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PETER KESSLER
RETIEF GOOSEN HANDLED THE FIELD, THE COURSE, AND THE PRESSURE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN WINNING THE U.S. OPEN AT SOUTHERN HILLS. HE THEN TRAVELED TO THE HOME OF GOLF AND

DISPLAYED THE SAME TRAITS IN WINNING THE SCOTTISH OPEN. 22 YEAR OLD DAVID GOSSETT WON THE U.S. AMATEUR IN 1999 AND ON A SPONSOR'S EXEMPTION, JUST ONE, THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC WHICH IN

TURN MADE HIM ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WEEKS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. WE'VE GOT GOOSEN AND WE'VE GOT GOSSETT, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.

JUST BEFORE 15 YEAR OLD RETIEF GOOSEN WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTENING WHILE PLAYING GOLF IN 1985 NEAR HIS HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA, HE WAS THINKING THAT IF THE BREWING STORM WOULD PASS BY, THEY COULD PLAY UNTIL THE LAST FLIGHT BATED (?).

A WEEK AFTER HIS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, HE WAS BACK ON THE FORCE, COMPETING AGAINST OTHER YOUNG STARS LIKE ERNIE ELS.

FIVE YEARS LATER HE WON THE SOUTH AFRICAN AMATEUR. TURNED PROFESSIONAL SHORTLY THERE AFTER AND IN 1992 WON THE EUROPEAN TOUR'S QUALIFYING SCHOOL TOURNAMENT. HE HAD BECOME TEMPERAMENTAL AND

WITHDRAWN SINCE HIS ACCIDENT AND HE WORKED DILIGENTLY ON HIS PERSONALITY AND HIS GOLF GAME.

IN 1995, BOTH CAME HAPPILY TOGETHER. HE WON THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN, AND PLAYING WITH ERNIE ELS, EAGLED THE FINAL HOLE TO WIN BY FIVE, AND HIS TEMPER WAS NO LONGER IN EVIDENCE. HE WON FOUR TIMES IN EUROPE THROUGH

2000 AND WON TEN CONSECUTIVE DUNHILL CUP SINGLES MATCHES. IN 2001, THE GOOSE MARRIED HIS LONG TIME LOVE AND CONTINUED TO PLAY THE EUROPEAN TOUR WHERE HE'S MOST COMFORTABLE, AND AFTER ONE SMALL
MISUNDERSTANDING WITH HIS PUTTER

ON THE 72ND HOLE OF THE U.S. OPEN, HE WON AN 18 HOLE PLAY OFF OVER MARK BROOKS, WITH A MERE 11 PUTTS OVER THE FIRST NINE HOLES.

FOLLOWING THE BRILLIANCE OF HIS U.S. OPEN WIN, RETIEF WON THE SCOTTISH OPEN AT LOCH LOMAN OVER AN INTERNATIONAL STAR STUDDED FIELD, AND THIS TIME, HIS PUTTER COOPERATED FULLY FOR ALL 72 HOLES, ERASING ALL TRACES OF HIS FORMER TEMPERAMENTAL SELF, JUST LIKE IT'S OWNER.

FROM THE ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB, SIGHT OF THE 2001 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE FIRST OF OUR TWO GUESTS THIS EVENING, HE IS THE CURRENT SCOTTISH

NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPION, THE CURRENT UNITED STATES OPEN CHAMPION, RETIEF GOOSEN. GREAT TO SEE YOU.

RETIEF GOOSEN
PETER, THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S THE KIND OF SUMMER THAT THE REST OF US CAN ONLY DREAM ABOUT. CONGRATULATIONS.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, I KNOW IT'S BEEN AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR. SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED, YOU KNOW, WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND GETTING MARRIED, IT'S BEEN A VERY EXCITING YEAR FOR ME.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN YOU'RE EXCITED?

NOW YOU PROMISED YOU WERE GOING TO BE FUNNY, FASCINATING AND LONG WINDED TONIGHT SO I EXPECT ALL THOSE THINGS FROM YOU.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I THINK MY WIFE KNOWS WHEN I'M EXCITED BUT IN GENERAL, IT, YOU KNOW, I'M EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING IN LIFE BUT MIGHT NOT SHOW IT ON THE OUTSIDE BUT ON THE INSIDE I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT AND LIFE'S BEEN GREAT FOR ME, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN GIVEN A

SECOND CHANCE, IN A WAY, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE LIGHTENING STRUCK, BUT, I MEAN, LIKE YOU KNOW, I'M REALLY ENJOYING MY GOLF AND JUST TRYING TO ENJOY WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS.

PETER KESSLER
YOU MENTIONED THE LIGHTENING RIGHT AWAY, YOUR FAMILY AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO YOU HAVE SAID THAT WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO YOU, LITERALLY, HALF A LIFETIME AGO JUST BEFORE YOU TURNED

16 YEARS OLD, THAT YOUR PERSONALITY CHANGED, THAT YOUR DEMEANOR CHANGED, BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK, IF ANYTHING CHANGED ABOUT YOU THE WAY THAT YOU THINK OR FEEL SINCE THE LIGHTENING STRUCK YOU 16 YEARS AGO?

DAVID GOSSETT
WELL I DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW, AS A KID, EVERYBODY'S A BIT OUT GOING AND WILD. WHEN I GOT HIT BY LIGHTENING I DON'T THINK IT CHANGED ME AT ALL, REALLY. I THINK, YOU KNOW, GOLF IS A

QUIET GAME. YOU'RE OUT ON A GOLF COURSE EVERYDAY, PLAYING. I'VE PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF ON MY OWN, YOU KNOW, NOT PLAYING WITH ANYBODY ELSE, OR SOME OF THE JUNIORS I'VE

PLAYED WITH SOME NOW AND THEN BUT IN GENERAL IT'S A QUIET GAME AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY I GOT QUIET, BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I ENJOYED PLAYING WITH THE FEW JUNIOR GUYS I HAD THAT, THE CLUB WASN'T VERY BIG, SO THERE WASN'T A LOT OF JUNIORS AROUND, BUT

THEY WERE MOSTLY ENGLISH AND WHILE I WAS AFRICAN (?) SPEAKING, I COULDN'T REALLY, THEY DIDN'T REALLY LIKE FOR ME TO FORGET(??) THEIR REALLY AFRICANS (???),

YOU KNOW, SO, THEY KEPT THEMSELVES AND I KEPT ME ON MY SIDE AND WELL, HERE I AM NOW, 16 YEARS LATER GOING ON WINNING MAJORS. IT'S GREAT.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU THINK IT'S THE ATTITUDE THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED ABOUT BEING QUIET, BEING A QUIET GAME AND ATTENDING TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS. IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY, IN HEAD TO HEAD PLAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DUNHILL CUP, WHERE

YOU WON TEN CONSECUTIVE SINGLES MATCHES. YOU DIDN'T LOSE A MATCH IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, YOU BEAT MARK BROOKS IN THE PLAY OFF, IS THAT WHY YOU THINK, TO A LARGE DEGREE, OTHER THAN THE QUALITY OF YOUR GOLF, OF COURSE, THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO BE

SUCCESSFUL AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND IGNORE THE DISTRACTIONS, IN HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITION, LIKE THAT?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I HAVE TO LEARN THAT REALLY, I THINK, AS A JUNIOR, I HAD QUITE A TEMPERAMENT ON THE COURSE. YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER BREAKING THREE CLUBS IN NINE HOLES ONCE, BUT IT GOT A BIT EXPENSIVE WHEN I HAD TO PAY IT OUT

OF MY POCKET MONEY TO RESHAFT THE CLUBS SO, I, I LEARNED TO BECOME A LOT MORE CALM ON THE COURSE. MY WIFE HAS HELPED ME A LONG TO RELAX AS WELL AND WORKING THREE YEARS AGO WITH A SPORT'S PSYCHOLOGIST TO TRY AND YOU KNOW, GET MY FOCUSING MORE

ON WHAT'S LYING AHEAD AND NOT WORRY TOO MUCH WHAT'S JUST BEEN YOU KNOW, AND, I THINK THAT'S HELPED ME THROUGH IN A U.S. OPEN, COMING BACK ON A MONDAY TO FORGET WHAT'S HAPPENED AND JUST CARRY ONWARDS.
WITH WHAT'S COMING UP.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND TAPING TOURNAMENTS AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO MAKE THE GOLF SWING WORK, AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE GAME, WHO WERE THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR IDOLS THEN?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL IN THOSE DAYS THE ONLY TOURNAMENTS I REALLY WATCHED ON TV WAS THE MASTERS AND THE BRITISH OPEN. TV COVERAGE WASN'T THAT EARLY IN SOUTH AFRICA AS IT WAS OVER HERE,

BUT, I REMEMBER, PROBABLY, BALLESTEROS, NICK FALDO, JACK NICKLAUS, THOSE WERE MY HEROES GROWING UP. I LEARNED MY GOLF FROM BEN HOGAN, IT'S FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF AND JACK NICKLAUS GOLF MY WAY.

MY DAD WAS A PRETTY GOOD GOLFER AT ONE STAGE. A TWO HANDICAP PLAYER. SO HE TAUGHT ME A LOT, AND MY TWO OLDER BROTHERS PLAY GOLF AS WELL,

BUT MAINLY I LEARNED MY GOLF MYSELF, JUST FROM LOOKING AT GOLF BOOKS AND TRYING COPY WHAT'S IN GOLF BOOKS.

PETER KESSLER
IT HASN'T WORKED FOR THE REST OF US. TELL ME ABOUT THE PRACTICE AREA. THE UNIQUE PRACTICE AREA THAT YOUR DAD CONSTRUCTED FOR YOU AT HOME WHEN YOU WERE A KID.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH WE HAD JUST A BIG PRACTICE NET IN THE BACKYARD AND MY MOM GOT VERY UPSET, ME EATING (?) ALL THE GRASS OUT. YOU KNOW, WE HAD LIKE A BIG HOLE THERE AT ONE STAGE, YOU KNOW, AND HAD TO KEEP FILLING IT UP WITH SAND. I REMEMBER PRACTICING

AT NIGHT AT 10:00 AT NIGHT HITTING BALLS AGAINST THE PRACTICE NET, BUT YOU KNOW AS A KID THAT'S FUN. YOU ENJOYED IT, AND IT WAS GOOD FUN STANDING THERE AND HITTING BALLS AND SEE HOW HARD YOU CAN HIT IT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU STILL DO THAT.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I WAS PROBABLY A MUCH LONGER HITTER WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT I WAS A BIT WILDER BUT I WORKED HARD WITH SAM FROST TO TRY AND SHORTEN MY

SWING A LITTLE BIT, MAKE IT A BIT MORE COMPACT AND TRY AND KEEP IT
UNDER CONTROL A LITTLE BIT AND HE'S HELPED ME A LOT WITH THAT.

PETER KESSLER
THEY SHOULD GIVE HIM A MEDAL. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH RETIEF GOOSEN.

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