Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW THIS IS WHEN YOU WERE THINKING OF DOING ONE OF THOSE TWO CAREER PROFESSIONAL MOVES, RIGHT? YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT FOR THE CAPITALS OR THE RED WINGS
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
OR SOMEBODY?
 
MIKE WEIR
AS YOU CAN TELL BY THAT SHOT, IT'S A , IT'S NOT BREAKING A PANE OF GLASS.
 
PETER KESSLER
WELL IT WAS YOUR THREE QUARTER MOVE.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
WAS THIS YOUR, THIS WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE, RIGHT?
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, OH YEAH, DEFINITELY. THAT WAS UH THE '99 WIN IN THAT AIR CANADASHIP (?). THAT WAS STILL THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR, RIGHT THERE, PLAYING THERE, AND IT'S BAD WHEN THE TOUGHEST GUY ON THE TEAM'S THE GOALIE, FOR THE (??),
 
BUT WE HAD A BLAST OUT THERE THAT DAY. WE PRACTICED FOR A FULL HOUR AND THEN THE LAST HALF HOUR I, I GOT TO TAKE SHOTS ON OLLIE FOR A FULL HALF AN HOUR. I DIDN'T GET ONE PAST HIM AND IT WAS JUST (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE DEFINITELY NOT WINNING THIS FIGHT.
 
MIKE WEIR
NO. BUT OLLIE, HE'S GOALIE. HE'S LIKE SIX FOOT FOUR AND ABOUT 240. I'M, I'M A LITTLE OUT MANNED THERE (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
SO MUCH FOR THE FIERCELY COMPETITIVE WEIR.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, THAT WAS A
 
PETER KESSLER
NOW WE'VE GOT A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY, FOR YOU. HOW WOULD YOU DISTINGUISH THE MENTAL ASPECT OF A FAST-PACED SPORT LIKE HOCKEY COMPARED TO GOLF WHERE THE MIND HAS THE TIME TO PLAY UPON THE PHYSICAL? GREG SCULLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, I THINK, I THINK YOU TRY TO MAKE GOLF MORE LIKE THE OTHER SPORTS. YOU TRY TO MAKE IT MORE REACTIVE, AND THAT'S, THAT'S THE KEY TO THE GAME.
 
THERE IS MORE TIME TO THINK IN GOLF AND THAT'S WHEN YOU GET IN TROUBLE. IF YOU CAN GET IN THERE, DO YOUR ROUTINE, LIKE, FOR ME, IF I CAN GET IN THERE, DO MY ROUTINE, AND LOOK AT MY TARGET AND THEN REACT OUT THERE, THAT'S WHEN I USUALLY HIT MY BEST SHOTS, SO, LIKE THEIR, THOSE ARE THE
 
CORRELATIONS THAT THEY HAVE AND THERE'S A RHYTHM TO THE SPORT AND MAN I KNOW THE HOCKEY PLAYERS THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL GUY HAS THE SAME WAY THEY, YOU KNOW THEY PUT ON THE SOCKS A CERTAIN WAY, THEY, SOME GUYS
 
LIKE TO GET A MASSAGE BEFORE THEY GO PLAY. SOME GUYS RIDE A BIKE, SOME GUYS LIKE TO TAPE THEIR STICKS, SOME GUYS LIKE TO HAVE THE TRAINERS TAPE THEIR STICKS AND DO THINGS, SO,
EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN ROUTINE AND IT'S JUST LIKE GOLF.
 
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN, WE'VE GOT YOUNG TYLER WHO'S CALLING FROM ONTARIO. GO AHEAD TYLER.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
HEY MIKE
 
MIKE WEIR
HEY TYLER.
HOW YOU DOING BUDDY?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I'M DOING GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?
 
MIKE WEIR
GOOD
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I'M FROM HILLSBURG, ONTARIO. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'D KNOW WHERE THAT IS, BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
DID YOU START LOCALLY ANYWHERE PLAYING GOLF AND DID YOU PLAY IN ANY JUNIOR TOURS IN ONTARIO WHEN YOU WERE A TEENAGERS? WHEN YOU WERE A TEENAGER, LIKE THE TYSON TOUR, IF YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS.
 
MIKE WEIR
I DO, YEAH. I PLAYED THE TYSON TOUR.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
DID YOU REALLY?
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
20:THAT'S COOL.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHING) YEAH. IT IS PRETTY COOL. I, A BUNCH OF BUDDIES AND MYSELF, WE TRAVEL AROUND AND PLAY ALL THE TYSON TOUR EVENTS IN, IN SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OH THAT'S COOL.
 
MIKE WEIR
WE PLAYED THEM ALL AT ACERNIA GOLF CLUB, THROUGH LONDON, THROUGH UH UM YOU KNOW ALL THE SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO SO, YEAH I'VE PLAYED THEM ALL.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OKAY COOL
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:HEY TYLER.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
YEAH?
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU WANT TO ASK MIKE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UH... I DON'T REALLY KNOW OF ANY.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE GOT... HOW'S YOUR SWING?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OH, I THINK IT'S PRETTY GOOD.
 
MIKE WEIR
GOOD. YOU RIGHT, RIGHT HANDED OR LEFT HANDED?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UH, RIGHT HANDED.
 
MIKE WEIR
ARE YOU?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
YUP
 
PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR BEST SCORE, TYLER?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UM, UH, I DON'T KNOW, UH.
 
PETER KESSLER
SO YOU BETTER WORK ON YOUR GAME A LITTLE BIT.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
FOR NINE HOLES A 37, BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
WOW
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT AN 18 HOLES.
 
MIKE WEIR
THAT'S PRE...
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
THAT'S PRETTY GOOD.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
YEAH
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL KEEP AT IT. KEEP WORKING HARD PLAYING THOSE TYSON TOUR EVENTS. IT'S ALWAYS UH, THEY WERE ALWAYS WELL RUN AND FUN TO PLAY IN.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OKAY, YEAH, THANK YOU.
 
PETER KESSLER
TAKE CARE TYLER.
 
MIKE WEIR
SEE YOU BUDDY.
 
PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE CHECK IN WITH SHIRLEY. HELLO SHIRLEY.
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
HI PETER. HI MIKE. HOW ARE YOU?
 
MIKE WEIR
GOOD SHIRLEY.
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
I AM A FORMER CANADIAN AND I, YOU'RE
 
MIKE WEIR
A FORMER CANADIAN
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
GETTING A LOT OF CANADIANS CALLING IN TO YOU TONIGHT.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
AND I KNOW LIVE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. MY QUESTION FOR YOU COMES FROM THE PARENTAL SIDE OF GOLF. MY SON IS 15. HE'S A 5 HANDICAP. HE IS A LEFTY. HE USED TO PLAY HOCKEY AND HIS NAME IS MIKE (LAUGHING) AND HE REALLY ENJOYS WATCHING YOU PLAY. SO DO I.
 
FROM THE POINT OF BEING A PARENT OF A GOLFER, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST THING THAT I COULD DO FOR MY SON? HOW DO, HOW DO PARENTS HELP THEIR KIDS GET BETTER AND STAY FOCUSED? HE
PLAYS IN TOURNAMENTS, YOU KNOW, AND HE'S GOING, AND HE JUST MADE HIS VARSITY GOLF TEAM AT HIGH SCHOOL.
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
AND HE'S A FRESHMAN. BUT I'M JUST WONDERING, IS THERE A TRICK TO THIS THAT I CAN HELP HIM STAY FOCUSED AND MAKE SURE THAT HE PLAYS WELL?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, I DON'T THINK SO, SHIRLEY. I THINK, I CAN ONLY SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE FROM WHAT MY PARENTS DID FOR ME AND WHAT THEY DID FOR ME WAS JUST PROVIDE ENCOURAGEMENT IN, IN WHAT EVER SPORT I PLAYED AND I HAPPENED TO CHOSE GOLF AND, AND REALLY TAKE TO IT AND THEY JUST
 
PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO BE OUT THERE AND, AND SHOWED, YOU KNOW, EVERY KIND OF SUPPORT THEY COULD. YOU KNOW MY FATHER WAS ALWAYS THE FATHER THAT DROVE ALL OF US TO HOCKEY PRACTICE, YOU KNOW, BEFORE SCHOOL. HE WAS KIND OF HE'D
 
ROUND UP ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS AND, AND DRIVE US THERE, SO HE WAS ALWAYS VERY SUPPORTIVE, AND, BUT HE NEVER PUSHED ME, AND I THINK THAT'S WHY I NEVER, YOU KNOW, GOT BORED OF
 
THE GAME OR SICK OF THE GAME, BECAUSE IT WAS ALL UP TO ME AND MY DETERMINATION WITH GOLF AND I WOULDN'T SAY THAT THERE'S ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN, YOU CAN, YOU KNOW,
 
PUSH HIM TO BE BETTER EXCEPT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF JUST PROVIDING ENCOURAGEMENT AND THE OPPORTUNITY,
YOU KNOW, PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM AND OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIM.
 
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ANOTHER FAN OF YOURS. THIS IS CRAIG CALLING FROM ONTARIO. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, CRAIG?
 
CRAIG, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
GOOD PETER. HOW ARE YOU?
 
PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL. THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.
 
CRAIG, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
THANKS. BOY IT SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE A LOT OF CANADIANS WATCHING TONIGHT. MIKE, I'M JUST WONDERING, YOU'RE ALREADY 8TH ON THE MONEY LIST THIS YEAR AND YOU'RE 15TH IN THE WORLD GOLF RANKINGS, WHAT ARE YOUR
 
IMMEDIATE GOALS FOR THIS YEAR. IS IT, IS IT TO CONTEND IN EVERY TOURNAMENT OR DO YOU HAVE A MAJOR IN YOUR SIGHT?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, YOU KNOW, STARTING THE YEAR THAT WAS A MAJOR GOAL OF MINE WAS TO PUT MYSELF IN CONTENTION MORE OFTEN. I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY LAST YEAR ENDED BUT I REALLY WASN'T HAPPY WITH THE OVER ALL YEAR FROM THE START OF THE YEAR UNTIL, YOU
 
KNOW, REALLY SEPTEMBER, I STARTED GET... I GOT GOING EARLY BUT THIS YEAR I CAME OUT WITH THE DETERMINATION THAT I WANTED TO PLAY BETTER AT THE START OF THE YEAR, I WANTED TO
 
CONTEND MORE, AND THAT'S HOW YOU WIN MORE TOURNAMENTS IF, IF YOU'RE IN THE, IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON SUNDAY AND I JUST, I KIND OF MISSED THAT A LITTLE BIT LAST YEAR
 
MORE THAN ANYTHING. SO, THAT WAS REALLY MY ONLY GOALS THIS YEAR AND, AND YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY I WANT TO PLAY WELL IN THE MAJORS BUT WE'LL SEE, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I, I'M GOING TO BE VERY FOCUSED FOR THOSE THIS YEAR, BUT IT'S TOUGH TO, IT'S
 
TOUGH TO PIN POINT A CERTAIN TOURNAMENT AND SAY I WANT TO WIN THAT BECAUSE THEN YOU PUT, EXTRA EXPECTATION ON IT AND EXTRA PRESSURE AND YOU USUALLY DON'T DO AS WELL, SO I WANT TO TREAT EVERY TOURNAMENT THE SAME, AND, AND TRY TO PLAY WELL IN EVERY TOURNAMENT I PLAY IN.
 
PETER KESSLER
WE WILL COME BACK AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH MIKE AFTER THIS BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH OUR WEBSITE. LOG ON TO
 
THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE GOLF TALK LIVE SECTION. YOU CAN TREAT YOURSELF TO AUDIO STREAMING, LISTEN TO THE SHOW WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT. A PLACE TO E-MAIL A
 
QUESTION FOR AN UPCOMING GUEST, TO READ A GOLF TALK LIVE TRANSCRIPT, BUT CHECK OUT THE WHOLE WEBSITE, THERE'S LOTS OF INTERESTING STUFF GOING ON. YOU CAN TAKE LESSONS, GET INFORMATION, GET SCORING UPDATES, SO CHECK US OUT. THE GOLFCHANNEL.COM.
 
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Man of the people


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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.