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Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
22 YEAR OLD DAVID GOSSETT HAS ENOUGH DATA POINTS ON THE GRAPH TO EVIDENCE THAT HE'S HEADED TO THE TOP OF THE GOLF WORLD. HE STUDIED AND LEARNED AT THE LEADBETTER ACADEMY. HE WAS THE A.J.G.A. PLAYER OF THE YEAR

IN 1997. HE WON THE U.S. AMATEUR IN 1999 AND SHOCKINGLY FAILED AT Q-SCHOOL, DESPITE THROWING A 59 AT THE FIELD. HE'S PLAYED ALL THE MAJORS EXCEPT THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. HE CROSSES

THAT OFF HIS LIST THIS WEEK. AT THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC A FEW WEEKS AGO, HE TOOK CARE OF THE WHOLE TOUR CARD
ISSUE BY WINNING AND NOW HE'S READY TO REALLY GET SERIOUS.

WELCOME BACK, IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO PGA TOUR WINNER, DAVID GOSSETT. THAT HAS TO SOUND GOOD, RIGHT?

DAVID GOSSETT
IT SURE DOES, PETER. THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

DAVID GOSSETT
GLAD TO BE HERE.

PETER KESSLER
AS OPPOSED TO

DAVID GOSSETT
ODESSA, TEXAS. NEVER BEEN OUT THERE. WENT TO UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FOR TWO YEARS BUT PLEASED TO BE HERE IN ATLANTA THIS WEEK PLAYING IN THE, THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU WERE VOTED MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR CLASSMATES SAW IN YOU THAT YOU PROBABLY SECRETLY APPRECIATED ABOUT YOURSELF ALREADY?

DAVID GOSSETT
WELL PETER I THINK THEY, THEY RECOGNIZED THAT OBVIOUSLY I, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE GOLF COURSE AND LOVED THE GAME AND SAW THAT I HAD SOME SUCCESS IN JUNIOR GOLF BUT REALLY JUST ENJOYED PLAYING IT AND, AND I REALLY ENJOYED HIGH SCHOOL.

I HAVE SOME GOOD FRIENDS AND I TRAVELED. WENT TO THREE DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS, ACTUALLY AND, AND, IN MEMPHIS THERE AND WENT TO THE LEADBETTER ACADEMY IN FLORIDA BUT I

THINK THEY, THEY JUST RECOGNIZED THAT I HAD A BURNING DESIRE TO IMPROVE MY GOLF GAME AND ENJOY THE GAME.

PETER KESSLER
A LOT OF PLAYERS, EVEN VERY GREAT ONES HAVE STOOD OVER SIX FOOT PUTTS, AND THE FEELING THEY HAD INSIDE WAS THAT THEY WANTED TO THROW UP AND THAT THEY WERE NERVOUS AS OPPOSED TO EXCITED AT THE OPPORTUNITY.

DAVID GOSSETT
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
NICKLAUS WAS EXCITED AND EXHILARATED AT THE OPPORTUNITY. TIGER GETS EXCITED AND EXHILARATED AT THE OPPORTUNITY AND IT SEEMS LIKE YOU DO TOO. I MEAN EVEN GOING BACK

TO BEING A KID 10 YEARS OLD AND PITCHING A NO HITTER IN YOUR FIRST PITCHING START IN LITTLE LEAGUE TO

DAVID GOSSETT
WELL

PETER KESSLER
WINNING ON TOUR IN ONLY YOUR 12TH START. WHERE DO YOU THINK THIS LOVE OF THE PRESSURE AS YOU'RE PERFORMING YOUR CRAFT COMES FROM FOR YOU?

DAVID GOSSETT
I THINK MY, MY DAD EARLY ON INSTILLED IN ME A COMPETITIVE NATURE FOR, FOR, IT WENT BACK TO JUST KIND OF THROWING PITCH BACK IN THE, THE BACK YARD. WE PLAYED A LOT OF BASEBALL TOGETHER AND, AND HE PLAYED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY. HE PITCHED

BASEBALL AND, MY WHOLE FAMILY JUST REALLY SUPPORTIVE. WE LOVE SPORTS. LOVE HAVING A GOOD TIME. I PLAYED COMPETITIVE LITTLE LEAGUE LIKE YOU SAID. PLAYED BASKETBALL, I PLAYED HOCKEY. I PLAYED, I JUST LOVED SPORTS

AND WHEN I GOT PLAYING GOLF FOR A WHILE AND THEN, AS I BECAME MORE AND MORE SERIOUS WITH IT, AND, STARTING TO WIN TOURNAMENTS I JUST LOVE THE CHANCE TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THAT SIX FOOTER YOU WERE

REFERRING TO AT THE JOHN DEERE, I MEAN, I JUST WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, BEFORE I PUTT, I GO THIS IS, WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. ENJOY IT, AND I DIDN'T WANT TO, YOU KNOW, MISS IT BECAUSE I WAS NERVOUS OR ANYTHING, SO I JUST KIND OF TRIED TO SMILE AND ENJOY IT

AND WHATEVER HAPPENED HAPPENED AND HAPPENED TO GO RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE WITH GOOD SPEED AND IT WORKED OUT WELL.


PETER KESSLER
WE ONCE ASKED NICK FALDO AS HE WAS WINNING HIS FIRST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP, THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

DAVID GOSSETT
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
AT MUIRFIELD IN 1987, HE WAS MAKING 18 STRAIGHT PARS IN THE LAST ROUND TO WIN AND AS HE HIT

DAVID GOSSETT
THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
THE FINAL IRON TO THE GREEN AND WAS WATCHING IT IN THE AIR, HIS THOUGHT WAS... COOL. WHICH WAS EXACTLY THE REACTION I READ YOU HAD AFTER YOU HIT THAT SIX FOOT PUTT.

DAVID GOSSETT
WELL PETER, NO QUESTION, IT WAS VERY COOL. I HAD MY, MY GOOD BUDDY MATT BROST ON THE BAG AT THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC AND WE JUST REALLY HAD A FUN WEEK, AND, YOU KNOW THE, PLAYING ON

THE BUY.COM TOUR THIS YEAR IT WAS VERY GOOD FOR ME. I'M VERY PLEASED THAT I GOT TO PLAY OUT THERE AND GET TO LEARN THAT THOSE GUYS OUT THERE


ARE REALLY GOOD AND IT'S VERY COMPETITIVE AND PLEASED THAT I WAS ABLE TO HANG ON AT THE JOHN DEERE AND GET THE JOB DONE AND WIN IT, BUT I


JUST HAD FUN AND JUST KIND OF LETTING GO AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT THE OUTCOME SO MUCH AND THAT'S ALL YOU COULD DO.

PETER KESSLER

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WANTED TO BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, GOING BACK IN TIME, WHEN DID THAT FIRST OCCUR TO YOU AS, AS YOUR LIFE'S WORK GOAL?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL LIKE I MENTIONED BEFORE, I PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS GROWING UP, AND, AND I STARTED TO PLAY GOLF WHEN I WAS ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE AND PLAYED PRETTY WELL LOCALLY AND, AND


SLOWLY PLAYED IN SOME NATIONAL JUNIOR EVENTS AND STUFF AND WHEN I BECAME ABOUT 15 YEARS OLD, PETER, I, I STOPPED PLAYING OTHER SPORTS. REALLY WANTED TO FOCUS IN ON GOLF AND SEE IF I COULD PLAY WELL IN JUNIOR GOLF, GET A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AND


ABOUT 15 I REALLY DECIDED THAT I WANTED TO GIVE GOLF MY ALL IN, IN SPORT AND, AND I'D LOVE TO BECOME A PART OF THE HISTORY OF THE GAME OF GOLF AND THAT'S BEEN A BURNING DESIRE SINCE THEN FOR MY GOLF GAME.

PETER KESSLER

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TIGER HAD NO CONTROL OVER BUT THAT HE WAS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HAPPEN WAS THE COMBINATION OF STRENGTHS IN HIS PARENTS. HIS DAD BRINGING THE DISCIPLINE FROM THE MILITARY AND HIS


MOM BRINGING THE EASTERN MYSTICISM TO HIM TO FORM A GREAT COMBINATION. YOU HAD THE SAME KIND OF LUCK, TOO, DID YOU NOT? YOUR

DAVID GOSSETT

I SURE DID.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR MOM BEING A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR .

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

YOUR DAD AT ONE POINT FLYING F-4 FIGHTER PLANES.

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DID THOSE TWO DISCIPLINES, DO YOU THINK, MELT TOGETHER TO DO FOR YOU?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL, I'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH WONDERFUL PARENTS. MY DAD, LARRY, AND MY MOM PAM, JUST HAVE BEEN FABULOUS TO SUPPORT ME IN MY GOLF AND, AND JUST IN LIFE TOO. THEY'VE TAUGHT ME, INSTILLED GOOD VALUES


AND MORALS AND YOU KNOW, MY SISTER, JONI, TOO, WE'RE REALLY CLOSE AND SHE'S GOING TO BE A FRESHMAN AT VANDERBILT AND PLAY ON THE GOLF TEAM AND WE'VE GROWN CLOSER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND LAYING GOLF AND


JUST HAVING FUN BUT THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT, I'M EXTREMELY LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A LOVING FAMILY AND, AND THAT IS A HUGE REASON I'M, WHY I'M HERE TODAY.

PETER KESSLER

YOU CAN DO THE SAME THING SERGIO DID LAST YEAR. PLAY WITH YOUR SISTER AT THE PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL I DON'T KNOW. WE'LL HAVE TO SEE, BUT I DO ENJOY PLAYING TOGETHER. WE, WE HAVE SOME GOOD PUTTING CONTESTS TOGETHER LAST WEEK.

PETER KESSLER

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT
AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. AS WE LEAVE YOU, A LITTLE GRAPHIC ON DAVID GOSSETT.


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(WRITTEN TEXT)
-WON HIS 2ND TOURNAMENT PLAYED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.
-WON U.S. AMATEUR IN HIS 2ND APPEARANCE 9&8 MARGIN TIED LARGEST IN FINAL SINCE 1949.
-1ST PLAYER TO SHOOT 59 AT PGA TOUR QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT.
-1ST PLAYER TO WIN ON PGA TOUR WITH A SPONSOR'S EXEMPTION SINCE TIGER WOODS IN 1996.


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