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Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
YOUR WHOLE LIFE YOU'VE HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE NUMBER ONE BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE THAT YOU, EXPERIENCES THAT YOU HAD, SUCCESSFUL, UNBROKEN SERIES OF ON COURSE EXPERIENCES,

WINNING THE U.S. AMATEUR, WINNING THE PGA TOUR EVENT AS AN AMATEUR. GETTING READY AND THINKING IN YOUR HEAD, CLEARLY, RIGHT IN THE CENTER, RIGHT UP FRONT, SOMEDAY, IF I KEEP

DOING WHAT I'M DOING, I'M GOING TO BE NUMBER ONE. NOW, HE'S NUMBER ONE AND YOU'RE NUMBER TWO, AND MOVING FORWARD. HOW MUCH PLAY DOES THAT GET IN YOUR HEAD?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL THE WAY I LOOK AT IT IS LOOKING BACK, I WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE JUNIOR RANKS AND I WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGIATE RANKS WINNING PLAYER OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES IN EACH AND THE REASON THAT I WAS SUCCESSFUL THERE WAS THAT I GOT BY ON FEEL. I HAD GREAT HAND EYE COORDINATION AND GREAT TOUCH AROUND THE GREENS AND I WAS ABLE TO

GET BY WITH LESS THAN SOUND MECHANICS AND AS I GOT INTO THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS, THE MISSES BECAME MORE PENALIZING AND MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO OVERCOME AND GET

UP AND DOWN. IT'S MUCH MORE DIFFICULT SAVING PAR AROUND THE GREENS OF A TOUR EVENT THAN A COLLEGE OR A JUNIOR TOURNAMENT BECAUSE THE GREENS ARE SO MUCH FIRM, FIRMER, SO MUCH FASTER AND THE

ROUGH SO MUCH DEEPER SO THE SHORT GAME TO ME IS MINIMIZED I THINK. SO WHAT I FOUND IS THAT WHEN I TURNED PRO AND MY FUNDAMENTALS WEREN'T QUITE AS SOUND I WAS MAKING TOO MANY MISTAKES AND UNTIL I STARTED WORKING WITH RICK SMITH ABOUT A

YEAR AND A HALF AGO, I DID NOT HAVE AS SOLID A BASE, MEANING MY LOWER BODY WASN'T SOLID ENOUGH AND MY SWING WAS NOT TECHNICALLY SOUND ENOUGH TO BE CONSISTENT WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT, AND OBVIOUSLY IF I'M GOING TO COMPETE AND TRY TO BE, COMPETE

WITH TIGER TO BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD I NEED TO BE FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT AND WHEN TIGER CAME OUT, HE'S HAD SOUND
FUNDAMENTALS FROM DAY ONE AND SO

EVERYTHING THAT HE DOES NOW IS FINE TUNEMENT. ALL THE FEEL THAT HE HAS IS REPEATABLE DAY IN AND DAY OUT, WHERE AS THAT WASN'T THE CASE FOR ME. I WOULD HAVE WILD SWINGS ONE

WAY OR THE OTHER AND HUGE MISSES AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE FUNDAMENTALLY I'M SOUND AND NOW THE FEEL AND THE TOUCH THAT I HAVE IS STARTING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER.

PETER KESSLER
JOHNNY MILLER SAID YESTERDAY AS YOU WERE STANDING ON THE 18TH TEE, TO THE AUDIENCE WATCHING ON NBC THAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST ROUND, THE BEST MOST IMPORTANT ROUND UP TO THAT POINT OF YOUR CAREER. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

PHIL MICKELSON
I DON'T KNOW IF I DO. IT CERTAINLY COULD BE TRUE. I, I WOULDN'T DISAGREE WITH IT, BUT I WOULD, I WOULD THINK THAT THE FINAL ROUND OF THE '99 U.S. OPEN WAS, WAS A GOOD ROUND EVEN THOUGH AGAIN I DIDN'T WIN THERE AND THERE, I THOUGHT THAT THE FINAL ROUND OF THE TUCSON OPEN IN '91 WAS

A GOOD ROUND. IT'S REALLY HARD TO PUT THOSE IN PERSPECTIVE BUT I FELT LIKE I PLAYED A SOLID ROUND UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS YESTERDAY, WITH THE OUTCOME LESS THAN DESIRABLE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM YOUR ROUND SINCE THERE WEREN'T REALLY ANY LOW LIGHTS ON YOUR, ON YOUR SCORECARD. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU SEE, WHEN YOU SEE YOU DOING THIS?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, THAT WAS THE FIRST BIRDIE THERE ON NUMBER FIVE AND I DID NOT BIRDIE FOUR OF THE PAR 5 AND THAT, THAT HURT SO TO GET THAT ONE BACK WAS HELPFUL. I DID NOT BIRDIE 6, AGAIN, BUT I CAME BACK ON 7 AND MADE A GOOD PUTT HERE FROM JUST OFF THE FRINGE FOR A

BIRDIE SO I FELT LIKE I GAVE TWO BACK BUT I GOT TWO UNEXPECTEDLY. I TURNED IN TWO UNDER AND, AND WAS ONE OR TWO BACK AT THE TIME WHEN I MADE THE TURN.

THIS WAS THE 11TH HERE. THIS WAS A 6 IRON. THIS WAS ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD SHOT. I HAD JUST KNOCKED ONE IN THE WATER YESTERDAY WITH A PATHETIC SWING. HERE, I, I MADE AN AGGRESSIVE SWING, ATTACKED THE PIN INTO THE WIND AND ENDED UP ABOUT FOUR FEET.

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS A PRETTY STRUCTURALLY SOUND SWING TOO. THAT WAS THE NEW PHIL MOVE WASN'T IT, REALLY?

PHIL MICKELSON
I THINK SO. IF YOU LOOK AT MY LOWER BODY THERE'S NOT NEARLY AS MUCH MOVEMENT. THE SWING'S MUCH MORE ON PLANE. THIS IS A PRETTY EASY PUTT RIGHT CENTER AND IT WAS ONLY FOUR OR FIVE FEET.

PETER KESSLER
BUT THERE'S... THE PUTTING STROKE, THE PATH, THE FACE, PRETTY PURE.

PHIL MICKELSON
IT'S GETTING TO BE MORE CONSISTENT. THANK YOU. THIS WAS A TOUGH PUTT HERE AND I HIT A POOR THIRD SHOT TO THIS PAR 5 AND I'D ALREADY NOT BIRDIED THE FIRST TWO SO THIS WAS A PRETTY

IMPORTANT PUTT. IT SLIDES AWAY GOING TO MY LEFT EARLY AND THEN IT COMES BACK TO THE RIGHT AND THIS WAS A VERY SIMILAR PUTT. A DOUBLE BREAKING PUTT THAT I MADE IN '97 FOR EAGLE WHEN I WON THAT TOURNAMENT, SO THAT KIND OF GAVE ME THOUGHTS LIKE I MIGHT DO SOMETHING HERE. THIS WAS A GOOD PAR SAVE AFTER NOT A GREAT TEE SHOT.

AND THEN THIS ONE WAS A PRETTY STRAIGHT PUTT AND IT WAS DUE TO THE TO THE DRIVER OFF THE TEE. I HAD A LITTLE 'L' WEDGE IN. HIT A GOOD SHOT AND HAD ABOUT A 12 FOOTER HERE FOR BIRDIE.

PETER KESSLER
MILLER SAID WHEN YOU HIT THAT DRIVE THAT YOU'RE THE BIGGEST GAMBLER ON TOUR AND IT WASN'T CLEAR WHETHER HE MEANT ON THINGS OR ON THE GOLF COURSE.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, I THINK THAT GAMBLING ON THE GOLF COURSE IS A FORM OF COMPETITION JUST LIKE YOU PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE. YOU'RE PUTTING UP MONEY TO TRY TO WIN MONEY AND I DON'T LOOK IT AS GAMBLING PER SAY AS I DO COMPETITION.

THIS WAS A SIX IRON HERE ON 15. I MADE A GOOD SWING BUT I EXPECTED IT TO COME OUT A LITTLE HOTTER OUT OF THE ROUGH AND YOU COULD EVEN SEE IT CHECK UP THERE WHICH I DIDN'T EXPECT.
SO I HAD A TOUGH TWO PUTT BUT I HIT A GOOD LAG PUT AND MADE BIRDIE.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH WE'LL SEE A SLOW MO OF THIS

IN A SECOND.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS WAS NOT NECESSARILY AS BAD A SWING AS IT LOOKED AND THE REASON WHY WAS IT WAS MORE A POOR DECISION AT THE START. I TRIED TO CHANGE THE

TRAJECTORY. I HAD BEEN DRIVING THE BALL VERY WELL ALL, ALL DAY HITTING JUST NICE HIGH DRIVES DOWN THE MIDDLE AND I TRIED TO HIT A LOW SCOOTER. I DIDN'T WANT IT

TO GET UP IN THE AIR. IT WAS INTO THE WIND AND YOU CAN SEE THAT I COME OVER THE TOP OF THE PLANE. THAT SWING PLANE YOU SAW GOING BACK I COME OVER IT A LITTLE BIT AND JUST PULL IT. THE BALL DIDN'T HOOK. I JUST STRAIGHT PULLED IT. IT WAS A STRAIGHT PULL. THE BALL WENT DEAD STRAIGHT, BUT WELL RIGHT OF THE LINE, AND I WAS JUST TRYING TO HIT A LOW SCOOTER.

IT WAS A POOR DECISION. I SHOULD HAVE JUST HIT A, A THE SWING AND THE DRIVE THAT I HAD BEEN MAKING ALL DAY AND SO I LEFT MYSELF THIS WONDERFUL

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

PHIL MICKELSON
THIRD INTO THE 18TH GREEN, TRYING TO STAY EVEN WITH TIGER AND I HIT A 'L' WEDGE FROM 82 YARDS AND

JUST TRYING TO GET IT CLOSE.

PETER KESSLER
TRY TO TRUST YOURSELF SWING (?)?

PHIL MICKELSON
IT WAS, THAT WAS A SWING THAT I HAD BEEN WORKING ON ALL YEAR. MY SHORT IRONS AND WEDGE PLAY FROM A HUNDRED YARDS IN AND FOR, TO PULL THAT SHOT OFF WAS BASICALLY JUST

TRUSTING WHAT I HAD BEEN WORKING ON. IT WASN'T A GREAT LIE. IT WAS A TOUGH LITTLE PIN TO GET TO AND JUST TRUSTING THE FACT THAT I HAD WORKED ON THIS IN THE PAST GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO HIT THE SHOT.

PETER KESSLER
EVEN YOU WERE IMPRESSED AFTER YOU HIT THAT ONE.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL AT THE END THERE I THOUGHT IT MIGHT GO IN. I WASN'T TRYING TO MAKE IT, CERTAINLY, BUT AS I SAW IT GO BY THE HOLE I THOUGHT IT HAD A CHANCE TO DROP.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A BREAK AND WE'LL PICK THIS UP IN JUST A MOMENT. DON'T GO AWAY. SOME CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AS WE LEAVE YOU.

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(WRITTEN TEXT)
PHIL MICKELSON
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:
- ALONG WITH JACK NICKLAUS AND TIGER WOODS, THE ONLY PLAYERS TO WIN THE U.S. AMATEUR AND NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SAME YEAR.
- LAST PLAYER TO WIN A PGA TOUR EVENT AS AN AMATEUR ('91 N. TELECOM)
- ONLY ACTIVE PGA TOUR PLAYER UNDER AGE 40 WITH AT LEAST 5 MULTIPLE WIN SEASONS. TIGER HAS 4.

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