Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOMETHING THAT'S ALMOST AS DIFFICULT AS FOLLOWING YOUR BALL IN FLIGHT AT NIGHT, WHICH IS CHIPPING FROM BEHIND
THE 17TH GREEN AT VALDERAMA
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
MAKE SURE YOU GET IT UP AND DOWN TO WIN YOUR FIRST WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP. SO LET'S PICK IT UP
 
MIKE WEIR
OKAY
 
PETER KESSLER
WITH MIKE'S CHIP ON THE LAST DAY FROM BEHIND THE GREEN, THE TOURNAMENT HE'S LEADING. WHERE DID YOU TRY TO HIT THE PITCH AT THIS POINT? DID YOU TRY TO KNOCK IT TO THE BACK OF THE GREEN?
 
MIKE WEIR
WHEN I WAS HITTING MY THIRD SHOT I WAS JUST TRYING TO PUT IT ON THE BACK OF THE GREEN BUT I WAS TRYING TO LAND IT EXACTLY WHERE IT LANDED. I THINK ONLY THE GUYS WHO PLAYED IN THE TOURNAMENT REALLY KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THAT SHOT WAS AND YOU
 
KNOW IT'S STRAIGHT DOWN HILL, DOWN WIND. YOU KNOW ROLLING RIGHT TO THAT WATER AND THAT WAS THE BEST SHOT BY FAR I HAD ALL WEEK. I MEAN, THAT, UNDER THAT, THOSE
 
CIRCUMSTANCES, WHEN YOU HIT THAT, THAT SHOT A LITTLE BIT TOO SOFT IT STAYS UP THERE AND THEN YOU GOT A VERY DIFFICULT CHIP OR ANOTHER LONG PUTT AND IF YOU HIT THAT, IF I HIT IT
 
JUST A TOUCH TOO HARD IT'S IN THE WATER SO, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST SHOTS I'VE HIT UNDER PRESSURE.
 
PETER KESSLER
THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS PUTT, EITHER.
 
MIKE WEIR
NO. IT WAS A GOOD ONE AND IT GAVE ME A NICE CUSHION GOING IN THERE. GOING INTO THE LAST HOLE FOR SURE. GOING WITH A THREE SHOT LEAD IN THE LAST HOLE WAS A, IT WAS A GREAT FEELING. IT WAS A GOOD FEELING TO WALK UP BEING ABLE TO SMILE ON THE LAST HOLE AND ENJOY IT A LITTLE BIT.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU KEEP ELEVATING THE STAKES EVERY YEAR FROM THE TIME YOU PLAYED JUNIOR GOLF REALLY, TO PLAYING THE CANADIAN TOUR, YOUR SUCCESSFUL AMATEUR CAREER, AND NOW HERE WITH
YOUR, MOST IMPORTANT OF YOUR TWO WINS IN TERMS OF WHO WAS IN THE FIELD
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
PETER KESSLER
20:AT VALDERAMA. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FEELING OF MORE THAN I BELONG BUT RATHER I'M WITH THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD AND I'VE PROVEN AGAIN, I CAN BEAT THEM. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF
 
IN TERMS OF GETTING BETTER TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET EVEN BETTER THAN YOU ARE NOW?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I HAVE TO DO THAT ON A MORE CONSISTENT LEVEL I THINK AND YOU KNOW I STILL STRUGGLE I THINK A LITTLE BIT WITH INCONSISTENCY, ESPECIALLY MY PUTTING. I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE CONSISTENT THAT WAY
 
BUT I THINK I JUST, YOU KNOW, IN THOSE SITUATIONS I JUST NEED TO YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH IT'S EARLY IN MY CAREER, I STILL WANT TO BE ABLE TO COME THROUGH AND PUT MYSELF IN THAT POSITION TO WIN A BIG TOURNAMENT
 
LIKE THAT MORE OFTEN, YOU KNOW. THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AND THE MAJORS ARE SUCH BIG TOURNAMENTS AND I HAVEN'T BEEN IN THAT POSITION ENOUGH AND I JUST WANT TO BE THERE A LITTLE BIT MORE OFTEN TO SEE, TO SEE HOW I CAN HANDLE IT.
 
PETER KESSLER
WHAT KIND OF A HUSBAND DO YOU TRY TO BE TO YOUR WIFE, BRICIA AND FATHER TO YOUR TWO DAUGHTERS?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I JUST TRY TO BE THERE FOR THEM. I JUST TRY TO BE, WHEN I'M HOME, JUST A REGULAR DAD LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE AND I ENJOY SPENDING TIME WITH MY FAMILY MORE THAN ANYTHING AND
 
THAT'S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY TO ME, SO WHEN I'M, WHEN I'M AT HOME I SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH THEM. I DON'T PLAY MUCH GOLF AT ALL WHEN I'M HOME. I PRACTICE A LOT BUT I DON'T PLAY MUCH GOLF AT ALL. I PLAYED TWO ROUNDS OF GOLF OUTSIDE OF THE TOUR, I THINK,
 
LAST YEAR BESIDES A COUPLE OF THE OUTINGS I DO FOR MY SPONSORS BUT I LIKE TO SPEND THE TIME WITH THEM AND YOU KNOW, I'LL ZIP DOWN WHEN MY GIRLS ARE TAKING A NAP. I'LL GO OVER TO THE RANGE AND HIT SOME BALLS AND
 
THEN TRY TO BE BACK WHEN THEY, WHEN THEY WAKE UP.
 
PETER KESSLER
IT'S BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU HERE. THANKS FOR SPENDING THE TIME WITH US, AND, AND THANKS TO YOUR FAMILY FOR LETTING YOU SPEND THE TIME WITH US.
 
MIKE WEIR
THANKS
 
PETER KESSLER
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT CAREER AND ON THE THINGS TO COME.
 
MIKE WEIR
THANKS PETER. I ENJOYED IT.
 
PETER KESSLER
SO DID I, VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US EVERYBODY. GOOD NIGHT.
 
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Snedeker starts slow in effort to snag Masters invite

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

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.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

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

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

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.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


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.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

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:

"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."