Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
HOW ARE YOU DARRELL IN PENNSYLVANIA? ....DARRELL?

DARRELL, CALLER FROM PENNSYLVANIA (MALE):
UM, YEAH, I GOT A QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU, PHIL, OH, BY THE WAY, CONGRATULATIONS ON PLAYING A GOOD TOURNAMENT.

PHIL MICKELSON
THANK YOU

DARRELL, CALLER FROM PENNSYLVANIA (MALE):
THIS PAST WEEKEND. UM, I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU COULD TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO INCIDENT. THE BUICK INVITATIONAL WHEN THE BALL WAS LOST AND EVERYTHING.

PHIL MICKELSON
SURE, WHAT HAPPENED WAS WHEN WE, WHEN BOTH FRANK AND I APPROACHED OUR BALLS THEY HAD ALREADY FOUND FRANK'S BUT THEY HAD NOT FOUND MINE AND SO I TOLD THE RULES OFFICIAL, MARK RUSSELL, I AM NOT LOOKING FOR MY BALL

RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THAT WOULD MEAN THAT MY FIVE MINUTES WOULD ALREADY START. I WANTED TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT FRANK WAS GOING TO DO. IF HE WAS GOING TO HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE TEE OR, OR WHAT SO WHEN HE DECIDED TO GO BACK TO THE TEE, THAT'S WHEN I WANTED TO ABANDON MY BALL AND

JUST PLAY MY PROVISIONAL THAT I ALREADY HIT AND THE, THE GENTLEMAN THAT FOUND IT FELT AWFUL AND, AND HE WAS DOING ME A FAVOR, OR SO HE THOUGHT AND IT WAS JUST A FLUKE THING THAT UH THAT HE ENDED UP FINDING IT SO I THINK THAT

PHIL MICKELSON ON THE GOLF COURSE (MALE):
DIDN'T I ASK HIM TO GET OUT OF THERE?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL I WAS A LITTLE HEATED THERE. I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID THAT BUT.

PHIL MICKELSON ON THE GOLF COURSE (MALE):
(??) THAT NOBODY GO DOWN THERE.

PHIL MICKELSON
YEAH THERE I GO AGAIN. I, IT WAS, I WAS A LITTLE UPSET AT THE TIME, CERTAINLY, BUT, IT WAS, IT SHOWED THE FACT THAT WHEN I WENT BACK AND HIT A PROVISIONAL I KNOCKED IT IN THE TREES AGAIN AND I COULD HAVE EASILY LOST THE TOURNAMENT RIGHT THERE AGAIN, AND, AS OPPOSED TO BEING ABLE TO HIT

THE BALL THAT WAS ALREADY IN THE FAIRWAY, BUT, THAT WAS JUST KNOWING THE RULES AND UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN'T SEE HIM DOWN THERE AND, AND HE, HE DIDN'T HEAR ME.

PETER KESSLER
BUT YOU SAID TO THE SHOT THAT YOU HIT, THE SECOND TEE SHOT, SPIT IT OUT BECAUSE YOU CAN'T TALK TO A HOOK BUT YOU CAN TALK TO A BLOCK, RIGHT?

PHIL MICKELSON
APPARENTLY, A FADE WILL LISTEN BECAUSE THAT ONE DID AND THAT ONE CAME RIGHT BACK OUT. IT WASN'T THE BEST LIE, IT WAS IN THE ROUGH, AND I WAS, BUT I WAS ABLE TO KNOCK IT ON AND FORCE FRANK TO GET UP AND DOWN FROM THE FAIRWAY TO BEAT ME.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH MARK ROLFING. NBC'S SPORT'S MARK ROLFING WHO DOESN'T GET ENOUGH OF YOU

ON THE GOLF COURSE

PHIL MICKELSON
HEY MARK, WHAT'S GOING ON?

MARK ROLFING, NBC SPORTS COMMENTATOR (MALE):
HELLO PETER AND PHIL.

PETER KESSLER
HELLO MARK.

MARK ROLFING, NBC SPORTS COMMENTATOR (MALE):
YOU KNOW I WAS OUT THERE YESTERDAY, PHIL, AS YOU KNOW AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST FINAL ROUNDS THAT I THINK I'VE EVER SEEN AND YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN UP THERE TALKING ABOUT FATE,

EVEN FATE AT SAN DIEGO AND, AND CERTAINLY THE FATE AT PINEHURST WAS SOMETHING WE'LL NEVER FORGET BUT WHEN YOU LOOK NOW AT THE TAPE OF WHAT TIGER DID, YOU KNOW, THE BIG PUTT AT 14, SNAPPING IT AT 16 AND THEN HITTING A TEE SHOT AT 18, I MEAN HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE WAY YOU PLAYED AND THE END RESULT?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, I'M, I'M PLEASED WITH THE WAY I PLAYED AND THE DIFFICULT THING ABOUT THAT IS THAT I PLAYED TWO GROUPS IN FRONT OF HIM AND SO HE HAD TWO HOLES LEFT TO PLAY AND WHEN YOU GIVE A PLAYER LIKE TIGER A, A CHANCE TO KNOW WHAT HE HAS TO DO, HE NORMALLY DOES IT AND SO, IT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE 17 AND 18 WERE PLAYING

VERY DIFFICULT AND I CERTAINLY WANTED HIM TO HAVE TO MAKE BIRDIE ON 17 AND 18 TO WIN, BUT IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO GET AGGRESSIVE. I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I COULD ON 17, I WAS JUST TRYING TO MAKE THREE THERE. I FELT 18 PROVIDED ME THE BEST OPPORTUNITY AND AFTER THAT DRIVE

YOU SAW I DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE AND SO THAT WAS WHAT WAS DIFFICULT WAS HAVING TO BE TWO GROUPS IN FRONT OF HIM. I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PLAY WITH HIM AND KNOW WHAT I HAD TO DO AS WELL, BUT, I DON'T

WALK AWAY FROM YESTERDAY FEELING DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I SHOT THE NUMBER I FELT I NEEDED TO. I PLAYED WELL AND I DIDN'T MAKE ANY MISTAKES. DIDN'T MAKE A SINGLE BOGIE AND SO I WAS CERTAINLY PLEASED WITH THAT.

PETER KESSLER
AND NOT ALL THE BREAKS THAT THE OTHER FELLOW'S GOING TO GET ARE GOING TO BE BAD BREAKS.

PHIL MICKELSON
THAT'S TRUE AND, AND I THINK THAT EVEN THOUGH HE MADE SOME POOR SWINGS FOR HIM, HE WAS ABLE TO DO WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO TO WIN AND THAT'S THE TOUGHEST THING. THAT'S HOW YOU COMPETE. THAT'S NOT HAVING TO BE,

EVERYTHING GOING ALONG THE WAY YOU WANT. IT'S JUST FINDING A WAY TO WIN AND HE DID THAT.

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Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.