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PETER KESSLER
NOW HERE'S A QUESTION, CURTIS, SUBMITTED TO YOU TODAY ON OUR WEBSITE. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU THINK NICK FALDO IS A REALISTIC CAPTAIN'S PICK FOR THIS YEAR'S

EUROPEAN SQUAD IF HE DOESN'T QUALIFY AND WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT
THIS GREAT COMPETITOR WHO'S CAREER IS SO CLOSELY ENTWINED WITH YOURS? TODD UNGER WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL TODD, I TELL YOU, IT'S, IT'S SAM TORRANCE WILL DO THE SAME THING I'M GOING TO DO WITH HIS TWO CAPTAIN'S PICKS. HE WILL TRY TO FIND THE TWO BEST PLAYERS HE CAN FIND. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO IMPROVE OUR TEAM WITH THOSE LAST TWO PICKS. IF NICK FALDO'S CLOSE AND IF SAM THINKS THAT NICK FALDO CAN HELP ENHANCE THE TEAM IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM,
HE'LL BE A CONSIDERATION, BUT IF NOT, HE WON'T BE.

PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU AND SAM TORRANCE HAD ANY KIND OF A CHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 17TH GREEN AT BROOKLINE AND WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS ARE OR ARE NOT NECESSARY AS WE LOOK AT NICK FALDO HERE?

CURTIS STRANGE
IN '95, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE BRINGING UP ALL OF THE GREAT TIMES

PETER KESSLER
I HAVEN'T EVEN ASKED YOU ABOUT THE '95 RYDER CUP. I'M SAVING THAT.

CURTIS STRANGE
OKAY. UH, WE HAVE. SAM AND I HAVE TALKED. WE TALK JUST TO GET ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. YOU KNOW WE DO HAVE A LOT OF COMMON, YOU KNOW, JOBS IN THE NEXT, OR HAVE AND WILL IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS. WE WILL BE ON

OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE COIN HERE IN SEPTEMBER BUT WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS. HAVE BEEN FOR 25 YEARS AND WE WANT TO ALWAYS KEEP THE COMPETITIVENESS THERE IN THE RYDER CUP. WE WANT TO KEEP THE, THE EDGE BUT WE WANT TO

KEEP IT IN A VERY SPORTSMAN LIKE MANNER, RESPECTING EACH OTHER'S PLAYERS AND WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE, IT'S, IT'S SPONTANEOUS EMOTION IS THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD.

WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING FOR YOUR FLAG AND YOU'RE PLAYING FOR A TEAM, IT'S WONDERFUL. DID WE CROSS THE LINE? YES. I THINK MOST OF THE PLAYERS IF NOT ALL OF THEM KNEW THEY WERE CROSSING... A LINE, BY RUNNING OUT ON THE GREEN, BUT, YOU KNOW, EMOTION IS

WONDERFUL. NOBODY CAME CLOSE TO JOSE MARIA'S LINE. I WILL SAY THAT. AND LOOK AT JUSTIN NOW. HE KNOWS THAT SOMETHING'S UP AND SO WE'RE GOING TO CALM DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT YOU KNOW IT'S, IT'S FUNNY. THEY SAY WE'RE NOT A TEAM, THEN WE BECOME A TEAM AND SO WE GET CRITICIZED BOTH WHICH WAYS, BUT I

WILL SAY THIS, I'VE BEEN ON 5 RYDER CUP TEAMS. WE HAVE BEEN A TEAM EVERY TIME. WE HAVE ROOTED FOR EACH OTHER LIKE CRAZY. WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, CRIED TOGETHER AND LAUGHED TOGETHER AND, AND HAD COKES TO TOGETHER.

AND THIS NEXT TEAM WILL BE THE SAME WAY. EVERYBODY CHECKS THEIR EGO AT THE DOOR AND SO DON'T THINK, YOU KNOW IT'S A, IT'S A TOUGH DEAL BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT, YOU HAVE 12 WORLD CLASS PLAYERS COMING TOGETHER AND GOING THROUGH A DOOR

IN A MATTER OF MINUTES AND PLAYING FOR A TEAM, SO THAT'S PART OF MY JOB IS TO GET THESE GUYS TO ROOT AND LIKE EACH OTHER FOR, FOR SIX DAYS AND UH, AND, AND SO I, I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT VERY MUCH, BUT IT'S A, WE ARE A TEAM ALWAYS.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOUR TEAM IS SHAPING UP TO BE ON PAPER. LET'S GO AHEAD AND CHECK OUT THE TEN NAMES RIGHT NOW AND OF COURSE THERE CAN BE SOME FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES DOWN AT THE BOTTOM. GO AHEAD.

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH, VERY NICE. I MEAN IT'S, OBVIOUSLY, I'M (?) DOC TIGER AND PHIL AND DAVIS AND TOM AND DAVID AND CALCAVECCHIA'S PLAYING GREAT GOLF. HE'S A BIRDIE MACHINE. I'M GLAD ALL OF THEM ARE ON THE TEAM. BRAD FAXON IS A BIRDIE MACHINE IF HE CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL HE CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE HE

WILL BE CLOSE, AND WILL MAKE THE TEAM, I THINK. FURYK IS A STRAIGHT DRIVER AND A WONDERFUL PUTTER. YOU LIKE HIM. LOREN ROBERTS IS A GREAT ALTERNATE SHOT GUY. YOU LIKE HIM. GOOD DRIVER, GREAT PUTTER.

JOHN HUSTON IS A, IS A BIRDIE MAKING MACHINE. I LIKE EVERYTHING I SEE RIGHT THERE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FELLOWS THAT MIGHT END UP WORKING THEIR WAY ONTO THE TEAM. 11, 12 AND SOME NOTABLES, INCLUDING YOU.

CURTIS STRANGE
(LAUGHS)
YOU MAKE ME LAUGH.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT... YOU GOT A

CURTIS STRANGE
SARAH, EASY. SHE'S, SARAH'S LAUGHING OVER THERE. HAL SUTTON, YOU KNOW, HE WAS REALLY THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR THIS LAST RYDER CUP WITH HIS SPIRIT AND, AND, AND POSITIVE, YOU KNOW ATTITUDE AND STEVE LOWERY IS A

WONDERFUL PLAYER. NOTAH BEGAY PLAYED IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP. I MEAN YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, AND JUSTIN WAS, WAS THE HERO LAST YEAR. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. I CAN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT

THIS GROUPING OF PLAYERS UNTIL IT COMES DOWN THE END OF THE SUMMER. WHO'S IN THE MIX. YOU KNOW, WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE THEY HAVE. WHAT KIND OF GAME THEY HAVE. HOW BIG A HEART THEY HAVE. HOW CAN THEY HANDLE THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THERE?

AND THEN HOW GOOD A GAME THEY REALLY DO HAVE. ALL OF THAT MAKES A PLAYER, SO, AND I WILL FIND, I MEAN (??52:28) AND I WILL FIND THE TWO BEST PLAYERS I CAN HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
BASED ON THEIR FORM HEADING INTO THE RYDER CUP?

CURTIS STRANGE
YOU KNOW, I'M NOT A BIG BELIEVER IN THAT. I, IT WILL BE SOME OF, IT WILL BE A FACTOR, BUT I'M NOT A BELIEVER IF A GUY'S, IF A GUY'S EVEN CLOSE TO MAKING THE TOP TEN THEN HE'S BEEN PLAYING PRETTY DOG GONE GOOD FOR, FOR 18

MONTHS, SO, YOU KNOW, THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP I DON'T BELIEVE WILL BE A BIG FACTOR. THE LAST TOURNAMENT OF QUAL... QUALIFYING UH YOU KNOW, LEADING UP TO IT MAYBE BUT THEY HAVE A MONTH TO, TO G THEIR GAMES IN SHAPE AFTER THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE

THE RYDER CUP SO, YOU KNOW TALENT IS THE UNDERLYING THING THERE. YOU KNOW, WHO CAN REALLY PLAY?

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU GOING TO CHECK YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR?

CURTIS STRANGE
OH I HAVE TO. THAT'S NUMBER ONE. I ALWAYS DO, BUT THE CAPTAIN HAS TO. THIS, THIS IS NOT MY SHOW. YOU KNOW A LOT IS WRITTEN ABOUT THE CAPTAIN BUT I THINK A LOT OF TIMES IT'S OVERBLOWN.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT ORGANIZING, PREPARING AND GETTING YOUR TEAM READY TO PLAY, BUT THE BEST CASE SCENARIO AND I TRULY MEAN THIS, SARAH AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT.

THE BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR ME TO GO OVER TO THE BELFRY IN SEPTEMBER IS THAT WE PLAY WELL, WE WIN, AND MY NAME IS NEVER MENTIONED, BECAUSE IT'S THEIR SHOW. IT'S THE 12 PLAYERS AND

THEIR WIVES SHOW. IT'S NOT MY SHOW. ALL I'M DOING IS ROOTING LIKE HELL, HOPING THEY PLAY WELL TO MAKE ME LOOK GOOD

BUT (LAUGHS) IT'S, IT'S NEITHER GOING TO BE CREDIT IF I DON'T GET CREDIT IF WE WIN AND I'LL GET SOME CREDIT IF WE LOOSE BUT, WHICH I DON'T THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I JUST, IT'S THEIR SHOW, IT'S THE PLAYERS SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU LOST TO NICK IN THE '95 RYDER CUP IN A PIVOTAL MATCH AND THE TEAM ENDED UP LOOSING, DID IT HURT MORE BECAUSE YOU WERE LOOSING FOR SOMETHING BESIDES YOUR OWN RECORD?

THAT THERE WAS A TEAM AT STAKE THAT YOU SOMEHOW FELT A RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS?

CURTIS STRANGE
MY RECORD NEVER ENTERED INTO IT AT ALL. I, I, I LET MY TEAMMATES DOWN. I MEAN I LET, I LET EVERYBODY DOWN, AND, AND I KNOW A LOT OF GUYS DIDN'T PLAY WELL ON SUNDAY BUT I WAS THE

PIVOTAL MATCH, I WAS THE GUY. I WAS PICKED TO DO ALL THIS STUFF. IT TURNS OUT THAT NICK AND I WERE THE SWING MATCH OF ALL THINGS. I MEAN IT'S FUNNY. AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING PEOPLE. THIS, THESE, THESE MATCHES ARE NOT MADE. THEY'RE DRAWN OUT OF THE HAT, SO

NOT OUT OF THE HAT BUT THEY'RE DRAWN SO, UH I LET, I LET A LOT OF PEOPLE DOWN AND UH IT WAS NEVER ABOUT I, ME AND MY. IT WAS ABOUT THE TEAM, AND I WAS, I WAS , I WAS UPSET BUT IT WAS, IT WAS A WONDERFUL WEEK NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED. WE ALWAYS

HAVE A GREAT WEEK IN THE RYDER CUP AND I'LL MENTION MY KIDS AGAIN IS THAT, THEY WERE THERE THAT WEEK AND IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF THEIR LIVES AND THEY

DON'T KNOW THAT BUT THEY SAW DAD AND THEY SAW 12, UH 11 OTHER PLAYERS LOSE. LOSE A TOUGH MATCH AND THEY SAW THAT WE, WE HE HOLD OUR HEAD HIGH, WE, WE SAW, THEY SAW THAT

WE LOSE WITH RESPECT. SHAKE THE OTHER GUY'S HAND. SAY CONGRATULATIONS, WELL DONE, AND THEN WE GO BACK IN THE ROOM AND, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, FEEL DISAPPOINTED, BUT THEY SAW THAT YOU, YOU WIN WITH GRACE AND YOU ALSO LOSE WITH GRACE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CURTIS STRANGE.

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