Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
I UNDERSTAND YOUR FRIEND MARK CALCAVECCHIA IS THINKING OF PLAYING FROM THE LEFT SIDE. HE'S CALLED IN TO GET A COUPLE OF TIPS AS I UNDERSTAND IT. RIGHT CALC?
 
MIKE WEIR
IT'S TOO EASY, RIGHT HANDED FOR HIM LATELY.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
THAT'S RIGHT. HEY WEIRSIE.
 
MIKE WEIR
HEY CALC.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
HEY GREAT PLAYING AT DORAL, BY THE WAY.
 
MIKE WEIR
THANKS MAN.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
I HAD TO CALL UP AND SAY A FEW THINGS, I KNOW, I KNOW YOU'RE ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKERS OUT HERE AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE THAT ALL THE HARD WORK'S PAYING OFF FOR YOU.
 
MIKE WEIR
ALRIGHT, THANKS, MARK.
 

MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
YEAH, YOU KNOW, I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO BE A GREAT PLAYER WHEN, WHEN YOU WON AT VANCOUVER WHEN YOU MADE THAT EAGLE ON THE 14TH HOLE THERE. YOU KNOW AS YOU KNOW, IT TAKES A HECK OF A PLAYER TO WIN THAT
TOURNEY.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHING) YEAH, EXACTLY. EXACTLY. YOU WON IT IN '98?
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
UH I CAN'T REMEMBER.
 
PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)
 
MIKE WEIR
YOU HAVEN'T, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN BACK, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN BACK SINCE.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
NINETY... '97 I THINK ACTUALLY.
 
MIKE WEIR
YOU HAVEN'T BEEN BACK SINCE. COME ON.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
YES I HAVE. I WAS THERE LAST YEAR, (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
 
MIKE WEIR
OKAY
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OTHER YEAR BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
OKAY
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
20:ANYWAY LASTLY I HAD TO CALL UP AND GIVE YOU A, I HAD TO CALL UP AND ROUGH YOU UP A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT MUSTACHE LOOK YOU HAD GOING.
 
MIKE WEIR
OH!
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
I ABOUT FELL OFF THE COUCH WHEN I SAW THAT PICTURE.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL YOU'RE, YOU'RE NOT PLANNING ON WHIPPING THAT LOOK OUT ANYTIME SOON, ARE YOU?
 
PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT THE ONE WITH THE LONG HAIR, CALC?
 
MIKE WEIR
NO... .NO I WON'T GET THAT. YOU KNOW I, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET THE 'STACHE. I CAN'T GET THE HAIR GOING ANYMORE, BUT I MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET THE 'STACHE GOING (LAUGHS)
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
UH... THAT WAS GOOD. WELL ANYWAY I'M ENJOYING THE SHOW. I DON'T, I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANY, OH I DO HAVE A GOLF QUESTION FOR YOU.
 
PETER KESSLER
OH GO AHEAD CAL.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
UH, I NOTICED ON THE TELECAST THIS WEEK THAT, TO ME IT LOOKED LIKE YOU WERE STANDING A LOT CLOSER TO YOUR, YOUR BALL WHEN YOU PUTT. WAS, WAS THAT A CONSCIOUS EFFORT OR DID IT JUST KIND OF CREEP IN THERE?
 
MIKE WEIR
UH NO ACTUALLY IT WAS. I WAS JUST TRYING TO GET MY EYES OVER THE BALL A LITTLE BIT MORE AND, I WAS WATCHING SOME TAPE OF WHEN I WON THE Q-SCHOOL AND I NOTICED WHEN I WON THAT Q-SCHOOL I WAS STANDING A LOT CLOSER TO THE BALL AND I'VE BEEN STRUGGLING
 
A LITTLE BIT WITH MY PUTTER SO I THOUGHT I'D STAND CLOSER TO IT, BUT, I MIGHT HAVE TO GO TO THE CLAW.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OH YEAH, I, I THINK YOU,
 
MIKE WEIR
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
I THINK YOU'RE DOING FINE. I THINK YOU'RE DOING FINE WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT GOING.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
ANYWAY, GREAT PLAYING AND WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER.
 
MIKE WEIR
THANKS CALC.
 
PETER KESSLER
20:HEY CALC
 
MIKE WEIR
SEE YOU MAN
 
PETER KESSLER
20:CALC
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:BEFORE YOU GO AWAY. TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR GREAT PLAY ON THE GREENS AND TO THE GREENS LATELY?
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL, UH THE, THE CLAW (?) WAS THE WHOLE THING FOR ME. I WAS JUST LOOKING AT MY STATS TODAY ACTUALLY AND I LIKE, WANTED TO FRAME IT. I NOTICED I WAS FIRST IN
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
IN PUTTS HIT PER GREEN AND FIRST HIT IN TOTAL PUTTS AND, AND LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME I THINK I WAS LIKE 191ST.
 
(PETER AND MIKE LAUGH)
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
SO UH THERE YOU HAVE IT. THE, THE GRIP MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD FOR ME. IT JUST TOOK MY RIGHT HAND OUT OF EVERYTHING AND I'M JUST REALLY ABLE TO KEEP EVERYTHING PRETTY SMOOTH AND JUST HIT ALL MY PUTTS REALLY SOLID
 
PETER KESSLER
RIGHT
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
AND THAT'S THE BIGGEST THING.
 
PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT SUCCESS.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
THANKS
 
MIKE WEIR
THANKS FOR (?) CALL
 
PETER KESSLER
THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OKAY
 
PETER KESSLER
20:TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
 
MARK CALCAVECCHIA, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
ALRIGHT
 
MIKE WEIR
20:SEE YOU MARK
 
PETER KESSLER
BYE.
 
SO WHY DON'T WE GO CHECK OUT THE AIR CANADA WHICH ACCORDING TO CALC IS THE HARDEST GOLF TOURNAMENT IN THE WORLD TO WIN AND WHY DON'T WE GO AHEAD AND START ON 14 AS YOU'RE TIED FOR THE LEAD, AND GETTING READY TO HIT THIS 8 IRON.
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I JUST MADE A BOGIE THE HOLE BEFORE AND I KNEW I NEEDED TO HIT A SOLID SHOT HERE AND IT'S FUNNY, WHEN I WAS STANDING THERE I, I TOLD BRENNAN, MY CADDIE, THAT, FOR SOME REASON
 
THAT WEEKEND I LIPPED OUT PROBABLY THREE OR FOUR SHOTS FROM THE FAIRWAY AND I SAID IT MIGHT BE TIME TO HOLE ONE HERE AND YOU KNOW IT WAS, IT WAS KIND OF IRONIC THAT IT HAPPENED
 
RIGHT THEN, BUT IT WAS THE MOST EXCITING I'VE EVER, EXCITING MOMENT I'VE EVER HAD ON THE GOLF COURSE. ESPECIALLY THE CONDITIONS WERE GETTING TOUGH AND THE WAY THE COURSE SETS UP, CARLOS AND FRED FUNK
 
WHO ARE, CARLOS AND FRED FUNK WERE RIGHT ACROSS THAT POND ON THE OTHER FAIRWAY SO THEY GAVE ME THE WAVE AND I WAS SAVING BACK TO THEM THERE AND, IT WAS NEAT.
 
PETER KESSLER
NOW OF COURSE THE TOURNAMENT DIDN'T END ON THE 14TH HOLE, AND FREDDIE BIRDIED 16 AND 17. YOU BIRDIED 16.
 
MIKE WEIR
YUP
 
PETER KESSLER
AND HIT YOUR SECOND SHOT ONTO 18 WHERE YOU HAD HAD SOME LESS THAN HAPPY PRIOR EXPERIENCES THAT SECOND SHOT ON THAT PARTICULAR HOLE, AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THE 80 FOOTER
 
THAT IT LOOKS LIKE YOU NEED TO
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
TWO PUTT... TO WIN, AND WE'LL SEE THAT IN JUST A MOMENT AS YOU'RE
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
IS THIS
 
MIKE WEIR
IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS JUST LIKE A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP, THE FEELING. IT WAS, IT FELT LIKE THE BRITISH OPEN BECAUSE THE WEATHER WAS, YOU KNOW, IT DROPPED
 
PROBABLY 20 DEGREES. IT WAS COLD, AND JUST THE, THE FANS WERE JUST UNBELIEVABLE THERE. YOU KNOW, I HIT, THAT WAS PROBABLY AS GOOD A SHOT AS I, AS I MADE AT 14 UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND IT WAS DOWNWIND. YOU KNOW, RIGHT TOWARDS THE WATER
 
AND IN THAT SITUATION YOU DON'T WANT TO LEAVE YOURSELF WITH MUCH LEFT, ESPECIALLY GOING FOR MY FIRST WIN.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN READ THE LOGO AS IT WAS GOING DOWN THE LAST TEN FEET.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, YEAH, I MEAN IT WAS BARELY MOVING, SO IT WAS NICE JUST TO HAVE A LITTLE KICK IN THE WIND THERE. IT WAS REALLY EXCITING.
 
PETER KESSLER
IS IT MORE PRESSURE DO YOU THINK TO TRY TO WIN AT HOME OR MORE COMFORTABLE TO TRY TO WIN AT HOME?
 
MIKE WEIR
UM... I THINK THERE FOR SOME REASON I WAS, I WAS VERY COMFORTABLE. I THINK BEFORE I WAS, I FELT LIKE IT WAS A LOT MORE PRESSURE BUT THAT WEEK FOR SOME REASON I WAS JUST, REALLY, THERE'S MY BUDDY CRAIG MERLOW AND I JUST FELT, I FELT VERY CALM THAT WEEK.
 
I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS. I THINK, IT CAME TWO WEEKS AFTER THE PGA WHERE YOU KNOW, I BLEW IT ON THE LAST DAY AND YOU KNOW SO, FOR SOME REASON I JUST FELT VERY CALM, AND VERY, VERY COMFORTABLE. YOU KNOW I BOGIED
 
THE FIRST HOLE THE LAST DAY AND STAYED VERY PATIENT, YOU KNOW, I, I, I REALLY GAINED A LOT FROM THAT PGA EXPERIENCE. I STAYED PATIENT. DIDN'T FORCE THINGS, AFTER BOGIEING THE
 
FIRST HOLE AND FROM THERE ON OUT, YOU KNOW, THINGS JUST FELL INTO PLACE. I MEAN I HOLED EVER PUTT I
LOOKED AT AND HAPPENED TO HIT, YOU KNOW, A BUNCH OF GREAT SHOTS TOO.
 
PETER KESSLER
I REMEMBER TOM WATSON IN '74 SHOOTING 79 AT THE U.S. OPEN AT WINGED FOOT AND STILL HADN'T WON ON TOUR, AND OF COURSE A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER, HE WON, SIGHT AT THE WESTERN OPEN IF I'VE GOT IT RIGHT.
 
MIKE WEIR
RIGHT
 
PETER KESSLER
SIGHTING THE FACT THAT HE HAD LEARNED AN AWFUL LOT FROM SHOOTING A ROUND NEAR 80 IN THE FINAL ROUND OF A MAJOR
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:TO HELP HIM.
 
MIKE WEIR
RIGHT. YOU GOT TO LEARN FROM EVERY EXPERIENCE, YOU KNOW, EVEN JUST THIS PAST WEEK IN MIAMI YOU GOT TO LEARN FROM, TRY TO LEARN FROM THAT. MISSING THE CUT THE WEEK BEFORE, I, I MADE A COUPLE, YOU KNOW, TERRIBLE DECISIONS, THAT I MADE A TRIPLE BOGIE
 
COMING IN TO MISS A CUT AND YOU'VE GOT TO LEARN FROM THOSE THINGS TOO AND YOU GOT TO TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD WITH THIS GAME AND YOU CAN LEARN A LOT MORE FROM, FROM, YOU KNOW A DISAPPOINTMENT THAN YOU CAN PROBABLY FROM WINNING A TOURNAMENT.
 
PETER KESSLER
I THINK YOU PLAYED 5 TIMES THIS YEAR. YOU'VE GOT THREE FINISHES INSIDE THE TOP TEN SO, BUT YOU CAN HANDLE THE MIS-CUT.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH I CAN HANDLE A MIS-CUT ONCE IN A WHILE.
 
(PETER AND MIKE LAUGH)
 
PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A SECOND LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT HOW LEFTIES HAVE DONE AND HOW FELLOWS FROM CANADIAN HAVE DONE, FROM CANADIAN, FROM CANADA, ON THE PGA TOUR.
 
(MUSIC CONTINUES)
 
(BREAK)
 
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TT postscript: Tiger (E) survives difficult day

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 22, 2018, 6:40 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Here are some observations after watching Tiger Woods’ even-par 70 in the first round of the Honda Classic:

• Whew, that was tough. Like, by far the most difficult conditions Woods has faced this year. The wind blew about 20 mph all day, from different directions, and that affected every part of the game, especially putting.

• And though the stats aren’t necessarily pretty – half the fairways hit, just 10 greens – this was BY FAR his best ball-striking round of the new year. He even said so himself. When he walked off the course, he was just four off the lead.


Full-field scores from the Honda Classic

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• Woods had only one bad hole Thursday. It came on the par-5 third hole, his 12th of the day. He blew his driver into the right bunker. He had to lay way back, to clear the lip of the bunker. And then he tugged his third shot just barely in the greenside trap. And then his bunker shot didn’t get onto the green. Then he chipped on and missed a 4-footer. A truly ugly double bogey.

• The driver is still a concern – he found the fairway only once in five attempts. But only one of those misses was way off-line. That came on the 12th, when he double-crossed one way left.

• Though the driver is uncooperative, he has showed a lot of improvement with his 3-wood. The four times he used it, he controlled the ball flight beautifully and hit it 300-plus. His 2-iron is making a comeback, too, in a big way.



• After this round, he should have a little wiggle room Friday to make the cut, barring a blowup round. It’s playing tough, and the 36-hole cut should be over par. Tiger needs four rounds of competitive reps. If he plays like this Friday, he’ll get them. 

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 22, 2018, 5:45 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Pepperell among co-leaders early in Qatar

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2018, 5:06 pm

DOHA, Qatar – Eddie PepperellGregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.

Havret went bogey free, Pepperell made one bogey and eight birdies, while fellow English golfer Rai eagled his last hole to add to five birdies.

One shot behind the leaders were four players, including former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Defending champion Jeunghun Wang of South Korea started with a 68, and Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot 69 despite a double bogey on the 15th hole.


Full-field scores from the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters


Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

Pepperell birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14, 16 and 18 with a single blemish on 13 after starting on the back nine. He made three more birdies on his back nine.

He was joined on top of the leaderboard by Havret, who made five birdies in six holes from the sixth, and Rai, who eagled the last.

''I surprised myself, really,'' said Pepperell, who finished third in Portugal and Netherlands last year.

''I've made some changes this week with personnel, so I've been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.

''I hit some quality tee shots, that's the area I feel that I've been struggling with a bit lately. We had a good time.

''It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I'm not overly-fussed about my early season form.”

Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including last year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

''I hit every green apart from the last one. I hit a lot of fairways, I had a lot of chances for birdie,'' said Edoardo, the older brother of Francesco.

''Last week in Oman, I had a decent week, I had a bad first round and then three very good rounds. It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start.''

Oliver Fisher of England was the best among the afternoon groups with a 6-under 66, joining Molinari, Quiros and Germany's Marcel Schneider in a tie for fourth.

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Honda Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2018, 2:15 pm

The PGA Tour heads back east to kick off the Florida Swing at PGA National. Here are the key stats and information for the Honda Classic. Click here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6PM ET

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6PM ET


Purse: $6.6 million ($1,188,000 to the winner)

Course: PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (par-70; 7,140 yards)

Defending champion: Rickie Fowler (-12) won by four, picking off his fourth PGA Tour victory.


Notables in the field:

Tiger Woods

• Making his fourth start at the Honda Classic and his first since withdrawing with back spasms in 2014.

• Shot a Sunday 62 in a T-2 finish in 2012, marking his lowest career final-round score on the PGA Tour.

• Coming off a missed cut at last week's Genesis Open, his 17th in his Tour career.


Rickie Fowler

• The defending champion owns the lowest score to par and has recorded the most birdies and eagles in this event since 2012.

• Fowler's last start was at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he failed to close a 54-hole lead. Fowler is 1-for-6 with 54-hole leads in his Tour career, with his only successful close coming at last year's Honda.

• On Tour this year, Fowler is first in scrambling from the fringe, second in total scrambling and third in strokes gained around the green. 


Rory McIlroy

• It's been feast or famine for McIlroy at the Honda. He won in 2012, withdrew with a toothache in 2013, finished T-2 in 2014 and missed the cut in 2015 and 2016.

• McIlroy ascended to world No. 1 with his victory at PGA National in 2012, becoming the second youngest player at 22 years old to top the OWGR, behind only Woods. McIlroy was later edged by a slightly younger 22-year-old Jordan Spieth.

• Since the beginning of 2010, only Dustin Johnson (15) has more PGA Tour victories than McIlroy (13).