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PETER KESSLER
WOULD YOU SAY THE MOST FUN YOU'VE EVER HAD PLAYING GOLF WAS IN COLLEGE?

CURTIS STRANGE
DIFFERENT TYPE OF FUN, YEAH, BUT I THINK LOOKING BACK, JAY HAAS AND I TRAVELED TOGETHER. WE WERE ROOMMATES TOGETHER ON THE ROAD AT WAKE AND THEN OUR TEAM, WE HAD FUN BECAUSE WE WERE VERY GOOD, WE WERE, WE WERE COCKY. WE WERE VERY GOOD.

AND IN AMATEUR GOLF, JAY AND I WOULD TRAVEL TOGETHER, PATE AND I WOULD TRAVEL TOGETHER. THE THREE OF US KIND OF WENT AROUND IN OUR LITTLE CIRCUS AND, AND IT WAS, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. IT WAS A... THAT'S WHERE YOU LEARN HOW TO PLAY. YOU KNOW, YOU'RE

PLAYING AGAINST THE BEST PLAYERS EVERY WEEK. UP UNTIL THAT TIME, YEAH YOU GET TO PLAY AGAINST GOOD PLAYERS IN COLLEGE EVERY DAY AND I WAS FORTUNATE BECAUSE WAKE, WE WERE SO GOOD, AND, AND ALL I COULD THINK THE BEST TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED,

AND, AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO GET PHONE CALLS FROM, FROM ALL THESE OTHER UNIVERSITIES, BUT WE, I WAS PLAYING AGAINST THE BEST PLAYERS EVERY DAY AT WAKE FOREST. EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE AT SCHOOL, AND JAY HAAS, BOB BOMMET, AND DAVID THOR AND THEN I'D GO ON THE ROAD

AGAINST PATE AND HAAS AND KOCH AND BEAN AND STADLER AND ALL OF THE GUYS, HALF OF THEM ARE STILL PLAYING THE TOUR, SO, WE HAD A GOOD CROP AND SO TO, TO PLAY WELL AND TO BE ABLE TO

DO WELL IN THAT, IN THAT GROUP OF GUYS, YOU LEARNED, PLAYING HEAD TO HEAD EVERY DAY YOU LEARNED.

PETER KESSLER
YOU MUST HAVE LIKED WHAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN YOU MADE EAGLE ON THE LAST HOLE, THE NCAA, GARY KOCH WAS IN THE GROUP

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
IF I REMEMBER PROPERLY. HE HIT IT JUST THROUGH THE GREEN AND MADE EAGLE TO WIN FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR TEAM. YOU HAD TO HAVE LIKED WHAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT CURTIS THAT DAY.

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL, I, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT, AFTER IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE, WE WERE ALL SO PROUD FOR COACH HADDOCK. WE SAW HIM IN THE OPENING THERE AND HE WAS, HE'S AN INSTITUTION THERE AT WAKE, RETIRED

SOME YEARS AGO, BUT YOU KNOW, HE HAD HAD ALL THESE GREAT TEAMS FROM, FROM, FROM, YOU KNOW LEONARD THOMPSON, LANNY, JIM SIMONS . YOU KNOW, THIS , GEESE, I MEAN THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. JAY SEGAL, TO NEVER WINNING AN NCAA

CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THAT WAS THE ONE VOID IN HIS CAREER AND WE GOT THERE AND WE WERE A BUNCH OF FRESHMAN. TWO FRESHMAN AND TWO SOPHOMORE AND WE WON. AND I STILL BELIEVE AT

THAT TIME, WE WON BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WE WERE DOING. BUT WE WON AND I MADE EAGLE ON THE LAST HOLE, AND WE WON THE TEAM BY 2 SHOTS AND SO IT WAS KIND OF A NEAT THING.

PETER KESSLER
AND THERE WAS NOBODY THERE. REMEMBER

HOW DIFFERENT IT WAS IN THOSE DAYS.

CURTIS STRANGE
OH YEAH. YOU THINK I DON'T REMEMBER. I DO REMEMBER. THERE WAS NOBODY THERE. YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
WELL I WAS BECAUSE I HAPPENED TO BE PLAYING GOLF THERE THAT DAY AND I SAW 5 PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND THE 18TH GREEN AT CARLTON OAKS AND WENT

OVER TO SEE WHAT THEN WAS THE EXCITEMENT WHEN THERE WERE FIVE PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND A GREEN AND THERE WERE YOU, AND GARY KOCH 250 YARDS AWAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FAIRWAY.

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
I SAID THIS IS GOOD. WE CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME .

CURTIS STRANGE
BOY THAT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. AS GARY AND I WERE PLAYING THE LAST HOLE, AND I HAD TO TIE HIM. WE WERE ONE UP AND I HAD TO

TIE HIM ON THE HOLE. PAR 5, WE COULD BOTH REACH AND I HAPPENED TO MAKE EAGLE AND WIN, BUT IT WAS, IT WAS, GARY AND I STILL TALK ABOUT IT SOMETIMES AND, AND PHIL HANCOCK WAS

ON THAT TEAM AND ANDY BEAN WAS ON THAT TEAM, AND, AND SO WE UH WE HAVE A GOOD LAUGH. WE WAKE FORESTERS LAUGH MORE THAN THE FLORIDA GATORS DO ABOUT THAT.

PETER KESSLER
I DON'T, HAVEN'T HEARD ANY GIGGLING FROM THEM ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR YEAR. WAS COACH HADDOCK SORT OF THE LAST OF YOUR FATHER FIGURES IN A LOT OF WAYS?

CURTIS STRANGE
PETER, I HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY FORTUNATE IN MY LIFE THAT MY COACHES HAVE BEEN LIKE FATHER FIGURES TO ME. EVEN IF MY DAD WAS ALIVE OR NOT, I HAD A HIGH SCHOOL COACH THAT, BASKET BALL AND GOLF WHO WAS, WHO WAS WONDERFUL TO ME.

YOU KNOW MADE HARD WORK FUN, AND, AND THEN COACH HADDOCK WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. I DIDN'T, I'D NEVER PLAYED AGAINST ANY GOOD PLAYERS IN THE STATE, WELL, IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, YES BUT NEVER OUTSIDE OF THE STATE

AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF I COULD PLAY OR NOT, AND LANNY RECRUITED ME AND SO I WENT THERE AND COACH WAS GOOD FOR ME. DISCIPLINE. YOU KNOW, IT KIND OF GOT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. YOU KNOW, YOU'RE 18 YEARS OLD. I MEAN, YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE. YOU THINK YOU

DO, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT THE REAL WORLD, AND I DIDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT PROFESSIONAL GOLF. IT WAS JUST KIND OF THE NEXT STEP, BUT THE NEXT STEP AFTER 4 YEARS OF PLAYING AT WAKE FOREST AND, AND THEN WE ALL PLAYED

WELL AND I DIDN'T END UP STAYING 4 YEARS BUT IT WAS A, HE WAS, HE WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN MY CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU'VE PLAYED YOUR BEST GOLF, IT'S APPEARED TO A LOT OF US WHO HAVE WATCHED YOU, THAT YOU PLAY YOUR BEST WHEN YOU LOOK A LITTLE BIT ANGRY, WHEN YOU'RE BEING TOUGH ON YOURSELF,

WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR SORT OF YOUR PERFECTIONIST MODE. WHY DO YOU
THINK YOU PLAY BETTER IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE THAT FRAME OF MIND TO US?

CURTIS STRANGE
I'M CONCENTRATING. I'M IN TO IT. I REALLY AM. I UH, I ALWAYS FELT LIKE IF I WASN'T REALLY, I MEAN, I MEAN REALLY, REALLY INTO THE SHOT THEN I WOULD HAVE AN EXCUSE IF I DIDN'T PULL IT OFF,

AND I GUESS THAT'S THE WAY I PLAY, I MEAN I KIND OF, I KIND OF STARTED IT YOUNG, AS A YOUNG KID DOING THAT, BUT EVERY SHOT WAS LIKE THE MOST IMPORTANT SHOT IN THE WORLD, AND IT WAS

BECAUSE IT WAS THE NEXT SHOT, AND JUST THE WAY I PLAYED, I MEAN I CAN LOOK BACK ON IT NOW AS, AS, BECAUSE I DON'T HIT SO MANY GOOD SHOTS ANYMORE, BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU COULD ASK OTHER PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY WERE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.

YOU KNOW JAY AND SOME OF THE GUYS WHO PLAY WITH ME SO MUCH, AND, AND THEY COULD ANSWER THAT QUESTION BETTER BUT I JUST FELT LIKE I HAD TO BE ON EVERY SHOT AND IF I LOOK THAT WAY, I DEFENDED MYSELF FOR 22 YEARS ON

TOURING LIKE THAT. IF I LOOKED THAT WAY, I'M SORRY, BUT I, I WAS TRYING TO BE THE BEST I COULD BE AND THAT'S THE WAY I HAD, I FELT LIKE I COULD GO ABOUT DOING IT. NOW, DID I STEP ON TOES ONCE AND A WHILE BY DOING IT? YES.

AND I REGRET THAT AND I APOLOGIZE FOR IT BUT THAT'S, I WAS IN TO IT.

PETER KESSLER
HEY JAY HAAS, DID HE EVER STEP ON YOUR TOES?

CURTIS STRANGE
(LAUGHS) JAY IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE FEW I DIDN'T.

PETER KESSLER
THERE HE IS.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WHAT'S UP GUYS?

PETER KESSLER
HEY JAY.

CURTIS STRANGE
AH... I KNEW THERE WAS GOING TO BE SOME SHOCKER TONIGHT. GO AHEAD.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL

CURTIS STRANGE
LET ME HAVE IT.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
YOU KNOW, I FEEL BAD FOR YOU. NOBODY'S CALLING IN, I THOUGHT ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS OUGHT TO, YOU KNOW, HECK.

(PETER AND CURTIS LAUGHING)

CURTIS STRANGE
THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT, JAY.

PETER KESSLER
WE'VE GOT THE PHONE OFF THE HOOK.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
NO, HEY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW, CURTIS, IF YOU WANT TO PLAY A PRACTICE ROUND WEDNESDAY AT BAY HILL?

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL I THOUGHT IT WAS A GIVEN EVERY TOURNAMENT.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OKAY. YEAH, USUAL THOUSAND A HOLE?

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH YOU GOT IT.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OKAY

CURTIS STRANGE
NO PAY THOUGH, RIGHT?

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
THAT'S RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
TELL US, TELL US ABOUT HIS GREATNESS AS A SHOT MAKER. WHEN HE WAS HIS GREATEST AND TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE THE REAL CURTIS THAT WE PERCEIVE AS TOUGH ON HIMSELF AND A LITTLE BIT ANGRY AND PLAYING HIS BEST GOLF.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WELL PETER, I GUESS I'VE SEEN ALL, ALL DIFFERENT SIDES OF CURTIS AND OVER THE YEARS WE'VE PROBABLY PLAYED MORE GOLF WITH EACH OTHER THAN ANYBODY IN THE LAST 25 YEARS AND I

ALWAYS HAVE TOLD PEOPLE THAT I THOUGHT CURTIS WAS A MORE SPECTACULAR PLAYER IN COLLEGE AND BY THAT I MEAN HE'S CAPABLE OF SHOOTING 64'S AND 5' JUST VERY EASILY. VERY LONG PLAYER OFF THE TEE. VERY,

AND, AND, AND YOU SEE HIM NOW AND HE PROBABLY CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER SOME OF THE PLACES HE USED TO HIT IT, HOW FAR HE WAS, BUT HE, HE REALIZED THAT

WASN'T THE BEST GAME FOR HIM TO SUCCEED AND TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIPS THAT HE'S WON AND HE'S CHANGED HIS GAME, AND I, AND WATCHING THE SHOW, HE'S TOUCHED ON

ALL BASES OBVIOUSLY. HE'S A VERY DRIVEN PERSON AND TAUGHT ME ABOUT THAT PART OF HIMSELF AND WHAT I'VE NOTICED OVER THE YEARS AND HOW, HOW YOU JUST HAVE TO FOCUS, AND HE, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT FOCUSING AND WE'VE PLAYED QUITE A FEW PRACTICE ROUNDS IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS BEFORE

AND I REMEMBER AT THE UH OAK HILL WHEN HE WAS DEFENDING, AND, ON WEDNESDAY HE SNAPPED AT SOMEBODY ON ONE OF THE TEES AND I SAID OOH BOY HE'S GOT HIS GAME FACE ON THIS WEEK AND SURE ENOUGH HE DID.

CURTIS STRANGE
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT BUDDY.

PETER KESSLER
HEY JAY, DO YOU FEEL LIKE HE REALIZED HIS POTENTIAL? DID HE DO EVERYTHING THAT HE COULD HAVE WITH HIS GAME?

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OH I THINK AS ATHLETES, PROFESSIONAL GOLFERS, OR WHATEVER, WE ALWAYS THINK THAT THERE'S MORE OUT THERE THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE, BUT, YOU KNOW

WINNING TWO STRAIGHT OPENS, LEADING THE MONEY LIST THREE OUT OF FOUR YEARS, BEING NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD, I MEAN THERE'S, I THINK PRETTY MUCH COVERS ALL THE BASES THERE. I'M SURE THERE'S MANY MORE

TOURNAMENTS THAT HE, THAT HE WANTED TO WIN. I KNOW AT MEDINA, GOING FOR THREE STRAIGHT WAS A BIG CHALLENGE AND A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT FOR HIM BUT GOSH I THINK THAT ANY OF US WOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE THE

NUMBERS BEHIND OUR NAME THAT CURTIS HAS, AND BUT, BUT I DON'T THINK HE'S EVER BEEN SATISFIED AND I THINK THAT'S WHY HE'S THE CHAMPION THAT HE IS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU DO KNOW THAT THIS WEDNESDAY'S NOT BAY HILL, RIGHT?

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
I, I DO KNOW THAT, YES.

PETER KESSLER
OKAY. JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE OKAY WITH YOUR WEEKS AND EVERYTHING.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
WITH WHA.. I DON'T SEE YOU VERY MUCH ANYMORE AND NEITHER OF US PLAY THAT MUCH ANYMORE SO I JUST FIGURED I'D BETTER GET IT IN AND YOU KNOW, HE'S SO BUSY NOW WITH ALL HIS RYDER CUP STUFF THAT HE DOESN'T HAVE TIME TO CALL ME ANYMORE.

PETER KESSLER
WELL HE MIGHT BE AVAILABLE THIS WEDNESDAY AT DORAL IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE PLAYING THIS WEEK.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OKAY, WELL I'D LIKE TO, I'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT GAME.

PETER KESSLER
JAY, THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
OKAY GUYS.

PETER KESSLER
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
CURTIS, GOOD TALKING TO YOU. CONGRATULATIONS BUD.

CURTIS STRANGE
WEDNESDAY MORNING. BAY HILL.

JAY HAAS, TOUR PLAYER (MALE):
YOU GOT IT.

CURTIS STRANGE
YOU GOT IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(PETER AND CURTIS LAUGH)

(MUSIC)

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