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Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NEXT YEAR'S U.S. OPEN. YOU'RE, YOU'RE GOING FOR BACK TO BACK. YOU HAD SHOT A 73 IN THE THIRD ROUND TO PUT YOURSELF A FEW SHOTS BEHIND TOM KITE WHO WAS AWFULLY STEADY IN THOSE DAYS.

AND OF COURSE HE, WHAT DID I SAY?

CURTIS STRANGE
THREE SHOTS BEHIND.

PETER KESSLER
YOU, YOU WERE THREE?

CURTIS STRANGE
NO, I THOUGHT YOU SAID A COUPLE.

PETER KESSLER
OH YEAH, THREE, AND THEN HE OF COURSE MADE TRIPLE AS YOU'RE MAKING PAR AFTER PAR AFTER PAR. TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BREAK THROUGH BIRDIE WHICH CAME LATE IN THE ROUND, WHICH LET YOU SEE IF YOU HAD A CHANCE HERE.

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL, YOU KNOW JUST TO BACK UP JUST FOR A SECOND. I, I WASN'T PLAYING THAT GREAT. ONE ROUND WON THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR ME. THAT WAS THE SECOND ROUND. I SHOT 64 AT OAK HILL. NEVER THOUGHT OAK HILL HAD 64 IN IT BUT I SHOT 64.

I PLAYED A DECENT FIRST ROUND AND A VERY, VERY SUSPECT THIRD ROUND. I GOT THREE BACK AND THEN I WENT TO THE PRACTICE TEE AT DARK, MADE THE PRESS WAIT, MADE EVERYBODY WAIT, I HAD WORK TO DO. WENT RIGHT TO DARK. TILL

9:15 AT NIGHT IN ROCHESTER AND WORKED AND FOUND A BAND-AID. I FOUND A WAY TO CUT EVERY SHOT OUT THERE THE NEXT DAY. AND I SAID WELL I'VE GOT TO TRUST IT. I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING ELSE. I'VE GOT A CHANCE TO WIN, LET'S TRY TO DO IT, AND SO, YOU KNOW, I WENT OUT THERE AND I , THE

LAST COUPLE OF SHOTS ON THE PRACTICE TEE THE NEXT MORNING WERE PRETTY GOOD. I SAID WELL I'M GOING TO, I'M GOING TO GO WITH THIS. I'VE GOT NOTH... YOU KNOW I'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOOSE.

KITE'S NOT GOING TO GIVE IT TO ME I DON'T THINK SO AND UH I WENT OUT THERE AND STARTED MAKING PARS AND PARS AND PARS KNOWING FULL WELL THAT PARS MIGHT WIN. I MEAN IT'S

NOTHING. I'M THINKING TO MYSELF I NEED HELP FROM TOM KITE. IT'S NOT MUCH OF A SLIP FOR HIM TO SHOOT 2 OR 3 OVER PAR AT THIS HARD GOLF COURSE, AND HE HELPED ME OUT A GREAT DEAL.

HE HAD ONE OF HIS WORSE ROUNDS OF HIS CAREER AND, BUT WHEN YOU'RE BEHIND, YOU NEED HELP SOMETIMES AND I PARED IT AND PARED IT AND PARED IT AND THEN CAME TO 16 AND JUST HIT A GOOD DRIVE OR 6 IRON AND FINALLY MADE A PUTT, AND NOW, NOW THE HEAT'S ON. HERE

HE IS AT 16. I MEAN HE COULDN'T HAVE AN EASIER PUTT IN THE WORLD. I MEAN, ME AS A PLAYER ARE THINKING, OKAY, YOU IDIOT, YOU KNOW, RIGHT CENTER, GIVE IT SOME SPEED, AND HIT IT SOLID.

AND UM, AND I'M THINKING YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS COULD BE A BIG PUTT.

PETER KESSLER
SARAH TOLD US LATER THAT'S WHAT SHE WAS THINKING, TOO.

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH, PROBABLY, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
HIT IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOLE, YOU IDIOT, AND HIT IT HARD ENOUGH.

CURTIS STRANGE
(LAUGHS)

AND NOW ALL I GOT TO DO IS KEEP BREATHING. NOW I JUST DON'T MAKE A MISTAKE AND I CAN WIN.

PETER KESSLER
THE NEXT YEAR YOU GO TO MEDINA AND YOU'VE GOT A CHANCE TO WIN AND YOU DON'T, BUT I HAVE READ IN PRINT THAT YOU SAID THAT THE LIFE WENT OUT OF YOU AND THAT IT WENT OUT OF YOUR GAME AND THAT YOU SENSED THAT YOU WERE NEVER GOING TO QUITE BE THE SAME.

CURTIS STRANGE
WHEN THE LIFE GOES OUT OF YOU, IT GOES OUT OF EVERYTHING ELSE. SO, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S A SNOWBALL EFFECT AND ALAN AND HIS WIFE, AND, MY BROTHER ALAN AND HIS WIFE AND SARAH AND I WERE IN THE CAR GOING TO THE AIRPORT AND I JUST

THERE WAS SUCH A RELIEF. I MEAN I SUNK DOWN IN THIS, IN THIS BACK SEAT AND JUST, AND I JUST, I'LL NEVER FORGET IT AS LONG AS I LIVE. IT WAS A HUGE WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS. YOU KNOW

I DIDN'T HAVE THIS, I DIDN'T HAVE THIS LITTLE BOY, MY BUDDY THERE FOR TWO YEARS, HE WAS GONE ALL OF A SUDDEN AND UH THAT'S WHAT I CALLED HIM TOO. UH, UH DRANK PLENTY OF BEER OUT OF THAT BUDDY TOO. LET ME TELL YOU.

PETER KESSLER
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU BROKE THE TOP OFF, RIGHT?

CURTIS STRANGE
THAT'S RIGHT, BUT IT WAS JUST, I DON'T KNOW, IT WAS, IT WAS, I GUESS A, A FEELING OF RELIEF THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ANYMORE BUT I ALSO FELT THAT I GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TO WIN THREE IN A ROW AND I THINK I WASN'T FOOLING MYSELF, I THINK

A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TOO AND, AND I JUST, I CAME CLOSE, YOU CAN COME CLOSE A LOT OF TIMES, PLAY WELL AND NOT WIN AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME AND HALE PLAYED WONDERFUL GOLF AND

AND UM, JUST, IT WAS JUST NOT THE SAME AFTER THAT.

PETER KESSLER
WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU

CURTIS STRANGE
AGAIN?

PETER KESSLER
YEAH WE GOT TO TAKE,

WE USUALLY TAKE SIX BREAKS DURING THE SHOW. I APOLOGIZE.

CURTIS STRANGE
OKAY. THEY GOT TO PAY FOR YOU.

PETER KESSLER
YOU WORKED TV SOMETIMES, RIGHT?

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
DON'T YOU

CAN'T YOU (UNINTELLIGIBLE) GO TO COMMERCIAL?

CURTIS STRANGE
I HATE THESE ADS, YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CURTIS STRANGE
AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

PETER KESSLER
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WATCH THEM.

PETER KESSLER
AND WE WILL

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