Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHY DO YOU FEEL LIKE 1997 WAS THE TURNING POINT OF YOUR CAREER IN SOME WAY?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, '97 WAS A, WAS A YEAR I GUESS I STARTED, THINGS STARTED COMING TOGETHER ON THE, ON THE CHANGES I WAS MAKING IN MY GAME, AND JUST STARTING THAT CANADIAN TOUR YEAR ON, I JUST HAD A NEW SELF CONFIDENCE IN ME THAT I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO, I JUST HAD THIS FEELING IT WAS GOING TO
 
BE THE MY TIME TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR ON THE CANADIAN TOUR AND FINALLY MAKE IT THROUGH THAT Q-SCHOOL FOR SOME REASON. I JUST FELT, I COULD FEEL MY SWING STARTING TO CHANGE FINALLY AND YOU KNOW, THE HARD WORK OF, YOU
 
KNOW, PROBABLY ABOUT THE PAST THREE YEARS BEFORE THAT, STARTING TO PAY OFF AND GETTING A COUPLE OF WINS UNDER MY BELT, GOING TO THE Q-SCHOOL AND HAVING
 
SOME SUCCESS EARLY IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF STAGES. I WON THE FIRST STAGE AND WAS SECOND THE SECOND STAGE AND GOING INTO THE FINAL, IT WAS, IT WAS A SENSE OF RELIEF GOING TO THAT FINAL STAGE BECAUSE
 
I HADN'T MADE IT THROUGH THE SECOND STAGE AND YOU KNOW IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL GETTING THROUGH THERE THE FIRST TIME.
 
(SOUND OF GOLF CLUB SWINGING)
 
PETER KESSLER
THIS LAST WEEKEND, AT DORAL, NICK PRICE SAID THAT YOU WERE THE BEST LEFT HANDED BALL STRIKER THAT HE'D EVER SEEN. NOW IN 1995 AT THE CANADIAN OPEN WHEN HE WAS HITTING BALLS NEXT TO YOU, YOU WERE THINKING
MAYBE THAT YOU MIGHT BE THE WORST BALL STRIKER YOU KNEW
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS) YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE OF WHAT HE WAS DOING TO THE PILE OF BALLS IN FRONT OF HIM.
 
MIKE WEIR
RIGHT.
 
PETER KESSLER
TELL US ABOUT THAT.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, I, IT'S A STORY I'VE TOLD BEFORE BUT, YOU KNOW, IT REALLY, THAT, THAT WILL STAND OUT IN MY MIND FOR A LIFETIME, I KNOW IT WILL, BECAUSE I WAS, YOU KNOW I THOUGHT I WAS A PRETTY GOOD PLAYER AND YOU KNOW, I WAS HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF SUCCESS
 
ON THE CANADIAN TOUR. I GOT AN EXEMPTION INTO THE CANADIAN OPEN. WALKED UP ONTO THE RANGE. I'M A LITTLE INTIMIDATED. NOT SURE OF MYSELF UP THERE. I WALK RIGHT UP, YOU KNOW, JUST SAID, FORGET IT I'M GOING TO
 
WALK RIGHT BESIDE NICK PRICE AND HIT BALLS AND, AND STANDING RIGHT BESIDE HIM, HE DIDN'T, OBVIOUSLY HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO I WAS AND HE'S JUST, YOU KNOW, JUST KILLING THESE SHOTS RIGHT AT THE FLAG EVERY TIME AND JUST THE CONTACT WAS JUST A DIFFERENT SOUND.
 
AND I WAS ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO HIT BALLS, I, I'LL TELL YOU. I MEAN I, I, YOU KNOW I WOULD MAKE SOLID CONTACT ONE AREA, FIVE BALLS, AND ONE MIGHT GO LEFT AND ONE MIGHT GO RIGHT. ONE HIGH, LOW. I MEAN JUST, JUST AWFUL
 
AND IT JUST REALLY HIT ME THAT IF I WAS GOING TO MAKE IT ON THE TOUR, BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE TOUR THAT I REALLY NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES. AS I SAID BEFORE, YOU KNOW I, I DID HAVE SOME, SOME COACHING WITH STEVE BENNETT WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT REALLY NOT STUDYING THE SWING AND ANALYZING
 
WHAT, WHAT ALL THE GREAT BALL STRIKERS HAD IN COMMON. YOU KNOW, AS GEORGE KNUDSEN SAID, YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY INTERPRETS FUNDAMENTALS DIFFERENT BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN FUNDAMENTALS THAT EVERYBODY HAS TO DO. EVERYBODY DOES THEM A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT BUT EVERYBODY HAS TO
 
ABIDE BY CERTAIN FUNDAMENTALS IN ORDER TO STRIKE THE BALL CORRECTLY AND THAT'S WHAT I KNEW, I KNEW THEN, THEN, THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED TO DO WAS, IS FIND OUT WHAT THAT WAS AND GO TO WORK ON IT RIGHT THEN.
 
PETER KESSLER
IF SOMEONE HAD WHISPERED IN YOUR EAR ON THAT RANGE AT THE CANADIAN OPEN IN '95 THAT NICK PRICE WILL BE YOUR TEAMMATE AND PLAYING PARTNER 5 YEARS FROM NOW IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP, YOU WOULD HAVE SHOED THAT VOICE AWAY
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
HOW PRIDE, HOW PLEASED, HOW EXCITING WAS IT FOR YOU TO NOT ONLY PLAY WITH NICK, BUT TO PLAY AS GOOD AT GOLF AS MIKE WEIR WAS CAPABLE OF PLAYING AT THE TIME?
 
MIKE WEIR
IT WAS REALLY EXCITING FOR ME TO SEE THAT PAIRING COME OUT AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANT TO ME AND PROBABLY STILL DOESN'T KNOW HOW MUCH THAT MEANT
 
TO ME. YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST GREAT PLAYING WITH HIM AND EVERY TIME I HIT HIM IN A FUNNY SPOT, YOU KNOW, ON THE ALTERNATE SHOT, HIT HIM IN A BUNKER OR YOU KNOW, HIT HIM IN AN AWKWARD SPOT, HE JUST RESPONDED, I MEAN,
 
PERFECTLY, AND, AND I HAPPENED TO PLAY PRETTY GOOD AS WELL THAT DAY, AND, AND WE JUST TEAMED UP REALLY WELL. THAT PARTICULAR PUTT RIGHT THERE, NICK HIT ONE OF HIS OFF LINE, ONE OF HIS ONLY OFF LINE SHOTS OF THE DAY AND I KIND OF HACKED IT OUT AND THEN
 
HE HAD TO PITCH IT DOWN THE FAIRWAY. WE'RE WALKING DOWN THE FAIRWAY AND HE SAID MIKE, JUST GET IT ON THE RIGHT LEVEL, HE GOES, I'LL GUARANTEE YOU I'LL MAKE THIS PUTT. I HAD A 7 IRON FROM ABOUT 170 YARDS, HIT IT RIGHT AT THE FLAG AND IT WENT BEHIND THE HOLE,
 
WHAT 18 FEET AND HE MADE THAT PUTT FOR PAR AND I, I KNEW WE HAD SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING THAT DAY.
 
PETER KESSLER
I'LL BET NICK WISHES HE COULD DO THAT MORE OFTEN, DECIDE IF THE BALL HITS THE GREEN HE'S DEFINITELY KNOCKING IT IN.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
HOW EASY
 
MIKE WEIR
WE ALL DO (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
RIGHT. HOW EASY IS IT FOR YOU TO LOOSE YOUR CONFIDENCE INSTANTLY IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I LEARNED QUICKLY... AT THE PGA. YOU KNOW IT WAS MY FIRST REAL TASTE OF MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION AND, AND I GUESS I REALLY WASN'T READY FOR IT. ALL THAT SURROUNDS THAT, THE, THE DISTRACTIONS THAT ARE, THAT ARE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY PLAYING
 
WITH TIGER. I'M MUCH BETTER, OR I'M MUCH MORE CAPABLE OF HANDLING THAT NOW, BUT BACK THEN, IT WAS REALLY MY SECOND YEAR ON TOUR. I HAD TO GO BACK TO THE Q-SCHOOL. IT WAS, I THINK, ONLY MY SECOND MAJOR. THIRD MAJOR I THINK. NO SECOND MAJOR, I THINK EVER
 
AND YOU KNOW TO BE IN CONTENTION LIKE THAT. I GOT, I GOT FRUSTRATED EARLY. I WAS VERY FRUSTRATED EARLY. I THREE PUTTED A FEW TIMES THEN I TRIED TO FORCE THINGS AND ON A DIFFICULT COURSE LIKE THAT WHEN YOU
 
TRY TO FORCE THE ISSUE AND YOU'RE, YOU KNOW, REALLY PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN AND IT GOES THE OTHER WAY, AND IT DID THAT DAY. INSTEAD OF LETTING THINGS HAPPEN, I WAS TRYING TO FORCE THINGS TO HAPPEN.
 
PETER KESSLER
I REMEMBER WATCHING YOU AT THE GOLF COURSE AND THINKING MAN HE'S TRYING TO TAKE THE BREAK OUT OF ALL THESE PUTTS AND HIT THEM AS HARD AS HE CAN RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
PETER KESSLER
AND HAVE CONTROL OVER STUFF THAT YOU NORMALLY CAN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER.
 
MIKE WEIR
RIGHT. EXACTLY. THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT.
 
(MIKE AND PETER LAUGH)
 
PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE EAGLE ON THE 14TH HOLE AT YOUR FIRST PGA TOUR WIN INEXPLICABLY AND DELIGHTEDLY DONE AT HOME. WE'LL DO THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.
 
YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE COVER OF MIKE'S NEW UPCOMING BOOK 'ON COURSE WITH MIKE WEIR' WHICH WILL BE IN BOOK STORES AS SOON AS HE FINISHES WRITING IT.
 
(MUSIC CONTINUES)
 
(BREAK)
 
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Golden: Dull rude, caddie 'inebriated' at Florida Mid-Am

By Ryan LavnerMay 25, 2018, 1:03 am

Jeff Golden has offered more detail on what transpired at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship, writing in a long statement on Twitter that Marc Dull’s caddie was “inebriated” before he allegedly sucker-punched Golden in the face.

In a story first reported by GolfChannel.com, Charlotte County Police responded to a call May 13 after Golden claimed that he’d been assaulted by his opponent’s caddie in the parking lot of Coral Creek Club, where he was competing in the Mid-Am finals. Golden told police that the caddie, Brandon Hibbs, struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

Golden posted a 910-word statement on the alleged incident on his Twitter account on Thursday night. He said that he wanted to provide more detail because “others have posed some valid questions about the series of events that led to me withdrawing” from what was an all-square match with two holes to play.

Golden wrote that both Dull and Hibbs were rude and disruptive during the match, and that “alcohol appeared to be influencing [Hibbs’] behavior.”

Dull, who caddies at Streamsong Resort in Florida, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor,” Golden wrote. “On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the rules official in our group.”

On the ninth hole, Golden informed the official that he believed Hibbs had broken the rules by offering advice on his putt. Golden won the hole by concession to move 2 up at the turn, and Hibbs removed himself from the match and returned to the clubhouse.

Golden wrote that after the penalty, the match “turned even nastier, with more negative comments from my opponent on the 10th tee.” He added that he conceded Dull’s 15-foot birdie putt on No. 10 because he was “sick of the abuse from my opponent, and I wanted the match to resemble what you would expect of a FSGA final.”

Though there were no witnesses to the alleged attack and police found little evidence, save for “some redness on the inside of {Golden’s] lip,” Golden wrote that the inside of his mouth was bleeding, his face was “throbbing” and his hand was also injured from bracing his fall. X-rays and CT scans over the past week all came back negative, he said.

Golden reiterated that he was disappointed with the FSGA’s decision to accept his concession in the final match. He had recommended that they suspend the event and resume it “at a later time.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

Asked last week about his organization’s alcohol policy during events, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that excessive consumption is “highly discouraged, but it falls more broadly under the rules of etiquette and player behavior.”

Dull, 32, was back in the news Wednesday, after he and partner Chip Brooke reached the finals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. They lost to high schoolers Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber, 4 and 3.

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D. Kang, M. Jutanugarn in four-way tie at Volvik

By Associated PressMay 25, 2018, 12:50 am

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Amy Olson crossed paths with her coach, Ron Stockton, on her walk to the 18th tee at the Volvik Championship.

''Make it another even $20,'' Stockton said.

The coach was already prepared to give his client $35 for making seven birdies - $5 each - and wanted to take her mind off the bogey she just had at 17.

Olson closed the first round with a 6-under 66, putting her into the lead she ended up sharing later Thursday with Moriya Jutanugarn , Caroline Masson and Danielle Kang.

Do small, cash incentives really help a professional golfer?

''Absolutely,'' said Olson, who graduated from North Dakota State with an accounting degree. ''He'll tell you I'm a little bit of a hustler there.''

Olson will have to keep making birdies - and petty cash - to hold her position at Travis Pointe Country Club.

Jessica Korda, Minjee Lee, Nasa Hataoka, Lindy Duncan, Morgan Pressel, Megan Khang and Jodi Ewart Shadoff were a stroke back at 67 and six others were to shots back.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the Kingsmill Championship winner last week in Virginia, opened with a 69.

The Jutanugarn sisters are Korda are among six players with a chance to become the LPGA Tour's first two-time winner this year.

Moriya Jutanugarn won for the first time in six years on the circuit last month in Los Angeles.

''What I feel is more relaxed now,'' she said. ''And, of course I like looking forward for my next one.''

Olson, meanwhile, is hoping to extend the LPGA Tour's streak of having a new winner in each of its 12 tournaments this year.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Volvik Championship


She knows how to win. It just has been a while since it has happened.

Olson set an NCAA record with 20 wins, breaking the mark set by LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, but has struggled to have much success since turning pro in 2013.

She has not finished best finish was a tie for seventh and that was four years ago. She was in contention to win the ANA Inspiration two months ago, but an even-par 72 dropped her into a tie for ninth place.

If the North Dakota player wins the Volvik Championship, she will earn a spot in the U.S. Open at Shoal Creek in Alabama. If Olson finishes second or lower in the 144-player field, she will enjoy an off week with her husband, Grant, who coaches linebackers at Indiana State.

''I'll make the best of it either way,'' she said.

Olson was at her best in the opening round on the front nine, closing it with four birdies in a six-hole stretch. Her ball rolled just enough to slowly drop in the cup for birdie on the par-3, 184-yard 13th. She had three birdies in five-hole stretch on the back, nearly making her second hole-in-one of the year at the par-3, 180-yard 16th. A short putt gave her a two-stroke lead, but it was cut to one after pulling and misreading a 6-foot putt to bogey the 17th.

Even if she doesn't hold on to win the tournament, Olson is on pace to have her best year on the LPGA Tour. She is No. 39 on the money list after finishing 97th, 119th, 81st and 80th in her first four years.

''Two years ago, I started working with Ron Stockton and whenever you make a change, it doesn't show up right away,'' Olson said. ''That first year was tough, but we've turned a corner and I've just found a lot of consistency in the last year. And, it's a lot of fun to go out there and play golf a little more stress free.''

Stockton helped her stay relaxed, walking along the ropes during her morning round.

''Maybe some people feel a little more pressure when their coach is there,'' she said. ''I'm like, 'Great. If he sees the mistake, he knows what can go wrong and we can go fix it.' So, I like having his eyes on me.''

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Club pro part of 6-way tie atop Sr. PGA

By Associated PressMay 25, 2018, 12:04 am

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Nevada club professional Stuart Smith shot a 5-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship.

Smith closed his morning round with a double bogey on the par-4 18th, and Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Wes Short Jr., Barry Lane and Peter Lonard matched the 66 in the afternoon.

One of 41 club pros in the field at Harbor Shores for the senior major, Smith is the director of golf at Somersett Country Club in Reno.


Full-field scores from the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship


McCarron won the Senior Players Championship last year for his first senior major.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer is skipping the event to attend son Jason's high school graduation, and Steve Stricker is playing the PGA Tour event in Texas.

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Watch: Na punctuates caddie tiff with hole-out

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 24, 2018, 11:10 pm

Microphones captured a fascinating and testy exchange between Kevin Na and his caddie, Kenny Harms, on Na's final hole of the first round of the Fort Worth Invitational on Thursday.

Na was in the right rough, 185 yards from the ninth green, which was guarded by water. He vacillated between a hybrid and an iron, but with either club he would have to hit "a 40-yard cut," as Harms termed it.

"Over the green's dead," Harms warned.

"It's not gonna go over the green, Kenny," Na replied.

Na finally settled on an iron and said to Harms, "As long as you're OK with this club."

"I'm not," Harms replied. "I'm not OK with either one of them."

"I'm going with this," Na ended the discussion.

He missed the green with his approach shot, but avoided the water. After taking a free drop away from the grandstand, he had 92 feet 3 inches to the cup and of course, holed the pitch shot for a birdie-3, a 62 and a one-shot lead at the end of the first round.