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Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER

HERE'S A HAPPY MOMENT.

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT WAS PRETTY NICE. PEBBLE BEACH. ... WHOOPS. (LAUGHS) OH WELL (LAUGHS).

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S ALRIGHT. IT'S OKAY TO MAKE A DOUBLE BOGIE AFTER THE LAST SHOT


HAS BEEN (?)

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT THE (?)

PETER KESSLER

HOW DO YOU, HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS FUN AND INTERESTING AS OPPOSED TO OVERWHELMING AND CHAOTIC GIVEN THE INCREASING AND EXPONENTIALLY INCREASING RATE OF SUCCESS YOU'VE HAD LATELY?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL YOU'RE RIGHT. A LOT HAS KIND OF COME MY WAY. IT'S KIND OF BEEN CHAOTIC BUT IT'S BEEN REALLY FUN. PETER, MY FAITH REALLY KIND OF HELPS ME STAY GROUNDED AND JUST MY FAMILY AND SUPPORT HAS REALLY HELPED ME KIND OF KEEP A LEVEL HEAD


SO TO SPEAK I THINK. ALSO, AS FAR AS KEEPING IT FUN, EARLY ON, WHEN MY DAD AND I, WE'D GO OUT AND PLAY GOLF, WE'D REALLY, YOU KNOW, HE'D, HE'D GO THE EXTRA DISTANCE TO MAKE SURE WE'D LAUGH AND HAVE A GOOD TIME


OUT THERE. HE'D LET ME DRIVE THE CART EARLY ON WHEN I WAS 8 AND 9 AND HE'D LET ME PLAY FROM THE 200 YARD SIGN AS HE WOULD PLAY FROM THE, THE BLUES INSTEAD OF HAVING TO, YOU KNOW, HIT IT THREE TIMES TO REACH WHERE HE WAS


AND WE JUST WOULD REALLY HAVE A GOOD TIME. WE WEREN'T ALWAYS COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER TRYING TO BEAT EACH OTHER BUT HE WAS, YOU KNOW, ENCOURAGING AND, AND JUST, JUST HAVING A BALL, REALIZING IT'S A
GAME AND JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER.

PETER KESSLER

ANDY MARTINEZ CADDIED FOR JOHNNY MILLER AND JOHNNY'S PRIME WAS WITH HIM FOR BOTH HIS OPEN VICTORIES, U.S. AND BRITISH OPEN WIN WITH TOM LEHMAN IN HIS BRITISH OPEN VICTORY


AND OF COURSE CADDIED FOR YOU IN A OFF WEEK DURING THE U.S AMATEUR THAT YOU TWO HAD AGREED BECAUSE YOU HAD STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION AND FRIENDSHIP AND HE DESCRIBED THAT WEEK OF HIS LIFE. GIVEN ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN


WHEN YOU WON THE U.S. AMATEUR AT PEBBLE BEACH AFTER ALMOST NOT EVEN GETTING THROUGH THE QUALIFYING STAGE OF THE THING AS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING EXPERIENCES OF HIS ENTIRE CAREER. HOW DO YOU CHARACTERIZE
THAT PARTICULAR WEEK?

DAVID GOSSETT

WELL I REALLY CHERISH THE EXPERIENCE I HAD AT PEBBLE BEACH NOT ONLY WINNING THE TROPHY BUT THE FRIENDSHIP THAT I REALLY HAVE IN ANDY MARTINEZ. HE IS A FINE BROTHER AND, AND IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL HOW IT ALL WORKED OUT. YOU KNOW, WE MET IN


MEMPHIS AND WE STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION AND, AND TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT WE JUST STARTED TALKING. HE SAID HEY I THINK YOU CAN GET YOU A CADDIE FOR THE, THE U.S AMATEUR. I LIVE NOT TOO FAR FROM THERE. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT


AND I SAID OH GREAT. YOU KNOW, WELL I STILL HAVE TO QUALIFY IN CHICAGO AND PLAY 36 HOLES TO GET IN AND I GOT IN AND, AND WE TALKED ON THE PHONE A FEW TIMES AND HE WAS CALLING FROM FLINT MICHIGAN ONE TIME. HE SAID


WELL, WELL, IT MIGHT WORK OUT WHERE I COULD CADDIE. I'VE BEEN AROUND THAT COURSE A FEW TIMES AND
NEEDLESS TO SAY HE'S BEEN AROUND


THERE A LOT, SO IT, HE WAS VERY HELPFUL THAT WEEK AND WE HAD A GOOD TIME JUST TALKING ABOUT GOLF AND LIFE AND IT, IT WAS NICE THAT I WAS ABLE TO PLAY SO WELL AND, AND WIN THE TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER

WE OUGHT TO SAY THAT WE LEARN MORE FROM THE BAD GOLF THAT WE PLAY THAN FROM THE HAPPY EXPERIENCES THAT WE HAVE AND

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S TRUE

PETER KESSLER

YOU HAD AN 80 AT PEBBLE BEACH

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

IN THE FIRST OF 36 HOLES QUALIFYING AND KNEW THAT YOU NEEDED TO SHOOT 70 OR 71 AT THE MORE DIFFICULT SPY GLASS HILL. SHOT THE 71. QUALIFIED BY A SHOT. WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT YOU DURING THAT ROUND OF 71 THAT DAY?

DAVID GOSSETT

I LEARNED, I LEARNED A LOT AND YOU KNOW MY BACK WAS OBVIOUSLY UP AGAINST THE WALL. HAD, YOU KNOW, NOTHING TO LOSE. EVERYTHING TO GAIN. I KNEW I HAD TO GO OUT AND REALLY BE FOCUSED AND PLAY A GOOD ROUND OF GOLF. YOU KNOW, I SPENT A GOOD WEEK


AT MEMPHIS THE WEEK BEFORE PREPARING FOR THE EVENT AND I FELT VERY PREPARED AND TO OPEN UP WITH AN 80 WAS A, VERY HUMBLING SCORE, LET ME SAY AND I WAS VERY DETERMINED TO GO OUT THERE THE NEXT DAY AND TO STICK WITH MY GAME PLAN AND, AND TO


REALLY BE FOCUSED ON, ON SHOOTING A GOOD SCORE BECAUSE I NEEDED IT BUT ANDY WAS OUT THERE. HE, WE WERE HELPFUL. HE WAS HELPFUL AND TO SHOOT 71 AT SPYGLASS WITH THE, THE WAY THEY HAD THE ROUGH UP


PARTICULARLY FOR THAT EVENT AT SPY GLASS WAS VERY THICK. IT WAS FUNNY PLAYING IN THE PRACTICE ROUND, ANDY WAS MENTIONING MAN THEY REALLY GROWN IT IN HERE. THIS IS REALLY THICK,.


YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT LIKE THIS DURING THE AT&T SO IT WAS NICE TO GO OUT AND SHOOT THAT 71 AND GET IN.

PETER KESSLER

THE AMATEUR'S CHAMPIONSHIP.

DAVID GOSSETT

IT SURE IS.

PETER KESSLER

BETWEEN THE SUMMER OF '99 WHEN YOU WON AT PEBBLE AND THEN WINNING RECENTLY AT JOHN DEERE, YU DIDN'T HAVE ANY VICTORIES

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

ON ANY TOUR ANYWHERE BTU YET YOU HAD AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF EXPERIENCES

DAVID GOSSETT

SURE HAVE

PETER KESSLER

PLAYING WITH TIGER IN A MAJOR. PLAYING WITH JACK AT BOTH THE MASTERS AND THE U.S. OPEN LAST YEAR. PLAYING WITH TIGER, ACTUALLY, AT THE OLD COURSE LAST YEAR

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

WHEN HE WON THAT CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'VE GAINED IN THAT INTERIM PERIOD THAT YOU SORT OF TAKE WITH YOU NOW? THE EXPERIENCE WITH TIGER, THE EXPERIENCE WITH JACK?

DAVID GOSSETT

I THINK PETER, AFTER WINNING THE U.S. AMATEUR AT PEBBLE , A PLACE LIKE PEBBLE BEACH, I WENT BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND JUST WAS REALLY WELCOMED THERE AND THEY


REALLY EMBRACED THAT WIN AND, AND SO SUPPORTIVE. I REALLY ENJOYED MY, MY TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. COACH JOHN FIELDS HAS JUST, A GREAT COACH AND A GOOD FRIEND AND THEY


HAVE A, A WONDERFUL PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, BUT PLAYING IN THE MASTERS, STAYING IN THE CROWS NEST, PLAYING WITH JACK NICKLAUS ON SUNDAY AT AUGUSTA, THOSE EXPERIENCES YOU TALK ABOUT, I MEAN,


IT WAS, IT WAS GREAT KIND OF LEARNING TIME FOR ME TO, TO LOOK AT WHAT I WANTED TO DO IN MY GAME. I KNEW THAT THE AMATEUR OPENED UP DOORS IS PLAYING IN THE U.S OPEN AND JACK'S POSSIBLY HIS LAST U.S. OPEN AND MY FIRST. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT


EXPERIENCE. WE'RE PLAYING AT PEBBLE BEACH. THAT WAS PRETTY FUN AND TO PLAY WITH TIGER AND NICK PRICE AT THE HOME OF GOLF WAS A VERY SPECIAL. I, I ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE AND IT WAS A


TIME FOR ME TO MATURE AND TO REALLY KIND OF GROW UP IN MY GAME AND CONTINUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY GAME. TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OUT HERE ON THE, ON THE TOUR GOLF, WORLD GOLF HERE SO, I WON A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. JOHN DEERE AND, AND GOLF


IS A FICKLE GAME. WHAT CAN I SAY? I, I DIDN'T WIN BUT THE EXPERIENCES I HAD WERE, WERE AWESOME.

PETER KESSLER

AT THE MASTERS LAST YEAR, YOU NOT ONLY MADE THE CUT BUT YOU WERE LOW AMATEUR AND THAT MEANS YOU'RE PART OF THE GREEN JACKET

DAVID GOSSETT

THAT'S RIGHT

PETER KESSLER

CEREMONY AND OF COURSE BOBBY JONES WHO CREATED THE TOURNAMENT AND BUILT THE GOLF COURSE WAS A LIFELONG AMATEUR

DAVID GOSSETT

(?)

PETER KESSLER

AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM THE AMATEUR ELEMENT IN THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT. WHAT DID YOU FEEL


INSIDE AS YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN THINKING OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS DURING THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY?

DAVID GOSSETT

MOST DEFINITELY. THE ENTIRE WEEK, PETER. JUST STAYING IN THE CROW'S NEST AND THINKING ABOUT HOW MANY GREAT PLAYERS HAVE STAYED OUT THERE. WALKING THROUGH THE


CHAMPION'S LOCKER ROOM EACH, EACH MORNING AND SEEING ALL THE CHAMPIONS FROM MR. BYRON NELSON TO TIGER TO, TO ALL THE CHAMPIONS THERE AND I JUST, I JUST WANTED TO LET IT SOAK IN AND, AND TO, TO DREAM A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, AND TO HAVE FUN AND, AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE AND I DID AND I


THINK I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT AND I HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR WHAT BOBBY JONES AND THE MEMBERS THERE HAVE DONE WITH


THAT EVENT AND HOW THEY HONOR THE, YOU KNOW, THE GAME AND THE GOLF AND
THEIR JUST, IT'S A FABULOUS TOURNAMENT.

PETER KESSLER

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND LOOK AT THAT COOL PUTT AND WE'LL LOOK RIGHT NOW AT A VERY COOL STATUE OF BOBBY JONES FROM RIGHT HERE AT THE ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB AS WE TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK.

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