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Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
YOU TOLD PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULDN'T BEGIN TO WIN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS UNTIL YOU WERE IN YOUR 30'S AND THAT YOU WOULD BE A LATE BLOOMER. HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT?

RETIEF GOOSEN
I DON'T KNOW. YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'RE READY. IF ANYTHING I THINK I FELT LIKE THE GAME WAS THERE BUT THE MENTAL SIDE WASN'T STRONG ENOUGH AND I DIDN'T BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND I WORKED FOR YEARS OF JUST (??), TO TRY AND GET MY MENTAL SIDE STRONGER AND THEN I

SORT OF YOU KNOW STARTED FEELING THAT MAYBE I COULD WIN. WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES AROUND TO WIN A TOURNAMENT I, YOU KNOW I NORMALLY TRY AND TAKE IT.

PETER KESSLER
LAST WEEK WE WERE IN A SOCIAL SITUATION WITH OUR MUTUAL FRIEND, PGA TOUR WINNER AND YOUR FELLOW COUNTRY MAN, FULTON ALLEM AND FULTON IN A NICE WAY TRIED TO PICK A

FIGHT WITH YOU ABOUT QUALITY OF FIELDS, ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING, ABOUT ALL KINDS OF THINGS AND YOUR RESTING PULSE STATED TEN, YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE DIDN'T GO UP AT ALL AND ALL YOU DID WAS LOOK AT HIM JUST LIKE YOU'RE LOOKING AT ME NOW. DO YOU EVER GET MAD?

RETIEF GOOSEN
OH YEAH I GET MAD. I'M UP AND DOWN. I'M SURE MY WIFE KNOWS ABOUT IT, BUT, AND I KNOW FULTY'S WAY OF TEASING PEOPLE AND I KNOW HIM FOR A LONG TIME, EVEN WHEN I WAS AN AMATEUR, YOU KNOW, I ,

I ACTUALLY FOLLOWED HIM AROUND A GOLF COURSE AS AN AMATEUR TO WATCH HOW HE PLAYED AND WISH I WONDER I CAN PLAY LIKE HIM, AND, HE WAS SORT OF AN IDOL IN MY TIME, YOUNG DAYS AS WELL WATCHING FULTON PLAY AND

I WAS HAVING AND I WAS HAVING A GAME WITH YOU GUYS SO I WON'T PLAY YOU FOR A LIVING THOUGH, BUT, YOU PLAYED VERY WELL THAT DAY BUT HEY, HE'S A GREAT GUY AND YOU KNOW, I HAVE MY UP AND DOWNS ON A COURSE BUT I'M WORKING ON IT TO GET RID OF IT.

PETER KESSLER
WELL WE'VE SEEN NONE OF THOSE BUT EVEN YOU HAD TO, WHO KEEPS IT PRETTY WELL HIDDEN, HAD TO FEEL A LOT OF DIFFERENT EMOTIONS ON THIS 72ND HOLE

OF THE U.S. OPEN. AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT MOST OF THE PLAY ON THAT HOLE, LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU WERE FEELING AND WHAT YOU WERE THINKING, SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE KEY MOMENTS OF THE 72ND HOLE OF THE U.S. OPEN WHERE AT THIS POINT A PAR WINS THE GOLF TOURNAMENT.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH I COULDN'T HIT A BETTER DRIVE DOWN THERE AND I JUST HIT A 6 IRON IN AND

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU PUSH THAT A LITTLE, THE 6 IRON?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, I WAS TRYING TO HIT IT TWO YARDS LEFT OF THE HOLE. I ENDED UP HITTING IT A YARD RIGHT OF THE HOLE, SO, YEAH IT COULDN'T HAVE BEEN A BETTER SHOT, I SUPPOSE. STEWART CINK PULLED HIS SHOT AND FROM THERE'S A TOUGH CHIP AND THAT GREEN BEING SO SLOW, HE

OBVIOUSLY THOUGHT IT WOULD RUN DOWN THE HILL A LOT MORE AND, HIT A GREAT PUTT, IT JUST TURNED LEFT AND ON HIM IN FRONT OF THE HOLE. HE PROBABLY THOUGHT HE MADE IT BUT

THE HOLE WAS CUT ON A DOUBLE
. PUTT THERE, IT FIRST TURNS, FROM WHERE I WAS PUTTING TO THE LEFT AND THEN TO THE RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WHEN HE HIT THIS, LET ME GET OUT OF YOUR WAY PUTT AND, SO YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND KNOCK YOUR PUTT IN OR TWO PUTT AND BECOME THE OPEN CHAMPION, ARE YOU HAVING ANY PARTICULAR THOUGHTS?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL, I SUPPOSE I WAS A BIT SHOCKED FOR HIM MISSING IT.

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU EVEN PAYING ATTENTION?

RETIEF GOOSEN
THIS PUTT GOES STRAIGHT UP THE HILL AND THAT GREEN BEING SO SLOW LIKE I SAID I JUST HIT IT TOO HARD AND

PETER KESSLER
NOW ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE IT OR JUST PUT IT ON, JUST UP TO THE LIP OR

WHAT WAS THE THOUGHT?

RETIEF GOOSEN
I WAS TRYING TO ROLL IT JUST CLOSE, SO I JUST OVER RUN IT AND I WS JUST TRYING TO HIT IT OFF CENTER RIGHT COMING IN AND IT WENT RIGHT ON ME AND LIPPED OUT. I WAS UPSET. I COULDN'T BELIEVE

WHAT HAPPENED THERE, AND SO COULD EVERY, EVERYBODY ELSE, YOU KNOW, BUT THE TOUGH PUTT WAS REALLY THE PUTT COMING BACK. THAT'S JUST THE PUTT STEWART JUST MISSED AND WELL I HIT A GOOD PUTT HERE, IT WAS JUST THE INSIDE LEFT PUTT AND WENT RIGHT IN, BUT, YOU KNOW IT'S A SHAME THAT ALL

THREE OF US HAD TO THREE PUTT ON THAT LAST HOLE. STEWART, MYSELF AND MARK AND I PLAYED WITH MARK BROOKS ON A SATURDAY IN THE THIRD ROUND SO I SORT OF KNEW HIS GAME A LITTLE BIT SO , I WAS UPSET, YOU KNOW, WALKING BACK

UP TO THE CLUBHOUSE I THOUGHT THERE WAS A, THERE WAS A FUNERAL GOING ON THERE. EVERYBODY WITH THEIR RED EYES, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAD TO CHANGE THEIR PLANE RESERVATIONS TILL THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE EVERYBODY WAS WORKING.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, I, I KNOW, I'M, GOD I MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE CROSS, BUT, AND THERE IS A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WORSE OFF IN THIS LIFE THAN ME, SO, IT WASN'T THE END OF THE WORLD.

PETER KESSLER
HOW TOUGH WERE YOU, IF YOU WERE TOUGH ON YOURSELF THAT SUNDAY NIGHT AS YOU GOT READY TO GO TO SLEEP KNOWING YOU HAD A CHANCE TO STILL WIN THE U.S. OPEN THE NEXT DAY IN AN 18 HOLE PLAYOFF?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH I GOT BACK ABOUT QUARTER PAST NINE TO THE HOTEL AFTER ALL THE PRESS INTERVIEWS AND SO ON, BUT, I FELT FINE. JOSH (?) CAME INTO MY MIND AND HE JUST

ASKED ME HOW DO I FEEL. I SAID I FEEL GREAT. IT'S NOTHING TO BE UPSET ABOUT. I PLAYED WELL FOR 71 HOLES AND 71 AND A HALF HOLES AND JUST LET MY FIRST THREE PUTT OR SECOND THREE PUTT AT A TOURNAMENT, SO IT WAS

IT WAS DISAPPOINTING NOT TO PULL IT OFF THERE BUT I FELT CONFIDENT THE NEXT DAY THAT, IF I KEEP MY GAME UP THE WAY I'VE BEEN PLAYING I'VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING. JUST

HAD SOME ROOM SERVICE AND WENT TO
SLEEP AT 11:00 AND GOT UP SOMEWHERE AROUND 8:00 IN THE MORNING AND HAD A NICE
FAST AND WAS AT THE COURSE QUITE EARLY.

PETER KESSLER
SO WHEN WE COME BACK FROM THIS LITTLE
, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAPPENED AND AFTER
FAST, AND AFTER YOU GOT TO THE GOLF COURSE AND PUT THE BALL IN THE AIR AND WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A SECOND, A LITTLE INFORMATION ON A GRAPHIC FOR YOU. SOME FACTS ABOUT THE GOOSE:

(WRITTEN TEXT)
-WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF FRANCE, SCOTLAND, SOUTH AFRICA AND THE UNITED STATES.
- WON 10 CONSECUTIVE MATCHES IN THE DUNHILL CUP DURING SOUTH AFRICA'S BACK-TO-BACK WINS IN 1997 AND 1998.
- 2-0-0 IN FOUR-BALL COMPETITION AT 2000 PRESIDENT'S CUP.

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