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GOLF TALK LIVE - AUGUST 15, 2000
COLIN MONTGOMERIE

PETER KESSLER
COLIN MONTGOMERIE HAS BUILT A LONG TERM WINNING RECORD AND FOUND A BALANCE OF LIFE THAT MAKES HIM HAPPY. WHY DOESN'T THAT MAKE MONTY'S CRITICS HAPPY? MEET COLIN MONTGOMERIE NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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COLIN MONTGOMERIE IS 37 YEARS OLD. AN AGE WHEN SOME PLAYERS BEGIN A FINAL BRILLIANT RUN TO CAP PHENOMENAL CAREERS. SUCCESSFUL PLAYERS CREATE OPTIONS FOR THEMSELVES. WHERE TO LIVE, HOW TO LIVE. WHERE TO PLAY. WHEN TO PLAY. COLIN HAS CREATED THESE OPTIONS FOR HIMSELF THROUGH THE SUSTAINED BRILLIANCE OF HIS PLAYING RECORD.

HE LOST A U.S. OPEN PLAYOFF TO ERNIE ELS AND A PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF TO STEVE ELKINGTON. IF HE HAD WON EITHER OF THOSE MAJORS, HIS CRITICS WOULD HAVE GONE TO PICK ON NEW TARGETS, BUT HE DIDN'T WIN, AND THE

CRITICS DIDN'T GO AWAY. HE'S BEEN THE BEST PLAYER ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, WITH NO ONE IN 2ND PLACE. HE'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE CLUTCH PERFORMER IN RYDER CUP COMPETITIONS, YET WE STILL THINK

MONTY CAPABLE OF MORE. HE COULD WIN THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK AT VALHALLA GOLF CLUB. HE HAS THE PERFECT GAME FOR THE JACK NICKLAUS DESIGN.

HE HITS FAIRWAYS WITH A LITTLE CUT, IDEAL FOR THE MAJORITY OF HOLES WHICH BEND FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. HE IS A SHOT MAKER WHO CAN FIND THE FLAGSTICK ON GREENS THAT PLAY SMALLER THAN THEY APPEAR.

WHEN HE'S ROLLING HIS BALL AT HIS BEST, NO ONE DOES IT BETTER. THIS COULD BE HIS WEEK TO WIN, AND IF HE DOESN'T HE'LL BE BACK TO TRY AGAIN. HE'LL TREAT US TO MORE BREATHTAKING GOLF, AND HE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY TO MAKE HIS LIFE WORK,

TO MAKE HIS FAMILY HAPPY, TO KEEP A HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT.

FROM VALHALLA GOLF CLUB IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, THE SIGHT OF THE 2000 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER, JOINED TONIGHT BY ONE OF THE GAME'S FINEST PLAYERS AND ONE OF IT'S MOST

FASCINATING AND COMPLEX PERSONALITIES, COLIN MONTGOMERIE. GREAT TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOUR COMING STRAIGHT OVER TO OUR SET AFTER GETTING OFF AN AIRPLANE RIDE FROM ENGLAND. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH FOR TAKING

THE TIME

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
NOT AT ALL. NOT AT ALL. GLAD TO BE HERE.

PETER KESSLER
HOW EMOTIONALLY DIFFICULT IS IT FOR YOU, AN EMOTIONAL GUY, TO LEAVE YOUR THREE YOUNG CHILDREN AND YOUR WIFE IN ENGLAND AND TRAVEL HERE?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
VERY DIFFICULT UH THE OLDER THEY UH, THE OLDER THEY GET THE WORSE IT IS UH I MEAN OBVIOUSLY I'M THE SAME AS ANY FATHER LEAVING, LEAVING HOME FOR 2 WEEKS. I'VE GOT THE N.E.C TOURNAMENT NEXT WEEK IN AKRON AND, AND UH

I'VE GOT TWO, TWO WEEKS OVER HERE AND IT'S UH AND IT'S A STRUGGLE TO LEAVE THEM. OF COURSE IT IS. I LOVE THEM ALL VERY DEARLY AND, AND UH, OLIVIA. MY OLDEST NOW SEVEN YEARS OLD AND SHE

UNDERSTANDS AND THE OTHER TWO ARE STILL QUITE YOUNG THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE UH THE TIME IF YOU LIKE BUT UH OLIVIA DOES AND IT'S UH BECOMING MORE DIFFICULT TO LEAVE AS THEY GET OLDER.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU ARRIVE LATE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, DOES THAT GIVE YOU ENOUGH TIME TO ADJUST AND FEEL LIKE YOU'RE REALLY FULLY PREPARED TO PLAY THE BEST GOLF THAT YOU CAN PLAY COME THURSDAY WHEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YOU'RE SAYING THAT AS IF YOU THINK I'M NOT.

PETER KESSLER
UH NO, I'M, I'M, I'M NOT AT ALL. I DIDN'T, I DIDN'T MEAN IT TO COME

OUT THAT WAY IF IT DID.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
UH. NO NO, NO NO UH I'VE BEEN BUSY CORPORATELY, YESTERDAY, MONDAY AT HOME AND, AND UH THE EARLIEST PLANE I COULD CATCH WAS TUESDAY MORNING. IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THAT WAY AND, AND UH AND UH COMING OVER HERE,

I'VE DONE IT BEFORE. I'VE, I'VE PLAYED AUGUSTA SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND IT HASN'T WORKED AND WHAT HAVE YOU AND I THINK THIS TIME IT MIGHT WELL DO. IT'S ONLY A 5 HOUR TIME DIFFERENCE. IT'S NOT MUCH.

IT'S NOT LIKE THE WEST COAST WHERE IT'S 8 FOR US. IT'S ONLY 5 HOURS AND, AND UH I CAN COPE WITH THAT. IT'S MUCH EASIER COMING, COMING WEST. GOING HOME IS A LOT TOUGHER UH

FOR THE AMERICANS TO COME OVER FOR THE BRITISH OPEN IS A LOT TOUGHER UH THAN IT IS FOR ME TO COME OVER HERE SO, SO I'LL BE ALRIGHT. I'LL, I'LL HAVE AN EARLY MORNING UH ROUND TOMORROW MORNING. I'LL SEE MY

COACH, PAUL MACHAND, ON THE RANGE TOMORROW AFTERNOON. I GO TO BED EARLY AND UH BE READY FOR IT THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WHEN YOU'RE ON THE PLANE TODAY, KNOWING YOU'RE COMING TO AMERICA, WHICH YOU IS ON THE PLANE? THE ONE THAT GETS ANGRY AND CLENCHES THE ARMREST AND YOUR TEETH AND SAYS

I'M ANGRY AND I'M GETTING READY TO DEAL WITH THE NONSENSE OR THE YOU THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW WHAT, RIGHT NOW I'M RELAXED. I'M PLAYING REALLY GOOD GOLF. I'M GOING TO IGNORE THE

NONSENSE AND I AM GOING TO PLAY THE BEST GOLF THAT I CAN ON A COURSE THAT ABSOLUTELY SUITS MY GAME.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WELL THE LATTER OBVIOUSLY. UH YOU KNOW THERE'S NO, THERE'S NO GOOD COMING OVER HERE WITH ANY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS UH UH IT'S LIKE OVER A SHOT. IF YOU HAVE ANY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS YOU MIGHT AS WELL NOT HIT IT UH UH

SO I'VE COME OVER HERE VERY POSITIVE. I MEAN I KNOW I HAVEN'T WON A MAJOR AND I'D LOVE TO DO SO AND MY CAREER WOULD NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT ONE AND UH I'M GIVING IT EVERYTHING THAT I CAN UH OH YES I'VE, I'VE ONLY GOT A DAY TO DO IT BUT I FEEL THAT'S, THAT'S

OKAY. YOU KNOW SOMETIMES YOU CAN LEAVE ALL YOUR BEST SHOTS IN PRACTICE ROUNDS. I'VE DONE THAT BEFORE AND COME OUT ON THURSDAY AND LOST IT SO I HAVEN'T GOT THAT PROBLEM THIS TIME UH BUT NO I MEAN I

WAS VERY RELAXED ON THE PLANE. I FELL ASLEEP FOR ABOUT 6 HOURS OF THE, OF THE 9 HOUR FLIGHT AND, AND UH AND UH RARING TO GO.

PETER KESSLER
DOES YOUR WIFE, EMER, SAY TO YOU, COLIN, THIS WEEK, MY SUGGESTION IS IN TERMS OF THE PERSONALITY YOU OUGHT TO WEAR IS

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
UH SHE JUST TELLS ME TO FOCUS, REALLY, ON, ON UH WHAT I'VE GOT TO DO AND, AND UH DON'T THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN TOO MUCH, DON'T THINK ABOUT ME TOO MUCH, JUST FOCUS ON WHAT YOU'RE THERE FOR, AND IT'S MY

JOB AND UH THANK GOODNESS I'M QUITE GOOD AT IT AND, AND UH..
(CLEARS HIS THROAT)
I JUST FOCUS ON EVERY SHOT, REALLY UH AND NOT THINK ABOUT UH HOME LIFE

TOO MUCH WHEN I'M OUT ON THE COURSE.
I CAN THINK ABOUT IT WHEN I'M FINISHED BUT UH FOR 6 OR 7 HOURS OF THAT DAY AND, I'M, I'M VERY VERY FOCUSED ON WHAT I'M DOING AND I'M HERE TO TRY AND WIN, OBVIOUSLY. I HAVEN'T COME THIS DISTANCE TO FINISH 2ND. I'VE DONE

THAT BEFORE AND UH IT'S NOT A VERY PLEASING UH POSITION TO BE IN. NOBODY REMEMBERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE STATES, WHO FINISHES 2ND UH VERY MUCH THIS COUNTRY IS BASED ON WINNERS AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITY WHEN I WAS OVER HERE.

PETER KESSLER
ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK EVERYBODY SAYS, IN OTHER WORDS, COLIN IS ALWAYS ON SORT OF FIRST DATE BEHAVIOR, BUT BY THE END OF THE WEEK IF A FEW PEOPLE

RUB HIM THE WRONG WAY OR HE ALLOWS IT TO RUB HIM THE WRONG WAY WHEN HE IS HECKLED OR SOMEBODY MAKES A REALLY STUPID COMMENT

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
THAT YOUR NERVE ENDS FRAY TOO QUICKLY AND THAT YOU DON'T KEEP THE TUESDAY WEDNESDAY ATTITUDE DEEP ENOUGH INTO THE WEEKEND TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE ABLE TO WIN AND PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF ONE SHOT

AT A TIME.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE. I THINK UH I THINK THAT WAS TRUE AND I'LL, I'LL HOLD MY HANDS UP AND SAY YOU KNOW THAT UH THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MISTAKES IN THE PAST UH CONGRESSIONAL '97 SPRINGS TO MIND,

THE SECOND DAY, WHEN WE HAD A RAIN DELAY AND I CAME BACK TO FINISH THE LAST UH UH 8 HOLES OF THAT ROUND ALMOST IN DARKNESS AND, AND UH YES UH THAT GOT TO ME AND, AND I ALWAYS REGRET THAT BECAUSE I LOST BY A SHOT

END OF THE DAY TO ERNIE UH BUT SINCE THE RYDER CUP I THINK THINGS HAVE CHANGED AND UH I HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT OF ME AND MY GAME SINCE, SINCE RYDER CUP AT BROOKLINE AND UH

I DON'T ENVISION ANY PROBLEMS UH HERE AND HAVEN'T, HAVEN'T HAD ANY PROBLEMS SINCE THAT RYDER CUP UH UH UH LAST YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
YOUR PLAY WAS BRILLIANT IN THE RYDER CUP BY ANY STANDARDS. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE RESPECT IN THIS COUNTRY HAS GROWN FOR YOU SINCE THAT TIME AND THAT PEOPLE APPRECIATE YOU FOR WHAT
YOU'RE ABLE TO DO TEE TO GREEN?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
I DO INDEED YES UH UH NOT JUST UH TEE TO GREEN BUT UH IT WASN'T EASY OUT THERE AND UH I GOT MORE RESPECT FOR THE WAY THAT I MANAGED TO HANDLE THE SITUATION, BEING IF YOU LIKE

THE TEAM LEADER ON THE COUR. ON THE COURSE UH YES WITH A GREAT CAPTAIN AND VICE CAPTAIN AND MARK AND SAM AND KEN BROWN, BUT I FELT THAT UH

FOR THE FIRST TIME I WAS THE, I WAS THE OLDEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM, AT 36. SO IT PROVES A VERY YOUNG TEAM AND IT WAS UP TO ME TO TRY AND TO TRY AND BE THE ON COURSE LEADER AND, AND UH

I KNEW I COULDN'T LET DOWN MY 11 OTHER COLLEAGUES ON THAT TEAM AND, AND UH AND THANK GOODNESS I DIDN'T AND, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SHOW STRENGTH AT THAT TIME AND, AND

UH COME THROUGH THAT BECAUSE IT WASN'T EASY FOR ANY OF US AND, ESPECIALLY ME, AND, AND UH WHEN I PLAY WITH PAUL LAWRIE IT'S FUNNY UH UH AND IT'S NOT LAUWREY, BY THE WAY,

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
IT'S LAWRIE, OKAY? UH I UH, I UH UH PLAYING WITH HIM, YOU KNOW HE, HE SAID TO ME, PLAYING TIGER AND, AND UH STEVE PATE ON THE SECOND AFTERNOON, HE SAID WELL NOW I REALIZE WHAT YOU

GO THROUGH AND UH THAT MEANT A LOT TO ME, COMING FROM THE OPEN CHAMPION IF YOU LIKE UH TO SAY THAT BECAUSE IT'S.. IT WASN'T EASY FOR HIM OR ME OUT THERE AND, AND UH WE DID OKAY,

PETER KESSLER
YOU DID BETTER THAN OKAY. STICK AROUND. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE.

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