Golf Talk Live - Loren Roberts Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 13, 2000, 5:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
WE WILL REJOIN OUR GUEST, LOREN ROBERTS, WHO SAYS HE HASN'T HEARD THIS STORY BEFORE, BUT WE READ THAT THE NICKNAME `BOSS OF THE MOSS' CAME FROM DUKES OF HAZARD AND `BOSS HOG' DAVID OGRIN, WE READ.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
USED TO, YOU GUYS WATCHED THE SHOW OR HE

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
SAW THE SHOW AND HE SAID YOU'RE THE `BOSS OF THE MOSS' LIKE HE'S `BOSS HOG' OR SOMETHING. YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THAT ONE.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE GOT THE TERM BOSS BUT HE IS THE ONE WHO THOUGHT IT UP AND HE THOUGHT IT UP EARLY IN ABOUT 1985 AND IT NEVER, HE WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO EVER CALLED ME THAT UNTIL, OBVIOUSLY, SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE U.S. OPEN, IN '94. HE WALKED THROUGH THE LOCKER ROOM AND KIND OF YELLED IT OUT AS SOME REPORTERS WERE STANDING THERE TALKING TO ME ABOUT THE 63 I SHOT AND. AND SOMEBODY PUT IN AN ARTICLE AND THERE YOU GO.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND IT STUCK EVER SINCE.

LOREN ROBERTS
IT, IT STUCK EVER SINCE.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE TALKED A BIT AGO ABOUT BAY HILL IN '94. YOU, THE SPAN FROM '95 TO '97

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
WAS A TERRIFIC ONE FOR YOU. YOU HAD FOUR WINS DURING THAT TIME.

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
INCLUDING THE MCI CLASSIC

LOREN ROBERTS
YES

JENNIFER MILLS
TALK A BIT ABOUT THAT, THAT STRETCH.

LOREN ROBERTS
UM

JENNIFER MILLS
AND THAT'S WITH AN INJURY, IN '95.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, YEAH, I, I HAD, I HAD SOME BACK PROBLEMS AT THE U.S. OPEN. I JUST KIND OF TWEAKED SOMETHING FUNNY AND WAS OUT FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS AND IN FACT I WAS SOMEWHAT WORRIED ABOUT MAYBE HAVING TO STEP DOWN FROM THE RYDER CUP TEAM IN '95 BUT UH I WAS ABLE TO COME BACK AND, AND PLAY AND, AND GET BACK IN SHAPE AGAIN, BUT '96 WAS A YEAR, KIND OF STARTED OUT, IT WAS REALLY MY MOST UP AND DOWN YEAR EVEN THOUGH I HAD TWO WINS IN, IN THAT ONE YEAR, BUT UH IT SEEMED LIKE I EITHER PLAYED VERY WELL OR I PLAYED VERY POORLY BUT

JENNIFER MILLS
MMM

LOREN ROBERTS
IT WAS, IT WAS NICE TO WIN AT HARBOR TOWN WHICH IS A GOLF COURSE I'VE ALWAYS CONSIDERED IN MY TOP 5 ON THE TOUR.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND YOU DIDN'T NEED TO MAKE TWO LONG BIRDIE PUTTS AT THE END BUT BOY YOU CLOSED WITH A COUPLE OF BOMBS.

LOREN ROBERTS
UHHHH

JENNIFER MILLS
I THINK THIS IS 17.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, WELL, MARK O'MEARA HAD HIT IT IN THERE REAL CLOSE ON 17 AND, AND UH IT WAS NICE TO GET THAT ONE IN BECAUSE HE MADE IT RIGHT ON TOP OF ME.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND THEN 18.

LOREN ROBERTS
AND THEN 18 HERE WAS PRETTY SAFE. HE'D HIT IT IN THERE 10 FEET AND I THINK I HAD A THREE SHOT LEAD AT THIS POINT, AND UH THIS WAS NICE BECAUSE I, I KIND OF, YOU KNOW, BACK OF MY MIND, I KNEW IT WAS FOR THE RECORD, FOR THE TOURNAMENT AND UH IT TAKES ME A WHILE TO HIT THEM NEAR YOU

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)
WE'RE GOING TO DO THAT IN THE NEXT SEGMENT.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY.

JENNIFER MILLS
BUT THIS IS

LOREN ROBERTS
UHHHH

JENNIFER MILLS
NOW DO YOU, DID YOU THINK OR KNOW THIS WAS GOING IN?

LOREN ROBERTS
NO I WAS JUST, YOU KNOW I WAS JUST TRYING TO GET IT UP AROUND THE HOLE AND UH IT WENT IN SO

JENNIFER MILLS
NICE PROBLEM TO HAVE.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH IT WAS.

JENNIFER MILLS
WHEN WE, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE INJURY A MINUTE AGO, THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE IN `98

LOREN ROBERTS
MHMM

JENNIFER MILLS
WHICH IS ONE OF THE STRANGER INJURIES WE'VE HEARD OF. A SNEEZE. A SEVERE SNEEZE AND YOU WHAT, CRACKED A RIB?

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH IT WAS PRETTY FLUKY, UH UM YOU KNOW, I, I HAD A BAD COUGHING SPELL FOR, GOSH, PROBABLY THREE WEEKS AND I COULDN'T GET OVER IT, AND I GUESS IN THAT TIME, I HAD CRACKED A COUPLE OF RIBS AND THEN I SNEEZED AND ACTUALLY BROKE ONE CLEAR THROUGH, SO, WITH THAT SNEEZE, SO, AND IT BASICALLY PUT ME OUT FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS.

JENNIFER MILLS
AT THAT POINT YOU'RE WHAT 43-ISH?

LOREN ROBERTS
UH SOMEWHERE AROUND THERE, YEAH.

JENNIFER MILLS
ARE YOU THINKING UH OH, THIS, IF I'M OUT FOR TWO OR THREE OR FOUR MONTHS?

LOREN ROBERTS
NO I REALLY

JENNIFER MILLS
NO?

LOREN ROBERTS
I REALLY WASN'T THINKING ABOUT THAT. I KNOW THAT WAS KIND OF THE ONLY YEAR THAT I REALLY HAVEN'T FINISHED IN THE TOP 30

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM. MHMM

LOREN ROBERTS
SINCE '94 SO, YOU KNOW, I, I FELT BAD ABOUT NOT GETTING IN THE, THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP THAT YEAR, BUT IT DEFINITELY, IT'S GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN THAT TO KICK ME OUT (LAUGHS)

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)


AS YOU, AS YOU THINK BACK OVER, LET'S JUST SAY THAT EARLY PART OF YOUR CAREER, ARE THERE, IS THERE ONE PARTICULAR WIN, THE FIRST OR ONE IN THERE WHERE YOU WENT THIS, THIS IS THE ONE THAT HAS MEANT THE MOST TO ME?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, I PROBABLY, OBVIOUSLY THE FIRST ONE HERE AT BAY HILL, ARNOLD'S TOURNAMENT AND THEN PROBABLY '99 AT THE BYRON NELSON CLASSIC, WHEN MY DAD WS THERE. FOR HIM TO BE THERE, HE HADN'T BEEN TO A TOURNAMENT THAT
I HAD WON, AND IT WAS, IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE HIM THERE. MOM HAS KIND OF BEEN ILL FOR THE, FOR THE PAST YEAR AND HE DIDN'T GET OUT VERY MUCH AND IT WAS JUST GREAT TO HAVE HIM THERE, YOU KNOW, AND, AND IT WAS GREAT TOHAVE HIM OUT THERE ON THE GREEN WITH BYRON THERE BECAUSE MY DAD WAS SO NERVOUS. IF I HAD HAVE ASKED HIM TO SPEAK I DON'T THINK HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN A WORD OUT.

JENNIFER MILLS

(LAUGHS)


WHAT DID HE SAY TO YOU AFTER THE WIN?

LOREN ROBERTS
OH HE JUST, HE WS JUST A PROUD FATHER. HE SAID, YOU KNOW, WAY TO GO, STRETCH. THAT'S HIS NICK NAME FOR ME, SO UH, I THINK HE CALLS ME STRETCH BECAUSE I THINK I'M THE TALLEST ONE IN OUR FAMILY BY ABOUT 5 OR 6 INCHES, SO

JENNIFER MILLS
HOW TALL ARE YOU?

LOREN ROBERTS
I'M SIX THREE.

JENNIFER MILLS
SIX THREE. YEAH, YOU'RE PRETTY TALL, FOR (??). HE TOLD YOU WAY TO GO STRETCH. WHAT DID, WHAT DID YOU TELL HIM?

LOREN ROBERTS
I SAID, DAD, I, YOU KNOW, I LOVE YOU AND I'M JUST SO HAPPY THAT YOU COULD, YOU COULD BE HERE WITH US TODAY TO SEE THIS.

JENNIFER MILLS
MMM. SPECIAL, TO SHARE..


AND FAMILY IS SO IMPORTANT.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH. IT, IT WAS VERY SPECIAL. YOU KNOW IT'S, IT'S, IT'S KIND OF HARD TO PUT THAT KIND OF THING INTO WORDS.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM. MHMM. YOU HAVE THAT MEMORY FOR EVER (?)

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, YEAH.

JENNIFER MILLS
HOW, YOUR FAMILY, YOU MENTIONED YOUR MOM AND YOUR DAD, I KNOW YOU'VE GOT TWO DAUGHTERS

LOREN ROBERTS
YES

JENNIFER MILLS
AND A WIFE

LOREN ROBERTS
UH HUH

JENNIFER MILLS
WHO TOOK ONE TO THE TEAM AT VALDERAMA


A YEAR AGO.

LOREN ROBERTS
OH YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
OH NO IT WASN'T VALDERAMA, IT WAS THE AMERICAN EXPRESS.

LOREN ROBERTS
OH YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
WORLD GOLF

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH THE. MATCH PLAY.

JENNIFER MILLS
ANDERSON CONSULTING MATCH PLAY

LOREN ROBERTS
MATCH PLAY OUT IN LA COSTA. UH.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE WERE CHUCKLING ABOUT THAT EARLIER. I DON'T KNOW IF KIM THINKS THAT'S FUNNY BUT

LOREN ROBERTS
OH WELL

JENNIFER MILLS
WERE YOU, I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER THE HOLE, BUT IT WAS EITHER THURSDAY OR FRIDAY

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, IT WAS ON 14, AND PAUL AZINGER JUST WON 1 THINK, 13, TO GET BACK IN THE MATCH AND HE WAS ONLY ONE DOWN AND, AND I HIT THE BIG OLD BLOCK OUT IN THE, TO THE RIGHT AND IT HIT MY WIFE AND CAME BACK 50 YARDS RIGHT BACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FAIRWAY (LAUGHS)

JENNIFER MILLS
RIGHT. RIGHT ON THE LEG, TOO. SO,

LOREN ROBERTS
AND I GOT A HALVE OUT OF IT AND PAUL TO THIS DAY STILL TELLS ME, YOU KNOW, GOSH THE MATCH HAD JUST TURNED AROUND AND YOU'D HAD THAT HAPPEN.

JENNIFER MILLS
WELL THEN PAUL HIT TONI, HIS WIFE, WITH A BALL EARLIER THIS YEAR, I THINK

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH WELL ACTUALLY I THINK IT WAS SOMEBODY IN ONE OF THE OTHER MATCHES. WE WERE OUT SPECTATING AND THE BALL, HIS WIFE GOT HIT SO

JENNIFER MILLS
SEE IT'S DANGEROUS TO BE A WIFE ON TOUR

LOREN ROBERTS
UH YEAH. IT IS DANGEROUS.


THAT'S RIGHT.

JENNIFER MILLS
SO DON'T FORGET IT. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE NUMBERS, OUR GUEST THIS EVENING HAS TERRIFIC, TERRIFIC LONGEVITY IN THIS GAME. HE SAYS HE STARTED A LITTLE LATE, BUT BOY HE CERTAINLY CAUGHT UP. WE'LL BE BACK WITH LOREN ROBERTS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.


(BREAK)

NEXT SEGMENT
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Asia offers chance for players to get early jump on season

By Rex HoggardOctober 17, 2018, 6:00 pm

When the field at this week’s CJ Cup tees off for Round 1 just past dinner time on the East Coast Wednesday most golf fans will still be digesting the dramatic finish to the 2017-18 season, which wrapped up exactly 24 days ago, or reliving a Ryder Cup that didn’t go well for the visiting team.

Put another way, the third event of the new season will slip by largely unnoticed, the victim of a crowded sports calendar and probably a dollop of burnout.

What’ll be lost in this three-event swing through Asia that began last week in Kuala Lumpur at the CIMB Classic is how important these events have become to Tour players, whether they count themselves among the star class or those just trying to keep their jobs.

The Asian swing began in 2009 with the addition of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, although it would be a few years before the event earned full status on Tour, and expanded in 2010 with the addition of the CIMB Classic. This week’s stop in South Korea was added last season and as the circuit transitions to a condensed schedule and earlier finish next year there are persistent rumors that the Tour plans to expand even more in the Far East with sources saying an event in Japan would be a likely landing spot.

Although these events resonate little in the United States because of the time zone hurdles, for players, the Asian swing has become a key part of the schedule.

Consider that seven of the top 10 performers last year in Asia advanced to the Tour Championship and that success wasn’t mutually exclusive to how these players started their season in Asia.

For players looking to get a jump on the new season, the three Asian stops are low-hanging fruit, with all three featuring limited fields and no cut where players are guaranteed four rounds and FedExCup points.

For a player like Pat Perez, his performances last October virtually made his season, with the veteran winning the CIMB Classic and finishing tied for fifth place at the CJ Cup. All total, Perez, who played all three Asian events last year, earned 627 FedExCup points - more than half (53 percent) of his regular-season total.

Keegan Bradley and Cameron Smith also made the most of the tournaments in Asia, earning 34 and 36 percent, respectively, of their regular-season points in the Far East. On average, the top 10 performers in Asia last year earned 26 percent of their regular-season points in what was essentially a fraction of their total starts.

“It's just a place that I've obviously played well,” Justin Thomas, a three-time winner in Asia, said last week in Kuala Lumpur. “I'm comfortable. I think being a little bit of a longer hitter you have an advantage, but I mean, the fact of the matter is that I've just played well the years I played here.”

Perhaps the biggest winner in Asia last season was Justin Rose, who began a torrid run with his victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions, and earned 28 percent of his regular-season points (550) in the Far East on his way to winning the FedExCup by just 41 points.

But it’s not just the stars who have made the most of the potential pot of Asian gold.

Lucas Glover finished tied for seventh at the CIMB Classic, 15th at the CJ Cup and 50th in China in 2017 to earn 145 of his 324 regular-season points (45 percent). Although that total was well off the pace to earn Glover a spot in the postseason and a full Tour card, it was enough to secure him conditional status in 2018-19.

Similarly, Camilo Villegas tied for 17th in Kuala Lumpur and 36th in South Korea to earn 67 of his 90 points, the difference between finishing 193rd on the regular-season point list and 227th. While it may seem like a trivial amount to the average fan, it allowed Villegas to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals and a chance to re-earn his Tour card.

With this increasingly nuanced importance have come better fields in Asia (which were largely overlooked the first few years), with six of the top 30 players in the Official World Golf Ranking making the trip last week to Malaysia and this week’s tee sheet in South Korea featuring two of the top 5 in world - No. 3 Brooks Koepka and No. 4 Thomas.

“I finished 11th here last year and 11th in China the next week. If I can try and improve on that, get myself in contention and possibly win, it sets up the whole year. That's why I've come back to play,” Jason Day said this week of his decision to play the Asian swing.

For many golf fans in the United States, the next few weeks will be a far-flung distraction until the Tour arrives on the West Coast early next year, but for the players who are increasingly starting to make the trip east, it’s a crucial opportunity to get a jump on the season.

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Watch: Woods uses computer code to make robotic putt

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 3:10 pm

Robots have been plotting their takeover of the golf world for some time.

First it was talking trash to Rory McIlroy, then it was making a hole-in-one at TPC Scottsdale's famous 16th hole ... and now they're making putts for Tiger Woods.

Woods tweeted out a video on Tuesday draining a putt without ever touching the ball:

The 42-year-old teamed up with a computer program to make the putt, and provided onlookers with a vintage Tiger celebration, because computers can't do that ... yet.

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Woods admits fatigue played factor in Ryder Cup

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 12:35 pm

There was plenty of speculation about Tiger Woods’ health in the wake of the U.S. team’s loss to Europe at last month’s Ryder Cup, and the 14-time major champ broke his silence on the matter during a driving range Q&A at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Woods, who went 0-4 in Paris, admitted he was tired because he wasn’t ready to play so much golf this season after coming back from a fourth back surgery.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

The topic of conversation then shifted to what's next, with Woods saying he's just starting to plan out his future schedule, outside of "The Match" with Phil Mickelson over Thanksgiving weekend and his Hero World Challenge in December.

“I’m still figuring that out,” Woods said. “Flying out here yesterday trying to look at the schedule, it’s the first time I’ve taken a look at it. I’ve been so focused on getting through the playoffs and the Ryder Cup that I just took a look at the schedule and saw how packed it is.”

While his exact schedule remains a bit of a mystery, one little event in April at Augusta National seemed to be on his mind already.

When asked which major he was most looking forward to next year, Woods didn't hesitate with his response, “Oh, that first one.”

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Podcast: Fujikawa aims to offer 'hope' by coming out

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 17, 2018, 12:03 pm

Tadd Fujikawa first made golf history with his age. Now he's doing it with his recent decision to openly discuss his sexuality.

Last month Fujikawa announced via Instagram that he is gay, becoming the first male professional to come out publicly. Now 27, he has a different perspective on life than he did when he became the youngest U.S. Open participant in 2006 at Winged Foot at age 15, or when he made the cut at the Sony Open a few months later.

Joining as the guest on the latest Golf Channel podcast, Fujikawa discussed with host Will Gray the reception to his recent announcement - as well as some of the motivating factors that led the former teen phenom to become somewhat of a pioneer in the world of men's professional golf.

"I just want to let people know that they're enough, and that they're good exactly as they are," Fujikawa said. "That they don't need to change who they are to fit society's mold. Especially in the golf world where it's so, it's not something that's very common."

The wide-ranging interview also touched on Fujikawa's adjustment to life on golf-centric St. Simons Island, Ga., as well as some of his hobbies outside the game. But he was also candid about the role that anxiety and depression surrounding his sexuality had on his early playing career, admitting that he considered walking away from the game "many, many times" and would have done so had it not been for the support of friends and family.

While professional golf remains a priority, Fujikawa is also embracing the newfound opportunity to help others in a similar position.

"Hearing other stories, other athletes, other celebrities, my friends. Just seeing other people come out gave me a lot of hope in times when I didn't feel like there was a lot of hope," he said. "For me personally, it was something that I've wanted to do for a long time, and something I'm very passionate about. I really want to help other people who are struggling with that similar issue. And if I can change lives, that's really my goal."

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