Golf Talk Live - Bernard Gallacher Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
SO WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN, AT THE PRE-MATCH DINNER FOR YOUR FIRST CAPTAINCY IN '91 AND THEY SHOWED THE VIDEO AND BOTH TEAMS ARE THERE, AND THERE'S NOT ONE EUROPEAN HIGHLIGHT ON THE VIDEO BEFORE THE MATCHES ARE TO BEGIN?
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL WE WERE PRETTY MAD, BUT, AND I WOULD HAVE RESPONDED TO IT IN MAYBE A WORD IN MY SPEECH BUT THERE WAS A BIT OF AN INCIDENT. STEVE, STEVE PATE WAS INJURED IN, COMING TO THE FUNCTION AND WE DIDN'T REALLY KNOW
HOW SERIOUS HE WAS, AND DAVE, DAVE STOCKTON, THE CAPTAIN THOUGHT HE WAS QUITE BADLY HURT BECAUSE HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND HE WAS KEPT IN THE HOSPITAL AND WE WEREN'T REALLY SURE WHAT EXACTLY WAS WRONG WITH HIM, IN THE MEANTIME, THE
DINNER CARRIED ON AND THE AMERICANS HAD DECIDED TO HOST THE DINNER AND THEY, THEY HAD PUT ON THIS, THE, THE RYDER CUP VIDEO OF PAST RYDER CUPS AND IT ONLY SHOWED
PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
BERNARD GALLACHER
AMER, AMERICAN PARTICIPATION. IT DIDN'T SHOW ANY EUROPEANS AND SO IT MADE US, I WOULDN'T SAY IT MADE US REALLY, REALLY ANGRY BUT WE WERE, WE WERE A LITTLE BIT UPSET, PUT IT THAT WAY, MILDLY.
PETER KESSLER
WHAT A WAY TO START YOUR FIRST CAPTAINCY.
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH IT WAS A SURPRISE. IT SURPRISED ME.
PETER KESSLER
WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO THE END, AND LANGER AND HALE IRWIN ARE PLAYING THEIR HISTORIC AND FINAL MATCH FOR THE CUP ESSENTIALLY, YOUR IMPRESSION AT THE TIME WAS, IN THE SINGLES, THAT
IRWIN WAS LOOSING IT AND MIGHT LOOSE IT NOW AND FOREVER, DIDN'T YOU?
BERNARD GALLACHER
YES, I DID. I WAS, I WAS WATCHING THE MATCH AND BERNHARD LANGER GOT OFF TO A POOR START OR HALE IRWIN GOT OFF TO A STRONG START, WHAT EVER WAY YOU WANT TO PUT IT, BUT, AS WE WERE GETTING TOWARDS THE END, THEY WERE
THE LAST, THEY WERE THE LAST MATCH ON THE COURSE, AND THE RYDER CUP WAS HINGING ON THIS, THE OUTCOME OF THIS MATCH, AND HALE IRWIN I FELT WAS JUST, IT WAS JUST ONE RYDER CUP TOO FAR FOR HIM. I DIDN'T THINK HE COULD HANG ON. I HONESTLY DIDN'T AND LANGER, LANGER
WAS HOLING THESE CRUCIAL PUTTS. HE HOLED A GOOD PUTT AT 16 AND, AND HALE HIT HIS BALL POORLY UP THE 16TH BUT HE CHIPPED IT STONE DEAD... FROM A WAY UP IN THE RIGHT SOMEWHERE AND THEN AT 17, IT WAS A VERY TOUGH HOLE.
OVER 2OO YARDS OVER THE WATER, THE WIND'S LEFT TO RIGHT AND, AND, AND HALE HIT IT WAY LEFT SOMEWHERE AND, AND BERNHARD LANGER HIT IT IN THE BUNKER AND CAME OUT OF THE BUNKER I THINK AND HE KNOCKED IT DOWN TO THREE OR FOUR FOOT A TERRIBLE PUTT, BUT HE GOT IT IN. THEN YOU PLAY THE
LAST AND WE'RE ALL WATCHING, BOTH THE AMERICAN TEAM AND OUR TEAM ARE OUT WATCHING THIS LAST MATCH AND
PETER KESSLER
LET'S PICK IT UP FROM THE EDGE OF THE GREEN ON THE LAST HOLE AND
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH
PETER KESSLER
BOTH FELLOWS LIE TWO. LANGER'S ON THE GREEN IN REGULATION. HALE'S GOT WHAT APPEARS TO BE A FAIRLY STRAIGHTFORWARD CHIP.
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH
PETER KESSLER
AND PEOPLE DON'T REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT ENDED UP HAPPENING TO THIS CHIP, SO YOU TELL US.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL THE CHIP IS A, THE GREEN IS A PLATEAU GREEN THAT YOU, YOU REALLY NEED TO GET IT ON THE SECOND LEVEL. THERE'S PLENTY OF GREEN TO PLAY WITH, BUT HALE I FELT WAS HAVING A REAL STRUGGLE FINISHING THE LAST FEW HOLES AND YOU CAN SEE HE JUST DIDN'T,
THERE'S NO COMMITMENT IN THE CHIP AT ALL, AND IT'S GONE BACK DOWN OFF THE BANK AND HE'S ANGRY WITH IT.
WE, WE NOW THINK WE'VE WON THIS RYDER CUP. WE THINK BERNARD LANGER, IF THERE'S ONE PERSON YOU'D WANT TO PUTT IS THIS BERNARD LANGER FROM THIS POSITION. HE HAD NO NEEDS, WE THINK TWO PUTTS TO WIN US, RETAIN US THE RYDER CUP, AND IT LOOKS A GOOD PUTT
BUT IT KEEPS GOING AND KEEPS GOING AND KEEPS GOING AND HE CAN'T BELIEVE IT AND NEITHER CAN WE AND UH, YOU CAN SEE THE SUN'S EFFECTING ME A LITTLE BIT AND I WISH I WAS SOMEWHERE ELSE AT THIS
PARTICULAR MOMENT.
PETER KESSLER
NOT JUST THE SUN.
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH, NOT JUST THE SUN, AND HALE, HALE HOLES THIS. AMERICA WON THE RYDER CUP OF COURSE SO WE... AND HE'S UP HILL AND HE'S GOT TO COME UP OVER THIS SLIGHT TIER AND
PETER KESSLER
ABOUT 20 FEET OR SO?
BERNARD GALLACHER
YES! BUT THERE WAS JUST NOTHING IN THE PUTT AND, AND THE WAY HE'S FEELING, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, THIS WAS STILL A TOUGH PUTT BUT BERNARD LANGER QUITE RIGHTLY WALKED ACROSS, SAID RIGHT, TAKE THAT PUTT, THE WAY
HE WANTS TO GET ON WITH HIS PUTT... AND WE FELT NICK FALDO THERE IS ANXIOUS, CAN'T WATCH. IT MEANS A LOT TO, I MEAN THE RYDER CUP'S REALLY QUITE IMPORTANT.. .AND UH HE'S LOOKING AT IT, AND I WAS QUITE CLOSE
TO THE ACTION. I WAS JUST, JUST TO THE LEFT OF BERNHARD LANGER AT THE MOMENT, I THINK AND I HAD A GOOD VIEW
OF THE PUTT, AND HE'D JUST HOLED A PUTT ON 16. A GOOD PUTT ON 17, BUT, AND HE HITS A GOOD PUTT HERE.
PETER KESSLER
THERE WAS A COUPLE OF SPIKE MARKS THAT DETOURED IT ON THE WAY.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL IT, WELL IT, YEAH, YOU CAN SEE IT FROM THIS ANGLE. YOU CAN SEE HE HITS A GOOD PUTT. NO SHAKE THERE. JUST COMES OFF THE HOLE ON THE RIGHT. TAKE US ALL A FEW MINUTES TO REALIZE
WHAT HAPPENED. AMERICANS REACTED A LITTLE BIT QUICKER THAN OUR SIDE I'D HAVE TO SAY, AND UH, GOOD MATCH. AND IF I COULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HALE, THAT, HALE, HALE NOW WENT ON TO BE EVEN BE ALMOST A BETTER GOLFER. IT'S FUNNY HOW YOU CAN GET IT
SO WRONG. I JUST FELT AT THAT TIME, WELL, HALE, I THINK, IS JUST ONE RYDER CUP TOO MANY FOR HALE, HERE, AND I, YOU KNOW, WATCH, WATCHING THE 17TH AND THE WAY HE PLAYED THE 18 BUT
(LAUGHS) WATCHING HIM ON THE SENIORS TOUR TODAY AND HOW WELL HE PLAYED IN THE U.S OPEN LAST YEAR, AND THE YEAR BEFORE I MEAN HIS, HIS GOLF IS
NOW REMARKABLY GOOD. I MEAN HE'S BEC.... HE'S RE-SORT OF, REDEDICATED HIMSELF ALMOST AND HE'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE TOP PLAYERS IN THE WORLD TODAY, AGAIN. HE COULD ALMOST BE ON THE RYDER CUP TEAM.
PETER KESSLER
SOME PLAYERS, WHERE SOME PEOPLE WERE THINKING HE WAS GOING TO GET PICKED FOR THE '99
BERNARD GALLACHER
YEAH, YEAH
PETER KESSLER
TEAM AND OF COURSE THE YEAR BEFORE THE '91 RYDER CUP HE WON HIS THIRD AND LAST U.S. OPEN.
BERNARD GALLACHER
THAT'S RIGHT.
PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
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