Golf Talk Live - Colin Montgomerie Transcript Segment 6
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY,
QUESTION IS, HOW DID ATTENDING HOUSTON BAPTIST IN AMERICA IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND WHAT IMPRESSIONS DID YOU FORM ABOUT AMERICA AT THE TIME? BILL BAKER WANTS TO KNOW.
UH THAT'S, THAT'S THE QUESTION I, I, I, I HAD FOUR VERY, VERY HAPPY YEARS IN HOUSTON AND, AND WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT EXPERIENCE I HAD THERE AND UH LEARNT HOW TO PLAY GOLF, UH SEMI-PROFESSIONALLY, IF YOU LIKE UH AT COLLEGE UH DOWN THERE.
IT WAS HOT. VERY HOT. I'LL NEVER FORGET THAT. THE SUMMERS WERE HORRIBLE, BUT UH BUT UH I LEARNT HOW TO WIN AND UH THAT WAS KEY AND WHEN I DID TURN PRO I WAS LATE, I WAS 24 YEARS OLD WHEN I TURNED PRO AND UH
I WAS READY. SOME, SOME, SOME PLAYERS HAVE TURNED PRO 18, 19 AND THAT'S ALL THEY HAD AND WHEN THE PUTTS HAVE TO GO IN THEY DON'T ALWAYS DROP, AND FOR ME, WHEN I TURNED PRO AT 24, I HAD A DEGREE
BEHIND ME AND UH THE PUTTS DIDN'T HAVE TO GO IN AND THEREFORE THEY DID, AND I'M A GREAT BELIEVER IN THAT. THAT I HAD SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON AND, AND UH THEREFORE, THEREFORE I DID OKAY UH BUT I WAS READY WHEN I
DID TURN PRO AT 24 AND MY EXPERIENCE AT HOUSTON I'LL ALWAYS UH PUT AS, AS, AS A, A START OF MY CAREER, REALLY. THE START OF A, OF UH I'VE BEEN A PRO, WHAT, 13 YEARS NOW BUT UH I CLASSIFY IT AS 17 YEARS BECAUSE OF THE 4 YEARS
I SPENT AT HOUSTON. IT WAS A MARVELOUS TIME.
SO OBVIOUSLY IF YOU WERE ABLE TO COPE WITH THE HEAT IN HOUSTON, YOU'LL COPE WITH IT HERE IN KENTUCKY
HOW GOOD A MATCH IS YOUR GOLF GAME IN VALHALLA GOLF CLUB?
I LIKE JACK NICKLAUS GOLF COURSES UH I REALLY DO, AND, AND UH HE GIVES YOU A BIT OF SPACE OFF THE TEE, BUT IT'S ALWAYS A 2ND SHOT GOLF COURSE
AND USUALLY, USUALLY COMING IN LEFT TO RIGHT. MOST PAR, MOST JACK NICKLAUS PAR 3'S YOU CAN SEE, YOU CAN SEE HIS, HIS PHILOSOPHY, IF YOU LIKE, COMING IN LEFT TO RIGHT. HIGH LEFT TO RIGHTERS AND UH DURING, DURING THE
TOURNAMENT THE PIN USUALLY MOVES FROM, FROM FRONT LEFT TO SORT OF BACK RIGHT AS WE GO AROUND THE GREEN AND, AND UH, AND UH I LIKE HIS COURSE. I LIKE THE WAY HE DESIGNS
COURSES AND, AND UH HAVING DONE A FEW COURSES NOW MYSELF, I UNDERSTAND WHAT HE'S TRYING TO DO AND I TRY AND, NOT COPY THAT BUT I TRY AND BUILD, BUILD HIS, HIS UH HIS IDEAS
INTO SOME OF THE HOLES THAT I'VE DONE.
WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES AT THE COLIN MONTGOMERIE GOLF LINKS ACADEMY AT TURNBURY IN SCOTLAND?
YEAH THAT'S JUST OPENED AND IT WAS A, IT WAS A GREAT OPENING BETWEEN LOCH LOMOND AND THE OPEN ON THE SUNDAY AND, AND WE OPENED THAT FIRST, FIRST OF 5 ACADEMIES UH THAT HAVE BEEN UH
UH UH PROGRAMMED FOR EUROPE AND, AND, AND IT'S UH IT'S A DIFFERENT FEEL. I THINK UH WE'VE BEEN THROUGH. THE SORT OF, I HATE TO SAY UH UH THE SORT OF THREE YEAR SPAN OF CHANGING AN AMATEUR'S GOLF GAME.
MOST AMATEURS THAT COME TO ACADEMIES NOW A DAYS WANT A VERY, VERY QUICK FIX IF YOU LIKE AND THEY WANT TO GO HOME WITH SOMETHING TO TAKE BACK WITH THEM. NOT AN IDEA OF, OF A FOUR YEAR PLAN THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE TIME FOR
AND UH IN OUR ACADEMIES WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO GET TO A STAGE OF COURSE MANAGEMENT MORE, MORE THAN ANYTHING. YES, THE TEACHING PROS AT THE ACADEMY WILL TEACH PROBLEMS
IF, IF PEOPLE ARE SHANKING THE BALL OR TOPPING IT OR WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE AND THAT'S FINE BUT IT'S MORE A
COURSE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, AS IF I WAS CADDYING FOR THEM AND I'VE PLAYED ENOUGH PRO-AMS NOW, OVER, OVER 17 YEARS TO REALIZE THAT, THAT UH IF I WAS CADDYING FOR THESE PEOPLE, IF I WAS CADDYING FOR THE AVERAGE
AMATEUR OFF 18 HANDICAP, SAY AVERAGE IS 18, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE AVERAGE IS, I WOULD SAVE THEM FOUR SHOTS IN THAT ROUND OF GOLF AND I WOULD BRING THEIR HANDICAPS DOWN
TO 14. NOW THAT'S WHAT MOST AMATEURS WOULD LOVE TO DO. THEY'D LOVE TO SAY, THE CHEST GOES OUT WHEN THEY SAY, YES I'M OFF 13 OR I'M OFF 12 AS OPPOSED TO 16 OR 17, JUST BY USING COMMON SENSE, WHICH IS FREE, IF YOU LIKE UH NOT TO GO FOR CERTAIN SHOTS.
IF YOU ARE IN FRONT OF A BUNKER ON A DOWNHILL LIE PLAY OUT LEFT PLAY OUT RIGHT, DON'T GO FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE SHOT THAT MOST AMATEURS THINK THEY CAN BRING OFF. ONE IN, ONE IN 20 IT WORKS BUT THE 19 OTHER TIMES IT DOESN'T
AND YES YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A DOUBLE OR EVEN A 7 FROM THAT POSITION. UP HILL PUTTS, DOWN HILL PUTTS, WATCH YOUR OPPONENT PUTT. ALL THESE SORT OF THINGS THAT I'VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT I CAN,
I CAN HELP THEM WITH AND, AND UH AND I FEEL IF I'M CADDYING FOR THE AVERAGE AMATEUR I WOULD SAVE THEM 4 SHOTS A ROUND AND THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO AT THIS LINKS ACADEMY IS SHOW
THEM LINKS GOLF, YES, BECAUSE UH MOST OF THE UH OF THE CLIENTS ARE FROM THE STATES AND, AND UH BUT ALSO, ALSO SHOW THEM A COURSE MANAGEMENT AND THAT'S WHAT I FEEL THAT UH
MY SUCCESS HAS BEEN BASED ON. I DON'T THROW AWAY MANY SHOTS BY, BY THINKING IT, THINKING ABOUT THE SHOT AFTER I'VE HIT IT. THAT'S WHAT MOST AMATEURS DO. I THINK ABOUT THE SHOT
BEFORE I'VE HIT IT AND UH ALLISTER AND I, MY CADDIE, HE'S BEEN WITH ME FOR 9 YEARS NOW AND, AND UH WE'VE BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS TOGETHER AND WE THINK ABOUT THE SHOT BEFORE WE'VE HIT IT. NOT AFTER IT, AND THAT'S WHAT MOST AMATEURS DO.
LET'S CHECK IN WITH MICHAEL IN INDIANA. GO AHEAD MICHAEL.
MICHAEL, CALLER FROM INDIANA
MICHAEL, HI IT'S OR COLIN, IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEAK WITH YOU THIS EVENING, UH WHAT I
MICHAEL, CALLER FROM INDIANA
WAS WONDERING WAS IF UH IF YOU DON'T WIN THE EUROPEAN ORDER OF MERIT THIS SEASON DO YOU THINK THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF PLAYING
IN AMERICA NEXT YEAR ? AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THE REST OF THE WEEK AT VALHALLA.
OH WELL THANK YOU FOR THAT UH NO IF I DON'T WIN THE ORDER OF MERIT THIS YEAR I'LL BE UH I'LL BE TRYING MY DAMNEDEST TO WIN IT THE FOLLOWING YEAR, OKAY? UH AND IT WOULD MEAN
MORE TO ME, I THINK, UH HAVING WON IT SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW, IF I DO LOOSE IT THIS YEAR AND THEN TO COME BACK IN THE 9TH YEAR IF YOU LIKE AND WIN IT AGAIN THAT WOULD UH THAT WOULD ADD UP TO ALL THE 7 BEFORE HAND AND, AND UH TO PROVE THAT I HAVEN'T LOST ANYTHING, SO I'LL BE AS DETERMINED
TO WIN IT AGAIN IN THE 9TH YEAR UH EVEN IF I DON'T WIN IT IN THE 8TH AND, AND THAT WOULD MEAN MORE TO ME THAN THE 7 PUT TOGETHER IF I COULD WIN IT AGAIN IN THE 9TH YEAR.
WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH COLIN MONTGOMERIE, THEN WE'RE GOING TO LET HIM GO TO BED. DON'T GO AWAY.
Watch: You have to see this golf swing to believe it
Ho-sung Choi is a 44-year-old South Korean touring pro who plays primarily on the Japan Golf Tour. This week he's competing in the Asian Tour's Kolon Korea Open, where he is in second place, two shots off the lead, after three rounds. This is especially significant because the Korea Open is an Open Qualiffying event, meaning he could qualify for this year's Open Championship.
That, however, is not why we're writing about Mr. Choi. The video above is why:
We're with Charlie here: We can't wait for Brandel's take on this swing.
Lopez fires flawless 63 for lead in Arkansas
ROGERS, Ark. – Since its first year on the LPGA Tour in 2007, the crowds at the NW Arkansas Championship have belonged to Stacy Lewis.
Another former University of Arkansas star staked her claim as the hometown favorite Friday when Gaby Lopez shot a career-low 8-under 63 to take the first-round lead at Pinnacle Country Club.
Like Lewis, the two-time winner of the tournament, Lopez starred as a three-time All-American for the Razorbacks before joining the LPGA Tour in 2016. Despite flashes of potential, Lopez had yet to join Lewis among the ranks of the world's best - missing the cut in her last two tournaments and entering this week ranked 136th in the world.
For a day, at least, the Mexican standout felt right at home atop the leaderboard in her adopted home state.
''I feel like home,'' Lopez said. ''I feel so, so comfortable out here, because I feel that everyone and every single person out here is just rooting for us.''
Moriya Jutanugarn was a stroke back along with Minjee Lee, Catriona Matthew, Nasa Hataoka, Lizette Salas, Mirim Lee and Aditi Ashok. Six others finished at 6 under on a day when only 26 of the 144 players finished over par, thanks to some mid-week rain that softened the greens and calm skies throughout the day.
Jutanugarn finished second at the tournament last year and is trying to win for the second time on the LPGA Tour this year. Her younger sister, Ariya, is already a two-time winner this year and shot an opening-round 66.
Lewis, the former world No. 1 who won the event in 2007 in 2014, finished with a 66. She's expecting her first child in early November
Defending champion So Yeon Ryu, coming off a victory Sunday in Michigan, shot a 67.
Friday was Lopez's long-awaited day to standout, though, much to the delight of the pro-Arkansas crowd.
After missing the cut her last two times out, Lopez took some time off and returned home to Mexico City to rest her mind and work on her game. The work paid off with two straight birdies to open her round and a 6-under 30 on her front nine.
Lopez needed only 25 putts and finished two shots off the course record of 61, and she overcame a poor drive on the par-5 18th to finish with a par and keep her place at the top of the leaderboard. Her previous low score was a 64 last year, and she matched her career best by finishing at 8 under.
''(Rest) is a key that no one really truly understands until you're out here,'' Lopez said. ''... Sometimes resting is actually the part you've got to work on.''
Harman rides hot putter to Travelers lead
CROMWELL, Conn. – There are plenty of big names gathered for the Travelers Championship, and through two rounds they’re all chasing Brian Harman.
Harman opened with a 6-under 64, then carded a 66 during Friday’s morning wave to become the only player to finish the first two rounds in double digits under par. The southpaw is currently riding a hot putter, leading the field in strokes gained: putting while rolling in 12 birdies and an eagle through his first 36 holes.
“Putted great today,” said Harman, who ranks 22nd on Tour this season in putting. “Got out of position a couple of times, but I was able to get myself good looks at it. I started hitting the ball really well coming down the stretch and made a few birdies.”
Harman, 31, has won twice on the PGA Tour, most recently at last year’s Wells Fargo Championship. While he doesn’t have a win this year, he started his season in the fall by reeling off five straight finishes of T-8 or better to quickly install himself as one of the leaders in the season-long points race.
Now topping a leaderboard that includes the likes of Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy, he realizes that he’ll have his work cut out for him if he’s going to leave Connecticut with trophy No. 3.
“The putter has been really good so far, but I’ve been in position a lot. I’ve had a lot of good looks at it,” Harman said. “I’m just able to put a little pressure on the course right now, which is nice.”
10-second rule costs Zach Johnson a stroke
CROMWELL, Conn. – Zach Johnson heads into the weekend one shot back at the Travelers Championship, but he was a matter of seconds away from being tied for the lead.
Johnson had an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 3 at TPC River Highlands, his 12th hole of the day, but left the ball hanging on the lip. As Johnson walked up to tap the ball in, it oscillated on the edge and eventually fell in without being hit.
Was it a birdie, or a par?
According to the Rules of Golf, and much to Johnson’s chagrin, the answer was a par. Players are afforded “reasonable” time to walk to the hole, and after that they are allowed to wait for 10 seconds to see if the ball drops of its own accord. After that, it either becomes holed by a player’s stroke, or falls in and leads to a one-shot penalty, resulting in the same score as if the player had hit it.
According to Mark Russell, PGA Tour vice president of rules and competitions, Johnson’s wait time until the ball fell in was between 16 and 18 seconds.
“Once he putts the ball, he’s got a reasonable amount of time to reach the hole,” Russell said. “Then once he reaches the hole, he’s got 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, the ball is deemed to be at rest.”
Johnson tried to emphasize the fact that the ball was oscillating as he stood over it, and even asked rules officials if marking his ball on the edge of the hole would have yielded a “bonus 10 seconds.” But after signing for a 2-under 68 that brought him within a shot of leader Brian Harman, the veteran took the ruling in stride.
“The 10-second rule has always been there. Vague to some degree,” Johnson said. “The bottom line is I went to tap it in after 10 seconds and the ball was moving. At that point, even if the ball is moving, it’s deemed to be at rest because it’s on the lip. Don’t ask me why, but that’s just the way it is.”
While Johnson brushed off any thoughts of the golf gods conspiring against him on the lip, he was beaming with pride about an unconventional par he made on No. 17 en route to a bogey-free round. Johnson sailed his tee shot well right into the water, but after consulting his options he decided to drop on the far side of the hazard near the 16th tee box.
His subsequent approach from 234 yards rolled to within 8 feet, and he calmly drained the putt for an unexpected save.
“I got a great lie. Just opened up a 4-hybrid, and it started over the grandstands and drew in there,” Johnson said. “That’s as good of an up-and-down as I’ve witnessed, or performed.”