2001 US Open - Phil Mickelson News Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomJune 17, 2001, 4:00 pm
Q. Well, you seemed seem to have learned something each time you're in this position. What did you learn today if anything?
 
PHIL MICKELSON: I don't know exactly what I learned today. I think that it was a difficult day for me, in that I did not play the way I would have liked, obviously. I didn't have the same feeling that I did the first three rounds, where I really felt I could get to this golf course, make some birdies. Today there were not as many accessible pins and it seemed as though on the holes that were accessible I missed the fairways, so it made it very difficult for me to make birdies. But I felt like I hung in there for the first seven, eight holes and made some good pars and was even par on the round. On 9, I felt starting at 9 I could make birdies. 9 through 13 all were very birdieable. When I missed that fairway and made bogey, that certainly stung, as did the bogey on 10. That really took a lot of momentum out. On 13 I missed some short putts. I'm not going to beat myself up over today's round. It's certainly not the finish I would have liked, but out of playing 45 majors or so now, and not winning any, I'm tired of beating myself up time after time. If I happen to win the British Open or the PGA this year, that would be great. And it's something I will be gungho for and working hard for, but again, if it doesn't happen, I'm tired of beating myself up.
 
Q. Did you feel the crowd out there -- it seems from watching the coverage that they've been pulling for you.
 
PHIL MICKELSON: I've certainly felt some support. It's been a very enjoyable week. The whole week has been fun. The golf course was set up very well, it was a fun test. The weather held off for us, it wasn't too hot. And I thought that the whole week went very well. And certainly one bad round is not going to spoil the way I look at this tournament.
 
Q. How long would you say you went through a phase where you would beat yourself up?
 
PHIL MICKELSON: Quite a few years. I really thought that I should have been winning major championships in the mid '90s. I had a great shot at Shinnecock and some Masters, and didn't do it. And I would leave really dejected and feeling down. But the way I look at it, last year I played well in the four majors and had zero chances to win. And this year I've improved my game, had great opportunities heading into the final round. Granted, I didn't come through and win, it was very exciting to at least have the opportunity to win. And I fully expect that if I continue to play the way I have, I should have a good shot at the British Open and PGA.
 
Q. What about the par-putt at 13?
 
PHIL MICKELSON: I tried hard on that birdie putt, and it just didn't do what I wanted. It's not like I didn't try. I don't know what happened. I think I just pulled it.
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

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.


Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


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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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ


Green jacket tour

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Man of the people


Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together


Ace at 17th at Sawgrass


Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade


Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade


Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'


Victory at Valderrama


Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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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.