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Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
IT'S FUNNY. THEY COULDN'T HAVE DESIGNED THE NEXT 18 MONTHS OF MAJORS MORE PERFECTLY SUITED TO YOU, UH, ONE OF WHICH, UH, THAT WE'RE GONNA SET THAT ASIDE AND GO TO RYDER CUP WHERE YOU ALMOST WON AT THE COUNTRY CLUB, THE U.S. OPEN.

DOES THE COUNTRY CLUB FAVOR EITHER TEAM IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE A GREAT FAMILIARITY OR ARE WE PAST WHERE GOLF ALONG THE GROUND FAVORS ONE SIDE AND GOLF IN THE AIR FAVORS THE AMERICANS?

NICK FALDO
YEAH, I THINK WE PAST -- WE PROVED THAT IN, UH, . THE MOST OBVIOUS ONE WAS WHEN WE CAME AND PLAYED MUIR FIELD VILLAGE. I MEAN, THAT WAS REALLY TAILOR MADE, YOU KNOW, AMERICAN STYLE.

THE GREENS WERE RUNNING AT, YOU KNOW, THIRTEEN PLUS WHAT HAVE YOU, WHICH WE'RE TOTALLY NOT USED TO . ROUGH, AND WHAT HAVE YOU. AND UH,

YOU KNOW, THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF MATCH PLAY AND THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF THE RYDER CUP. YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE-ON-ONE. YOU'VE GOT TIME TO PREPARE. THE GOLFER'S, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY GOOD ENOUGH TO ADAPT.

WE KNOW WHAT - YOU KNOW, YOU ALREADY, AS I SAID, YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GONNA BE, UH, EXPECTING. SO YOU CAN MENTALLY START PREPARING YOURSELF FOR THAT STYLE OF GOLF COURSE.

SO UM . AND GUYS CAN MIX IT AROUND. OBVIOUSLY YOU'VE GOT TO. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS OF BEING A PRO GOLFER.

YOU GOTTA BE ABLE TO JUMP ON A PLANE AND FLY HALF WAY ACROSS THE WORLD AND PICK IT UP AND PLAY TOTALLY DIFFERENT GRASS, TOTALLY DIFFERENT WIND, YOU KNOW, ELEMENTS AND WHAT HAVE YOU.

YOU GOTTA BE ABLE TO DO THAT. THAT'S PRO GOLF.

PETER KESSLER
IF SOMEBODY HAD SAID TEN YEARS AGO, WHAT WILL BE THE FIRST MAJOR THAT YOU WIN? MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE SAID, WELL THE U.S. OPEN BECAUSE HE PUTS IT IN PLAY

NICK FALDO
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
AND HE PUTS IT ON THE GREEN AND HE'S A GOOD PUTTER. THE U.S. OPEN'S GONNA BE AT PINEHURST NUMBER 2 THIS YEAR, AND I KNOW YOU HAVEN'T PLAYED THERE FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS,

BUT THEY'RE GONNA LEAVE DONALD ROSS' CHIPPING AREAS THE WAY THAT HE INTENDED THEM. THE GRASS IS GOING TO BE SHORT AND THE SURFACE IS GOING TO BE FAST.

IF YOU'RE ON YOUR GAME, IS THAT THE KIND OF TEST THAT WILL SUIT YOU?

NICK FALDO
YEAH, I THINK . I ENJOY THAT TYPE OF GOLF COURSE. I THINK IT'S GREAT FOR THE, UH, THE PRO'S IMAGINATION. IF YOU MISS GREENS, YOU . IT'S NOT JUST YOU'RE IN THIS AND

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT.

NICK FALDO
WHETHER YOU'RE OUT. I MEAN, YOU GOTTA SHOW SOME FINESSE. YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO PLAY SOME BUMP AND RUNS UP SLOPES. AND, I ALWAYS THINK THAT'S A VERY DIFFICULT, UH,

HAZARD. IN EFFECT, YOU GOT A FAST SLOPE. BECAUSE IF HE DOESN'T GET ALL THE WAY UP, IT COMES BACK TO YOUR FEET.

YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT THIS IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND AND YOU KNOW IF YOU BLAST IT TOO FAST . BUT THAT'S A BIT HOW AUGUSTA WORKS. SO,

YOU KNOW, THAT'S A . AGAIN INVOLVES THE TOUCH AROUND THE GREENS WHICH I THINK IS - WHICH IS MARVELOUS. SO I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD . I'M GONNA MAKE A, OBVIOUSLY

MY USUAL EFFORTS, BUT I THINK I`M DEFINITELY GONNA GO THERE EARLY TO PINEHURST AND HAVE A GOOD LOOK AND SPEND SOME TIME AND REALLY GET THE FEEL OF THE PLACE.

PETER KESSLER
FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO FIND THEMSELVES IN ORLANDO AND LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO WORK ON THEIR GAME AND OF COURSE, THEY'LL FIND THE FALDO INSTITUTE. AS WE'LL GIVE EVERYBODY THE NUMBER, THAT'S 888 - GO - FALDO. DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT?

NICK FALDO
THAT WAS BRILLIANT, WASN'T IT?

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGH)

NICK FALDO
YEAH, I MEAN, ACTUALLY I DIDN'T SLEEP THAT NIGHT WHEN I THOUGHT OF THAT ONE. I REALLY .

PETER KESSLER
YOU WENT DEEP. 888 -

NICK FALDO
I WENT .

PETER KESSLER
GO - FALDO, THE FALDO INSTITUTE, RIGHT HERE IN ORLANDO. AND WE WILL RETURN WITH NICK RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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