Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW THIS IS WHEN YOU WERE THINKING OF DOING ONE OF THOSE TWO CAREER PROFESSIONAL MOVES, RIGHT? YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT FOR THE CAPITALS OR THE RED WINGS
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
OR SOMEBODY?
 
MIKE WEIR
AS YOU CAN TELL BY THAT SHOT, IT'S A , IT'S NOT BREAKING A PANE OF GLASS.
 
PETER KESSLER
WELL IT WAS YOUR THREE QUARTER MOVE.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
WAS THIS YOUR, THIS WAS YOUR FIRST LOVE, RIGHT?
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, OH YEAH, DEFINITELY. THAT WAS UH THE '99 WIN IN THAT AIR CANADASHIP (?). THAT WAS STILL THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR, RIGHT THERE, PLAYING THERE, AND IT'S BAD WHEN THE TOUGHEST GUY ON THE TEAM'S THE GOALIE, FOR THE (??),
 
BUT WE HAD A BLAST OUT THERE THAT DAY. WE PRACTICED FOR A FULL HOUR AND THEN THE LAST HALF HOUR I, I GOT TO TAKE SHOTS ON OLLIE FOR A FULL HALF AN HOUR. I DIDN'T GET ONE PAST HIM AND IT WAS JUST (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE DEFINITELY NOT WINNING THIS FIGHT.
 
MIKE WEIR
NO. BUT OLLIE, HE'S GOALIE. HE'S LIKE SIX FOOT FOUR AND ABOUT 240. I'M, I'M A LITTLE OUT MANNED THERE (LAUGHS)
 
PETER KESSLER
SO MUCH FOR THE FIERCELY COMPETITIVE WEIR.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH, THAT WAS A
 
PETER KESSLER
NOW WE'VE GOT A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY, FOR YOU. HOW WOULD YOU DISTINGUISH THE MENTAL ASPECT OF A FAST-PACED SPORT LIKE HOCKEY COMPARED TO GOLF WHERE THE MIND HAS THE TIME TO PLAY UPON THE PHYSICAL? GREG SCULLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, I THINK, I THINK YOU TRY TO MAKE GOLF MORE LIKE THE OTHER SPORTS. YOU TRY TO MAKE IT MORE REACTIVE, AND THAT'S, THAT'S THE KEY TO THE GAME.
 
THERE IS MORE TIME TO THINK IN GOLF AND THAT'S WHEN YOU GET IN TROUBLE. IF YOU CAN GET IN THERE, DO YOUR ROUTINE, LIKE, FOR ME, IF I CAN GET IN THERE, DO MY ROUTINE, AND LOOK AT MY TARGET AND THEN REACT OUT THERE, THAT'S WHEN I USUALLY HIT MY BEST SHOTS, SO, LIKE THEIR, THOSE ARE THE
 
CORRELATIONS THAT THEY HAVE AND THERE'S A RHYTHM TO THE SPORT AND MAN I KNOW THE HOCKEY PLAYERS THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL GUY HAS THE SAME WAY THEY, YOU KNOW THEY PUT ON THE SOCKS A CERTAIN WAY, THEY, SOME GUYS
 
LIKE TO GET A MASSAGE BEFORE THEY GO PLAY. SOME GUYS RIDE A BIKE, SOME GUYS LIKE TO TAPE THEIR STICKS, SOME GUYS LIKE TO HAVE THE TRAINERS TAPE THEIR STICKS AND DO THINGS, SO,
EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN ROUTINE AND IT'S JUST LIKE GOLF.
 
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN, WE'VE GOT YOUNG TYLER WHO'S CALLING FROM ONTARIO. GO AHEAD TYLER.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
HEY MIKE
 
MIKE WEIR
HEY TYLER.
HOW YOU DOING BUDDY?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I'M DOING GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?
 
MIKE WEIR
GOOD
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I'M FROM HILLSBURG, ONTARIO. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'D KNOW WHERE THAT IS, BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
DID YOU START LOCALLY ANYWHERE PLAYING GOLF AND DID YOU PLAY IN ANY JUNIOR TOURS IN ONTARIO WHEN YOU WERE A TEENAGERS? WHEN YOU WERE A TEENAGER, LIKE THE TYSON TOUR, IF YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS.
 
MIKE WEIR
I DO, YEAH. I PLAYED THE TYSON TOUR.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
DID YOU REALLY?
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
20:THAT'S COOL.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHING) YEAH. IT IS PRETTY COOL. I, A BUNCH OF BUDDIES AND MYSELF, WE TRAVEL AROUND AND PLAY ALL THE TYSON TOUR EVENTS IN, IN SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OH THAT'S COOL.
 
MIKE WEIR
WE PLAYED THEM ALL AT ACERNIA GOLF CLUB, THROUGH LONDON, THROUGH UH UM YOU KNOW ALL THE SOUTH WESTERN ONTARIO SO, YEAH I'VE PLAYED THEM ALL.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OKAY COOL
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:HEY TYLER.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
YEAH?
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU WANT TO ASK MIKE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR GOLF SWING?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UH... I DON'T REALLY KNOW OF ANY.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE GOT... HOW'S YOUR SWING?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OH, I THINK IT'S PRETTY GOOD.
 
MIKE WEIR
GOOD. YOU RIGHT, RIGHT HANDED OR LEFT HANDED?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UH, RIGHT HANDED.
 
MIKE WEIR
ARE YOU?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
YUP
 
PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S YOUR BEST SCORE, TYLER?
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
UM, UH, I DON'T KNOW, UH.
 
PETER KESSLER
SO YOU BETTER WORK ON YOUR GAME A LITTLE BIT.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
FOR NINE HOLES A 37, BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
WOW
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I DON'T KNOW ABOUT AN 18 HOLES.
 
MIKE WEIR
THAT'S PRE...
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
BUT
 
MIKE WEIR
THAT'S PRETTY GOOD.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
YEAH
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL KEEP AT IT. KEEP WORKING HARD PLAYING THOSE TYSON TOUR EVENTS. IT'S ALWAYS UH, THEY WERE ALWAYS WELL RUN AND FUN TO PLAY IN.
 
TYLER, YOUNG CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OKAY, YEAH, THANK YOU.
 
PETER KESSLER
TAKE CARE TYLER.
 
MIKE WEIR
SEE YOU BUDDY.
 
PETER KESSLER
WHY DON'T WE CHECK IN WITH SHIRLEY. HELLO SHIRLEY.
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
HI PETER. HI MIKE. HOW ARE YOU?
 
MIKE WEIR
GOOD SHIRLEY.
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
I AM A FORMER CANADIAN AND I, YOU'RE
 
MIKE WEIR
A FORMER CANADIAN
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
GETTING A LOT OF CANADIANS CALLING IN TO YOU TONIGHT.
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHS)
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
AND I KNOW LIVE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. MY QUESTION FOR YOU COMES FROM THE PARENTAL SIDE OF GOLF. MY SON IS 15. HE'S A 5 HANDICAP. HE IS A LEFTY. HE USED TO PLAY HOCKEY AND HIS NAME IS MIKE (LAUGHING) AND HE REALLY ENJOYS WATCHING YOU PLAY. SO DO I.
 
FROM THE POINT OF BEING A PARENT OF A GOLFER, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST THING THAT I COULD DO FOR MY SON? HOW DO, HOW DO PARENTS HELP THEIR KIDS GET BETTER AND STAY FOCUSED? HE
PLAYS IN TOURNAMENTS, YOU KNOW, AND HE'S GOING, AND HE JUST MADE HIS VARSITY GOLF TEAM AT HIGH SCHOOL.
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
SHIRLEY, CALLER FROM GEORGIA (FEMALE):
AND HE'S A FRESHMAN. BUT I'M JUST WONDERING, IS THERE A TRICK TO THIS THAT I CAN HELP HIM STAY FOCUSED AND MAKE SURE THAT HE PLAYS WELL?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, I DON'T THINK SO, SHIRLEY. I THINK, I CAN ONLY SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE FROM WHAT MY PARENTS DID FOR ME AND WHAT THEY DID FOR ME WAS JUST PROVIDE ENCOURAGEMENT IN, IN WHAT EVER SPORT I PLAYED AND I HAPPENED TO CHOSE GOLF AND, AND REALLY TAKE TO IT AND THEY JUST
 
PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO BE OUT THERE AND, AND SHOWED, YOU KNOW, EVERY KIND OF SUPPORT THEY COULD. YOU KNOW MY FATHER WAS ALWAYS THE FATHER THAT DROVE ALL OF US TO HOCKEY PRACTICE, YOU KNOW, BEFORE SCHOOL. HE WAS KIND OF HE'D
 
ROUND UP ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS AND, AND DRIVE US THERE, SO HE WAS ALWAYS VERY SUPPORTIVE, AND, BUT HE NEVER PUSHED ME, AND I THINK THAT'S WHY I NEVER, YOU KNOW, GOT BORED OF
 
THE GAME OR SICK OF THE GAME, BECAUSE IT WAS ALL UP TO ME AND MY DETERMINATION WITH GOLF AND I WOULDN'T SAY THAT THERE'S ANY WAY THAT YOU CAN, YOU CAN, YOU KNOW,
 
PUSH HIM TO BE BETTER EXCEPT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF JUST PROVIDING ENCOURAGEMENT AND THE OPPORTUNITY,
YOU KNOW, PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM AND OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIM.
 
PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ANOTHER FAN OF YOURS. THIS IS CRAIG CALLING FROM ONTARIO. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, CRAIG?
 
CRAIG, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
GOOD PETER. HOW ARE YOU?
 
PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL. THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.
 
CRAIG, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
THANKS. BOY IT SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE A LOT OF CANADIANS WATCHING TONIGHT. MIKE, I'M JUST WONDERING, YOU'RE ALREADY 8TH ON THE MONEY LIST THIS YEAR AND YOU'RE 15TH IN THE WORLD GOLF RANKINGS, WHAT ARE YOUR
 
IMMEDIATE GOALS FOR THIS YEAR. IS IT, IS IT TO CONTEND IN EVERY TOURNAMENT OR DO YOU HAVE A MAJOR IN YOUR SIGHT?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL, YOU KNOW, STARTING THE YEAR THAT WAS A MAJOR GOAL OF MINE WAS TO PUT MYSELF IN CONTENTION MORE OFTEN. I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY LAST YEAR ENDED BUT I REALLY WASN'T HAPPY WITH THE OVER ALL YEAR FROM THE START OF THE YEAR UNTIL, YOU
 
KNOW, REALLY SEPTEMBER, I STARTED GET... I GOT GOING EARLY BUT THIS YEAR I CAME OUT WITH THE DETERMINATION THAT I WANTED TO PLAY BETTER AT THE START OF THE YEAR, I WANTED TO
 
CONTEND MORE, AND THAT'S HOW YOU WIN MORE TOURNAMENTS IF, IF YOU'RE IN THE, IN THE HEAT OF THE BATTLE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON SUNDAY AND I JUST, I KIND OF MISSED THAT A LITTLE BIT LAST YEAR
 
MORE THAN ANYTHING. SO, THAT WAS REALLY MY ONLY GOALS THIS YEAR AND, AND YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY I WANT TO PLAY WELL IN THE MAJORS BUT WE'LL SEE, WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I, I'M GOING TO BE VERY FOCUSED FOR THOSE THIS YEAR, BUT IT'S TOUGH TO, IT'S
 
TOUGH TO PIN POINT A CERTAIN TOURNAMENT AND SAY I WANT TO WIN THAT BECAUSE THEN YOU PUT, EXTRA EXPECTATION ON IT AND EXTRA PRESSURE AND YOU USUALLY DON'T DO AS WELL, SO I WANT TO TREAT EVERY TOURNAMENT THE SAME, AND, AND TRY TO PLAY WELL IN EVERY TOURNAMENT I PLAY IN.
 
PETER KESSLER
WE WILL COME BACK AND SPEND A FEW MORE MINUTES WITH MIKE AFTER THIS BREAK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH OUR WEBSITE. LOG ON TO
 
THEGOLFCHANNEL.COM. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE GOLF TALK LIVE SECTION. YOU CAN TREAT YOURSELF TO AUDIO STREAMING, LISTEN TO THE SHOW WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT. A PLACE TO E-MAIL A
 
QUESTION FOR AN UPCOMING GUEST, TO READ A GOLF TALK LIVE TRANSCRIPT, BUT CHECK OUT THE WHOLE WEBSITE, THERE'S LOTS OF INTERESTING STUFF GOING ON. YOU CAN TAKE LESSONS, GET INFORMATION, GET SCORING UPDATES, SO CHECK US OUT. THE GOLFCHANNEL.COM.
 
(MUSIC CONTINUES)
 
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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

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Wednesday
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Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

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“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

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Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.