Golf Talk Live - Goosen Gossett Transcript Segment 6
HERE'S A HAPPY MOMENT.
THAT WAS PRETTY NICE. PEBBLE BEACH. ... WHOOPS. (LAUGHS) OH WELL (LAUGHS).
THAT'S ALRIGHT. IT'S OKAY TO MAKE A DOUBLE BOGIE AFTER THE LAST SHOT
HAS BEEN (?)
THAT'S RIGHT. YOU GOT THE (?)
HOW DO YOU, HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS FUN AND INTERESTING AS OPPOSED TO OVERWHELMING AND CHAOTIC GIVEN THE INCREASING AND EXPONENTIALLY INCREASING RATE OF SUCCESS YOU'VE HAD LATELY?
WELL YOU'RE RIGHT. A LOT HAS KIND OF COME MY WAY. IT'S KIND OF BEEN CHAOTIC BUT IT'S BEEN REALLY FUN. PETER, MY FAITH REALLY KIND OF HELPS ME STAY GROUNDED AND JUST MY FAMILY AND SUPPORT HAS REALLY HELPED ME KIND OF KEEP A LEVEL HEAD
SO TO SPEAK I THINK. ALSO, AS FAR AS KEEPING IT FUN, EARLY ON, WHEN MY DAD AND I, WE'D GO OUT AND PLAY GOLF, WE'D REALLY, YOU KNOW, HE'D, HE'D GO THE EXTRA DISTANCE TO MAKE SURE WE'D LAUGH AND HAVE A GOOD TIME
OUT THERE. HE'D LET ME DRIVE THE CART EARLY ON WHEN I WAS 8 AND 9 AND HE'D LET ME PLAY FROM THE 200 YARD SIGN AS HE WOULD PLAY FROM THE, THE BLUES INSTEAD OF HAVING TO, YOU KNOW, HIT IT THREE TIMES TO REACH WHERE HE WAS
AND WE JUST WOULD REALLY HAVE A GOOD TIME. WE WEREN'T ALWAYS COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER TRYING TO BEAT EACH OTHER BUT HE WAS, YOU KNOW, ENCOURAGING AND, AND JUST, JUST HAVING A BALL, REALIZING IT'S A
GAME AND JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER.
ANDY MARTINEZ CADDIED FOR JOHNNY MILLER AND JOHNNY'S PRIME WAS WITH HIM FOR BOTH HIS OPEN VICTORIES, U.S. AND BRITISH OPEN WIN WITH TOM LEHMAN IN HIS BRITISH OPEN VICTORY
AND OF COURSE CADDIED FOR YOU IN A OFF WEEK DURING THE U.S AMATEUR THAT YOU TWO HAD AGREED BECAUSE YOU HAD STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION AND FRIENDSHIP AND HE DESCRIBED THAT WEEK OF HIS LIFE. GIVEN ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN
WHEN YOU WON THE U.S. AMATEUR AT PEBBLE BEACH AFTER ALMOST NOT EVEN GETTING THROUGH THE QUALIFYING STAGE OF THE THING AS ONE OF THE MOST SATISFYING EXPERIENCES OF HIS ENTIRE CAREER. HOW DO YOU CHARACTERIZE
THAT PARTICULAR WEEK?
WELL I REALLY CHERISH THE EXPERIENCE I HAD AT PEBBLE BEACH NOT ONLY WINNING THE TROPHY BUT THE FRIENDSHIP THAT I REALLY HAVE IN ANDY MARTINEZ. HE IS A FINE BROTHER AND, AND IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL HOW IT ALL WORKED OUT. YOU KNOW, WE MET IN
MEMPHIS AND WE STRUCK UP A CONVERSATION AND, AND TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT WE JUST STARTED TALKING. HE SAID HEY I THINK YOU CAN GET YOU A CADDIE FOR THE, THE U.S AMATEUR. I LIVE NOT TOO FAR FROM THERE. I MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT
AND I SAID OH GREAT. YOU KNOW, WELL I STILL HAVE TO QUALIFY IN CHICAGO AND PLAY 36 HOLES TO GET IN AND I GOT IN AND, AND WE TALKED ON THE PHONE A FEW TIMES AND HE WAS CALLING FROM FLINT MICHIGAN ONE TIME. HE SAID
WELL, WELL, IT MIGHT WORK OUT WHERE I COULD CADDIE. I'VE BEEN AROUND THAT COURSE A FEW TIMES AND
NEEDLESS TO SAY HE'S BEEN AROUND
THERE A LOT, SO IT, HE WAS VERY HELPFUL THAT WEEK AND WE HAD A GOOD TIME JUST TALKING ABOUT GOLF AND LIFE AND IT, IT WAS NICE THAT I WAS ABLE TO PLAY SO WELL AND, AND WIN THE TOURNAMENT.
WE OUGHT TO SAY THAT WE LEARN MORE FROM THE BAD GOLF THAT WE PLAY THAN FROM THE HAPPY EXPERIENCES THAT WE HAVE AND
YOU HAD AN 80 AT PEBBLE BEACH
IN THE FIRST OF 36 HOLES QUALIFYING AND KNEW THAT YOU NEEDED TO SHOOT 70 OR 71 AT THE MORE DIFFICULT SPY GLASS HILL. SHOT THE 71. QUALIFIED BY A SHOT. WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT YOU DURING THAT ROUND OF 71 THAT DAY?
I LEARNED, I LEARNED A LOT AND YOU KNOW MY BACK WAS OBVIOUSLY UP AGAINST THE WALL. HAD, YOU KNOW, NOTHING TO LOSE. EVERYTHING TO GAIN. I KNEW I HAD TO GO OUT AND REALLY BE FOCUSED AND PLAY A GOOD ROUND OF GOLF. YOU KNOW, I SPENT A GOOD WEEK
AT MEMPHIS THE WEEK BEFORE PREPARING FOR THE EVENT AND I FELT VERY PREPARED AND TO OPEN UP WITH AN 80 WAS A, VERY HUMBLING SCORE, LET ME SAY AND I WAS VERY DETERMINED TO GO OUT THERE THE NEXT DAY AND TO STICK WITH MY GAME PLAN AND, AND TO
REALLY BE FOCUSED ON, ON SHOOTING A GOOD SCORE BECAUSE I NEEDED IT BUT ANDY WAS OUT THERE. HE, WE WERE HELPFUL. HE WAS HELPFUL AND TO SHOOT 71 AT SPYGLASS WITH THE, THE WAY THEY HAD THE ROUGH UP
PARTICULARLY FOR THAT EVENT AT SPY GLASS WAS VERY THICK. IT WAS FUNNY PLAYING IN THE PRACTICE ROUND, ANDY WAS MENTIONING MAN THEY REALLY GROWN IT IN HERE. THIS IS REALLY THICK,.
YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT LIKE THIS DURING THE AT&T SO IT WAS NICE TO GO OUT AND SHOOT THAT 71 AND GET IN.
THE AMATEUR'S CHAMPIONSHIP.
IT SURE IS.
BETWEEN THE SUMMER OF '99 WHEN YOU WON AT PEBBLE AND THEN WINNING RECENTLY AT JOHN DEERE, YU DIDN'T HAVE ANY VICTORIES
ON ANY TOUR ANYWHERE BTU YET YOU HAD AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF EXPERIENCES
PLAYING WITH TIGER IN A MAJOR. PLAYING WITH JACK AT BOTH THE MASTERS AND THE U.S. OPEN LAST YEAR. PLAYING WITH TIGER, ACTUALLY, AT THE OLD COURSE LAST YEAR
WHEN HE WON THAT CHAMPIONSHIP. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'VE GAINED IN THAT INTERIM PERIOD THAT YOU SORT OF TAKE WITH YOU NOW? THE EXPERIENCE WITH TIGER, THE EXPERIENCE WITH JACK?
I THINK PETER, AFTER WINNING THE U.S. AMATEUR AT PEBBLE , A PLACE LIKE PEBBLE BEACH, I WENT BACK TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND JUST WAS REALLY WELCOMED THERE AND THEY
REALLY EMBRACED THAT WIN AND, AND SO SUPPORTIVE. I REALLY ENJOYED MY, MY TIME AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. COACH JOHN FIELDS HAS JUST, A GREAT COACH AND A GOOD FRIEND AND THEY
HAVE A, A WONDERFUL PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, BUT PLAYING IN THE MASTERS, STAYING IN THE CROWS NEST, PLAYING WITH JACK NICKLAUS ON SUNDAY AT AUGUSTA, THOSE EXPERIENCES YOU TALK ABOUT, I MEAN,
IT WAS, IT WAS GREAT KIND OF LEARNING TIME FOR ME TO, TO LOOK AT WHAT I WANTED TO DO IN MY GAME. I KNEW THAT THE AMATEUR OPENED UP DOORS IS PLAYING IN THE U.S OPEN AND JACK'S POSSIBLY HIS LAST U.S. OPEN AND MY FIRST. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT
EXPERIENCE. WE'RE PLAYING AT PEBBLE BEACH. THAT WAS PRETTY FUN AND TO PLAY WITH TIGER AND NICK PRICE AT THE HOME OF GOLF WAS A VERY SPECIAL. I, I ENJOYED THE EXPERIENCE AND IT WAS A
TIME FOR ME TO MATURE AND TO REALLY KIND OF GROW UP IN MY GAME AND CONTINUE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY GAME. TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OUT HERE ON THE, ON THE TOUR GOLF, WORLD GOLF HERE SO, I WON A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. JOHN DEERE AND, AND GOLF
IS A FICKLE GAME. WHAT CAN I SAY? I, I DIDN'T WIN BUT THE EXPERIENCES I HAD WERE, WERE AWESOME.
AT THE MASTERS LAST YEAR, YOU NOT ONLY MADE THE CUT BUT YOU WERE LOW AMATEUR AND THAT MEANS YOU'RE PART OF THE GREEN JACKET
CEREMONY AND OF COURSE BOBBY JONES WHO CREATED THE TOURNAMENT AND BUILT THE GOLF COURSE WAS A LIFELONG AMATEUR
AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM THE AMATEUR ELEMENT IN THE MASTERS TOURNAMENT. WHAT DID YOU FEEL
INSIDE AS YOU HAD TO HAVE BEEN THINKING OF THOSE KINDS OF THINGS DURING THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY?
MOST DEFINITELY. THE ENTIRE WEEK, PETER. JUST STAYING IN THE CROW'S NEST AND THINKING ABOUT HOW MANY GREAT PLAYERS HAVE STAYED OUT THERE. WALKING THROUGH THE
CHAMPION'S LOCKER ROOM EACH, EACH MORNING AND SEEING ALL THE CHAMPIONS FROM MR. BYRON NELSON TO TIGER TO, TO ALL THE CHAMPIONS THERE AND I JUST, I JUST WANTED TO LET IT SOAK IN AND, AND TO, TO DREAM A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, AND TO HAVE FUN AND, AND ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE AND I DID AND I
THINK I LEARNED A LOT FROM IT AND I HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESPECT FOR WHAT BOBBY JONES AND THE MEMBERS THERE HAVE DONE WITH
THAT EVENT AND HOW THEY HONOR THE, YOU KNOW, THE GAME AND THE GOLF AND
THEIR JUST, IT'S A FABULOUS TOURNAMENT.
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND LOOK AT THAT COOL PUTT AND WE'LL LOOK RIGHT NOW AT A VERY COOL STATUE OF BOBBY JONES FROM RIGHT HERE AT THE ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CLUB AS WE TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK.
Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal
Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.
Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.
Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.
"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."
Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:
Disappointing. Clearly misunderstood my explanation. pic.twitter.com/YcKHMPf2v7— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 15, 2018
Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.
Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker
A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.
The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.
There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.
But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.
As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.
This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.
Stone (60) wins Scottish Open, invite to Carnoustie
There's never a bad time to shoot a 60, but Brandon Stone certainly picked an opportune moment to do so.
Facing a jammed leaderboard in the final round of the Scottish Open, Stone fired a 10-under 60 to leave a stacked field in his wake and win the biggest tournament of his career. His 20-under 260 total left him four shots clear of Eddie Pepperell and five shots in front of a group that tied for third.
Stone had a mid-range birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him the first 59 in European Tour history. But even after missing the putt on the left, Stone tapped in to close out a stellar round that included eight birdies, nine pars and an eagle. It's his third career European Tour title but first since the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December 2016.
Stone started the day three shots behind overnight leader Jens Dantorp, but he made an early move with three birdies over his first five holes and five over his first 10. Stone added a birdie on the par-3 12th, then took command with a three-hole run from Nos. 14-16 that included two birdies and an eagle.
The eye-popping score from the 25-year-old South African was even more surprising considering his lack of form entering the week. Stone is currently ranked No. 371 in the world and had missed four of his last seven worldwide cuts without finishing better than T-60.
Stone was not yet qualified for The Open, and as a result of his performance at Gullane Golf Club he will tee it up next week at Carnoustie. Stone headlined a group of three Open qualifiers, as Pepperell and Dantorp (T-3) also earned invites by virtue of their performance this week. The final spot in the Open will go to the top finisher not otherwise qualified from the John Deere Classic.
Daly (knee) replaced by Bradley in Open field
Former champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open because of a right knee injury and will be replaced in the field at Carnoustie by another major winner, Keegan Bradley.
Daly, 52, defeated Costantino Rocca in a memorable playoff to win the claret jug at St. Andrews in 1995. His lingering knee pain led him to request a cart during last month's U.S. Senior Open, and when that request was denied he subsequently withdrew from the tournament.
Daly then received treatment on the knee and played in a PGA Tour event last week at The Greenbrier without the use of a cart, missing the cut with rounds of 77-67. But on the eve of the season's third major, he posted to Twitter that his pain remains "unbearable" and that a second request for a cart was turned down:
Sorry...really tried these last 2 days to compete & walk, my rt knee osteoarthritis is unbearable. It would have been nice to have gotten a cart but unfortunately was turned down by our tour board. I couldn’t even hit balls this am!— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 14, 2018
This will be just the second time since 2000 that Daly has missed The Open, having also sat out the 2013 event at Muirfield. He last made the cut in 2012, when he tied for 81st at Royal Lytham. He could still have a few more chances to improve upon that record, given that past Open champions remain fully exempt until age 60.
Taking his place will be Bradley, who was first alternate based on his world ranking. Bradley missed the event last year but recorded three top-20 finishes in five appearances from 2012-16, including a T-18 finish two years ago at Royal Troon.
The next three alternates, in order, are Spain's Adrian Otaegui and Americans Aaron Wise and J.B. Holmes.