Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
PHIL HERE'S A QUESTION SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE FOR YOU TODAY. WILL YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR PREPARING FOR THE MAJORS THAN YOU'VE DONE IN THE PAST? YOU ARE MY PICK TO WIN THE MASTERS IN 2001. BOB BATES WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL BOB COMES FROM A COOL CITY IN BALTIMORE. I'M VERY FOND OF THAT CITY THIS YEAR, BUT, IT'S AN INTERESTING QUESTION AND EACH PLAYER REALLY NEEDS TO, TO LEARN

WHAT MAKES THEM PLAY THEIR BEST AND WHAT I FOUND OUT LAST YEAR DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT, AS OPPOSED TO TAKING THE WEEK OFF BEFORE THE MAJOR, I'VE NOW STARTED TO COMPETE THE WEEK BEFORE AND WHAT THAT HAS DONE IS, IT HAS ONLY GIVEN ME A THREE OR FOUR DAY GAP BETWEEN COMPETITIVE

ROUNDS AND WHEN I HAVE ELEVEN TO FOURTEEN DAYS BEFORE COMPETITIVE ROUNDS, WHEN I TEE UP ON THURSDAY, I DON'T QUITE FEEL COMFORTABLE YET,

ESPECIALLY IN A TOURNAMENT THAT THAT'S, THAT IS THAT BIG AND THAT I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO FOR SO LONG AND LAST YEAR I HAD A VERY CONSISTENT YEAR IN THE MAJORS. I FINISHED IN THE TOP 16 IN ALL FOUR WHICH I FELT WAS A STEADY IMPROVEMENT. I PLAYED MUCH MORE

STEADY OR STEADIER IN THOSE MAJORS AND SO I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO PLAY THE WEEK BEFORE. LAST YEAR I WON THE ATLANTA CLASSIC. I'LL COME BACK TO TRY TO DEFEND MY TITLE THE WEEK BEFORE AUGUSTA AND I THINK THAT THOSE COMPETITIVE ROUNDS, GIVEN

AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE COURSE IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE STYLE OF PLAY THAT WE'LL HAVE AT AUGUSTA, I THINK THAT THAT FOR ME IS THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE.

PETER KESSLER
A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF YOU AS THE BEST PICKER OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN SPORTS IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW BASED ON PICKING THE BALTIMORE RAVENS DURING THE EXHIBITION SEASON LAST YEAR AND PUTTING IT IN PRINT ON YOUR WEBSITE. WHAT TIP DO YOU HAVE FOR US THIS YEAR, PHIL?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, THAT WAS UH, I LOVE FOOTBALL, I LOVE STUDYING IT AND WATCHING ALL THE TRADES AND THE OFF SEASON IS A FUN TIME SEEING WHO'S GOING WHERE AND SO FORTH AND I JUST KIND OF SAW WHAT, I SAW BACK THEN WHAT BALTIMORE WAS DOING. THEY WERE

KIND OF BECOMING THE ANTI-RAMS. THE RAMS HAD THE BEST OFFENSE. THEY WERE GOING TO GO AT IT WITH THE BEST DEFENSE AND SO THAT KIND OF GAVE ME THE IDEA THAT, THAT THEY MAY DO IT. I

DON'T REALLY KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT A LOT OF OTHER SPORTS. FOOTBALL IS KIND OF MY FAVORITE AS FAR AS THE FUTURE, I'M WAITING TO SEE THE NEXT, SOME OF THE OFF SEASON TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN THREE OR FOUR TEAMS TO SEE WHICH WAY I LIKE AND OBVIOUSLY THE NCAA

TOURNAMENT THIS WEEK IS UH, IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE A PRETTY OBVIOUS PICK BECAUSE DUKE IS JUST SO STRONG

ATHLETICALLY AND SO STRONG COACHING THAT MENTALLY AND
PHYSICALLY THEY'RE GOING TO BE PREPARED. IT WILL BE REALLY TOUGH TO GET PAST THEM.

PETER KESSLER
WELL BACK TO THE MAJORS A LITTLE BIT, OR AT LEAST A REFERENCE TO THEM AND THE NAME OF BOBBY JONES. WHAT DID IT MEAN TO YOU TO WIN IT, THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP AT EASTLAKE WHERE BOBBY JONES LEARNED TO PLAY HIS GOLF?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL THE REASON WHY IT WAS SO SPECIAL TO ME IS, BECAUSE, AS A PLAYER, I LOVE TO BECOME A PART OF THE HISTORY OF THE GAME AND WHEN I PLAYED

EASTLAKE I FELT LIKE I BECAME A, A PART OF THE HISTORY THAT WAS WHAT EASTLAKE IS ALL ABOUT, AND WHEN I READ BOBBY JONES' BOOKS AND HE TALKS ABOUT THE ROUNDS THAT HE PLAYED THERE AND THE FIRST TIME HE BROKE 70 AND THE FIRST TIME HE BROKE PAR AND

NOW I UNDERSTAND THE HOLES THAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT AND SO IT GIVES ME A MUCH GREATER SENSE OF HISTORY, AND SO, WINNING THAT TOURNAMENT, ALTHOUGH IT'S A HUGE TOURNAMENT ON TOUR, THE GREATEST SATISFACTION THAT I GOT OUT OF THAT WAS BECOMING A PART OF THE HISTORY OF EASTLAKE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE BEEN STARTING TO DABBLE IN GOLF COURSE DESIGN. YOUR NEW GOLF COURSE, I BELIEVE, OPENED UP JUST LAST MONTH. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR INTEREST IN IT AND HOW MUCH YOU EXPECT TO DO TO GO FORWARD, COURSE DESIGN.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, I'M NOT GOING TO DO TOO MUCH BECAUSE FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS I'VE COMMITTED MYSELF TO PLAYING THE BEST THAT I CAN AND WORKING ON MY GAME AND IT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME TO DO IT RIGHT, I FEEL, AND SO, I REALLY ENJOYED DOING THIS FIRST ONE AND

EVERYTHING HAD TO BE RIGHT. I HAD BEEN TURNING IT DOWN AND TURNING IT DOWN. DOZENS OF CHANCES, BUT BECAUSE I JUST WANTED THE RIGHT PROJECT TO DO THE FIRST ONE. IF THE FIRST ONE'S NOT RIGHT IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER. YOU CAN'T GET THE TOP

PROJECTS AND SO THE FIRST COURSE WAS, WAS PERFECT. IT WAS CORE GOLF. IT WASN'T A DEVELOPMENT. IT WAS ON A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT. IT WAS IN SCOTTSDALE. THE PEOPLE THAT I WAS INVOLVED WITH AT GRAY HAWK DID THIS

PROJECT AND IT JUST WORKED OUT GREAT, SO I'M, I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE WAY IT TURNED OUT. I THINK THAT TEN YEARS FROM NOW I MAY LOOK AT DOING A LITTLE BIT MORE, BUT RIGHT NOW I MAYBE WILL DO JUST ONE EVERY, EVERY TWO YEARS.

PETER KESSLER
HOW DIFFERENT ARE YOUR GOLF DREAMS, AT THE AGE OF 30 THEN THEY WERE SAY AT THE AGE OF 20?

PHIL MICKELSON
THEY'RE NOT REALLY THAT DIFFERENT. I FEEL LIKE A PLAYER'S CAREER IS DEFINED BY THE TIME HE'S ABOUT 40. WHEN HE'S 40, PEOPLE LOOK AT HIM THE SAME WHETHER HE WINS MORE TOURNAMENTS OR NOT, AND SO I FEEL LIKE FOR THE NEXT

TEN YEARS THAT WILL BE HOW MY CAREER WILL BE THOUGHT OF AND CERTAINLY THE FIRST TEN, FROM 20 TO 30 ARE IMPORTANT BUT I REALLY FEEL LIKE I'M TO THE POINT RIGHT NOW WHERE THIS

IS MY BEST OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY MY BEST. THIS IS AS GOOD AS I CAN POSSIBLY PLAY, ESPECIALLY THE 20 TO 30 YEAR BRACKET. I WAS NOT AS FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND AS WE HAD DISCUSSED EARLIER. I FEEL LIKE NOW I'M

REACHING A POINT WHERE I CAN BE CONSISTENT WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT AND I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT FEW YEARS BRING.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH ONE OF OUR VIEWERS. IT'S CHRIS FROM ONTARIO WHO I THINK WANTS TO STAY RIGHT ALONG THAT SAME LINE. GO AHEAD CHRIS. HE'S RIGHT OVER HERE, PHIL, TO YOUR, TO YOUR LEFT.

CHRIS, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
HI MR. MICKELSON.

PHIL MICKELSON
HI CHRIS. HOW ARE YOU?

CHRIS, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
VERY GOOD. GREAT PLAYING ON THE WEEKEND. IT WAS VERY EXCITING.

PHIL MICKELSON
THANK YOU.

CHRIS, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
IT WAS A GREAT TOURNAMENT. I HOPE YOU GET TIGER THIS WEEK.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL I'LL BE TRYING.

CHRIS, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT THE MAJORS. WHAT MAJOR DO YOU THINK BEST SUITS YOUR GAME?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, I THINK FOR ME PERSONALLY THE MASTERS BEST SUITS MY GAME FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT THE SHORT GAME IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF IT AND I FEEL LIKE, WITHOUT THERE BEING ROUGH I CAN REALLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MY UP AND DOWN ABILITY AND ALSO I THINK LENGTH

IS A BIG FACTOR THERE AND SO BECAUSE OF THAT, IT, THERE'S A SELECT TEN OR FIFTEEN GUYS THAT HAVE A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE AND I THINK THAT, BECAUSE OF THAT I HAVE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY THERE. NOW CERTAINLY THE U.S. OPEN IS,

I PLAYED WELL IN IN '99 AT PINEHURST BUT THE REASON I PLAYED WELL THERE WAS THEY SHAVED AROUND THE GREENS AND BROUGHT ALL ASPECTS OF THE GAME BACK INTO PLAY AS OPPOSED TO JUST DRIVING AND HITTING GREENS.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A BREAK. BE RIGHT BACK WITH PHIL MICKELSON. DON'T GO AWAY.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”