David Duval Friday Masters Press Conference Transcript
Q. David, how much fun did you have today?
DAVID DUVAL: About the same as yesterday. I'm having a great time. Like I said, I felt like I was swinging the golf club good. You know, today I kind of kept myself out of a position where I could hit a couple fliers like I did yesterday, and so I kind of basically -- I think what I did today was shoot the score I could have shot yesterday. So, I feel really good about everything.
Q. David, has there been any residual effect from your trouble in your hand and how much rust -- I know you worked hard the week before TPC, how much did that affect yesterday's round not playing?
DAVID DUVAL: Well, it was actually after the week of Honda. I was done through there. I thought there would be a fair amount of rust, but I guess I hit so many balls, I grooved it pretty good and hopped right back on the horse, it seemed, and I was right back where I wanted, if not better and it has had no effect as of now.
Q. Given the fact that you have not played competitively in a month, are you at all surprised where you are?
DAVID DUVAL: No. I've played countless golf tournaments. It's not like actually the time off I've had is nothing compared to like what we have had in the past from off-season to the start of the year. So I had some good preparation, I thought, although it was not as much as I may have wanted from Saturday through Wednesday. So I'm not surprised at all.
Q. Were you curious to see how it would unfold?
DAVID DUVAL: Sure, I was curious. I guess I didn't really know what to expect, but at the same time, I knew my golf game was where it needed to be and I knew I was putting extremely well. So basically, I just had to go out there and get out of my own way.
Q. David, what were your expectations coming in here, and were they any different than in past years?
DAVID DUVAL: No. No different than past years. You know, I came in here with every intention of winning the golf tournament, and I still have that. Did I know what to expect? Not necessarily. But after the few days I had of practice, I felt very good about my swing and my putting and the only question I had where I felt like I wasn't maybe hitting my driver as well as I wanted to, really through Wednesday, even, and seemed to hit it pretty good on -- late on Wednesday afternoon, a little bit, and then in the morning, and got up on 1 on Thursday and hit a real nice high cut just way down the fairway and hit it good ever since.
Q. Tiger said that experience helps at a major down the stretch, as you've been there. How much of the experiences you've had, how much do they help you going into this weekend, the good and the bad?
DAVID DUVAL: Well, I think all they can do is help. All they can do is help me. I've been there for three straight years and I know what the feelings are like and I know what to expect. So I think that's invaluable here, especially, because you know there's some golf shots that you are going to have to hit and you know how you are going to feel standing over them. So, I am excited about my prospects.
Q. You missed the last four fairways and still got good results every time. Is that an indication the rough may not be all that difficult, or are you playing that well with your irons right now?
DAVID DUVAL: Well I think that's kind of like, you know, saying, I guess -- I don't know if you were out there, but it's like calling a missed green when you are this far into the fringe (indicating inches) you are splitting hairs right now. I drove it through the fairway on 15 and it was blocked in the green and I just had to chip it. 17, I could not have been five steps off the fairway. That's the way most of them were I guess.
Q. At the risk of getting a big sales pitch, how are you getting the new irons dialed in and what's the progress?
DAVID DUVAL: They are great. I mean, I -- I appreciate everybody's concern. (Laughter.) You know, I've seen: 'It's the fifth set'; 'the third set'; 'tweaked 23 times.' You know, it's the second set of golf clubs, and I think they are spectacular. It is exactly what I was looking for, and, you know, thank you. (Laughs).
Q. How long did it take you to put last year behind you?
DAVID DUVAL: You know, I don't know. It's hard to say. I didn't really think about it, so probably -- probably not as long as '98, but, you know, I think as -- after you have are experienced it once and you kind of know again what it feels like, so you just kind of move on and think about, you know, next year and how you can make yourself have a better chance the following year.
Q. You were talking the other day about still looking for your first break out here during crunch time and all that. How do you think your karma is? Are you feeling better?
DAVID DUVAL: I think it's great. Everything is aligning properly. You know, my intent every year here is -- and as I've said, and I don't -- I think everybody in this room would agree, you have to have some good breaks to win golf tournaments like this. But my intent coming in here is not to need those breaks by hitting the ball well and putting well and playing smart so trying, in essence, to eliminate every mistake so I don't need a break. And that's what I'm trying to do. You know, if I need one, I'd sure would like to get one.
Q. The shots at 14 and 18, the second shots on 14 and 18, did they mean an awful lot coming down the stretch? You didn't seem uncomfortable at all. Were they as easy as it looked for you?
DAVID DUVAL: You know, the shot on 14 was as easy as it is to hit it from 190 yards and hit a big sweeping hook. It's kind of like when you stand on the 12th tee, you have to hit that shot. You have to hit it over the bunkers there. Again, it's just a shot that I had to hit, and I was hoping to hook it around and maybe just run it through the green. I guess it pitched right into the mound short and turned out great. The 18th was not -- I was quite surprised. I thought I hit in the bunker off the tee, and, you know, the golf shot itself was not terrible. It was not difficult. I had 116 yards, so not a terribly difficult shot.
Q. We're seeing a big-name leaderboard take shape for the weekends. Does that excite you to see in a major tournament?
DAVID DUVAL: As a fan, certainly. As a player, this week, I'm really not concerned with any other name on the board except my own. I guess what that means is I'm out there trying to play myself and do the best I can and I'm not getting caught up with who else is out there playing well and who is ahead of me or behind me. It's just I've got a job to do and I've been here, like I said -- severing several times I've had the chance and I have an idea what it takes to win the golf tournament, regardless who is playing. I'm not concerned. That's why I say that.
Q. At what point does that change, on the back nine on Sunday? Whether you are playing yourself or concerned about others?
DAVID DUVAL: I don't think it really changes. It doesn't -- certainly, how you stand in the golf tournament might dictate it, but I thought -- by name specific, it doesn't -- whether it is Tiger Woods or Vijay Singh or Phil Mickelson, the shots that you have to hit are going to be the same. The situation might dictate me to do something regardless of whose name it is that you are ahead of or behind.
Q. As far as your wrist is concerned, as soon as you got the cortisone shot, did that change everything? No more discomfort?
DAVID DUVAL: No. It was -- the first day, it was about seven days later was the first time I was kind of pain-free, maybe. Maybe six days. The discomfort was knocked out in there three to four days but I still felt it for a couple day as of that.
Q. Given all of the up-and-downs and travails this year, when was the last time you were this fired up to get out and play on a Saturday?
DAVID DUVAL: Probably not this year. You know, to be honest with you, as everybody knows, there has been a lot of stuff going on. But that's kind of behind me, a lot of it, and some of it I have no control over when it is going to end. So, you know, then I had to deal with a bit of a wrist injury, so I'm as jacked as can be, and like I said coming in here, I thought if there's one thing I had going for me, I would be the freshest player in the field. The second hole, I knocked it down in the left bunker. I hit it out to about five feet. The seventh hole, I hit sand wedge to about three feet. The eighth hole I hit 3-wood on the green, about 30 feet, 35, something like that and 2-putted. 9, I hit 9-iron to about 12 feet. 12 was an 8-iron to about 20 feet. 13, I hit a 5-iron on the green and 2-putted from -- I don't know, 50 feet maybe, it was. 16, I hit 8-iron to the right -- on the right shelf and stayed there and 3-putted and 18 I hit the sand wedge to about a foot.
Q. How big was it to get back the birdie after what happened on 16 and 17?
DAVID DUVAL: It was nice. You know, 17 wasn't -- nothing bad really happened there. I thought I hit a nice putt through that fringe there, but it felt really good. It was nice to -- I felt like I certainly had -- I should certainly be 7- or 8-under. I felt like I played well enough to be a little bit better than I was, and it's not that I hit such a poor golf shot on 16, like I said, I didn't hit the shot I have to hit and it's not a place you can leave that. But I was very pleased to have that. It was funny, the reaction was so delayed, I don't know what happened, if it just started trickling or had enough spin or what. It was nice -- even better when you are that far, so, you know, to grind over the last one.
Q. How long was the par putt that you missed on 16?
DAVID DUVAL: Ten feet maybe. I'd say ten feet maybe. It just went right down to the front of the fringe, just stopped short of the string.
DJ triples last hole, opens with 76 at Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Dustin Johnson’s chances of winning The Open are likely already over.
The world No. 1 hit his tee shot out of bounds on 18 on his way to a triple bogey, capping a miserable day that left him with a 5-over 76, 10 shots off the lead and in danger of missing the cut.
Johnson didn’t talk to reporters afterward, but there wasn’t much to discuss.
He didn’t make a birdie until the par-5 14th, bogeyed 16 and then made 7 on Carnoustie's home hole when his tee shot caromed out of bounds left.
Johnson has missed the cut only once in nine previous appearances at The Open – in his first try in 2009.
'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team
“The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.
Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.
Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.
A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.
"Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."
Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."
He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.
Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.
“It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.
"The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.
In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).
“I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."
The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.
Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.
Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.
Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.
“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”
The problem was an expired visa.
Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.
No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.
Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.
His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.
One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.
His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.
“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”
He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.
“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”
'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.
Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.
“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”
Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.
The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.
“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”