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Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 5

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RICH LERNER
WELCOME BACK. THIS EVENING'S INTERNET QUESTION COMES FROM SCOTT IN KANSAS. YOUR PUTTING GRIP IS A NOTICEABLE CHANGE TO WHEN YOU FIRST PLAYED ON THE NIKE TOUR. WHAT OTHER CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO GET YOUR GAME AT THE HIGH LEVEL IT IS AT NOW? GOOD QUESTION.

CHRIS DIMARCO
IS THAT JUST TALKING ABOUT MY PUTTING GRIP ALONE DO YOU THINK?

RICH LERNER
I, I THINK HE'S BEYOND YOUR PUTTING GRIP. WHAT OTHER CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE TO GET YOURSELF TO THIS POINT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THE, THE MOST NOTICEABLE CHANGE FOR ME, IF YOU LOOK AT MY STATS LAST YEAR, OBVIOUSLY MY TOTAL PUTTING WAS A LOT BETTER, BUT MY TOTAL DRIVING WAS A LOT BETTER AND THAT'S WHERE, YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH I'VE PLAYED WELL

THIS YEAR, THAT, THAT'S THE ONE THING THAT I'M REALLY GEARED TO RIGHT NOW IS HITTING MORE FAIRWAYS AND I THINK I'M LIKE A 150TH IN THAT RIGHT NOW IN FAIRWAYS HIT SO I MEAN I'M STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT WITH THAT PART OF IT. EVERYTHING ELSE IS RIGHT WHERE IT IS.

I T NEEDS TO BE. JUST HAVE TO GET THE DRIVER IN THE FAIRWAY A LITTLE MORE.

RICH LERNER
YOU'RE AMONG THE LEADERS IN BIRDIE PERCENTAGE, PAR 5, BIRDIE PERCENTAGE, THAT'S WHERE YOU MAKE SOME MONEY.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH YEAH. DEFINITELY.

RICH LERNER
TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT? TO THE BETTER PUTTING? GOOD IRON PLAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, I'M, I'M AN AGGRESSIVE PLAYER. PERIOD. I MEAN I'M, PAR 5'S, IF I FEEL I CAN GET IT UP AROUND THE GREEN, I'M GOING TO, I'VE GOT A GOOD SHORT GAME I CAN GET IT UP AND IN A LOT MORE. OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, ON 18 IN ATLANTA LAST WEEK OR TWO WEEKS AGO. GOING FOR THAT GREEN, I MEAN

RICH LERNER
I'D LIKE TO PLAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, WELL, I MEAN I LOOKED AT MY CADDIE AND I SAID I GOT 219 FRONT. I'VE GOT A 2 IRON IN MY HANDS. I MEAN 99, 100 OUT OF A HUNDRED TIMES I'M GOING TO GO FOR THIS GREEN UNLESS I'VE

GOT A 5 SHOT LEAD. I GOT TO NOT DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN I NORMALLY DO, I GOT TO, I GOT TO PLAY THE SHOT I PLAY AND I DID AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY I AM AND YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO HIT THE 7 IRON, AND THEN THE WEDGE ON THE GREEN. I'M, IF I HIT ANOTHER
GREEN AND TWO PUTT I'M, LOOK LIKE A GENIUS.

RICH LERNER
YEAH

CHRIS DIMARCO
20:I JUST MISS HIT THE SHOT.

RICH LERNER
IT WAS A GOOD PLAY.

JONAS, FROM ILLINOIS. GOOD EVENING. YOU'RE ON GOLF TALK LIVE WITH CHRIS DIMARCO. HOW ARE YOU?

JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
HI MR. LERNER. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL.

RICH LERNER
PLEASURE

JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
HI MR. DIMARCO.

CHRIS DIMARCO
HOW ARE YOU JONAS?

JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PLAY IN THE MASTERS, FIRST OFF, BUT I THINK WE ALL KNOW TIGER JUST GOT LUCKY THAT WEEK.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH, WELL UH, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT, BUT... IF YOU SAY SO.

JONAS, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
I WAS JUST WONDERING. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DID AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TOURNAMENT LAST YEAR THAT ELEVATED YOUR GAME TO ENABLE YOU TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT. WAS IT YOUR MENTAL FOCUS, OR YOUR, JUST YOUR ALL AROUND GAME OR DID EVERYTHING JUST FALL IN PLACE THAT WEEK?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW IT'S UH, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. I HAD PREVIOUSLY FINISHED SECOND THREE TIMES BEFORE THAT AND EVERY TIME I DID I LEARNED MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND EVENTUALLY MY WEEK, IT WAS MY

TURN AND EVERYTHING, I WAS PUTTING GOOD, I WAS HITTING THE BALL GOOD, I WAS CHIPPING GOOD. I WAS DOING EVERYTHING JUST REALLY GOOD AND IT WAS MY WEEK.

RICH LERNER
YOU GOT A PHONE CALL THE MORNING OF THE FINAL ROUND IN PENNSYLVANIA FROM A GOOD FRIEND, BRENT GEIBERGER.

CHRIS DIMARCO
SURE DID.

RICH LERNER
WHAT DID HE TELL YOU? AND HE HAD WON, PREVIOUSLY IN HARTFORD. WHAT DID HE TELL YOU?

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE JUST SAID, PLAY YOUR GAME. HE SAID YOU'RE PLAYING SO GOOD RIGHT NOW. HE SAID JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING. DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF. AND THAT'S

RICH LERNER
TO ME, WE HEAR THIS STUFF FROM THE TIME WE PICK UP A CLUB, PLAY YOUR GAME, DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF. WHY DOES IT TAKE, IT SEEMS, 18, 19, 20 YEARS FOR THAT TO REALLY SETTLE IN.

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW THAT FIRST WIN IS SO HARD BECAUSE YOU NEVER, YOU NEVER KNOW IF YOU'RE GOOD ENOUGH TO DO IT UNTIL YOU DO IT, AND IT DOESN'T, IT'S NOT JUST PHYSICAL. IT'S SO MUCH MENTAL INVOLVED. IT'S SO MUCH NOT LOOKING AHEAD AND NOT THINKING ABOUT, I MEAN I'M OUT THERE, YOU KNOW TRYING

YOU KNOW THE SATURDAY NIGHT THING ABOUT WHAT I'M GOING TO SAY YOU KNOW, AFTER, WHEN I'M GETTING THE TROPHY AND YOU JUST CAN'T, I MEAN THERE'S 18 TOUGH

RICH LERNER
YEAH

CHRIS DIMARCO
HOLES AND I MEAN I HAD SOME GREAT PLAYERS BEHIND ME. I HAD TO CONCENTRATE AND IT, IT'S A LOT OF IT IS THAT. I MEAN YOU JUST NEED TO JUST FOCUS ON ONE SHOT, I ALWAYS SAY, ONE SHOT AT A TIME, BUT IT'S THE TRUTH.

RICH LERNER
EAGLE AT THREE... ON THAT FINAL DAY.

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT WAS

RICH LERNER
CERTAINLY DIDN'T HURT

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT WAS AWESOME. THAT

RICH LERNER
JARRED AN 8 IRON?

CHRIS DIMARCO
JARRED AN 8 IRON. I THINK LOREN WAS ONLY THREE BACK AT THAT TIME, AND HE THREE PUTTED SO I HAD A 6 SHOT LEAD OR 5 SHOT LEAD AFTER THAT AND THEN, YOU KNOW, I NEVER GOT OUT OF THAT ELEMENT. I DON'T THINK I EVER HAD LESS

THAN A THREE SHOT LEAD AND I NEVER GOT INTO THAT PANIC ZONE AND I JUST WAS ABLE TO, TO MAKE A COUPLE OF BIRDIES COMING IN AND, AND JUST EASE IN WHICH WAS NICE.

RICH LERNER
WHEN YOU FINALLY DO WIN A GOLF TOURNAMENT, HOW DO OTHER PLAYERS VIEW YOU? AND HOW DOES IT CHANGE FROM WHERE YOU WERE PRIOR TO THAT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, I THINK, YOU KNOW OBVIOUSLY THE PGA TOUR IS A, IS A PRETTY GOOD FRATERNITY. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE, YOU BELONG AND WHEN YOU WIN, YOU JUST EVEN ELEVATE IT TO A HIGHER FRATERNITY AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU REALLY BELONG OUT THERE. I MEAN

YOU ARE A TOURNAMENT WINNER ON THE PGA TOUR AND NOBODY CAN EVER TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU, AND JUST TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE DONE IT, IS TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE BEATEN A FULL FIELD ON

THE PGA TOUR IS ONE OF THE GREATEST, GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE.

RICH LERNER
PRETTY TOUGH LEAGUE, ISN'T IT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
IT IS AN UNBELIEVABLE, I MEAN IT'S, THERE'S ONLY ONE WHERE YOU, YOU KNOW REALLY, YOU LOSE, OTHER THAN TIGER, YOU LOSE 90% OF THE TIME.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. LET'S GO TO ILLINOIS AND JARED, GOOD EVENING. HOW ARE YOU?

JARED, CHILD CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
GOOD. HOW ARE YOU? THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL.

RICH LERNER
SURE THING.

JARED, CHILD CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
AND IT'S A PLEASURE TO SPEAK TO YOU, MR. DIMARCO.

CHRIS DIMARCO
THANK YOU, JARED.

JARED, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
UH MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS THAT WHEN YOU WERE IN COLLEGE, HOW DID YOU GET FROM COLLEGE TO THE PGA TOUR AND GET THE EDGE OVER ALL THESE OTHER GREAT COLLEGIATE PLAYERS?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UM, THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION TOO.

RICH LERNER
YEAH

CHRIS DIMARCO
WHEN I UM, GOT OUT OF COLLEGE, OBVIOUSLY MY GOAL WAS TO BE ON THE PGA TOUR AND I JUST WENT TO TOUR SCHOOL LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES, AND I MADE IT, NOT KNOWING MUCH, YOU KNOW, PRETTY ARROGANT COCKY KID

OUT OF, OUT OF COLLEGE. I HAD A REALLY GOOD SENIOR YEAR. TOTALLY EXPECTED TO GET RIGHT OUT THERE AND I DIDN'T. I GOT THROUGH THE HOGAN TOUR. BACK THEN, THE HOGAN TOUR, WHICH WAS ACTUALLY A BLESSING. I DON'T THINK I WAS MATURE ENOUGH TO BE ON THE PGA TOUR.

AND OBVIOUSLY I, I DIDN'T PLAY WELL THAT YEAR BUT I GOT BACK OUT IN '93 ON THE NIKE TOUR AGAIN AND FINISHED TOP 10 TO GET MY TOUR CARD.

RICH LERNER
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE GUY WHO'S A COLLEGE HOT SHOT TODAY ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT HE MIGHT BE TASTING IN A YEAR OR SO IF THEY'RE A COLLEGE JUNIOR OR SENIOR?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW, IT, IT, IT YOU JUST LOOK AT THE KIDS THAT ARE COMING OUT NOW. I MEAN NOBODY'S GOING TO DO WHAT TIGER DID. UM, YOU LOOK AT, EVEN A GUY LIKE BRAD ELDER, FOR EXAMPLE. THE GUY WAS A GREAT COLLEGE PLAYER. STRUGGLED A BIT, AND NOW HE'S MAKING

A STATEMENT ON THE TOUR, AFTER TWO OR THREE YEARS. NOBODY DOUBTED THAT HE WOULDN'T. YOU KNOW HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT, EVERYBODY KNEW HE WAS GONNA BUT IT JUST TAKES SOME

TIME. IT JUST TAKES GETTING COMFORTABLE OUT THERE. WHEN YOU'RE COMFORTABLE IS WHEN YOU PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF.

RICH LERNER
MMM. WELL SAID. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL COME BACK IN JUST A MOMENT. WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT ABOUT THOSE TOUGH DAYS, TRAVELING THE NIKE TOUR. THEY WERE SOME FUN DAYS AS WELL, WITH HIS WIFE, AMY, LATER THE KIDS. YOU CAN JOIN US, ON LINE THIS EVENING,
THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM. E-MAIL US A QUESTION BEFORE THE SHOW, YOU CAN

READ A GOLF TALK LIVE TRANSCRIPT AS WELL. STICK AROUND, WE'RE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.

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