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)

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Murray fixes swing flaw, recovers momentum

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 2:24 am

SAN ANTONIO - Grayson Murray fixed a flaw in his swing and hit the ball well enough that blustery conditions weren't an issue for him Thursday in the Valero Texas Open.

Coming off a missed cut at Hilton Head last week, Murray made seven birdies for a 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead. His only mistake was a double bogey from a greenside bunker on the par-3 seventh hole.

''Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off,'' Murray said.

Of the five players at 68, only Chesson Hadley played in the morning side of the draw, and he called it among his best rounds of the year because of gusts. The wind died in the afternoon and scoring improved slightly on the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio. Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins each posted 68. Horschel and Moore played bogey-free.

''Struck the ball really well, something that we've been working hard on,'' Horschel said. ''Could have been better, yeah. I didn't really make anything out there today. But I'm happy with it.''

Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the course, played the Texas Open for the first time since 2010 and shot a 74. Adam Scott failed to make a birdie in his round of 75. Scott is at No. 59 in the world and needs to stay in the top 60 by May 21 to be exempt for the U.S. Open.

Harris English was in the group at 69, while two-time Texas Open champion Zach Johnson, Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker were among those at 70. Johnson saved his round by going 5 under over his final five holes, starting with a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 14th hole. He birdied the last three.


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Murray was coming off a pair of top 15s at Bay Hill and the Houston Open when his game got away from him last week in the RBC Heritage, and he shot 74-70 to miss the cut. He got that sorted out in the five days between teeing it up in San Antonio.

He said he was coming down too steep, which meant he would flip his hands and hit a sharp draw or pull out of it and hit it short and right.

''I was hitting each club 10 yards shorter than I normally do, and you can't play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short,'' Murray said. ''I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing. Then I can start going at it.''

Even so, Murray thought he wasted his good start - three birdies in his first six holes - when his bunker shot at No. 7 came out with no spin and rolled off the green into a deep swale. He hit his third short to about 7 feet, but missed the putt and took double bogey.

''I would have loved to limit that to a bogey because bogeys don't really kill you - doubles are the ones that now you've got to have an eagle or two birdies to come back with, and out here it's kind of tough to make birdies,'' Murray said. ''But I kept my head. My caddie keeps me very positive out there, that's why I think we could finish 4 under the last nine holes.''

Only 34 players in the 156-man field managed to break par.

Horschel missed four birdie chances inside 18 feet on the back nine. What pleased him the most was the way he struck the ball, particularly after his tie for fifth last week at the RBC Heritage. Horschel was one shot behind going into the last round and closed with a 72.

But he's all about momentum, and he can only hope this is the start of one of his runs. Horschel won the FedEx Cup in 2014 when he finished second and won the final two playoff events.

''I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward,'' he said. ''I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner's circle.''

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LPGA back in L.A.: Inbee Park leads by 1

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 1:53 am

LOS ANGELES - Inbee Park's flirtation with retirement is in the rear-view mirror.

Backed by a large contingent of South Korean fans, Park shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in the LPGA's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Showers ended shortly before Park's threesome, including second-ranked Lexi Thompson, teed off at windy Wilshire Country Club just south of Hollywood.

Using a new putter, Park birdied four consecutive holes on the back nine before a bogey on the par-4 17th. She quickly recovered and rolled in birdie putts on the second and fifth holes to finish off her round.

''I never played a tournament outside Korea having this much Korean supporters out,'' Park said. ''I almost feel like I'm playing back home. It's almost like a little Korea.''

That applies to the food, too, with nearby Koreatown's restaurants beckoning.

''Too many,'' Park said.

The third-ranked Park banished the blade-style putter she used in her Founders Cup victory last month in Phoenix, a playoff loss in the ANA Inspiration and a tie for third last week in Hawaii. She went back to one that feels more comfortable and has brought her success in the past.

''Last week was just an awkward week where I missed a lot of short ones and I just wasn't really comfortable with the putter,'' Park said, ''so I just wanted to have a different look.''

The 29-year-old Hall of Famer recently said she was 50-50 about retiring before returning to the tour in early March after a six-month break. Momentum has been going her way ever since.

Marina Alex was second. Thompson was one of seven players at 68 in partly sunny and unseasonable temperatures in the low 60s.


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Alex tied Park with a birdie on No. 11. The American dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par-5 13th before rallying with a birdie on No. 14 to share the lead.

Alex found trouble on the par-4 17th. Her ball crossed over a winding creek, bounced and then rolled into the water, leaving Alex looking for it. Eventually, she salvaged a bogey to drop a shot behind Park. After a bad tee shot on 18, Alex managed a par to close at 67.

''I made a lot of the putts that I shouldn't, I wouldn't have expected to make,'' she said. ''I made two great saves on 17 and 18. Kind of got away with some not-so-solid golf shots in the beginning, and I capitalized on some great putts.''

Thompson returned from a two-week break after finishing tied for 20th at the ANA Inspiration, the year's first major.

She bogeyed her second hole, the par-4, 401-yard 11th, before settling down and birdieing four of the next eight holes, including the 14th, 15th and 16th.

''I changed a little thing that slipped my mind that I was working on earlier in the year,'' said Thompson, declining to share the change in her putting technique. ''I don't want to jinx it.''

ANA winner Pernilla Lundberg was among those in the logjam after a 68.

Natalie Gulbis was among five players tied for 10th at 69. Playing sparingly the last two years, Gulbis put together a round that included four birdies and two bogeys.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng struggled to a 74 with five bogeys and two birdies.

The venerable course with views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory wasn't any kinder to eighth-ranked Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie.

Both had up-and-down rounds that included three bogeys and a double-bogey on No. 10 for Kerr and five bogeys, including three in a row, for Wie. Wie, ranked 14th, had a few putts that lipped out.

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Horschel (68) builds on momentum at Valero

By Will GrayApril 20, 2018, 12:32 am

Billy Horschel only ever needs to see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

While some players require a slow ascent from missed cuts to contending on the weekend, Horschel's switches between the two can often be drastic. Last year he missed three straight cuts before defeating Jason Day in a playoff to win the AT&T Byron Nelson, a turnaround that Horschel said "still shocks me to this day."

The veteran is at it again, having missed five of six cuts prior to last week's RBC Heritage. But a few tweaks quickly produced results, as Horschel tied for fifth at Harbour Town. He wasted no time in building on that momentum with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to open the Valero Texas Open that left him one shot behind Grayson Murray.

"I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward," Horschel told reporters Thursday. "I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump into the winner's circle. So yeah, it would have been great to win last week, but it was just nice to play four really good rounds of golf."


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Many big names tend to skip this week's stop at TPC San Antonio, but Horschel has managed to thrive on the difficult layout in recent years. He finished third in both 2013 and 2015, and tied for fourth in 2016.

With a return next week to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he notched his first career win in 2013 and a title defense in Dallas on the horizon, Horschel believes he's turning things around at just the right time.

"Gets the momentum going, carry it into this week, next week, which I've had a lot of success at," Horschel said. "Really the rest of the year, from here on in I have a lot of really good events I've played well in."

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Three years later, PXG launches new iron

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 19, 2018, 11:22 pm

Three years is a long time between launches of club lines, but Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of PXG, says his company had a very good reason for waiting that long to introduce its second-generation irons.

“Three years ago, when we introduced our first generation 0311 iron, we made a commitment that we would not release a product unless it was significantly better than our existing product,” Parsons said. “:Our GEN2 irons are better than our GEN1 irons in every respect. We believe it’s the best iron ever made, and the second-best iron ever made is our GEN1 iron.”

PXG’s 0311 GEN2 irons, which officially went on sale today, feature what the company says is the world’s thinnest clubface. They have a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body and PXG’s signature weighting technology. The hollow clubheads are filled with a new polymer material that PXG says not only dampens vibration, but also produces higher ball speeds and thus more distance.

The irons come in four “collections” – Tour Performance, Players, Xtreme Forgiveness and Super Game Improvement.

Cost is $400 per iron, or $500 for PXG’s “Extreme Dark” finish. Price includes custom fitting. For more information, visit www.pxg.com.