Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF YOUR FANS, TERRY IN ONTARIO. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, SIR?
 
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
GOOD.
 
MIKE WEIR
HEY TERRY.
 
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
THANKS GUYS FOR TAKING MY CALL. HI MIKE.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE WELCOME.
 
TERRY, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UH, FIRST OFF, CONGRATULATIONS MIKE, ON A GREAT START TO YOUR 2001 SEASON.
 
MIKE WEIR
THANKS.
 
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?
 
MIKE WEIR
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.
 
PETER KESSLER
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?
 
MIKE WEIR
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.
 
PETER KESSLER
NOT THAT YOU DISCOUNT YOUR CHANCES WINNING ANYWHERE ELSE.
 
MIKE WEIR
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.
 
PETER KESSLER
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.
 
MIKE WEIR
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.
 
PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE LATE GEORGE KNUDSEN WHO WON EIGHT TIMES ON THE PGA TOUR.
 
MIKE WEIR
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.
 
PETER KESSLER
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.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:AND EVERYBODY ELSE HE...
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH. TREVINO'S LIKE
 
PETER KESSLER
HELD HIS FINGERS TO
 
MIKE WEIR
I, I'VE HEARD HIM MENTION TREVINO SOMETIMES TOO.
 
PETER KESSLER
DEPENDS ON HIS MOOD.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH I GUESS (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
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)
MIKE WEIR
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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Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

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The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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