Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 7

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 1996, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER

TIGER IS HAVING SO MUCH FUN THAT HE'S GOING TO STAY WITH US FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTES AND WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND TALK TO BERT IN ILLINOIS, HELLO BERT! FIRE AWAY IT'S ALL YOURS.

PHONE CALLER BERT

HI I'M A YOUNG 15 YEAR OLD GOLFER AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BECOME MORE ACTIVE IN ILLINOIS TO BECOME MORE OF A JUNIOR GOLFER ?

TIGER WOODS

BECOME MORE OF A JUNIOR GOLFER, IF YOU HAVE A I'M SURE YOU HAVE A STATE ASSOCIATION. A GREAT TOURNAMENT TO PLAY IN IS THE I GREW UP PLAYING IT I WAS CALLED THE BIG I, OR IYGC INSURANCE YOUTH GOLF CLASSIC. WHERE THEY HAVE LOCAL STATE QUALIFYING WHERE YOU GO ONTO NATIONALS A TOURNAMENTS LIKE THAT ARE JUST GREAT. OR YOU HAVE THE AJGA WHICH IS NATIONWIDE , AMERICAN JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION THEY PLAY AT SOME OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU HAVE SOME OF THE BEST FIELDS IN JUNIOR GOLF WITHOUT A DOUBT IN THE COUNTRY AND AT THESE SIGHTS YOU'LL LEARN A LOT.

PETER KESSLER

YOU'VE BEEN GETTING PARTICULARLY THIS YEAR AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF
AWARDS AS RECENTLY AS YESTERDAY, A WELL DESERVED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR. GIVEN HOW MUCH AND HOW QUICKLY THESE THINGS ARE COMING AT YOU HOW DO YOU KEEP PERSPECTIVE IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY MEAN. IS IT ARE THEY THE BASIS UPON WHICH ONE MEASURES SUCCESS OR DO YOU JUST SET THAT ASIDE AND KNOW THAT THE THING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW IT'S YOUR SECOND PART. FOR ME I CAN'T UNDERSTAND OR COMPREHEND, OR APPRECIATE THE AWARD I GET LIKE THE SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR IT'S GOING TO TAKE TIME, BECAUSE WHEN YOUR IN THE HOLE IT'S HARD TO SEE OUT OF THE HOLE. YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THE CLEAR PERSPECTIVE ON IT, BUT FOR ME NO MATTER WHAT AWARDS I RECEIVE OR WHAT ATTENTION I GET THE ONE THING I HAVE TO DO IS I GOT TO STILL HIT THE SHOT, NO MATTER WHAT.

PETER KESSLER

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY THEN WHEN YOU GO TO SLEEP, THE IMPORTANT THING IS WHETHER YOU THINK YOU'VE GIVEN EVERYTHING THAT TIGER HAS TO GIVE AND IF THAT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN WOULD YOU STILL FEEL GREAT ABOUT YOU?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW IF ONE THING I KNOW FOR A FACT I WILL GIVE IT MY ALL IN EVERY TOURNAMENT, THAT'S NOT A QUESTION IT'S WHETHER I MADE A DUMB MENTAL MISTAKE OR NOT, PHYSICALLY I KNOW I'M GOING TO MAKE MISTAKES AND I KNOW I'M GOING TO LOSE TOURNAMENTS THAT
WAY JUST BECAUSE I'M HUMAN, I'M GOING TO MAKE PHYSICAL MISTAKES BUT MENTAL MISTAKES YOU CAN SOME WHAT ELIMINATE AND JACK NICKLAUS WAS THE BEST AT IT HE DIDN'T MAKE TOO MANY MENTAL MISTAKES EVER AND A IF YOU CAN CUT DOWN ON YOUR MENTAL MISTAKES THAT'S WHEN YOU BECOME A GREAT PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER

WELL JACK HAS SAID ABOUT YOU IS THAT YOU HAVE THE BEST GOLF SWING HE'S EVER SEEN WHICH MUST BE A SCARY THING IN MUCH WAYS TO HERE GIVEN WHAT IT REPRESENTS IN TERMS OF THE GREATEST PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED IN TERMS OF HIS PLAYING RECORD EXPECTS FROM YOU.

TIGER WOODS
YOU KNOW IT JACK SEES A LOT OF HIMSELF IN ME BECAUSE I CAN HIT THE BALL A LONG WAYS, I PLAY A DIFFERENT GOLF COURSE THAN A LOT OF PLAYERS JUST THE WAY HE DID IN HIS PRIME, WHAT BUNKER BLOW IT RIGHT OVER THE CORNER, WHAT TREES, WHAT LAKE HE JUST TOOK THEM RIGHT OVER THE CORNER. AND IF THE GREENS WERE FIRM NO BIG DEAL HE JUST HIT STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR SO HE HAD A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE AND HE'S SEES THAT SAME ADVANTAGE IN ME. IF I COULD HARNESS MY MENTAL TALENTS THE WAY HE DID THEN HOPEFULLY I CAN ACCOMPLISH SOME WHAT THE SAME THINGS HE HAS.

PETER KESSLER

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE DID GREAT THAT PEOPLE DON'T GENERALLY PERCEIVE AS HAVING HAPPEN IS THAT THEY KNOW ON PAR 5'S BECAUSE OF HIS DISTANCE HE HAD A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE ON HIS FIRST AND ON HIS
SECOND SHOT BUT PEOPLE DIDN'T REALIZE I THINK GENERALLY HOW MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE IT WAS ON PAR 3 HOLES WHERE HE COULD HIT 2 OR 3 CLUBS LESS ON A VERY TIGHT LITTLE GREENS AND TOUGH PIN POSITIONS MUCH HIGHER, MUCH SOFTER AND HAVE IT SIT DOWN ISN'T THAT AN ADVANTAGE FOR YOU TOO?

TIGER WOODS

THAT'S A HUGE ADVANTAGE . I THINK THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGE ACTUALLY ARE ON PAR 4'S. PAR 4'S WHICH ARE LIKE 420, I HIT A LOT OF 2 IRONS OR 3 WOODS OF THE TEES, AND IF I LEAVE MYSELF 180 THAT'S NO BIG DEAL BECAUSE I CAN HIT A 7 OR 6 IRON INTO THE GREEN. WHERE A LOT OF PLAYERS ARE HITTING MORE STICK AND THEY HAVE TO HIT DRIVERS ON THESE HOLES TO TRY AND GET IT DOWN THERE AND WHEN YOU HIT DRIVER ON CERTAIN HOLES YOUR GOING TO SPRAY IT EVERY
NOW AND AGAIN. MY MARGIN FOR ERROR IS A LOT GREATER SO THERE FOR WHEN I STEP UP AND PLAY 465 YARD PAR 4'S OR 480 WHATEVER THEY ARE THE LONG ONES I'LL HIT DRIVER DOWN THERE AND I'LL PROBABLY HIT 5 IRON, 4 IRON AT MOST WHERE A LOT OF GUYS ARE SOMETIMES HITTING LUMBER FOR THE SECOND SHOT.

PETER KESSLER

WHICH IS WHY I FOUND IT SURPRISING THAT OTHER PEOPLE WERE AMAZED IN THE OPEN LAS T YEAR IN THE FIRST ROUND, THAT YOU GOT OFF TO SUCH AN INCREDIBLE START THEY THINK OF YOU AS A BIGGER HITTER WHO NEEDS THE KIND OF ROOM THAT AUGUSTA NATIONAL PROVIDES AND OF COURSE THAT'S A PERFECT MENU FOR YOU BUT OPEN COURSE THAT'S GOT LOTS OF LONG PAR 4'S WITH VERY NARROW FAIRWAYS IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR YOU ISN'T IT BECAUSE IN FACT YOU CAN HIT A IRON WERE OTHER GUYS NEED TO HIT A WOOD TO BE ABLE TO GET INTO THE GREEN.

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY, EXACTLY LOOK AT JACK WHEN HE PLAYED ANY OF HIS MAJORS ESPECIALLY US OPENS HE RARELY EVER HIT DRIVERS ALWAYS HIS 3 WOOD THAT WAS HIS LITTLE PET HE ALWAYS USED IT ON JUST ABOUT EVERY PAR 4 OR A LOT OF PAR 5 JUST TO KEEP THE BALL IN PLAY AND THEN YOU CAN ATTACK BUT YOU KNOW FOR ME AT OAKLAND HILLS I USED A LOT OF 2 IRONS OF THE TEES. I HAVE THIS SHOT WHERE I CAN TRACK IT DOWN AND SQUEEZE OUT THERE SOMETIMES ABOUT 270 AND WHEN I'M ABLE TO DO THAT MAKES IT A LOT EASIER FOR ME TO CONTROL THEN HITTING A DRIVER IN JUST A LITTLE NARROW NECK, WHERE I CAN SQUEEZE A LITTLE 2 IRON AND RUN IT OUT THERE AND I'LL STILL HAVE A MAJOR MID TO SHORT IRON IN THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER

AND ALL THAT OF COURSE MEANS THAT THERE ISN'T A SITE THAT ISN'T TERRIFIC FOR YOU WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE THAT BUILT IN ADVANTAGE. BOBBY JONES WON WHAT WAS FOR HIM IN 1930 THE GRAND SLAM THE 2 AMATEURS AND THE 2 OPENS. IN 53 HOGAN WON THE 3 MAJORS HE PLAYED IN AND DIDN'T PLAY IN THE PGA BECAUSE 36 HOLES A DAY WAS TOO MUCH FOR HIS RECENTLY BRUISED AND BATTERED LEGS. NICKLAUS AND PALMER BOTH WON THE FIRST 2 LEGS IN 72 AND 60 RESPECTIVELY CAN IT BE DONE AND CAN YOU DO IT?

TIGER WOODS

CAN I DO IT, HUH NOT IN THE NEAR FUTURE CAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS I NEED TO DEVELOP IN ORDER TO HAVE ANY KIND OF THOUGHT OF OBTAINING THAT KIND OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. BUT I KNOW THERE WILL COME A TIME WHERE THERE WILL BE A PLAYER THAT IT WON'T BE IMPROBABLE OR EVEN INPERCIEVABLE THAT IT CAN HAPPEN. WHERE HE CAN GO OUT THERE AND PLAY A GOLF COURSE WHERE HE'S LONG ENOUGH OR HE CAN HIT THE IRONS OFF THE TEES SO LEAVE HIMSELF WHERE HE CAN ATTACK OR ON PAR 4'S WHERE HE CAN EVEN DRIVE OR TAKE TROUBLE COMPLETELY OUT OF PLAY.

PETER KESSLER

BUT IF NOT YOU WHO?

TIGER WOODS

I DON'T KNOW MAYBE SOMEONE FOLLOWING RIGHT BEHIND ME, THERE ARE A LOT OF PLAYERS COMING UP. WITHIN THE NEXT TEN YEARS OR SO YOUR GOING TO SEE A INFLUX OF A LOT OF GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS.

PETER KESSLER

SOME OF THAT IS DO TO YOUR INFLUENCE LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO CHASE IN NORTH CAROLINA, HELLO CHASE.

PHONE CALLER CHASE

HEY!

PETER KESSLER

HEY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING CHASE?

PHONE CALLER CHASE

NOTHING MUCH

PETER KESSLER

SAY HI TO TIGER.

PHONE CALLER CHASE

AH YEAH TIGER I'M 13 AND YOUR ONE OF MY ROLL MODELS. I WAS WONDERING HOW YOU STAY SO CONSISTENT?

TIGER WOODS

HOW DID I STAY SO CONSISTENT. I GUESS ONE IS I HAVE THE FIRE AND THE DRIVE IF NO ONE WOULD EVER PUTT IT THIS WAY. ONE I WOULD NEVER QUIT AND I WOULD NEVER TAKE FAILURE AS AN EXCEPTANCE I WOULD ALWAYS LEARN FROM MY FAILURES AND MOVE ON AND APPLY THEM LATER AND I THINK THAT'S THE KEY THAT'S HOW YOU CAN STAY CONSISTENT IF YOU COULD LEARN FROM EVERY ROUND THAT YOU PLAY WHETHER IT'S A WEEKEND ROUND WITH YOUR BUDDIES OR AFTER SCHOOL OR IN A TOURNAMENT IF YOU CAN LEARN FROM EACH AND EVERY ROUND SOMETHING THEN YOU CAN ALWAYS APPLY THAT LATER WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT.

PETER KESSLER

YOU KNOW THERE'S A PART OF YOU THAT'S VERY MUCH OLDER AND WISER THAN 20. WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK, AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER WOODS.

(SHORT BREAK)

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Lexi looks to shine as LPGA season begins next week

By Randall MellJanuary 17, 2018, 6:06 pm

Lexi Thompson may be No. 4 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, but in so many ways she became the new face of the women’s game last year.

That makes her the headliner in a fairly star-studded season opener at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic next week.

Three of the top four players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are scheduled to tee it up on Paradise Island, including world No. 1 Shanshan Feng and co-Rolex Player of the Year So Yeon Ryu.

From the heartache at year’s start with the controversial loss at the ANA Inspiration, through the angst in the middle of the year with her mother’s cancer diagnosis, to the stunning disappointment at year’s end, Thompson emerged as the story of the year because of all she achieved in spite of those ordeals.

Next week’s event will mark the first time Thompson tees it up in an LPGA tournament since her season ended in stunning fashion last November with a missed 2-foot putt that cost her a chance to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and become the world No. 1.

She still walked away with the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot and the Vare Trophy for the season’s low scoring average.

She also walked away sounding determined to show she will bounce back from that last disappointment the same way she bounced back from her gut-wrenching loss at the year’s first major, the ANA, where a four-shot Sunday penalty cost her a chance to win her second major.

“Just going through what I have this whole year, and seeing how strong I am, and how I got through it all and still won two tournaments, got six seconds ... it didn’t stop me,” Thompson said leaving the CME Group Tour Championship. “This won’t either.”

Thompson was named the Golf Writers Association of America’s Player of the Year in a vote of GWAA membership. Ryu and Sung Hyun Park won the tour’s points-based Rolex Player of the Year Award.

With those two victories and six second-place finishes, three of those coming after playoff losses, Thompson was close to fashioning a spectacular year in 2017, to dominating the tour.

The new season opens with Thompson the center of attention again. Consistently one of the tour’s best ball strikers and longest hitters, she enjoyed her best year on tour last season by making dramatic improvements in her wedge play, short game and, most notably, her putting.

She doesn’t have a swing coach. She fashioned a better all-around game on her own, or under the watchful eye of her father, Scott. All the work she put in showed up in her winning the Vare Trophy.

The Pure Silk Bahamas Classic will also feature defending champion Brittany Lincicome, as well as Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Brooke Henderson, I.K. Kim, Danielle Kang and Charley Hull.

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One & Done: 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 5:55 pm

Beginning in 2018, Golf Channel is offering a "One & Done" fantasy game alternative. Choose a golfer and add the salary they earn at the event to your season-long total - but know that once chosen, a player cannot be used again for the rest of the year.

Log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to start your own league and make picks for this week's event.

Here are some players to consider for One & Done picks this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, where Hudson Swafford returns as the defending champion:

Zach Johnson. The two-time major champ has missed the cut here three years in a row. So why include him in One & Done consideration? Because the three years before that (2012-14) included three top-25s highlighted by a third-place finish, and his T-14 at the Sony Open last week was his fifth straight top-25 dating back to September.

Bud Cauley. Cauley has yet to win on Tour, but that could very well change this year - even this week. Cauley ended up only two shots behind Swafford last year and tied for 14th the year prior, as four of his five career appearances have netted at least a top-40 finish. He opened the new season with a T-7 in Napa and closed out the fall with a T-8 at Sea Island.

Adam Hadwin. Swafford left last year with the trophy, but it looked for much of the weekend like it would be Hadwin's tournament as he finished second despite shooting a 59 in the third round. Hadwin was also T-6 at this event in 2016 and now with a win under his belt last March he returns with some unfinished business.

Charles Howell III. If you didn't use him last week at the Sony Open, this could be another good spot for the veteran who has four top-15 finishes over the last seven years at this event, highlighted by a playoff loss in 2013. His T-32 finish last week in Honolulu, while not spectacular, did include four sub-70 scores.

David Lingmerth. Lingmerth was in that 2013 playoff with Howell (eventually won by Brian Gay), and he also lost here in overtimei to Jason Dufner in 2016. The Swede also cracked the top 25 here in 2015 and is making his first start since his wife, Megan, gave birth to the couple's first child in December. Beware the sleep-deprived golfer.

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DJ: Kapalua win means nothing for Abu Dhabi

By Associated PressJanuary 17, 2018, 2:55 pm

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Johnson's recent victory in Hawaii doesn't mean much when it comes to this week's tournament.

The top-ranked American will play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the second straight year. But this time he is coming off a victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which he won by eight shots.

''That was two weeks ago. So it really doesn't matter what I did there,'' said Johnson, who finished runner-up to Tommy Fleetwood in Abu Dhabi last year. ''This is a completely new week and everybody starts at even par and so I've got to start over again.''

In 2017, the long-hitting Johnson put himself in contention despite only making one eagle and no birdies on the four par-5s over the first three rounds.

''The par 5s here, they are not real easy because they are fairly long, but dependent on the wind, I can reach them if I hit good tee balls,'' the 2016 U.S. Open champion said. ''Obviously, I'd like to play them a little better this year.''

The tournament will see the return of Paul Casey as a full member of the European Tour after being away for three years.

''It's really cool to be back. What do they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Quite cheesy, but no, really, really cool,'' said the 40-year-old Englishman, who is now ranked 14th in the world. ''When I was back at the Open Championship at Birkdale, just the reception there, playing in front of a home crowd, I knew this is something I just miss.''

The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship starts Thursday and also features former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is making a comeback after more than three months off.

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Kuchar joins European Tour as affiliate member

By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 2:52 pm

Months after he nearly captured the claret jug, Matt Kuchar has made plans to play a bit more golf in Europe in 2018.

Kuchar is in the field this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told reporters in advance of the opening round that he has opted to join the European Tour as an affiliate member:

As an affiliate member, Kuchar will not have a required minimum number of starts to make. It's the same membership status claimed last year by Kevin Na and Jon Rahm, the latter of whom then became a full member and won two European Tour events in 2017.

Kuchar made six European Tour starts last year, including his runner-up performance at The Open. He finished T-4 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in his lone European Tour start that wasn't co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour.