Golf Talk Live - Bernard Gallacher Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO TO THE PIVOTAL MOMENT OF YOUR THIRD CAPTAINCY IN '95 AND WE WILL PICK IT UP WITH CURTIS STRANGE'S SHOT, 218 WITH THAT MATCH ALL SQUARE AND THE RYDER CUP HINGING ON THE OUTCOME. YOUR THOUGHTS.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL MY THOUGHTS WERE THAT... WE MIGHT NOT WIN THIS RYDER CUP IF HE CAN PUT IT ON THE GREEN HERE.
IT'S A TOUGH SHOT.
PETER KESSLER
I THINK HE WAS HITTING A THREE IRON.
BERNARD GALLACHER
THE CROWD LIKED IT, BUT HE DIDN'T LIKE IT. IT WAS A VERY LONG TOWERING SECOND SHOT HE HIT, TO GET UP THERE. IT'S A PLATEAU GREEN. NICK MISSED A FAIRWAY ON THE LEFT AND HAD THE COMPOSURE AT THAT TIME TO TRY
AND GET IT WITHIN A HUNDRED YARDS FOR HIS SECOND SHOT. GREAT COMPOSURE. MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE GONE INTO THE ROUGH AND TRIED TO GET IT RIGHT UP AGAINST THE GREEN AND IT BECAME MORE DIFFICULT.
PETER KESSLER
HOW GREAT WAS THAT SWING.
BERNARD GALLACHER
HE, HE PUT IT IN THE BEST POSSIBLE SHOT TO GET IT CLOSE TO THE FLAG. FULL WEDGE SHOT.
GREAT SHOT.
PETER KESSLER
I THINK HE TOLD US THAT WAS AS NERVOUS AS HE'S EVER BEEN OVER A GOLF SHOT AND PROBABLY AS NERVOUS AS LANNY'S EVER BEEN OVER A GOLF SHOT.
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL LANNY, LANNY I THINK REALIZED IT HAD JUST GONE A BIT WRONG HERE.
HE HIT A GOOD PUTT THERE, IT JUST DIDN'T TAKE THE BREAK. IT CAME OFF THE RIGHT EDGE BUT IT'S JUST A TOUCH FIRM PROBABLY. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT NICK FALDO, I ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A MOST IMPORTANT PUTT BUT WE'VE GOT THE RIGHT GUY AT THAT
PARTICULAR MOMENT HITTING THE MOST IMPORTANT PUTT FOR US. MOST PEOPLE WOULD SAY IF YOU, IF YOU PICK SOMEBODY ON OUR SIDE TO HAVE THIS PUTT TO WIN US THE RYDER CUP YOU'D PICK FALDO.
PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL LIKE NICK'S NOT BEEN GIVEN ENOUGH CREDIT AS SEVE HAS FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO RYDER CUP?
BERNARD GALLACHER
WELL, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED I, I MEAN THAT WAS A GREAT PUTT THERE A MINUTE AGO, AND IT MEANT A LOT TO NICK, IT MEANT A LOT TO NICK. TOOK HIM A LONG TIME TO REGAIN HIS COMPOSURE. HE'S WOBBLING AROUND THERE. DOESN'T
KNOW WHERE TO GO TO CALM DOWN. I WAS FAIRLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE, YEAH NICK, NICK, WHAT NICK, WHAT NICK BRINGS TO A RYDER CUP POINTS. WHAT SEVE BRINGS TO A RYDER CUP IS A TOTAL COMMITMENT. A TOTAL COMMITMENT ON THE COURSE AND OFF THE COURSE AND YOU MUST REALIZE THAT NICK HAS WON MORE, PLAYED IN MORE RYDER CUPS THAN ANY BRITISH
OR EUROPEAN PLAYER, WON MORE POINTS THAN ANYONE ELSE, BUT IN PAST RYDER CUPS YOU WEREN'T GOING TO GET THE NICK FALDO TO CHANGE HIS STYLE AND GO AND, AND WORK WITH YOUNG ROOKIES OR HELP ROOKIES THROUGH. HE, HE WANTED TO CONCENTRATE ON HIS OWN GAME AND HE'S JUST GOING TO GET
YOU POINTS AND YOU'VE GOT TO ACCEPT THAT AND THAT'S GREAT. WITH SEVE YOU GET THE TOTAL PACKAGE. I MEAN, WHAT IS, WHAT IS DISAPPOINTING IS SEVE WAS A GREAT GOLFER AND HE LOVED PLAYING IN RYDER CUPS. HE LOVED THE CHALLENGE
OF PLAYING AMERICA BECAUSE I MEAN WE ALL THINK AMERICA'S JUST THE NUMBER ONE NATION. THEY'RE THE PEOPLE TO BEAT. ALL THESE GREAT PLAYERS. THEY'VE WON ALL THESE RYDER CUPS. LET'S TRY AND TAKE IT OFF
THEM. YOU KNOW, IN A VERY COMPETITIVE SENSE AND SEVE, SEVE WAS UP TO THIS, AND IT'S JUST A SHAME THAT PEOPLE TODAY DON'T SEE HOW GOOD A PLAYER SEVE WAS, BECAUSE SEVE WAS A GREAT PLAYER. THE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE PLAYER AND IN RYDER CUP HE
PLAYED, HE WAS AN INSPIRATION TO OUR TEAM BOTH ON THE COURSE AND OFF THE COURSE. YOU KNOW HE, HE, HE WAS, HE WAS GREAT SEVE, HE INSPIRED ALL THE, ALL THE YOUNGSTERS TO KEEP GOING. DIDN'T MATTER WHO YOU PUT HIM WITH HE SAID, OH PUT ANYBODY, WE WIN. DOESN'T MATTER. YOU GOT TO PICK VERY
CAREFULLY WHO YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH, WHO NICK WANTS TO PLAY WITH BUT WITH SEVE, NO PROBLEM. LATERALLY, HE PLAYED OF COURSE WITH OLAZABAL AND HAD A GREAT SUCCESS BUT IN THE VERY EARLY DAYS HE PLAYED WITH PAUL WAY, AND HE, AND HE WOULD
PLAY WITH, WITH THE ROOKIES AND THE YOUNG GUYS AND TRY TO NURSE THEM THROUGH THE RYDER CUPS. THAT WAS THE COMMITMENT YOU GOT FROM SEVE.
PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
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Schauffele on close call: Nothing but a positive

By Ryan LavnerJuly 22, 2018, 8:41 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Playing in a final group at a major for the first time, Xander Schauffele awkwardly splashed out of three pot bunkers, went out in 40 and still somehow had a chance to win at Carnoustie.

Playing the 17th hole, tied with Francesco Molinari, Schauffele flared his approach shot into the right rough and couldn’t get up and down for par. He dropped one shot behind Molinari, and then two, after the Italian birdied the final hole.

Just like that, Schauffele was doomed to a runner-up finish at The Open.

“A little bit of disappointment,” he said. “Obviously when you don’t win, you’re disappointed. Hats off to Francesco. I looked up on 17 and saw he got to 8 under, which is just incredible golf and an incredible finish.”

Schauffele did well to give himself a chance. The 24-year-old was in the final group with Spieth, but both youngsters fell off the pace after rocky starts. The Tour’s reigning Rookie of the Year birdied the 14th but couldn’t convert a 15-footer on the treacherous 16th that would have given him a one-shot cushion.

“It’s going to go in the memory bank as a positive,” he said. “I had a chance to win a major championship. I was in the final group. I had to face a little bit of adversity early in the round, and I still gave myself a chance. Anyone can look at it however they want to, but I’m going to look at is as a positive moving forward and try to learn how to handle the situations a little better next time.”  

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They came, they saw and Molinari conquered The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 8:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – From a perch above the 17th tee, next to a three-story grandstand that may well be the tallest structure on the Angus coast, the 147th Open Championship unfolded with more twists and turns than a Russian novel.

It was all there like a competitive kaleidoscope to behold. In quick order, Rory McIlroy’s title chances slipped away with a whimper, a par at the last some 100 yards to the left of the 17th tee. Tiger Woods, seemingly refreshed and reborn by the Scottish wind, missed his own birdie chance at the 16th hole, a half-court attempt near the buzzer for a player who is 0-for-the last decade in majors.

Moments later, Kevin Kisner scrambled for an all-world par of his own at No. 16 and gazed up at the iconic leaderboard as he walked to the 17th tee box, his title chances still hanging in the balance a shot off the lead.

Francesco Molinari was next, a textbook par save at No. 16 to go along with a collection of by-the-book holes that saw the Italian play his weekend rounds bogey-free. He also hit what may have been the most important drive of his life into what a Scot would call a proper wind at the 17th hole.

Xander Schauffele, who was tied with Molinari at the time at 7 under par, anchored the action, missing a 15-footer for birdie at the 16th hole. Moments later the Italian calmly rolled in a 5-footer for birdie at the last to finish his week at 8 under par.


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All this unfolded over a frenzied final hour of play at Carnoustie, offering just a taste of what the other four-plus hours of play resembled.

“I couldn't watch Xander play the last two holes, to be honest,” said Molinari, who became the first Italian to win a major. “That's why I went to the putting green, because I probably would have felt sick watching on TV,”

Carnoustie may not be the fairest of the Open rotation courses, but it certainly delivers the dramatic goods regularly enough.

Woods’ prediction earlier in the week that this Open Championship would come down to no fewer than 10 would-be champions seemed hyperbolic. It turns out he was being conservative with his estimate.

All total, 11 players either held a share of the lead or moved to within a stroke of the top spot on a hectic Sunday. For three days Carnoustie gave, the old brute left exposed by little wind and even less rough. Earlier in the week, players talked of not being able to stop the ball on the dusty and dry links turf. But as the gusts built and the tension climbed on Sunday, stopping the bleeding became a bigger concern.

If most majors are defined by two-way traffic, a potpourri of competitive fortunes to supercharge the narrative, this Open was driven in one direction and a cast of would-be champions with a single goal: hang on.

A day that began with three players – including defending champion Jordan Spieth, Kisner and Schauffele – tied for the lead at 9 under, quickly devolved into a free-for-all.

Kisner blinked first, playing his first three holes in 3 over par; followed by Spieth whose poor 3-wood bounded into a gorse bush at the sixth hole and led to an unplayable lie. It was a familiar scene that reminded observers of his unlikely bogey at Royal Birkdale’s 13th hole last year. But this time there was no practice tee to find refuge and his double-bogey 7 sent him tumbling down the leaderboard.

“I was trying to take the burn out of the equation by hitting 3-wood to carry it. It was unlucky. It went into the only bush that's over on the right side. If it misses it, I hit the green and have a birdie putt,” Spieth said.



Schauffele’s struggles coincided with Spieth’s, with whom he played on Sunday, with a bogey at the sixth sandwiched between a bogey (No. 5) and a double bogey (No. 7).

This opened the door to what the entire golf world has awaited, with Woods vaulting into the lead at 7 under par, the first time since the ’11 Masters he’d led at a major, and sending a low rumble across the course.

Since Woods last won a major, that ’08 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines on one leg, Spieth and Schauffele, who Tiger spotted four strokes on Sunday, graduated from high school; McIlroy went from phenom to four-time major winner and Donald Trump was transformed from being a TV celebrity to the President of the United States.

But the fairytale only lasted a few minutes with Woods playing Nos. 11 and 12 in 3 over par. They were the kind of mistakes the 14-time major champion didn’t make in his prime

“A little ticked off at myself, for sure. I had a chance starting that back nine to do something, and I didn't do it,” said Woods, who finished tied for sixth but will have the consolation prize of moving into the top 50 in the world ranking to qualify for the last WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in two weeks.

But as Woods faded, McIlroy made a familiar move, charging in an eagle putt at the par-5 14th hole to tie Molinari and Schauffele at 6 under par. The Northern Irishman would run out of holes, playing the final four in even par to finish tied for second, but the moment wasn’t lost on him.

“It was great, just to be a part of it and hear the roars. Tiger being back in the mix. You know, everything,” McIlroy said. “There's a lot of big names up there. It was nice to be a part of it. For a while, I thought Tiger was going to win. My mindset was go and spoil the party here.”

By the time the final groups reached Carnoustie’s finishing stretch it was a two-man party, with Molinari proving for the second time this month that boring golf can be effective.

Although he’d won the European Tour’s flagship event in May, Molinari decided to add the Quicken Loans National to his schedule because of his precarious position on the FedExCup points list (122nd) – he won that, too. The week before the Open, he fulfilled his commitment to play the John Deere Classic, a requirement under the PGA Tour’s new strength of field rule, and finished second.

Although his track record at The Open was nothing special – he’d posted just a single top-10 finish in his first 10 starts at the game’s oldest championship – his machine-like game was always going to be a perfect fit for a brown and bouncy links like Carnoustie and a topsy-turvy final round.

“I told his caddie earlier this week, because I didn’t want to say it to [Molinari], I have a good feeling this week,” said Molinari’s swing coach Denis Pugh. “It was the perfect combination of clarity and confidence.”

With the sun splashing against the baked-out fairways, Molinari emerged from the clubhouse, wide-eyed and a little dazed after what could only be described as a major melee, his no-nonsense, fairways-and-greens game the perfect tonic for an Open that defied clarity until the very end.

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Spieth and Schauffele were put on the clock Sunday

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Contending in a major championship on what is largely considered the toughest major championship course can be hard enough, but as Jordan Spieth reached the 10th tee box, he was given another layer of anxiety.

Spieth, who was playing with Xander Schauffele on Sunday at Carnoustie, was informed that his group had fallen behind and been put on the clock. On the next tee, he was given a “bad time” for taking too long to hit his drive.


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“I handled it OK, but looking back, you know, that was a turning point in the round,” said Spieth, who played Nos. 10 and 11 in even par and finished tied for ninth after a closing 76. “If you get 1 under on those two holes with a downwind par 5 left [No. 14], it's a different story.”

Spieth, who began the day tied for the lead with Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under, had dropped out the top spot with a double bogey-7 at the sixth hole. He was tied for the lead when officials put his group on the clock.

“I took over the allotted time on the tee on 11 to decide on 3-iron or 3-wood, but throughout the day, I think I played the fastest golf I've probably ever played while contending in a tournament,” he said.

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Woods (T-6) qualifies for WGC-Bridgestone via OWGR

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 7:43 pm

After narrowly missing out on a 15th major title at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods can take solace in the fact that he earned a return to Firestone Country Club by the thinnest of margins.

Woods was ranked No. 71 in the world entering The Open, and the top 50 in the rankings on both July 23 and July 30 will earn invites to the upcoming WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Despite missing a short birdie putt on the 72nd hole, Woods' three-way tie for sixth was enough to lift him to exactly 50th in the updated rankings.

It means that Woods will return to Akron in two weeks despite starting the year ranked No. 656. Firestone's South Course is the site of eight of Woods' 79 career PGA Tour victories, including his most recent worldwide victory back in 2013 when he won by seven shots. He has not played the invitation-only event since withdrawing in 2014 because of injury.

That's also the last time that Woods played in any of the four WGC events.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Woods had stated for several weeks that he hoped to return to Firestone this summer, given that the tournament will permanently shift to TPC Southwind in Memphis beginning next year. While he had the option to play next week's RBC Canadian Open to bolster his world ranking, Woods reiterated in recent weeks that his status for Akron would simply hinge on his performance in The Open.

"One of my goals is to get into Akron one last time before we leave there," Woods said at The Players Championship in May. "I've won there eight times and I'd love to get there with one more chance."

Speaking to reporters after a final-round 71, Woods explained that he thought he needed a top-4 finish to qualify and had fallen short. Instead, his 5-under total and best finish in a major since the 2013 Open at Muirfield proved to be just enough.

Woods will now take a week off before teeing it up in Akron Aug. 2-5, followed by an appearance the following week at the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.