2001 US Open - Phil Mickelson Press Conference Transcript
Q. 18 is a fair hole?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yes, it's fine. And we knew it would be.
Q. You switched clubs on 18, what did you end up hitting?
PHIL MICKELSON: I went from a 7 to 8-iron, and chased up the hill. I felt 7 would be a little hot. And I was trying to make 4 there as I will all four days. I was fortunate to be on the green, and I'm not disappointed with even par. I would have liked to shot under par today, but even par never hurts in the U.S. Open.
Q. Did you do well in the gameplan today and what would you like to do better?
PHIL MICKELSON: There's nothing really in particular that I did exceptionally well today or that I'm going to try to do different tomorrow. I've played well, and I've been playing well. I kept the ball in play and haven't made too many big mistakes. I've been able to feel very comfortable on the greens. I've been putting well. So I'm not looking to do anything different heading into the next few rounds.
Q. On No. 5, your second shot, was that a driver out of the rough?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yes.
Q. It was a good lie, you had a real good lie there?
PHIL MICKELSON: No, I had to go under the limbs and with the wind being left-to-right and the fairway sloping left-to-right I could not hold that fairway with any club. And so I was better off being in the rough up by the green than being in the rough 150 yards short.
Q. Can you describe 14 and 15, Phil, what happened there?
PHIL MICKELSON: 14 was just a miss club. I was trying to hit a 5-iron in the middle of the green, I hit it solid and misjudged the wind. It plugged right in the lip. And 15 was -- the one poor shot that I hit in that I knew I couldn't miss it right of the hole. And I tried to hook one back into the wind to avoid going too far left of the hole, and I hooked it, and didn't have a shot and made bogey. Not overly disappointed, though.
Q. Are there any birdies out there?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, you have to understand, the practice round, yes, I did make a lot of birdies, but that was primarily due to the fact that the pins were in the middle of the greens. Now that I'm hitting it mostly in the middle of the greens, my putts are longer. There are a number of birdies out there, however, there are a number of bogeys if you short side yourself. There are some pins that you really need to be careful of. But because the greens are receptive, you can come into those pins with a short iron and get the ball stopped and have a good opportunity with a well struck shot. But there's a lot at risk when you have a swirling wind.
Q. On No. 9, you were aggressive off the tee there, and I don't know what you had left in there.
PHIL MICKELSON: I had a gap wedge. I only had 88 yards. It wasn't a hard shot. The problem was the ball was sitting down in the Bermuda with the grain in, and I hit it heavy.
Q. 2, 12, 14, 18, those are holes that really give Southern Hills character. You parred them all. A couple of guys said if you par all those holes you are gaining shots on the field, do you agree with that?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, first, I didn't par 14, I made bogey there. But I parred the others. I don't know, I think that there are a bunch of holes where you try to make par, and there's a bunch of holes you try to make birdie. You were talking about the holes that you try to make par on. I actually think a harder hole is 13, because it's a par-5 that you can get a shot back on, but it's probably the toughest 4 out there.
Q. How much does your success at the Colonial help you this week?
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, playing well at Colonial gives me confidence heading into this tournament, because the golf course is designed by the same individual, Perry Maxwell, the same type of bunkering, the same grass, the same greens, it's a very similar golf course, and I feel comfortable on this course, because I've been playing well at Colonial.
PHIL MICKELSON: It's a nice, solid round. It's certainly doable. I'd be surprised if that's low, though, at the end of the day.
Q. Your birdie at 5 and at 10?
PHIL MICKELSON: Birdie at 5.
PHIL MICKELSON: I hit driver in the left rough, and I tried to cut a driver around the trees and rolled it short of the green about 40 yards and chipped up to 10 feet and made it. 10, I hit a 5-iron off the tee, just went through into the first cut and I hit a 9-iron to about three feet.
Q. On 9 and 18, you clubbed a shot on 9, are those greens -- those greens that improved from --
PHIL MICKELSON: They're fine. They really are. And they knew that on Monday or Tuesday, and they knew they were trying to slow them down and they did. The difficulty is because the pitch is so severe they had to slow them up and they're just a little bit slower than the other greens, so you have to adapt to it.
Q. Do you feel pretty good about getting in at even par with the weather up in the air, do you feel good about that?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, I'm not ecstatic, and I'm not disappointed. Round 1 is over, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's round. Now because it was a morning tee time I felt it was my opportunity to shoot three or four under par. I didn't really do it. And maybe tomorrow if the wind -- and primarily that was due because the wind was so tough. It was a good 20-knot wind today. And tomorrow there's a chance it will be every bit as strong, and I will be very pleased with even par. If it dies down I think I can get a couple under.
Q. Was it windy from the first tee on, essentially?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, it was so windy, I think No. 1 was almost drivable, if guys hit driver they could almost reach it. It was 3-iron and only 120 yards left.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.
The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.
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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18