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Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
FROM THE GREAT SCORING THAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD, AND SPECIFICALLY ON THE PGA TOUR TODAY, YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE COURSES ARE BEING SET UP EASIER THAN THEY'VE EVER BEEN, BUT IF YOU COMPARE THEM TO FIVE YEARS AGO, THEY'RE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DIFFICULT IN TERMS OF THE SET-UP, ARE THEY NOT?

PHIL MICKELSON
I REALLY THINK THAT THEY ARE AND THAT WE'RE, WE'RE MAKING GREENS MUCH MORE FIRM, UH MUCH FIRMER, AND BAY HILL'S A PERFECT EXAMPLE. THEY INSTALLED A SUCTION DEVISE THAT SUCKS THE MOISTURE OUT OF THE GREENS

SO WE GET ALL THIS RAIN AND THE GREENS ARE JUST ROCK HARD. IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET THE BALL CLOSE ON SUNDAY AS WE SAW BALLS JUST RACING ACROSS THE GREEN AND IT'S BECAUSE THEY WERE SO FIRM, AND THAT'S THE EASIEST WAY TO GET SCORES TO GO UP. THAT AND ROUGH.

PETER KESSLER
ARE THERE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH THE U.S. TEAM CONDUCTED THEMSELVES AT THE RYDER CUP IN '99 AND THAT ONE NEEDS TO HAVE AN ADJUSTMENT IN EITHER ATTITUDE OR IN THE WAY IN WHICH ONE OUTWARDLY PRESENTS THEMSELVES. DOES THIS GO AROUND?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL CERTAINLY WE CAN TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON 17 GREEN AND IT WAS A, A SHOW OF EMOTION AND WE SAW THAT FROM EVERY PLAYER ON EVERY DAY OF EVERY MATCH THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE WEEK AND THIS WASN'T THE ONLY SHOW OF EMOTION THAT, THAT TOOK ON THAT, THAT OCCURRED THAT WEEK. I, I ,

I DON'T THINK THAT IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE BUT ON THE OTHER HAND I DON'T THINK THAT IT WOULD BE ANY DIFFERENT EITHER, EITHER WAY I MEAN I WOULD EXPECT

THEM TO BE EXCITED HAD THEY WON, JUST AS THEY WERE IN '95 AND '97. MY MATCH WASN'T DONE ON 18 WHEN THEY WERE JUMPING ON THE GREEN, GRANTED I CLOSED THEM OUT ON 17, BUT THAT'S REALLY NOT, IT DOESN'T MATTER. THEY

WON THE THING. IT WAS OVER, ALTHOUGH IT WASN'T OVER WHEN WE WON. THERE WAS STILL A PUTT TO BE MADE AND SO I THINK WE WERE IN THE WRONG THERE AND I THINK THAT WHAT'S

DISAPPOINTING TO ME IS THAT 60 SOME ODD YEARS AGO WHEN THIS EVENT WAS INSTILLED, IT WAS TO PROMOTE THE GAME OF GOLF AND PROMOTE SPORTSMANSHIP AMONGST BOTH CONTINENTS AND IT REALLY IS NO LONGER THAT. IT CREATES A LOT OF ANIMOSITY AND I THINK THAT
I'D LIKE TO SEE IT GET BACK TO THE WAY IT WAS.

PETER KESSLER
BUT WITH CURTIS STRANGE AS CAPTAIN WHO'S A NO NONSENSE, INTENSELY COMPETITIVE GUY, YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT THERE TO BE TOO MUCH LET'S BE NICE TO EVERYBODY KIND OF A FLAVOR. I DON'T MEAN RUDE, BUT, WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, INTENSELY COMPETITIVE FEELINGS.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL HE IS A TOUGH COMPETITOR. HE WON TWO U.S. OPENS AND HE'S THERE TO COMPETE AND HE'S THERE TO WIN, AS ALL THE PLAYERS ARE, AND THAT'S REALLY THE WAY IT'S, IT'S BECOME. NOW IF YOU LOOK AT IT, THE EUROPEAN TEAM HAS WON FIVE OF THE LAST SEVEN RYDER

CUPS. THEY'VE BEEN REALLY DOING WELL, AND I, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT IT'S ABOUT TO CHANGE, THAT WE'VE GOT SOME GOOD YOUNG AMERICAN PLAYERS COMING UP BUT THEY HAVE SOME GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS TOO,

AND SO I THINK THAT THE STATE OF THE RYDER CUP'S IN A GREAT STATE BUT THIS, THIS YEAR WILL BE VERY COMPETITIVE AT THE BELFRY, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE WAY, NOT ONLY THE PLAYERS BUT THE FANS WERE IN THE U.S.

IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT ONE COMING UP BUT I THINK WE'RE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND BOTH SIDES, AS TOUGH AS A COMPETITOR AS CAPTAIN STRANGE IS AND AS MUCH AS BOTH SIDES WANT TO WIN, I REALLY THINK WE'RE GOING TO MAKE AN EFFORT THIS YEAR TO

TO, TO PROMOTE THE GAME IN A VERY POSITIVE MANNER AND NOT HAVE SOME OUTBURSTS LIKE THAT.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOUR SCORECARD GOES ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE LIKE IT DID IN THE MIDDLE TWO ROUNDS OF THIS PAST WEEK AT BAY HILL, DO YOUR EMOTIONS GO ON A ROLLER COASTER RIDE TOO?

PHIL MICKELSON
THEY DO AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO, TO CONTROL IT. I, I TRY NOT TO DISPLAY TOO MUCH EMOTION ON THE COURSE BECAUSE I JUST DON'T THINK IT LOOKS GOOD EITHER WAY. I DON'T THINK GETTING TOO EXCITED LOOKS GREAT. I DON'T THINK THAT BREAKING A CLUB LOOKS, LOOKS

VERY GOOD EITHER BUT WHEN I, WHEN I'M MAKING SEVEN BOGIES AND, AND I'M TRYING TO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT DOING THAT IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE I EXPECT A LOT MORE OUT OF MYSELF. I'VE BEEN WORKING HARD AND I

KNOW THAT I CAN DO A LOT BETTER AND TO MAKE POOR DECISIONS, TO MAKE POOR SWINGS LIKE THAT IS VERY FRUSTRATING TO ALL PLAYERS AND I TRIED TO UH, TO STAY CALM AND, AND, AND HANDLE IT AND I THINK I DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB BECAUSE ULTIMATELY I WAS ABLE TO TURN HER AROUND AND GET BACK IN
CONTENTION AND ALMOST WIN.

PETER KESSLER
THE GOALS THAT YOU SET FOR YOURSELF, VERY BRIEFLY, ARE THEY EVENT DRIVEN OR ARE THEY ABOUT YOUR JUST GETTING BETTER?

PHIL MICKELSON
THEY HAVE TO BE ABOUT JUST GETTING BETTER AND ABOUT WORKING AT INTEGRAL PARTS OF MY GAME, MEANING, THIS YEAR I'M WORKING A LOT ON WEDGE PLAY BECAUSE THAT 60 TO 150 YARD AREA IS, IS CRITICAL AND IF I CAN IMPROVE ON THAT, THE EVENTS WILL COME JUST LIKE THEY DID LAST YEAR.

LAST YEAR I WORKED INTENS... A LOT OF HOURS FROM 150 YARDS IN AND I WAS ABLE TO, TO WIN FOUR TOURNAMENTS BECAUSE I SCORED BETTER.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEND ANOTHER

HOUR WITH YOU.

PHIL MICKELSON
THANK YOU.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU SO MUCH.

PHIL MICKELSON
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
AND THANKS FOR BRINGING AMY, AND GREAT TO SEE THE PICTURE OF THE FAMILY.

PHIL MICKELSON
THANK YOU

PETER KESSLER
GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.