Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 1, 2001, 5:00 pm
RICH LERNER
WELCOME BACK. TERRY FROM CALIFORNIA. YOU'RE ON GOLF TALK LIVE WITH CHRIS DIMARCO. HI TERRY.

TERRY, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA (MALE):
UH, YES, THANK YOU. HI CHRIS.

CHRIS DIMARCO
HI TERRY

TERRY, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA (MALE):
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT TOURNAMENT.

CHRIS DIMARCO
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

TERRY, CALLER FROM CALIFORNIA (MALE):
I WAS CURIOUS BECAUSE YOU WERE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT THE MENTAL EDGE AND THE MENTAL FOCUS. YOU LEAVE THE TOURNAMENT, YOU LEAVE THE COURSE ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. YOU GO HOME, YOU HAVE YOUR WIFE AND YOU HAVE YOUR KIDS, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU LEAD, YOU LEAD THOSE TWO NIGHTS

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS THE THIRD NIGHT WITH, DO YOU DISCUSS IT WITH HER? DO HAVE A LOT OF INUNDATION WITH CALLS?

CHRIS DIMARCO
UH YEAH, I MEAN IT WAS CRAZY. MY CELL PHONE WAS RINGING OFF THE HOOK. WE HAD, I HAD 25 MESSAGES AND I JUST, I LISTENED TO THEM ALL AND I JOTTED DOWN WHO CALLED AND I DIDN'T RETURN ANY CALLS JUST BECAUSE I HAD BEEN UP ALL NIGHT RETURNING CALLS.

JUST A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE. IT WAS, IT WAS GREAT. I MEAN THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE PULLING FOR ME. IT

WAS UNBELIEVABLE AND I HAD SO MUCH FAN SUPPORT, EVEN AT, AT AUGUSTA, BUT EVEN AWAY FROM AUGUSTA AND IT WAS REALLY, REALLY NEAT.

RICH LERNER
YOUR BROTHERS, I'M SURE. WERE ABLE TO CUT THE TENSION FOR

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH WE, WE

RICH LERNER
AS ONLY BROTHERS CAN DO

CHRIS DIMARCO
EXACTLY. IT WAS FUN. IT WAS, YOU KNOW, PLAYING WITH MY KIDS, AND THEN THEY GO TO BED AND THEN WE'D WATCH SOME FOOT, SOME BASKETBALL GAMES,
ROOT FOR THE MAGIC AND, AND JUST STUFF LIKE THAT.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. YOUR WIFE HAS REALLY BEEN BY YOUR SIDE. WHEN WE SAY THAT IT IS NOT A CLICH.

CHRIS DIMARCO
NO, SHE UM, SHE'S ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING I'VE DONE I OWE A HUNDRED PERCENT OF IT TO HER. I MEAN SHE, LIKE LAST WEEK, AT AUGUSTA, SHE WAS KEEPING THE KIDS OUT OF MY HAIR IN THE

MORNING. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T TEE OFF TILL 2:45 IN THE AFTERNOON SO SHE WOULD TAKE THEM AND GO DO THINGS WITH THEM AND TAKE THEM OUT OF MY HAIR, BUT EVEN, ALONG THE ROAD, I MEAN SHE CADDIED FOR 3

YEARS FOR ME. SHE HAS BEEN THERE THROUGH, THROUGH THE HARD, HARD CORE THINGS AND THE, AND THE GOODS AND THE BADS AND EVERYTHING. SHE, THAT WIN IN PENNSYLVANIA WAS AS

MUCH FOR HER AS IT WAS FOR ANYBODY ELSE. I MEAN SHE, SHE IS MY SOUL, I MEAN SHE IS IT, MY SOUL MATE. SHE IS THE ONE. HER AND MY KIDS, I MEAN, AND MY PARENTS, YOU KNOW, WHAT IT'S, WHAT IT'S ABOUT AND YOU KNOW,

COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT HER. I COULD PROMISE YOU THAT. SHE IS, THERE'S A REASON WHY WE'RE TOGETHER

RICH LERNER
YEAH

CHRIS DIMARCO
AND WHY I'M DOING SO WELL IS IT'S, I GIVE HER A HUNDRED PERCENT OF IT.

RICH LERNER
WHERE DID YOU MEET AMY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I, WE, I'VE KNOWN AMY SINCE, FROM, WE STARTED, WE KNEW 12 YEARS OLD. SHE WAS ACTUALLY A CHEERLEADER FOR ONE OF MY POP WARNER FOOTBALL TEAMS AND WE USED TO GO TO FOOTBALL GAMES. MY PARENTS AND HER PARENTS WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS.

WE USED TO GO TO GATOR GAMES TOGETHER UP IN THE BIG RV WHEN WE WERE 14 OR 15 AND SHE ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS A LITTLE TOO SHORT FOR HER, THEN WHEN I GOT A LITTLE TALLER, YOU KNOW, SHE, IT, WE STARTED DATING SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. SO WE'VE
BEEN TOGETHER FOR, WHAT IS IT, 15 YEARS NOW.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, WELL YOU'RE KAREEM ABDUL JABAR RIGHT NOW.

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH IT IS, I'LL TELL YOU. SHE IS, I'M A VERY LUCKY GUY, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT.

RICH LERNER
YEAH YOU ARE. SHE'S A GREAT LADY.
LET'S TAKE A PHONE CALL. A GOOD BUDDY. JAY WILLIAMSON IS ON THE PHONE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OH NO

RICH LERNER
PGA TOUR PROFESSIONAL. J BIRD HOW YOU DOING, BUDDY?

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
GOOD RICH, HOW ARE YOU?

RICH LERNER
WE'RE DOING GREAT.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
CHRIS, CONGRATULATIONS ON A, ON A GREAT RUN HERE.

CHRIS DIMARCO
THANK YOU JAY, I APPRECIATE IT BUD.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
YOU KNOW I'M FLIPPING THROUGH THE CHANNELS LOOKING FOR A LITTLE HOCKEY ON TONIGHT AND SEE YOU, I SEE YOU ON TV AND I WAS

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU GOING TO MENTION $30 AREN'T YOU?

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
WELL, THAT, YOU KNOW,

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
KIND OF WHY I WAS CALLING. YOU KNOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU GO PLAY IN THE MASTERS AND YOU TRY TO WIN THE DARNED THING AND I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU BECAUSE I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I GOT PAID BACK.

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL YOU

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
IT'S THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER TAKEN ANY MONEY FROM YOU.

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL YOU KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW THAT THAT IS, YOU KNOW THE DIMARCO RULE. I PLAY TO GET, TILL I GET EVEN SO, WELL, WE'LL HAVE DEFINITELY ANOTHER MATCH BEFORE MONEY COMES OUT OF MY WALLET, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
WE'LL I'M LOOKING FORWARD. WHAT'S YOUR SCHEDULE THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I'M GOING TO PLAY HOUSTON. I'M NOT SURE ABOUT GREENSBORO YET BUT THEN I'M GOING TO PLAY, PROBABLY 6 OF THE NEXT 7 AFTER THAT.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
WELL, I'LL PROBABLY SEE YOU ON THE FLIGHT TOMORROW. THAT IS OF COURSE UNLESS YOU ARE ALREADY FLYING PRIVATELY TO HOUSTON.

CHRIS DIMARCO
NO, SIR, I'M, I'M COMMERCIAL, MAN.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
I'LL SEE YOU IN THE MORNING THEN.

CHRIS DIMARCO
I'LL SEE YOU.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
20:CONGRATULATIONS.

CHRIS DIMARCO
THANKS JAY. I APPRECIATE IT. I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

JAY WILLIAMSON, TOUR PLAYER ON PHONE (MALE):
BYE BYE.

RICH LERNER
JAY, TAKE CARE. JAY WILLIAMSON, PGA TOUR PROFESSIONAL. IT'S A GOOD FRATERNITY OUT THERE, ISN'T IT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
IT REALLY IS. THEY'RE SO MANY GOOD GUYS OUT THERE. I'M, I'M VERY LUCKY. IT IS, THERE'S SO MUCH GOOD, GOOD, GOOD PEOPLE OUT THERE.

RICH LERNER
YEAH THERE REALLY ARE. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. COME BACK WITH SOME FINAL THOUGHTS WITH OUR GUEST, CHRIS DIMARCO, IN JUST A MOMENT. STAY WITH US.

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

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M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.


Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open


Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner


On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell


On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''


Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf


Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.

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Mullinax (T-2) comes up short of maiden win

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 12:06 am

The Valero Texas Open saw an unheralded player break through to earn a maiden victory, but unfortunately for Trey Mullinax his day will have to wait.

Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.

A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.

"I know my game's there, I'm playing really well," Mullinax told reporters. "Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady. He was putting great, hitting great shots."


Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos


Given time to reflect, the 26-year-old will likely look back on the final two holes where nerves appeared to get the best of him. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

Then Mullinax was unable to convert a 9-foot birdie putt on the final green, which would have forced Landry to make his 8-foot par putt to avoid a playoff. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.

"Made a bad bogey on 17, but just you've got to hit some bad shots," Mullinax said. "Would have liked to have got the putt on 18 to fall to put a little bit of heat on him, but this experience that I'm gaining right now is just going to help me down the road."