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Golf Talk Live - Colin Montgomerie Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER
FORMER RYDER CUPPER, FORMER WONDERFUL PLAYER, CURRENT CBS COMMENTATOR, DAVID FEHERETY, HAS FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS BEEN INSULTING YOU FAIRLY CONSISTENTLY

WITH SOME PRE-SCRIPTED SORT OF WITTICISM

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
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PETER KESSLER
DOES IT MAKE YOU ANGRY OR DOES IT MAKE YOU HURTFUL WHEN SOMEBODY YOU'VE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME KEEPS TAKING SHOTS?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YEAH DAVID AND I UH, DAVID AND I HAVE SAT DOWN AND HAD A CHAT ABOUT THIS UH UH OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND, AND UH WE, WE KNOW EACH OTHER

VERY WELL WE'VE PLAYED EACH, AGAINST EACH OTHER AND, AND, AND UH IN EUROPE AND, AND UH THE ODD COMMENT HAS BEEN HURTFUL, SURE IT HAS AND, AND IT'S BEEN PICKED UP AND IT'S BEEN, AND IT'S BEEN TAKEN FORWARD AND UH WHAT UH WHAT MUST BE REALIZED BY, BY, BY UH THE WRITTEN

MEDIA AND THE SPOKEN MEDIA IF YOU LIKE THAT UH AN AWFUL LOT OF POWER OUT THERE AND THEY CAN CHANGE PEOPLES PERCEPTION OF, OF SOMEBODY AND UH THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENED WITH

THAT COMMENT AND, AND UH AND OTHER COMMENTS FROM OTHER, FROM OTHER PEOPLE THAT, IN THE PAST AS WELL, JUST NOT DAVID, BUT, BUT THAT ONE IN PARTICULAR HURTS AND, AND UH AND WE'VE AND WE'VE HAD IT OUT TOGETHER

AND IT'S FINE NOW AND, AND UH AND UH HE UNDERSTANDS THE POSITION AND, AND UH AND IT'S HOPEFULLY DROPPED AND AS I SAY SINCE THE, SINCE THE RYDER CUP UH UH I'VE HAD UH FAR LESS PROBLEMS THAN I'VE HAD BEFORE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU THINK THAT'S THERE'S ANYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO DO, TWEAK, OR ADJUST TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC'S PERCEPTION OF YOU THAT YOU CAN CONTROL?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WINNING WOULD HELP.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WINNING ALWAYS HELPS. UH YOU KNOW GOING AROUND FINISHING 20TH IS NO GOOD FOR ANYBODY UH UH SO SO OBVIOUSLY I WOULD LIKE TO WIN BUT UH BUT UH I FEEL, I FEEL AND I DON'T DON'T WANT TO SAY IT AGAIN, SINCE, SINCE THE RYDER CUP THAT, THAT PERCEPTION HAS

CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AND UH AN AWFUL LOT MORE RESPECT HAS BEEN SHOWN TOWARD ME AND MY GAME AND, AND UH I, I NOW COME OVER HERE AND ENJOY PLAYING HERE AND UH I, I, I REALLY COULDN'T HAVE SAID THAT THE

LAST FEW YEARS BUT UH BUT SINCE 1999 BROOKLINE UH UH I REALLY HAVE ENJOYED COMING OVER HERE AND UH WILL REMAIN TO DO SO.

PETER KESSLER
YOUR FRIENDS SAY THAT AWAY FROM THE GOLF COURSE YOU ARE AS EVENED TEMPERED AND AS NICE AND FUN A GUY AS THERE IS TO BE AROUND. CERTAINLY

SOME OF THOSE FRIENDS HAVE SAID TO YOU, HEY COLIN, WHEN SOMEBODY LIKE FEHERETY OR SOMEONE ELSE IN THE MEDIA OR ELSEWHERE TAKES SHOTS AT YOU, HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THAT,

ONE, THAT THEY MIGHT JUST BE JEALOUS AND THAT FEHERETY AND OTHERS WOULD TRADE THEIR PLAYING RECORDS FOR YOUR PLAYING RECORD IN THE TIME THAT IT TAKES TO MAKE ONE OF THOSE INSULTING COMMENTS.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WELL, I MEAN, I MEAN ENVY'S A, ENVY'S A TERRIBLE WORD. I MEAN OBVIOUSLY IN ANY, IN ANY BUSINESS UH UH ESPECIALLY A COMPETITIVE ONE AS WE'RE IN UH BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S THAT REALLY I THINK UH UH YOU KNOW IT'S JUST A, IT'S JUST A

WITTY COMMENT AND DAVID'S A VERY WITTY GUY AND IT JUST, IT JUST CAME OUT. AND AS I SAY IT HAS STUCK UH UH I'D LIKE TO UNSTICK IT IF YOU LIKE AND, AND UH AND UH BE ALL RIGHT BUT UH NO

I THINK UH I DON'T THINK THERE'S MUCH ENVY WITHIN, WITHIN THAT TYPE OF A, A MEDIA IF YOU LIKE UH THERE ARE SOME ENVIOUS MEDIA WITHIN THE WRITTEN PRESS UH BUT NOT IN THE SPOKEN, THE

SPOKEN ONE AND, AND UH I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH THAT RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
LAST YEAR, DURING THE RYDER CUP, THE RYDER CUP CAPTAIN FOR THE EUROPEAN SIDE, MARK JAMES

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
WAS REALLY APPRECIATED, I THINK IN EVERY MEANINGFUL WAY BY THE FANS AND THE MEDIA IN THIS COUNTRY, THE WAY THAT HE HANDLED THINGS

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
UH GRACIOUS LOSING, GRACIOUS WHEN HE WAS AHEAD AND WINNING, KEPT AN EVEN SORT OF KEEL AND DEMEANOR BUT OF COURSE HE'S NOW WRITTEN A BOOK UM THAT SORT OF STIRRED THE FIRES AGAIN

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
I MEAN HE'S INSULTED IN OR OUT OF THE BOOK EVERYTHING FROM YOUR EATING HABITS TO THE FLAG OF YOUR COUNTRY

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MMMM

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THIS SORT OF TURN AROUND BY HIM IN, IN WRITING A BOOK OF THIS NATURE?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
HE UH, MARK MAY I SAY WAS A, WAS A FANTASTIC CAPTAIN. FABULOUS CAPTAIN. HE DID EVERYTHING THAT WAS UH THAT WAS RIGHT AT BROOKLINE AND I THINK

EVERYONE RESPECTS THAT FOR HIM AND, AND AS YOU SAY HE WAS GRACIOUS WHEN HE WAS, WHEN HE WAS WINNING THE FIRST TWO DAYS AND GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT AND UH. THE BOOK HAS BEEN

TALKED ABOUT, THROWN UP, THROWN BACK, WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE WITH UH WITH PEOPLE UH WITHIN OUR EUROPEAN TOUR WITHIN, WITHIN PEOPLE IN AMERICA AND UH RIGHT NOW, I MEAN I THINK EVERYTHING'S BEEN SAID ON THAT BOOK ISSUE AND I WOULD LIKE TO UH

I'D LIKE TO DRAW A BLANKET OVER THE WHOLE THING AND JUST CONCENTRATE NOW ON TRYING TO UH LOOK FORWARD TO 2001 AND UH WE'RE BACK AT THE BELFREY AND UH I'M JUST, AS I'VE ALWAYS SAID A HAPPY QUALIFIER.

I'VE ALWAYS QUALIFIED. I'VE NEVER HAD TO BE PICKED AND LONG MAY THAT CONTINUE AND, AND UH I'M JUST TRYING TO QUALIFY NOW FOR SAM TORENSA'S TEAM AND, AND UH AND THAT'S ALL WE'RE TRYING TO CONCENTRATE ON RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE ANOTHER SHORT BREAK, COME BACK TALK ABOUT THE STATE OF YOUR GAME, HOW IT SUITS THIS GOLF COURSE, TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING, WE'LL DO ALL THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
THANK YOU.

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