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Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
WHY DO YOU FEEL LIKE 1997 WAS THE TURNING POINT OF YOUR CAREER IN SOME WAY?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, '97 WAS A, WAS A YEAR I GUESS I STARTED, THINGS STARTED COMING TOGETHER ON THE, ON THE CHANGES I WAS MAKING IN MY GAME, AND JUST STARTING THAT CANADIAN TOUR YEAR ON, I JUST HAD A NEW SELF CONFIDENCE IN ME THAT I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO, I JUST HAD THIS FEELING IT WAS GOING TO
 
BE THE MY TIME TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR ON THE CANADIAN TOUR AND FINALLY MAKE IT THROUGH THAT Q-SCHOOL FOR SOME REASON. I JUST FELT, I COULD FEEL MY SWING STARTING TO CHANGE FINALLY AND YOU KNOW, THE HARD WORK OF, YOU
 
KNOW, PROBABLY ABOUT THE PAST THREE YEARS BEFORE THAT, STARTING TO PAY OFF AND GETTING A COUPLE OF WINS UNDER MY BELT, GOING TO THE Q-SCHOOL AND HAVING
 
SOME SUCCESS EARLY IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF STAGES. I WON THE FIRST STAGE AND WAS SECOND THE SECOND STAGE AND GOING INTO THE FINAL, IT WAS, IT WAS A SENSE OF RELIEF GOING TO THAT FINAL STAGE BECAUSE
 
I HADN'T MADE IT THROUGH THE SECOND STAGE AND YOU KNOW IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL GETTING THROUGH THERE THE FIRST TIME.
 
(SOUND OF GOLF CLUB SWINGING)
 
PETER KESSLER
THIS LAST WEEKEND, AT DORAL, NICK PRICE SAID THAT YOU WERE THE BEST LEFT HANDED BALL STRIKER THAT HE'D EVER SEEN. NOW IN 1995 AT THE CANADIAN OPEN WHEN HE WAS HITTING BALLS NEXT TO YOU, YOU WERE THINKING
MAYBE THAT YOU MIGHT BE THE WORST BALL STRIKER YOU KNEW
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS) YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE OF WHAT HE WAS DOING TO THE PILE OF BALLS IN FRONT OF HIM.
 
MIKE WEIR
RIGHT.
 
PETER KESSLER
TELL US ABOUT THAT.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, I, IT'S A STORY I'VE TOLD BEFORE BUT, YOU KNOW, IT REALLY, THAT, THAT WILL STAND OUT IN MY MIND FOR A LIFETIME, I KNOW IT WILL, BECAUSE I WAS, YOU KNOW I THOUGHT I WAS A PRETTY GOOD PLAYER AND YOU KNOW, I WAS HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF SUCCESS
 
ON THE CANADIAN TOUR. I GOT AN EXEMPTION INTO THE CANADIAN OPEN. WALKED UP ONTO THE RANGE. I'M A LITTLE INTIMIDATED. NOT SURE OF MYSELF UP THERE. I WALK RIGHT UP, YOU KNOW, JUST SAID, FORGET IT I'M GOING TO
 
WALK RIGHT BESIDE NICK PRICE AND HIT BALLS AND, AND STANDING RIGHT BESIDE HIM, HE DIDN'T, OBVIOUSLY HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS AND HE'S JUST, YOU KNOW, JUST KILLING THESE SHOTS RIGHT AT THE FLAG EVERY TIME AND JUST THE CONTACT WAS JUST A DIFFERENT SOUND.
 
AND I WAS ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO HIT BALLS, I, I'LL TELL YOU. I MEAN I, I, YOU KNOW I WOULD MAKE SOLID CONTACT ONE AREA, FIVE BALLS, AND ONE MIGHT GO LEFT AND ONE MIGHT GO RIGHT. ONE HIGH, LOW. I MEAN JUST, JUST AWFUL
 
AND IT JUST REALLY HIT ME THAT IF I WAS GOING TO MAKE IT ON THE TOUR, BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE TOUR THAT I REALLY NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. AS I SAID BEFORE, YOU KNOW I, I DID HAVE SOME, SOME COACHING WITH STEVE BENNETT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT REALLY NOT STUDYING THE SWING AND ANALYZING
 
WHAT, WHAT ALL THE GREAT BALL STRIKERS HAD IN COMMON. YOU KNOW, AS GEORGE KNUDSEN SAID, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY INTERPRETS FUNDAMENTALS DIFFERENT BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN FUNDAMENTALS THAT EVERYBODY HAS TO DO. EVERYBODY DOES THEM A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT BUT EVERYBODY HAS TO
 
ABIDE BY CERTAIN FUNDAMENTALS IN ORDER TO STRIKE THE BALL CORRECTLY AND THAT'S WHAT I KNEW, I KNEW THEN, THEN, THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED TO DO WAS, IS FIND OUT WHAT THAT WAS AND GO TO WORK ON IT RIGHT THEN.
 
PETER KESSLER
IF SOMEONE HAD WHISPERED IN YOUR EAR ON THAT RANGE AT THE CANADIAN OPEN IN '95 THAT NICK PRICE WILL BE YOUR TEAMMATE AND PLAYING PARTNER 5 YEARS FROM NOW IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, YOU WOULD HAVE SHOED THAT VOICE AWAY
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
HOW PRIDE, HOW PLEASED, HOW EXCITING WAS IT FOR YOU TO NOT ONLY PLAY WITH NICK, BUT TO PLAY AS GOOD AT GOLF AS MIKE WEIR WAS CAPABLE OF PLAYING AT THE TIME?
 
MIKE WEIR
IT WAS REALLY EXCITING FOR ME TO SEE THAT PAIRING COME OUT AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANT TO ME AND PROBABLY STILL DOESN'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANT
 
TO ME. YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST GREAT PLAYING WITH HIM AND EVERY TIME I HIT HIM IN A FUNNY SPOT, YOU KNOW, ON THE ALTERNATE SHOT, HIT HIM IN A BUNKER OR YOU KNOW, HIT HIM IN AN AWKWARD SPOT, HE JUST RESPONDED, I MEAN,
 
PERFECTLY, AND, AND I HAPPENED TO PLAY PRETTY GOOD AS WELL THAT DAY, AND, AND WE JUST TEAMED UP REALLY WELL. THAT PARTICULAR PUTT RIGHT THERE, NICK HIT ONE OF HIS OFF LINE, ONE OF HIS ONLY OFF LINE SHOTS OF THE DAY AND I KIND OF HACKED IT OUT AND THEN
 
HE HAD TO PITCH IT DOWN THE FAIRWAY. WE'RE WALKING DOWN THE FAIRWAY AND HE SAID MIKE, JUST GET IT ON THE RIGHT LEVEL, HE GOES, I'LL GUARANTEE YOU I'LL MAKE THIS PUTT. I HAD A 7 IRON FROM ABOUT 170 YARDS, HIT IT RIGHT AT THE FLAG AND IT WENT BEHIND THE HOLE,
 
WHAT 18 FEET AND HE MADE THAT PUTT FOR PAR AND I, I KNEW WE HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING THAT DAY.
 
PETER KESSLER
I'LL BET NICK WISHES HE COULD DO THAT MORE OFTEN, DECIDE IF THE BALL HITS THE GREEN HE'S DEFINITELY KNOCKING IT IN.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
HOW EASY
 
MIKE WEIR
WE ALL DO (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
RIGHT. HOW EASY IS IT FOR YOU TO LOOSE YOUR CONFIDENCE INSTANTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I LEARNED QUICKLY... AT THE PGA. YOU KNOW IT WAS MY FIRST REAL TASTE OF MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION AND, AND I GUESS I REALLY WASN'T READY FOR IT. ALL THAT SURROUNDS THAT, THE, THE DISTRACTIONS THAT ARE, THAT ARE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY PLAYING
 
WITH TIGER. I'M MUCH BETTER, OR I'M MUCH MORE CAPABLE OF HANDLING THAT NOW, BUT BACK THEN, IT WAS REALLY MY SECOND YEAR ON TOUR. I HAD TO GO BACK TO THE Q-SCHOOL. IT WAS, I THINK, ONLY MY SECOND MAJOR. THIRD MAJOR I THINK. NO SECOND MAJOR, I THINK EVER
 
AND YOU KNOW TO BE IN CONTENTION LIKE THAT. I GOT, I GOT FRUSTRATED EARLY. I WAS VERY FRUSTRATED EARLY. I THREE PUTTED A FEW TIMES THEN I TRIED TO FORCE THINGS AND ON A DIFFICULT COURSE LIKE THAT WHEN YOU
 
TRY TO FORCE THE ISSUE AND YOU'RE, YOU KNOW, REALLY PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN AND IT GOES THE OTHER WAY, AND IT DID THAT DAY. INSTEAD OF LETTING THINGS HAPPEN, I WAS TRYING TO FORCE THINGS TO HAPPEN.
 
PETER KESSLER
I REMEMBER WATCHING YOU AT THE GOLF COURSE AND THINKING MAN HE'S TRYING TO TAKE THE BREAK OUT OF ALL THESE PUTTS AND HIT THEM AS HARD AS HE CAN RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
PETER KESSLER
AND HAVE CONTROL OVER STUFF THAT YOU NORMALLY CAN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER.
 
MIKE WEIR
RIGHT. EXACTLY. THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.
 
(MIKE AND PETER LAUGH)
 
PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EAGLE ON THE 14TH HOLE AT YOUR FIRST PGA TOUR WIN INEXPLICABLY AND DELIGHTEDLY DONE AT HOME. WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.
 
YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE COVER OF MIKE'S NEW UPCOMING BOOK 'ON COURSE WITH MIKE WEIR' WHICH WILL BE IN BOOK STORES AS SOON AS HE FINISHES WRITING IT.
 
(MUSIC CONTINUES)
 
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