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PETER KESSLER
DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT, NICE ABOUT JAY AT THIS POINT/

CURTIS STRANGE
I DO, I, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME AS I'VE SAID WE WERE ROOMIES FOR A LONG TIME AT WAKE IN AMATEUR GOLF, BUT YOU KNOW, JAY'S BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OVER THE

YEARS AND HE'S BEEN, HE'S BEEN THROUGH A LOT WITH ME AND I THINK OUR FRIENDSHIP HAS, WITH, YOU KNOW WITHSTOOD A LOT OF THINGS, YOU KNOW,

DINNER, DINNERS AND PEOPLE AUTOGRAPH MY, I'M ASKED TO AUTOGRAPH AND IGNORE HIM AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND THINGS THAT COULD HAVE TURNED HIM OFF SO TO JAY,

YOU KNOW, THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE OVER THE YEARS BECAUSE IT'S BEEN, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS PLAYING REAL WELL THERE FOR A TIME IT WAS TOUGH ON HIM I'M SURE AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT ONCE

IN A WHILE BUT HEY YOU KNOW FRIENDSHIPS ARE THERE TO SURVIVE ALL THE TOUGH TIMES SO

PETER KESSLER
AND ONE OF YOU NEEDED TO HAVE PATIENCE.

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL THAT'S TRUE. HE HAS TOO MUCH. I TELL YOU. HE, HE MAKE ME SO MAD SOMETIMES BECAUSE HE HAS SO MUCH TALENT AND HE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH

YOU KNOW, KICK AND, AND SO WE, YOU KNOW, I'D GO AFTER HIM ONCE IN A WHILE BUT HE'S DONE ALRIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE '85 MASTERS THAT YOU FIGURE IN YOUR HEAD YOU SHOULD HAVE WON BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH YOU STARTED WITH AN 80 IN THE FIRST ROUND

CURTIS STRANGE
THANKS FOR BRINGING UP THIS.

PETER KESSLER
NOT A PROBLEM

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND 65 IN THE SECOND AND A FOUR SHOT LEAD WITH NINE HOLES TO PLAY AND DIDN'T WIN. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM NOT WINNING THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO APPLY LATER WHEN YOU GOT INTO A SIMILAR SITUATION?

CURTIS STRANGE
THAT IT HURTS SO MUCH THAT I REALLY IN ALL MY POWER WAS NOT GOING TO LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN. SIMPLE AS THAT. YEAH YOU MISS HIT SHOTS, YOU MISS PUTTS

I MADE SOME MISTAKES AND UH IT WAS A TOUGH, TOUGH TIME AFTER THAT... THE, THE BEST THING I COULD EVER DO WAS IMMEDIATELY GET BACK IN CONTENTION AND HOPEFULLY WIN AND IT TOOK A WHILE BUT I, I WON A, A BIG TOURNAMENT AGAINST NORMAN AND NICKLAUS HEAD TO HEAD AT CANADA LATER THAT YEAR

IN AUGUST AND I WON AND, AND AS WE SEE THE FOUR WOOD SHOT, IT WAS, PEOPLE HAVE SECOND GUESSED THE DECISION AND I GUESS MAYBE HINDSIGHT THERE, YOU KNOW, MAYBE COULD HAVE LAID UP, BUT YOU KNOW, I GOT BACK

IN CONTENTION IN CANADA AND WON AND IT KIND OF ERASED SOME OF THE HURT AND SOME OF THE MEMORIES BUT IT'S ALWAYS THERE. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THAT GOT AWAY THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE MISTAKES YOU MADE WERE INTELLECTUAL MISTAKES OR PHYSICAL MISTAKES COMING DOWN

CURTIS STRANGE
BOTH

PETER KESSLER
THE STRETCH?

CURTIS STRANGE
BOTH. THE FOUR WOOD IS PROBABLY A TIME THAT I COULD HAVE LAID UP AT THE TIME BUT YOU KNOW YOU GOT TO REMEMBER, AUGUSTA NATIONAL, EVERYBODY'S MAKING BIRDIES ON THE BACKSIDE. I FELT LIKE I HAD TO MAKE

BIRDIES. I'M DOING WHAT I THINK I, YOU KNOW, I'M DOING WHAT I THINK IS BEST UNDER THE HEAT OF COMPETITION, YOU KNOW, I'M MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS. I'M NOT OUT THERE TRYING TO LOOSE THIS DAMN THING, OKAY? I MEAN IT WAS

THE FIRST TIME I GOT, I GOT ONE ARM IN THE GREEN JACKET AND I CAN'T GET THE OTHER ONE IN AND IT'S JUST EVERYTHING ABOUT IT, I MEAN EVERYTHING ABOUT AUGUSTA NATIONAL. WE ALL GREW UP, YOU KNOW, DREAMING ABOUT THERE AND THE OPEN AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT,

YOU KNOW, I BOGIED 13 AND THEN WENT ON AND PLAYED PRETTY SOLID. I HIT A GOOD SHOT INTO 15 AND IT DIDN'T CARRY FAR ENOUGH, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT HAPPENS, BUT IT WAS A, IT WAS A TOUGH PILL.

PETER KESSLER
NOW THERE'S ONE SHOT THAT A LOT OF US THINK OF AS BEING THE EPITOME OF GREAT INTELLECTUAL AND PHYSICAL CONTROL AND THAT WAS YOUR BUNKER SHOT AT THE COUNTRY CLUB, 72ND HOLE,

TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT IT UP AND DOWN TO GET IN A PLAY OFF WITH NICK FALDO, WHICH YOU WON THE NEXT DAY AT A TIME WHEN YOU WERE THE TWO BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. AS WE GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT YOU GETTING READY TO HIT THAT SHOT,

TELL US HOW CLOSE TO YOUR ROUTINE YOU WERE ABLE TO STAY GIVEN THE SITUATION YOU WERE IN.

CURTIS STRANGE
EVERYTHING. EXACTLY THE SAME ROUTINE. HAD TO. THE ROUTINE GAVE ME TIME TO COLLECT MYSELF, AND I'M NOT, I'M NOT BLOWING SMOKE AT YOU NOW BECAUSE IT TURNED OUT OKAY, BUT

WHEN YOU GO THROUGH YOUR ROUTINE, WHAT IT DOES IS GIVE YOU TIME TO COLLECT YOURSELF. YOU DON'T THINKING ABOUT I'M NOT AT THIS POINT IN THIS BUNKER SAYING OH MY GOD, THIS IS FOR THE U.S. OPEN. I'M IN THERE SAYING, I'VE DONE THIS A MILLION TIMES,

YES THIS IS A BIG SHOT. IT'S A VERY SIMPLE SHOT. JUST PULL IT OFF. AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I HAD PRESSURE BECAUSE I JUST THREE PUTTED THE HOLE BEFORE AND I HAD THAT EATING AT ME TOO, BUT THIS WAS A SIMPLE SHOT, JUST

DO IT. YOU KNOW, THAT'S PART OF BEING A COMPETITOR, THAT'S PART OF BEING GOOD IS THAT, YOU KNOW, PHYSICAL ABILITY DOESN'T MAKE YOU GOOD, IT'S BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THE SITUATION, HANDLE YOUR NERVES, HANDLE THE ADRENALIN AND, AND VINEGAR RUNNING

THROUGH YOUR VEINS AND, AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I MEAN IT'S ALL THE ABOVE. IT'S NOT JUST THE ABILITY TO HIT GOLF SHOTS. IT'S ALL THE ABOVE TO GET IT IN THE HOLE AND WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THERE ANY SENSE OF RELIEF AFTER THE SHOT CAME OUT OF THE BUNKER AND NESTLED DOWN RIGHT NEXT TO THE HOLE?

CURTIS STRANGE
YOU SAW THE SMIRK DIDN'T YOU?

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) YEAH BUT I ALWAYS SEE THE SMIRK AND I NEVER KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS.

CURTIS STRANGE
THAT ONE WAS OKAY AND THEN, YOU KNOW, JUST A, IT WAS A MOST IMPORTANT SHOT OF MY LIFE, THE BUNKER SHOT, BECAUSE IT GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO IN THE PLAY OFF HERE THE NEXT DAY AND TO BEAT NICK. IF I DON'T PULL

THAT SHOT OFF, THEN I'M DEAD. THIS WAS AT 13. WE WERE, I THINK I WAS ONE UP AT THIS POINT, BUT THIS WAS A TOUGH PUTT DOWN THE HILL AND IT, I CAN'T SAY I READ ABOUT THE EIGHT BREAKS IN IT BUT IT WENT RIGHT IN THE HEART.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

CURTIS STRANGE
AND UH YOU KNOW I WENT THREE UP AT THIS TIME AND NOW, NOW THERE'S PRESSURE BECAUSE IT'S MINE UNLESS I STEP ON MY FOOT AGAIN.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH NOW HERE'S NICK PUTTING FOR PAR WHICH HE DOESN'T MAKE AND THAT GIVES YOU THE THREE SHOT LEAD.

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH

IT'S FUNNY, I REMEMBER MOST OF THE SHOTS IN THE PLAY OFF. I REMEMBER EVERY SHOT ON SUNDAY. THAT ALWAYS JUST, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST, IT'S JUST KIND OF WHAT YOU DO, AND, AND WE PLAY WELL. THIS, THIS IS COMING UP 18

WINNING AND THE FIST YOU'LL SEE, TI... YOU DON'T SEE IT THERE BUT I, DAVE MARR WHO WAS A FAN OF EVERYONE'S AND HE MADE EVERYONE FEEL VERY SPECIAL AND HE WAS IN THE BOOTH AND

I WENT UP AND SHOOK MY FIST OF SUCCESS AT HIM, RIGHT THERE AND DAVE CAME OUT OF THE WINDOW AND SHOOK IT BACK AND SAID WELL DONE. AND UH

PETER KESSLER
THINKING ABOUT YOUR DAD A LITTLE BIT

CURTIS STRANGE
THIS ONE WAS SPECIAL.

PETER KESSLER
COMING UP THIS HOLE?

CURTIS STRANGE
UH, AFTER THE FACT. IMMEDIATELY WHEN THE LAST PUTT WENT IN, YES. GOSH WE'RE ALL IN TEARS. I WAS IN TEARS, SARAH WAS IN TEARS, ROSSIE WAS IN TEARS TRYING TO INTERVIEW ME AND MY

BROTHER WHO WAS RIGHT THERE CAME IN OVER NIGHT. WHEN HE WALKED OFF THE GREEN HE YELLED AT ME, AND, AND I COULDN'T HEAR HIM. HE SAYS WELL...

HE'S OKAY NOW.

PETER KESSLER
AND HE WENT HOME AFTER THAT. HE DIDN'T STICK AROUND FOR THE EVENING FESTIVITIES.

CURTIS STRANGE
HE CAME, HE SAID THAT HE NEEDED ME IF HE'D LOST.

PETER KESSLER
PRETTY GREAT RELATIONSHIP. YOU'RE A LUCKY FELLOW. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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