Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 6
IT'S FUNNY. THEY COULDN'T HAVE DESIGNED THE NEXT 18 MONTHS OF MAJORS MORE PERFECTLY SUITED TO YOU, UH, ONE OF WHICH, UH, THAT WE'RE GONNA SET THAT ASIDE AND GO TO RYDER CUP WHERE YOU ALMOST WON AT THE COUNTRY CLUB, THE U.S. OPEN.
DOES THE COUNTRY CLUB FAVOR EITHER TEAM IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE A GREAT FAMILIARITY OR ARE WE PAST WHERE GOLF ALONG THE GROUND FAVORS ONE SIDE AND GOLF IN THE AIR FAVORS THE AMERICANS?
YEAH, I THINK WE PAST -- WE PROVED THAT IN, UH, . THE MOST OBVIOUS ONE WAS WHEN WE CAME AND PLAYED MUIR FIELD VILLAGE. I MEAN, THAT WAS REALLY TAILOR MADE, YOU KNOW, AMERICAN STYLE.
THE GREENS WERE RUNNING AT, YOU KNOW, THIRTEEN PLUS WHAT HAVE YOU, WHICH WE'RE TOTALLY NOT USED TO . ROUGH, AND WHAT HAVE YOU. AND UH,
YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF MATCH PLAY AND THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF THE RYDER CUP. YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE-ON-ONE. YOU'VE GOT TIME TO PREPARE. THE GOLFER'S, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY GOOD ENOUGH TO ADAPT.
WE KNOW WHAT - YOU KNOW, YOU ALREADY, AS I SAID, YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA BE, UH, EXPECTING. SO YOU CAN MENTALLY START PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THAT STYLE OF GOLF COURSE.
SO UM . AND GUYS CAN MIX IT AROUND. OBVIOUSLY YOU'VE GOT TO. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS OF BEING A PRO GOLFER.
YOU GOTTA BE ABLE TO JUMP ON A PLANE AND FLY HALF WAY ACROSS THE WORLD AND PICK IT UP AND PLAY TOTALLY DIFFERENT GRASS, TOTALLY DIFFERENT WIND, YOU KNOW, ELEMENTS AND WHAT HAVE YOU.
YOU GOTTA BE ABLE TO DO THAT. THAT'S PRO GOLF.
IF SOMEBODY HAD SAID TEN YEARS AGO, WHAT WILL BE THE FIRST MAJOR THAT YOU WIN? MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SAID, WELL THE U.S. OPEN BECAUSE HE PUTS IT IN PLAY
AND HE PUTS IT ON THE GREEN AND HE'S A GOOD PUTTER. THE U.S. OPEN'S GONNA BE AT PINEHURST NUMBER 2 THIS YEAR, AND I KNOW YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THERE FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS,
BUT THEY'RE GONNA LEAVE DONALD ROSS' CHIPPING AREAS THE WAY THAT HE INTENDED THEM. THE GRASS IS GOING TO BE SHORT AND THE SURFACE IS GOING TO BE FAST.
IF YOU'RE ON YOUR GAME, IS THAT THE KIND OF TEST THAT WILL SUIT YOU?
YEAH, I THINK . I ENJOY THAT TYPE OF GOLF COURSE. I THINK IT'S GREAT FOR THE, UH, THE PRO'S IMAGINATION. IF YOU MISS GREENS, YOU . IT'S NOT JUST YOU'RE IN THIS AND
WHETHER YOU'RE OUT. I MEAN, YOU GOTTA SHOW SOME FINESSE. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO PLAY SOME BUMP AND RUNS UP SLOPES. AND, I ALWAYS THINK THAT'S A VERY DIFFICULT, UH,
HAZARD. IN EFFECT, YOU GOT A FAST SLOPE. BECAUSE IF HE DOESN'T GET ALL THE WAY UP, IT COMES BACK TO YOUR FEET.
YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT THIS IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND AND YOU KNOW IF YOU BLAST IT TOO FAST . BUT THAT'S A BIT HOW AUGUSTA WORKS. SO,
YOU KNOW, THAT'S A . AGAIN INVOLVES THE TOUCH AROUND THE GREENS WHICH I THINK IS - WHICH IS MARVELOUS. SO I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD . I'M GONNA MAKE A, OBVIOUSLY
MY USUAL EFFORTS, BUT I THINK I`M DEFINITELY GONNA GO THERE EARLY TO PINEHURST AND HAVE A GOOD LOOK AND SPEND SOME TIME AND REALLY GET THE FEEL OF THE PLACE.
FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO FIND THEMSELVES IN ORLANDO AND LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO WORK ON THEIR GAME AND OF COURSE, THEY'LL FIND THE FALDO INSTITUTE. AS WE'LL GIVE EVERYBODY THE NUMBER, THAT'S 888 - GO - FALDO. DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT?
THAT WAS BRILLIANT, WASN'T IT?
YEAH, I MEAN, ACTUALLY I DIDN'T SLEEP THAT NIGHT WHEN I THOUGHT OF THAT ONE. I REALLY .
YOU WENT DEEP. 888 -
I WENT .
GO - FALDO, THE FALDO INSTITUTE, RIGHT HERE IN ORLANDO. AND WE WILL RETURN WITH NICK RIGHT AFTER THIS.
Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder
Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.
"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."
Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.
Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.
"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."
Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn
There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.
Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.
Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.
Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.
The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.
Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta
Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.
The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.
It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.
"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."
Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.
Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.
"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."
Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder
After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.
La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.
"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."
Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.
The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.
"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."