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Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
RETIEF, HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS FOR YOU TODAY, HOW DOES THIS GOLF COURSE, THE ATLANTA ATHLETIC CLUB, AND THE SET-UP COMPARE TO THE ONE AT

SOUTHERN HILLS DURING THE U.S. OPEN
WHERE YOU OF COURSE WON, JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO.

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL IT'S A, DEFINITELY A LOT LONGER GOLF COURSE. THERE'S JUST ABOUT A NEED FOR YOU TO DRIVE ON EVERY HOLE WHILE AT SOUTHERN HILLS YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH HITTING A LOT OF IRONS. THE

DIFFERENCE IS THE GREENS, REALLY, AT SOUTHERN HILLS THE GREENS ARE VERY SEVERE, WHILE OVER HERE THEY'RE QUITE NORMAL FOR AVERAGE GREENS I WOULD SAY. THEY'RE NOT SEVERE

SLOPES ON THEM, SO I LIKE THIS GOLF COURSE. IT'S VERY FAIR SET UP, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE GOING TO PLAY WELL

YOU'RE GOING TO SCORE WELL, THERE'S NOTHING, NOTHING SILLY ABOUT THE COURSE AT ALL AND, IT, IT'S GOING TO SUIT THE LONG HITTERS. THE END OF THE WEEK THEY WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A WINNER THAT HITS IT A LONG WAY.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT GOING TO BE TO KEEP IT IN PLAY RELATIVE TO THE NOTION THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ADVANCE IT FROM THE ROUGH TO THE GREEN, OR CAN YOU IN FACT GO AHEAD AND ADVANCE IT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE GREEN FROM THE ROUGH SO THAT THE PENALTY ISN'T QUITE SEVERE?

RETIEF GOOSEN
MAYBE ON SOME OF THE SHORTER PAR 4'S YOU MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING TO THE GREEN BUT THE LONG ONES, IF YOU MISS THE FAIRWAY, UNLESS YOU GET, GET LUCKY WITH A VERY GOOD LIE IN THE ROUGH, YOU CAN GET THERE

BUT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THE STRONGER HITTERS LIKE TIGER AND DAVID, THEY CAN, AND PHIL MICKELSON CAN MAYBE GET IT OUT THERE CLOSE TO THE GREEN OR MAYBE ON THE GREEN BUT THE BACK NINE, A LOT OF THE SECOND SHOTS ARE

UPHILL SO IT WILL BE DIFFICULT OUT OF THE ROUGH TO CARRY IT TO THE GREEN.

PETER KESSLER
HOW YOU PLAYING?

RETIEF GOOSEN
I DIDN'T PLAY TOO WELL LAST WEEK BUT I SPENT A GOOD, YOU KNOW, FOUR HOURS A DAY ON THE RANGE, YOU KNOW, LAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND I FEEL LIKE I'M STARTING TO PLAY. MY SWING IS COMING BACK A LITTLE BIT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WEEKEND.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE ANY REASON TO THINK THAT YOU COULDN'T WIN HERE TOO?

RETIEF GOOSEN
WELL, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK I COULDN'T WIN AT SOUTHERN HILLS SO IT'S NO

PETER KESSLER
YOU DON'T CARE WHAT THEY THINK. WHAT DO YOU THINK?

RETIEF GOOSEN
NO I THINK I CAN WIN THIS WEEK. I LIKE THE COURSE, THE WAY IT'S SET UP AND YOU KNOW YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO JUST KEEP IT ON THE FAIRWAYS FROM THE TEE AND THAT'S PROBABLY THE KEY, IRON PLAY WON'T BE QUITE AS IMPORTANT AS IT WAS AT SOUTHERN HILL.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DO YOU FEEL INSIDE ABOUT THE REALITY THAT THE THREE FELLOWS WHO WON THE MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SO FAR THIS YEAR, TIGER WOODS, DAVID DUVAL,

AND RETIEF GOOSEN WILL TEE OFF TOGETHER ON THURSDAY, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT WHERE YOU'VE ARRIVED TO?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, IT'S SOMETHING NEW FOR ME, YOU KNOW TO SUDDENLY JUST COME AND PLAY WITH THOSE BIG PLAYERS BUT IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ME AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING WITH THEM. IF I'M GOING TO PLAY MORE OVER HERE NOW I NEED TO GET USED TO PLAYING WITH TIGER. I PLAYED WITH

TIGER A COUPLE OF TIMES, SO, I'VE NEVER PLAYED WITH DAVID SO IT'S GOING TO BE NICE TO HAVE A ROUND OF GOLF WITH HIM.

PETER KESSLER
WILL WE SEE MORE OF YOU IN THE UNITED STATES NOW?

RETIEF GOOSEN
YEAH, DEFINITELY. I'LL, THIS YEAR I'LL KEEP FOCUSING ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR AND FINISH THE TOUR HOPEFULLY AND THEN NEXT YEAR I'LL PROBABLY PLAY BOTH TOURS. I WANT TO KEEP SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN TOUR AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR.

PETER KESSLER
WELL, IT HAS JUST BEEN A GREAT PLEASURE. CONGRATULATIONS

RETIEF GOOSEN
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
ON AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR OF MARRIAGE, OPEN CHAMPION OF SCOTLAND, OPEN CHAMPION OF THE UNITED STATES AND ANOTHER SHOT THIS WEEK, AND THANKS. YOU WERE FUNNY,

AND YOU WERE INTERESTING, AND YOU DID LAUGH, AND I APPRECIATE IT AND OUR AUDIENCE DID TOO.

RETIEF GOOSEN
OKAY, THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH DAVID GOSSETT.

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