAS SECOND THE SECOND STAGE AND GOING INTO THE FINAL, IT WAS, IT WAS A SENSE OF RELIEF GOING TO THAT FINAL STAGE BECAUSE
I HADN'T MADE IT THROUGH THE SECOND STAGE AND YOU KNOW IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL GETTING THROUGH THERE THE FIRST TIME.
(SOUND OF GOLF CLUB SWINGING)
THIS LAST WEEKEND, AT DORAL, NICK PRICE SAID THAT YOU WERE THE BEST LEFT HANDED BALL STRIKER THAT HE'D EVER SEEN. NOW IN 1995 AT THE CANADIAN OPEN WHEN HE WAS HITTING BALLS NEXT TO YOU, YOU WERE THINKING
MAYBE THAT YOU MIGHT BE THE WORST BALL STRIKER YOU KNEW
BECAUSE OF WHAT HE WAS DOING TO THE PILE OF BALLS IN FRONT OF HIM.
TELL US ABOUT THAT.
YEAH, I, IT'S A STORY I'VE TOLD BEFORE BUT, YOU KNOW, IT REALLY, THAT, THAT WILL STAND OUT IN MY MIND FOR A LIFETIME, I KNOW IT WILL, BECAUSE I WAS, YOU KNOW I THOUGHT I WAS A PRETTY GOOD PLAYER AND YOU KNOW, I WAS HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF SUCCESS
ON THE CANADIAN TOUR. I GOT AN EXEMPTION INTO THE CANADIAN OPEN. WALKED UP ONTO THE RANGE. I'M A LITTLE INTIMIDATED. NOT SURE OF MYSELF UP THERE. I WALK RIGHT UP, YOU KNOW, JUST SAID, FORGET IT I'M GOING TO
WALK RIGHT BESIDE NICK PRICE AND HIT BALLS AND, AND STANDING RIGHT BESIDE HIM, HE DIDN'T, OBVIOUSLY HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS AND HE'S JUST, YOU KNOW, JUST KILLING THESE SHOTS RIGHT AT THE FLAG EVERY TIME AND JUST THE CONTACT WAS JUST A DIFFERENT SOUND.
AND I WAS ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO HIT BALLS, I, I'LL TELL YOU. I MEAN I, I, YOU KNOW I WOULD MAKE SOLID CONTACT ONE AREA, FIVE BALLS, AND ONE MIGHT GO LEFT AND ONE MIGHT GO RIGHT. ONE HIGH, LOW. I MEAN JUST, JUST AWFUL
AND IT JUST REALLY HIT ME THAT IF I WAS GOING TO MAKE IT ON THE TOUR, BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE TOUR THAT I REALLY NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. AS I SAID BEFORE, YOU KNOW I, I DID HAVE SOME, SOME COACHING WITH STEVE BENNETT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT REALLY NOT STUDYING THE SWING AND ANALYZING
WHAT, WHAT ALL THE GREAT BALL STRIKERS HAD IN COMMON. YOU KNOW, AS GEORGE KNUDSEN SAID, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY INTERPRETS FUNDAMENTALS DIFFERENT BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN FUNDAMENTALS THAT EVERYBODY HAS TO DO. EVERYBODY DOES THEM A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT BUT EVERYBODY HAS TO
ABIDE BY CERTAIN FUNDAMENTALS IN ORDER TO STRIKE THE BALL CORRECTLY AND THAT'S WHAT I KNEW, I KNEW THEN, THEN, THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED TO DO WAS, IS FIND OUT WHAT THAT WAS AND GO TO WORK ON IT RIGHT THEN.
IF SOMEONE HAD WHISPERED IN YOUR EAR ON THAT RANGE AT THE CANADIAN OPEN IN '95 THAT NICK PRICE WILL BE YOUR TEAMMATE AND PLAYING PARTNER 5 YEARS FROM NOW IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, YOU WOULD HAVE SHOED THAT VOICE AWAY
HOW PRIDE, HOW PLEASED, HOW EXCITING WAS IT FOR YOU TO NOT ONLY PLAY WITH NICK, BUT TO PLAY AS GOOD AT GOLF AS MIKE WEIR WAS CAPABLE OF PLAYING AT THE TIME?
IT WAS REALLY EXCITING FOR ME TO SEE THAT PAIRING COME OUT AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANT TO ME AND PROBABLY STILL DOESN'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANT
TO ME. YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST GREAT PLAYING WITH HIM AND EVERY TIME I HIT HIM IN A FUNNY SPOT, YOU KNOW, ON THE ALTERNATE SHOT, HIT HIM IN A BUNKER OR YOU KNOW, HIT HIM IN AN AWKWARD SPOT, HE JUST RESPONDED, I MEAN,
PERFECTLY, AND, AND I HAPPENED TO PLAY PRETTY GOOD AS WELL THAT DAY, AND, AND WE JUST TEAMED UP REALLY WELL. THAT PARTICULAR PUTT RIGHT THERE, NICK HIT ONE OF HIS OFF LINE, ONE OF HIS ONLY OFF LINE SHOTS OF THE DAY AND I KIND OF HACKED IT OUT AND THEN
HE HAD TO PITCH IT DOWN THE FAIRWAY. WE'RE WALKING DOWN THE FAIRWAY AND HE SAID MIKE, JUST GET IT ON THE RIGHT LEVEL, HE GOES, I'LL GUARANTEE YOU I'LL MAKE THIS PUTT. I HAD A 7 IRON FROM ABOUT 170 YARDS, HIT IT RIGHT AT THE FLAG AND IT WENT BEHIND THE HOLE,
WHAT 18 FEET AND HE MADE THAT PUTT FOR PAR AND I, I KNEW WE HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING THAT DAY.
I'LL BET NICK WISHES HE COULD DO THAT MORE OFTEN, DECIDE IF THE BALL HITS THE GREEN HE'S DEFINITELY KNOCKING IT IN.
WE ALL DO (LAUGHS)
RIGHT. HOW EASY IS IT FOR YOU TO LOOSE YOUR CONFIDENCE INSTANTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP?
WELL I LEARNED QUICKLY... AT THE PGA. YOU KNOW IT WAS MY FIRST REAL TASTE OF MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION AND, AND I GUESS I REALLY WASN'T READY FOR IT. ALL THAT SURROUNDS THAT, THE, THE DISTRACTIONS THAT ARE, THAT ARE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY PLAYING
WITH TIGER. I'M MUCH BETTER, OR I'M MUCH MORE CAPABLE OF HANDLING THAT NOW, BUT BACK THEN, IT WAS REALLY MY SECOND YEAR ON TOUR. I HAD TO GO BACK TO THE Q-SCHOOL. IT WAS, I THINK, ONLY MY SECOND MAJOR. THIRD MAJOR I THINK. NO SECOND MAJOR, I THINK EVER
AND YOU KNOW TO BE IN CONTENTION LIKE THAT. I GOT, I GOT FRUSTRATED EARLY. I WAS VERY FRUSTRATED EARLY. I THREE PUTTED A FEW TIMES THEN I TRIED TO FORCE THINGS AND ON A DIFFICULT COURSE LIKE THAT WHEN YOU
TRY TO FORCE THE ISSUE AND YOU'RE, YOU KNOW, REALLY PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN AND IT GOES THE OTHER WAY, AND IT DID THAT DAY. INSTEAD OF LETTING THINGS HAPPEN, I WAS TRYING TO FORCE THINGS TO HAPPEN.
I REMEMBER WATCHING YOU AT THE GOLF COURSE AND THINKING MAN HE'S TRYING TO TAKE THE BREAK OUT OF ALL THESE PUTTS AND HIT THEM AS HARD AS HE CAN RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE
AND HAVE CONTROL OVER STUFF THAT YOU NORMALLY CAN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER.
RIGHT. EXACTLY. THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.
(MIKE AND PETER LAUGH)
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EAGLE ON THE 14TH HOLE AT YOUR FIRST PGA TOUR WIN INEXPLICABLY AND DELIGHTEDLY DONE AT HOME. WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.
YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE COVER OF MIKE'S NEW UPCOMING BOOK 'ON COURSE WITH MIKE WEIR' WHICH WILL BE IN BOOK STORES AS SOON AS HE FINISHES WRITING IT.
Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite
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.
Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain
The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.
"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."
Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.
Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.
Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.
Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.
Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.
Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match
The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.
LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:
Who ya got in H.O.R.S.E. between @TigerWoods & his caddy Joe LaCava??? We've got some inside info from LaCava himself and we're taking Joey @CarlPaulsonGolf @dennispaulson62 pic.twitter.com/9l6NSoxQre— Inside the Ropes (@SiriusXMITR) December 14, 2017
"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."
It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.
"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."