Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 1
RETIEF GOOSEN HANDLED THE FIELD, THE COURSE, AND THE PRESSURE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE IN WINNING THE U.S. OPEN AT SOUTHERN HILLS. HE THEN TRAVELED TO THE HOME OF GOLF AND
DISPLAYED THE SAME TRAITS IN WINNING THE SCOTTISH OPEN. 22 YEAR OLD DAVID GOSSETT WON THE U.S. AMATEUR IN 1999 AND ON A SPONSOR'S EXEMPTION, JUST ONE, THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC WHICH IN
TURN MADE HIM ELIGIBLE FOR THIS WEEKS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. WE'VE GOT GOOSEN AND WE'VE GOT GOSSETT, NOW, ON GOLF TALK LIVE.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF GOLF TALK LIVE.
JUST BEFORE 15 YEAR OLD RETIEF GOOSEN WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTENING WHILE PLAYING GOLF IN 1985 NEAR HIS HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA, HE WAS THINKING THAT IF THE BREWING STORM WOULD PASS BY, THEY COULD PLAY UNTIL THE LAST FLIGHT BATED (?).
A WEEK AFTER HIS NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE, HE WAS BACK ON THE FORCE, COMPETING AGAINST OTHER YOUNG STARS LIKE ERNIE ELS.
FIVE YEARS LATER HE WON THE SOUTH AFRICAN AMATEUR. TURNED PROFESSIONAL SHORTLY THERE AFTER AND IN 1992 WON THE EUROPEAN TOUR'S QUALIFYING SCHOOL TOURNAMENT. HE HAD BECOME TEMPERAMENTAL AND
WITHDRAWN SINCE HIS ACCIDENT AND HE WORKED DILIGENTLY ON HIS PERSONALITY AND HIS GOLF GAME.
IN 1995, BOTH CAME HAPPILY TOGETHER. HE WON THE SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN, AND PLAYING WITH ERNIE ELS, EAGLED THE FINAL HOLE TO WIN BY FIVE, AND HIS TEMPER WAS NO LONGER IN EVIDENCE. HE WON FOUR TIMES IN EUROPE THROUGH
2000 AND WON TEN CONSECUTIVE DUNHILL CUP SINGLES MATCHES. IN 2001, THE GOOSE MARRIED HIS LONG TIME LOVE AND CONTINUED TO PLAY THE EUROPEAN TOUR WHERE HE'S MOST COMFORTABLE, AND AFTER ONE SMALL
MISUNDERSTANDING WITH HIS PUTTER
ON THE 72ND HOLE OF THE U.S. OPEN, HE WON AN 18 HOLE PLAY OFF OVER MARK BROOKS, WITH A MERE 11 PUTTS OVER THE FIRST NINE HOLES.
FOLLOWING THE BRILLIANCE OF HIS U.S. OPEN WIN, RETIEF WON THE SCOTTISH OPEN AT LOCH LOMAN OVER AN INTERNATIONAL STAR STUDDED FIELD, AND THIS TIME, HIS PUTTER COOPERATED FULLY FOR ALL 72 HOLES, ERASING ALL TRACES OF HIS FORMER TEMPERAMENTAL SELF, JUST LIKE IT'S OWNER.
FROM THE ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB, SIGHT OF THE 2001 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, WELCOME TO GOLF TALK LIVE. I'M PETER KESSLER. GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE FIRST OF OUR TWO GUESTS THIS EVENING, HE IS THE CURRENT SCOTTISH
NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPION, THE CURRENT UNITED STATES OPEN CHAMPION, RETIEF GOOSEN. GREAT TO SEE YOU.
PETER, THANK YOU.
THAT'S THE KIND OF SUMMER THAT THE REST OF US CAN ONLY DREAM ABOUT. CONGRATULATIONS.
YEAH, I KNOW IT'S BEEN AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR. SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED, YOU KNOW, WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND GETTING MARRIED, IT'S BEEN A VERY EXCITING YEAR FOR ME.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN YOU'RE EXCITED?
NOW YOU PROMISED YOU WERE GOING TO BE FUNNY, FASCINATING AND LONG WINDED TONIGHT SO I EXPECT ALL THOSE THINGS FROM YOU.
WELL I THINK MY WIFE KNOWS WHEN I'M EXCITED BUT IN GENERAL, IT, YOU KNOW, I'M EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING IN LIFE BUT MIGHT NOT SHOW IT ON THE OUTSIDE BUT ON THE INSIDE I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT AND LIFE'S BEEN GREAT FOR ME, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN GIVEN A
SECOND CHANCE, IN A WAY, YOU KNOW, AFTER THE LIGHTENING STRUCK, BUT, I MEAN, LIKE YOU KNOW, I'M REALLY ENJOYING MY GOLF AND JUST TRYING TO ENJOY WINNING GOLF TOURNAMENTS.
YOU MENTIONED THE LIGHTENING RIGHT AWAY, YOUR FAMILY AND PEOPLE CLOSE TO YOU HAVE SAID THAT WHEN THIS HAPPENED TO YOU, LITERALLY, HALF A LIFETIME AGO JUST BEFORE YOU TURNED
16 YEARS OLD, THAT YOUR PERSONALITY CHANGED, THAT YOUR DEMEANOR CHANGED, BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK, IF ANYTHING CHANGED ABOUT YOU THE WAY THAT YOU THINK OR FEEL SINCE THE LIGHTENING STRUCK YOU 16 YEARS AGO?
WELL I DON'T KNOW, YOU KNOW, AS A KID, EVERYBODY'S A BIT OUT GOING AND WILD. WHEN I GOT HIT BY LIGHTENING I DON'T THINK IT CHANGED ME AT ALL, REALLY. I THINK, YOU KNOW, GOLF IS A
QUIET GAME. YOU'RE OUT ON A GOLF COURSE EVERYDAY, PLAYING. I'VE PLAYED A LOT OF GOLF ON MY OWN, YOU KNOW, NOT PLAYING WITH ANYBODY ELSE, OR SOME OF THE JUNIORS I'VE
PLAYED WITH SOME NOW AND THEN BUT IN GENERAL IT'S A QUIET GAME AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY I GOT QUIET, BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I ENJOYED PLAYING WITH THE FEW JUNIOR GUYS I HAD THAT, THE CLUB WASN'T VERY BIG, SO THERE WASN'T A LOT OF JUNIORS AROUND, BUT
THEY WERE MOSTLY ENGLISH AND WHILE I WAS AFRICAN (?) SPEAKING, I COULDN'T REALLY, THEY DIDN'T REALLY LIKE FOR ME TO FORGET(??) THEIR REALLY AFRICANS (???),
YOU KNOW, SO, THEY KEPT THEMSELVES AND I KEPT ME ON MY SIDE AND WELL, HERE I AM NOW, 16 YEARS LATER GOING ON WINNING MAJORS. IT'S GREAT.
DO YOU THINK IT'S THE ATTITUDE THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED ABOUT BEING QUIET, BEING A QUIET GAME AND ATTENDING TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS. IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY, IN HEAD TO HEAD PLAY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DUNHILL CUP, WHERE
YOU WON TEN CONSECUTIVE SINGLES MATCHES. YOU DIDN'T LOSE A MATCH IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, YOU BEAT MARK BROOKS IN THE PLAY OFF, IS THAT WHY YOU THINK, TO A LARGE DEGREE, OTHER THAN THE QUALITY OF YOUR GOLF, OF COURSE, THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO BE
SUCCESSFUL AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR OWN BUSINESS AND IGNORE THE DISTRACTIONS, IN HEAD TO HEAD COMPETITION, LIKE THAT?
WELL I HAVE TO LEARN THAT REALLY, I THINK, AS A JUNIOR, I HAD QUITE A TEMPERAMENT ON THE COURSE. YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER BREAKING THREE CLUBS IN NINE HOLES ONCE, BUT IT GOT A BIT EXPENSIVE WHEN I HAD TO PAY IT OUT
OF MY POCKET MONEY TO RESHAFT THE CLUBS SO, I, I LEARNED TO BECOME A LOT MORE CALM ON THE COURSE. MY WIFE HAS HELPED ME A LONG TO RELAX AS WELL AND WORKING THREE YEARS AGO WITH A SPORT'S PSYCHOLOGIST TO TRY AND YOU KNOW, GET MY FOCUSING MORE
ON WHAT'S LYING AHEAD AND NOT WORRY TOO MUCH WHAT'S JUST BEEN YOU KNOW, AND, I THINK THAT'S HELPED ME THROUGH IN A U.S. OPEN, COMING BACK ON A MONDAY TO FORGET WHAT'S HAPPENED AND JUST CARRY ONWARDS.
WITH WHAT'S COMING UP.
WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND TAPING TOURNAMENTS AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO MAKE THE GOLF SWING WORK, AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE GAME, WHO WERE THE PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUR IDOLS THEN?
WELL IN THOSE DAYS THE ONLY TOURNAMENTS I REALLY WATCHED ON TV WAS THE MASTERS AND THE BRITISH OPEN. TV COVERAGE WASN'T THAT EARLY IN SOUTH AFRICA AS IT WAS OVER HERE,
BUT, I REMEMBER, PROBABLY, BALLESTEROS, NICK FALDO, JACK NICKLAUS, THOSE WERE MY HEROES GROWING UP. I LEARNED MY GOLF FROM BEN HOGAN, IT'S FUNDAMENTALS OF GOLF AND JACK NICKLAUS GOLF MY WAY.
MY DAD WAS A PRETTY GOOD GOLFER AT ONE STAGE. A TWO HANDICAP PLAYER. SO HE TAUGHT ME A LOT, AND MY TWO OLDER BROTHERS PLAY GOLF AS WELL,
BUT MAINLY I LEARNED MY GOLF MYSELF, JUST FROM LOOKING AT GOLF BOOKS AND TRYING COPY WHAT'S IN GOLF BOOKS.
IT HASN'T WORKED FOR THE REST OF US. TELL ME ABOUT THE PRACTICE AREA. THE UNIQUE PRACTICE AREA THAT YOUR DAD CONSTRUCTED FOR YOU AT HOME WHEN YOU WERE A KID.
YEAH WE HAD JUST A BIG PRACTICE NET IN THE BACKYARD AND MY MOM GOT VERY UPSET, ME EATING (?) ALL THE GRASS OUT. YOU KNOW, WE HAD LIKE A BIG HOLE THERE AT ONE STAGE, YOU KNOW, AND HAD TO KEEP FILLING IT UP WITH SAND. I REMEMBER PRACTICING
AT NIGHT AT 10:00 AT NIGHT HITTING BALLS AGAINST THE PRACTICE NET, BUT YOU KNOW AS A KID THAT'S FUN. YOU ENJOYED IT, AND IT WAS GOOD FUN STANDING THERE AND HITTING BALLS AND SEE HOW HARD YOU CAN HIT IT.
YOU STILL DO THAT.
WELL I WAS PROBABLY A MUCH LONGER HITTER WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT I WAS A BIT WILDER BUT I WORKED HARD WITH SAM FROST TO TRY AND SHORTEN MY
SWING A LITTLE BIT, MAKE IT A BIT MORE COMPACT AND TRY AND KEEP IT
UNDER CONTROL A LITTLE BIT AND HE'S HELPED ME A LOT WITH THAT.
THEY SHOULD GIVE HIM A MEDAL. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH RETIEF GOOSEN.
More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.
There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.
The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.
There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.
It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.
How to watch The Open on TV and online
You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.
Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie
In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.
Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:
(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)
Monday, July 16
GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)
GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Tuesday, July 17
GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Wednesday, July 18
GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Thursday, July 19
GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)
GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Friday, July 20
GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Saturday, July 21
GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Sunday, July 22
GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol
Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.
Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET
Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.
“The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.
Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros
Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.
She wondered if there would be resentment.
She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.
“I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”
PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.
Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.
She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.
Fans have been stopping her for autographs.
“It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”
Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.
He waved Lincicome over.
“He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”
Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.
“The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.
Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.
Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.
“I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.
Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.
Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.
Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.
What are Lincicome’s expectations?
She would love to make the cut, but . . .
“Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”
Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.
“I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”
Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.
Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.
As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.
“The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”
Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.
The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.
“She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”