Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID PAYNE STEWART SAY TO YOU AFTER ONE PUTTING THE LAST THREE HOLES TO BEAT YOU BY A SHOT IN THE '99 OPEN AT PINEHURST?

PHIL MICKELSON
HE, HE GRABBED MY FACE AND SAID PHIL YOU'RE ABOUT TO BECOME A FATHER AND IT'S THE GREATEST THING, AND I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE THAT WHEN HE HAD JUST WON THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENT IN GOLF

THAT, HE WOULD BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU BELIEVE AT ALL IN THIS BUSINESS ABOUT FATE PLAYING A HAND IN HIS WINNING THAT CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE HE DIED?

PHIL MICKELSON
I CERTAINLY DO. AT THE TIME I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BUT GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT TOOK PLACE THEREAFTER, I THINK THAT THE OUTCOME WAS THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU THINK OF HIM NOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL IT'S FUNNY. THE ONE THING THAT I, THAT COMES TO MY MIND WAS THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM WAS AT THE '99 RYDER CUP AND HE WAS ON TOP OF A PIANO SUNDAY NIGHT CELEBRATING WITH A
BEER IN ONE HAND, CIGAR IN THE OTHER

AND HE HAD THESE WILD SWEATS ON AND HE WAS JUST DANCING ON THE PIANO AND THAT'S, WE HAVE A PICTURE OF THAT IN OUR HOUSE AND THAT'S THE WAY I THINK OF HIM BECAUSE HE WAS A VERY FREE SPIRIT.

PETER KESSLER
EVERY TIME I SEE YOU WITH YOUR WIFE AMY IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S THE DAY THAT YOU'VE JUST FELL IN LOVE. WHAT'S THE SECRET, IN YOUR VIEW, OF KEEPING YOUR RELATIONSHIP APPARENTLY AS WONDERFUL AS IT SEEMS TO US AS WE LOOK AT HOW HAPPY THE TWO OF YOU ARE WHEN WE SEE YOU TOGETHER?

PHIL MICKELSON
WE BOTH HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF EACH OTHER AND I HAVE, I HAVE A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PERSON AND WHEN, WHEN I LOOK AT MY WIFE I JUST, I JUST THINK ABOUT HOW LUCKY I AM TO SHARE ALL THE EXPERIENCES THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH TOGETHER, AND CERTAINLY

THE BIRTH OF OUR DAUGHTER WAS THE MOST EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT WE'VE EVER HAD, BUT THE REASON I THINK OUR, OUR RELATIONSHIP IS SO SUCCESSFUL IS BECAUSE WE ACCEPT EACH OTHER FOR THE WAY WE ARE. WE DON'T TRY TO CHANGE EACH OTHER AND WE CHALLENGE EACH OTHER EACH DAY TO,

TO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE. SHE MAKES ME A BETTER PERSON WHEN I'M AROUND HER AND WE REALLY HAVE GONE THROUGH LIFE ENJOYING EVERY EXPERIENCE TOGETHER AND IT'S BEEN, MARRIAGE HAS BEEN THE MOST WONDERFUL INSTITUTION THAT I'VE BEEN A PART OF.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT KIND OF PLAYER DO YOU SUPPOSE YOUR BROTHER TIM IS GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE?

PHIL MICKELSON
THAT'S A, THAT'S AN INTERESTING QUESTION. I THINK THAT HE HAS A LOT OF TALENT BECAUSE HE HAS VERY GOOD TOUCH AND FEEL AND HE HITS THE BALL A LONG WAYS AND SO I THINK THE REFINEMENT OF BRINGING THE MISSES IN TIGHTER CAN CERTAINLY BE DONE. I'VE,

I'VE HAD TO GO THROUGH IT. I KNOW IT CAN BE DONE AND HE HAS THE ASSETS THAT NOT MANY PLAYERS HAVE WHICH IS LENGTH AND A GREAT SHORT GAME.

PETER KESSLER
SO HE HAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME GIFTS THAT YOU FEEL THAT YOU'VE HAD?

PHIL MICKELSON
I, I BELIEVE SO. I THINK THAT HE JUST NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO IMPROVE AND CONTINUE TO GET HIS MISSES REDUCED AND I THINK HE'S GOING TO BE A GOOD PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR GOLF RELATIONSHIP AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP LIKE WITH HIM?

PHIL MICKELSON
WE GET ALONG REALLY WELL AND I REALLY ENJOY HIS COMPANY AND WE'RE VERY COMPETITIVE IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AND HE'S BEEN A WONDERFUL BROTHER AND I THINK THAT HE'S BEEN A VERY, IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION

AS HAS MY SISTER BEEN IN THAT THEY'VE HAD A SIBLING THAT'S BEEN SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL AND IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT FOR THEM BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT THEY MEET ASK THEM

ABOUT ME AND THAT'S TOUGH TO BE AT, SITUATION TO BE IN AND I THINK THAT THEY'VE HANDLED IT VERY WELL AND I'M
VERY PROUD TO BE, OR TO HAVE TIM AND TINA AS MY BROTHER AND SISTER.

PETER KESSLER
PART OF YOUR ON COURSE PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JIM MACKAY. I THINK PEOPLE DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HIM, DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP OR WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS YOU'VE HAD.

PHIL MICKELSON
I, I HONESTLY FEEL AS THOUGH I, I'VE GOT THE BEST CADDIE ON TOUR BECAUSE HE'S, HE'S MUCH MORE THAN THAT. HE'S A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, AND ALSO IF YOU LOOK AT SOLELY HIS JOB REQUIREMENT, HE'S NEVER BEEN LATE IN THE NINE YEARS WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER AND HE'S

BEEN, BEEN WITH ME SINCE MY FIRST TOUR EVENT. HE'S A VERY INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUAL. HE KNOWS A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT A LOT OF, A LOT OF THINGS. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

PHIL MICKELSON
ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. HE'S VERY INTELLIGENT. WE CALL HIM THE KING OF USELESS INFORMATION BECAUSE HE'LL COME UP WITH THINGS THAT NOBODY WOULD EVER THINK OR CARE ABOUT. HE, HE'S VERY GOOD AT YARDAGES, MEANING, WHEN WE'VE PLAYED IN TOURNAMENTS

FOR THE PAST EIGHT OR NINE YEARS HE WRITES DOWN WHAT I HAVE HIT. EACH CLUB THAT I'VE HIT. HOW FAR I HAD. WHAT THE TEMPERATURE WAS LIKE, WHAT THE WIND CONDITION WAS LIKE AND HOW FAR THE BALL CARRIED AND ENDED UP. NOW, THAT'S A LOT OF

INFORMATION AND OVER NINE YEARS PLAYING FIVE ROUNDS OF THE PRO-AM IN FOUR COMPETITIVE DAYS THAT'S 45 SHOTS THAT I HAVE HIT ON EACH HOLE THAT WE HAVE DOCUMENTED THAT HE HAS DONE.

SO WHEN WE GO TO TOURNAMENTS LIKE DENVER AT THE INTERNATIONAL WHICH IS THE HARDEST COURSE TO PULL CLUBS ON BECAUSE OF THE ALTITUDE, WE HAVE A HUGE ADVANTAGE AND CONSEQUENTLY I'VE DONE VERY WELL THERE DUE DIRECTLY TO HIM.

PETER KESSLER
WE'VE GOT THE FINAL PUTT FROM LAST YEAR'S COLONIAL. I THOUGHT MAYBE YOU COULD TELL US ABOUT IT AS, AS WE SHOW IT GOING TO BREAK.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL IT WENT IN, AND

PETER KESSLER
THAT PART WE, WE KNEW.
(LAUGHS)

PHIL MICKELSON
THIS WAS A, THIS WAS A CRITICAL PUTT BECAUSE AT THE TIME I WAS STILL A SHOT OR TWO BACK OF STUART CINK AND JUST TURNS A LITTLE LEFT TO RIGHT THERE IN THE END AND I GAVE IT A LITTLE

FIST PUMP BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. THAT WAS A, THAT WAS A COOL TOURNAMENT. I WAS SEVEN BACK WITH NINE TO GO. I COULDN'T BELIEVE I HAD A SHOT AT WINNING.

PETER KESSLER
AND A LITTLE 63 TO CLOSE IT OUT.

PHIL MICKELSON
I'LL TAKE IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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Watson back in top 40 after OWGR free fall

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Bubba Watson ended his free fall in the Official World Golf Ranking with a two-shot victory Sunday at the Genesis Open.

Watson, a fixture in the top 10 in the world as recently as 13 months ago, had dropped all the way to 117th after a 2017 season in which he struggled with poor form, illness and desire.

After his third career win at Riviera, he is up to 40th.

Kevin Na rose from 95th to 65th after tying for second in Los Angeles, while Tony Finau jumped from 41st to 33rd.

Tiger Woods actually improved in the world ranking, from No. 550 to No. 544, despite a missed cut at the Genesis Open.

On the European Tour, Joost Luiten surged from 90th to 68th after his victory in Oman.

The top 10 in the world remained unchanged as the PGA Tour heads into the Florida swing: Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.

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Bubba catapults, Phil creeps up in Ryder Cup standings

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 19, 2018, 1:21 pm

Bubba Watson was an assistant on the 2016 Ryder Cup team. He doesn’t want to be driving a cart in Paris.

Watson, thanks to his victory in the Genesis Open, jumped from 60th to 10th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. The top eight after the PGA Championship qualify automatically for this year’s edition at Le Golf National in France.

Phil Mickelson moved up one spot to 11th after tying for sixth at Riviera Country Club.

Players will receive one point per dollar earned in regular events this year, with 1.5 points per dollar in majors and two points per dollar for winning a major. Here's a look at the current U.S. standings:

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Brooks Koepka

3. Justin Thomas

4. Jordan Spieth

5. Matt Kuchar

6. Brian Harman

7. Gary Woodland

8. Rickie Fowler

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9. Chez Reavie

10. Bubba Watson

11. Phil Mickelson

12. Patrick Reed


On the European side, the top four players from the Ryder Cup points list will be joined by the top four qualifiers from the world points list, with captain Thomas Bjorn making four additional selections. Here's a look at the current top names:

Ryder Cup Points

1. Justin Rose

2. Tyrrell Hatton

3. Ross Fisher

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Tommy Fleetwood

3. Sergio Garcia

4. Rory McIlroy

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Genesis Open purse payout: Bubba makes bank

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 19, 2018, 1:03 pm

Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open for a third time on Sunday, moving his career PGA Tour win total to 10. Here's a look at how the purse paid out at Riviera Country Club.

1 Bubba Watson -12 $1,296,000
T2 Kevin Na -10 $633,600
T2 Tony Finau -10 $633,600
T4 Scott Stallings -9 $316,800
T4 Patrick Cantlay -9 $316,800
T6 Adam Hadwin -8 $241,200
T6 Phil Mickelson -8 $241,200
T6 Cameron Smith -8 $241,200
T9 Jordan Spieth -7 $180,000
T9 Martin Laird -7 $180,000
T9 Xander Schauffele -7 $180,000
T9 Ryan Moore -7 $180,000
T9 Justin Thomas -7 $180,000
T14 James Hahn -6 $133,200
T14 Aaron Baddeley -6 $133,200
T16 Alex Noren -4 $111,600
T16 Sung-hoon Kang -4 $111,600
T16 Dustin Johnson -4 $111,600
T16 Derek Fathauer -4 $111,600
T20 Rory McIlroy -3 $78,000
T20 Bud Cauley -3 $78,000
T20 Kevin Chappell -3 $78,000
T20 Talor Gooch -3 $78,000
T20 Jason Kokrak -3 $78,000
T20 Vaughn Taylor -3 $78,000
T26 John Huh -2 $46,996
T26 Peter Uihlein -2 $46,996
T26 Luke List -2 $46,996
T26 Rafael Cabrera Bello -2 $46,996
T26 Patrick Rodgers -2 $46,996
T26 Jamie Lovemark -2 $46,996
T26 Dominic Bozzelli -2 $46,996
T26 Matt Kuchar -2 $46,996
T26 Anirban Lahiri -2 $46,996
T26 Sam Saunders -2 $46,996
T26 Graeme McDowell -2 $46,996
T37 Branden Grace -1 $33,120
T37 Tommy Fleetwood -1 $33,120
T37 Charles Howell III -1 $33,120
T37 Luke Donald -1 $33,120
T41 Bryson DeChambeau E $24,516
T41 Troy Merritt E $24,516
T41 Kevin Streelman E $24,516
T41 Pat Perez E $24,516
T41 Charley Hoffman E $24,516
T41 Brandon Harkins E $24,516
T41 Jonas Blixt E $24,516
T41 Nick Taylor E $24,516
T49 Austin Cook 1 $17,964
T49 Brendan Steele 1 $17,964
T49 Paul Casey 1 $17,964
T49 Chad Campbell 1 $17,964
T53 Tom Hoge 2 $16,437
T53 Benjamin Silverman 2 $16,437
T53 Li HaoTong 2 $16,437
T53 Retief Goosen 2 $16,437
T53 Martin Kaymer 2 $16,437
T53 Adam Schenk 2 $16,437
T53 Adam Scott 2 $16,437
T60 Ryan Blaum 3 $15,696
T60 J.B. Holmes 3 $15,696
T60 Harold Varner, III 3 $15,696
63 Kelly Kraft 4 $15,408
T64 Padraig Harrington 5 $15,120
T64 Ryan Armour 5 $15,120
T64 Sean O'Hair 5 $15,120
67 Martin Piller 6 $14,832
T68 Thomas Pieters 7 $14,400
T68 Greg Chalmers 7 $14,400
T68 Abraham Ancer 7 $14,400
T68 Tyrone van Aswegen 7 $14,400
T68 Charl Schwartzel 7 $14,400
T73 Vijay Singh 8 $13,896
T73 Chez Reavie 8 $13,896
T75 Sang-Moon Bae 10 $13,608
T75 David Lingmerth 10 $13,608
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After Further Review: Haas crash strikes a chord

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 19, 2018, 2:39 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.


On the horrifying car crash involving Bill Haas ...

I spent a lot of time this week thinking about Bill Haas. He was the passenger in a car crash that killed a member of his host family. That man, 71-year-old Mark Gibello, was a successful businessman in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and a new friend.

Haas escaped without any major injuries, but he withdrew from the Genesis Open to return home to Greenville, S.C. When he’ll return to the Tour is anyone’s guess. It could be a while, as he grapples with the many emotions after surviving that horrifying crash – seriously, check out the photos – while the man next to him did not.

The entire Haas clan is some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Wish them the best in their recovery. – Ryan Lavner


On TIger Woods' missed cut at the Genesis Open ...

After missing the cut at the Genesis Open by more than a few car lengths, Tiger Woods appeared to take his early exit in stride. Perhaps that in and of itself is a form of progress.

Years ago, a second-round 76 with a tattered back-nine scorecard would have elicited a wide range of emotions. But none of them would have been particularly tempered, or optimistic, looking ahead to his next start. At age 42, though, Woods has finally ceded that a win-or-bust mentality is no longer helpful or productive.

The road back from his latest surgery will be a winding one, mixed with both ups and downs. His return at Torrey Pines qualified as the former, while his trunk slam at Riviera certainly served as the latter. There will surely be more of both in the coming weeks and months, and Woods’ ability to stomach the rough patches could prove pivotal for his long-term prognosis. - Will Gray


On the debate over increased driving distance on the PGA Tour ...

The drumbeat is only going to get louder as the game’s best get longer. On Sunday, Bubba Watson pounded his way to his 10th PGA Tour title at the Genesis Open and the average driving distance continues to climb.

Lost in the debate over driving distances and potential fixes, none of which seem to be simple, is a beacon of sanity, Riviera Country Club’s par-4 10th hole. The 10th played just over 300 yards for the week and yet yielded almost as many bogeys (86) as birdies (87) with a 4.053 stroke average.

That ranks the 10th as the 94th toughest par 4 on Tour this season, ahead of behemoths like the 480-yard first at Waialae and 549-yard 17th at Kapalua. Maybe the game doesn’t need new rules that limit how far the golf ball goes, maybe it just needs better-designed golf holes. - Rex Hoggard


On the depth of LPGA talent coming out of South Korea ...

The South Korean pipeline to the LPGA shows no signs of drying up any time soon. Jin Young Ko, 22, won her LPGA debut as a tour member Sunday at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, and Hyejin Choi, 18, nearly won the right to claim LPGA membership there.

The former world No. 1 amateur who just turned pro finished second playing on a sponsor exemption. Sung Hyun Park, who shared Rolex Player of the Year honors with So Yeon Ryu last year, is set to make her 2018 debut this week at the Honda LPGA Thailand.

And Inbee Park is set to make her return to the LPGA in two weeks at the HSBC Women’s World Championship after missing most of last year due to injury. The LPGA continues to go through South Korea no matter where this tour goes. - Randall Mell