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PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY,

AND THAT

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
QUESTION IS, HOW DID ATTENDING HOUSTON BAPTIST IN AMERICA IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND WHAT IMPRESSIONS DID YOU FORM ABOUT AMERICA AT THE TIME? BILL BAKER WANTS TO KNOW.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
UH THAT'S, THAT'S THE QUESTION I, I, I, I HAD FOUR VERY, VERY HAPPY YEARS IN HOUSTON AND, AND WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT EXPERIENCE I HAD THERE AND UH LEARNT HOW TO PLAY GOLF, UH SEMI-PROFESSIONALLY, IF YOU LIKE UH AT COLLEGE UH DOWN THERE.

IT WAS HOT. VERY HOT. I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT. THE SUMMERS WERE HORRIBLE, BUT UH BUT UH I LEARNT HOW TO WIN AND UH THAT WAS KEY AND WHEN I DID TURN PRO I WAS LATE, I WAS 24 YEARS OLD WHEN I TURNED PRO AND UH

I WAS READY. SOME, SOME, SOME PLAYERS HAVE TURNED PRO 18, 19 AND THAT'S ALL THEY HAD AND WHEN THE PUTTS HAVE TO GO IN THEY DON'T ALWAYS DROP, AND FOR ME, WHEN I TURNED PRO AT 24, I HAD A DEGREE

BEHIND ME AND UH THE PUTTS DIDN'T HAVE TO GO IN AND THEREFORE THEY DID, AND I'M A GREAT BELIEVER IN THAT. THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON AND, AND UH THEREFORE, THEREFORE I DID OKAY UH BUT I WAS READY WHEN I

DID TURN PRO AT 24 AND MY EXPERIENCE AT HOUSTON I'LL ALWAYS UH PUT AS, AS, AS A, A START OF MY CAREER, REALLY. THE START OF A, OF UH I'VE BEEN A PRO, WHAT, 13 YEARS NOW BUT UH I CLASSIFY IT AS 17 YEARS BECAUSE OF THE 4 YEARS

I SPENT AT HOUSTON. IT WAS A MARVELOUS TIME.

PETER KESSLER
SO OBVIOUSLY IF YOU WERE ABLE TO COPE WITH THE HEAT IN HOUSTON, YOU'LL COPE WITH IT HERE IN KENTUCKY

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
HOW GOOD A MATCH IS YOUR GOLF GAME IN VALHALLA GOLF CLUB?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
I LIKE JACK NICKLAUS GOLF COURSES UH I REALLY DO, AND, AND UH HE GIVES YOU A BIT OF SPACE OFF THE TEE, BUT IT'S ALWAYS A 2ND SHOT GOLF COURSE

AND USUALLY, USUALLY COMING IN LEFT TO RIGHT. MOST PAR, MOST JACK NICKLAUS PAR 3'S YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN SEE HIS, HIS PHILOSOPHY, IF YOU LIKE, COMING IN LEFT TO RIGHT. HIGH LEFT TO RIGHTERS AND UH DURING, DURING THE

TOURNAMENT THE PIN USUALLY MOVES FROM, FROM FRONT LEFT TO SORT OF BACK RIGHT AS WE GO AROUND THE GREEN AND, AND UH, AND UH I LIKE HIS COURSE. I LIKE THE WAY HE DESIGNS

COURSES AND, AND UH HAVING DONE A FEW COURSES NOW MYSELF, I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S TRYING TO DO AND I TRY AND, NOT COPY THAT BUT I TRY AND BUILD, BUILD HIS, HIS UH HIS IDEAS
INTO SOME OF THE HOLES THAT I'VE DONE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES AT THE COLIN MONTGOMERIE GOLF LINKS ACADEMY AT TURNBURY IN SCOTLAND?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YEAH THAT'S JUST OPENED AND IT WAS A, IT WAS A GREAT OPENING BETWEEN LOCH LOMOND AND THE OPEN ON THE SUNDAY AND, AND WE OPENED THAT FIRST, FIRST OF 5 ACADEMIES UH THAT HAVE BEEN UH

UH UH PROGRAMMED FOR EUROPE AND, AND, AND IT'S UH IT'S A DIFFERENT FEEL. I THINK UH WE'VE BEEN THROUGH. THE SORT OF, I HATE TO SAY UH UH THE SORT OF THREE YEAR SPAN OF CHANGING AN AMATEUR'S GOLF GAME.

MOST AMATEURS THAT COME TO ACADEMIES NOW A DAYS WANT A VERY, VERY QUICK FIX IF YOU LIKE AND THEY WANT TO GO HOME WITH SOMETHING TO TAKE BACK WITH THEM. NOT AN IDEA OF, OF A FOUR YEAR PLAN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE TIME FOR

AND UH IN OUR ACADEMIES WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO GET TO A STAGE OF COURSE MANAGEMENT MORE, MORE THAN ANYTHING. YES, THE TEACHING PROS AT THE ACADEMY WILL TEACH PROBLEMS

IF, IF PEOPLE ARE SHANKING THE BALL OR TOPPING IT OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE AND THAT'S FINE BUT IT'S MORE A

COURSE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, AS IF I WAS CADDYING FOR THEM AND I'VE PLAYED ENOUGH PRO-AMS NOW, OVER, OVER 17 YEARS TO REALIZE THAT, THAT UH IF I WAS CADDYING FOR THESE PEOPLE, IF I WAS CADDYING FOR THE AVERAGE

AMATEUR OFF 18 HANDICAP, SAY AVERAGE IS 18, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE AVERAGE IS, I WOULD SAVE THEM FOUR SHOTS IN THAT ROUND OF GOLF AND I WOULD BRING THEIR HANDICAPS DOWN

TO 14. NOW THAT'S WHAT MOST AMATEURS WOULD LOVE TO DO. THEY'D LOVE TO SAY, THE CHEST GOES OUT WHEN THEY SAY, YES I'M OFF 13 OR I'M OFF 12 AS OPPOSED TO 16 OR 17, JUST BY USING COMMON SENSE, WHICH IS FREE, IF YOU LIKE UH NOT TO GO FOR CERTAIN SHOTS.

IF YOU ARE IN FRONT OF A BUNKER ON A DOWNHILL LIE PLAY OUT LEFT PLAY OUT RIGHT, DON'T GO FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE SHOT THAT MOST AMATEURS THINK THEY CAN BRING OFF. ONE IN, ONE IN 20 IT WORKS BUT THE 19 OTHER TIMES IT DOESN'T

AND YES YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A DOUBLE OR EVEN A 7 FROM THAT POSITION. UP HILL PUTTS, DOWN HILL PUTTS, WATCH YOUR OPPONENT PUTT. ALL THESE SORT OF THINGS THAT I'VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT I CAN,

I CAN HELP THEM WITH AND, AND UH AND I FEEL IF I'M CADDYING FOR THE AVERAGE AMATEUR I WOULD SAVE THEM 4 SHOTS A ROUND AND THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO AT THIS LINKS ACADEMY IS SHOW

THEM LINKS GOLF, YES, BECAUSE UH MOST OF THE UH OF THE CLIENTS ARE FROM THE STATES AND, AND UH BUT ALSO, ALSO SHOW THEM A COURSE MANAGEMENT AND THAT'S WHAT I FEEL THAT UH

MY SUCCESS HAS BEEN BASED ON. I DON'T THROW AWAY MANY SHOTS BY, BY THINKING IT, THINKING ABOUT THE SHOT AFTER I'VE HIT IT. THAT'S WHAT MOST AMATEURS DO. I THINK ABOUT THE SHOT

BEFORE I'VE HIT IT AND UH ALLISTER AND I, MY CADDIE, HE'S BEEN WITH ME FOR 9 YEARS NOW AND, AND UH WE'VE BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS TOGETHER AND WE THINK ABOUT THE SHOT BEFORE WE'VE HIT IT. NOT AFTER IT, AND THAT'S WHAT MOST AMATEURS DO.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH MICHAEL IN INDIANA. GO AHEAD MICHAEL.

MICHAEL, CALLER FROM INDIANA
MICHAEL, HI IT'S OR COLIN, IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEAK WITH YOU THIS EVENING, UH WHAT I

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
THANK YOU

MICHAEL, CALLER FROM INDIANA
WAS WONDERING WAS IF UH IF YOU DON'T WIN THE EUROPEAN ORDER OF MERIT THIS SEASON DO YOU THINK THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF PLAYING

IN AMERICA NEXT YEAR ? AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THE REST OF THE WEEK AT VALHALLA.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
OH WELL THANK YOU FOR THAT UH NO IF I DON'T WIN THE ORDER OF MERIT THIS YEAR I'LL BE UH I'LL BE TRYING MY DAMNEDEST TO WIN IT THE FOLLOWING YEAR, OKAY? UH AND IT WOULD MEAN

MORE TO ME, I THINK, UH HAVING WON IT SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW, IF I DO LOOSE IT THIS YEAR AND THEN TO COME BACK IN THE 9TH YEAR IF YOU LIKE AND WIN IT AGAIN THAT WOULD UH THAT WOULD ADD UP TO ALL THE 7 BEFORE HAND AND, AND UH TO PROVE THAT I HAVEN'T LOST ANYTHING, SO I'LL BE AS DETERMINED

TO WIN IT AGAIN IN THE 9TH YEAR UH EVEN IF I DON'T WIN IT IN THE 8TH AND, AND THAT WOULD MEAN MORE TO ME THAN THE 7 PUT TOGETHER IF I COULD WIN IT AGAIN IN THE 9TH YEAR.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE, THEN WE'RE GOING TO LET HIM GO TO BED. DON'T GO AWAY.

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