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Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER
DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY REASON TO THINK AFTER WARMING UP AND WALKING TO THE FIRST TEE OF THE PLAYOFF THAT YOUR LONG GAME WASN'T GOING TO BE UNDER THE USUAL CONTROL THAT YOU'RE ACCUSTOMED TO?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I UH, I STARTED OFF A LITTLE BIT SHAKY. ACTUALLY ON THIS FIRST HOLE, I HAD A VERY GOOD TEE SHOT, AND A VERY GOOD SECOND SHOT. I JUST UNDER CLUBBED REALLY. THE SECOND HOLE I HAD A BAD DRIVE.

PETER KESSLER
WELL HANG ON, BEFORE YOU GO, BEFORE. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT, THE BUNKER SHOT WHICH YOU LEFT OUT WHICH IS MAYBE ONE OF THE BEST SHOTS ANY OF US HAD EVER SEEN HIT SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND, AND PICK IT UP FROM THAT FIRST HOLE OF THE PLAY OFF.

RETIEF GOOSEN
IT WASN'T REALLY THAT DIFFICULT BUNKER SHOT, FUNNY ENOUGH. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS JUST GET IT OUT OF THE BUNKER AND IT WAS GOING TO JUST FEED DOWN THE SLOPE. I'M GOING TO LOOK, PROBABLY AROUND TEN YARDS TO GET TO THE HOLE. I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING IN AND SOME REASON IT JUST MISSED... BUT

PETER KESSLER
HOLD IT

RETIEF GOOSEN
UM, YOU KNOW THE SECOND HOLE I DROVE IT IN THE ROUGH AND I CHIPPED OUT AND HIT A VERY GOOD 8 IRON AND THAT'S MY THIRD AND HOLED A GOOD PUTT FOR PAR, AND THEN I SORT OF STARTED SETTLING DOWN AND FELT VERY COMFORTABLE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT NOTHING'S MORE UNSETTLING TO YOUR OPPONENT IN MATCH PLAY THAN IF YOU MISS EVERYTHING TEE TO GREEN A LITTLE BIT FOR A WHILE AND MAKE EVERY SINGLE PUTT FOR EITHER PAR OR BIRDIE.

DOESN'T THAT REALLY UPSET THE BALANCE OF THE OTHER FELLOWS INSIDES?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, THE THING ABOUT MATCH PLAY, YOU GOT TO ALWAYS EXPECT YOUR OLD PARTNER TO MAKE HIS SHOT AND ALWAYS EXPECT HIM TO MAKE A BETTER SCORE THAN YOU AND JUST TRY AND HANG ON

TO THAT AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO WIN A HOLE THAN YOU, YOU KNOW, THEN, THEN IT'S GREAT, BUT, YOU KNOW, IF YOU HIT A BAD SEVEN IRON IN ON THE THIRD PLUGGED LIE AND HIT A PRETTY GOOD SHOT OUT, PROBABLY (??) BE NOT A GOOD PUTT SO, BUT MARK MADE A GREAT BIRDIE THERE SO HE WENT ONE AHEAD.

BUT I KNEW, YOU KNOW, I HAD A LONG WAY TO GO AND THERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE INVOLVED.

PETER KESSLER
IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE YOU FELT ANY PRESSURE ON THE GREENS. I THINK YOU HAD ELEVEN PUTTS THE FIRST NINE HOLES, DIDN'T YOU?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YES

PETER KESSLER
AND THEY WERE ALL GOING IN PRETTY MUCH LIKE THAT ONE AS THOUGH THE HOLE WAS A CIRCLE AND NOT A HOLE WHEN IT STOPPED IN THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE.

RETIEF GOOSEN
ON THE INSIDE YOU'RE NERVOUS. IT'S, IT'S ALL PART OF THE GAME, YOU KNOW, BUT YOU KNOW, I MADE A FEW VERY GOOD UP AND DOWNS, SO I MUST ADMIT BUT YOU KNOW THAT'S PART OF WINNING GOLF

TOURNAMENTS. YOU DON'T WIN GOLF TOURNAMENTS IF YOU DON'T HAVE GOOD CHIP AND PUTTS HERE AND THERE AND, IT WAS NICE TO HANG IN THERE YOU KNOW AND REALLY THE TURNING HOLES WAS NINE AND TEN WHEN, WHEN

HE MADE TWO BOGIES AND THIS WAS A TOUGH PUTT. I HIT IT ABOUT TWO YARDS LEFT OF THE HOLE AND JUST LET IT SOMEHOW GET DOWN TO THE HOLE. IT WAS SIMILAR PUTT I HAD AT NUMBER TEN TO MAKE.

PETER KESSLER
WERE YOU STARTING TO FEEL AT THAT POINT THAT YOU'D GOTTEN YOUR SWING UNDER CONTROL, WHATEVER MECHANICAL MISFUNCTION WAS GOING ON EARLY WAS NOW GONE AND YOU WERE YOURSELF AGAIN?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, I, I SORT OF, YOU KNOW, FELT LIKE I GOT INTO THE GROOVE THAT I WAS THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT AND IF I CAN JUST PLAY THE WAY I PLAYED THE REST OF THE TOURNAMENT I'LL BE ABLE TO PULL IT OFF.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU GET TO A POINT WHEN YOU GOT A PRETTY DECENT LEAD DOWN THE BACK NINE WHERE YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF TO GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF AND THOUGHT ABOUT TROPHIES AND THAT YOU'VE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP? DID YOU HAVE TO FIGHT THAT AT ALL COMING DOWN THE STRETCH?

RETIEF GOOSEN
NO NOT REALLY. I WAS, I WAS TRYING TO KEEP MY MIND ON THE GAME AND TRYING NOT TO THINK AHEAD WHAT, YOU KNOW, IS COMING UP. 16, THAT PUTT I HAD TO MAKE THERE, THAT WAS PROBABLY THE

MOST DIFFICULT PUTT I HAD TO MAKE THE WHOLE, WHOLE ROUND. I RECKON IT WAS A DOUBLE
ING PUTT, STRAIGHT DOWN THE HILL , FIRST GOING RIGHT ON ME AND THEN COMING BACK TO THE LEFT,

SO THAT WAS A KEY PUTT TO MAKE AND STAY, KEEP THAT LEADER AHEAD, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
WAS THERE A PARTICULAR PUTTING KEY OR ANYTHING GOING ON THAT DAY THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE SUCH PHENOMENAL RESULTS INSIDE 15 FEET ALL THE WAY AROUND THE GOLF COURSE?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL FOR SOME REASON I PUTT BETTER ON FAST GREENS SO I LIKE TO JUST STROKE THE BALL, GET A SMOOTH ROLL ON IT. I DON'T LIKE REALLY SLOW GREENS WHERE I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO REALLY HIT THE BALL.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE ANY OTHER CHOICE BESIDES THE PUTTER HERE, IN YOUR VIEW, YOU PULLED THE PUTTER OUT OF THE BAG PRETTY QUICK ON THIS SHOT.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I KNEW, YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT I'VE HEARD THE COMMENTATORS WERE SAYING, YOU KNOW IF, HE CAN CHUNK IT, HE CAN DO THIS, HE CAN DO THAT, THEN, THAT WAS GOING THROUGH MY MIND AS WELL, AND I, AND I SUPPOSE WHAT I'VE

LEARNED AT THE OUTFIT DOWN HERE, I'VE COPIED (?) ENOUGH PUTTING FROM LONG RANGE OFF THE GREENS, HELPED ME

A LOT WITH THAT SORT OF SHOT. I KNEW, YOU KNOW, ALL I HAVE TO DO IS MAKE FIVE AND I WIN THE TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER
HOW MUCH FUN WAS THIS?

RETIEF GOOSEN
IT WAS, IT WAS A RELIEF MORE THAN FUN I THINK. I COULDN'T REALLY, I DON'T THINK I HAD ANY, ANY ENERGY TO JUMP UP AND DOWN OR ANYTHING BUT, LATER THAT NIGHT, THEN IT REALLY SORT OF STARTED TO SINK IN.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID YOUR WIFE TRACY HAVE TO SAY WHEN YOU SPOKE TO HER FIRST AFTER WINNING THE U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL I COULDN'T REALLY GET MUCH IN. THERE WAS SUCH A NOISE BACK HOME. SHE HAD SO MANY FRIENDS AROUND THE HOUSE AND I COULD JUST HEAR IN THE BACKGROUND, EVERYBODY GOING

WILD SO IT WAS, IT WAS NICE, YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT I WOULD JUST RING YOU IN THE MORNING OR SEE YOU IN THE MORNING. I TRIED TO RING MY DAD BUT HE COULDN'T, HE COULDN'T SPEAK, HE WAS JUST TOTAL TEARS, YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
PERFECT

RETIEF GOOSEN
THERE WAS JUST NO WAY OF GETTING WORDS OUT OF HIM.


PETER KESSLER
PERFECT, JUST WHAT YOU WANTED.

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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