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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USC's Gaston leaves to become head coach at A&M

By Ryan LavnerJune 19, 2018, 11:00 pm

In a major shakeup in the women’s college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. They have finished in the top 5 at nationals in an NCAA-record 13 consecutive seasons.

This year was arguably Gaston’s most impressive coaching job. She returned last fall after undergoing treatment for uterine cancer, but a promising season was seemingly derailed after losing two stars to the pro ranks at the halfway point. Instead, she guided a team with four freshmen and a sophomore to the third seed in stroke play and a NCAA semifinals appearance. Of the four years that match play has been used in the women’s game, USC has advanced to the semifinals three times.  

Texas A&M could use a coach with Gaston’s track record.

Last month the Aggies fired coach Trelle McCombs after 11 seasons following a third consecutive NCAA regional exit. A&M had won conference titles as recently as 2010 (Big 10) and 2015 (SEC), but this year the team finished 13th at SECs.

The head-coaching job at Southern Cal is one of the most sought-after in the country and will have no shortage of outside interest. If the Trojans look to promote internally, men’s assistant Justin Silverstein spent four years under Gaston and helped the team win the 2013 NCAA title.  

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Spieth 'blacked out' after Travelers holeout

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 9:44 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – It was perhaps the most-replayed shot (and celebration) of the year.

Jordan Spieth’s bunker holeout to win the Travelers Championship last year in a playoff over Daniel Berger nearly broke the Internet, as fans relived that raucous chest bump between Spieth and caddie Michael Greller after Spieth threw his wedge and Greller threw his rake.

Back in Connecticut to defend his title, Spieth admitted that he has watched replays of the scene dozens of times – even if, in the heat of the moment, he wasn’t exactly choreographing every move.


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“Just that celebration in general, I blacked out,” Spieth said. “It drops and you just react. For me, I’ve had a few instances where I’ve been able to celebrate or react on a 72nd, 73rd hole, 74th hole, whatever it may be, and it just shows how much it means to us.”

Spieth and Greller’s celebration was so memorable that tournament officials later shipped the rake to Greller as a keepsake. It’s a memory that still draws a smile from the defending champ, whose split-second decision to go for a chest bump over another form of celebration provided an appropriate cap to a high-energy sequence of events.

“There’s been a lot of pretty bad celebrations on the PGA Tour. There’s been a lot of missed high-fives,” Spieth said. “I’ve been part of plenty of them. Pretty hard to miss when I’m going into Michael for a chest bump.”

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Pregnant Lewis playing final events before break

By Randall MellJune 19, 2018, 9:27 pm

Stacy Lewis will be looking to make the most of her last three starts of 2018 in her annual return to her collegiate roots this week.

Lewis, due to give birth to her first child on Nov. 3, will tee it up in Friday’s start to the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. She won the NCAA individual women’s national title in 2007 while playing at the University of Arkansas. She is planning to play the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship next week and then the Marathon Classic two weeks after that before taking the rest of the year off to get ready for her baby’s arrival.

Lewis, 33, said she is beginning to feel the effects of being with child.

“Things have definitely gotten harder, I would say, over the last week or so, the heat of the summer and all that,” Lewis said Tuesday. “I'm actually excited. I'm looking forward to the break and being able to decorate the baby's room and do all that kind of stuff and to be a mom - just super excited.”

Lewis says she is managing her energy levels, but she is eager to compete.

“Taking a few more naps and resting a little bit more,” she said. “Other than that, the game's been pretty good.”

Lewis won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in 2014, and she was credited with an unofficial title in ’07, while still a senior at Arkansas. That event was reduced to 18 holes because of multiple rain delays. Lewis is a popular alumni still actively involved with the university.

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Just like last year, Spieth in desperate need of a spark

By Will GrayJune 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Jordan Spieth has arrived at the Travelers Championship in need of a turnaround. Again.

Spieth’s playoff victory last year over Daniel Berger, complete with a bunker hole-out and raucous celebration, went down as one of the most electrifying moments of 2017. It also propelled Spieth to some more major glory, as he won The Open in his very next start.

So it’s easy to forget the state of Spieth’s game when he first stepped foot on the grounds of TPC River Highlands a year ago. Things were, quite plainly, not going well.

He was struggling on the greens, even going so far as to switch putters at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He then failed to contend at Erin Hills, only netting a T-35 finish thanks to a final-round 69 that came hours before the leaders teed off.

So here we are again, with Spieth in search of a spark after a series of underwhelming performances that included last week’s effort at Shinnecock Hills, where he bogeyed the last two holes of his second round to miss the cut by a shot. Except this time, the climb back to the top may be even steeper than it was a year ago.

“I’m not sure where the state of my game is right now,” Spieth said. “If I strike the ball the way I have been this year, then the results are coming. But the last couple weeks I’ve played Muirfield and then the (U.S.) Open, and I hit the ball really poorly and didn’t give myself that many opportunities to let the putter do the work.”

While many big names play sporadically in the time between the Masters and U.S. Open, Spieth remained as busy as ever thanks to the Tour’s swing through Texas. So even after failing to contend much in the spring outside of a memorable finale in Augusta, and even after struggling for much of his week at TPC Sawgrass, Spieth looked out at his schedule and saw a myriad of possible turning points.

There was the AT&T Byron Nelson, played in his hometown and at a venue on which he was one of only a handful with any experience (T-21). Then a trip across town to Colonial, where he had beaten all but two players in a three-year stretch (T-32).


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Throw in the missed cuts at Muirfield Village and Shinnecock Hills, and Spieth has made it to the last leg of a six-event stretch that has included only one off week and, to date, zero chances to contend come Sunday.

“I think here this week, the key for me is just to get out in the first round and try not to do too much,” Spieth said. “I mean, 90-plus percent of the tournaments the last two years I’ve thrown out my chances to win a golf tournament on Thursday. I’ve had too much to do from here on.”

That was certainly the case last week on Long Island, where Spieth’s hopes for a fourth major title evaporated well before course conditions became a focal point over the weekend. He was 4 over through his first two holes and spent much of the next 34 stuck in a fit of frustration. He gave himself a glimmer of hope with four late birdies Friday followed by a pair of bogeys that snuffed it out with equal speed.

Spieth has continued to preach patience throughout the year, but there’s no getting around some eye-popping stats; he's 188th on Tour this year in strokes gained: putting and 93rd in fairways hit. It can foster a pressure to find a cure-all in any given week, especially given how quickly he got a middling summer back on track last year.

“It’s something that you fight, sure,” Spieth said. “It’s been that way just about every tournament except Muirfield, because then you go to the U.S. Open and think you don’t even have to shoot under par to win this golf tournament. So as much as that kind of comes into your head, it’s not bothering me this time. I’m going to try and have fun, and make progress.”

After this week, Spieth will have some down time with family before making the trip overseas to Carnoustie. He plans to have a few private dinners accompanied by the claret jug, one last toast to last year’s success before turning the trophy back over to the R&A.

But even Spieth admitted that as it pertains to his chances to follow in Brooks Koepka’s footsteps by successfully defending a major title, he’ll be greatly aided by working his way into the mix this weekend. It represents the last chance in this early-summer swing to get his name back on the leaderboard, an opportunity to light fire to a pedestrian campaign like he did a year ago.

No pressure.

“It’s your basic stuff that sometimes gets off, that the harder you try to get them back on sometimes, the worse it gets,” Spieth said. “It can be frustrating, or you can just kind of wait for it to come to you. I think I’m OK with where things are, whether it’s the rest of this year or next year. I feel like there are good scores coming.”