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Golf Talk Live - Colin Montgomerie Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THE STATE OF YOUR GAME?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
NOW?

PETER KESSLER
NOW.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
UH NOT AS GOOD AS IT WOULD LIKE TO BE OBVIOUSLY. YOU KNOW WE UH WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A, OF A PHENOMENON HERE IN GOLF THAT WE HAVEN'T THAT WE HAVEN'T WITNESSED EVER BEFORE. NO ONE'S WITNESSED THIS BEFORE, AND I'M

TALKING ABOUT ONE TIGER WOODS HERE, AND UH EVERYBODY BELOW HIM, ELS, DUVAL, MYSELF, MICHELSON, WHOEVER IS IN THAT TOP TEN, WESTWOOD, HAS TO ELEVATE THEIR GAME. WE CAN'T SIT BACK AND HOPE THAT HE'S GOING TO COME DOWN TO OUR LEVEL. WE HAVE TO

GET TO HIS AND UH AND UH THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND SOME OF US ARE, ARE OCCASIONALLY TRYING TOO HARD. I THINK THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING RECENTLY UH IS ACTUALLY

PUSHING TOO HARD TO TRY AND GET TO THAT LEVEL OR TO GET TO SOMEWHERE NEAR THAT LEVEL SO THAT IF HE DOES HAVE AN OFF DAY OR AN OFF TOURNAMENT, YES YOU CAN WIN, AND UH WE'RE ALL, WE'RE ALL LOOKING FOR, FOR

WAYS AND MEANS OF TRYING TO, OF TRYING TO GET TO, TO A NEW LEVEL. I'M NOT SAYING HIS, BUT A NEW LEVEL AND UH UH WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME ONE IN OUR GAME RIGHT NOW WHO I CERTAINLY BELIEVE IS THE BEST ATHLETE IN THE WORLD UH BOXING'S HAD

IT WITH MOHAMMED ALI UH WE'VE HAD CARL LEWIS I SUPPOSE. WE'VE HAD PELI UH WE'VE HAD MICHAEL JORDAN BUT NOW WE'VE GOT UH TIGER WOOD'S WHO'S THE BEST ATHLETE IN THE WORLD AND WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE

SOMEONE, AND NOT JUST THE BEST GOLFER IN THE WORLD BUT SOMEONE WHO HANDLES HIMSELF ON AND OFF THE COURSE, FANTASTICALLY COMPARED TO UH UH SOME OF THEM WHO HAVE BEEN NUMBER ONE AND UH COMPARED TO

THE DEMANDS THAT ARE ON HIM AND I THINK UH WE'RE VERY VERY FORTUNATE IN OUR GAME RIGHT NOW TO HAVE THAT BEST ATHLETE IN THE WORLD. WE'VE NEVER HAD THAT IN GOLF . EVER.

PETER KESSLER
AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING AND PUTTING STROKE AND WE'LL TAKE A LOOK RIGHT FROM TEE THROUGH GREEN, TELL US WHAT YOU FEEL YOU'RE DOING WELL CURRENTLY AND TELL US THE AREAS AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR SELF IMPROVE SO THAT YOU FEEL YOU CAN BE UH MORE SUCCESSFULLY COMPETITIVE WITH

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
TIGER. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE YOU DOING BEST? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOURSELF WORK ON?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WELL THIS IS WHAT I DO BEST NORMALLY, AND I HOPE THIS BALL DOES HIT THE FAIRWAY. NO IT DOESN'T

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YOU SEE THIS IS GREAT. THIS IS CLASSIC BUT UH I USUALLY. THAT'S GREAT, ISN'T IT? THANK YOU FOR THE GRAPHIC THERE. I USUALLY HIT

PETER KESSLER
THANKS FELLAS

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
HIT UH HIT MORE FAIRWAYS THAN MOST. THIS IS UH, THIS IS A GOOD SHOT THAT ANDERSON IS (????) AGAINST DAVIS LOVE IN THE FINAL. HE JUST WON THREE HOLES IN A ROW TO GET BACK TO ONE DOWN AND UH THIS WAS A THREE IRON FROM 219

YARDS, I'LL NEVER FORGET IT. WHEN THERE'S A MILLION

PETER KESSLER
NEITHER WILL HE

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
DOLLARS AT STAKE UH YOU REMEMBER IT.. AND ANYTHING, ANYTHING RIGHT OF THERE WAS WET. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. DAVIS' PUTT JUST MISSED THE HOLE AND WENT IN THE WATER THERE AND, AND UH

AND THAT FINISHED IT OFF SO YES I'M A GOOD LONG IRON PLAYER AND... ONLY REASON I'M A GOOD LONG IRON PLAYER IS BECAUSE I HIT MO. MOST FAIRWAYS UH

MY CHIPPING. UH I SUPPOSE THAT WAS ALRIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
THAT MAKES UP FOR THE DRIVE THAT DIDN'T HIT THE FAIRWAY.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
(LAUGHS)
THAT WAS AT LOCH LOMAND RECENTLY BUT UH, BUT MY CHIPPING NEEDS IMPROVING. I THINK EVERYBODY DOESN'T UH GET UP AND DOWN AS MUCH AS THEY WOULD LIKE TO AND I'M, AND I'M ONE OF THEM UH AND THIS IS THE, THIS IS THE PART OF MY GAME THAT UH

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS TO WIN

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
THAT UH THAT WAS TO WIN IT UH I WENT WITH A, HAD UH, I HAD A FOUR SHOT LEAD SO IT WAS EASY BUT UH BUT, BUT I DON'T HOLE ENOUGH PUTTS. WHO DOES? EVEN TIGER DOESN'T HOLE ENOUGH PUTTS AND, AND UH

PETER KESSLER
WELL NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE HIMSELF HAPPY.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
EXACTLY, SO CHIPPING AND PUTTING I THINK, IF I'M GETTING UP AND DOWN 60% OF THE TIME I'D LIKE TO MAKE IT 70, AND IT'S AMAZING WHAT DIFFERENCE THAT WOULD MAKE OVER NOT JUST ONE

ROUND BUT A TOURNAMENT AND THAT WOULD SAVE ME TWO OR THREE SHOTS AND IT'S INCREDIBLE HOW THAT WOULD, THAT WOULD CHANGE. I'D HAVE WON THREE MAJORS BY NOW, SO, SO IT'S JUST

A, A MINOR, A MINOR DIFFERENCE UH UH IN CHANGE UH WOULD BE A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE AT THE END OF A TOURNAMENT WEEK.

PETER KESSLER
TWO OR THREE SHOTS OVER FOUR DAYS IS HUGE.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
IT IS.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A CALL FROM DAVE IN CONNECTICUT. LET'S SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO ASK YOU.

GO AHEAD DAVE

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
OKAY

DAVE, CALLER FROM CONNECTICUT
YES, HOW ARE YOU TODAY, PETER?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL SIR

DAVE, CALLER FROM CONNECTICUT
AND YOU, YOU COLIN, HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.

DAVE, CALLER FROM CONNECTICUT
UH MY QUESTION IS I WAS WONDERING HOW YOUR GAME HAS BEEN SINCE IT'S BEEN VERY CONSISTENT AND HOW YOU'RE GETTING YOURSELF READY FOR THE UH LAST MAJOR OF THE YEAR 2000.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YEAH UH MY GAME I SUPPOSE, CONSISTENCY IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT I HAVEN'T CHANGED MUCH, I MEAN UH I THINK THERE WAS A SYDNEY (???) FILM AND THAT PROVES HOW OLD IT IS UH OF ME SWINGING WHEN I WAS AT TROON AS A YOUNGSTER AND IT'S AMAZING HOW, IF

YOU SEE MY SWING NOW, UH THAT IT'S INCREDIBLE HOW SIMILAR THAT WOULD BE TO A, TO A 6 YEAR OLD BOY UH AMAZING AND THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN CONSISTENT. THAT'S WHY I HAVEN'T GONE THROUGH A SORT OF SLUMP, IF YOU LIKE UH LIKE MOST PLAYERS OR SOME

PLAYERS HAVE UH PREPARING FOR A MAJOR UH I FEEL I'M COMING HERE OFF OF THIRD PLACE LAST WEEK WHICH I REALLY FELT THAT UH SHOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER BUT ALL CREDIT TO GARY ORR WHO WON LAST WEEK UH

SO I'M, I'M PRETTY, I'M PRETTY HAPPY WITH THINGS. I'M DRIVING THE BALL WELL AND THAT'S KEY FOR ME UH THE REASON I'M A GOOD IRON PLAYER IS BECAUSE I'VE HIT MOST FAIRWAYS AND

UH IF I CAN HIT THE FAIRWAYS I'LL HIT MOST GREENS AND THEN I GIVE MYSELF A BIRDIE CHANCE SO, SO UH IF I'M GIVING MYSELF 14 OR 15 BIRDIE CHANCES, 3 OR 4 OF THEM ARE GOING IN, SO THERE'S A 68 BEFORE YOU START, SO, UNFORTUNATELY

GOLF'S NOT PLAYED ON PAPER, UNFORTUNATELY THAT BUT UH BUT UH THAT'S WHERE I AM WITH MY GAME AND I'M VERY HAPPY WITH IT RIGHT NOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW THE GOLF COURSE SUITS YOUR GAME, WE'LL ALSO TALK ABOUT THE AMERICAN GOLF FANS IN JUST A MOMENT.

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