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Golf Talk Live - Loren Roberts Transcript Segment 1

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IN A SPORT WHERE YOUTH SEEMS TO DOMINATE, LOREN ROBERTS IS DISRUPTING THE BELL CURVE. AT 45 HE ENJOYED ONE OF THE BEST YEARS OF HIS CAREER. A SILKY SMOOTH PUTTING STROKE EARNED HIM THE NICKNAME

BOSS OF THE MOSS. MEET HIM TONIGHT AND LEARN SOME OF HIS PUTTING SECRETS ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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LOREN ROBERTS CLAIMS HE'S A LITTLE BEHIND ON THE LEARNING CURVE. IF THAT'S TRUE, HE CERTAINLY CAUGHT ON QUICKLY. HE DIDN'T PICK UP HIS FIRST PGA TOUR VICTORY UNTIL THE AGE OF 38.

NOW A 7 TIME PGA TOUR WINNER, ROBERTS HAS WON FIVE OF HIS TITLES AND MORE THAN FIVE MILLION DOLLARS SINCE TURNING 40. NOT BAD FOR A FELLOW WHO SPENT HIS TIME AFTER COLLEGE IN A PRO SHOP AND DIDN'T TAKE UP GOLF PROFESSIONALLY UNTIL THE AGE OF 28. HIS 2000 SEASON INCLUDED A TOUR VICTORY.

A TERRIFIC SHOWING AT AUGUSTA, WHERE HIS MASTERFUL PLAY ON THE GREENS SURPRISED NO ONE. A VALIDATING PERFORMANCE HAS THE CAPTAIN'S SELECTION AT THE PRESIDENT'S CUP. AND HIS SIXTH TRIP TO THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS.

IF KEEPING THE BALL IN THE FAIRWAY AND MAKING PUTTS IS A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, LOREN ROBERTS HAS IT MEMORIZED. AMONG THE BEST ON TOUR IN DRIVING ACCURACY AND PUTTING, HE'S USED HIS PRECISION TO RACK UP NINE TOP TENS IN 24 EVENTS THIS YEAR, INCLUDING HIS WIN AT THE 2000 GREATER MILWAUKEE OPEN.

APPROACHING THE TALL SIDE OF FORTY, LOREN ROBERTS ISN'T ON A SLOW STROLL TOWARDS THE SENIOR TOUR, HE'S KEEPING THE PACE AND OFTEN SETTING IT FOR HIS YOUNGER PEERS ON THE PGA TOUR.

JENNIFER MILLS
HELLO EVERYBODY. LOREN, WELCOME. GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE IN THE STUDIOS.

LOREN ROBERTS
THANKS EVER.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE TALK ABOUT YOU SAYING THAT YOU WERE A LATE BLOOMER.

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
SO I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND TALK ABOUT GOLF IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU PLAYED BASEBALL, I UNDERSTAND, IN HIGH SCHOOL.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH WELL, I REALLY WASN'T VERY GOOD. I UH

JENNIFER MILLS
VARSITY BASEBALL, SO YOU MUST HAVE BEEN

PRETTY GOOD

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I, I HAD TWO THINGS TURN ME TO GOLF. I HIT A LINE DRIVE SINGLE TO RIGHT FIELD AND GOT THROWN OUT OF FIRST BASE, SO I FIGURED THERE WASN'T MUCH CHANCE FOR ME IN THE BIGS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF?

LOREN ROBERTS
UM, I REALLY PLAYED MAYBE A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR WITH MY DAD, STARTING FROM ABOUT 8 YEARS OLD, BUT I DIDN'T REALLY START PLAYING ALL THE TIME UNTIL MY SOPHOMORE SUMMER IN HIGH SCHOOL, WHEN I QUIT BASEBALL.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND AS FAR AS PLAYING, DID YOU JUST DECIDE THAT THIS IS A SPORT I LIKE. I'M GOING TO TAKE IT UP FULL TIME OR HOW SERIOUSLY DID YOU PLAY WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, WHEN I STARTED PLAYING I KIND OF WENT AFTER IT ALL THE WAY. I, I LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE CLIPPINGS FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND YOU ALWAYS KIND OF THINK THAT YOU WERE BETTER THAN YOU REALLY ARE AS TIME GOES ON, AND I
LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE CLIPPINGS AND I REALLY COULDN'T BUST 90 VERY, VERY WELL, WHEN I WAS A JUNIOR, BUT THEN BY THE TIME I WAS A SENIOR I WENT TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA C-I-F PLAYOFFS AS AN INDIVIDUAL, SO

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN, AT THAT POINT, DID YOU THINK THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO IN MY CAREER?

LOREN ROBERTS
NO, I, I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT OF IT AS PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY. I WAS ACTUALLY MORE OR LESS GOING ALONG THE LINES OF BEING A CLUB PROFESSIONAL. YOU KNOW I WENT TO, WENT TO COLLEGE. I GOT STARTED TOO LATE TO GET ANY KIND OF A SCHOLARSHIP, SO I PLAYED IN A DIVISION TWO SCHOOL IN MY HOME TOWN CALPALI, AND PLAYED FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS UNTIL THEY GOT RID OF THE GOLF TEAM.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHICH YOU AND I TALKED, WE TALKED BEFORE THE SHOW, SO WE'LL LET YOU IN ON THAT SECRET. WE DECIDED WE'RE LEAVING TITLE NINE OUT OF THIS CONVERSATION.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, PLEASE DO.

JENNIFER MILLS
STAY POLITICALLY NEUTRAL TONIGHT. BUT, SO THAT, THAT ENDED AND THEN WHAT DID YOU DO? DID YOU TURN PRO AT THAT POINT?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I, I, I WENT TO WORK AS AN ASSISTANT PRO AT THE COUNTRY CLUB THERE AND I WAS TRYING TO GO TO SCHOOL AND FINISH UP MY DEGREE AND ALSO TRYING TO WORK ON MY GAME AT THE SAME TIME, AND, AND SOMETHING HAD TO GIVE AND SO UNFORTUNATELY I LEFT SCHOOL AND CONCENTRATED ON GOLF AND UH, BUT I SPENT FIVE, SIX YEARS TRYING TO WORK AT BEING A CLUB PROFESSIONAL THEN I WOULD GO TO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL JUST TO SEE HOW I WAS COMPARED TO THE OTHER GOOD PLAYERS AND THE THIRD TIME I WENT, LOW AND BEHOLD I GOT THROUGH.

JENNIFER MILLS
SO YOU, THERE COULDN'T BE MUCH TIME TO BE PRACTICING, IF YOU'RE WORKING FULL TIME AND JUST GOING A FEW DAYS BEFORE A TOURNAMENT.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, THE SAMOS COUNTRY CLUB WHERE I GREW UP WORKING AND, AND WORKING OUT OF THE BAG ROOM SO I COULD HAVE PRIVILEGES TO PLAY AND EVERYTHING, THE PUTTING GREEN WAS LITERALLY 15 STEPS OUT THE PRO SHOP DOOR SO AFTER ABOUT 2:00 IN THE AFTERNOON, I'D OPEN THE WINDOW SO I COULD HEAR THE PHONE RING IN CASE SOMEBODY CALLED AND I'D JUST GO OUT THERE AND CHIP AND PUTT ALL AFTERNOON.

JENNIFER MILLS
IS THAT WHERE YOU BECAME SUCH A GOOD PUTTER?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I'M SURE IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT, ALSO, MY DAD BUILT A PUTTING GREEN IN THE BACK YARD AND IT WAS A REAL GRASS PUTTING GREEN AND I WOULD GO DOWN THERE AND, AND PUTT A LOT ALSO AT HOME.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU MADE IT ONTO THE TOUR IN 1980, I BELIEVE THROUGH TOUR SCHOOL

LOREN ROBERTS
I MADE IT THROUGH THE, I MADE IT THROUGH THE FALL OF '80 FOR THE '81 SEASON, YES.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM MHMM. AND THEN '83 I WOULD SAY ON, FROM THERE ON, YOU

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
BECAME NOT ONLY A REGULAR BUT, BUT DOMINANT AND

LOREN ROBERTS
AND THEN I PLAYED, ACTUALLY, I LOST MY CARD AT THE END OF '81 AND I DIDN'T GO BACK TO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL. I UH I CAME HOME AND, AND TIED UP A LOT OF LOOSE ENDS. I GOT MARRIED. FINISHED UP MY CLASS `A' FOR THE, IN CASE, YOU KNOW, THE, THE TOUR DIDN'T WORK OUT AND I HAD TO COME BACK AND GET A CLUB JOB AND, AND JUST KIND OF GOT ALL MY DUCKS IN A ROW AND THEN CAME BACK OUT AND REQUALIFIED FOR '83 AND I'VE BEEN PLAYING EVER SINCE.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHERE DO YOU CONSIDER, YOUR, AT WHAT POINT, AS YOU WERE PLAYING ON TOUR DID YOU THINK ALRIGHT, THIS IS GOING TO WORK. I'M GOING TO MAKE A GO OF THIS.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL I, I KIND OF STROLLED (??)THE FIRST FEW YEARS. I, I DID KEEP MY CARD FOR '84 AND '85 AND THEN LOST IT AGAIN IN '86 AND '87 BUT, I WAS STILL MAKING MONEY ALL THAT TIME. I, YOU KNOW, BARELY LOST IT THOSE TWO YEARS AND UM I REALLY DIDN'T BECOME ANY KIND OF WHAT I WOULD CLASSIFY AS A GOOD PLAYER UNTIL PROBABLY ABOUT 1989 OR 1990.

JENNIFER MILLS
1990 YOU HAD A, A NUMBER OF TOP TEN FINISHES.

LOREN ROBERTS
MMM

JENNIFER MILLS
AND THEN, '94 YOUR FIRST VICTORY WHICH CAME AT ARNIE'S PLACE, WHICH

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
IS NOT A BAD PLACE TO CALL YOUR FIRST WIN.

LOREN ROBERTS
NO, I MEAN THAT, I COULDN'T HAVE PICKED A BETTER TOURNAMENT TO WIN FOR MY FIRST TOURNAMENT AND UH THEN TO FOLLOW IT UP, THE NEXT YEAR AND SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND IT IN '95.


THE FIRST YEAR, YOU KNOW, I HAD SOME HELP IN WINNING, AND THEN THE SECOND YEAR I WON IT VERY DECISIVELY, SO IT, IT WAS REALLY NICE, ESPECIALLY TO DO IT AT ARNOLD, YOU KNOW WHAT HE'S MEANT FOR THE GAME OF GOLF AND, AND WE ALL ASPIRE TO, HAVE ASPIRED TO PLAY LIKE HIM AND, AND TO BE LIKE HIM. BE THE GENTLEMAN AND THE GREAT AMBASSADOR OF THE GAME THAT HE IS.

JENNIFER MILLS
DO YOU REMEMBER NOW OR RECALL THE FEELINGS YOU HAD IN '94 FOR THAT FIRST VICTORY? ARE THEY STILL SOMEWHAT FRESH?

LOREN ROBERTS
THEY, THEY REALLY ARE. I JUST REMEMBER HAVING TO TWO PUTT FROM ABOUT 50 FEET ON 17 AND I KNOCKED MY FIRST PUTT PROBABLY ABOUT 8 FEET BY AND I, I MADE IT COMING BACK, AND FROM, WHEN THAT ONE WENT IN I, I FELT LIKE I HAD A LEGITIMATE CHANCE TO WIN THE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND BECAUSE I KNEW THE LAST TWO HOLES WERE PLAYING TOUGH AND I GOT A LITTLE HELP FROM FUZZY AND VIJAY COMING DOWN THE STRETCH THERE. THEY BASICALLY HAD SOME PROBLEMS AND I WAS ABLE TO PAR THE LAST TWO AND THAT'S WHY I ENDED UP WINNING.

JENNIFER MILLS
A GREAT WIN THERE. YOU WON IT AGAIN IN '95 AS YOU SAID AND CERTAINLY THAT WIN IN '94 HELPED YOU IN THE EFFORT TO MAKE THE RYDER CUP TEAM IN '95.

LOREN ROBERTS
IT REALLY DID, YOU KNOW I'VE, I'VE PLAYED ON ONE RYDER CUP TEAM AND TWO PRESIDENT'S CUP TEAMS AND I'M STILL, I THINK I'M STILL IN THE TOP TEN GOING INTO NEXT YEAR FOR, FOR THE RYDER CUP, AND I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MAKE ONE MORE SHOT AT MAKING ANOTHER RYDER CUP TEAM.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU, IS THAT A GOAL OF YOURS FOR NEXT YEAR?

LOREN ROBERTS
IT IS. IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE TOUGHER GOAL BECAUSE I'VE KIND OF DECIDED THAT I MAY TRY TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT, A LITTLE BIT LESS. I'LL PROBABLY LIKE TO PLAY ABOUT 20 TO 22 TOURNAMENTS NEXT YEAR INSTEAD OF THE 25 OR 26 THAT I'VE BEEN PLAYING, SO, BUT I THINK I CAN DO IT. I, I THINK PLAYING A LITTLE LESS BUT BEING A LITTLE BIT MORE PREPARED TO PLAY I THINK WILL HELP ME.

-JENNIFER MILLS
YOU WON THE TOURNAMENT AT BAY HILL IN '94. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, JUST A MATTER OF MONTHS, YOU HAD THE, THE CLOSE CALL, WHATEVER, I'M GOING TO CALL IT , WOULD IT BE YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT TO MISS THE, THE U.S. OPEN.

LOREN ROBERTS
UH. YEAH. I, I WOULD SAY THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT EVERY KID DREAMS ABOUT, YOU KNOW, HAVING A 6 FOOT PUTT ON THE LAST HOLE TO WIN THE U.S. OPEN AND YOU KNOW I HAD THAT AND UNFORTUNATELY I DIDN'T GET THE JOB DONE, BUT YOU KNOW, I, I COULD LOOK AT IT NEGATIVELY AND SAY, YOU KNOW, I, I BLEW A CHANCE TO WIN THE OPEN BUT I KIND OF LOOKED AT IT POSITIVELY AND SAID, YOU KNOW, I WAS GOING TO MISS THE CUT WITH, YOU KNOW, TEN HOLES TO PLAY ON FRIDAY AND, AND JUST HAPPENED TO MAKE EVERYTHING FOR A DAY AND A HALF AND GET INTO, GOT INTO THE POSITION TO WIN, SO THAT'S WHAT I KIND OF LOOK AT.

JENNIFER MILLS
TO TURN THE NEGATIVE INTO A POSITIVE.

LOREN ROBERTS
RIGHT

JENNIFER MILLS
DO YOU THINK YOU'LL HAVE ANOTHER SHOT AT A MAJOR?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT GOING INTO THIS YEAR AND MR. WOODS KIND OF, KIND OF BLEW EVERYBODY'S CANDLE OUT.

JENNIFER MILLS
AUGUSTA WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY. YOU WERE RIGHT IN THE, IN THE HOT SEAT

LOREN ROBERTS
IT WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY MAKING THE TURN AND, AND I KIND OF STUMBLED GOING THROUGH 10 AND 11 AND AMEN CORNER BUT UM YOU NEVER KNOW, OBVIOUSLY AT 45 YEARS OF AGE THE CLOCKS TICKING PRETTY FAST.

JENNIFER MILLS
I DON'T KNOW, YOU'RE SCARING ENOUGH GUYS OUT THERE WHO ARE 26 AND 7. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK WE'LL TALK A BIT ABOUT A NICKNAME `BOSS OF THE MOSS'.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT'S HOW A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW YOU, SO WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. STAY WITH US. GOLF TALK LIVE CONTINUES AFTER THIS.


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