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Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
WHAT DID PAYNE STEWART SAY TO YOU AFTER ONE PUTTING THE LAST THREE HOLES TO BEAT YOU BY A SHOT IN THE '99 OPEN AT PINEHURST?

PHIL MICKELSON
HE, HE GRABBED MY FACE AND SAID PHIL YOU'RE ABOUT TO BECOME A FATHER AND IT'S THE GREATEST THING, AND I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE THAT WHEN HE HAD JUST WON THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENT IN GOLF

THAT, HE WOULD BE THINKING ABOUT WHAT I WAS GOING THROUGH AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU BELIEVE AT ALL IN THIS BUSINESS ABOUT FATE PLAYING A HAND IN HIS WINNING THAT CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE HE DIED?

PHIL MICKELSON
I CERTAINLY DO. AT THE TIME I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BUT GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT TOOK PLACE THEREAFTER, I THINK THAT THE OUTCOME WAS THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU THINK OF HIM NOW, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL IT'S FUNNY. THE ONE THING THAT I, THAT COMES TO MY MIND WAS THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM WAS AT THE '99 RYDER CUP AND HE WAS ON TOP OF A PIANO SUNDAY NIGHT CELEBRATING WITH A
BEER IN ONE HAND, CIGAR IN THE OTHER

AND HE HAD THESE WILD SWEATS ON AND HE WAS JUST DANCING ON THE PIANO AND THAT'S, WE HAVE A PICTURE OF THAT IN OUR HOUSE AND THAT'S THE WAY I THINK OF HIM BECAUSE HE WAS A VERY FREE SPIRIT.

PETER KESSLER
EVERY TIME I SEE YOU WITH YOUR WIFE AMY IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S THE DAY THAT YOU'VE JUST FELL IN LOVE. WHAT'S THE SECRET, IN YOUR VIEW, OF KEEPING YOUR RELATIONSHIP APPARENTLY AS WONDERFUL AS IT SEEMS TO US AS WE LOOK AT HOW HAPPY THE TWO OF YOU ARE WHEN WE SEE YOU TOGETHER?

PHIL MICKELSON
WE BOTH HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF EACH OTHER AND I HAVE, I HAVE A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PERSON AND WHEN, WHEN I LOOK AT MY WIFE I JUST, I JUST THINK ABOUT HOW LUCKY I AM TO SHARE ALL THE EXPERIENCES THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH TOGETHER, AND CERTAINLY

THE BIRTH OF OUR DAUGHTER WAS THE MOST EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT WE'VE EVER HAD, BUT THE REASON I THINK OUR, OUR RELATIONSHIP IS SO SUCCESSFUL IS BECAUSE WE ACCEPT EACH OTHER FOR THE WAY WE ARE. WE DON'T TRY TO CHANGE EACH OTHER AND WE CHALLENGE EACH OTHER EACH DAY TO,

TO BECOME BETTER PEOPLE. SHE MAKES ME A BETTER PERSON WHEN I'M AROUND HER AND WE REALLY HAVE GONE THROUGH LIFE ENJOYING EVERY EXPERIENCE TOGETHER AND IT'S BEEN, MARRIAGE HAS BEEN THE MOST WONDERFUL INSTITUTION THAT I'VE BEEN A PART OF.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT KIND OF PLAYER DO YOU SUPPOSE YOUR BROTHER TIM IS GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE?

PHIL MICKELSON
THAT'S A, THAT'S AN INTERESTING QUESTION. I THINK THAT HE HAS A LOT OF TALENT BECAUSE HE HAS VERY GOOD TOUCH AND FEEL AND HE HITS THE BALL A LONG WAYS AND SO I THINK THE REFINEMENT OF BRINGING THE MISSES IN TIGHTER CAN CERTAINLY BE DONE. I'VE,

I'VE HAD TO GO THROUGH IT. I KNOW IT CAN BE DONE AND HE HAS THE ASSETS THAT NOT MANY PLAYERS HAVE WHICH IS LENGTH AND A GREAT SHORT GAME.

PETER KESSLER
SO HE HAS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME GIFTS THAT YOU FEEL THAT YOU'VE HAD?

PHIL MICKELSON
I, I BELIEVE SO. I THINK THAT HE JUST NEEDS TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO IMPROVE AND CONTINUE TO GET HIS MISSES REDUCED AND I THINK HE'S GOING TO BE A GOOD PLAYER.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR GOLF RELATIONSHIP AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP LIKE WITH HIM?

PHIL MICKELSON
WE GET ALONG REALLY WELL AND I REALLY ENJOY HIS COMPANY AND WE'RE VERY COMPETITIVE IN EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AND HE'S BEEN A WONDERFUL BROTHER AND I THINK THAT HE'S BEEN A VERY, IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION

AS HAS MY SISTER BEEN IN THAT THEY'VE HAD A SIBLING THAT'S BEEN SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL AND IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT FOR THEM BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT THEY MEET ASK THEM

ABOUT ME AND THAT'S TOUGH TO BE AT, SITUATION TO BE IN AND I THINK THAT THEY'VE HANDLED IT VERY WELL AND I'M
VERY PROUD TO BE, OR TO HAVE TIM AND TINA AS MY BROTHER AND SISTER.

PETER KESSLER
PART OF YOUR ON COURSE PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JIM MACKAY. I THINK PEOPLE DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HIM, DON'T UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP OR WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS YOU'VE HAD.

PHIL MICKELSON
I, I HONESTLY FEEL AS THOUGH I, I'VE GOT THE BEST CADDIE ON TOUR BECAUSE HE'S, HE'S MUCH MORE THAN THAT. HE'S A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, AND ALSO IF YOU LOOK AT SOLELY HIS JOB REQUIREMENT, HE'S NEVER BEEN LATE IN THE NINE YEARS WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER AND HE'S

BEEN, BEEN WITH ME SINCE MY FIRST TOUR EVENT. HE'S A VERY INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUAL. HE KNOWS A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT A LOT OF, A LOT OF THINGS. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

PHIL MICKELSON
ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. HE'S VERY INTELLIGENT. WE CALL HIM THE KING OF USELESS INFORMATION BECAUSE HE'LL COME UP WITH THINGS THAT NOBODY WOULD EVER THINK OR CARE ABOUT. HE, HE'S VERY GOOD AT YARDAGES, MEANING, WHEN WE'VE PLAYED IN TOURNAMENTS

FOR THE PAST EIGHT OR NINE YEARS HE WRITES DOWN WHAT I HAVE HIT. EACH CLUB THAT I'VE HIT. HOW FAR I HAD. WHAT THE TEMPERATURE WAS LIKE, WHAT THE WIND CONDITION WAS LIKE AND HOW FAR THE BALL CARRIED AND ENDED UP. NOW, THAT'S A LOT OF

INFORMATION AND OVER NINE YEARS PLAYING FIVE ROUNDS OF THE PRO-AM IN FOUR COMPETITIVE DAYS THAT'S 45 SHOTS THAT I HAVE HIT ON EACH HOLE THAT WE HAVE DOCUMENTED THAT HE HAS DONE.

SO WHEN WE GO TO TOURNAMENTS LIKE DENVER AT THE INTERNATIONAL WHICH IS THE HARDEST COURSE TO PULL CLUBS ON BECAUSE OF THE ALTITUDE, WE HAVE A HUGE ADVANTAGE AND CONSEQUENTLY I'VE DONE VERY WELL THERE DUE DIRECTLY TO HIM.

PETER KESSLER
WE'VE GOT THE FINAL PUTT FROM LAST YEAR'S COLONIAL. I THOUGHT MAYBE YOU COULD TELL US ABOUT IT AS, AS WE SHOW IT GOING TO BREAK.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL IT WENT IN, AND

PETER KESSLER
THAT PART WE, WE KNEW.
(LAUGHS)

PHIL MICKELSON
THIS WAS A, THIS WAS A CRITICAL PUTT BECAUSE AT THE TIME I WAS STILL A SHOT OR TWO BACK OF STUART CINK AND JUST TURNS A LITTLE LEFT TO RIGHT THERE IN THE END AND I GAVE IT A LITTLE

FIST PUMP BECAUSE I WAS A LITTLE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. THAT WAS A, THAT WAS A COOL TOURNAMENT. I WAS SEVEN BACK WITH NINE TO GO. I COULDN'T BELIEVE I HAD A SHOT AT WINNING.

PETER KESSLER
AND A LITTLE 63 TO CLOSE IT OUT.

PHIL MICKELSON
I'LL TAKE IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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