Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 5
LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NEXT YEAR'S U.S. OPEN. YOU'RE, YOU'RE GOING FOR BACK TO BACK. YOU HAD SHOT A 73 IN THE THIRD ROUND TO PUT YOURSELF A FEW SHOTS BEHIND TOM KITE WHO WAS AWFULLY STEADY IN THOSE DAYS.
AND OF COURSE HE, WHAT DID I SAY?
THREE SHOTS BEHIND.
YOU, YOU WERE THREE?
NO, I THOUGHT YOU SAID A COUPLE.
OH YEAH, THREE, AND THEN HE OF COURSE MADE TRIPLE AS YOU'RE MAKING PAR AFTER PAR AFTER PAR. TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE BREAK THROUGH BIRDIE WHICH CAME LATE IN THE ROUND, WHICH LET YOU SEE IF YOU HAD A CHANCE HERE.
WELL, YOU KNOW JUST TO BACK UP JUST FOR A SECOND. I, I WASN'T PLAYING THAT GREAT. ONE ROUND WON THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR ME. THAT WAS THE SECOND ROUND. I SHOT 64 AT OAK HILL. NEVER THOUGHT OAK HILL HAD 64 IN IT BUT I SHOT 64.
I PLAYED A DECENT FIRST ROUND AND A VERY, VERY SUSPECT THIRD ROUND. I GOT THREE BACK AND THEN I WENT TO THE PRACTICE TEE AT DARK, MADE THE PRESS WAIT, MADE EVERYBODY WAIT, I HAD WORK TO DO. WENT RIGHT TO DARK. TILL
9:15 AT NIGHT IN ROCHESTER AND WORKED AND FOUND A BAND-AID. I FOUND A WAY TO CUT EVERY SHOT OUT THERE THE NEXT DAY. AND I SAID WELL I'VE GOT TO TRUST IT. I CAN'T FIND ANYTHING ELSE. I'VE GOT A CHANCE TO WIN, LET'S TRY TO DO IT, AND SO, YOU KNOW, I WENT OUT THERE AND I , THE
LAST COUPLE OF SHOTS ON THE PRACTICE TEE THE NEXT MORNING WERE PRETTY GOOD. I SAID WELL I'M GOING TO, I'M GOING TO GO WITH THIS. I'VE GOT NOTH... YOU KNOW I'VE GOT NOTHING TO LOOSE.
KITE'S NOT GOING TO GIVE IT TO ME I DON'T THINK SO AND UH I WENT OUT THERE AND STARTED MAKING PARS AND PARS AND PARS KNOWING FULL WELL THAT PARS MIGHT WIN. I MEAN IT'S
NOTHING. I'M THINKING TO MYSELF I NEED HELP FROM TOM KITE. IT'S NOT MUCH OF A SLIP FOR HIM TO SHOOT 2 OR 3 OVER PAR AT THIS HARD GOLF COURSE, AND HE HELPED ME OUT A GREAT DEAL.
HE HAD ONE OF HIS WORSE ROUNDS OF HIS CAREER AND, BUT WHEN YOU'RE BEHIND, YOU NEED HELP SOMETIMES AND I PARED IT AND PARED IT AND PARED IT AND THEN CAME TO 16 AND JUST HIT A GOOD DRIVE OR 6 IRON AND FINALLY MADE A PUTT, AND NOW, NOW THE HEAT'S ON. HERE
HE IS AT 16. I MEAN HE COULDN'T HAVE AN EASIER PUTT IN THE WORLD. I MEAN, ME AS A PLAYER ARE THINKING, OKAY, YOU IDIOT, YOU KNOW, RIGHT CENTER, GIVE IT SOME SPEED, AND HIT IT SOLID.
AND UM, AND I'M THINKING YOU KNOW, THIS, THIS COULD BE A BIG PUTT.
SARAH TOLD US LATER THAT'S WHAT SHE WAS THINKING, TOO.
YEAH, PROBABLY, YEAH.
HIT IT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOLE, YOU IDIOT, AND HIT IT HARD ENOUGH.
AND NOW ALL I GOT TO DO IS KEEP BREATHING. NOW I JUST DON'T MAKE A MISTAKE AND I CAN WIN.
THE NEXT YEAR YOU GO TO MEDINA AND YOU'VE GOT A CHANCE TO WIN AND YOU DON'T, BUT I HAVE READ IN PRINT THAT YOU SAID THAT THE LIFE WENT OUT OF YOU AND THAT IT WENT OUT OF YOUR GAME AND THAT YOU SENSED THAT YOU WERE NEVER GOING TO QUITE BE THE SAME.
WHEN THE LIFE GOES OUT OF YOU, IT GOES OUT OF EVERYTHING ELSE. SO, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S A SNOWBALL EFFECT AND ALAN AND HIS WIFE, AND, MY BROTHER ALAN AND HIS WIFE AND SARAH AND I WERE IN THE CAR GOING TO THE AIRPORT AND I JUST
THERE WAS SUCH A RELIEF. I MEAN I SUNK DOWN IN THIS, IN THIS BACK SEAT AND JUST, AND I JUST, I'LL NEVER FORGET IT AS LONG AS I LIVE. IT WAS A HUGE WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS. YOU KNOW
I DIDN'T HAVE THIS, I DIDN'T HAVE THIS LITTLE BOY, MY BUDDY THERE FOR TWO YEARS, HE WAS GONE ALL OF A SUDDEN AND UH THAT'S WHAT I CALLED HIM TOO. UH, UH DRANK PLENTY OF BEER OUT OF THAT BUDDY TOO. LET ME TELL YOU.
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU BROKE THE TOP OFF, RIGHT?
THAT'S RIGHT, BUT IT WAS JUST, I DON'T KNOW, IT WAS, IT WAS, I GUESS A, A FEELING OF RELIEF THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ANYMORE BUT I ALSO FELT THAT I GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TO WIN THREE IN A ROW AND I THINK I WASN'T FOOLING MYSELF, I THINK
A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE GAVE MYSELF A CHANCE TOO AND, AND I JUST, I CAME CLOSE, YOU CAN COME CLOSE A LOT OF TIMES, PLAY WELL AND NOT WIN AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME AND HALE PLAYED WONDERFUL GOLF AND
AND UM, JUST, IT WAS JUST NOT THE SAME AFTER THAT.
WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU
YEAH WE GOT TO TAKE,
WE USUALLY TAKE SIX BREAKS DURING THE SHOW. I APOLOGIZE.
OKAY. THEY GOT TO PAY FOR YOU.
YOU WORKED TV SOMETIMES, RIGHT?
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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead
PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.
Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.
Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.
Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.
Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.
Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.
Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.
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.”