Golf Talk Live - Loren Roberts Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 13, 2000, 5:00 pm
JENNIFER MILLS
2000 HAS BEEN A GOOD YEAR, HASN'T IT?

LOREN ROBERTS
IT'S BEEN A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR ME, YEAH.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE TALKED A BIT ABOUT THE MAJORS. YOU HAD A TERRIFIC SHOW AND STARTING WITH A TIE FOR THIRD, AT AUGUSTA.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN, IT'S BEEN GOOD.

LOREN ROBERTS
IT'S BEEN VERY GOOD, I HAD, YOU KNOW, AY AUGUSTA, YOU WOULDN'T THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOLF COURSE THAT I COULD CONTEND ON BECAUSE OF THE LENGTH FACTOR, BUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN THE PUTT WENT IN AT NINE I REALLY HAD A LEGITIMATE CHANCE TO WIN AND AMEN CORNER GOT ME, BUT, AND THEN VIJAY JUST KIND OF PUT THE HAMMER DOWN ON EVERYBODY, BUT, YEAH, I PLAYED WELL IN THE OTHER, OTHER TWO MAJORS YOU KNOW, THE U.S. OPEN AND THEN THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

JENNIFER MILLS
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LOREN ROBERTS
AT ST. ANDREWS.

JENNIFER MILLS
TOP TENS IN THE

LOREN ROBERTS
BUT OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, WITH THE, WITH THE YEAR THAT MR. WOODS HAD, ANYTHING THAT I DID OR ANYBODY ELSE DID, MAJORS JUST PALED (??) IN COMPARISON.

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU HAD A WIN THIS YEAR AT THE GREATER MILWAUKEE OPEN. DID THE COPS CUSTARD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITHOUT THAT SECRET INGREDIENT?

LOREN ROBERTS
UH WELL. I THINK I'M, I'M A , I THINK I'M PROBABLY HOME TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, GET BACK INTO SHAPE SO I CAN COME BACK TO MILWAUKEE AND EAT SOME MORE COD. THAT'S GOT TO BE THE BEST THING I EVER PUT IN MY MOUTH.

JENNIFER MILLS
THAT STUFF IS SO GOOD. WHAT FLAVOR?

LOREN ROBERTS
WHATEVER THE FLAVOR OF THE DAY IS UP THERE.

JENNIFER MILLS
MILWAUKEE WAS GOOD A WIN. YOUR SECOND WIN

LOREN ROBERTS
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JENNIFER MILLS
AT THAT EVENT.

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JENNIFER MILLS
AND I THINK YOU HOLD THE TOURNAMENT SCORING RECORD THERE AS WELL, IS THAT RIGHT?

LOREN ROBERTS
I DID, I DID HOLD IT AND THEN CARLOS FRANCO TOOK IT LAST YEAR AND THEN I WAS ABLE TO GET IT BACK THIS YEAR.

JENNIFER MILLS
MHMM. WHAT IS IT? WHEN YOU GO BACK TO AN EVENT, YOU DID THE SAME AT BAY HILL. DO YOU JUST FEED OFF THE MEMORIES AND THE POSITIVES OF HAVING WON THERE ALREADY?

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH, I, I THINK THAT'S A LOT TO DO. YOU TEND TO SEE A LOT OF PLAYERS OUT HERE ON TOUR PLAY WELL, YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, AT VENUES THAT THEY HAVE EITHER WON AT OR HAVE HAD GOOD RESULTS AT OVER THE YEARS, AND I THINK IT'S PURELY A, A CONFERENCE (??) FACTOR.

JENNIFER MILLS
BOUNCING BACK TO THE AUGUSTA COMMENTS BEFORE THOUGH, YOU MENTIONED THAT COURSE NOT SETTING UP WELL FOR YOU, YOU SAID BECAUSE OF THE LENGTH FACTOR.

LOREN ROBERTS
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JENNIFER MILLS
EVERYONE WOULD IMMEDIATELY SAY BUT WAIT A MINUTE, THE BEST PUTTER

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
IS GOING TO DO WELL AT AUGUSTA BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE TOUGHEST GREENS.

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, THEY'RE, THEY'RE TOUGH AND I MADE A LOT OF LONG PUTTS THERE THIS YEAR, BUT I THINK IT'S SUCH A, IT'S SUCH A SECOND SHOT GOLF COURSE BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO, SO LITTLE AREA TO GET THE BALL CLOSE TO THE HOLE. IT'S THE ONLY PLACE THAT I KNOW OF, THAT YOU KNOW, YOU CAN HIT A MARGINALLY PRETTY GOOD SHOT AND END UP IN A SPOT WHERE YOU KNOW YOU REALLY HAVE HANDCUFFS ON, SO YOU REALLY HAVE TO, HAVE TO HIT THE BALL WELL FROM TEE TO GREEN AND OBVIOUSLY LENGTH PLAYS A BIG FACTOR THERE, BUT I WAS REALLY THRILLED AT THE WAY I PLAYED THERE THIS YEAR.

JENNIFER MILLS
AS FAR AS THE PUTTING, ARE THOSE THE MOST DIFFICULT GREENS YOU PUTT?

LOREN ROBERTS
I, I, I THINK SO. WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE SPEED AND THE SLOPE AND, AND THE IMAGINATION YOU HAVE TO HAVE THERE IS, YOU HAVE TO BE RIGHT ON TOP OF IT.

JENNIFER MILLS
DO YOU HAVE A PREFERENCE OF GRASSES? I KNOW YOU CAME FROM CALIFORNIA

LOREN ROBERTS
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JENNIFER MILLS
OVER WAS IT TOUGH GETTING USED TO THE BERMUDA?

LOREN ROBERTS
NO, I REALLY DON'T CARE. IN FACT, NOW, MOST OF THE BERMUDA GREENS WE PLAY ON, YOU KNOW THEY CAN, THEY MOW THEM DOWN AND THEY'RE QUICK. A LOT LIKE BENT, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS GRAIN TO THEM. THEY DO A LOT OF OVER SEEDING, ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER TIME, WITH, YOU KNOW POTRIVIALIS (??) LIKE THEY DO OUT HERE AT BAY HILL AND THEY'RE PROBABLY SOME OF THE BEST GREENS THAT WE, WE PUTT ON.

JENNIFER MILLS
LATER ON THIS YEAR, NOT TOO LONG AGO, YOU COMPETED IN THE PRESIDENTS CUP, A CAPTAIN'S

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JENNIFER MILLS
PICK BY KEN VENTURI

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JENNIFER MILLS
CERTAINLY VALIDATED THAT CHOICE

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
WITH A TWO ONE AND `0' RECORD, A COUPLE OF WINS, ONE ALONG SIDE A GOOD FRIEND OF YOURS

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
WITH PAUL AND, AND IN THAT PARTICULAR DAY I THINK THAT WAS THE SECOND, THE SECOND MATCH, YOU WERE JUST LIGHTS OUT WITH THE PUTTER THERE

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH THAT, THAT WAS, THAT WAS A SPECIAL DAY, PAUL, I CONSIDER PAUL A GREAT FRIEND AND I THINK WE REALLY FED OFF OF EACH OTHER THAT DAY AND YOU KNOW, I HIT A COUPLE OF POOR SHOTS EARLY AND, AND WE GOT DOWN IN THE MATCH BUT THEN WE WERE ABLE TO COME BACK AND, AND PAUL HIT SOME GREAT SHOTS AND I MADE SOME GREAT PUTTS AT THE RIGHT TIME. I THINK WE HAD A STRETCH THERE WHERE WE MADE ABOUT 5 BIRDIES IN A ROW, AND WHEN YOU DO THAT, AND, IN ALTERNATE SHOT YOU KNOW, YOU'RE, YOU'RE REALLY GOING TO YOU KNOW, HURT SOMEBODY.

JENNIFER MILLS
FROM, FROM 8 TO 12.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
I KNOW YOU GUYS WERE LIGHTS OUT. HOW, HOW SPECIAL WAS THAT TO YOU TO BE A PART OF THAT TEAM?

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL IT WAS VERY, VERY SPECIAL UM FOR, YOU KNOW, CAN YOU, YOU ALWAYS HOPE THAT, THAT GUYS NOTICE YOU AND, AND, AND HE'S BEEN WATCHING EVERYBODY PLAY OUT HERE FOR 30 PLUS YEARS ON TOUR. IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY SPECIAL TO BE PICKED BY HIM, UH, YOU KNOW HE'S A LEGEND IN GOLF AND ALSO TO BE ON THE TEAM TO GO BACK WHERE HE WON THE U.S. OPEN, CONGRESSIONAL, JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM WHERE WE PLAYED, AND TO WIN IT IN SUCH A CONVINCING FASHION, I, JUST, I, THAT'S, THAT'S PROBABLY, THAT, THAT MIGHT BE THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY, YOU KNOW, MY CAREER ON THE TOUR AND AROUND GOLF IS TO BE ON THAT TEAM, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE BEING ON THAT TEAM I'M AROUND, I WAS THERE WITH THE FUTURE OF GOLF. YOU KNOW, WITH TIGER AND DAVID AND DAVIS AND I FELT LIKE I WAS ON THE SAME TEAM, YOU KNOW, AT, AT AN OLDER AGE FOR ME AND I WAS ABLE TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE FUTURE OF GOLF AND PLAY THERE WITH THEM.

JENNIFER MILLS
AND CERTAINLY TO CONTRIBUTE AND DO

LOREN ROBERTS
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JENNIFER MILLS
YOUR PART

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
JUST AS MUCH AS EVERYBODY ELSE.

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU MENTIONED THE AGE THING. SO I CAN

LOREN ROBERTS
UH HUH

JENNIFER MILLS
DO IT NOW.

LOREN ROBERTS
OKAY, YEAH. OKAY

JENNIFER MILLS
WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU A GRAPHIC HERE AS WE GO TO THE BREAK. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME NUMBERS. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OVER 40 HERE,

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
AND WINS OVER 40. YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE 5 OF THEM, WHICH IS PRETTY DARN GOOD. THE SAME NUMBER AS JACK NICKLAUS

LOREN ROBERTS
UH HUH

JENNIFER MILLS
YOU JUST NEED ONE MORE TO PASS THOSE GUYS AND

LOREN ROBERTS
YEAH

JENNIFER MILLS
THIRTEEN MORE TO CATCH UP WITH SAM SNEAD.

LOREN ROBERTS
(LAUGHS)

JENNIFER MILLS
(LAUGHS)

LOREN ROBERTS
WELL, NOBODY'S GOING TO CATCH HIM.

JENNIFER MILLS
WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.


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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.