2001 US Open - Mark Brooks News Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 17, 2001, 4:00 pm
MARK BROOKS: Well, I've never been in an 18 hole playoff. It's going to be a lot like a match, like just a very important match. And the only difference is that you can have multiple shot swings on holes. So it was a very bizarre turn of events at the end, and I feel bad for him. Golf is a very cruel game at times. And my 3-putt was far more predictable than what happened to him. I'm sure he'll be ready to go tomorrow, and I will be, too.
Q. What's it like to be brought back to life?
MARK BROOKS: I don't know, I didn't know I was dead (laughter.) Again, it's just another -- a great break for me, and we'll see if it pans out. I played solid today and hit a lot of greens, and that will kind of be my goal tomorrow, just go out there and play the golf course, and see what happens.
Q. And secondly, what were you doing at that time, were you watching, were you leaving, had you packed up?
MARK BROOKS: I was just watching from my locker, on a regular-sized television. It was shocking, -- it was shocking enough to see Stewart do his thing, and so I feel bad for both of them. And that's probably -- you hate to say it, but it's like once one guy does it, all of a sudden it's the power of suggestion, that that's miserable. And it's kind of like when two guys get going, playing good together, they start making everything. I'm not blaming it on Stewart, don't get me wrong, but he probably did me a big favor by having that happen.
Q. Mark, can you just describe, was it like a jolt of electricity when you saw him miss that one-footer, or what kind of washed through your mind at that time. Did you say, 'My goodness, I may win out right'?
MARK BROOKS: I'm going to spend a night again with my perfect host and do it again. It was shocking. I've been around this game quite a long time, and not as long as Mr. Kite, who had a phenomenal round, or some of those other guys, but we've all witnessed phenomenal stuff.
Q. Did you think you might win out right, if he missed this again?
MARK BROOKS: I didn't go that far. There's been some people missing short putts, Doug Sanders at St. Andrews. And several missed at Augusta that were short and close. Hopefully, I'll have a good match tomorrow and it will be entertaining.
Q. Have you ever been on the other side of it where you've missed a short one that opened the door for somebody else like that?
MARK BROOKS: I'm sure I have. I don't want to jinx myself, though, but I'm sure I have.
Q. Do you think you have the advantage, now, in view of the things that happened, maybe --
MARK BROOKS: Well, probably not. We played together yesterday, and he did a lot of great stuff yesterday. I mean, I think he shot 69 and it was about as good a 69 as I've seen. It was scrambly, he was kind of all over the place, so he must have played a lot more solid today. We'll see.
Q. Mark, when Goosen hit his second shot on the green as close as it was, was it over in your mind?
MARK BROOKS: Yeah, I figured it was over. No question. And it probably should have been.
Q. Mark, when Tom Kite started the day the way he did, did you think this was the day when you were going to have to make a lot of birdies to win?
MARK BROOKS: No, not really, because I kind of had one of those rounds, I guess on Friday. And the golf course doesn't play extremely long. A couple of long, par-3s. And for me 18 is typically -- going to be a pretty long second shot. But if you get on a little bit of a roll, the greens are good and you can do it. Low scores are possible, but you would think that most of the leaders, guys in that position aren't going to be playing ultra aggressively. There were a lot of pins today that were pretty iffy, if you should have gone for them or not. I chose not to go for most of them.
Q. Mark, can you walk us through your thought processes once you got to your ball --
MARK BROOKS: Let me tell you -- go ahead.
Q. Well, go ahead.
Q. Yes.
MARK BROOKS: You know, the main thing I was trying to do was find the line. So I probably didn't pay enough attention to the speed. And, obviously, I hit it too hard. I think I picked the right line, if I had hit it softer, I think it would have been the right direction. But that green did look slow, and I was kind of having to start it up the hill. I think that was only my second 3-putt for the week. I know I 3-putted No. 5 the first day from a long range and kind of misread it and missed the speed. 72 holes, as many greens as I hit, to only 3-putt twice is pretty amazing.
Q. On the second putt did you just not hit it quite hard enough?
MARK BROOKS: No, I didn't hit it hard enough. I think if I hit it harder I would have misread it. I think it would have stayed up on the right. And it is tough. You're playing greens that are pretty darn fast all day, and playing pretty big sweepers. And then you get on that green, you can kind of take some break out and hit it a little firmer.
Q. Mark, did the fact that the USGA, they were babying that green a little bit, they didn't mow it. Was it playing differently, was there a different speed on the 18th green when you guys got there?
MARK BROOKS: Yeah, the 18th green is definitely a different speed. And 9 is a different speed. I hit a couple of decent shots into 9 and didn't really come close on either putt there, the last couple of days. Those two greens are definitely a different speed. And I guess, thank God, they are. My shot yesterday would have rolled 40 yards down yesterday, instead of 2-putting for par. Everybody had to play the same greens.
Q. On the back 9 how much did you watch the scoreboard to know what was going on behind you, and is there any time that it influenced the way you played the remainder of your round?
MARK BROOKS: I felt like five or six, I kind of thought six was the number. I played through 12 holes. When I played 13 and made birdie to get to 5. I saw they were both at 5. That's when I kind of felt like if you could get to 6, that was -- that would probably win the golf tournament. So, yes, I watched. I knew what was going on.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.