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Golf Talk Live - Matt Kuchar Transcript Segment 6

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JENNIFER MILLS
WELCOME BACK. OUR GUEST IS MATT KUCHAR. CURTIS IS ON THE LINE FROM MARYLAND WITH A QUESTION FOR MATT. HI CURTIS.

CURTIS, CALLER FROM MARYLAND (MALE):
HI JENNIFER. THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL.

JENNIFER MILLS
SURE

CURTIS, CALLER FROM MARYLAND (MALE):
HEY MATT. QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU, I'M WONDERING WHAT COURSES OR TYPE OF ARCHITECTS REALLY FAVOR YOUR GAME AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. I'M THE GUY WHO RUNS INTO YOU UP AT WHITE MOUNTAIN OR OWLS NEST LAST COUPLE OF SUMMERS. PLEASE SAY HI TO YOUR DAD FOR ME.

MATT KUCHAR
ALRIGHT, CURTIS.

CURTIS, CALLER FROM MARYLAND (MALE):
THANKS, AND I'LL HANG UP.

MATT KUCHAR
CURTIS, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. I GO UP TO NEW HAMPSHIRE EVERY SUMMER REGARDLESS OF WHAT'S, WHAT CONFLICTS. I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THAT TRIP, BUT COURSES THAT SUIT MY GAME. U.S. OPEN STYLE COURSES I THINK BEST SUIT MY GAME, BUT IT WAS FUNNY, LEADING UP TO THE MASTERS MY FIRST

TIME, I TALKED A LOT TO COACH HEPLER ABOUT THINGS AND HE SAYS MATT, THE MASTERS IS GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU. IT'S, IT'S

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
REQUIRES A LOT OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, A LOT OF EXPERIENCE TO PLAY IT. HE SAYS, YOUR GAME, I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED FOR YOU TO REALLY DO WELL AT THE U.S. OPEN, BUT THE MASTERS NOW, THAT, YOU KNOW, DON'T EXPECT TOO MUCH THERE, AND FORTUNATELY I, I WAS LUCKY

ENOUGH TO PLAY WELL AT THE MASTERS BUT THEN SURE ENOUGH AT THE OPEN. THAT COURSE, AT THE OLYMPIC CLUB, A REAL DEMANDING COURSE WHERE PAR'S A GOOD SCORE. I FEEL, I'M NOT GREAT AT GOING 30, 40 UNDER PAR, BUT WHEN PAR'S

A GOOD SCORE I FEEL I'VE MANAGED MY GAME WELL ENOUGH TO, TO GET IT AROUND AND STAY AROUND THE LEADERBOARD. SO THOSE ARE THE COURSES I TEND TO LIKE.

JENNIFER MILLS
CURTIS MENTIONED YOUR FATHER AND TO SAY HELLO. I KNOW YOU'RE SO CLOSE WITH YOUR FAMILY. YOU HAVE ONE SISTER WHO IS A YOUNGER SISTER.

MATT KUCHAR
A YOUNGER SISTER.

JENNIFER MILLS
I BELIEVE SHE JUST, JUST TIED THE KNOT RECENTLY.

MATT KUCHAR
THAT'S RIGHT. MY SISTER, BECKY, JUST GOT MARRIED. I'M SURE SHE'S OUT THERE WITH HER HUSBAND, WONDERFUL GUY, MICHAEL MORRIS AND NOW IT'S BECKY MORRIS. I'D LIKE TO SAY HELLO TO THEM AND CONGRATULATIONS.

FAMILY'S GREAT. MOM AND DAD JUST MOVED UP TO PONTE VEDRA. MOM IS ECSTATIC. SHE'S ALWAYS WANTED TO BE CLOSE TO THE BEACH. DAD NOW HAS A GOLF CART IN THE GARAGE, SO HE'S HAPPY AS CAN BE WHEN HE GETS HOME.

THING, THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR THEM. I DON'T KNOW HOW MOM'S DONE IT. SHE'S PULLED OFF TWO MIRACLES. MOVING THE FAMILY UP TO PONTE VEDRA AND THEN MARRYING OFF MY SISTER. SHE'S, SHE'S AMAZING.

JENNIFER MILLS
IS THE HEAT ON YOU NOW?

MATT KUCHAR
(LAUGHS)
I'M STILL LOOKING FOR MRS. KUCHAR. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

MATT KUCHAR
BUT I THINK IT, I THINK IT COULD BE A WHILE.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)
AS FAR AS, AS YOUR PARENTS, DO THEY, I KNOW YOUR DAD PLAYS GOLF. DOES YOU MOM PLAY GOLF TOO?

MATT KUCHAR
NO, MOM, MOM'S A CHEERLEADER. SHE, SHE LIKES TO SPECTATE.

JENNIFER MILLS
NOW SHE DID SOME MODELING IN HER DAY.

MATT KUCHAR
SHE DID DO SOME MODELING. I, I HAD SOME GOOD GENES. MOM'S BEAUTIFUL AND JUST A, JUST A TERRIFIC LADY. I DON'T KNOW HOW DAD GOT SO LUCKY.

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)
YOU'RE CALLING YOUR DAD AN OVER ACHIEVER ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY.

JENNIFER MILLS
HE'S GOING TO BE MAD AT YOU.

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY, BUT, I DON'T KNOW, THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING GOOD.

JENNIFER MILLS
AS FAR AS THIS YEAR, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED? YOU'VE, YOU'VE GOT A LIMITED NUMBER OF SPONSORS EXEMPTIONS BASED ON STATUS OR LACK OF EXEMPT STATUS. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FROM HERE? YOU'VE PLAYED FOUR TIMES ON THE PGA TOUR.

MATT KUCHAR
THREE LEFT NOW, SO I'M TRYING TO PICK AND CHOOSE THOSE. REALLY LIKE TO GO TO THE WESTERN OPEN. IT'S AT COGG HILL. I HAVEN'T BEEN TO COGG HILL SINCE THE AMATEUR VICTORY.

JENNIFER MILLS
WOULDN'T THAT BE NICE.

MATT KUCHAR
AND I'M KIND OF UP IN THE AIR ON THE OTHER TWO AT THE MOMENT. JUST TRYING TO PICK COURSES THAT SUIT MY GAME, IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO AND, AND THEN THOSE EXEMPTIONS ARE KIND OF TOUGH TO COME BY, SO, FEELING OUT

THE WATERS A LITTLE BIT. MAY START DOING SOME BUY.COM EVENTS. I'VE REALLY, REALLY GOTTEN BACK INTO WORKING HARD AGAIN, JENNIFER. I, I GOT SIDE TRACKED FOR A WHILE WHEN ALL

THE STUFF STARTED HAPPENING. I LOVE SO MANY THINGS AND I GOT INVITED TO DO SO MANY GREAT THINGS THAT I FELT MY GOLF GAME SLIP BECAUSE I, I ENJOY DOING OTHER THINGS BESIDES GOLF AND SO I HAD SO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES.

I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT I STOPPED PRACTICING. I STOPPED WORKING LIKE I USED TO AND FINALLY AFTER I MISSED THE CUT AT THE BELLSOUTH SOMETHING SWITCHED AND I, I WAS SO FRUSTRATED WITH MYSELF. I HATE MISSING THOSE

CUTS AND I WENT BACK TO JUST WORKING REALLY HARD LIKE I DID MY FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE YEAR IN SCHOOL AND IT'S FUNNY HOW THOSE THINGS PAY OFF. THAT, THAT HARD WORK AND I CAME

THROUGH AND PLAYED A GREAT WEEK AT GREENSBORO AND NOW, YOU KNOW, I FELT MYSELF THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER GREENSBORO, EVERY ROUND I'VE BEEN REALLY WORKING HARD ON. JUST, JUST IN PRACTICE. WORKING HARD AND IT'S PAYING OFF. I FELT TODAY I DIDN'T

EVEN PLAY THAT WELL, BUT PLAYED WELL ENOUGH TO GO ON TO THAT NEXT LEVEL.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SUCCESS YOU ENJOYED AT THE MASTERS AND THE U.S. OPEN IN '98, HAVE YOU PEAKED OR ARE YOU STILL QUITE A WAYS FROM THERE?

MATT KUCHAR
NO I'M READY, I'M READY TO KEEP GOING. I'M SO THRILLED TO BE WORKING WITH RICK SMITH. SOMETHING I WISH I HAD DONE A WHILE AGO AND NOW MY GAME IS GOOD ON, ON FEEL AND, AND I'VE GOTTEN BY WITH THAT.

I HAD, I HAD ACTUALLY A, SOME PERSON KIND OF TELL ME THAT, THAT I NEEDED TO GET A COACH AND I, I WAS LIKE COACHES ARE BAD. I KEPT HEARING STAY AWAY FROM COACHES BUT NOW THAT I'VE GOT ONE, IT'S A GUY I CAN FALL BACK ON AND, AND WE'RE ALWAYS MAKING

IMPROVEMENTS AND I FEEL MYSELF GETTING BETTER AND BETTER WITH THIS, SO I THINK WITH THIS HARD WORK AND NOW HAVING SOMEBODY THAT CAN LOOK AT ME AND TAKE ME, KIND OF TAKE ME TO THAT NEXT LEVEL. I FEEL I'M ANXIOUS TO KEEP GOING.

JENNIFER MILLS
THE GOAL IS THE PGA TOUR FULL TIME, COMPETING AND CONTENDING.

MATT KUCHAR
ABSOLUTELY.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL RIGHT NOW MATT ISN'T CHASING TIGER DAY IN AND DAY OUT BUT THERE WAS A TIGER HE DID CATCH. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK. YOU CAN ENJOY THIS.

ANNOUNCER (MALE):
NOW THAT KUCHAR HAS GRADUATED, IT LOOKS AS IF HE'S READY TO GET TO GRIPS WITH A PROFESSIONAL GOLF CAREER, AND NOW HE'LL JUST HAVE TO GET HIS CLAWS INTO FORMER COLLEGIATE PLAYERS SUCH

AS MICKELSON, DUVAL, AND OF COURSE, THE MAN HE SUCCEEDED AS AMERICA'S
AMATEUR CHAMPION.

MATT KUCHAR
OOH HOO I CAUGHT A TIGER. HA HA

(BREAK)

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