Pat Hurst Press Conference Transcript

By Golf Channel NewsroomMarch 24, 2001, 5:00 pm
PAT HURST: I birdied No. 1. Hit wedge from 115 yards to about 12 feet. Bogeyed No. 3. I hit it in the left rough off my drive. I had about 180 yards. I hit 6-iron just short of the green and didn't get it up and down. I bogeyed No. 7. I was 165 yards. I hit 7-iron just long, then I 3-putted from there. Bogeyed No. 12. I hit it left in the rough off my drive. Hit it into the bunker. Hooked it around the trees and it hit into the bunker. Didn't get it up and down there. I birdied No. 13. I hit it in the right trees this time and had 5-iron. Actually punched a 5-iron 161 yards up there and made the putt for birdie. I'd say it was about ten feet. Then I bogeyed 14. I hit a 9-iron 141 yards. It was a little bit long on the right side. Probably about, I'd say, 30 feet. That was it.
MODERATOR: Would you like to tell us a bit about your day.
PAT HURST: Overall I didn't putt well today like I was putting the last two days. It seemed like I was hitting the ball a little further away from the hole than Thursday, Friday. I didn't take advantage of the times that I needed to. I 3-putted both 2 and 11 after knocking it on in 2, the two par 5's, and that was a little frustrating, I think. Overall, you know, I think I need to work on my putting a little bit.
Q. Was it the frustration that spilled over on 14? Have you thought of pitching professionally (laughter)? That's where you threw the ball in the lake, right?
PAT HURST: I don't remember that hole. No, there was a lot of frustrations out there. I think after I 3-putted 11, it was very frustrating, you know, the second time I 3-putted for par. I mean, I hit it about, I'd say, 20 feet on that hole, and I 3-putted. That's not fun. Then I made bogey -- proceeded to make bogey on the next hole after not getting it up and down out of the bunker. When I made birdie on 13, I started getting a little more drive again, kind of shot myself in the foot again with the three-putt again on the par 3. That i think is where the frustration maxed out.
Q. Seemed like a lot of people were having trouble with their putting. Was it something with the greens?
PAT HURST: You know, the last two days, I had really good speed. It seemed like I didn't have really good speed. Everything was going way by the hole. I tried to adjust, and then I was way short. It was like that almost on every hole. It was really frustrating to try and get the ball to the hole. Once I did, it would go by four or five feet. I'm having to save par or what have you. I don't know if the greens were faster or if my touch was off a little bit. I couldn't tell you.
Q. Despite all that, you're one shot back going into the last round, which is where you probably would have loved to have been Thursday morning. Do you think these are things that -- your putting problems are things that will change tomorrow?
PAT HURST: I think so. I've had some tough third rounds. You know, the last two weeks I had third round, both times, Phoenix and Tucson, I didn't play well, and I didn't play well here. This time I kept myself in it. I'm still only one back. You know, I've been playing my final rounds pretty good, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow and see how I can, you know, do out there.
Q. How will you sort out your putting? Will you go onto the putting greens for how long or just go home? How will you decide whether it was your touch?
PAT HURST: I'll just go out to the putting green for a little while still I feel comfortable. When I feel comfortable, then I'll go home. You know, it won't be that long.
Q. Do you feel like you're due to win this year?
PAT HURST: I feel pretty good about my game. I've been working pretty hard. You know, I've got a new instructor that I started going to at the end -- it's been about a year now. I saw Mike last week. I feel pretty good about my game. We've been working on the same things that I worked on for the last 20 years. It's kind of nice that I'm hearing -- I'm working on the same things, but I'm hearing it from a different person. It makes it nice. Plus he comes out a lot on tour. He sees me in competition. That really helps.
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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.