Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 3
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF YOUR FANS, TERRY IN ONTARIO. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, SIR?
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
THANKS GUYS FOR TAKING MY CALL. HI MIKE.
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UH, FIRST OFF, CONGRATULATIONS MIKE, ON A GREAT START TO YOUR 2001 SEASON.
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UM, FIRST OF ALL, WHEN YOU PUTT, ARE YOUR LEGS AS STIFF LEGGED AS THEY APPEAR OR IS THERE A LITTLE BIT OF FLEX IN YOUR KNEES? AND MY SECOND QUESTION IS WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE
STRONGEST PART OF YOUR GAME, AND HOW DO YOU THINK THAT'S GOING TO HELP YOU WIN YOUR FIRST MAJOR AT THIS YEAR'S UPCOMING MASTERS?
WELL, TO ANSWER THE FIRST PART OF YOUR QUESTION, MY LEGS ARE, ARE, THEY HAVE A LITTLE FLEX IN THEM, I TRY TO KEEP MY LOWER BODY PRETTY STABLE
AS EVERYBODY SHOULD. I TRY TO KEEP MY HEAD VERY STEADY. THAT'S, THAT'S A KEY WHAT I TRY TO DO IN PUTTING. THE STRONGEST PART OF MY GAME I THINK IS MY CONSISTENCY IS TO STRIKE THE BALL SOLID AND YOU KNOW, IN WINDY CONDITIONS SUCH AS YESTERDAY, IT'S
VERY HELPFUL TO HIT THE BALL SOLID IN THE WIND AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN STRIVING FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. I'VE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD WITH MY COACH, MIKE WILSON, TO DO AND STILL FEEL LIKE I
HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, BUT I STILL THINK THAT'S PROBABLY THE STRONGEST PART OF MY GAME.
IT'S AWFULLY REALISTIC NOW FOR YOU TO BE THINKING ABOUT THE MAJORS, MORE SO THAN EVER BEFORE. YOU WON IN '99. YOU WON IN 2000. BEST PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP. YOU ALMOST WON THIS WEEKEND. I MEAN
YOU JUST KEEP RATCHETING IT UP, BUT DON'T YOU THINK THAT ONE OF THE TWO OPENS IS MUCH MORE MIKE WEIR'S PLACE IF YOU HAD TO PICK A SPOT WHERE YOU WERE MORE LIKELY TO WIN A MAJOR?
YEAH, I THINK SO. I THINK, PROBABLY THE BRITISH OPEN SUITS MY GAME, OF ALL THE FOUR MAJORS, MORE THAN ANY. YOU KNOW I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO PLAY SAINT ANDREWS LAST YEAR. PLAYING
THE PRACTICE ROUNDS, WE DID HAVE SOME WIND AND I WAS GETTING USED TO HITTING, YOU KNOW, A 5 IRON FROM 150 YARDS AND PLAYING ALONG THE GROUND AND, YOU KNOW, BEING VERY CREATIVE. I WAS VERY EXCITED TO PLAY, AND THEN, THE WIND DIED AND NOT THAT I WASN'T
EXCITED TO PLAY BUT THE WIND DIED AND IF YOU'RE 150 YARDS IT WAS, YOU KNOW, AN 8 IRON AND JUST FLY IT RIGHT THERE AND IT WAS JUST LIKE PLAYING GOLF OVER HERE. SO IN THAT REGARD, THE WAY BRITISH OPEN GOLF IS NORMALLY PLAYED ALONG THE GROUND,
BEING CREATIVE, HITTING IT SOLID IN THE WIND, I THINK IT SUITS MY GAME THE BEST.
NOT THAT YOU DISCOUNT YOUR CHANCES WINNING ANYWHERE ELSE.
NO. NO. I THINK, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW AUGUSTA'S BEEN A PLACE THAT EVERYBODY SAID YOU KNOW LONG, HIGH BALL HITTERS DO WELL THERE BUT YOU KNOW, THERE'S BEEN MARK O'MEARA, AND SOME OTHER PLAYERS THAT HAVE, HAVE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS THERE AND
I THINK, YOU KNOW, AUGUSTA, YOU REALLY HAVE TO PUT THE BALL ON THE RIGHT SPOT ON THE GREEN WHICH MEANS DISTANCE, YOUR, YOUR IRON CONTROL, DISTANCE CONTROL AND CONTROLLING YOUR TRAJECTORY HAS TO BE VERY GOOD THERE TOO, SO THAT PLAYS A BIG FACTOR THERE.
LET'S CHECK IN WITH, I THOUGHT WE HAD ANOTHER CALL AND WE, WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER CALL. LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR REACTION TO AND YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT CANADIAN, CANADA'S LEGENDARY BALL STRIKER, 71 YEAR OLD MO NORMAN.
MO IS A LEGEND IN CANADA, THAT'S FOR SURE AND YOU KNOW HE STILL STRIKES THE BALL VERY SOLIDLY AT, IN HIS 70'S NOW AND YOU KNOW, I WAS PLAYING ON THE CANADIAN TOUR, WHEN WE GET BACK TO ONTARIO, MO WOULD COME OUT
THERE WITH HIS PUTTER AND YOU KNOW PUTT AROUND ON THE GREENS AND THEN HE'D COME UP AND GRAB SOME OF THE GUYS CLUBS AND HIT BALLS AND, IT WAS
ALWAYS, IT WAS ALWAYS NEAT FOR, FOR US ON THE CANADIAN TOUR TO GATHER AROUND HIM AND WATCH HIM HIT IT AND FOR HIM TO TELL US HOW BAD THE REST OF US WERE (LAUGHS) AND UH AND THAT WE WERE DOING IT ALL WRONG AND WE'D
SAY MO, YOU KNOW, COME AND TELL US THE SECRET THEN AND HE'D SAY WELL YOU GUYS JUST HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT, BUT MO IS A, HE'S A GREAT MAN AND HE'S ONE OF THE GREAT CHARACTERS IN THE GAME, IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATE GEORGE KNUDSEN WHO WON EIGHT TIMES ON THE PGA TOUR.
YEAH, UNFORTUNATELY I NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO, TO SEE GEORGE PLAY OR, OR HIT BALLS, BUT I GUESS IT WAS PRETTY INCREDIBLE AS WELL. ACTUALLY, BRENNAN, MY CADDIE RIGHT NOW, WAS AT A JUNIOR ACADEMY IN, IN TORONTO AT THE NATIONAL AND GEORGE WOULD DO
THE, A LOT OF THE CLINICS SO BRENNAN GOT TO SEE HIM QUITE A BIT, AND HE ALWAYS TOLD ME THAT HOW SOLIDLY GEORGE STRUCK THE BALL AND WHAT A NICE MAN HE WAS AND WHEN I WON THE
CANADIAN MASTERS IN 1997 IT WAS THE GEORGE KNUDSEN MEMORIAL TROPHY THAT CAME WITH WINNING THAT TOURNAMENT AND HIS, HIS WIDOW WAS THERE AND SHE GAVE ME THE TROPHY AND THAT WAS REALLY, REALLY SPECIAL.
MO NORMAN TOLD US THAT GEORGE KNUDSEN WAS ONE OF THE OTHER TWO OR THREE GUYS WHO ACTUALLY HAD A CLUE
AND HE INCLUDED HOGAN IN THAT GROUPING AS WELL.
20:AND EVERYBODY ELSE HE...
YEAH. TREVINO'S LIKE
HELD HIS FINGERS TO
I, I'VE HEARD HIM MENTION TREVINO SOMETIMES TOO.
DEPENDS ON HIS MOOD.
YEAH I GUESS (LAUGHS)
AS WE TAKE OFF FOR A SECOND WE'RE JUST GOING TO SHOW EVERYBODY SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER STATS. DON'T GO AWAY.
(CAREER STATS: WRITTEN)
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:
- ONE OF ONLY 6 LEFTHANDERS TO WIN ON THE PGA TOUR.
- FIRST CANADIAN TO WIN A PGA TOUR EVENT IN CANADA SINCE 1954.
- FIRST CANADIAN TO WIN ON PGA TOUR SINCE 1992.
- ONLY PLAYER ON THE 2000 INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENTS CUP TEAM TO FINISH WITH A WINNING RECORD (3-2-0)
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Hahn jabs USGA over possible ball rollback
As debate continues to heat up over possible sweeping changes to the golf ball amid distance concerns, PGA Tour pro James Hahn chimed in to question the merits of a potential rollback.
The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.
It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:
Breaking news. In addition to limited flight balls, the USGA plans to ban working out, proper diet and swinging faster than 105mph. They are also planning on removing the 3 point shot in the NBA.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 23, 2018
If we were playing a match, would you rather hit 7 iron to my 9 iron OR hit hybrid to my 5 iron? Oh and by the way, I can still hit par 5s in two with 3 wood. You can't.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 25, 2018
Hahn, who has two career PGA Tour wins and lost in a playoff last month at the Sony Open, ranks 55th on Tour this season in driving distance with an average of 301.2 yards off the tee.
Na fires back over slow play criticism from cricketer
Kevin Na fired back over recent criticism he received about his purported slow play at last week's Genesis Open.
Kevin Pietersen is a retired English cricketer with more than 3.6 million followers on Twitter. He tweeted a video of Na, known as one of the slower players on the PGA Tour, taking more than a minute to line up and hit what he described as a "Tap In" during the final round at Riviera:
SERIOUSLY, Kevin Na?!?!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) February 18, 2018
That Is A Tap In, MATE! pic.twitter.com/YMmNT6m5H7
He then added another video of himself on a green in Dubai, where he again called out Na and showed how long he believed it should take for a player to brush in a short putt:
Na has faced his fair share of slow play criticism, but this time he decided to defend himself. Na isn't on Twitter, but he took to Instagram to tell Pietersen to "stick to your own sport," pointing out both the length of the putt in question and the stakes that were involved during the final round, when Na went on to tie for second behind Bubba Watson:
@kp24 lets get some facts straight. Shot tracker shows what u call “tap in” 3ft 4in. Since when is 3’4’’ on green speed 12 a “tap in.” FYI 1 shot for me on Sunday was 300k. Difference between T2 and T4. Yes, I did back off because the line didn’t feel right. So what! BTW that was the only putt I backed off all day. Also our group was on pace all day! We waited if anything. @pgatour @golfdigest @golf_com @golfchannel #getyourfactstraight #sticktoyourownsport #everyshotcounts
Pepperell wins his first European Tour title in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar - Eddie Pepperell survived a tense finish to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title.
The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.
Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.
Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.
The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.
Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.
On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.
''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.
''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''
Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.
''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.
''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''
Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.