Golf Talk Live - Colin Montgomerie Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2000, 4:00 pm
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PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT A GRAPHIC OF HOW DOMINANT YOU HAVE BEEN IN EUROPE AND AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THAT I'M GOING TO READ A COUPLE OF

EXCERPTS FROM THINGS PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT YOU. FIRST FROM JOHN HAWKINS, I'M ON AUGUST 11TH 2000 ISSUE OF GOLF WORLD.

THIS IS A GUY WHO DRIVES THE BALL LIKE BRUCE LIETZKY IN HIS PRIME. ONE OF THE 5 BEST IRON PLAYERS IN THE WORLD, WHO WINS TOURNAMENTS IN EUROPE EACH SUMMER BY HOLING EVERY MAKABLE PUTT ON SUNDAY.

IN 13 EUROPEAN TOUR VICTORIES DURING THE LAST 4 YEARS, HIS FINAL ROUND STROKE AVERAGE IS A REMARKABLE 66.7. BEFORE THAT HE WON TEN STRAIGHT TOURNAMENTS BY A SINGLE STROKE. THIS IS THE MAN WHO SHOULD BE DUKING

IT OUT WITH WOODS UH. ANOTHER COMMENT, THIS ALSO FROM GOLF WORLD, JUNE 12, '98, JOHN HAWKINS. NOT ONLY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT A WORLD CLASS

PLAYER, BUT A GUY WHO GOBBLES UP PRESSURE LIKE A CHOCOLATE _CLAIR.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BEING 37 AND IF IN FACT YOU'RE GOING TO WIN YOUR MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP AND OR MAKE A MARK IN AMERICA

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YES

PETER KESSLER
IN FIVE YEARS FROM NOW AT 42, IT'S PROBABLY TOO LATE TO BEGIN TO DO THAT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND MORE TIME HERE WILL YOU DO IT SOONER?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
UH THERE'S A FEW QUESTIONS IN ONE THERE. I THINK UH I THINK THAT I HAVE SAY 20 MAJORS LEFT, SAY, FIVE YEARS, FOUR. FOUR MAJORS A YEAR

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S LAWRIE NOT LAUWREY.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
AND IT `IS' LAWRIE NOT LAUWREY. UH BUT WE'LL COME TO THAT AGAIN. UH. 20, 20 MAJORS LEFT UH SAY I'M GOING TO BE IN CONTENTION, HOPEFULLY 5 OR 6 OF THEM, SAY, AT LEAST. HOPEFULLY THE DOOR WILL OPEN ONCE. NOW WHETHER IT HAPPENS THIS WEEK OR WHETHER IT

HAPPENS DOWN THE ROAD IN APRIL OR IN JUNE OR IN JULY. I'M NOT UH I'M GETTING AT THE STAGE I'M, I'M NOT PICKY. I'LL TAKE EITHER AND ANYONE OF THEM UH UH WHEN I STARTED MY CAREER I WAS

PICKY. I WANTED TO WIN THE BRITISH OPEN, OF COURSE, ANY BRITISH GOLFER WOULD. BUT UH UH RIGHT NOW, ANY ONE WILL DO, SO I THINK THAT I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW I'M GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TAKING IT, AND YOU MENTIONED THE

FACT THAT UH HOLING PUTTS ON SUNDAY, THAT'S A THING I JUST HAVEN'T DONE IN MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. I HAVEN'T PRODUCED THE FORM THAT I HAVE IN

EUROPE. WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU GIVE ME THAT UH STAT OF MY STROKE AVERAGE IN EUROPE BEING 66 POINT SOMETHING, I MEAN THAT'S UH THAT'S OKAY. I DON'T KNOW IT BUT UH YOU KNOW THAT'S GOOD

AND NO WONDER I'VE WON SO MANY TIMES BECAUSE, BECAUSE YOU DO THAT ON SUNDAYS, YOU'RE GOING TO COME THROUGH EVEN 3 OR 4 SHOTS BEHIND AND WIN AND, AND UH THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING IN EUROPE AND I JUST WANT TO

TRY AND BRING THAT FORM OVER HERE AND I'VE DONE THAT A COUPLE OF TIMES BUT NOT ENOUGH.

PETER KESSLER
LET ME READ YOU A COUPLE OF QUOTES FROM HYMIE DIEZ IN A RECENT ISSUE OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. HE SAID IF MONTGOMERIE IS TRULY CONCERNED ABOUT HIS LEGACY, HE MUST RESPOND AS NICKLAUS AND PLAYER DID. HE NEEDS

TO GET TOUGH WITH REGARD TO SPECTATOR DISRUPTIONS

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YES

PETER KESSLER
TO ACHIEVE THAT BLESSED STATE MONTGOMERIE MUST DO TWO THINGS. FIRST HE HAS TO SUCK IT UP AND ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, FAIR OR NOT, AND ISN'T THAT THE FIRST LESSON OF GOLF?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
AND SECOND, HE SHOULD COME TO THE U.S. BECAUSE EVERY INTERNATIONAL TOP GOLFER WHO HAS PLAYED LONG STINTS IN AMERICA HAS BEEN BETTER OFF FOR IT FROM BOBBY LOCK TO NICK FALDO

AND THIS SAYS MONTY GO WITH YOUR GUT. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR LEGACY. TEN YEARS FROM NOW YOU MAY NOT HAVE WON YOUR MAJOR OR EVEN A TOUR EVENT BUT AT LEAST

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SAY THAT YOU DIDN'T LEAVE ANYTHING IN THE BAG.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
I AGREE WITH THE FIRST STATEMENT ABOUT, ABOUT SUCKING IT UP AND GETTING ON WITH IT AND, AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS DOING AT THE RYDER CUP AND HAVE DONE SINCE.

THE SECOND STATEMENT THERE UH I DON'T QUITE. UNDERSTAND WHERE HE'S COMING FROM THERE BECAUSE FALDO CAME OVER HERE AFTER HE WON MAJORS. HE WON HIS MAJORS FROM EUROPE, SO DID LANGER, SO DID WOOSNAM, SO DID SEVE

UH SO DID OLAZABAL. THEY WEREN'T PLAYING HERE FULL TIME UH AND I WOULD LIKE TO TRY AND EMULATE THEM BY WINNING A MAJOR COMING FROM EUROPE, SHOWING THE STRENGTH OF OUR

EUROPEAN TOUR AS IT STANDS UH UH I FEEL THAT'S UH THAT'S WELL WITHIN REACH SO I DON'T FEEL I HAVE TO COME OVER HERE FULL TIME UH UH TO TRY AND TO TRY AND WIN A MAJOR. YES, THREE

OUT OF THE FOUR OF THEM ARE OVER HERE UH I AGREE BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I FEEL THAT UH WITH A LITTLE BIT OF FORTUNE I'D HAVE WON A COUPLE OF THEM BY NOW.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE SAY, COLIN'S CHILDREN ARE QUITE YOUNG AND IF HE WANTED TO WORK OUT A MORE MEANINGFUL SCHEDULE HERE, WHICH WOULD REALLY BE, LOOKING AT THE CALENDAR FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THROUGH THE U.S. OPEN, AND TAKING GOOD CHUNKS OF TIME TO COME HOME

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
MMMM

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN OF COURSE PLAYING THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS IN AUGUST, THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AND

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER YOU WOULDN'T NEED TO PLAY ANY TOURNAMENTS HERE. HOW DIFFERENT IS THAT FROM THE SCHEDULE THAT YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
YES IT'S AN IDEA NOW THAT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS HAVE COME, COME UP I AM OVER HERE MORE OFTEN UH FOR INSTANCE THIS.. THIS TRIP'S 2 WEEKS AS OPPOSED TO NORMALLY ONE UH UH AND OF COURSE I COME OVER

FOR SAY BAY HILL AND TPC AND THEN I'LL TAKE, I'LL TAKE PROBABLY ATLANTA TOURNAMENT OFF AND THEN I GO TO AUGUSTA, SO I'M OVER HERE FOR A MONTH THEN AS WELL AND, AND UH

I FEEL I'VE GOT MY SCHEDULE. I'VE GOT THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. MY FAMILY AND MYSELF ARE BASED NOW IN SURREY, JUST OUTSIDE LONDON, AND THERE, WE'VE BEEN THERE 7 YEARS AND WE'RE VERY, VERY HAPPY

THERE. WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME AND, AND UH AND UH 3 LOVELY KIDS AND A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND I'M VERY, VERY HAPPY IN THAT SITUATION. UH I PLAY 14 TO 18 TOURNAMENTS IN EUROPE AND I

PLAY 8, 8 TO 9 TOURNAMENTS OVER HERE UH AND A FEW OTHER TOURNAMENTS WORLD WIDE. I FEEL I'VE GOT THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS, PUTTING MY FAMILY FIRST, AND THAT'S WHAT I MUST DO AND HAVE DONE AND, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
YOU SAID EARLIER IN THE SHOW THAT UNTIL YOU WIN A MAJOR YOU WON'T HAVE COMPLETED YOUR CAREER IN THE WAY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO. DO YOU

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
SURE

PETER KESSLER
THINK THAT THE SCHEDULE THAT YOU JUST TOOK US THROUGH GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO DO THAT IN THE BEST WAY?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE
WELL AS I SAID EARLIER, I MEAN IT'S HAPPENED FOR LANGER AND OLAZABAL AND WOOSNAM AND FALDO AND LYLE UH IT CAN HAPPEN FOR ME

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING SOFTLY)

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW. IF IT HAPPENS FOR THEM IT'LL HAPPEN FOR ME. I'M NOT UNIQUE IN TRYING TO DO THIS FROM EUROPE, RIGHT?
THESE PEOPLE WON, WON UH UH UH MAJOR TOURNAMENTS FROM EUROPE AND UH I'M OBVIOUSLY TRYING TO EMULATE THEM AT THE SAME TIME. YES I WOU.

I WOULD LIKE TO WIN A MAJOR. WHO WOULDN'T UH TO COMPLETE, THAT WOULD COMPLETE MY CAREER AS A WHOLE. YES THERE'S A, THERE'S ALWAYS, YES MONTY CAN PLAY BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALWAYS A GAP BECAUSE I HAVEN'T WON

A MAJOR, RIGHT? AND I'VE BEEN IN THE TOP TEN IN THE WORLD FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OR WHATEVER IT IS AND, AND UH AND UH I HAVEN'T, HAVEN'T WON ONE UH I'VE BEEN CLOSE AND HOPEFULLY,

HOPEFULLY ONE DAY IT'LL HAPPEN BUT UH BUT UP UNTIL NOW IT HASN'T AND UH IT HASN'T EFFECTED ME THAT MUCH TO BE HONEST BECAUSE I'VE KEPT ON WINNING IN EUROPE SO IT'S OKAY, I'VE KEPT ON DOING STUFF, BUT UH

I'D LIKE TO WIN ONE, WHO WOULDN'T AND UH NO BETTER PLACE TO START THAN HERE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A SHORT COMMERCIAL BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE.

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USGA-player relationship at a breaking point?

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 8:00 pm

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – For seven days each year, the American game’s preeminent governing body welcomes the best players in the world with open arms. They set up shop at one of the premier courses in the country, and line it with grandstands and white hospitality tents as far as the eye can see.

The players arrive, first at a slow trickle and then at a steady pace. And once they’ve registered and clipped their player medallions over their belts, they’re told how this year is going to be different.

How this time around, be it in a Washington gravel pit or on a time-tested piece of land on the tip of Long Island, the USGA will not repeat the mistakes of the past. That the process of identifying the best players in the world will not veer into the territory of embarrassing them.

Like a college sweetheart in search of reconciliation, the powers-that-be preach a changed attitude and a more even-handed approach. Then, inevitably, they commit the same cardinal sins they promised to avoid.

So year in and year out, the scar tissue builds. Charlie Brown keeps trying to kick the football and, for most of the players not named Brooks Koepka, he ends up on his butt in a cloud of dust and fescue.



After letting Shinnecock Hills plunge into avoidable yet all-too-familiar territory over the weekend – before being doused back to life – one thing is clear: in the eyes of many players, the USGA can’t be trusted.

“When are they going to get it right? I just feel like they disrespect these historic golf courses,” said Scott Piercy, a runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open who got swept away this week during a crispy third round en route to a T-45 finish. “I think they disrespect the players, I think they disrespect the game of golf. And they’re supposed to be, like, the top body in the game of golf. And they disrespect it, every aspect of it.”

Piercy, like several players in this week’s field, had a few specific gripes about how Shinnecock was set up, especially during the third round when USGA CEO Mike Davis admitted his organization lost control in a display that echoed the mistakes of 2004. But this was not an isolated case.

Players went with skepticism to Chambers Bay three years ago, only to encounter greens that were largely dirt and got compared to produce. Mismatched grass strains, they were told. Whoops.

The next year the USGA threw a dark cloud over a classic venue by allowing much of the final round at Oakmont to play without knowing the leader’s actual score as a rules fiasco reached a furious boil. Last year’s Erin Hills experiment was met with malaise.

At this point, the schism runs much deeper than a single error in setup. It threatens the core competency of the organization in the eyes of several of the players it looks to serve.

“They do what they want, and they don’t do it very well. As far as I’m concerned, there is no relationship (between players and the USGA),” said Marc Leishman. “They try and do it. They do it on purpose. They say they want to test us mentally, and they do that by doing dumb stuff.”



By and large, players who took issue with the USGA’s tactics had a simple solution: put more of the setup choices in the hands of those who oversee PGA Tour and European Tour venues on a regular basis. While some of those personnel already moonlight in USGA sweater-vests for the week, there is a strong sentiment that their collective knowledge could be more heavily relied upon.

“I know (the USGA) takes great pride in doing all this stuff they do to these golf courses, but they see it once a year,” Brandt Snedeker said. “Let those guys say, ‘Hey, we see this every week. We know what the edge is. We know where it is.’ We can’t be out there playing silly golf.”

That’s not to say that a major should masquerade as the Travelers Championship. But the U.S. Open is the only one of the four that struggles to keep setup shortfalls from becoming a dominant storyline.

It all adds up to a largely adversarial relationship, one that continues to fray after this weekend’s dramatics and which isn’t helped by the USGA’s insistence that they should rarely shoulder the blame.

“They’re not going to listen, for one. Mike Davis thinks he’s got all the answers, that’s No. 2,” said Pat Perez after a T-36 finish. “And when he is wrong, there’s no apologies. It’s just, ‘Yeah, you know, we kind of let it get out of hand.’ Well, no kidding. Look at the scores. That’s the problem. It’s so preventable. You don’t have to let it get to that point.”



But this wound festers from more than just slick greens and thick rough. There is a perception among some players that the USGA gets overly zealous in crafting complicated rules with complex decisions, a collection of amateur golfers doling out the fine print that lords over the professional game on a weekly basis – with the curious handling of whatever Phil Mickelson did on the 13th green Saturday serving as just the latest example.

The gripes over setup each year at the USGA’s biggest event, when it’s perceived that same group swoops in to take the reins for a single week before heading for the hills, simply serve as icing on the cake. And there was plenty of icing this week after players were implored to trust that the miscues of 2004 would not be repeated.

“To say that the players and the USGA have had a close relationship would be a false statement,” Snedeker said. “They keep saying all the right things, and they’re trying to do all the right things, I think. But it’s just not coming through when it matters.”

It’s worth noting that the USGA has made efforts recently to ramp up its communication with the top pros. Officials from the organization have regularly attended the Tour’s player meetings in recent months, and Snedeker believes that some strides have been made.

So, too, does Zach Johnson, who was one of the first to come out after the third round and declare that the USGA had once again lost the golf course.

“I think they’ve really started to over the last few years, last couple years in particular, tried to increase veins of communication,” Johnson said. “When you’re talking about a week that is held in the highest regards, I’m assuming within the organization and certainly within my peer group as one of the four majors and my nation’s major, communication is paramount.”



But the exact size of the credibility gap the USGA has to bridge with some top pros remains unclear. It’s likely not a sting that one good week of tournament setup can assuage, even going to one of the more straightforward options in the rotation next year at Pebble Beach.

After all, Snedeker was quick to recall that players struggled mightily to hit the par-3 17th green back in 2010, with eventual champ Graeme McDowell calling the hole “borderline unfair” ahead of the third round.

“It’s one of the greatest holes in world golf, but I don’t really know how I can hit the back left portion of the green,” McDowell said at the time. “It’s nearly impossible.”

Surely this time next year, Davis will explain how the USGA has expanded its arsenal in the last decade, and that subsequent changes to the 17th green structure will make it more playable. His organization will then push the course to the brink, like a climber who insists on scaling Mount Everest without oxygen, and they’ll tell 156 players that this time, finally, the desired balance between difficult and fair has been achieved.

Whether they’ll be believed remains to be seen.

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Bubba gets inked by Brooks, meets Tebow

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 5:40 pm

Bubba Watson missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills following rounds of 77-74, but that didn't stop him from enjoying his weekend.

Watson played alongside Jason Day and eventual champion Brooks Koepka in Rounds 1 and 2, and somehow this body ink slipped by us on Thursday.

Got autographed by defending @usopengolf Champ @bkoepka!! #NeverShoweringAgain

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And while we're sure Bubba would have rather been in contention over the weekend, we're also sure that taking your son to meet the second most famous minor-league baseball player who ever lived was a lot more fun than getting your teeth kicked in by Shinnecock Hills over the weekend, as just about everyone not named Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood did.

Already in Hartford, Watson will be going for his third Travelers Championship trophy this week, following wins in 2010 and 2015.

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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

“The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Jordan Spieth

6. Rickie Fowler

7. Bubba Watson

8. Webb Simpson

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9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Matt Kuchar

12. Brian Harman

On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Tommy Fleetwood

4. Francesco Molinari

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5. Thorbjorn Olesen

6. Ross Fisher

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Rory McIlroy

3. Alex Noren

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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5. Ian Poulter

6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello