Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 2
WHEN YOUR DAD PASSED AWAY WHEN YOU WERE 14, DID YOU LOOSE YOUR WAY ON OR OFF THE GOLF COURSE AT ALL FOR A WHILE?
WELL I THINK AL AND I AND MY SISTER ANN WERE, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY DEVASTATED, I MEAN THERE'S NO WAY TO, TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT YOU GO THROUGH AT A TIME LIKE THAT. BECAUSE HE LET ME COME TO THE GAME ON MY OWN TERMS AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE
GAME MY OWN WAY UH... YEAH I FELT LIKE THE GAME AND, AND LIFE HAD TAKEN HIM FROM US, BUT YOU KNOW, IT WAS, HE HAD ALREADY ETCHED IN STONE, YOU KNOW, WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO WITH THIS GAME. I MEAN I WAS GOING TO CONTINUE TO PLAY, PLAY AS HARD AS I WAS GOING TO PLAY. I ALREADY LOVED
IT ENOUGH TO TRY TO BE THE BEST AND IMPROVE MY SWING EVERYDAY AND GRIP AND ALL THOSE THINGS YOU DO BEFORE YOU'RE 14 YEARS OLD, AND, AND, AND, AND I WAS GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND I DID. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT AT THAT TIME, IS, IS I THOUGHT I
KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT THE GOLF SWING. AND EVERYTHING ELSE, BUT YOU KNOW, YOU NEED GUIDANCE. YOU NEED SOMEBODY TO, TO LOOK AT YOU ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR. I DON'T, I'M NOT A REAL FAN OF THESE COACHES NOW WITH THESE
KIDS, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT THEM EVERY OTHER DAY AND THINGS LIKE THAT BECAUSE I THINK KIDS BURN OUT IF YOU BRING THE KID TO THE GAME ON THEIR OWN TERMS AND IF THEY TRULY
FALL IN LOVE WITH IT LIKE I DID AND LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE GOLF COURSE AND LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERY DAY, AT BOW CREEK OR WHITE SANDS THEN, YOU KNOW, I WAS GOING TO, ALWAYS BE IN LOVE WITH IT AND SO, THAT'S WHEN MR. HARPER CAME
IN. CHANDLER HARPER. HE WAS, YOU KNOW, A HALL OF FAMER AT THE TIME. LIVED ACROSS TOWN AND, AND ONE OF THE LAST OF DAD'S WISHES TO MOM WAS TO MAKE SURE CURTIS GETS HELP FROM CHANDLER.
BOTH OF YOUR SONS ARE OLDER THAN YOU WERE WHEN YOUR DAD PASSED AWAY, DO YOU THINK SOMETIMES THAT YOU GOT CHEATED OUT OF THE FRIENDSHIP AND THE GOLF THAT WAS JUST STARTING TO BLOSSOM WHEN YOU WERE 14 BY VIRTUE OF THE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAVE WITH YOUR OWN KIDS?
NO. HE'S THE ONE THAT GOT CHEATED... BY DIEING AT 38.
IN WHAT WAY DO YOU FEEL THAT? THAT HE DIDN'T GET TO SEE THE THINGS THAT YOU AND YOUR BROTHER DID?
NO, HE DIDN'T GET TO LIVE THE LIFE THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE LIVED. YOU KNOW, HE WAS JUST IN THE PROCESS OF, OF BUYING THE WHITE SANDS COUNTY CLUB. HE WAS A WONDERFUL PLAYER IN HIS OWN RIGHT, A FIVE TIME, FOUR TIME
STATE UH STATE OPEN CHAMPION OF VIRGINIA. YOU KNOW, LATER, RECENTLY HE'S BECOME THE VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA HALL OF FAME, MID-ATLANTIC PGA HALL OF FAME, SO YOU KNOW, HE HAD A LOT OF LIFE AND GOLF AHEAD OF HIM, AND US TOO. TWIN BOYS AND MOM AND ANNE. HE HAD A
LONG LIFE WITH US, AND I THINK SOMETIMES I LOOK BACK ON IT. I CAN'T IMAGINE A FATHER LOOKING AT HIS SON WHO BECOMES, YOU KNOW, A VERY, VERY GOOD PLAYER AT ANYTHING. SUCCESSFUL. YOU KNOW THE BOND AND HOW PROUD THAT FATHER MUST BE.
WHEN YOUR DAD WORKED FOR SAM SNEAD AT THE GREEN BRIAR, HE OBVIOUSLY LEARNED A LOT ABOUT SAM'S SWING. A LOT ABOUT GOLF.
WHAT GOT PASSED ON TO YOU FROM THAT TOM STRANGE, SAM SNEAD CONNECTION?
WELL I THINK JUST THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO HANG AROUND SAM A LITTLE BIT OVER THE YEARS. THERE WAS ALWAYS A CONNECTION THERE BECAUSE OF DAD AND, AND SAM HAS BEEN, HE'S ONE OF THE PHONE CALLS I RECEIVED AFTER THE
OPEN, AND, YOU KNOW, SAM HAS JUST BEEN WONDERFUL. HE'S BEEN MY, KIND OF HERO. SWING, KIND OF MODEL OVER THE YEARS. NOT A BAD ONE TO HAVE. ALAN AND I, WE WERE KIDS ON THE GOLF COURSE, NOT TO BORE EVERYBODY, BUT
WE WERE KIDS ON THE GOLF COURSE AFTER DAD DIED, AND WE WOULD ALWAYS SAY, WELL SAM DIDN'T DO THIS OR SAM DOES THIS IN THE GOLF SWING AND I'VE SAID TO BOTH MY BOYS AS THEY GREW UP. I SAID IF SAM SNEAD DIDN'T DO IT, IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, AND THAT'S KIND OF THE MODEL I'VE ALWAYS USED WITH SAM. HE'S, HE'S BEEN WONDERFUL.
DO YOU EVER HAVE TROUBLE IN YOUR OWN HEAD WITH YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BROTHER IN THAT YOU BECAME THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, AND HE DIDN'T? DID IT AFFECT THE RELATIONSHIP OR THE WAY IN WHICH YOU TREAT EACH OTHER?
NO, I THINK IF, IF ANYTHING, YOU KNOW, AS BROTHERS GROWING UP, YOU'RE NOT REAL CLOSE. WE CERTAINLY HAD OUR FIGHTS, BUT HE WAS A WONDERFUL ATHLETE. HE PLAYED OTHER SPORTS
AND I PLAYED GOLF AND BASKETBALL AND THEN HE PLAYED GOLF IN COLLEGE AND WENT ON TO PLAY ON TOUR IN '81, BUT EVER SINCE THEN, EVER SINCE HE QUIT AFTER '81, WE HAVE BEEN VERY CLOSE IN THAT HE HAS BEEN ONE OF MY
BIGGEST FANS AND, AND I HAD WORE HIM OUT BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE TIME I HAVE COME HOME FROM THE RICHMOND AIRPORT IN THE LAST 22 YEARS, I WOULD CALL HIM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT OR EARLY MONDAY MORNING AND WE WOULD
DISCUSS HOW I PLAYED WELL OR HOW I SCREWED UP AND WHAT'S BEEN SO GOOD IS THAT HE WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL ME HOW BAD I SCREWED UP, SO, IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN FUN OVER THE YEARS, BUT EVERY SINGLE TIME I'VE MADE THAT PHONE CALL.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CURTIS, DON'T GO AWAY.
WITH ANOTHER PHONE.
(PETER AND CURTIS LAUGH)
Garcia among notables to miss FedExCup playoffs
For the first time in the 12-year history of the FedExCup, the PGA Tour's postseason will proceed without Sergio Garcia.
The former Masters champ has struggled mightily this summer, missing the cut in all four majors, and he entered the Wyndham Championship at No. 131 in the season-long points race with only the top 125 making the playoffs. Six years after winning at Sedgefield Country Club, Garcia again made a run up the leaderboard and was projected to reach No. 122 heading into the final round.
But on an afternoon where Brandt Snedeker shot 65 en route to victory and runner-up Webb Simpson carded a 62, Garcia shot an even-par 70 that included three back-nine bogeys to drop from a tie for eighth into a tie for 24th. As a result, he moved up only three spots to No. 128 in the final regular-season event and will not have a tee time next week at The Northern Trust.
He will remain fully exempt next year by virtue of the five-year exemption he earned with his Masters win last spring.
Garcia was one of 13 players who had made the playoffs every year since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007. Two other members of that select group also saw their streaks end this year, as former world No. 1 Luke Donald has missed most of the season with an injury while Bill Haas finished No. 152 after a T-45 finish at Wyndham.
Other notable players who failed to crack the top 125 include veterans Aaron Baddeley (No. 132), Shane Lowry (No. 140), David Lingmerth (No. 143) and Graeme McDowell (No. 144), all of whom saw multiple-year exemptions for victories in 2015 or 2016 expire this weekend in Greensboro.
Players who finish Nos. 126-200 in the season-long points will have an opportunity to retain their PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season at the Web.com Tour Finals, a four-event series that kicks off next week in Ohio. Players who finished Nos. 126-150 will retain at least conditional PGA Tour status for next year regardless of their Finals performance.
Bryant wins Dick's Sporting Goods Open for second time
ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Bart Bryant made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open for the second time in six years.
With playing partner Michael Bradley facing a 7-foot birdie putt that he would make, the 55-year-old Bryant rolled in the left-to-right breaking putt for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory.
''It felt good. It really did,'' Bryant said. ''He hit a great shot in there. He went after the pin, which he had to do. ... I gave it a good run. But to make a putt like that to win a tournament, there's a little bit of luck involved and it was just kind of my day. ... I've had putts made on me on 18 to lose before, so it's nice to be on the other end of the stick this time.''
Bradley, the second-round leader, bogeyed the par-4 15th in a 68.
''It was fun. We had a good time,'' Bradley said. ''He shot 65-65 on the weekend, that's tough to beat. But I put a little pressure on, I hit a good shot into 18. He made a hell of a putt.''
Also the 2013 winner at En-Joie Golf Club, Bryant made six birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the third to the 11th and had six straight pars before the winning birdie putt on the par-4 18th.
''I played awfully well, I didn't hit a bad shot today,'' Bryant said. ''I played conservatively, a little bit conservative coming in, but smart. It got the job done. Very pleased with the way everything went.''
Bryant finished at 16-under 200. The three-time PGA Tour winner's only senior victories have come at En-Joie, the site of the PGA Tour's B.C. Open from 1972-2005.
The 52-year-old Bradley is winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.
''I played solid, 65-68-68,'' Bradley said. ''I just got beat.''
Tom Gillis (67) and Marco Dawson (68) tied for third at 13 under, a stroke ahead of Paul Goydos (65), Kenny Perry (67) and Mark Calcavecchia (67).
Snedeker goes wire-to-wire for first win since 2016
Even after shooting a 59 in the opening round, Brandt Snedeker had to work to secure his ninth career victory at the Wyndham Championship.
Snedeker led at Sedgefield Country Club the entire week after becoming just the ninth player to break 60 on the PGA Tour, carrying a one-shot lead into the final round. But he was caught down the stretch, first by C.T. Pan and later by Webb Simpson, to leave the outcome very much undecided.
But Simpson ran out of holes, and Pan made a costly mistake by hitting his tee shot on No. 18 out of bounds while holding a share of the lead. It meant that Snedeker needed only bogey to earn his second Wyndham title and first Tour victory since the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open, instead opting to sink a 20-foot birdie putt for a closing 65 and three-shot win.
"I guess I'm turning into Bubba Watson, wanting to cry every two seconds," Snedeker told reporters. "To do it here, to shoot 59 on Thursday, to be in the lead all week, to deal with that pressure every night, to be able to step up to the plate today and shoot 65 when I had to means the world to me."
Snedeker struggled with injury for much of last season, and this spring he missed the Masters for the first time since 2010 while toiling near the edge of the top-125 bubble in the points race. But the veteran turned things around with a T-6 finish in Memphis in June, added a T-3 finish last month at The Greenbrier and now has come full circle in the city where he earned his first career win at nearby Forest Oaks in 2007.
"I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was," Snedeker said. "I've still got a lot of great golf in me. I'm excited about the FedExCup playoffs. I've done this before, I've won that thing, and I can't wait to try to make a run to Atlanta in the playoffs because I'm playing great."
It was a bittersweet result for Pan, who had his wife on the bag this week and briefly appeared poised for a breakthrough victory. The former University of Washington standout made six birdies in a 12-hole stretch in the middle of his round to catch Snedeker, but his drive on No. 18 sailed well right. It led to a double bogey, and at 18 under he ended the week tied for second with Simpson.
The result was still Pan's best of his young PGA Tour career, having started the week at No. 108 in the points race despite not having a single top-10 finish this season.
"Just had a little noise in my head and it caused me to hit a bad shot," Pan said. "But overall I feel good about the whole round. I played great. Just one bad shot, but that's OK."
Taylor crashes playoffs with closing 63 at Wyndham
Nick Taylor picked a good time to shoot his best round of the season.
Taylor was the big mover in the standings during the final regular season event, shooting a final-round 63 at the Wyndham Championship to grab a share of eighth place. The result moved the Canadian from No. 129 to No. 121 in the season-long points race, ensuring a spot in The Northern Trust next week and fully-exempt status for the 2018-19 season.
"You try to block it all out when you're playing. I tried not to look at any leaderboards today, especially the second 18," Taylor told reporters. "When I got my PGA Tour card the first time I shot a 63 in the final round ironically of the Web.com Finals. So I tried to draw back on that, and it worked today."
Taylor earned his lone PGA Tour win at the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship, and he dug himself an early hole Sunday morning with a triple bogey on No. 14 while completing his rain-delayed third round. But he made four straight birdies on Nos. 2-5 in the final round, added an eagle on No. 15 and birdied the 72nd hole to retain his card with room to spare.
"It was a long day, obviously," Taylor said. "It was a lot of sleepless nights. Last night I didn't sleep that great."
Taylor was one of two players who moved inside the top-125 bubble in the final round of the regular season. Harris English started the week at No. 132, but a T-11 finish allowed him to eke in at No. 124 with no room to spare. English shot a final-round 68 that included a two-putt par from 60 feet on No. 18 when a bogey would have sent the veteran to Web.com Tour Finals.
"It's one of the more nerve-wracking feelings I've had in a long time," English said. "It's a way different feeling than trying to win a tournament. I'm glad it's over."
With Taylor and English moving into the top 125, two players saw their seasons come to an end after missing the cut at Sedgefield Country Club. Martin Piller fell from 124th to 126th and was the man edged out by English's closing par, while Tyrone Van Aswegen dropped two spots from No. 125 to No. 127.
Ireland's Seamus Power, who also missed the cut in Greensboro, finished the season at No. 125 with 377 points, six ahead of Piller.
All players who finished the season Nos. 126-200 on the points list will have a chance to earn one of 25 PGA Tour cards available at the four-event Finals, while Nos. 126-150 will retain conditional PGA Tour status for next season.