Golf Talk Live - Robert Damron Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 25, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
AND WELCOME BACK. THIS QUESTION VIA THE INTERNET FROM DAVID MCKENZIE, TORONTO, ONTARIO WANTS TO KNOW WHY YOU ELECTED TO SKIP LAST YEAR'S BRITISH OPEN AND YOU WERE QUALIFIED FOR THAT TOURNAMENT.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
AND ARE YOU PLANNING TO PLAY THE BRITISH AGAIN IN THE FUTURE?

ROBERT DAMRON
WELL, IT'S KIND OF A, THE REASON THAT I SKIPPED THE BRITISH OPEN, I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU IS BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE TO FLY VERY MUCH AND I WAS HAVING A, A PROBLEM WITH IT, I THINK

SINCE PAYNE'S DEATH, I, AND IT'S TOUGH IN OUR, OUR JOB TO, TO, YOU KNOW, NOT WANT TO FLY AND I'M DOING MUCH BETTER NOW, SO, TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, THE SECOND PART OF THE

QUESTION, YES, I DO INTEND TO GO BACK, BUT LAST YEAR, THE ONLY WAY THAT I COULD FORGET ABOUT THIS 8 HOUR FLIGHT THAT I HAD TO TAKE OVER SEAS WAS TO PULL OUT AND IT WAS THAT BAD,

SO, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I'VE, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON AND TRYING TO TAKE CARE OF.

RICH LERNER
I READ SOMEWHERE

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
WHERE YOU SAID THAT YOU WILL PLAY WELL OVER THERE SOME DAY AND GIVEN THAT YOU WERE WEANED ON FLORIDA GOLF COURSES

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM

RICH LERNER
AND HAVE PLAYED EXTENSIVELY IN THE WIND, YOU WOULD SUSPECT THAT YOU MIGHT PLAY WELL SOMEDAY OVER THERE.

ROBERT DAMRON
I THINK IT'S BECAUSE I HAVE SO MUCH FUN OVER THERE. IT'S, IT'S SO EXCITING TO ME THAT IT, BECAUSE IT'S DIFFERENT

AND YOU'RE HITTING SHOTS THERE THAT YOU WOULD NEVER HIT HERE AND I THINK THAT'S WHY I FEEL LIKE I COULD DO WELL OVER THERE BECAUSE, EVERY SHOT'S A, A NEW REASON TO GET EXCITED AND, AND IT'S NOT JUST THE SAME OLD GOLF YOU

PLAY WEEK IN, WEEK OUT. IT GETS EASY ON TOUR TO JUST KIND OF START GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS TOURNAMENT IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT.

ROBERT DAMRON
AND YOU'VE PLAYED 97 AT ROYAL TROON.

ROBERT DAMRON
MHMM. AND I TRIED TO QUALIFY THE NEXT YEAR AND MISSED OUT.

RICH LERNER
BAD CONDITIONS

ROBERT DAMRON
PHEW, WOW

RICH LERNER
I THINK, 151 WAS A PLAY-OFF I THINK THAT YEAR IN '98?

ROBERT DAMRON
UH OH UH... BIRKDALE.

RICH LERNER
IN, IN THE QUALIFIER.

ROBERT DAMRON
OH! IN THE QUALIFIER.

RICH LERNER
IN THE QUALIFIER,

ROBERT DAMRON
I WASN'T NEAR THAT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHING)

ROBERT DAMRON
I, IT WAS HORRIBLE.

RICH LERNER
THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING, THE

ROBERT DAMRON
YEAH

RICH LERNER
THE CONDITIONS WERE BAD. SO DO YOU PLAN

ROBERT DAMRON
REALLY BAD

RICH LERNER
TO GO THIS YEAR OR IS THAT STILL UP IN THE AIR?

ROBERT DAMRON
IF I CAN GET EXEMPT THROUGH THE WESTERN I WILL GO. I DON'T THINK I'LL GO IF I HAVE TO QUALIFY BUT, I'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. I HAVEN'T MADE UP MY MIND A HUNDRED PERCENT YET.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. JOHN FROM OHIO, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE.

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
ROBERT, PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU. WHAT I WANTED TO ASK YOU IS I'M IN, IN QUITE A SLUMP PUTTING. I'M MISSING THREE FOOTERS, I'M MISSING TWO FOOT, (LAUGHS) I LOVE YOUR SMILE,

ROBERT DAMRON
THANKS

JOHN, CALLER FROM OHIO (MALE):
BUT ANYWAYS, I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I'M THINKING OF CHANGING PUTTERS. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST? JUST DEVOTING A LOT MORE TIME TO PUTTING OR YOU KNOW, I MEAN AND THESE ARE NOT TOUGH PUTTS I'M MISSING. I'M SERIOUS.

ROBERT DAMRON
(LAUGHS) WELL, YOU KNOW, I COULD GIVE YOU THE SAME OLD TRY TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN OR YOU KNOW, ACCELERATE THROUGH BUT WHEN YOU START MISSING THAT CLOSE A PUTT IT, IT'S MENTAL AND

YOU GOT TO START TRYING TO NOT CARE. I DON'T CARE, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD. I'VE MADE A HUNDRED THOUSAND OF THESE IN MY LIFE, JUST, GO AHEAD AND BRUSH IT IN,

AND, AND IF YOU START TO GET OVER THOSE AND EXPECT THAT YOU'RE GOING TO MISS AND YOU'RE REALLY DIEING TO MAKE IT, IT GETS TOUGHER TO MAKE, SO JUST STEP UP, DON'T CARE. I KNOW IT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

RICH LERNER
IT'S GOOD ADVICE. JUST LET IT GO.

ROBERT DAMRON
JUST LET IT GO. YOU KNOW THE WORST THING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS YOU'RE GOING TO MISS THE PUTT AND YOU'RE GOING TO GO ON.

RICH LERNER
AND IF THAT DOESN'T WORK THERE'S ALWAYS TENNIS?

ROBERT DAMRON
THAT'S RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS). WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. REMIND YOU AS WE HEAD TO THIS BRIEF TIMEOUT, YOU CAN REACH US VIA THE INTERNET.

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Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

"A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

"If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

"I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

"It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

"It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

"I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

"If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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LPGA lists April date for new LA event

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.